A wordle – and a solution for Mod Podge tackiness

Mod Podge wordleIf you haven’t been to Wordle, you have to go there. Why? Because you can waste hours. Wow, that was embarrassing. I just told you that I wasted hours creating a blog Wordle. Awesome.

The real intention for this blog entry is to share with you a tip that I hope you value. Before I share this tip, I would like to thank (in addition to the Academy), my friends Patty and Holli, who have taught me everything I know about Mod Podge. Including this tip.

Problem: You’ve finished your Mod Podge project, it’s dried, and it feels tacky. Sticky.

Solution: Purchase a clear acrylic sealer such as this one or this one. When you are done with your project, allow it to dry for time recommended (about 24 hours after the last coat). Spray a coat of sealer, allow to dry for 15 minutes, then spray another coat.

SPECIAL NOTE for furniture. I highly recommend Hard Coat Mod Podge. It’s not tacky, because of the satin finish. It’s basically a tougher Mod Podge, hence the slightly higher price. If you want a gloss finish, I suggest using the Hard Coat and then spraying a gloss sealer over it.

I hope this helps. Okay, back to creating another Wordle!


  1. Anonymous says

    Hi! I’m trying to build up a highly glossy finish on a wooden box by using Mod Podge Gloss.

    The problems I’ve encountered are:
    1. I get a lovely, super smooth finish by wet sanding, but the gloss disappears – is there any way to get the high shine back? I’ve polished with 1500 grit sand paper (because I read that steel wool causes tiny scratches).

    2. To work around the above problem, and also to get rid of the tackiness, I followed your advise and sprayed Plasti-kote clear acrylic sealer on top. This got rid of the tackiness (and put the shine back), but after over a week, the finish(es) are still soft, i.e. if I lightly press the box with my nail, it will leave an indent.

    Any tips? I will be trying the hard coat mod podge (although it only comes in satin), but wonder what I’m doing wrong with the current setup?

    Many thanks

  2. Anonymous says

    Hello there! (: I”m working on a foam “head” project it’s coming along great! I just noticed that any little bumping into walls, doors and such leave unpleasant dent on the foam dome.. I was wondering if Mod Podge hard coat will form some what of an outer shell protecting it from and further damage.? Any info would be appreciated. Thank you for your time (:


    • says

      Hi Eddie! Even the Hard Coat will remain flexible. You’d probably have to use a tough resin like EnviroTex Lite. But you have to drizzle that on so I’m not sure how that would work. I’d probably get recommendations at the hardware store.

  3. Grace says

    I really need some help…

    Alright, so I collect My Little Pony blind bag figures and they came out with a series that was made of a translucent plastic with glitter ontop. I wanted to keep the glitter from getting everywhere and I ended up using high-gloss acrylic modge podge spray. I did test it on two figures I had doubles of and allowed it to dry between coats and then let them set for a week or so. One was glittery and the other was a metallic plastic. They both turned out great so I did the rest of them.

    About two months after they became very sticky, they will actually stick to paper. Dust sticks to them and handling them creates bad fingerprint marking. I’m really unsure what to do to make them not sticky. If it was only two or three I wouldn’t care and would just try to find more of those but it’s almost the entire set plus the rare metallic versions. I’m alright if they have to have a matte finish, even-though the gloss finish is really gorgeous. I’m nervous about using another acrylic sealant on them, I really don’t want them to get sticker.

    Any recommendations on fixing this would be great.

    Here are two pictures of the different styles of the toys I sprayed. I don’t have photos of mine due to having to store them in a sealed plastic box to avoid dust sticking to them (they don’t stick to eachother too badly.)
    silver metallic: http://toliveistodieomgcake.tumblr.com/post/24039955541/ponyoftheday-special-edition-rarity-from-blind
    clear glitter and a normal blind bag pony: http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/200H/f/2012/352/e/1/fim_colgate_blind_bags__wave_4_and_wave_6_by_skycatcherequestria-d5og9hy.jpg

    The figures are really small, about 3 inches long.

    • says

      Hi there – I recommend painting them with an outdoor brush-on sealer, like Minwax Polycrylic. Give them several coats and let them dry. Good luck!