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TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish

TotalBoat Gleam is a marine spar varnish featuring a high-quality 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 and UV resistance.

New Gleam version 2.0 features improved overcoating and cure times, yields medium build per coat with excellent flow-out, leaving a smooth, durable surface that can be scuffed and overcoated faster than before to build gloss as needed. Use xylene (Xylol) as a thinner for spraying applications only.

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.

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.

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 

Recommended Thinning for Brush/Roller Application

  • First Coat: 10% mineral spirits; 90% Gleam varnish
  • Second Coat: 5% mineral spirits; 95% Gleam varnish
  • Third Coat: Do not thin - 100% Gleam varnish

 

BRAND: TotalBoat
Type: Varnishes
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TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (8)
  • Easy to clean (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small areas (7)
  • Detailed work (4)
  • Large areas (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (8), Casual do-it-yourselfer (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tiller magic

I used the Total Boat Glossy varnish on a new tiller for my sailboat. Since it my first time to varnish anything I watched the helpful videos on Jamestown.com, and followed the instructions:...Read complete review

I used the Total Boat Glossy varnish on a new tiller for my sailboat. Since it my first time to varnish anything I watched the helpful videos on Jamestown.com, and followed the instructions: sanded before and between each layer; started with a coat thinned with Total Boat mineral spirits; and applied a couple of extra full strength coats for a deep, glossy shine. My tiller is now a piece of art. The varnish was very easy to apply, and as I applied each additional coat, the wood became more and more lustrous. I highly recommend this varnish.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice look, but looong dry time

Decided to try both the gloss and satin finish.
I had the same problem with both -- very long dry times. I used them both outside covered (85-90 deg...Read complete review

Decided to try both the gloss and satin finish.
I had the same problem with both -- very long dry times. I used them both outside covered (85-90 deg temp) and inside in aircon enviorment (75-80 deg.).
The finish, when dry was nice, but both took in excess of 28 hours to be sandable for next coat.

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5.0

Great performance, will be stocking up on more.

By Old Boat Lover

from Barnegat Bay

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Do multiple coats quickly
  • Lays down to nice finish

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

      Key issue -- label does not mention but the Gleam satin needs to be stirred regularly otherwise the flattening agent will sink to bottom of the can and successive coats will dry flatter and flatter.

       
      4.0

      I like this product very much and will use again.

      By Scott

      from Guntersville , AL

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • Easy to use right out of the can.

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Small Areas

      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

      I wish this product would come available in semi-gloss.

       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By Nick

      from Long Beach New York

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Clean
      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Detailed Work
      • Large Areas
      • Small Areas

      Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

      Great Finish

       
      5.0

      excellent product

      By Parclan

      from Kemah, TX

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • Easy To Clean
      • Even Paint Distribution
      • Superb gloss and coverage

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

        we used this on our very old and neglected teak trim. We prepped the surface with a light cleaning an scrubbing, let it dry, and went to work. I am very happy with the results!

         
        5.0

        i would buy this product again and i have already

        By debbie the doer

        from menifee ca

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Clean
        • Even Paint Distribution

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Areas

          Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

          I use this product to preserve wood projects The wood is exposed to the weather 24/7 intensense sun and it really holds up

           
          5.0

          Total Gleam is absolutely the best!

          By Lil Clink

          from Marion, OH.

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

          After restoring a 13' Lyman with Epiphanes and a 15' Lyman with Pettit, I decided to give Total Gleam a try on my 16.5' Lyman. I was amazed with how evenly it flowed out and the brilliance of it.
          After 4 coats of Gleam I had the same shine as 7 coats of the others. This is one fantastic product!

           
          5.0

          VARNISH

          By debbie the doer

          from menifee ca

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Even Paint Distribution

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Areas

            Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

            MADE MY WOOD ITEM LOOK GREAT AND WILL HELP IT LAST FOR YEARS

             
            5.0

            the product was great came quickly i am completely satisfied

            By the animal man

            from mt top pa

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Even Paint Distribution

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Detailed Work
              • Large Areas
              • Small Areas

              Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

              i used it on a1958 whirlwind mahogony boat it worked great

               
              4.0

              Such a good finish. Low viscosity flowed out well

              By Luke

              from Rochester ny

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Even Paint Distribution

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

                  Glad I switched

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  First time Gleam user satisfied

                  By BadAug55

                  from Salisbury, NC

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Flows well

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Cedar Strip Kayak

                    Comments about TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish:

                    This is my first cedar stripped kayak and my first experience with a quality spar varnish. I researched a lot of other top brand spar varnishes but decided to try Gleam because of the tung oil formula, phenolic resin base and added UV inhibitors plus the economic pricing. I have not been disappointed. Gleam provides a beautiful finish. I had minimal problems with runs and sags. It flowed evenly. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I have not used any other spar varnishes so I can't honestly do a fair comparison.

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