TotalBoat Lust High-Gloss Marine Spar Varnish
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  • TotalBoat Lust High-Gloss Marine Spar Varnish
  • TotalBoat Lust Marine Spar Varnish 2 Quart Kits
  • TotalBoat Lust Marine Spar Varnish In Use

TotalBoat Lust Marine Varnish

TotalBoat Lust 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.

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Tech Spec Product Info User Generated Content
Item Number  Finish  Size 
TB-6489-K  High Gloss  Pint 
TB-2869-K  High Gloss  Quart 
TB-3456-K  High Gloss  2-Quart Kit 
TB-6490-K  High Gloss  Gallon 
TB-8392-K  Matte  Pint 
TB-8393-K  Matte  Quart 
TB-3457-K  Matte  2-Quart Kit 
TB-6608-K  Matte  Gallon 
TB3458-K (High Gloss/Matte Combo Kit)  Matte  2-Quart Kit 

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.


  • 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.


BRAND: TotalBoat
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
4.2 96

Fussy Grand Banks Interior Finish - Finally a Match!!


Our 1990 Grand Banks Classic has a unique semi gloss finish on teak. I've tried a number of products with poor results. I even tried the matt finish Lust, didn't like the results. Then I bought the Gloss Lust and mixed it with the Matt Lust. Bingo! Perfect color, perfect sheen. Very, very happy with the result. After a year on tip rails and galley trim, seeing zero color change - can't even tell where I left off old/new. And - seems to be impervious to splashed dish water.

Lee R

Beaufort, NC


Good product -- exactly as advertised.


I bought this product to protect a set of mahogany double doors for our house. It's very easy to work with, and dilutes very nicely with mineral spirits. Also brings out the grain much better than anticipated. I expect to refinish the doors every four years -- we will see if that expectation holds up.

Mick Sorvino

North Carolina


Used in the past, will use in the future


Great re-cost time






I used on 100 year old oak stair treads on a house, 2 coats gloss and 2 coats matte, look amazing great product!!!Only wish there was a satin finish.

Brian McConnell

Delaware ohio


I LUST for this stuff


I really like the flexability Lust gives me in applying multiple coats in one day. The only problem I have with it is that when varnishing a really large surface like a big transome, the wet edge is hard to keep. I use the 100 thinner and it still dries too fast but thats the price you pay for fast build up.

Old Viking



Great timesaver


I use this stuff on bright work, cabin sole and entry ladder. Very durable and high gloss. Lasts more than two years but best to recoat every two years. Great that you can recoat without sanding. Used to thin with exlene but that solvent evaporated to fast and makes it hard to lay down the brush strokes. Used the brushing thinner 100 and now it lays out and gives time to brush out and lay down an even coat without pulling. I love this stuff even more now. Drying takes a little longer so I usually put down three coats the first day and finish final coat or coats the next day.

Art the d

Wilmington, nc


Imperative to thin if hot and/or windy


Applied coats over existing varnish on the rails of my Grand Banks on a day where temperatures were probably in the high 80's, and a little windy. Used a traditional bristle brush. Material dried too quickly and left prominent brush marks which I had to sand down. On day two I thinned the varnish maybe 5% on an overcast day in the 70's. Still used a traditional brush, but varnish flowed much better. This stuff does not brush on the same as traditional varnish. Probably would use on a small project where I might be able to lay down multiple costs in a day, but if a large job where there was only time for a cost or two I would stick with traditional varnish.


Galesville, MD


I would not buy this again


I have been using different kinds of varnish over 40 years. While I am not the best I can usually get good results with a variety of varnishes. I could not get this to hold a wet edge or level out well after the first coat. Planning to sand it off tomorrow and get some Interlux 90 or similar product to finish.

Cranky Chris

Mid Coast Maine


Product levels great!


I have used Epithanes,Pettit and others so my level of craftsmanship as a painting contractor is good. I took a chance with Lust in not knowing the product and it was very quick to dry. You need to plan how to lay out the product accordingly. It was a thin viscosity and I needed to condition to slow down drying a bit. I used it on a exterior well detailed oak door. I would use it again.

Painting Plus,llc

Essex, CT. 06426


Yes I would!


I had purchased the Total Boat LUST marine varnish because my old wooden kayak was faded and she needed a freshening-up. The original stained wood under the resin wasn't as consistent as I liked, but I didn't want to sand the whole thing down, stain it and then varnish it. Thereby, LUST's 'amber' varnish would not only seal the kayak but better hide and blend into the old stain and it did- came out great after only two coats!


Bridgeport, CT


TotalBoat Lust Marine Varnish



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