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Mod Podge Formulas: What the Finishes Look Like

Are you curious what the Mod Podge formulas look like when they are dry? Scroll down for a handy dandy guide! Very informative. Also get a video about the formulas at the end of the post.

Mod Podge formulas - what do the finishes look like when they dry

I get A LOT of questions about using Mod Podge as a finish (learn to Mod Podge here!). After all, you can decoupage with it, but after you are done, you can use it as a finish!

But how are the Mod Podge formulas going to look at the end of your project? Will they be shiny or what? That is one of the most common questions I get!

This visual guide is going to show you how each Mod Podge formula looks after you paint it onto your project and let it dry. I’ve also added a handy cheat sheet at the end that shows you all of the formulas in one graphic.

Three things you should do:

  1. Visit my Mod Podge formula guide to get more detailed information about these and additional Mod Podge formulas (these just happen to be the 10 most popular)
  2. To reduce brushstrokes from any of these formulas, use a soft bristled brush and then sand between coats. To do this, apply the Mod Podge and let it dry an hour. Then use #0000 steel wood and lightly sand the entire surface. Do this between every coat. After the final coat, sand and then spray a clear acrylic sealer to finish.
  3. Get a bonus video about the formulas by scrolling to the end of this post!

Mod Podge Finishes

You can see what each of the Mod Podge finishes look like when they are dry below!

Gloss Mod Podge

Mod Podge Gloss – Shiny, glossy finish. This was one of the first Mod Podge formulas.

Matte Mod Podge

Mod Podge Matte – Flat finish with minimal shine

Hard Coat Mod Podge

Mod Podge Hard Coat – Satin finish: somewhere in between a Gloss and a Matte (slightly shiny).

Outdoor Mod Podge

Outdoor Mod Podge – Shiny finish: even shinier than original Gloss

Fabric Mod Podge

Fabric Mod Podge – Shiny finish: very similar to Outdoor

Antique Matte Mod Podge

Antique Matte Mod Podge – Flat finish with a brown tint

Glow in the Dark Mod Podge

Mod Podge Glow in the Dark – Shiny finish that glows in the dark when charged with light

Extreme Glitter Mod Podge

Extreme Glitter Mod Podge – very sparkly finish! Tons of glitter. Even more than Sparkle Mod Podge

Super Gloss Mod Podge

Mod Podge Super Gloss – HIGH gloss finish. This formula is a finish only – don’t use it to decoupage down paper

Brushstroke Mod Podge

Brushstroke Mod Podge – textured finish: it’s designed for adding texture to a decoupage surface

Are you ready to see a video about the Mod Podge formulas? My friends Cathie and Steve will guide you. Press “PLAY” in the center of the video in this post!

Also, I’d love it if you would pin this graphic below!

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions in the comments.


Monday 8th of November 2021

Is it safe to use on my coloring books pages? Will it stick on the other pages if it dry? Im planning to use it as a sealer on some of my coloring books finish pages. Thank you so much.


Monday 8th of November 2021

Hi Jonjon! It depends on what you use to color. I wrote a post here:

Yes, the formulas can be tacky - Satin or Matte is your best bet for not sticking.

But honestly since you aren't decoupaging, you don't really need Mod Podge. You can use a clear acrylic spray to seal them! You'll only need the Mod Podge if you are planning on attaching the pages to something else.


Friday 1st of October 2021

Hi! Thank you for putting this together; it's very helpful! I notice that the Super Gloss has less visible brushstrokes than the others. Does it seem to self-level a bit or is it just coincidence?


Friday 1st of October 2021

Yes it does, it is self leveling! Good catch. :)


Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Hi! I recently created a dog food container from a galvanized metal bucket. I have a decal to apply. I was wondering if mod podge could be applied as a coating over the entire bin and then seal it with a metal sealer.


Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Hi Tiffany! You would only use Mod Podge if the decal is non-adhesive. You don't need to use Mod Podge if you're simply adhering the decal; the other sealer should be enough.

shana arno

Thursday 10th of June 2021

I noticed that my favorite Mod Podge finish was not included in your comparison. The satin finish which I believe has a softer sheen.


Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hi Shana! The Hard Coat has a Satin finish - so you can use that! I need to add a note, thank you!


Wednesday 19th of May 2021

How do you prevent mod podge from yellowing


Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Hi Dana! Mod Podge doesn't really yellow in my experience. However the Paper Mod Podge is archival, so you can purchase that if you need it for a specifical purpose! It the least yellow-y. :)