TotalBoat Envy 2 Part clear varnish system brings a truly modern approach to brightwork. Its low-VOC, high-solids formula features superior UV, abrasion, and chemical resistance for an ultra clear, flexible finish that lasts 5 times as long as conventional varnishes.
Exceptional self-leveling properties and little or no sanding between coats let you achieve professional results whether you apply by spray, brush, or roller. Envy works great on bare wood, as well as over other 2-part varnishes. Available in High Gloss and Satin.
Bonus: Buy a quart kit and receive 2 plastic paint pots, 2 wooden stir sticks, 2 foam brushes, and a pair of latex gloves FREE (a $10 value).
Sold separately is Envy Brushing Reducer, formulated to improve flow characteristics. This multi-use solvent is also a surface prep cleaner, and can be used to clean equipment.
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TB-8431-K Envy 2-Part Gloss Varnish System - Brush/Roll Kit (Base and Activator)
TB-8432-K Envy 2-Part Satin Varnish System - Brush/Roll Kit (Base and Activator)
TB-8434 Envy Brushing Reducer (Quart)
The surface must be sanded smooth with 220 or 320-grit sandpaper. Wipe away any residue first with a tack cloth, then with a clean, lint-free rage dampened with TotalBoat Envy Brushing Reducer.
Brush/Foam Roller: To 2 parts Varnish Base (gloss or satin) add, slowly, 1 part Brushing Activator by volume. Stir or agitate well for 1-2 minutes, and allow 5 minutes of induction time. Reduction should not be needed for brushing, but 10-30% TotalBoat Envy Brushing Reducer can be added to achieve desired flow characteristics.
Brush/Foam Roller: Envy 2-Part Varnish has excellent self-leveling properties; do not overwork the varnish when applying. The wet edge working time is about 2 minutes. Envy can be overcoated without sanding for up to 12 hours. The overcoat window is between 4 and 12 hours @ 77°F, or when the surface is dry. If the 12-hour overcoat window limit is exceeded, you must sand before overcoating. Always wait 24 hours between any application and sanding. Sand with 320-grit or finer sandpaper, and wipe the surface residue away with a clean, lint-free rag dampened with TotalBoat Envy Brushing Reducer.
Recommended Application Schedule
Apply 2 coats on the first day, waiting 4 hours between coats. Wait 12-24 hours and sand lightly with 320-grit sandpaper, and apply 2 more coats, waiting 4 hours between coats. Continue this procedure until the desired number of coats have been applied. For the best finish possible, always sand directly before applying the final coat.
Use with adequate ventilation and proper respiratory protection. See SDS for complete details of composition and precautions.
Note: The material and substrate temperature should be no lower than 45°F before, during, and after application. Do not apply paint materials to surfaces less than 5°F above dew point, or to surfaces warmer than 125°F. Substrate temperature should be minimum 45° to maximum 125°F. Do not apply when precipitation or dew may affect drying performance of finish appearance.
Envy 2-Part Varnish Data
Application Method: Brush; or roll and tip
Mix Ratio (Brush/Roll): 2:1
Number of Coats: 4-6
Application Temperature: 45°F to 125°F; 0-90% RH (relative humidity)
Tack-Free Time to Recoat: 45 minutes at 72°F, 50% RH
Pot Life: 4 Hours at 72°F
Gloss: >92% at 60°
Satin Gloss: 20-40% at 60°
Coverage @ 3 mils (no loss): 360 FT2/GAL
Thinning and Cleanup: TotalBoat Envy Brushing Reducer
Envy Brushing Reducer Data
Induction Period: Allow an induction period of approximately 5 minutes prior to reduction and application.
Amount: 10-30% by volume of the admixed varnish with the reducer to achieve desired results, especially on the finish coat. Depending on substrate porosity, additional reduction may be used.
Example: 8 oz. Varnish Base (gloss or satin), 4 oz. Brushing Activator, and 1-4 oz. Brushing Reducer
WARNING: TotalBoat Envy Brushing Reducer can expose you to chemicals including naphthalene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. TotalBoat Envy Gloss and Satin Varnish bases can expose you to chemicals including methyl isobutyl ketone, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer & reproductive toxicity. TotalBoat Envy Brushing Activator can expose you to chemicals including ethylbenzene and cumene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer; benzene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity; and toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause reproductive toxicity. For more information, go to
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How difficult is this product to remove if it starts to lift?
It would have to be removed by sanding or heating and scraping.
Can you use this product over existing one part varnish?
No, it is generally not recommended to use any two-part coating over a one-part coating.
Can this be used on western red cedar?
Yes as long as the wood is clean and dry. Do not use the reducer on your first coat.
Cany TotalBoat Envy be used on wood selaed with TotalBoat low-viscosity epoxy?
A F Saint
Absolutely. Wash the cured epoxy with a mild soap and water, dry, lightly sand with 320- or 400-grit sandpaper to prep the surface and apply Envy as directed.
TB Tech Associate
Can Envy be applied over a non-blushing epoxy (Total Boat High Performance 2:1) after sanding and wipe with Brushing Reducer?
Yes, I would still recommend a scrub with water just in case to clean the epoxy prior to sanding.
JD Tech Team
How does the UV resistance of TotalBoat Envy 2-part Varnish compare to Z-spar Flagship varnish. Is there any difference between the UV resistance of Satin versus Gloss?Thanks.
The UV resistance should be as good or better than Flagship varnish. Generally, the gloss has more UV resistance than the satin, it's common to build up coats with the gloss, then top coat with a satin.
JD Tech Team
I'm upset. I did a two coat on my bow rail last night in an air conditioned shop kept at 74 degrees. Teak was bare and wiped with the required solvent. When I left, it was floating beautifully and I figured to come back to a light sanding for more coats. WRONG millions of bubbles which are requiring I start at 120 paper again. I thought it could have been the teak but I coated a scrap piece of Brazilian Cherry and it did the same thing. HELP!!
Hard to answer without asking some questions. Did you use the reducer to thin the product? Did you roll or brush? Are you sure it's bubbles and not dust particles?
JD Tech Team
I am leaning towards total boat envy to finish a hackberry outside countertop. It is approximately 20 sq.ft with 4/6 coats, any recommendations?
A quart kit should be enough.
JD Tech Team
I have read the instructions and they state that my wet edge time is 2 mins and the overcoat time is 12 hours but I see no mention of the working time or pot life.Does anyone have anything on this ?
Pot life is 4 hrs at 72 degrees. Overcoat time is 45min to 1 hour, 12 hours without sanding.
JD Tech Team
Can ENVY be used over existing varnished ,on a boat
Envy is a two part varnish. It can go over other two part finishes in good condition, it cannot go over a single part varnish.
JD Tech Team
Today its a 5. a year from now... who knows
on a recommendation from a very nice man from Jamestown, I ordered this product. I originally called to inquire about another product and he said to go with this instead. I am remodeling my restaurant in Florida. yes Florida so when u go to try and do the 2nd coat on the 1st day, u have to keep in mind the weather conditions outside. hurricane dorian was trying to threaten us at the time so it wasn't the best temperature outside or in my establishment. that being said, after 4 hours it was like I had just painted it 1 hour ago. so we waited until the next day (more then 12 hours) and so we had to lightly sand AGAIN. (we weren't getting up at 4 am just so we wouldn't have to sand it.). my dad and I each started on a side and met in the middle. people u need to pay attention VERY CLOSLY to where u have painted and where u haven't. also u need to b WAY FIRMER then I was when applying ur coats. my side the next day looked like I hadn't even painted it... his side a hard shiny coating. it is worth mentioning that the harder u push the more likely u r to get bubbles. me I'm just going with it is adding character to my table and bench. It wasn't until day 3 (3rd coat) that we realized we needed to be more aware of where we needed more varnish so after sanding and wiping it down AGAIN we sticky noted the whole project so we would know where to focus on putting extra and we used a clay pizza box to keep an eye one where we stopped and begun painting. that is a very important tip people. read it again so u keep that in mind when u r looking over ur work thinking how the hell did I miss that spot. oh and I don't know where this so called "self leveling" part of the product comes into play... if I hadn't used to post its I would NEVER HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEVEL MY OWN TABLE. don't believe the hype people. now all that being said... they both look great, NOW. the colors of the butcher block are just jumping out, and the surface is super hard. I hope this holds up over time.
Davincis Pizzeria Ft Lauderdale, FL
As Advertized quick dry easy to use
I first I read a lot of the 1-star reviews and chocked them up to poor technique, so I ordered a kit in Matt.I had a solid foundation of total boat penetrating epoxy. I thinned the first coat to drive it deep into the grain watching for bubbles and torching them off. Once dry I sanded out any bubbles I missed and applied one more coat of penetrating epoxy. I then sanded with 80grt wiped it down opened the Envy mixed as directed and set aside for five minutes, then mixed again.I sectioned off my project in my head and began applying the varnish to my 3 x 6 foot outdoor table with a 3 inch foam brush. I would quickly move from right to left the entire length from the center out to the edge in case I dripped. After that I would wet my brush and layoff the varnish,keeping the brush wet so it will not drag or chatter. I did 6 coats sanding every 2, my last coat is always a hand rubbed coat with a lint free rag its a trick I picked up along time ago.My project now has a very soft subtle finish that hopefully last for years
Great 2-part polyurethane
The product is great. Be sure to wear a respirator. One comment for JD - it would be great if you would accept returns on paints and finishes. By my own mistake, I ordered a satin finish when I wanted a gloss. I ordered the gloss - which is a great product. And I also have satin -- which I am not using.
Envy 2 part varnish
Didn't level as well as I hoped leaving streaks in the final finish. It was hot (90's) & I suspect it set too fast to smooth out. Seems very tough but that will take a year or two to judge.
One season disappointment.
I have refinished the teak on my boat several times over the years with varnishes , getting 3 years out of them before needing touch up. Last spring I totally sraped and sanded to bare wood. I applied Envy per the instructions. Six coats total and this is what it looks like one season later. Moisture got under it and I can literally peal it right off. Waste of time and money. Do not use on Teak!! Although my Teak is 18 years old it still would not take this finish. Better to use a good Varnish.
Great Finish Crystal Clear
This finish is an excellent choice for bright work. I used this on my wood strip kayak to protect the fiberglass resin system from UV. It produced a hard exterior that highlights the wood. I like the ease it goes on. I would caution two points though. If the surface is not level it will run and this can lead to orange peel texture in the finish if applied to thick. Second I live in the desert and it being a two part epoxy it needs to be applied in a cool room since it will have a very short pot life otherwise. I had to only mix up a total of 75ml each time to ensure it did not exotherm on me and get to hot to handle in about the 20 minute time frame.
I started to use it to do the companionway and whole sole of a 36' sailboat. A lot of problems with poor leveling out. I tried spraying, roller with tipping off and brushing in a controlled temperature envir. I spoke to a paint guy at this years open house and continued to use the paint with his suggestions and still poor results. More recently when I was at the store, I spoke to a counter person about my displeasure with the product. He later checked some of my invoices and called me to say they would credit the cost of the paint. They thought I only purchased 1 kit when in fact I bought 4. They never credited any of the purchases and that was the last I heard from them. The paint is not very flexible and lifts with the slightess impact. I should say that I have done a lot of painting incl. an entire 26' sailboat with 3 coats of Perfection (bringing rave praises)
The Worst Varnish Product I have ever used
I used this product on a teak bow rail and it turned an 8 hour project into a 40 hour project. Every coat produced tiny bubbles that had to be sanded for hours. I thought it was the teak but I tested it on three other different woods with the same result. I used everything as instructed and it was applied in a 74 degree air conditioned shop with an air filtration system. Each coat would have less bubbles and after the fifth coat I considered it okay. I can only assume I got a bad batch because Jamestown would surely never sell such a product. If you buy this product be sure to test it first.
Merritt Island, Florida
Great, so far
I just applied seven coats to the main hatch cover. I had one boat owner stop by and tell me he could see it shinning from the other side of the marina. The real question will be how ell it holds up over time and that is why I awarded only four stars. I applied it with a four inch roller and that is what I would recommend for any suitable surface. It does want to drag, so try and avoid going back over previous finished areas.
San Diego & Wisconsin
I just finished my cedarstrip/epoxy Stand up paddle board with Total Boat envy. In the past I've used Epiphanes Spar varnish with good results but the cure time between sanding and the wait for a final cure was not an option with this deadlined project so I gave envy a try. Application was a breeze using nothing more than a foam brush and good technique. The gloss is visually stunning when cured. The fast cure(24 hours) is a huge time saver for sanding between coats and the paddle board was ready for use the day after varnishing. I liked to wait three weeks with traditional spar varnish. My one gripe however is this stuff smells strong and wickedly toxic. I actually like the smell of Epiphanes. Wear a good respirator and get out of the area as soon as you can with this stuff! The cost I thought was initially high but once all the components are mixed this stuff will go a long ways.If time is an issue and you are more concerned with a high quality finish above all else this is your varnish.