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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, and 2 paint strainers.
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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
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause reproductive toxicity. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Hi I'm interested in buying this product is there a dealer in B.C. Canada thanks
It is only available via mail order. JD ships to Canada via UPS.
Can Gleam be thinned with Xylene and can this be used over the Total Boat Lust product after light sanding?
Xylene is recommended for spraying. Sand fully cured Lust with 320 grit prior to applying Gleam.
Can the totalboat gleam 2.0 be used over stained surfaces? Also is it ok to be brushed or sprayed onto vertical surfaces like exterior door frames?
Yes but the stain must be thoroughly dried and the surface should be cleaned with denatured alcohol prior to application. If possible I recommend trying a test piece to make sure the two products are compatible.
Installing two new mahogany doors (stained) on outdoor of our house. Is this the best product to use for that application? Live in Georgia and will be about 2-3 hours late in day exposed to sunlight. Also how much spar varnish would I need for that? I assume I will need at least 2 coats.
I'm not a professional, but I'd say this is good for your application.This is good stuff. It has UV blockers which will help protect the woodand the finish. Much better than generic hardware store varnish, which isjust for indoor use. I use this product on wood mahogany trim on my boat,and it gets pounded with sunlight all day. It has held up well for twoseasons so far.Varnish builds up in thin layers, and I recall reading somewhere thatthree is a bare minimum. Each time you put on a layer and sand it and puton another layer, it gets smoother and smoother, so it looks better andbetter. Plus, you get more protection. Also, with many layers built up,you don't have to strip it all the way down when you want to restore itafter a few years. You can just do a light sanding, not all the way downto the wood, and then build up a few layers on top of that.
I used this product on wooden patio furniture. We live in upstate New Yorkspring/summers are 65-90+ with some rain and wind storms. The finish on thefurniture held up well for 2-3 years. We bring the furniture inside duringthe winter.(Oct to May)
Is there any thinning needed for coats following your wood sealer? Also is there a certain type of stain to use prior to coating...oil or water based?Thx
I'd use unthinned. Any stain should be oil based. I like grain filling stain with mahogany. Should be light-fast stain on a boat. Plan on at least five coats with sanding between for a finer finish.
I didn't think it and I wish that I had. I am satisfied with my brightworkfor the time I spent on it. I think it could have been even a better job ifI had thinned.Jim
Hi can I use this on plastic type decking floor
This product will unfortunately not adhere very well to plastics so we do not recommend this application.
JD Tech Associate
can you use gleam spar varnish over teak oil
Yes I did.
I would only use it over old varnish that has been sanded or on new wood.
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
I will purchase this product again. I was pleased with it.
I am restoring a 1956 18' Chris Craft for a couple. The factory originally varnished the bilge and interior sides of the boat. The couple have made several changes to the CC factory's original design and finish but wanted to continue with a varnished bilge. Before the owner delivered the boat to me he used a power washer to remove as much dirt, oil and grunge. This left some severely "weathered" inner bottom planks. After sanding the bilge as best I could (wanted!) I sealed the inner bottom with 2 coats of CPES. Then I applied Gleam to the bilge. The first coat was difficult to apply (not because of the brand of varnish), but the varnish dried nicely, and much faster than other marine varnishes. Each coat (I applied 4 so far) produced a nicer finish and was much easier to do. I'm very pleased with the result. I still have more to do, but know it will turn out very nicely. Most of this work will be completely covered up with floors and interior side planks, but good protection will have been accomplished. I will definitely use Gleam again. Shipping did take longer than I expected, but I'm sure Covid 19 had a lot to do with that.
Iron River, Wisconsin
We researched several different spar varnishes and Total Boat was always at the top of the list. Extremely easy to apply and dries quickly, less than an hour. We were able to apply three coats in one day, adding a fourth the next day. Our side gate has never looked so good. An outdoor patio bench looks better than new. We are very happy with our choice.
Don't use too much
Mahogany boat deck looks great. Gleam gives a clean bright finish. Too thick a coat will drift.
I would buy this product again for sure
Really liked the ease of applying this varnish with a very slight odor. Great product, very happy.!
Grants, New Mexico
Outstanding durable finish
I use Totalboat special brushing thinner 100 to help with leveling. Takes a minimum of five coats. But usually requires much more. Sometimes I have to lightly sand Between coats because of bubbles I missed. No sanding is required if you are careful. Tip: Do not try to apply to heavy of coats, apply thin even coats, watch for drips. Might be better if you can spray rather then brush.
I absolutely love this product
Used on my outside teak...easy to use...fast curing...high shine unlike any other product I've used in 30 yrs. Start with at least 4 coats.
Best Varnish I've used
I grew up with a Brightwork crazy father. He taught me how to varnish at 8 years old. I've used every varnish out there, this is by far the best. I did the teak on my 2006 Chris Craft 28' Launch.
Worth the extra money
I first started using $15/qt varnish from a big box store and was plagued with slow drying times and wrinkling. I then used the Gleam product and it went on much easier, drying time much faster and no more wrinkling. Beautiful finish!
Best spar varnish around
Can get by with a few coats . Absolutely beautiful with lots of coats
I would and did buy this product again.
Use on the woodwork on a 1964 wooden Grady White. Very please with the results.