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All About Mod Podge Ultra: Tips & Tricks!

Mod Podge Ultra is a cool non-toxic, super-strong formula that comes in a spray bottle! Learn everything about it here, plus FAQ and a video.

Mod Podge Ultra

I’m not sure if you’ve heard the buzz, but there’s a new Mod Podge formula in town! I always get excited about new formulas because they don’t happen very often. That’s because it’s hard to improve on perfection . . . .

It sounds crazy, but Mod Podge Ultra takes perfection to a whole different level! Here’s a quick look at the features of this new product:

  • NON-tacky
  • Spray application
  • Multi-surface – wood, fabric, terra cotta, and more
  • Indoor or Outdoor (water resistant and UV resistant)
  • Self leveling, no brush strokes
  • Highly durable!

Let’s dig into the details. I’m so excited to share with you – this formula is life changing.

Mod Podge Spray

The coolest thing about this product s that it is a Mod Podge spray – meaning, it is MP in a pump bottle that you can spray onto your surface!

I know you’ve had those moments where you’ve wanted to ditch the brushes and water – Ultra makes it possible. Of course, you can use it with a brush too. The FAQ is below.

What is Mod Podge Ultra? 

Ultra is a super strong, non-toxic Mod Podge spray formula that works as all-in-one glue and sealer with a high adhesion level – perfect for adding dimensional design embellishments to your projects.

This versatile, water-based spray formula dries quickly and naturally self-levels, leaving no brush marks. Manufactured in both matte and gloss finishes, it is also available in both 4 oz. and 8 oz. spray bottles. This formula cleans up easily with soap and water. 

What surfaces can I use Mod Podge Ultra on? 

Ultra can be used on most craft project surfaces including wood, terra cotta, tin, canvas, sculptures, papier-mâché, and more. It can be used on fabric, glass or ceramics for decorative purposes only

What kind of items can I apply to a project surface when using this formula?

Almost anything can be applied to a project surface when using Mod Podge Ultra, including design elements such as: decorative papers, tissue paper, fabric, magazine cutouts, computer printouts, newspaper, scrapbooking embellishments, copies of photographs, 3D dimensional elements such as sand, shells, twine, ribbons, small pebbles, loose glitter particles, and so much more! 

  • Ink-jet printouts – Before using Mod Podge, we recommend sealing with a matte acrylic sealer to prevent ink smearing. Spray a very light coat, let dry and spray again.
  • Photographs – We recommend making a color copy with a dry toner copier before using Mod Podge

Can I mix Mod Podge Ultra with water? 

No. Water can substantially reduce or eliminate the adhesive properties of this product. I don’t dillute any Podge with water – it’s just not recommended!

Do I need to stir or shake before using it? 

To fully incorporate the product, Mod Podge Ultra should be gently shaken for 15 seconds prior to use. 

If the Mod Podge Ultra “sputters” when first sprayed, what should I do? 

It is always best to “test spray,” away from the project surface, before actually spraying onto the project surface. Prime the nozzle with a few pumps before spraying over the project. 

How should I prepare my creative space before working with Mod Podge Ultra? 

Layer the work surface with newspapers or a drop cloth and/or elevate the project from the work table using bottle caps or position your project over a wire rack. 

How should Mod Podge Ultra be applied to a craft surface? 

Ultra is best applied to a project surface by evenly spraying the surface while moving the bottle left to right.

Work in small sections at a time to fully wet the surface. Immediately place all design elements onto the wet surface.

To prevent an excess application and/or drips, it is best to apply several thin coats rather than one thick coat. NOTE: this formula can also be either brushed or poured onto a project surface, if desired. 

How long does it take for Mod Podge Ultra to thoroughly dry? 

After applying Mod Podge Ultra, the project surface may take four to 24 hours to thoroughly dry. It is best to keep the project surface flat until the Mod Podge Ultra has set. Once set and thoroughly dry, all 3D items will be secure. 

Should I topcoat a Mod Podge Ultra project surface? 

Ultra can be used as a topcoat once the project surface is thoroughly dry. Simply spray, brush-on, or pour on an additional application for an added scratch-resistant, durable finish. You don’t need anything separate.

How long will it take my project to cure? 

With a medium coat, the project should cure within 24 hours. Allow for longer curing times if applying thicker coats. 

I live in the Pacific Northwest, and when it’s not raining it’s actually quite dry. I find my projects dry in about 4 hours and fully cure in about 8.

DIY Cactus Planters with Mod Podge Ultra

Will my Mod Podge Ultra project surface dry to a sticky finish? 

Ultra is formulated to dry non-tacky and will not leave a sticky finish. 

Can it be used on outdoor surfaces and projects? 

Yes, Mod Podge Ultra can be use on both indoor and outdoor project surfaces as it is water-resistant and offers UV protection. 

How should I clean up after using Mod Podge Ultra? 

If applicators or brushes were used to apply, clean all tools immediately after use, while still wet, using soap and water.

NOTE: It is also best to remove the nozzle spray head from the bottle to thoroughly clean it immediately after each use by rinsing the nozzle and pumping clean water through the spray head. 

How do I care for my finished project? 

Lightly wipe your Mod Podge Ultra project with a dampened, lint-free rag. The surface cannot be scrubbed or washed. 

How can I clean a spill from fabric or clothing? 

A wet spill on fabrics must be washed immediately with soap and water when wet. If allowed to dry, the Ultra will set and will not be removable from clothing. 

Now that you’ve learned all about Mod Podge Ultra, are you ready to see a video? Simply press “PLAY” in the center of the video on the page to learn more about this cool formula!

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Gloria

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

May I use modpodge ultra spray on my diamond painting art work????

Amy

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Hi Gloria! You can absolutely use Ultra for this.

goldie farahani

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

I applied Mod Podge on my glass vase. I waited for 24 hours and I wash it, but I realized on the bottle said it needs to be cured for 28 days. So, I am going to get the same effect? Do I re-do the Mod Podge on my vase again? HELP!

Amy

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

Hi Goldie! Let it dry and see how it looks. If it's not looking too shabby, give it another coat :) Then let cure for the full 28 days!

Vic

Sunday 26th of May 2019

I would like to know if you can use this on clothing. Will it wash. What is its life please. Fabric artist. Vic

Amy

Monday 27th of May 2019

Hi Vic! Officially, it is only to be used for decorative purposes only on fabric (not washing). However if you are a fabric artist and find something that works, please do come back and let me know! Thank you.

Chris Shibata

Saturday 25th of May 2019

The information about the new spray finish contains a warning against thinning with water, which raises a question for me. I’ve been using the original ModPodge brush-on matte and gloss for too many years to count, and more than once have had to resuscitate the last globby dregs of a 16 oz. container that was inadvertently not closed completely, or had been stored right-side up and formed a skin. I make dollhouse miniatures, so 16 ounces is a HUGE container, but often the only size I can find. I had long presumed any non-toxic acrylic sealer could be thinned with small amounts of water added drop by drop, a whisk and a liberal application of elbow grease, as long as any thickened lumps or film is removed beforehand. I haven’t found any differences in the appearance or durability of the finishes between items sealed with resuscitated finish and those made with freshly opened product, even after15-plus years on display. I also admit to once watering down some original product enough to permit it’s use as a spray from a plant mister, after I discovered I was out of hairspray for some paper flowers. This worked well, but apparently I didn’t clean out the nozzle completely after I was done spraying, so the nozzle was dismantled for mini parts. :-)

Amy

Monday 27th of May 2019

Hi Chris! While this method of reconstitution probably wouldn't be officially recommended by Plaid (who makes Mod Podge), I think your technique works just fine if it works for you :) A few drops isn't going to change the overall properties of Mod Podge, especially if some of the water has left it through evaporation because you have an older bottle. As far as the paper flowers, I will say do whatever works best for you - the only issue is Plaid can't ensure that MP will behave the same when it's watered down, you know? So the reason they don't recommend it is so they don't have consumers coming to them asking why it doesn't behave the same when water is added :)

Creative Khadija

Saturday 18th of May 2019

Yet another great product by Plaid & Mod Podge! It is a very detailed post covering all the possible questions in my mind!

Thanks for sharing :)

Khadija https://creativekhadija.com/

Amy

Sunday 19th of May 2019

Thank you so much sweet friend!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!! :D