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 53

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.


Boston, MA


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.


Prescott AZ


Terrific Gloss


Nice flow ~ easy to brush with foam or bristle brush. Builds nicely, dries reasonably quick for a spar varnish, and the gloss is fantastic!


Racine, WI




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.


Ithaca, NY


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.


Boston, MA


great stuff


Put 5 coats on a picnic table looks great


red lion, pa


Works well


Easy to apply. Works well with great results


Wickford, RI


Great product, my "go to" varnish


Used to varnish my Pygmy Arctic Tern '17'. Applied easily and leveled perfectly using roll and tip technique. Dried quickly and run free. No need to sand between coats. A perfect varnish job!!


Prescott, AZ


Worked great


I re-finished a clear epoxy covering on a cedar-strip canoe and a cedar-strip rowboat. The varnish was clear with minimal discoloration, evened well, and dried quickly.


Jacksonville, Florida


Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish



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