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TotalBoat Halcyon is an innovative marine varnish that creates a hard, gloss or satin finish on brightwork, without the painstaking prep, long dry time, tedious sanding & noxious fumes associated with most varnishes. 1-part low-VOC formula offers powerful UV protection to prevent yellowing. Once cured, it stays flexible to prevent cracking & lifting as wood flexes with humidity & temperature changes.
Halcyon cures to a harder surface than most 1-part varnishes, with superior abrasion, scratch & solvent resistance.
It dries fast–recoat in 1 hr @ 72°F, with no sanding between coats. Resealable Pour Pak bag prevents skinning & waste. Soap & water cleanup.
Choose Halcyon (clear amber gloss), Halcyon Clear Gloss or Clear Satin (new!). Available in Pints & Quarts. Quart size includes 2 paint pots, 2 stir sticks, 2 2-in. foam brushes & 2 strainers.
Hard, UV-stable, finish is abrasion, solvent, and scratch resistant.
For interior & exterior (exterior above waterline) on all types of wood.
Convenient, resealable bag makes it easy to pour and easy to store.
Won't skin over in the cup while you're using it, or in the bag while you're storing it.
One-part formula is easy to use, no mixing or measuring.
No mess, easy soap and water cleanup, and no waste.
Low-odor, low-VOC formula is eco-friendly and user-friendly.
Available in Pint and Quart sizes.
No long wait. No sanding. No fumes. No waste or mess.
In our continuous quest for a better marine varnish, we've developed TotalBoat Halcyon, a quick-drying, rapid-recoating, eco-friendly, durable, gloss varnish that takes brightwork finishing to the next level. Its low-VOC, low-odor formula makes it easier than ever to get a nice, even gloss or satin finish on both interior and exterior wood surfaces.
Halcyon dries super fast and doesn't require sanding between coats (for up to 12 hours), so you can apply up to five coats in one day to finish varnishing faster and set sail sooner. The low VOC content limits exposure to you and to the environment, and the low odor makes Halcyon great for use indoors, in shops, or on interior woodwork. Its maximum UV protection, flexibility, and abrasion resistance make it great for exterior woodwork, too.
Now available in clear amber gloss, clear gloss, and clear satin finishes.
Our original Halcyon formula cured crystal clear, abrasion resistant, and UV stable. But many of you told us that, while the clear finish was good for some applications, you preferred a more classic, clear amber finish on brightwork. We heard you, and we created a formula with the beauty of a traditional marine spar varnish, but one that cured with greater clarity, abrasion resistance, and UV protection. The clear amber gloss formula goes by the name Halcyon, and the clear gloss formula is called Halcyon Clear. You loved our gloss formulas, but told us it'd be great if we could make a clear satin finish. We're happy to announce that new Halcyon Clear Satin is now available. Each Halcyon gloss formula is designed so that the more coats you apply, the greater the depth, beauty, gloss, and durability. The satin formula is best used as the finish coat over build coats of Halcyon Clear Gloss or Amber Gloss. These innovative marine varnishes are very easy and fast to apply, quick to dry, easy to sand, and clean up fast with just soap and water.
The beauty is in the cured finish
At first, Halcyon varnishes may look a little odd and seem a little different because they come in a bag, don't smell like varnish (don't stink!), and with their milky-white color, don't look like varnish. Until they dry very quickly to a beautiful, even gloss.
Compared to oil-based varnish, Halcyon varnishes don't need thinning—not even for the first coat—because they dry phenomenally fast, and don't have to be sanded between coats. They also dry completely clear and hard, but flexible so there's no yellowing, chipping, cracking, or peeling.
Compared to synthetic marine wood finishes, Halcyon varnishes can be applied over existing 1- or 2-part varnishes in good condition, they're very scratch resistant, abrasion resistant, and remain clear & glossy, without looking cloudy or muddy after multiple coats. Halcyon varnishes also offer greater UV protection.
Compared to water-based marine polyurethane varnishes, Halcyon Gloss and Satin varnishes can be applied to interior and exterior wood surfaces.
Important application note for Halcyon Clear Satin
It is strongly recommended to use Halcyon Clear Gloss or Amber Gloss for build coats, and only use Halcyon Satin as a final coat, to ensure the best finish and depth.
Not required, even for the first coat. However, to help create a desired flow, thin with water up to 20% maximum.
Soap and water
Brush, roll & tip, or spray
50-90°F; 0-90% RH (relative humidity)
Number of Coats (Minimum)
If desired, apply a maximum of 5 coats per day. Always wait 12 hours between applying Halcyon and sanding.
WARNING: This product can
expose you to chemicals including n-methylpyrrolidone, which is known to the State of California to cause developmental toxicity. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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Is this product suitable over stitch and glue construction to protect the epoxy from UV - or do you recommend another of your products, ( specifically a CLC teardrop trailer kit) Thank you
Yes, it is suitable but for maximum UV protection, take a look at TotalBoat Gleam varnish.
Can I use this on outdoor furniture made with pine ie. 2x4, 2x6,etc...? Can I use a sprayer and if so, does it need thinned out?
Yes. Complete application instructions can be found on the tech sheet listed under the "more info" tab.
just removed a failed petit sea gold finish. which was a water base sealer that didnt last and the only way to remove it was to sand it off. i now want to try halcyon but wonder how this would hold up on the brightwork of our bristol 35.5. The write up looks good but wonder what others real life experience has been. The petit got mold under it and it flaked off real quick. Looking for any pointers
The key to any varnish is to put on a lot of coats. Failure to so allows the moisture to penetrate down to the wood. Fortunately Halcyon lets you build up to 5 coats per day without sanding so you easily build up a good base. After that you will need to do a maintenance coat at least once a year, maybe more often in extreme climates. Just give it a light scuff and one coat and you're good to go.
Are you able to ship this product internationally? We live in Hong Kong.
JD can ship it to the US based freight forwarder of your choice. Payment would have to be via wire transfer or PayPal.
In the past i used petit sea gold a somewhat similar product. My experience with this was not what i expected. Is this product (halcyon) better? Is a wood sealer required prior to ist coat? and how repairable is the finish? lastly what is the regimen to strip this, heat gun, stripper, scrapping and sanding? I do really like the right ups but again when i tried petiit sea gold it was ratted well also. Thanks in advance for your response
Here is a complete set of instructions to apply halcyon: https://doc.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/pdfs/TotalBoat/TotalBoat_Halcyon_Marine_Gloss_Varnish_TDS_2.7.20.pdfIt can be stripped by all the methods you mention.The best way to get a long lasting finish with any varnish is to build up a base coat of multiple layers. Once you have a good thick base do an annual maintenance coat. In more extreme environments it may be necessary to do a maintenace coat more often.
Would this product be appropriate for a floor in a galley/salon of a houseboat? Not a great deal of traffic as it is only my husband and myself and we are not in there a great deal. We do, however want the floor to be a very nice, shiny finish and easy to maintain, resistant to the little water that may come in from out pets, although the wet bodies usually use the back door into a stateroom. Most of our cooking, dining and entertaining is done top side.
I used this product on the companion way weather boards on a sailboat.They were not for foot traffic, but it may do well as long as sand doesn'tget inside. Even if you had a scratch, it would be very easy to repair. Theproduct goes on easy as advertised
In what situations would I choose to use Gleam vs. Halcyon on an external wood application? I'm less worried about cleanup, but more interested in durability, number of coasts, ease of application, longevity in continual sun exposure, etc.
I am in my first season after refinishing my mahogany cabin top with Halcyon, so I cannot really comment on the long term durability yet.My project was exterior mahogany which I stained, applied two coats of Total Boat Sealer and have (so far) applied 6 coats of Halcyon.I can provide some comments on the application:- In reasonable temps, it dries very quickly and can be reapplied within an hour which was really nice compared to the traditional varnish I have used in the past.- Because it dries so quickly, it does not run or sag on vertical surfaces.- It is a "dryer" finish than traditional varnish...my companion way boards slide much better than with the old varnish.- It is a very clear finish...no real tinting.- Water clean up is really convenient.- It is thin, so it does not build up as quickly as traditional varnish. Once I get my adjacent surfaces repainted, I will be coming back with another 4-6 coats of Halcyon. Fortunately, because it dries so quickly, I can probably get this done in a day or two.Hope that helps,Reb
I have only used Halcyon clear on a small boat that is kept indoors, so I have little feedback on durability r/t sun exposure. I have found the finish to be durable. Two coats really covered well. There is a very slight initial cloudiness to the finish that resolves with drying.
Can this specific varnish (Halcyon Clear Varnish) be used over a wood and epoxy resin item? Specifically a table made of wood encased in clear resin; want to use this as a gloss topcoat after final sanding.
Yes I have used it over epoxy with no issues. However this varnish does not give a high gloss finish.
Yes, but my experience shows that it doesn't hold up well outdoors.
Yes, it can go on cured epoxy. Before you apply any Halcyon, you must remove any amine blush from the epoxy system, and said the surface with 320-grit to provide a surface that the Halcyon will stick to. You can apply the Halcyon pretty thick also, up to the point where it starts to drip or sag usually. Areas that it looks a little hazy while still wet will become clear, so it is okay to see that while applying.
JD Tech Associate
Two questions:How does this work over epoxy?The description says it remains flexible. Does this mean it can hold up to the flexibility of a stitch and glue kayak or paddleboard? I'm confused because it also says it is a hard finish.
I used it on wooden boat seats glued with epoxy and interior wooden pine doors. The varnish covered nicely over the SANDED epoxied joints. You must work quickly because it starts to dry in minutes and gets too tacky to re-brush after a short period of time. Dries smooth with good tone and color. Once dries you can re-coat in one hour and there is good adherence without sanding.
I have used it on bare oak and cedar with good success. It produces a hard finish. In one case I put it on epoxy after sanding and did not have any issue but I have not used it on flexing surface.
This product works great over epoxy if prepared properly. We've had very good satisfaction with this product so far. It is a hard material, very abrasion resistant, but the film itself is very flexible, and can tolerate flexing before it fails. You would think hardness and flexibility are related, but we've found that is not always the case with a lot of coatings.
JD Tech Associate
I would buy this product again
Just what needed for a cedar table top.
Stony Point, N.Y.
Follow directions and the product performs as advertised
I would buy Halycon Varnish again!
It is exactly what you claimed it was!
Saratoga Springs, NY
Refinish old teak cap rail
The teak was in bad shape from years of neglect, after sanding and applying multiple coats of teak oil, the top coat was applied, two coats of Halcyon thus far. I am not completely done, I will do two more coats, however the result is awesome.. I was able to follow up with second coat without sanding and it went on perfectly. The plastic container is an amazing idea, easy to mix, pour and control, outstanding!
Les, 1973 Willard Molly Dog
The California Delta
I would not buy this product again
I used this product to varnish the starboard cap rail on my sailboat this spring after reading the features and benefits of the product, such as good UV protection, fast drying, etc. I sanded the cap rail down to bare teak and sealed it with 4 coats of epoxy, which is what I usually do when I want it to last several years. I usually use Interlux Perfection Plus 2 part poly, but was intrigued by the claims of this product, so I bought some and used it. BIG MISTAKE. It looked OK at first, although it is certainly not a gloss finish like the Perfection Plus. After about 3 weeks I started noticing blotchy areas, and they only got worse. Now, 4 months later, it looks worse than if I hadn't done anything, and I am faced with sanding down the entire cap rail again and doing it properly this time. I have used other Total Boat products such as their non-skid paint and deck paint with good success, but I will never use their Halcyon varnish again.
My knees won't let me varnish anymore
We have a Cal 43, a 70's era boat with a fair amount of teak on deck and below. I have used Epiphanes varnish for over 20 years and I love it. Now that I am 74, my knees do not like carrying me around on deck to sand and varnish. I was reluctant to try Total Boat Halcyon Rugged Marine Varnish - I was a varnish purist. My knees made me try it. I was so pleasantly surprised. It is easy to work with, no fumes, dries hard, looks very good and cleans up it soap and water instead of harsh chemicals. I was able to get 5 coats on in a day without sanding! No runs, curtains, brush marks or other possible blemishes. If it got a little thick, all I had to do was add a bit of water. How easy is that! For the exterior i used High Gloss Amber. For the interior I used the Matte finish over the Gloss. As with matte finish varnish, I prefer to use gloss for the first coats because it emphasizes the wood grain. After that I use the matte to calm the shine. If you are entering A Concurs d Elegans, you may prefer to stay with varnish. For any other purpose, I really do like this product, and so do my knees and back.
Baja California, Mexico
I would buy this product again and again.
I use it for outdoor furniture and other outdoor crafts.
Rob (the boss man)
Not what it's cracked up to be
I squished the bag, turned it upside down. I put on 4 coats at least on a 12' kayak my husband built. I am not at all happy with the results. While it is supposed to be gloss, I never got much more than satin finish. I have been varnishing for at least 40 years so I have lots of experience. I really liked the idea of the pouch and the water based varnish, but I am going back to Flagship for a great finish.
So far, very good!
After problems with varnishes and other popular coatings, we decided to try Halcyon. I watched a bunch of videos first. Unlike most varnishes, you don't flow on a thick coat. Instead, you put on thin layers that require more coats to achieve a typical thickness. That's not a problem, however, as you can put on another coat after an hour, without sanding. We were able to go round and round and get many coats on in a single afternoon. Two quarts was more than enough for our Tartan 34C, including the companionway, cockpit coaming, and toe rail. (Way too much teak on this boat!)Time will tell how it holds up, but it looks great for now.
Chesapeake City, MD
Excellent product and easy to use!
Could not be happier with this finish. With an hour of dry time in between coats this finish makes it so easy to complete your project quickly. The end result is excellent!On a side note, I live in Minnesota. I watched a video on YouTube from Woodbrew. I took their recommendation and ordered Halcyon. It was a huge surprise to see that this product is made in the town I was born in raised in, Bristol, RI. Could not be happier to help a business in my hometown.