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TotalBoat Lust Marine Varnish is the first one-part marine spar varnish allowing rapid recoating without requiring sanding between coats. It cures to a rich, warm, amber finish.
Traditional spar varnishes need time-consuming sanding between coats. Other (non-varnish) wood finishes try to mimic the look of varnish without the work, but Lust stands alone.
Almost 50% faster to apply by spray or brush/roller, Lust's unique linseed oil modified polyurethane formula provides smooth flow-out, & more importantly, lets you recoat in 1 hour @ 72°F, ultimately up to 5 coats in one day. Its strong UV properties make it a great choice for brightwork. Get a durable, smooth and beautiful finish faster so you can move on to other projects.
Available in High Gloss and Matte. All orders include 2 paint pots, 2 stir sticks, 2 2" foam brushes, and 2 paint strainers.
|TB-3456-K||High Gloss||2-Quart Kit|
|TB3458-K (High Gloss/Matte Combo Kit)||Matte||2-Quart Kit|
In the December/January 2020 issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine, Peter Gedrys, a finishing expert in East Haddam, CT, says he got great results brushing TotalBoat Lust on a piece of veneer plywood.
Peter says, "Right off the bat, I found that the varnish had good flow characteristics. Overall, Lust is an easy product to work with...the cost is in line with premium alternatives and the dry time is faster." You can read the complete article in the SPEC section, Great Finds Inspired By Our Best Houses (Issue 288).
"Made to improve on slow-drying spar varnishes, this modified linseed oil polyurethane is a worthy competitor." — Peter Gedrys, finishing expert
You told us how much you love Lust, so now you can buy High Gloss and Matte in 2-Quart Kits and save money. For those who want a matte finish with greater clarity, there's a combo kit containing 1 quart of TotalBoat Lust High Gloss Varnish and 1 quart of Lust Matte Varnish that allows you to build gloss coats to protect and highlight the wood grain, then finish with a couple of coats of matte varnish to get the smooth, gorgeous, non-gloss finish you desire.
In 2013, we introduced the first TotalBoat varnish, Gleam. While Gleam has been a tremendous success, comparing favorably with other one-part varnishes, our product development team continued testing formulations. Untold hours were spent evaluating gloss, UV resistance, build depth per coat, working time, and other critical factors.
TotalBoat Lust is the final result of all this testing. Being able to overcoat with no sanding, in as little as one hour, is a tremendous advantage and a quality unique to Lust.
Compared to Gleam, Lust's noticeably thicker viscosity will remind you of traditional European varnishes. Thicker viscosity means Lust can be thinned as needed for even more coverage.
If you need to finish a varnishing job quickly, you can apply up to 5 coats a day, under optimal conditions. Also, to overcoat, sanding is not necessary up to 48 hours. The results are truly UV resistant, flexible, and durable, with enhanced grain depth. Try it and see for yourself just how remarkable this innovative formula is on any type of wood, especially teak.
Note: If applying varnish in hot weather, it's more difficult to maintain a workable (wet) edge. Air temperature and humidity are important factors, but you must also consider the temperature of the wood surface. For example, if the air temperature is 100°F, the temperature of a dense, dark wood surface would exceed a recommended application temperature of 105°F. Other considerations in keeping a workable edge in hot weather include the size of the area you're varnishing, the time of day, and the amount of thinner or reducer added.
Please refer to the Lust Technical Data Sheet for complete mixing, thinning, and application details.
Bare wood, especially plywood, is very porous and needs to be sealed before applying build and finish coats of varnish. If not, the initial coats of varnish soak into the wood, requiring more varnish (and more money) to apply enough build coats until the surface is uniformly level enough for the final coat of varnish. With unsealed oily woods like teak and mahogany, the varnish's viscosity will not allow it to penetrate the wood grain and adhere properly, which will eventually cause it to lift and ruin the finish—and all your hard work.
For this reason, the first few sealer coats of varnish are typically thinned in order to penetrate and seal the wood. These sealer coats take time to apply, time to dry, and must be sanded between coats. Now there's an improved way to apply sealer coats.
Introducing TotalBoat Wood Sealer, it's easier and faster than using unthinned varnish for sealer coats. It seals bare wood grain and smooths the surface on all types of wood, doesn't require sanding between coats, and dries more quickly than thinned varnish. And unlike other wood sealers, it contains UV blockers that protect your beautiful varnish finish down to the wood surface. TotalBoat Wood Sealer is clear, so it enhances the beauty of the wood grain and the varnish finish. TotalBoat Wood Sealer (sold separately) is compatible with 1-part varnish, and is ideal for use with TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 and TotalBoat Lust varnish finishes. Refer to the Lust Spar Varnish Technical Data sheet for details on using TotalBoat Woods Sealer with Lust.
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August 30, 2021
Grew-up working sailboats in the 80s using Epiphanes and Schooner, but decided to give TB's products a shot. Beautiful when it goes on right, flows nice within the wet-edge window, but goes over the cliff quick and it's both easy to overwork and far too easy to get dry spots no matter how diligent you are. Also, while the concept of multiple coats in a day sounds great, and it works well if you spray, but it never worked well in my case with a brush despite applying razor-thin thin coats; I often ended-up with goo underneath semi-cured layers which ended-up getting scraped, or sanded down after a day or two. Definitely sensitive to temps and humidity. I finally gave-up and did what I was taught 40 years ago, and waited until the coat was cured and then sanded with 320-400. Not sure what my issues were, either temps or humidity, but this seems a product with it's own peculiarities and learning curve — but every varnish is like that. Works beautifully as advertised when sprayed. Didn't need to thin too much to get even coat. Golden color is gorgeous over Walnut and Yellow Cedar on my kayak.
August 15, 2021
This leaves your boat with a beautiful sheen, just gorgeous. There is a need to make sure you buy enough, the correct amount though, as you may not be able to have the complete 6-8 coats recommended.
August 12, 2021
I could not have picked a better product to finish off my wood canoe and paddles, the deep shine is amazing.
August 9, 2021
Goes on as advertised and goes an astonishingly long way.
August 6, 2021
Varnishing is such a pain at the best of times but this product makes it a tolerable process, especially being able to continually apply multiple coats in the same day without sanding. It speeds everything up so much and finish is fantastic. Your technical group are fantastic as well…. Great support!!
July 16, 2021
Simple, quick, perfection
July 13, 2021
I used this product on a home built sailboat, over several different kinds of wood. It flows on nice. I applied it with a brush and tipped it with the same brush, No thinning, just out of the can. About 4 coats without sanding. Looks like a real hard finish, and a deep bright shine. I sanded lightly with 220 grit, and will put a couple more coats to finish. Also, I used it over Total Boat Sealer. Works great. It's a little pricey compared to other varnishes, a pint costs about what others cost for a quart. But I think it goes on a little farther than other varnishes. I'll use it again.
June 30, 2021
Man this stuff is great. It's like good quality varnish except that it dries faster. That's wonderful, I'll buy it again for sure. But, don't use it when it's super hot and sunny! We were working in direct sunlight at 90 degrees and the stuff dried before you could get it off the brush. We used 40 gallons of it and it was some tough work.
June 6, 2021
Being able to apply multiple codes in one day is key to getting out on the water when the weather goes from really cold to perfect boating weather!
June 2, 2021
Lust rolls and tips on nice in real thin coats. I find it can be a gamble when the substrate or build up gets a little thicker in spots, I mean a tiny bit thicker. I was getting an get an ugly maze in the finish when the fresh coat is interacting with the previous, even when waiting hours at ideal temperatures and tack free etc. Sanding the maze out even after 24 hours or more could potentially lead to a gummy mess and a hole. Varnish is unforgiving in that situation. In short, my method is to use Lust below the water line and get it flowing with a roller/tip combo, but detail work topside with the potential to pool a little, I use a different brand and am happy all aroud.
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