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Product Details

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.

Tech Specs
Item Number Finish Size
TB-6489-KHigh GlossPint
TB-2869-KHigh GlossQuart
TB-3456-KHigh Gloss2-Quart Kit
TB-6490-KHigh GlossGallon
TB-3457-KMatte2-Quart Kit
TB3458-K (High Gloss/Matte Combo Kit)Matte2-Quart Kit
Info & Guides

Look Who's Using Lust

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).

Fine Homebuilding article about TotalBoat Lust Spar Varnish.

"Made to improve on slow-drying spar varnishes, this modified linseed oil polyurethane is a worthy competitor." — Peter Gedrys, finishing expert

Important Application Notes for Lust Matte: Lust Matte is not intended for use as a sealer (base) coat. For a low-sheen finish with maximum clarity, we recommend using Lust Gloss or Gleam Gloss for sealer (base) and build coats. Finish with a topcoat of Lust Matte, which can be thinned with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 for improved flow.

Our New 2-Quart Kits Give You More Lust—for Less. And the Combo Kit Gives You Greater Clarity for a Matte Finish.

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.

What Makes TotalBoat Lust So Special?

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.

An Easier, Faster Way to Apply Sealer Coats

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.

Technical Information


  • Rapid recoating achieves a high build and a durable, smooth finish more quickly
  • Long-lasting gloss clarity, gloss retention, and exceptional UV resistance
  • Will cure overnight at 45°F

Technical Specifications

  • Appearance: Ultra High Gloss or Matte
  • Gloss Specs (DOI): >80% @ 20°, >92% @ 60°
  • Color: Clear Amber
  • Density: 7.56 LBS/GAL
  • Volume Solids: 53% by weight; 48% by volume
  • VOC: 419 g/L (Coating); 416 g/L (Material)
  • Wet Edge Time: 5 minutes at 72°F
  • Tack-Free to Recoat: 1 hour at 72°F
  • Coverage at 1 mil (no loss): 750 FT2/GAL
  • Coverage at 3 mils (no loss): 250 FT2/GAL
  • Thinning: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 (Brushing/Rolling); Xylene (Spraying)
  • Recommended Application Temperatures: Do not apply Lust to surfaces colder than 45°F or warmer than 105°F.
  • Recommended Curing Temperature: Do not attempt to cure this product at temperatures lower than 45°F.
  • Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100

Recommended Application Notes

  • Maximum recommended coats per day: 3 to 4
  • Apply two to three light, smooth, even coats (2-3 wet mils) per day for two to three days.
  • Depending on ambient temperatures, you have 45-90 seconds to maintain a workable edge.
  • Lust is dry to recoat after 1 hour at 72°F. Recoat only when surface is tack-free to the touch.
  • Before sanding and applying final coat, allow to cure 48 hours.
  • Best results are achieved when surface is sanded smooth with 320 grit paper after every 2-3 coats to remove sags or dust. If only 1-3 coats are applied per day, you can do this sanding after 24 hrs.
  • After 48 hours without any overcoating, a light scuff/sanding is necessary, commonly using 320 grit. If surface has sags or dust, you can use 220. Always go back over with 320 as 220 scratches show
  • After sanding, vacuum and solvent wipe with mineral spirits or denatured alcohol.

Accelerated Application Notes

  • If applying 4+ coats per day, wait up to 48 hours before sanding and applying subsequent coats.
  • After sanding, vacuum and solvent wipe with mineral spirits or denatured alcohol.

Reviews for TotalBoat Lust Marine Varnish

10 of 138 Reviews

July 16, 2021


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Simple, quick, perfection

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 13, 2021

Yes. I would use this again.
By Art from Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

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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.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 30, 2021

Perfect, don't use it when it's hot outside!
By Doug from St. Louis

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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.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 6, 2021

I would buy this again!
By Owen from Long Island, NY

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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!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 2, 2021

Works great in the right circumstances
By Mike the Re-Coater from Chico CA

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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.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 31, 2021

Revitalized mahogany floor
By Firecracker from Jersey Shore

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Easy to apply. High gloss finish. Enhanced the grain.

Porch Floor
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 18, 2021

Good product for outside protection
By Charlie from Strafford, NH

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Need multiple coats, thinned at first. I applied 7 coats but time will tell. Expect 5 years protection before refresh.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 7, 2021

Great but stinky
By Beau from Sudbury ma

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Built a superiorly table for my sons exterior deck. The table came out great after six coats of gloss and two coats of flat. But the product is very smelly when being applied

Nice finish!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 29, 2021

Good varnish
By hmccar76 from Texas

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Easy to use if you follow the directions. Make sure you thin properly for the first couple coats.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 25, 2021

Easy to build deep gloss
By WhirlAway from Rochester NY

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I was looking for an easy to use multi-coat varnish system for teak handrails and toe rails - hoping to knock out the project in two weekends with warm temps. LUST worked well on a couple trial projects and was easy for an amateur to get a good look. All systems go for the main project.

Trial area -Dorade box cover
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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