TotalBoat Gleam marine spar varnish features a premium 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 & UV resistance.
New Gleam version 2.0 has improved overcoating & cure times, yields medium build per coat, with excellent flow-out, leaving a smooth, durable surface. It can be scuffed and overcoated faster than before to build gloss, as needed. Use xylene as a thinner only when spraying. For brushing, thin with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100.
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.
Our New Combo Kit Creates a Satin Finish with Greater Clarity
You told us you love Gleam's velvety satin finish, but want better clarity. So we've put together a combo kit containing 1 quart of TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Gloss Varnish and 1 quart of Gleam 2.0 Satin Varnish that lets you build gloss coats to protect and showcase the wood grain, then finish with a couple of coats of satin to get the smooth, beautiful, non-gloss finish you desire. For the gloss/satin combo kit, select TB-GLEAMCOMBO-K from the product list.
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.
2-Quart Combo Kit (1 Qt. Gloss & 1 Qt. 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
If I sand the existing varnish (not to bare wood) will it be compatible?
It should be.? I'd sand to a solid layer of finish then wipe down withmineral spirits and then when dry use a tack rag to get rid of anyremaining dust.? Dust control throughout the process is key.
This should be fine, though use Special Brushing Thinner 100 and a clean, cotton, lint-free rag to wipe the surface clean after sanding. Allow any Thinner 100 to evaporate, then apply.
JD Tech Associate
Can this be used over clear epoxy on a cold molded boat?
You should be able to, but you need to scuff up the epoxy with 120 grit sandpaper. I have used it over Total Boat penetrating epoxy with great results.
Absolutely yes. We do recommend you remove any amine blush from the epoxy and sand to 180- or 220- grit sandpaper before applying
JD Tech Associate
May I use this product successfully over flat latex porch paint? Will it adhere well? The paint was recently applied.
No, it will not work over latex paint.
JD Tech Team
We have 50 sq ft we need to cover. How much lust marine varnish will we need to buy?
A quart will cover about 100 sq.ft. per coat. For 6 coats you will need 3 quarts.
JD Tech Team
I am making a wood paddle board and I wonder if this is the type of finish I should use on the board?
This is a good marine spar varnish, easy to use and should work well.
JD Tech Team
Can I apply Gleam directly over epoxy
Yes, be sure to wash the epoxy with water and scrub clean, then rinse and dry in case there is any amine blush, then sand smooth and apply the varnish.
JD Tech Team
Yes from my experienceI have used it over epoxy on a mast, oars, thwarts, deck and plan to on teardrop trailer.
Is the total Boat spar varnish hard enough to hold up on surfaces that are walked on?The surface that I need to refinish is currently with clear epoxy varnish which need to be totally removed to touch it up. I have used Cetal on not traffic surfaces with good results it to soft for traffic type surfaces.
Total boat gleam has exceeded my expectations. Applied sealer coat and seven full strength coats to all exterior Bright work on my sailboat. Very durable and can be walked on...second year in service and still looks great. Don't be in a hurry with this product. Depending on temperature and humidity levels the cure time will vary. Some coats took seven to ten days...but the end result has been worth the wait. Totally recommend to use, walk on, and be patient with curing. Highly recommend this product and will use again in the future. Hope this helps you out
I have found this product to be the equivalent of Flagship or Captains. I do not have any vanished walking surfaces.
How soon can you recoat?
I let it dry 24 hrs, scotch pad it, then re-coat, I applied 4 coats to Adirondack chairs and after 2 yrs they are holding up.
If it's warm usually a day for me. Goes on nice. Thin the first coat 1:10.
I use only one coat that lasts close to two years.
It depends on temperature and humidity.: 1 hour @ 80Â°F, 3 hours @65Â°F, or 8 hours @ 50Â°F
Do you have this in satin or only gloss?
Since Shopper is looking for a "Yes or No" answer and not an opinion, wouldn't this be bettered addressed by JD sales or customer service?
I think the catalog shows gloss and satin only. I wanted to control the sheen myself, so I bought a quart of each and experimented with the blend, starting with 50/50. I really like the product.
Actually, yes. JD should reply to this, as I do not see the Total Boat Satin Spar Varnish listed on your website any more, so my answer above might be incorrect.
Does this yellow or have an amber color when dry?
Lovely classic amber.
I used the varnish for a inside project, I covered a bar top I made. It has no color change. It is no natural light or sun on it. It has held up great.
This is a great product
Gleam varnish is top notch, flows well, adheres well, looks great when finished
Traverse city MI
Ease of application
I would buy again
Very thin; excellent self-levelling
This product is almost watery -- the opposite end of the scale from Epifanes, for instance. That made it really easy to apply -- it levels itself beautifully -- but only on horizontal surfaces. for vertical surfaces, it has to go on VERY thin to prevent runs -- almost dry-brush. I used Jen foam brushes, and it worked exceptionally well. A small warning: I applied it over a different varnish on one piece, and the last coat of that previous varnish (from about 36 hours earlier) went on a bit thick in some places, and apparently wasn't quite dry under the surface. The Gleam went on beautifully, but about 10 minutes later the softened varnish beneath it was puckering, and I'll need to sand and redo a last coat or two. It was my own fault, of course, but I wouldn't want someone else to make the same mistake.
Preforms as described
Two coats in one day. In MI in early May that is a real bonus!
Used for Classic Truck Bed
I was very satisfied with the results and overall ease of use. I did use three coats of the wood sealer and three coats of Gleam followed by light sanding and two more coats of Gleam. Now comes the proof of longevity for my application. One observation is that the published coverage per quart was too small and I over bought by a factor of two. Balance of products; thinner, Badger brush, and kit contents were great.
Good product and egual to top name brands for less money.
Will Use again.
I will be keeping this item in stock always.
I used this product for a finish on my rustic decor since a customer wanted to hang it outside. Though it would be slightly covered, I wanted to find a product that would keep it safe.
The Dust In My Shop
Disappointing characteristics and finishing
I really wanted this to be the perfect varnish for finishing cedar-strip canoes, but it has failed me in two respects.First, the viscosity, even un-thinned, is so low that to coat non-horizontal surfaces (picture a canoe hull) requires an extremely thin coat to avoid runs and sags.Second, let's factor in the drying time, which is very fast (I was working at around 60 degrees F). On a large surface, applying a very thin coat, it is near impossible to maintain a wet edge. Some part of the applied varnish is always going off before returning to it, rendering blending and feathering impossible, resulting in a less than perfect finish.On a flat surface, where a thicker layer is possible, I have had much better results: it levels well and gives a good, clear, lustrous finish. But I believe this varnish is intended for boat use, which often involves large and sloping surfaces. For that I cannot recommend it. Maybe I had a rogue batch, but I'm disinclined to try another, and will return to Captain's Z-Spar which, whilst more expensive, has never let me down.