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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, and 2 strainers.
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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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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 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?
Use Halcyon to build because you can easily do four coats in a day. Plus conditions don't have to be perfect. It dries so fast, dust is not a problem, nor does it have to be 70 degrees. Plus we spray it, so a coat takes about 10 minutes to apply on an 18-foot boat.Then for a final coat, use a high gloss like Lust or Epifanes
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
This is now my go to varnish for all applications
I love the clean up. The finished product was awesome.
Key Largo, FL
Halcyon Clear Gloss Marine Varnish
I had a section of toe rail on my 1969 Chris Craft 41' Roamer Regal that needed to be stripped, bleached, restrained and varnished. With the boat out of winter storage and at it's summer dock in the water, weather was a big issue so speed of completing the project was essential. At the time of beginning the project the forecast was 7 days of sun or partly sunny so I chose the Total Boat Halcyon because it allows as many as 5 coats per day to be applied without sanding between coats. After stripping the old varnish off with a heat gun, sanding, bleaching and restraining the next day I managed to apply 4 coats with no sanding. I returned the following day and after lightly sanding with 320 grit, cleaning the dust off with alcohol applied 5 more coats without sanding between coats. So now it's been only 2 days and I have a total of 9 coats on. This varnish is much easier to work with than other 1 part oil based varnishes. It blends in much more easily even if you lose the wet edge. The easy pour bag container should be a must for all varnishes since it's so easy and less messy to use. The Halcyon clear gloss does not dry to that high gloss "wet" look like the oil based varnishes but it still has a very good gloss look. In my case, since I had used the oil based varnish on all my other bright work I had to add 2 more coats using an oil based varnish (Epifanes clear high gloss) to get that wet look to match the other bright work. Of course that took 2 more days since I had to let each coat dry for 24 hours and then sand before applying the next coat. So all in all I was very satisfied with the Halcyon and only 4 days for a total of 11 coats.
I would buy this product again.
I am refinishing all the interior teak on my Catalina 30. So far the product is awesome 3 coats in 4 hours. Looks great!
Love this varnish!!!!
I decided to try this out as the varnish dries quick and you can re-coat several times in a day. The product does to that. I have only tried applying with a foam brush, but I think I am going to attempt the last coat with a brush to see how it finishes. You do not need a large amount on your brush to apply it either. I used the clear version as I wanted to keep the color of the wood the way it is. I am very happy with how this has turned out. I like that there is no huge shine on the finished product too. It is more of a semi gloss finish. I bought a second pint of it once I found that I liked the look.
I love it!
Being able to put on 2-3 coats per day saved me at least a week's work. I used an old yogurt cup, then poured to leftover back into the bag, washed up with water and I'm done. The finish is bright enough for my table and looks great. Six coats in a couple of days.
Love this stuff
Fast drying little to no sanding needed during application. What's not to like?
Loved it, sparyed it on to cedar adorindack chairs worked great.
I have used this product and will continue to use it.
This is a very good and tough product,although not a super high gloss finish,the abrasion resistance is superb.
I followed the you tube, Boatworks Today, and Andys' suggestion regarding this varnish. I used it on the interior teak of my sailboat. Its a very nice wood tone. It dries quickly so several coats can be applied in a day.
Awesome product. You can do several coats a day then clean up with water. Don't get any better.