TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Marine Spar Varnish Gloss Quart
TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Marine Spar Varnish Satin QuartApply Gleam to prepared wood

Gleam 2.0 Spar Varnish


High-quality, one-part varnish provides a beautiful, long-lasting finish with maximum UV protection and water resistance. Available in high gloss and satin.  Forgiving formula makes great results easy to achieve.

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Product Description

  • Classic Tung oil marine spar varnish with high solids content creates a deep, radiant, durable finish
  • Easy to apply, with smooth flow out on wood and previously painted 1-part varnish in good condition
  • Improved Gleam 2.0 formula features higher build per coat with excellent flow-out, plus faster overcoating and cure times
  • Color: Clear amber
  • Type/Size: Available in Gloss and Satin, in Pint, Quart-Kit, 2-Quart Kit, and Gallon Kit sizes
  • NEW! For a satin finish that has even better depth and clarity, Gleam 2.0 is also available in a Gloss & Satin 2-Quart Combo Kit that includes 1 quart of Gleam 2.0 Gloss Varnish and 1 quart of Gleam 2.0 Satin Varnish. Apply the gloss first to create build coats with superior depth and clarity of the wood grain, then overcoat with a couple of coats of satin to knock down the gloss and achieve the desired velvety satin finish.
  • When you buy a Kit, you also receive two stir sticks, two paint pots, two paint strainers, and two foam brushes<--, and a pair of latex gloves—free (a $10 value)-->

Both finishes bring out the best and keep out the worst

Gleam’s transparent gloss and satin finishes enhance the shine and durability of the surfaces they’re applied to. Gloss Gleam is very shiny and very smooth. It’s a little easier to clean, which makes it great for hand rails and trim. Satin Gleam brings out the natural beauty of the wood grain with a finish that’s much less shiny but no less durable. Satin was designed to boost the beauty of interior woods. It can also be used on deck areas that may become slippery when wet. Both Gleam finishes seal the beauty in and block the ravages of sun and moisture.

Flows well and spreads smoothly and evenly

This one-part varnish goes on easily, without much thinning. More solids are applied to the surface, resulting in a more durable, UV-stable coating that lays down flat with fewer air bubbles to knock down by tipping. Unless you’re in extreme temperature conditions, you should only need to thin the first coat as a sealer coat.

Build luster coat by coat

As layers of Gleam are applied, the finish depth increases. This smooth surface can be sanded between coats and overcoated to build gloss or depth as needed, one coat at a time. Maintaining the finish is easy, too. Just apply a few maintenance coats every year to varnished areas that are exposed to direct sunlight.


  • Finishes available (Gloss %): Gloss >90%; Satin 20-40%
  • Application: Brush, roll, or spray
  • Application temperature: 45-105°F; relative humidity 0-85%
  • Thinning: Brushing (TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100); spraying (xylene)
  • Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 or TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep
  • Minimum overcoat time: 1 hr @ 80°F; 3 hrs @ 65°F; 8 hrs @ 50°F
  • Maximum overcoat time without sanding: 48 hours
  • Number of applications: 4-6 coats
  • Application hint: TotalBoat Wood Sealer can also be used on new wood before applying Gleam 2.0 to avoid reducing on the first coat. Simply apply 2-3 coats of TotalBoat Wood Sealer on sanded and cleaned bare wood, allow to dry for 24 hours, and apply Gleam 2.0 as directed.


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

TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 Marine Spar Varnish Technical Data
Gleam 2.0 Gloss Varnish SDS
Gleam 2.0 Varnish Satin SDS

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Gleam and Halcyon varnish?

Gleam is a traditional oil-based marine varnish available in gloss or satin finish. Halcyon is a water-based polyurethane varnish available in clear gloss, light amber gloss, and satin finish. Gleam provides the classic rich, warm amber appearance of European finishes, but improves upon them by eliminating sanding between coats and drying far faster.

Can I apply Gleam varnish directly over epoxy?

Yes, but make sure to first wash the epoxy with water and scrub clean, then rinse and dry in order to remove any amine blush, then sand smooth, remove any sanding residue and then apply varnish. Amine blush, a byproduct of most epoxies’ curing process, will otherwise compromise the varnish’s ability to bond to the epoxy.

How do I apply this varnish?

You can apply by brush, roller, or spray. To achieve desired flow when brushing, 5-10% TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 may be necessary in warmer conditions over 75°F. When spraying, reduce 10-25% with xylene. For more information, refer to our step-by-step instructions here.

How much coverage will I get per gallon of varnish?

The coverage for varnish is 250 sq ft per gallon at 3 mils wet.

How many coats of varnish should I apply?

A total of 4-6 coats will provide the best finish and depth; the more coats, the better the finish.

How long should I wait to re-coat?

It depends on temperature and humidity. Gleam can be overcoated much sooner than other common varnishes. You may re-coat after 1 hour at 80°F, 3 hours at 65°F, or 8 hours at 50°F.

Can the TotalBoat Gleam be used over stained surfaces?

Yes, but the stain must be thoroughly dried and the surface should be cleaned with denatured alcohol prior to application. If possible, we recommend trying a test piece to make sure the two products are compatible.

Is there a difference in application between Gloss and Satin finishes?

Gloss can be built up to a desired finish and depth. Satin applications should be built up using Gleam 2.0 Gloss, and directly prior to the final coat, sand lightly with 320-grit sandpaper, and finish with one or two coats of Gleam 2.0 Satin. Important: Do not build coats with Satin.

Does this varnish dry clear, or does it have a color?

TotalBoat Gleam 2.0 varnish will dry to a classic clear amber gloss similar to the distinctive finish of the best European spar varnishes.

How do I maintain varnished surfaces?

Gleam may be cleaned with any mild all-purpose boat soap, such as TotalBoat Boat Soap, and water. For the best results, apply 1-2 annual maintenance coats for exterior applications to maintain the finish appearance and UV protection.

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