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? 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.
- 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)
- 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.
Now check out each formula below!
Mod Podge Gloss – Shiny, glossy finish
Mod Podge Matte – Flat finish with minimal shine
Mod Podge Hard Coat – Satin finish: somewhere in between a Gloss and a Matte (slightly shiny).
Outdoor Mod Podge – Shiny finish: even shinier than original Gloss
Fabric Mod Podge – Shiny finish: very similar to Outdoor
Antique Matte Mod Podge – Flat finish with a brown tint
Mod Podge Glow in the Dark – Shiny finish that glows in the dark when charged with light
Mod Podge Super Gloss – HIGH gloss finish. This formula is a finish only – don't use it to decoupage down paper
Brushstroke Mod Podge – textured finish: it's designed for adding texture to a decoupage surface
I'd love it if you would pin this graphic below!