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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
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
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
Good fast setting, clear amber allows the wood to show thru
I spent several years varnishing boats here in Florida and used primarily Captains Z-Spar because of the speed of the cure and the clarity of the varnish. The weather and moisture condensation are major considerations for varnishing here in Florida since the seasonal varnish is applied during the spring and fall. For my current project of varnishing interior doors in my own home, I chose the Gleam varnish-satin but had some reservations due to it being a polyurethane. All of the vanish was applied with an HVLP spray gun. The cure time to re-coat and the clarity of the varnish which allowed the wood to show thru were the main factors in my choice. The time required to re-coat the finish is accurate (about an hour). Only two coats were required for an interior finish and I chose to sand the finish between the coats for smooth the final finish. I would recommend allowing at least a full day between coats so the sanding is more effective and there is minimal clogging of the sandpaper during the final sanding. The final finish is a true satin and not a matte. This varnish displays a true clarity and doesn't have any 'plastic' sheen in the final coat. I would give the Gleam finish high marks for the handling and resulting satin finish.
I made a new dagger board for a Sunfish and tried to put a really nice finish on it but I kept getting sags that I had to sand out. Even when I went to applying it on a horizontal surface I could get a sag. Maybe it was the foam brush that you sent with it. It did level well and made a very smooth shinny finish. The viscosity of the liquid did seem lower than other varnish that I have used.
Best Varnish I've Ever Used
Indoor and outdoor. Has made it through 3 winters, still looks great
Best Varnish I've Ever Used
I have tried a lot of brands of varnish, spar varnish. Nothing comes close to Gleam. I have mahogany railing caps and this is the third winter for them and they still look glossy. I live in the Boston area and other varnishes I've tried look bad after one winter.
My "Go-To" varnish
I have used Interlux Schooner, Gold, Pettit Captains, Epiphanes, Man O War, Helmsman and all things considered, I like Gleam best of all. While many consider Epiphanes as the gold standard, I find that Gleam levels better and faster and is easier to use. I cannot evaluate the relative life of each of these products, because I routinely keep the varnish up I've not let sample sit out just to learn their service life. For my purposes, Gleam works just fine! BTW, for a semi-gloss or satin finish, I suggest to build up using gloss and for the last two coats switch to semi or satin.
Nice flow ~ easy to brush with foam or bristle brush. Builds nicely, dries reasonably quick for a spar varnish, and the gloss is fantastic!
best spar varnish Iv'e ever used! flows on and levels out beautiful
luthier, boat builderboat Jim
Great for outdoor furniture too!
Used Gleam over Wood Sealer/Varnish Primer after coloring White Ash with MinWax Golden Pecan. Use a light touch and a good varnish brush to avoid runs. Multiple thin coats are best. Did not sand between coats. Will rub out finish after a month. Chairs will remain on an enclosed but unheated porch.
Best I've ever used
Can't say enough about this varnish. This varnish held up great over a New England winter. It goes on smooth. I sanded down lightly one piece after it had been out all winter and put a couple of recoats on it. Still looks new. This stuff holds up so much better than anthing I have ever tried.