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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
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
This is, By Far, the Best Varnish I've Discovered to Date
I make a lot of burnt wood projects and this is the first finish I've found (outside of epoxy) that can solidify the char on a piece and still keep it feeling natural.
Good for light wear
This is a review of water based Halcyon gloss finish.The good. Easy application. Does not have the amber-yellow tint that you get from oil based urethane. I applied it on cherry wood, and black walnut with good results. First coat probably needs thinning to allow it to seal the wood fiber. Soap and water cleanup. Don't worry about the milky appearance of the liquid, it dries water clear. Clever "bag" container allows you to burp out the air to keep the last bit from drying out.The only bad thing is the same problem I have with all other water based urethane finishes. It is not very durable. It can be scratched with your fingernails. If you need a hard durable surface this is not the best choice.
Best finish I've ever used!
As a hobbyist woodworker I absolutely love this product! I found this finish online and haven't bought anything else since. It makes everything you love about the wood, or the stained wood just look so much better. Easy to use, apply, and clean up. Highly recommend!!!
I learned my lesson
In a pinch for a cold weather epoxy, I bought another brand...effective enough, but what a mess compared to a Total Boat epoxy kit...my bad won't happen again guys...
Precautions to expect with Halcyon
I like the water=based nature of Halcyon and the speedy 1 hour recoating property. On the final coat, I let the varnish dry for two days and the final coat had brush marks. Srtange as it seems, I will have to do a final sanding with 220 grit and redcoat the final covering. Is it just me? Don't know, but I'll experiment and let you guys know.
S. China, ME
Great product !!
Love this product very fast between coats so you are able to ship your products out the door much faster.
Lake Havasu City,AZ
First the bag container is the best thing ever. No stiring or lid to deal with. It doesn't seem to lay down quite as well as the Petits Captains but for overall ease of application it seems hard to beat if it holds up. I got about six coats over Captain's on mahogany and looks fine, just not the clear depth of spar varnish. I also used the amber on a new very blonde paddle with little darkening.
Excellent for my outdoor signs (Woodworking)
I make hand carved out door signs using popular, many of wich have scenery or pictuues which I paint with exterior house paint. I have found that the clear gloss product by TotalBoat provides excellent protection when I apply it over top of the paint with out distorting my colors. I have several signs that are going on three years out side and they still look great! However the Amber varnish will tint light or white colors some what, just be aware.... When a sign has only dark colors I will use the Amber Gloss Varnish because I like the way it tints the popular.
Doing an experiment
I have used Epifanes for 30 years. Love the look like the durability OK. Find it a bit moody and quirky. Last spring I finished a renovation of a 25 foot sharpie. I replaced all of the wood with brand new teak and decided since I would be selling this boat upon completion of that last project I would give this product a try. The ease of use ease of cleanup use of the bag all of those things referred to in many other reviews are no-brainers. This stuff is great! The key is going to be longevity. I finished with eight coats on it in April. Luckily I sold the boat to a guy who has it in a large lakes only an hour and a half from here. I plan to go see the boat in the next week or two and see how she fiaredthus far.I now have a decision to make although I think I'm there. I have purchased a 40 foot schooner with more mahogany on deck that is varnished than most would think a sane person would buy. It will be more bright work to maintain than I've ever dealt with in over 30 years of owning sailboats. I'm going to overcoat the Epifanes with two and probably three coats of Halcyon.I've also started an experiment. I purchased some new mahogany and ripped it into three equal pieces. On one I have put eight coats of Halcyon clear. On another I am putting six coats of Epifanes high-gloss and will follow up with 2 to 3 coats of Halcyon. The other I'm doing the way I have always done; eight coats of Epifanes high-gloss following all the tedious time-consuming steps. We have a deck that sees the sun almost all day. I'm going to put these three pieces on the top handrail and take pictures every 3 months and see how these things weather. I expect that will steer me toward how I maintain Bright work on my schooner going forward. I pray the Halcyon holds up as well as Epiphanes has over the years because if it does this is a no brainer permanent solution.
Out Freaking Standing!
Finished off some military plaques and the finish was great. Easy to apply, dried crystal clear and dried quick! I definitely recommend this product!