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TotalBoat Halcyon Rugged Marine Varnish

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.
Technical Specifications   
Thinning  Not required, even for the first coat. However, to help create a desired flow, thin with water up to 20% maximum. 
Cleanup  Soap and water 
Application Method  Brush, roll & tip, or spray 
Application Temperature  50-90°F; 0-90% RH (relative humidity) 
Number of Coats (Minimum)  2-3 
Accelerated Application  If desired, apply a maximum of 5 coats per day. Always wait 12 hours between applying Halcyon and sanding. 
Tack-Free Time to Recoat  1 hour at 72°F 
Overcoat Without Sanding  Up to 12 hours 
Coverage  40-50 sq. ft./pint; 80-100 sq. ft./quart 
Cured Color  Halcyon (clear light amber); Halcyon Clear (ultra clear) 
Finish  Gloss 
Gloss DOI (Distinctness of Image)  >90% @ 60°; >77% @ 20°  
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

BRAND: TotalBoat
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
4.6 76

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.

Hunter T.

Rochester, Michigan


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.

Jim T

Littleton, MA


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.


Alexandria MN


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.




Great varnish


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.

Part time woodpecker

Tuscaloosa, Al


TotalBoat Halcyon Rugged Marine Varnish



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