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TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish

TotalBoat Gleam is a marine spar varnish featuring a high-quality tung oil formula, with a phenolic resin base and added UV inhibitors. It's ideally suited for clear coating on interior and exterior surfaces requiring maximum water and UV resistance.

New Gleam version 2.0 features improved overcoating and cure times, yields medium build per coat with excellent flow-out, leaving a smooth, durable surface that can be scuffed and overcoated faster than before to build gloss as needed. Use xylene (Xylol) as a thinner for spraying applications only.

Available in high-gloss and satin finishes that are weather resistant and easy to work with over new wood and previously coated surfaces.

Bonus: With any kit order, receive 2 paint pots, 2 stir sticks, 2 foam brushes, 2 paint strainers, and a pair of latex gloves FREE (a $10 value).

 
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Introducing new Gleam 2.0! We've reformulated Gleam Satin and High-Gloss varnishes in response to customer reviews to make these formulas better than ever. They still have the same excellent self-leveling properties, and velvety, low-sheen or high-gloss finishes, but now Gleam 2.0 has improved overcoating and cure times so you can finish varnishing faster.

And the Satin varnish provides the same excellent level of UV protection as the Gloss varnish, so it's ideal on exterior as well as interior surfaces.

Gleam 2.0 Gloss and Satin formulas are available in individual Pint, Quart Kit, 2-Quart Kit, and Gallon Kit sizes.

An Easier, Faster Way to Apply Sealer Coats

Bare wood, especially plywood, is very porous and needs to be sealed before applying build and finish coats of varnish. If not, the initial coats of varnish soak into the wood, requiring more varnish (and more money) to apply enough build coats until the surface is uniformly level enough for the final coat of varnish. With unsealed oily woods like teak and mahogany, the varnish's viscosity will not allow it to penetrate the wood grain and adhere properly, which will eventually cause it to lift and ruin the finish—and all your hard work.

For this reason, the first few sealer coats of varnish are typically thinned in order to penetrate and seal the wood. These sealer coats take time to apply, time to dry, and must be sanded between coats. Now there's an improved way to apply sealer coats.

Introducing TotalBoat Wood Sealer, it's easier and faster than using unthinned varnish for sealer coats. It seals bare wood grain and smooths the surface on all types of wood, doesn't require sanding between coats, and dries more quickly than thinned varnish. And unlike other wood sealers, it contains UV blockers that protect your beautiful varnish finish down to the wood surface. TotalBoat Wood Sealer is clear, so it enhances the beauty of the wood grain and the varnish finish. TotalBoat Wood Sealer (sold separately) is compatible with 1-part varnish, and is ideal for use with TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 and TotalBoat Lust varnish finishes. Refer to the Gleam 2.0 Tech Data sheet for details on using TotalBoat Woods Sealer with Gleam 2.0.

Item Number  Size  Finish 
TB-3509  Pint  Gloss 
TB-GLEAMGQ-K  Quart Kit  Gloss 
TB-GLEAMKIT-G-K  2-Quart Kit  Gloss 
TB-GLEAMGG-K  Gallon Kit  Gloss 
TB-3510  Pint  Satin 
TB-GLEAMSQ-K  Quart Kit  Satin 
TB-GLEAMKIT-S-K  2-Quart Kit  Satin 
TB-GLEAMSG-K  Gallon Kit  Satin 

Recommended Thinning for Brush/Roller Application

  • First Coat: 10% TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100; 90% Gleam varnish
  • Second Coat: 5% TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100; 95% Gleam varnish
  • Third Coat: Do not thin - 100% Gleam varnish

 

BRAND: TotalBoat
Type: Varnishes
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TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish
 
4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (10)
  • Easy to clean (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small areas (8)
  • Detailed work (6)
  • Large areas (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (11), Casual do-it-yourselfer (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tiller magic

I used the Total Boat Glossy varnish on a new tiller for my sailboat. Since it my first time to varnish anything I watched the helpful videos on Jamestown.com, and followed the instructions:...Read complete review

I used the Total Boat Glossy varnish on a new tiller for my sailboat. Since it my first time to varnish anything I watched the helpful videos on Jamestown.com, and followed the instructions: sanded before and between each layer; started with a coat thinned with Total Boat mineral spirits; and applied a couple of extra full strength coats for a deep, glossy shine. My tiller is now a piece of art. The varnish was very easy to apply, and as I applied each additional coat, the wood became more and more lustrous. I highly recommend this varnish.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

"Glossiness" of Satin variety has changed

Purchased 2 qts of Satin in Jan 2017 and 2 qts in May. The glossiness or sheen is noticeably different. The more recent lot is better described as a semi-gloss (which I actually...Read complete review

Purchased 2 qts of Satin in Jan 2017 and 2 qts in May. The glossiness or sheen is noticeably different. The more recent lot is better described as a semi-gloss (which I actually like better), the former more of a satin. Also the thinning recommendations - for spraying - given on the can are way off. Using a HVLP gun with a 1.5 mm tip I found a 5-10% xylene addition was about right. The 25% plus recommended on the can was much to thin and resulted in massive runs.

In spite of the fact the I liked everything else about the product, I'm giving it a 3 star rating because this change in sheen caused me major problems and I ended up having to respray several pieces. It's also something I've never experienced before when buying paints or varnishes. I can only hope that in the future I never have to buy another can to do touchup - there's no reassurance that the glossiness will resemble either of the lots I have already purchased.

I'm sure one of the lessons learned here is when purchasing multiple cans always intermix them before using. Unfortunately that wouldn't have helped me as I only purchased the second lot after running out of the first lot.

If I were to recommend this product to a friend it would only be if they wanted the Gloss type. I cannot recommend the Satin.

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4.0

yes i would buy this again, it looks good, and easy to apply

By no nickname

from marshfield, massachusetts

Verified Buyer

Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

easy to apply with a brush, and cleanup

 
5.0

This stuff is the best!

By Staycation Backyard

from Western MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

I used this varnish on the walls of my beach-themed backyard outdoor Bar & Grill. This pavilion-like structure has 2 open sides and shares two walls with the house to which I applied shiplap. I left it natural and applied 4 coats of varnish to obtain the shine and depth of color I wanted. It looks fabulous! I have re-ordered this stuff twice already as my project keeps expanding. I have also applied it to my flooring (river stone pressed into 18" x 18" cement slabs). When I was applying the varnish to the walls and dripped some on the floor, I discovered that it did a better job of making the stone look wet than the product I had planned to apply that was specifically formulated for that kind of thing. The floor did absorb a lot of varnish and it is not an inexpensive product but it was so worth it! Not only does it protect against the weather but also prevents wood from fading due to ultraviolet light. I will be redecorating the space from time to time and don't want to see "ghost" images on the walls where items were previously hung. I also plan to use this varnish on the base of the 17' bar, and also on the outdoor shower enclosure I will be building next!

 
5.0

Excellent varnish

By Bahari Blue

from Half Moon Bay, CA

Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

I'm on my fourth quart of Gleam refinishing mahogany on and old trawler project. Easy to use, amazing results, makes this rookie look like an old pro.

 
5.0

Best I have used.

By Jonsailhob

from Mishawaka, IN

Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

I am putting Gleam on a strip kayak over the epoxy. The application with a foam brush has been wonderfully easy and successful. It has covered well and been easy to apply in the recommended way.

 
3.0

"Glossiness" of Satin variety has changed

By Woodie Rebuilder

from Illinois

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Glossiness of Satin not consistent lot-to-lot

    Best Uses

      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

      Purchased 2 qts of Satin in Jan 2017 and 2 qts in May. The glossiness or sheen is noticeably different. The more recent lot is better described as a semi-gloss (which I actually like better), the former more of a satin. Also the thinning recommendations - for spraying - given on the can are way off. Using a HVLP gun with a 1.5 mm tip I found a 5-10% xylene addition was about right. The 25% plus recommended on the can was much to thin and resulted in massive runs.

      In spite of the fact the I liked everything else about the product, I'm giving it a 3 star rating because this change in sheen caused me major problems and I ended up having to respray several pieces. It's also something I've never experienced before when buying paints or varnishes. I can only hope that in the future I never have to buy another can to do touchup - there's no reassurance that the glossiness will resemble either of the lots I have already purchased.

      I'm sure one of the lessons learned here is when purchasing multiple cans always intermix them before using. Unfortunately that wouldn't have helped me as I only purchased the second lot after running out of the first lot.

      If I were to recommend this product to a friend it would only be if they wanted the Gloss type. I cannot recommend the Satin.

       
      5.0

      A good choice for bright finishes

      By David K

      from Lake Elmore, Vermont

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Clean
      • Even Paint Distribution
      • Lays out flat from a foam roller.

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

        I am finishing over epoxy reinforced with cloth. This varnish has a good build and quickly "buried" any flaws. I recoated in three hours and then allowed two days to dry, A wet sanding with 180 helped to create a very nice surface. Two more coats and it looked very nice, but I had a couple small dry spots. One more scuffing with a Scotch-Brite green pad and two more coats and I am content. I will rub out a few dust spots in a couple of weeks. Nice varnish overall. I have been surprise how little I actually use.

         
        4.0

        Total Varnish

        By Ron

        from Kansas City

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Even Paint Distribution

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Detailed Work

          Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

          Have my second coat of the varnish on, and it's looking great. Looking forward to see how well it holds up

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great performance, will be stocking up on more.

          By Old Boat Lover

          from Barnegat Bay

          About Me Professional

          Pros

          • Do multiple coats quickly
          • Lays down to nice finish

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

              Key issue -- label does not mention but the Gleam satin needs to be stirred regularly otherwise the flattening agent will sink to bottom of the can and successive coats will dry flatter and flatter.

               
              4.0

              I like this product very much and will use again.

              By Scott

              from Guntersville , AL

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Pros

              • Easy to use right out of the can.

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Small Areas

              Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

              I wish this product would come available in semi-gloss.

               
              5.0

              Great Product

              By Nick

              from Long Beach New York

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Clean
              • Even Paint Distribution

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Detailed Work
              • Large Areas
              • Small Areas

              Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

              Great Finish

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