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TotalBoat Halcyon Rugged Marine Varnish

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.

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Halcyon Varnish Features

  • Clear amber gloss (Halcyon), Clear gloss (Halcyon Clear Gloss), and Clear gloss (Halcyon Clear Gloss) 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 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.
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 Gloss or Satin (ultra clear) 
Finish  Gloss or Satin 
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 85

Great results


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

Jersey Shore


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.


Muskegon, Michigan


Great stuff!


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.


Concord CA


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.


Denton, Texas


A great product. Liked finished and that it can be applied w


I put 4 coats on in one day!


New York


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.


Kannapolis, nc




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.

DIY Jose

Pasco, WA


This is now my go to varnish for all applications


I love the clean up. The finished product was awesome.


Key Largo, FL


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