TotalBoat Halcyon is an innovative marine varnish that creates a hard, glossy finish on brightwork, without the painstaking prep, long dry time, tedious sanding & noxious fumes associated with most varnishes. Its 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 hour @ 72°F, with no sanding between coats. Resealable Pour Pak bag prevents skinning & waste. Soap & water cleanup.
Choose Halcyon (clear amber) or Halcyon Clear (clear gloss). Available in Pints and Quarts. Quart size includes 2 paint pots, 2 stir sticks, 2 2-in. foam brushes, 2 strainers & 1 pr latex gloves.
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Halcyon Varnish Features
Clear amber gloss (Halcyon) and Clear gloss (Halcyon Clear) finishes accent wood grain and character.
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 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 gloss and clear amber gloss
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've created a formula we know you'll love. It has the beauty of a traditional marine spar varnish, but cures with greater clarity, abrasion resistance, and UV protection. This new clear amber gloss formula goes by the name Halcyon, and the clear gloss formula has a new name–Halcyon Clear. Each formula is designed so that the more coats you apply, the greater the depth, beauty, gloss, and durability. These innovative 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 varnishes can be applied to interior and exterior wood surfaces, and it has a beautiful, glossy finish.
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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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 like the golden/amber varnished finish over the epoxied fiberglass surface of my wooden sea kayaks. Will this CLEAR finish not provide the golden hue I'm used to with Schooner varnish?
Halcyon is now available in Clear or regular. The Clear would not give you that warm amber that you looking for. It does have a very slight amber tone but not that of a traditional oil spar varnish. Regular Halcyon has a natural amber/gold tone that is closer to a traditional spar varnish. We also have many customers that will seal the wood with 1-2 coats of their preferred spar varnish and then build up with Halcyon or Halcyon Clear to take advantage of its clarity, resilience and sheen.
I have always used epifanes varnish and I am not too pleased with the product anymore.. Will this be more durable?
This is a very hard finish once fully cured. It is not a high gloss like the epifanes but is easy to apply. Also it's a pretty clear finish. It does work well applied over Epifanes.
JD Tech Team
What about surface prep for old spar varnish that is still well adhered to the teak? Sand to roughen up or remove completely?
If the old varnish is in good shape, sand with 320 grit and apply. If it has failed in areas, you will need to remove it completely in order to get a consistent finish.
JD Tech Team
What longevity can I expect in South Florida UV and weather if applied to teak cap rails, rub rails as compared to other varnishes like Cetol high gloss?
The Halcyon should last at least as long probably longer than Cetol High Gloss.
JD Tech Team
Hi. Can this be applied to teak? I would like to put a varnish sealant on my teak that is permanent. I currently use teak oil but it turns the wood dark brown and has to be reapplied often. Do you sell something that would be permanent and also brighten up the wood?Thank you.
Yes Halcyon varnish works well on teak. We recommend sealing with the Totalboat Wood Sealer varnish primer first then apply 6 to 8 coats of Halcyon and it should last for a while.
JD Tech Team
Can this product be used over teak that has a varnish finish with Epifanes Woodfinish gloss
Yes, you can put it over or under regular varnish like Epifanes.
JD Tech Team
Easy to apply but not very glossy
It's too early to really make a final judgement on this product. I love the packaging as it's makes it much easier to pour and seal than a typical can. The product goes in extremely easy and I was able to apply it in some pretty warm weather. The film build seems very thin, so while you can add multiple coats in a day you don't get the full benefit of this feature. The biggest issue is this varnish is not a true gloss product compared to other varnishes. I topped it a traditional varnish to get the gloss I wanted.
TOUGH and Beautiful!
This was a re-order. I originally bought a sample to try on my prefinished wood flooring in my home. After 15 years the original finish had worn through and I needed something to replace it that was TOUGH, dried fast, looked great and had little or no odor while it cured. BINGO! This stuff fit the bill perfectly! It IS a little thin when you are filling grain, but it dries so fast it's easy to get 5 to 6 coats on in a day. And the bag? Brilliant! No 'skin' buildup in between uses, and it's easy to empty. I LOVE this product!
Easy application, appears durable
Easy application. Soap and water cleanup. Dries fast. Noted best finish with good quality brush.
I used the Halcyon on 32 sq ft of interior verticals and it did what I wanted and what the advertisement claimed it would do!"GOOD STUFF!"
Santa Cruz California
Easy to use, looks great.
Works great as usual
Goes on super easy and is a breeze to clean up. What more could you ask for. Still need some time to determine durability.
I would buy this product again
Varnished the teal trim on my boat. Product was easy to use. Easy to cleanup and put many coats on in one day!
This is the first water based varnish I've used. It is very convenient and dries to a hard finish. I've also diluted it with bottled water. Clean up with a little soap and water has saved me a bunch on brushes.
Would buy again
Perfect product for my needs. Dries fast. Easy clean up.
I used this varnish on the bright work of my classic Catboat. I applied 12 coats in 2 easy days. Dried very fast; applied easily and cleaned up with with water. The finish isn't quite as deep as regular varnish but looks fine. If it lasts, it will be my standard bright work finish.