TotalBoat Halcyon Marine Gloss Varnish

Halcyon Rugged Gloss Varnish


Durable one-part marine varnish dries to a UV-stable, clear gloss finish that accents the grain of dark woods and won't darken lighter woods. Dries super fast so you can apply up to 5 coats in a day, without sanding between coats. Low-odor, low-VOC formula cleans up with soap and water. Resealable, easy-pour pouch prevents messes and waste.

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Product Description

  • Dries to a hard but flexible, clear gloss finish on all types of wood
  • No mixing or measuring, and won’t skin over while you’re using it
  • Easy to apply by brush, roller, or spraying—no thinning necessary
  • Allows rapid recoating in just 1 hour @ 72°—no sanding between coats
  • Apply up to 5 coats in 1 day, finish faster, and set sail sooner
  • Imparts a natural-looking finish to light-colored woods
  • Accents the grain and character of darker woods
  • Extremely low VOC content of less than 75 g/L
  • Low-odor means no harsh fumes, making it great for indoor use
  • Excellent UV protection, abrasion resistance, and gloss retention make it ideal for exterior use
  • Long-lasting hard finish resists scratches, solvents, and abrasion
  • Comes in a resealable pouch that prevents skinning over and product waste
  • Easy cleanup with just soap and water
  • For interior use and exterior use above the waterline
  • Compatible with 1- and 2-part varnishes
  • Size: Quart Kit
  • Quart Kit includes: 2 10-inch wooden stir sticks, 2 quart size plastic paint pots, 2 2-inch foam brushes, 2 paint strainers, and 1 pair of large latex gloves

Get your gloss on in hours—not days or weeks

Compared to conventional varnish, TotalBoat Halcyon provides a fast application, faster drying times, and the fastest, easiest cleanup so you can finish varnishing your brightwork in a matter of hours. No more days and sometimes weeks of stripping off old varnish, coating, sanding, recoating, and more sanding until the gloss finish is truly finished. No more bad fumes, long drying times, and sanding between coats either, because Halcyon has a low, low VOC content, almost no odor, adheres so strongly, and dries so fast there’s not much time for the dust to settle. You can recoat in as little as 1 hour at 72°F. Finish faster, set sail sooner, and enjoy your boat and the compliments you’ll get on your clear, glossy brightwork. Halcyon means happy, which is what you’ll be after using it, especially when you see how easy it is to retain the beauty with just 1 to 2 quick maintenance coats annually.

The only thing hard about it is the clear gloss finish

When it comes to varnish coatings, hardness affects durability. TotalBoat Halcyon is very hard for a one-part varnish, and is made to last. It resists scratches and abrasion without yellowing, gloss loss, lifting, cracking, clouding, dead spots, and other issues commonly associated with conventional oil-based varnish.

To develop an easy-to-use, eco-friendly marine varnish hard enough and UV stable enough to withstand assault from humans and harsh weather, flexible enough to move with wood as it expands and contracts with weather and use, fast drying to allow multiple coats (up to 5!) in one day, with very little odor, an extremely low VOC level that practically ensures compliance (always check local regulations, of course), and easy soap and water cleanup, we had to think so far outside the box, we ended up thinking outside the can, too, and put Halcyon in a resealable, airtight bag. This way, it won’t skin over while in storage, nothing gets wasted, and it’s always ready to use. With Halcyon’s ease of use and convenient packaging, glossy beautiful brightwork is truly in the bag.

Easy to get along with, and works well with others

TotalBoat Halcyon’s advanced formula is simple to use and very forgiving, producing beautiful, consistent, level results with just a foam brush. It flows on easily and is much easier to work with than oil-based varnishes, synthetic marine wood finishes, and even other waterborne marine polyurethane finishes. Best of all, Halcyon is compatible with other 1- and 2-part varnishes, so it can be applied over properly prepared existing varnish that’s in good condition–no need to strip off the old varnish first, which will save a lot of time and elbow grease. Here are a few more ways Halcyon makes the task of varnishing brightwork and other marine woodwork easier than ever:

  • Easy surface prep, just clean, sand, and wipe bare wood or previous varnish in good condition
  • Easy to pour, no mess
  • Easy to store, resealable bag prevents waste and ensures varnish is ready to use when you need it
  • Easy to work with, no mixing or measuring, no thinning, easy to apply, dries phenomenally fast
  • Easy to recoat, after it dries, just apply another coat—without sanding first, within 12-hour window
  • Easy on the eyes, with a beautiful, long-lasting, UV-stable gloss that resists scratches and abrasion
  • Easy on the nose, doesn’t stink! (unlike conventional oil-based varnishes or synthetic marine finishes)
  • Easy on the environment, very low VOC content limits exposure to volatile organic compounds
  • Easy to clean up, just use soap and water
  • Easy to keep clean, just wipe down cured varnish with water
  • Easy to maintain, just clean, scuff-sand, and apply 1-2 quick coats annually


  • Finish: Gloss
  • Product color (uncured): Milky white with a pinkish tinge
  • Finish color (cured): Clear
  • Application: Brush, roll & tip, or spray
  • Application temperature: 50-90°F; relative humidity 0-90%
  • Surface prep solvent wipe: Denatured alcohol
  • Thinning: Not required—even for the first coat. To create desired flow, thin with water up to 20%
  • Cleanup: Soap and water
  • Wet edge working time: 45-90 seconds
  • Dry time to recoat: 1 hour @ 72°F
  • Overcoat without sanding: Up to 12 hours
  • Total number of coats: 2-3 coats, minimum
  • Accelerated application: A maxiumum of 5 coats per day, if desired. Always wait 12 hours after applying Halcyon and before sanding.
  • Gloss DOI (Distinctness of Image): >90% @ 60°; >77% @ 20°


TotalBoat Halcyon Varnish Technical Data
Halcyon Varnish SDS

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