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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.


Tuesday 4th of October 2022

I want to put a finishing coat on my mod podge decorative dishes. Which is best, Mod Podge Hard Coat or Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer? Is there something else that would be better?


Saturday 1st of October 2022

After using the mod podge dishwasher safe product on a plate ( so a reverse picture) can I use a gloss type product to make the underneath shiny when finished and still use it in the dishwasher?


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

Is there a real difference between regular Mod Podge and the Puzzle Saver Mod Podge formula?


Friday 16th of September 2022

No there isn't! More info here:

Rhonda Myree

Friday 9th of September 2022

I used the Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer (spray) to seal the rhinestones on my converse (cloth). But after drying, I notice that there is a dull look to the rhinestones. Is there any way that I can fix this?


Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Hello! You can try to lightly wet sand them with steel wool to remove the spray. It's because acrylic sprays will dull rhinestones.


Wednesday 6th of July 2022

How can I use dishwasher safe glossy modge podge on the outside of glass jars for canisters without getting brush strokes?


Saturday 9th of July 2022

Hi Fran! Make sure you are using a foam brush or a fine bristled brush - AND you can use steel wool #0000 to sand between layers!