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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. 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 

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


BRAND: TotalBoat
Type: Varnishes
4.5 27

Very good product, but don't count on the whole can


This flows on well, even with a foam brush. Dries quickly to allow quick buildup. Easy to get smooth surface, esp with light sanding before last coat. Degrades quickly once the can starts to empty. If, say, a quarter can sits for a couple weeks it may be unusable and probably won't have full sheen.




Sure, I would buy it again


Not sure what the advantages are over the Lust product, but it is good stuff in its own right.




Very high quality.


This is the second purchase of this product. We refinished the exterior of the front doors of our church. Gleam 2.0 is very easy to spray with my HVLP sprayer. I especially like the fact that I can apply 3 coats in one afternoon. The product levels very well. Limited sandy required prior to last coat and waxing.


Menard, Texas


yes i would buy this again, it looks good, and easy to apply


easy to apply with a brush, and cleanup

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marshfield, massachusetts


This stuff is the best!


I used this varnish on the walls of my beach-themed backyard outdoor Bar & Grill. This pavilion-like structure has 2 open sides and shares two walls with the house to which I applied shiplap. I left it natural and applied 4 coats of varnish to obtain the shine and depth of color I wanted. It looks fabulous! I have re-ordered this stuff twice already as my project keeps expanding. I have also applied it to my flooring (river stone pressed into 18" x 18" cement slabs). When I was applying the varnish to the walls and dripped some on the floor, I discovered that it did a better job of making the stone look wet than the product I had planned to apply that was specifically formulated for that kind of thing. The floor did absorb a lot of varnish and it is not an inexpensive product but it was so worth it! Not only does it protect against the weather but also prevents wood from fading due to ultraviolet light. I will be redecorating the space from time to time and don't want to see "ghost" images on the walls where items were previously hung. I also plan to use this varnish on the base of the 17' bar, and also on the outdoor shower enclosure I will be building next!

Staycation Backyard

Western MA


Excellent varnish


I'm on my fourth quart of Gleam refinishing mahogany on and old trawler project. Easy to use, amazing results, makes this rookie look like an old pro.

Bahari Blue

Half Moon Bay, CA


Best I have used.


I am putting Gleam on a strip kayak over the epoxy. The application with a foam brush has been wonderfully easy and successful. It has covered well and been easy to apply in the recommended way.


Mishawaka, IN


"Glossiness" of Satin variety has changed


Purchased 2 qts of Satin in Jan 2017 and 2 qts in May. The glossiness or sheen is noticeably different. The more recent lot is better described as a semi-gloss (which I actually like better), the former more of a satin. Also the thinning recommendations - for spraying - given on the can are way off. Using a HVLP gun with a 1.5 mm tip I found a 5-10% xylene addition was about right. The 25% plus recommended on the can was much to thin and resulted in massive runs.In spite of the fact the I liked everything else about the product, I'm giving it a 3 star rating because this change in sheen caused me major problems and I ended up having to respray several pieces. It's also something I've never experienced before when buying paints or varnishes. I can only hope that in the future I never have to buy another can to do touchup - there's no reassurance that the glossiness will resemble either of the lots I have already purchased. I'm sure one of the lessons learned here is when purchasing multiple cans always intermix them before using. Unfortunately that wouldn't have helped me as I only purchased the second lot after running out of the first lot.If I were to recommend this product to a friend it would only be if they wanted the Gloss type. I cannot recommend the Satin.

Woodie Rebuilder



A good choice for bright finishes


I am finishing over epoxy reinforced with cloth. This varnish has a good build and quickly "buried" any flaws. I recoated in three hours and then allowed two days to dry, A wet sanding with 180 helped to create a very nice surface. Two more coats and it looked very nice, but I had a couple small dry spots. One more scuffing with a Scotch-Brite green pad and two more coats and I am content. I will rub out a few dust spots in a couple of weeks. Nice varnish overall. I have been surprise how little I actually use.

David K

Lake Elmore, Vermont


Total Varnish


Have my second coat of the varnish on, and it's looking great. Looking forward to see how well it holds up


Kansas City


TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish



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