TotalBoat Halcyon Amber Marine Gloss Varnish
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  • TotalBoat Halcyon Clear and Amber Gloss Varnishes in a Pint Size Pour Pak

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, 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.
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
4.4 31

Love this product


I use this for my woodworking projects


Ripley, MS


Practice first before coating the expensive wood


I tried this out on some mango turned wood vases. In all fairness, I have never heard of mango being used in the marine environment. The bag stands up well. I tried both chip brushes and foam brushes. It quickly soaks in, and initial overlaps yield darker streaks. Temps started out in 70s then on into upper 90s. Dried quickly and applied another coat. Unlike so many other coatings, this doesn't seem to dry in the cup or on the brush. This doesn't mean you can reuse after the covered surface has set up. If you try this, the new coat will not adhere to the dried coat.The color is more of Carolina clay mud, if you are familiar.I used two coats, and will set one outside to see how it lasts. Nice semi gloss so far.


North Carolina




I rework top of table after the kids painted & glued on it the top was sanded to220 stained 3 coats marine varnish alternating directions day1 ,day2 sanded to 550 2 coats more add put in sun to help it dry sanded to 550 to 1200 3 hours add the last coat time for photos


lakeside ca


Nice clear finish but....


I tried both the amber and clear Halcyon finish on an interior table top. It is very easy to apply and drys quickly so multiple coats can be applied in a couple hours. I wanted to try and get the same look as regular Marine varnish which has a slight amber color but found the Halcyon amber to be too orange which I did not like. The other problem is that the varnish does not flow as well as oil based varnishes and therefore I could never achieve a perfectly flat final coat. No mater whether I brushed or sprayed the finish. In the case of spraying there was always slight brush strokes left and in the case of spraying there was a slight orange peal in the final coat. I do not have that problem with many of the oil based varnishes. I wanted a harder finish for wear and tare which is why I chose the new Halcyon but due to these effects I most likely will have to revert back to oil based in the future.


North Stonington, CT


Great product


I used it to finish my outdoor swing




1st time using this product and I'm very impressed


I've always used poly from the big box stores in the past, but decided to give this one a try after consulting with Total Boat online about which product was best for my needs. I didn't realize how easy it would be to put on and use though. Water based, self leveling, re-coat in an hour, and the best part is it doesn't stink so I was able to apply the finish on my dust free dining room table while still being able to work in my garage. Usually all production shuts down for a day when putting on poly to keep the dust down, but that alone changes everything for me. So happy that I tried this.




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!

Coastal Cousin

Central Virginia


Easy application, appears durable


Easy application. Soap and water cleanup. Dries fast. Noted best finish with good quality brush.


Wickford, RI


Good stuff


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




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