TotalBoat Gleam Gloss Marine Spar Varnish
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  • TotalBoat Gleam Gloss Marine Spar Varnish
  • TotalBoat Gleam Satin Marine Spar Varnish
  • TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Gloss Varnish Kit

TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish

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.

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 
TB-GLEAMCOMBO-K  2-Quart Combo Kit (1 Qt. Gloss & 1 Qt. Satin)  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

BRAND: TotalBoat
Type: Varnishes
4.6 42

Lays down better then any other spar varnish I have used


I bought the varnish to use on an entry door I built for a customer. This is by far the nicest varnish I have had the pleasure to use. It's builds fast, drys fast, and has held up the to abuse of the sun fantastic.


Vineland, NJ


Great Results


This varnish works pretty much the same as the old Min-Wax solvent based varnish you could buy 10 years ago. I've used both the gloss and the satin. Both go on exactly the same having excellent leveling leaving no traces of brush strokes. The satin takes roughly an hour before you'll see a No. 20 sheen. Varnish sands nicely with 320 and was non-loading on the sanding disc of a 6" random orbital sander with vacuum. (Dustless Sanding)

JP Spectra

South Lake Tahoe




Easy to use

Capt. Bob

Jax fl


Pleasantly please with results!


I've been wanting to try your product line for some time now. I've laid the first 2 coats of Gleam 2.0 on a revarnish my 16 ft strip canoe and live the results. Goes on great with a foam roller the tipped with foam brush. Flows out beautifully! Can't wait ro see the end result


Ozark, Alabama

This is a great product


Gleam varnish is top notch, flows well, adheres well, looks great when finished


Traverse city MI




Ease of application


Cape Cod


I would buy again


looks good


Los Angeles


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.




I recently started using Gleam


Gleam is easy to apply without sanding between coats. It has a very desirable high gloss. I'm not sure how long it will last in the hot Florida environment. I'll update review in time.


Pensacola, Fl.


Preforms as described


Two coats in one day. In MI in early May that is a real bonus!


Richland, MI


Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish



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