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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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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
Easy prep, application and clean up... Awesome results after 4 coats...Looking for a quick fix on a beat up table table... Ended up being a restoration!!!
Just fix it
Easy to apply, Good results, Eco Friendly
Halcyon goes on easily with a foam brush or sprayer (I thinned my 10% with distilled water for the HPLV sprayer). Coats build quickly with the rapid drying time. Since there is essentially no odor, it doesn't smell up the shop. With some larger projects coming up, I wish it could be obtained in larger quantities.
I don't use it for marine use, but just for regular woodworking and cabinetry. This stuff is bullet proof to seal wood. I have in on a bathroom vanity and my sons beat it up hard, but it still looks great.
I have used this product many times.
This product is easy to use and apply multiple coats without sanding between coats. The result is a durable hard finish that looks great.
I would buy this product again!
I bought this product to use on my custom outdoor griddle island that I built. I used shou sugi ban with wood dyes and this product really made it pop! Easy to apply and great packaging. Will definitely use again on future projects.
A great product. Liked finished and that it can be applied w
I put 4 coats on in one day!
I'd buy again
Found this product needing a product to top a table my grandchildren painted a sunflower on. It is an outside table.
Not dark enough
Easy to Apply and Fast
I've varnished outdoor furniture and one piece takes about a week to do. This product allowed me to finish in a day. Definitely convenient and less messy to clean up. I save a lot of finishing time on projects using this product. On my first order, one of the quarts opened and leaked on the way here. About a pint dried up inside the packaged box. I called customer service and they sent me a replacement pint right away. I was very appreciate of them for treating me like a real person and the prompt delivery of the item so I could begin finishing a current project sooner. I will definitely buy my finishing products through them from here on out.
This is now my go to varnish for all applications
I love the clean up. The finished product was awesome.