Varnishing Beetle Cat Spars with LUST Varnish

Because we are a company of DIY boaters around here, when we set out to develop a new varnish to add to our line of TotalBoat products, we had some pretty serious requirements. The first was easy – to develop the very best one part, high gloss varnish possible. We work long hours and prefer to spend our time on the boat, not applying coats of varnish between tedious sanding sessions.

TotalBoat LUST Varnish is just what we were after: A revolutionary one-part varnish that looks great and can withstand Florida, Rhode Island, California, etc salt spray and sunshine while not taking more time to maintain than installing all new teak pieces! We all know a proper varnish job can take upwards of 20 hours to complete, which is why often this was a job best left to the professionals.

Then came Lust. With a beautiful warm, rich, amber finish, Lust is the first true one part marine varnish that allows multiple coats in one day, without sanding between coats. In ideal conditions, you can apply up to 5 coats in one day without ever sanding. These Beetle Cat Spars had 4 coats applied on day one, and on day 2, after a light sanding to take down the high spots and find the holidays, we went back for another 5 coats. The build was beautiful, it laid flat and self-leveled and the grain was looking clear and sharp through the amber color.

If you want to cut corners – and we don’t – then grab one of those marine finishes – the varnish look-alikes with extra pigments and dyes to replicate a fine varnish job. But know that there is no substitute for a great build of beautiful varnish, and you can tell who puts in the time and who cuts the corners. Lust is the ideal replacement for your other varnishes. With the excellent UV inhibitors built in, it can stand up to fish blood, mooring lines, jib sheets and plenty of salt and sun: the enemy to many finishes.


The TotalBoat team is pleased with the product feedback, we are super pleased with the results on our own boats and we are on the case to develop more revolutionary products that make boat ownership and maintenance more about using and enjoying the boat and less about toiling over the tedious jobs that plague boat owners.

Try it out and let us know what you think! We welcome your feedback!



Spring Commissioning Special – Part 2 – VARNISHING


Get Ready for Spring!
Varnishing weather will come eventually. (promise!) Make sure that you are prepared when it finally returns. Here are some some great varnishing how-to videos to help get you ready. They are packed with tips and pointers on how to varnish like a pro.

Here is a playlist of 4 varnishing videos from our new TotalBoat YouTube channel.

We have loaded the playlist with varnishing videos about cleaning your brushes, how to prep for varnish and how to apply varnish. It can be a tricky job – but the TotalBoat experts from Jamestown Distributors have been advising people for years on how to best apply coats and get the desired results. If you have questions about certain brands or products, application issues, or anything else pertaining to your varnish job, the Tech Help and Call center experts are ready to assist you.

You can find all your VARNISH needs on our website. From brushes to rollers and strainers, tack cloths, tapes and your favorite varnishes – we have everything you need. And we even have an amazing new varnish product JUST released: LUST! Our new TotalBoat Lust High Gloss Varnish can be overcoated in one hour and you can apply up to 5 coats in ONE DAY!  TotalBoat has been developing and testing LUST for over a year and the reviewers are thrilled with the results. Get on board and try it out. Then go to the Lust page on our website and let us know what you think about it in a review.



Spring Commissioning with TotalBoat – Part 1: BOAT REPAIR


The winter was unkind to many of our boats and plans for a tidy and possibly even early? spring commissioning. Around here, snow banks are finally almost a distant memory and any day over 40 degrees feels like a heat wave. So gentlemen and women – start your sanders… time to get down to business and tick off the projects on your spring commissioning  list.

TotalBoat Show is ready to help with the full support of our award winning customer support team and help line. Daily we get accolades from pleased customers raving about how knowledgable and helpful our call center and tech help hotline are. And we work hard to learn about and try every product we can to give you – the customer – the best advice out there for jobs that aren’t always knocked off as easily as the instruction manual might lead you to believe.

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Tips for Cleaning Your Varnish Brushes

Hopefully you are ready to lay some coats of varnish on your boat’s woodwork in preparation for spring launching. Any good varnisher will tell you that you need a good brush for great varnish jobs and it would be wasteful to use a new brush for each coat. With proper care of a good brush you can make it last beyond just one project. So spring for that badger brush and watch this video about how to care for it to make it last!

Lou has been really pleased with the TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish and has been using it with success for a few years now. If you have yet to try it out – now is a great time. It has great UV resistance and is available in clear or satin finish. Be a TotalBoat Gleam Varnish fan like Lou and check it out!