TotalBoat Gleam Gloss Marine Spar Varnish
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  • TotalBoat Gleam Gloss Marine Spar Varnish
  • TotalBoat Gleam Gloss and Satin Marine Spar Varnish
  • TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Gloss Varnish In Use

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, 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.

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
4.7 91

Very Pleased...Its so easy a cave woman can do it!


My wife used the product to finish the planter station I made. The finish product is very nice! This product will be a go to staple for my future projects.


Milwaukee, WI


I use this for exterior doors I build


I have been using Gleam 2 for the past 3 years on exterior doors that I build for my customers. It has held up great on every door I've put it on. I really like the fact that I can apply several coats in a day with no issues. Works great over stain as well.

Justin D

Vineland NJ


Quality quick drying varnish


I've been using this varnish on our interior windows which are a mix of Mahogany and Alder. Coats nicely over Alder in three coats, which I stained with Old Masters Oil Based Stain. The Mahogany windows I've finished using between four and five coats. Varnish dries much quicker than most other varnishes reducing the amount of dust and dirt that gets imbedded in the finish. Presently on my sixth quart and I've used both the gloss and the satin. The Satin works great, just be sure to stir it well before using as the flateners tend to settle on the bottom of the can. Other reviewers have said that the satin sheen is inconsistent; I suspect that's because they didn't stir the varnish. Also used Gleam 2.0 on the Curved laminated stringers of our staircase I built in place. Stringers were veneered with quarter sawn oak, stained with Old Masters Stain and four coats of Satin. Started out with gloss then switched to the Satin.

JP Spectra

South Lake Tahoe, NV


As advertised


The Product flowed nicely and dried quickly. Finish looks great. We will know in a couple years how it holds up.

Little Whaler

New Hampshire


This product works as advertised.


I applied 6 coats to a pair of Spanish Cedar Adirondack chairs and they came out absolutely beautiful. The varnish was very easy to apply and flowed extremely even with no bubbles or imperfections. Bottom line is that this is a great product and I would highly recommend it.


Leland, NC


Good Varnish for Buildup and Protection


I have applied this varnish to the deck on my sailboat, and it has held up very well over the past 3 years. This year, I applied another coat in June when the temperature was 84 deg. I did not use thinner, so it went on full strength. I needed to work fast to roll and tip the finish in the heat before it dried. Never had any sags or curtains, though. If you thin it, then it dries a little slower, especially in colder weather (65-68 deg). I walk on this deck a lot, and the finish is very tough.


East Moriches, New York


Awesome Results and Super easy to use!


I am using this to restore refresh the wood on my McKenzie River Drift boat, So far all the wood I have used it on looks like it was dipped in glass. I am not a professional boat builder just a home tinkerer and the results have been outstanding. Another think that has really impressed me is how well Jamestown packs there orders for shipping. No one does it better than them.

Driftboat Scott



I would buy this Product again


Bright work on a Cape Dory Weekender. I was able to apply 6 coats in two days without sanding in between coats. Looking forward to applying the maintenance coat this fall to see how it lays down over the varnish that has been exposed to weather.


Keene NH


Really nice finish and nice to work with


Used 6 coats on a lazarette hatch cover (came out very nicely), and 2-3 coats on various other less cosmetic projects, as a test. In two cases (cockpit coaming and dinghy floor planks), used it to cover TotalBoat penetrating expoxy (after scrubbing off the amine blush)I haven't seen how it weathers, but it flows well, and creates a really fine clear finish.I like its characteristics better than Helmsman, and it seems to have a lower VOC.As always, keep a close eye for drips or runs when applying liberally.

John McR

RBH, Cataumet, MA


I will use it again for my outdoor wood


I used it for my front door which is exposed to UV light/sun rays that it degraded the old finishing. I looked nice now with Satin.


Philly suburbs, PA


TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish



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