Mod Podge Glue, Sealers and Finishes
Mod Podge Hard Coat
Maybe you're covered wood blocks with fabric and they'll be handled by your children. Or you're Mod Podging a glasses case that you will open and shut every single day. Or you want to put fabric on a bookcase in your kid's playroom and you know it needs to withstand some wear and tear. That's when you would use Hard Coat! It is a step above basic Mod Podge . . . it's tougher.
Mod Podge Hard Coat is a Satin formula (so in between Gloss and Matte). Gloss is shiny – very reflective of light. Matte is flat. The way that these Mod Podge formulas work is nearly the same as wall paint in terms of the sheen and how it is described. So what THAT means is that Satin is in between Gloss and Matte. It's not quite shiny . . . but it's not flat either.
Mod Podge Gloss, Satin and Matte
Think about paint. It comes in different finishes, right? There's gloss, high-gloss, eggshell . . . etc. The only difference being the sheen when the light hits it.
Gloss is shiny – very reflective of light. Matte is flat. The way that these Mod Podge formulas work is nearly the same as wall paint in terms of the sheen and how it is described. So what THAT means is that Satin is in between Gloss and Matte. It's not quite shiny . . . but it's not flat either.
Why would you pick this formula over Gloss, Matte or Satin? It's about personal preference. You would like this finish over the other two, so you would choose it for your projects. Don't you love choices?
They are perfect for all basic decoupage projects that don't require a more specialized formula! If I'm adhering paper to wood, I'll use this. If I'm adding fabric to a canvas, I'll use this. If I'm putting tissue paper on glass, I'll use this.
Mod Podge Super Gloss
Get a glass-like finish on your project when you use Super Gloss as your final coat. No special tools are needed, Super Gloss goes on smooth and does not leave stroke marks from your brush.
Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe
Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is the decoupage formula that you can apply to glass, ceramic, and metal and then you'll be able to wash the item. By “put in the dishwasher,” we mean on the top rack after it cures.
It's indoor/outdoor durable (though you typically use Outdoor Mod Podge for outdoor projects). Does it really work? Absolutely! Mod Podge have tested many projects with this formula, and if you follow the instructions EXACTLY, your item can be washed in the dishwasher.
If you are wondering about instructions, here you go. These are the steps you should follow for success:
- Clean your project surface. I wash glass, ceramic, and metal with warm soapy water – rinse thoroughly, and let dry. If your piece is too large, using rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean.
- Roll your bottle on the table to mix it.
- Open and use a soft bristle brush to apply the finish to the surface and the back of the design element.
- While the Mod Podge is still wet, place the design onto the surface and smooth.
- Do not apply the design element where it can be in contact with food or your lips. For example, apply to the back of a glass plate or 1/4″ down from the edge of a cup.
- Let dry for 1- 2 hours and then apply 2 – 3 more coats. Let dry 1 – 2 hours between coats.
- Cure your project for 28 days.
- Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Mod Podge Outdoor
Mod Podge Outdoor is made to be used on decoupage projects that will sit outdoors.
Simple, right? Well, there are a few things you should know about this formula. First of all, Mod Podge Outdoor is not waterproof. It is HIGHLY water resistant. This means that if you want a decoupage item to sit on a covered porch where it is not exposed to weather 24 hours a day, you are fine using this formula by itself.
HOWEVER – if your project is constantly rained on the sun is beating down on your craft all the time, we suggest you use another sealer that is waterpoof and/or UV resistant on top.
Having said that, for most of us, Outdoor Mod Podge is just perfect for our climate. We can make projects that will sit outside using this formula alone. Like other Mod Podge formulas, this bad boy is a glue, sealer, and finish in one.
So if you are doing an outdoor project, you don't need any additional Mod Podges. All you need is this one green bottle!
There are a few characteristics of this formula you should know.
- It is thicker than the other formulas. This is normal.
- Because the formula is thicker, brushstrokes can be more obvious. To minimize them: use a soft bristled brush and sand between coats. To do this, apply the Mod Podge and let it dry an hour.
- Then use fine steel wool and lightly sand the entire surface. Do this between every coat.
- It has a glossy finish.
Pearl Mod Podge
We are imagining that your biggest use for this formula will be during the holidays. I mean, can you imagine a beautiful, shimmery topcoat on all of your handmade Christmas ornaments? But you can use it all year if you want to – there are no limits! It does dull the pattern slightly (it's harder to see through the pearlescence) and we find that it looks best on darker colors, at least to us . . . . but you can even paint it on white for a more subtle finish.
Result: Shimmery finish that changes colors in the light.
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealers
Protect all decoupage creations with a dust and fingerprint-resistant spray finish. Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealers can be used over water-based and oil-based paints, glazes, lacquers and varnishes. They dry clear, are waterproof, and
non-yellowing. Choose from four classic looks: Matte - for an original subtle finish, Gloss - for a basic shiny finish, Hi-Shine
for an extra glossy finish and Pearl for a lustrous pearlized finish perfect for weddings and holidays.
To see the full Mod Podge range click here.