Confessions of an Adhesive & Sealant Junkie


Maybe junkie isn’t the best word.  I just think that sticking stuff to other stuff feels good.  Why is that?  I don’t know.  I have tried many different adhesives and sealants in my day, and these are my faves that make up the contents of my shelf/crafting kit. There is nothing worse than being so ready to finish a project, then not having the right glue or spray, so I keep these in stock at all time.  Please if you have one I’ve overlooked or you think I need to try, share it in the comments!  Get the full low down on the Best Crafting Adhesives and Sealants after the jump…

World’s Best Crafty Adhesives and Sealants That Should Be In Your Kit
*in my humble opinion*

Glue
Aleene’s is one of those brands that you just know makes good stuff.  If you’re ever in doubt just get Aleene’s and you’ll be fine.  No, they don’t pay us to say things like that.  But if you work for Aleene’s and you want to send me a giant box of magical glues and sprays, please go right ahead.  The ones I can’t live without:

Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue, $1.72 for four ounces.  The fall back glue for when you don’t know what to use.  Super strong and it’s very useful that it is clear when your attention to detail is poor like mine.

Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray, $4.49.  Spray Adhesive is one of those things you don’t think you need until you use it, then you’re like, oh i should have always had this.  It allows you to glue paper to paper (or other non-pourous stuff) with no lumps and bumps, and dries almost instantly.  I like this one the best because you also have a few seconds to lift the item and re-position it before it dries.

Aleene’s Stop Fraying, $2.88 for four ounces. This is a white glue that dries clear that you use for fabric edges to keep them from fraying.  It is handy if you serge to place a dot where two stitch lines meet.  Also useful if you have a tiny hole in something and you want to keep it from getting bigger.  I also use it on the edges of cotton webbing (like when I made the replacement Doll Stroller seat).  It’s just a great thing to have if you sew.

Aleene’s Fabric Stiffening and Draping Liquid, $5.70.  This isn’t something you MUST HAVE but it’s pretty fun.  It hardens fabric, from a little hard to hard-as-a-rock depending on how you use it.  You can make firm bows and doily bowls and snowflakes, which make lovely gifts and cost so little.  Just a fun thing to have!

Best Test Rubber Cement – $7.19.  Honestly I just love this because it reminds me of being a kid in school and getting it on my fingers and peeling it off into a little ball.

And of course a Hot Glue Gun, $4.85.  I’ve had a super cheap mini one for over six years and it’s all I’ve ever needed – from little paper projects to my king size headboard.

Sealants
Krylon Clear Polyurethane, $4.79. This sealer basically puts a plastic coating on top of whatever you spray it on.  It’s very thin but it protects your finished project from moisture and the elements.  I have noticed over time that it turns a slight shade of yellow, possibly only visible to me, but I have stopped using it for mod podge projects that are white or bright.  I think it is best for wood projects and things meant to go outdoors and get rained on, in which case it is invaluable.  I just picked up the can and it says “adds a warm luster” so I think that means “turns it slightly yellow” ha.

Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer, $7.02.  This is what I now use to seal all those Mod Podge coasters and vases and step stools any other decoupage project.  Dries quickly, easy to apply, keeps the moisture out and retains the original color.  If you decoupage you NEED THIS.  If you don’t use it your decoupaged items can suffer water damage, or worst of all, melt.
Mod Podge.  I’m not going to bore you by explaining why you need this again.  Just get some in glossy and matte and make some stuff!  Search “mod podge” in our search box for projects.
So, do you agree with my selections?  And what am i missing??

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248 Comments

lizibeth

Love this post! For some reason I hesitate to spend ~$5 for glue, so it's really nice to see a breakdown of what you've tried and liked.
Personally, I get my kicks from throwing things away – it's actually one of the reasons I love scrapbooking: it allows you to get rid of all the ticket stubs, bits of streamer, etc. that "might work" in the album – and buying dishes, especially bowls. What can I say? they make me happy!

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Emily

You're missing E6000! I personally am not a glue gun devotee. I tend to sourch myself and make a huge, drippy mess. And I feel that it's not that permanent. Perhaps it's just me. So, instead I use E6000 for everything. And there's no budging once it's dry!

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Tina

Starred this one, just half-way through reading it! Great reference. I hope you get a big box of can't-live-without-sticky-stuff from Aleene soon! Maybe they'll send one to me too!

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Sue Ann

Okay I have a few that I love in addition ……… I use most of the ones you posted about!!! I love a Zig Pen ……. they come in a fine point for all those small papers. I also love my Xyron machine to make stickers ……. and I use it for small pieces too when I am doing a paper piece project. And I use Zip Dry for felt if I am doing an embellishment on a card or buttons …… and I love love glue dots 🙂

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Lauren

My aunt used to work for Alene's! She was the person they used in instructional videos etc. Too bad I was only 5 years old and couldn't take advantage of the family discount 😀

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Jess

i cant recall the name, but in art school i had to buy this insane glue (and thats all it was, was glue, not multifunctional in any means) it was sold in a metal container similar to brasso, just larger. on the front of the can in large letters in said, WARNING: VAPORS MAY CAUSE A FLASH FIRE!

im sorry, but how is that warning supposed to prepare me for anything? really?

and i had to use it on almost every project, along with all my other Design I inmates. because of that, i'm slightly afraid of glue!

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Emily

Is this fabrit-tac machine washable or hand washable? Looking to do an embelishment project on a dress but need to glue rather than sew the embellishments, it isn’t a garment that would be washed a lot, just on the odd occasion but it will be heavily beaded & I need to make sure the beads stay stuck

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Tracy

I absolutely love Fabri-tac. Yes, it is washable. I use it to attach ribbon to alligator clips. My mother put to hair bows in her pocket and washed & dried the pants with the bows in the pockets … not once but twice. The bows were just as they were when I made them (only cleaner).

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Candice

I love the variety there is with Aleene’s products. I do a lot of different types of crafts and arts. The one question I have is can Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer be used on Polymer Clay that has already been baked? Hope someone has had this experience and hope you all ahve a blessed day!

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Alex

Seeing your picture reminded me of being 6 years old and covering the palms of my hands with my mom's tacky glue just to peel it off. Thanks for that memory!

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marlo nol

someone mentioned fabri-tac. works great. especially at eating through 3 layers of paint on my coffee table. straight to the wood.

also, paper source's pva glue is great for paper crafting and bookbinding. kinda similar to elmer's glue in texture, but dries clear and literally plastic-y.

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Tracy

Wow! What an informative post. I am impressed you have all your sealants/glues together, mine are a bit spread out around the house…

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Dottie

This post was genius. Nay–supergenius. I'm so glad I'm not alone in my glue obsession. Who knew all of us were looking for the perfect way to stick to things together?

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tiffany

E6000!!!! CANNOT live without it! I glue my kids hands to mine when we go to the mall – they never get out of my reach! hahaha Just kidding, it works great on all of those crafts that you think wont work because you don’t know how to perform magic tricks like making a cake plate out of a candlestick and a glass plate. GENIUS product!

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Grammyk

This information has been so helpful to this little ole lady
THANK U so much

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June steward

I love this post–so useful! I also use inkssentials glossy accents–it’s for outlining, but also is tacky enough to glue on seed beads, sequins, rhinestones, etc. I like to say it changed my life!

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Denise

ATG tape for paper crafting. Scotch is great but there are also some lesser known brands if you look on eBay. Professional framers have used these for years to mount art work for framing. Some are acid free some are not. You can save $$$ if you don’t need the acid free.

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Pat

Great list – thanks. Be sure to check out http://www.thistothat.com – they have a pull down menu where you choose the 2 surfaces you are gluing together and then they make recommendations on what adhesives to use. It’s great for crafting as we often find ourselves gluing different surfaces together.

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Valerie

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to put glitter on ceramic tile? I have a plain backsplash that I want to brighten up. Also what sealer do you think would work?

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tara

i sure love E6000. Its a bit messy sometimes,but i think most glues can be.The bond is incredible.

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Christine

I also love E6000 but also wanted to add a great glue called Diamond Glaze by Judi Kins. It creates a raised dimensional clear coat over whatever you put it on and is perfect for crafts like necklaces and other things.

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Brent

My favorite glue, Weldbond which can be used diluted to various degrees for difererent uses, according to their chart to even make tile sealant.
It’s an odor free white glue, no animal testing or ingredients, but I use it for almost everything. Fast drying, not lumpy. Great for paper. With a brush & brayer to smooth out, I use it for paper craft & card making projects all the time.

And of course E6000 for magnets or bails on glass. Super-duper strong but stinky.

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Gaby

Hi,

I am trying to make the photos on wood and the directions call for gel medium. I have no idea what it is, what kind I should buy, or what it’s purpose is. I was wondering if you have ever used it or have any info about it. Thanks!

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Crafty sandy

What sealer do you use for glitter clay projects that doesn’t take the shine from the glitter? please email me the answer to the email I provided! Thanks!

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Kori

I’m trying to make glitter charger plates for my wedding. I have tried just about everything! I need to find a really good sealant that won’t dual the glitter….any thoughts on how to make this project successful?? PLEASE HELP!!! THANKS

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Jaime

have you used mod podge? mix mod podge and glitter in a 1/3 ratio, let dry, do two or three coats, seal with acrylic clear coat spray sealant

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Kori

Any certain type of acrylic clear coat? The way I did it now was, I take a spray adhesive: spray then sprinkle glitter and repeat that process about 3-4x’s depending on the color then I let it sit a few minutes then I apply 3-4 glitter blast sealers…The only problem is the glitter comes off 🙁

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Danielle

Hi,

I recently bought recycled glass liquor bottles to be used as drinking glasses. The logo label on front and back are paper. I am looking to put something on them to waterproof them so they can acutally be used and washed. Any suggestions? I thought of mod podge, but asked them and they said it is not waterproof. Any help would be great!
thanks!

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Ashley M

I just StumbleUpon your post and had a quick (or what I hope is quick) question. What glue/sealant would you use for an item that will be in contact with food? I just bought a hammered metal cake stand with a white liner inlay. The liner has become unglued (which is why I got a $30 stand for $3!) and now I need to find a safe way to reunite the two pieces!

Any ideas would be appreciated!

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Stephanie

I have transferred a photo from paper to wood and need the best sealant that will bring out the color of the wood but seal the image to the surface as well. I need your top #1 recommndation!!!

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Debbie D.

How about Aleenes Tack-It Over and Over adhesive. I just used the last of a bottle that I’ve had for a few years. It’s amazing and I wonder if it’s still made. I would apply it to appliques and let it dry over night and then you can apply and remove the applique (for laundering) as needed. There are so many ways it can be used. It’s a pressure sensitive adhesive. After a while you have to re apply because lint and debris builds up. I will be disappointed if it’s no longer made. Happy Crafting.

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Yes, it's still available

Yes, Aleenes Tack-It Over and Over is still available. $5.29 at Walmart. Also available at Kmart.

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Cindy

Was wondering if u know of any sealers or varnishes that I can use over an image on a tshirt that I transferred using mod podge photo transfer medium? I washed the shirt and the image has started to fade. Any ideas of what I can use to keep my image on the shirt and being able to machine wash??? I have googled and googled but am left confused! Thanks in advance 🙂 Cindy

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jboss

google the recipe for your own ‘bubble jet set’ (or pay alot to buy it) and put on when the fabric is damp- should work!

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Mish

Hi was wondering if you could suggest a spray on sealant or something for some plastic gold studs on my tshirt. They’re starting to lose colour 🙁 (turning silver). Something that would seal the color and withstand washes! Please Please replyyyy. I will be forever grateful !!!

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Simone

Question! If I need to glue glitter onto a piece of plastic, but I need the glitter to stay on there through any storm but not look home made.. what kind of glue (preferably spray glue) would you suggest as well as an over coat to smooth and protect?

Thanks in advance.

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Lisa

Hi I’m very sorry to bother u but I was just wondering wot is the best sealant for glass that’s had glitter glued to it so it’s washable I’ve try a few and it’s not work…. Would really appreciate some help, thank you very much xx

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Brooke

I love these tips! So very helpful.
I’m working on a car mat for my nephew for his birthday. The entire thing is made out of felt and I’ve been hot gluing my heart out. I know it’s going to get torn up in no time (I’m OK with that if he likes it and plays with it!) but would like to try a spray sealer to help protect it and keep all the little parts together. Would you suggest Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer for felt?

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Tina

I am making a floor for my photography studio out of some MDF and gluing paper to the top – I wanted to cover the paper with something to seal it in, make it water proof, and toughen it up a little so my kids can step on it. Any suggestions on a sealant that isn’t shiny? I need it to photograph well.

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Koenrad

Hello,

I am planning to decoupage the front bumper of my Mazda RX-7 with pages from the first edition of the manga Initial D. The pages are printed on soft paper and I want to seal them before gluing them to the bumper, but I’m not sure what product would be best for this. I don’t want to use regular white glue because I have seen it yellow in the sun. I was thinking of sealing them with the Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer before adhering the pages to the bumper, then spraying a clear coat on top of that.

Will the Aleene sealer be brittle if I seal the pages while they are flat and then attach them to the curved surface of the bumper?

Do you have any recommendations on a clear coat?

Do you think that 3M 90 adhesive will work for this project?

Thank you!
-Koenrad

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Susan

I want to glue fabric (like sheeting) to a “fake wood” cabinet. What do you recommend?
Thanks –

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Maria Marchese-Cervantes

I am so glad I am not the only out there with an obsession for craft adhesives! Thanks for the tip on a sealant for decoupage, I’ve been using Rust-oleum Polyurethane, it does a decent job but it requires at least two coats. My picks for adhesives are Aleene’s Jewel-It embellishing glue- it is a bit runny but it holds up very well on fabrics and deco den projects. I also really love Aleene’s Glitter & Gem glue- it’s similar to Jewel-It but a little better and has a long pointy tip for hard to reach spots! Gem-Tac is a staple in my craft cabinet but tends to be a bit messy, it’s consistency is perfect for making bling projects- it can be gummy if it does not cure properly. Like many other people mentioned, E6000 by far has the strongest bond but I have a love/hate relationship with it… It’s a stringy goopy mess and is also toxic until it cures but the only glue that works for large or heavy cabochons. Hope this helps! Thanks for the awesome post!

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Desiree

Quick question, I am doing a little project for my nieces birthday. I am applying little white stickers with letters on them to spell out a message on bottles of bubbles. The letter stickers aren’t sticking as much as I would like them too. My question would be, in your opinion is there something I could possibly spray on them to “seal” them in place, or would I have to apply a secondary adhesive to each individual sticker for the extra security? Thanks any input would be appreciated!

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Alexus

Hi I just finished using vinal tape to decorate my laptop keyboard around the edges etc cause it was scratched and rough looking.. Now I’d love to find some kind of sealant to spray or paint over it that won’t yellow but will provide a smooth finish and clear as well.. Kinda like layering a layer of gel over it.. Any suggestions

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Sally

Hi. Does anyone know of a good protector for card stock on wood? It is for a sign on a wreath that will be hung outdoors. Thank you!

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Vandana

Have you heard of a product called paper perfect adhesive? It is expensive, but I heard it does not leave a sticky residue like mod podge. Your feedback if you are familiar? Also, is there a difference between Mod Podge Original formula & paper formula? I am working on a wood tray that I painted with a paint/primer in 1 formula, then I want to lay scrapbook paper on it. Then seal it. I am looking for my best options.

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tiger

Lovely blog!!

Do you know of any adhesives that is safe for transparent top coating for cake topper. I am not very confident in kylon acrylic spray, or do you think its safe? I am currently using non-toxic gloss coat, that I have to use painting method,which create bubble at some point. And i have to remove them, as i paint. Very time consuming.
Any better idea or choice?

thank u

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Stephanie

hi there – quick glue & sealer question here for a newbie. We are making a giant Plywood sign for VBS that I am glue huge pieces of paper to. I need a good glue which will hold and a good sealant to protect them. They will be in the “elements” for about 4 weeks. Any suggestions???

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Gayle

Will Aleen’s clear sealer work on polymer clay coveres bottles that need to be hand washed.

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Angie

Hi I know this is late but I’m putting accrylic sealant on glassware for my project. Is there any kind of sealant that I can manually paint on? Because the sealant is getting onto my Glass.

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Jaime

yes, you can get acrylic clearcoat sealant in a pot that you can paint on with a foam brush or natural bristle brush in thin layers.

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cora

i’m not sure if anyone will be able to answer this, but I make hand painted patches, and was wondering what sealer would be recommended to keep them waterproof and safe (hopefully for washing too).

I’ve used regular modge podge but found if caught in the rain it turns it white/cloudy before drying again.

ive used patricia nimocks clear acrylic sealer (spray can) but that doesn’t seem to keep things that safe from rain either.

I have also used Folkart outdoor gloss sealer- which seems to seal stuff well BUT when you put it on it really tends to eat away at the paint/ink used in the project and makes it bleed/smear.. a MESS before it even thinks about drying.

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Jaime

This is a good question and not one I’m sure I know the answer too. I would try mod podge (so it won’t smear), but remember mod podge is not a sealant, so after the mod podge dries, you need to add a clear poly or acrylic spray (I prefer acrylic because poly tends to yellow after a few years).

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cora

i found with modge podge when it gets wet (when used to seal something) it gets white and cloudy…but as it dries that goes away. i have tried putting a sealer ontop of it before, but that didnt seem to stop the bleed/fade of the fabric patches when they get wet..which is what im trying to eliminate. just trial and error right now lol

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Rita

Yay! I just discovered the value in gluing things together and as a newbie, was having trouble with my scrapbook pages sticking together. I’m so excited to have a solution, and bless you for posting this!

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nikki

hey all love ths ! im just a stay at home mom looking for a little project to keep me busy for Christmas im going to make some of my family glitter glasses, so im gong to be using mod podge for the layers to stick the glitter to but need a sealant to then place over the top can I use acrlic sealer or will ineed something else that can be washable any ideas? thank you nikki

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Niall

Hey, How are you doing?
Like your page,
Thought you may be the person to ask..

I am looking for a sealant that drys to a completely non sticky finish.
I am making a large acrylic painting in public, and it newly painted parts
are collecting so much dust and grime from the wind, eve after it has dried –
as the acrylic finish is naturally sticky.

Do you know how if there is the type of sealant on the market that would seal
the dried acrylic color so as to have a kind of a clear skin over it, preventing dust and
hair from tacking to it?

I cant seem to find anything on the internet.

Please if you could email me advice
here is my mail nialldooley@hushmail.com

Much appreciated,

Niall

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Sofie

My daughter created a special water bottle for herself. Can I put an acrylic on it so I can wash it without ruining it? I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

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Jaime

It should work, but it really depends what the water bottle is made of! I wouldnt want the acrylic to be on a surface she actually will drink from (it’s not something you would want in your mouth).

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Brenda Terrell

I am looking for some kind of decoupage glue that seals the print on paper so the paper can be soaked in water & a transparent decal of the print is created which can then be applied to a ceramic surface. I have 3 plaques that were made this way in the 1970s, but cannot remember the exact product that was used.

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Edna Trawick

Aleene’s OK To Wash-It Glue 4 FLoz Bottle Permanent Fabric Adhesive Ribbons. . . Available at Walmart or Walmart.com

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Amber Gubler

I found some drapes I LOVE by they snag if you barely touch them. Is there anything that I can use to coat them…clear spray to seal them in a sense… so that they won’t snag?

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carole

Do you have a suggestion to use on antique glass ornaments? I have made ornaments with Modge podge on new clear glass which feels heaver the the old ornaments that I have. I want to use something to make them less breakable but wont ruin the finish.

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sharon

Hi,I have a question about what is the best waterproof spray I can get for one of my craft projects.. It’s like a cranberry spray plant but it wld be submerged in water in a cylinder vase with a candle in it, problem is I tried it & the color would come out & turn the water into color.. I’m looking for something I can get now from a store since my event will be in 3 days.. Thank you in advanve😊

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Maree

Hi hopefully someone can help… I want to glue a digitally printed vinyl sticker onto some raw plywood (I don’t want to treat/seal it because I like the raw look/finish). Obviously the sticker alone won’t hold for very long, so I’m wanting to use a strong spray adhesive to assist, but not damage the vinyl. It will need to be a permenant fix, as it’s going to be some art for my home. Thanks

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Jaime

it will be really challenging not to have the vinyl ripple. you may want to test out on the back with some scrap vinyl with a glue like gorilla glue or the all purpose e-600 applied with a foam brush in an even layer. another option would be to lay the vinyl out, trace it carefully, and fill the wood that will be covered by the vinyl with wood filler, then send it down and apply the vinyl on top.

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Jean Bishop

I am making some coasters using tiles and I am using liquitex gel medium as an adhesive and top sealer. As it’s an acrylic gel it’s waterproof and is fine with cold drinks but a mug of coffee sticks to the coaster and lifts it up. Is there something I can use as a top coat to make my coasters fully useable with hot drinks? Thanks for any help.

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Deb

I want to decoupage the inside lid of my mint tins but need a sealer that is good grade/safe. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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Paula Plotner

I’m trying to find out how to take or wipe off excess MOD podge that I put on a vinal seat. It’s already dried

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Haleigh

I’m not sure that this has been specifically asked or not, if it has, just link me to the answer 🙂

I have a canvas jumpsuit that I want to paint on, and I have two different problems
:
1. I need a clear medium that I can mix with fluorescent powder to be able to paint onto the canvas, what should I use?
2. I need a sealant that will be resistant to water, other liquids, general wear, be flexible and seal in acrylic paint well on the fabric. I also need it to seal in glitter, and keep it looking glittery…. Any suggestions? A combination of things maybe?

Thanks so much!

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Sherene R Cowan

Hello,
I am trying to preserve fresh flowers before electroforming them. I have tried several methods, none successfully yet. At this point, I am simply trying to keep the flowers attractive long-term without drying them. For now, I am using Foliage sealer and a basic spray lacquer I purchased at Lowe’s. This is not the result that I really want, because the lacquer won’t hold up in my electroplating solution. I have tried a surfboard resin that is activated by UV light, which works well in the electroplating solution, but it doesn’t like the lacquer either.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Anything would be appreciated, and if you could be specific about the brand of products you are using, that would be helpful, especially since I have tried other methods before, but missed out on the basic steps or the specific resin or type of lacquer used.

Thanks,

Sherene

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Betsy

Hi, I have a cotton dishtowel (old style thin and light-weight cotton) with a map printed on it that I’ve stretched over double thickness foam-core board to make a hanging picture for a kitchen wall. I want to seal the picture, don’t mind it becoming shiny – I actually would prefer it look vintage, and am thinking a decoupage treatment, or wax of some sort. My goal is to be able to dust it and wipe away any splatters from the kitchen over time. Don’t want it sticky. Thanks if you can help! Betsy

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Jaime

Hmm. You could start with fabric stiffener maybe, then seal it up with a clear adhesive. I would test this out on another dishtowel first though as I’m not 100% sure it will work. That’s a tough one!

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Rylie

Hi there, hopping you can help, i make these little wooden mountains for kids, i’ve been paining them with an acrylic paint and i’m really struggling to find a good sealant to protect the wood/paint job and leave a nice smooth finish. The ones i’ve used either yellow the white, or are sticky and don’t leave a nice even finish. Please help 🙂

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Annie

Hi Jaime, I really need your help!

I recently designed some menus for a hotel, and they’re on a great paper stock call Plike, however they’ve found that it marks really easily and so gets grease stains etc. What sealer would you recommend for this? We don’t want it to change the colour of the paper or darken it, as currently it’s fully on brand.

Thanks so much! A

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Olivia Horvath

I would like to make customized mason jar tumblers. What kind of sealant could I put on the lid that would be non-toxic to the consumer and waterproof to condensation?

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Jaime

I wish I could say this exists but I don’t know of a non toxic sealant you could use on a lid!

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Mary Hood (@xrayctprof)

Do you have any suggestions for reapplying and sealing labels to a slumped wine bottle? It would have to be pretty water resistant, food safe, clear and glossy. I read somewhere that slightly diluted Weldbond would work. I don’t think anything would be durable enough to put a label back on the top side for a “cutting board” application, but for display only on the top side or for the underneath side for one that will be used as a cutting board or server.

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Jaime

I just don’t feel comfortable recommending anything as “food safe,” i’m sorry! i’m not a scientist or food safety expert so I just can’t make those kind of recommendations!

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Joss

Has anyone figured out how to put non-stick clear vinyl onto fabric? I saw Krylon Clear Polyurethane is good for plastics but is it okay to put on fabric? And, will the fabric not yellow per prettyprudent.com’s mention that Krylon Clear Polyurethane yellows. Many thanks!!

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Jay

What would be the best and most non-harmful (no vapors after curing) spray adhesive for attaching black fabric to reflectix for my car windows?

Thank you Much

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vee

you need to try crafters pick glue,that stuff is amazing,ive glued some stuff that i thought was impossible to ge a good bond with

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samantha

HI I am trying to make a serving tray for fathers day and every paint that I find says not to have in direct contact with food once it’s baked. I would be using the enamel paint. Is there a sealant that I could use that would make it safe for food to sit on? If not I will have to find something else for my son to do and he has his heart set on doing this.

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mindy

I would like to do a baby block decorating station at a baby shower and allow people to paint/use markers/decoupage baby blocks, and I am looking for a sealant to spray on afterward that would be safe to end up in a baby’s mouth every so often. Do you know if any of these would apply, or do you have any other ideas?

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Jeni

My silk flowers that I dyed keep bleeding! They have been dry for over a month and the color still ends up on my hands can I spray them with something???? Help!! They are for a bridal bouquet!

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Stephanie

I put vinyl stickers on a glass container for father’s day presents. I want to seal them so that they do not fall off. What should I use? I do not want to dull the glass or see the sealant once it is dry.

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Victoria wilton

I’m sticking photo pictures to cabaichins but not sure if I need a sealant and if so which one

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Heidi

I have a sealant question! Someone gave me a clear plastic tumbler with stickers on it. I’d like to seal over the stickers so they stay on when I use/wash it. I’m only going to be hand washing, so it doesn’t have to hold up to the dishwasher. Any suggestions?

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Nicole

Hi there. I created a memorial rock fountain for my mom’s memorial. I had guests write on smooth craft rocks with sharpie markers, sharpie pens and (unfortunately) some used just regular ball point pens (eeekk!) After a few days of the water running over them, I noticed some of them fading 🙁 I immediately took them out until I could find a solution to seal them and protect them from the water. I read that thompson’s water seal spray or clear nail polish should work. I did “tester rocks” with each….FAIL. The ink ran with both products. What would you suggest to use? I love the rocks with heartfelt messages and will be so sad if they can’t be in the running water of the fountain as intended. HELP?!?!?!?!

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Melinda

Hi, I noticed there was a similar question in the recent comments that prompted me to ask – I’m also having guests at a baby shower decorate wooden baby blocks with permanent markers. They seem to be unsealed. I did a test and the permanent marker bleed a little when I was drawing against the grain. I’m happy to sand them to make them less grainy but is there something I can seal them with initially to allow the marker to work properly? And then after they have been decorated, what should I use then? Thanks heaps for your help! Melinda

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Canny

Hi there! I’m working on personalized cardboard sleeves for coffee cups (for a wedding). Any sealant recommendations so the ink won’t smudge?

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Ebone

Hello Jamie,

I have some sequin fabric where I’m trying to Make it into a skirt but the sequins keep falling off….Can you suggest a sealant that would help seal the sequin in….
I was thinking the mod podge? What do you suggest.

Thank you for your help

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Julia

I’m applying stickers to a mason jar for a project. I would like to seal the stickers so the item can we washed. I’m making “Apple Pie in a Jar” and creating a western theme on the jar.Any suggestions for a sealant?

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Chrissie

I wanted to know it there is anything I can use to seal acrylic paint on outside of wine glass. So I can wash glass without having paint come off..

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Shelby

Hey Sealant Junkie!
I’ve been crafting my own sunglasses and have been adhering thick foil type material to the sides. I’m looking for a sealant that is thin, dries clear, water proof, and preferably UV resistant. Something that can hang through rough times when people wear them out and about. Right now I’ve tried krylon acrylic coating and also the clear polyurethane, but both are still sticky enough to get hair caught in them. Any ideas on a better sealant that doesn’t have any sticky ?
Thank you!

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Kristen

I did a project with the child I nanny for it basically entailed stick a paper cutout onto packaging tape and filling in the void by sticking buttons and beads to the packing tape. We would like to give them to grandparents, but I’m afraid that dust, dirt, fuzz etc will stick to the packing tape in the small gaps between the buttons. Is there anyway I can seal the beads and buttons in to not only protect the exposed packaging tape but also help keep buttons/beads attached?

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Wade

I have a rare cardboard pint icecream container that I want to turn into a pencil cup and thought of dipping it in acrylic to extend it’s life. Is that the best method? I’d like it harder and more resistant to elements, etc.

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Jaime

Hmm. I’m 99% sure that method won’t work, but unfortunately I can’t imagine another method that would get the results you want.

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cheri

I recently purchased Elmers Craft Bond and Aleene’s Tacky Glue and in reading the labels….Aleene’s is Made In The USA and the Elmer’s is made in China. When I buy glue again I’ll gladly pay the extra 28 cents for Aleene’s to support the workforce in our own country.

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Sally

I am using permanent Sharpies to do some soccer ball artwork, but the markers smear. Anything I can seal it with? Thanks, Sally

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Jess

i know this was written a while ago, but I’m hoping you still check it, or that someone else will help me. I want to add images to the bottom of high heels, well the arch to be specific, so that when I walk or lift my shoe they will be visible. I might try painting an image, but i was also looking into pasting an image to the shoes but I don’t know what kind of sealant or varnish to use. I need something that is durable and will work on this kind of material. Any ideas?

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Sarch

Hello Jaime, I need your advice, I’ve got a beautiful mural in my bathroom but I’m worried the stream of water from the shower either by droplets or steam might damage it. So I’m want to seal it using a waterproof clear acrylic sealer… Is mod podge or aleenes better for this?

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Tasha McLean

Hi. Any suggestions for gluing glass to glass? I used a glue gun to attach colorful glass filler beads to glass candle holders and drinking glasses to design candle holders. A few beads have fallen off. Was told to switch to E6000 but takes FOREVER for each bead to set and they start to slide down the glass holder. Help!

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roisin moore

im painting on wine glasses and I need a permanent glue spray for sealing would this spray glue do

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merrill

Ideas for how to seal a picture made entirely of tiny rolled colored magazine papers? I want the colors to be protected and a little sun protection and water sealing would be great too. Thanks.

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Kristi

I have photocopies of handwritten recipes that I want to use in a scrapbook. What can I do to the copy paper recipes to seal them prior to mounting on scrapbook paper?
Thank you!

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Betha Wyatt

I have been on internet all morning trying to find something to put on a (fairly good) plastic poncho. I thought maybe vinyl, permanent, waterproof stick-on lettering. But I would hate to use whatever I find, give the poncho as a gift, then later find out the letters came off first time it got wet. I sew a lot. Ninety % of what I do is sewing. So I would like to embroidery on ponchos. Of course, that will put holes in it. Is there a flexible waterproof permanent spray sealant I can use on that kind of plastic (100% PVC) to seal the embroidery? Thank you, Betha

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jgf

i think i would check out peel coatings, or, the clear seal spray stuff they advertise these days.

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Kim Stone

I’m trying to “glitterize” my yeti rambler, and was wonder what you recommend to seal it. I was going to see if I can find something that creates a smooth almost glass like seal. If anyone would know; you would!! Thanks!

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Ashley

This is my exact question, I was hoping someone had answered yours. Bought my daughters the RTIC Tumbler for Easter and wanted to add glitter to them but wanted to make sure that they would last.

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Stephanie

I have a plastic water bottle that has stickers on it…. you can feel the edges of the stickers so I’d like to seal so I won’t have to worry about them peeling or ripping. Any suggestions on what product would work the best?

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Jeremy

I am also trying to do this! Did you ever find something that worked best? I have a clear Nalgene bottle and several Hydroflask bottles I want to seal the stickers on. I’m surprised it’s not very easy to find info on this online. I did come across someone who said they used clear automotive enamel for stickers put onto their vehicle/RV. Let me know!

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Christy lowe

So I painted some old ceramic canisters and love it but they smell! What can I seal them with so that they are food safe for flour, sugar and coffee creamer and won’t make the food smell and taste like a painted surface????

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DeAnna

I have a question about sealers. What might I use to weather seal my art on a DIY hand-painted shelter sidewall? And its canopy. ..I just haven’t tackled that portion yet. Thank you!

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Shanie Kae

Does acrylic sealant melt? I’ve been trying my hands at sharpie mugs and no matter what i do, after a few washes, the paint starts to come off a little at a time. I’ve seen a few posts that say to spray each mugs with 2 layers of acrylic sealant. but what i’m worried about is the sealant melting when you put hot tea or coffee in the mug.

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Ariel Chilton

What kind of acrylic sealant are you using that doesn’t melt/bleed the Sharpie ink on your mugs? I have the Krylon satin finish acrylic sealant but I tested it and it melted my Sharpie ink immediately. Looking for a solution. Thanks!

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Jaime

Double check this on the interweb, but i believe that if you microwave the mug after using a sharpie it keeps it from smearing.

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Ang

I used Aleene’s original tacky glue to glue acrylic jewels onto paper (light and heavy duty paper). Any idea why the jewels won’t stay on well? They’re fine at first but the jewels came off with a simple peel. Help?

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Ashley

What sealer could I use on cardboard to use with food. I want to seal it so that the food greases don’t leak through and ruin it because I would like to use it again in the future.

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Rhonda Magee

I am trying to make door hangers out of screen and am unable to get the paint to build up on the screen. I have tried a couple sealants prior to painting and haven’t found anything that works. Any suggestions?

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Crystal M.

Fingers crossed someone still reads this!!!! I am needing to buy and use dyed, freshwater pearls, on a white dress. This dress will be washed/dry cleaned after application. Are there any sealants that are waterproof to the point of being washed/dry cleaned? I don’t want the pearls bleeding onto the dress. Thanks in advance.

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Jaime

I don’t know of any that I could promise would last through a dry cleaning. HOWEVER, you should be able to purchase garment-safe dyed freshwater pearls with drilled holes so you can sew them on!

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Crystal M.

I’ve looked everywhere. I can’t find the color and size (4x3mm) I’m looking for in a garment safe pearl. Do you think clear top coat for nails would work? Or an outdoor sealant?

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Bianca

Hi can you put items in the microwave with this Mod Podge sealent? I used it on mugs but don’t know if they are microwave safe now.

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Komal

Which modpoge could I use on yarns that come out as fine tiny hair like structures from the weaved pattern so that it stays firm and intact and prevents it from shedding anymore?

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Vanessa

I made letters for my son’s room and embellished them with stickers. Some are raised. What kind of sealant should I use? So you think plain mod podge or should I use a spray?

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Kathrine

I’m cutting out tiny felt flowers and bows for headbands and hair clips for my daughter. Is there some sort of spray or glue that I could put on them when finished to firm them up and make them last longer and not let the felt fray?

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Sarah

I used glitter and glitter glue to cover plastic cups but the glue is disintegrating when I try to wash my cups. Would a clear sealant fix this problem?

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Sandi

I don’t know if you still check this, but I want to cover an insulated tumbler (like a yeti cup) in glitter and seal it…what would you recommend to use? Should I mod podge, glitter then seal? What do you seal it with for a cup like that? Thank you so much in advance!

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Jessica

Hi. Do you know of any product that would prevent cotton cords on leather shoes from absorbing the leather dye?

Thank you! Have an eye on some sandals on eBay so the sooner you can respond the better 🙂

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Sarah Wiegand

I’ve been making a lot of things with felt and am curious if you have recommendations of what you can maybe spray over a completed project to keep it from wear and dirt…?

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slow

Great post 🙂 Do you have any suggestions for a non-spray clear sealant for decoupage? Thanks x

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Neenie

I need advice from a sealant junkie!!
I applied paper decals onto painted wood. The decals aren’t sticking permanently, lifting on the edges. It is a gift so I can’t try something and have it not work! Since the 13 letter decals are perfectly placed already, I am searching for a solution that won’t require that I remove them to add mod podge onto the wood and decal backs first. Is there such a product that will work? I just envision everything making the decals lift and curl more!!

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Jaime

I am sad to say that I don’t think so. Because wood absorbs moisture from the air I don’t think there is a solution to seal it without removing the decals!

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Dena

Have you answered about glittering a yeti cup? I saw a few questions about it but haven’t seen an answer!

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Gemma smith

Hi, I’m looking for advice and hoped you could help? I have scoured the net but can’t seem to come up with a definitive answer. I want to customize some patent heels in Beetlejuice style for my sisters 18th but tried sanding lightly and spraying with enamel paint but when I tried to mask them to put the black on the paint came off. I’m wondering, if I decoupage on the shoes first them sprayed would that work of is there another way? Many thanks. X

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Jaime

I would spray, then seal with an acrylic clear coat spray, then when completely dry, tape for the next layer.

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christina sponseller

Help!!!!! I applied vinyl to wood, sealed with modge podge and now in certain areas the colored vinyl has a white foggy look almost like the modge podge is getting moisture but it’s not the modge podge because it is not went to the touch. Could it be my fault for stacking the wood pieces less than an hour after spraying them with the sealant? If so, do you have any idea how I can get the white foggy look removed? I tried respraying with the sealer but it isn’t making any changes to the white areas. Your help is very much appreciated! 🙂

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Jaime

Did you seal the wood before you applied the vinyl? wood absorbs moisture from the environment so it could just be getting through some air pockets under the vinyl

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Elena Torres Kruzan

Would you know how I can preserve a heat transferred photo to tee shirt knit used on a quilt? I made a beautiful quilt for my brother and want the pictures to last.

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Sarah

I wold lIke to decopage some fabric onto the plastic legs of a kids’ table. If I spray the finished legs with acrylic sealer, will it prevent the sticky texture that modge Podge has?
Thanks

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Jaime

yes, mod podge first, let it dry, then seal with acrylic sealer (spray or brush on, i prefer spray). just make sure it’s a “clear” one.

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Beverly Crittendon

I want to adhere a piece of leather to the back of a clear acrylic tray.What could I use thar would be invisible?

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Ben

I want to stick some old cassette tape sticker labels onto some USB hard drives for an archival art project. I would like to seal the stickers onto the drives so that they never fall off or fade. Any tips?

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Kelli

Do you know of a way I could seal stickers on a metal plate. I want to put my phone number on a metal plate and want it to be waterproof. Can it be done and what would I use? Thanks!

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natasha Matthews

Please comment back about glittering the yeti. I’ve seen several comments below about tht and I can’t find an answer on what to seal the glitter after its modge podge on. I MP wine glasses etc but a yeti is steel. Others I’ve seen are glassy and shiny and I can not find a straight answer anywhere. I don’t wanna pay someone $100 to do it when I can do it myself. Thanks

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Catrice Bradley

I need advice about decoupage wine glass. If I went all the way up to the rim of the glass what can I seal it with to make it food compliant or drinkable.

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Kathy

How many layers of acrylic sealant would you recommend for photos modpodged to a painted wood table? Thanks in advance

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Bethany Guarrero

What would work best to seal a Nalgene water bottle so that the stickers I have on it will stay put and waterproof? Thanks so much!

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Tom Burns

The boards on my potting table top aren’t put close enough together to keep water from going through and wetting things in the drawers below. What kind of sealer or caulking should I use to keep water from getting in the drawers?

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julia shutts

I added stickers to wood I painted.what can I use to seal them so stickers won’t come off

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Sandi Zorn

Hi, I just came across this article because I am now in need of a glue suggestion. I was given a cake plate cover by an elderly friend. It’s a clear hard plastic. Wouldn’t you know, naturally, my husband was careless moving it around and he cracked it. It’s not separated but the crack is visible & I desperately want to keep it from spreading. It’s a clear-ish hard plastic (not sure if the very slight yellowing color is from age or just the way it was manufactured). But it needs a clear drying glue & preferably one that also allows for a quick washing when needed. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
Sandi Z

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Christine

I have two questions. I am making a project with a glass jar and will be putting 3 different color pebbles inside. I would like the pebbles not to mix and not to move if shaken for any reason. What type of glue would be best? I will be attaching a decal to the outside of the jar and would like to seal it so it does not get ruined. What type of sealant should I use?

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Christina

I have all these circle cutouts of cardboard and would mike to make a little extra cash with them! I love to write and take pics , so I was thinking of putting my writing on my photos and adhering them to the cardboard cutouts. What kind of sealants to use? I have a Hobby Lobby and a Wal-Mart nearby.

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Paul

Please reply if you have advice for me. I am doing cardboard block printmaking with my class. Trouble is once card is stuck down, it eventually peals when rolled over with roller and ink. The children still get some great prints, I just get frustrated that card peels. How would I prevent this? Would one of the sealants mentioned above work?

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Brittney

Hi I have a question. I have a foam head I sequined with pins and I’m not sure what I can put onto it to protect the sequins and to keep them in place a little better. What would be safe to use on sequins??

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Hannah

Hi, so this was totally an accident, but my niece was putting stencil art on the plastic top of a laptop and it messed up, so we used rubbing alcohol to get it off and ended up just kind of blending the permanent markers into a sort of tie die on the top. I know that it will eventually come off if handled too much, what kind of sealer/topcoat should I use? I don’t want it it bleed off at all. Thanks!

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Patricia

Hi, I have some pieces of paper craft made of ordinary paper and I’m trying to seal it so that it doesn’t open or fall apart and also to protect it from moisture. I’m not able to pull it apart being afraid not able to put it back as is if I were to glue it back piece by piece. So I’m wondering if there is something that can be use to glue it externally while protecting it from moisture?

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Ariel Heart

I am affixing scrapbook paper (12×12) to a canvas. Thanks for the tip on Aleene’s spray adhesive, but my question is…since this is paper and I don’t want it to pucker from moisture, what sealant will work without causing the pucker??

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Ashley

hello,
I make hair bows out of wool felt and glitter. I’ve tried 1 coat glossy mod podge-glitter- topped with glossy mid podge (stinky). I’ve also tried spray adhesive-glitter-spray adhesive( lumpy). I’ve tried spray adhesive-glitter- glossy mod podge (still stinky). I can’t have it lumpy or stinky on a little girls hair bow. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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♡ R ♡

Im making bows for my cheer team. I have the stiffening spray to use but im unsure if i need to do the spray before or after adding the glitter and rhinestones to the bow. Any ideas is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Warren

For those of you who have asked about adhesive for glass to glass, metal to glass, etc. There is only one great answer – Loctite 349 Impruv. It dries glass clear and it is phenomenally strong.

One word of warning. It is a UV adhesive so it cures with a UV light. They can be expensive, but I purchased mine used on Ebay. Another caution. If you do purchase a used light, you may need to replace the bulb as they do lose their effectiveness over time of usage.

This stuff is incredibly easy to use if you are willing to purchase the light and the cure is 5 sec. to 5 minutes depending on the wattage of your UV light. But once cured, your worries about whether it will hold are over!

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liz wiener

any idea what sealant I can use for a hard candy wreath i made that remains sticky?

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stephanie m holm

Hi, what do you suggest to add fabric decoration overlay to wood, to harden and seal it (glue it, i guess) on there, but this would be for toys that the parents want to be all natural and non toxic, and may get put in their mouths. I would use mod podge or basic decoupage medium normally to harden and glue the fabric to the wood but for toys advertised to be non toxic…i need something.

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Tracy

Was an answer to this posted anywhere? I’m trying something with Ribbon on wood and want to protect the ribbon.

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Tracie

Hello, I take your typical glass or plastic Xmas balls and create a new look, using fabric,paints,gift wrappings etc.. I have tried adding a spray on clear sealant/glaze. I would like a more clear shiny glass hard look. Some tell me to use Ceramic glaze or shalaque but is there product you suggest and is there a product that I could dip the ornament or brush on, I do not have the much luck with spray on. Any suggestions is very much appreciated.

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Kenna

Rustoleum actually makes a spray paint called triple hard glaze. It’s amazing!!! Dries super fast like a spray paint does and is virtually impossible to mess up. Just make sure you keep the recommended distance while spraying so it doesn’t create the dripping look some spray paints get when you’ve applied too much.

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Dianne

Do you know of a sealer I can use over a painted picture on plastic covered csrdboard. Hope you have an answer Dianne

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Breana Weatherford

Hi i modpodged an old pleather futon with pages out of magazines. Now i need a sealant so t h at the futon can still be sat on and function normally . Cann u tell me what u think is best . Thank u .
Breana

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Virginia

I have some vinyl type boots and the top layer is starting to peel – what sealer can i use to stop this from continuing? Someth Ng that would be flexible?

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Amanda

I am looking for a food safe and waterproof sealer for a stainless steel tumbler. I would like a spray or something real to use, not mixing. Any suggestions?

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GARY Kohl

Polyurethane is actually food safe after it has completely cured (at least 30 days). It is not however dishwadher safe as the water, detergent and heat will break it down.

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Katr

I have some outdoor wooden Christmas decor that we added glitter to. What do you suggest I deal it with so that the glitter is not washed away if it rains?

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Jennifer

I paint plastic 55 gallon drums & i used a sticker on one (not good drawing or writing) & I sprayed sticker with polyurethane thinking it would seal it but it’s not! What can I use to seal sticker & protect it from the weather!

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Terri T.

Hello, I found a project where you apply a vinyl letter (or lettering) to a plate purchased from the Dollar Store. Easy. Then it said to apply a sealant to seal it. Well….once it dries, you can see the brush strokes. And…after awhile I could easily lift up the letter along with the dry sealant (it peeled off in strips). If I’m going to give these plates as gifts, I need a sealant that won’t peel off and won’t show brush strokes. Any suggestions? The sealant I am using is the one the crafter recommended but I am sure she had brush strokes too but maybe they didn’t bother her (like they do me!).

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GARY Kohl

Once you apply vinyl to a plate it becomes decorative only and is no longer food safe. There are no sealers that you can apply that are food safe and dishwasher safe. NOTE: Polyurethane is food safe after it cures (at least 30 days) but is not really waterproof so is not really a good option for plates.

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Darlene Goetz

I know you can use modpodge to deal it but in order for it to be “too rack fish washer safe you have to bake I it in an oven on 200 degrees for 20 minutes. If it’s glass you put it in a COLD oven and allow the glass to preheat with the oven. Once it reaches 200 bake for 20 minutes. Turn off oven and leave the piece in the oven till oven is cold. Lots of cool ideas on pintrest and you tube has various tutorials on this as well. Good luck and I hope your project comes out great !

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Karen Scott

I’m VERY new to crafting and have hot glued glass beads to glass bowls …but they tend to pop off here and there after flue dries. Sometimes a day later. Im teying to sell in a craft show but am afraid they will all come apart. Is there some type of sealant spray I can use to prevent this ?

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Amy Lynn

Try using E6000 industrial strength adhesive. I use it to glue rhinestones to fabric headbands and they last for days.

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Alissa

I’m making a cribbage board, and plan to decorate the wood with paint and paper cutouts. What sealant would you recommend that would not discolor the paint or paper colors, and would help seal the paper cutouts? I’m also wondering if sealing after drilling the peg holes will mean that I need to somehow protect the holes from getting filled with sealant, making them unusable?

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Samantha

Hello! I am a sealant novice here – I would like to make ornaments for about 20-25 people using pine cones. I want to put white paint and glitter on them (to make them snowy) and add a piece of paper with “Merry Christmas” on it. My question is: what can I ‘seal’ the paper with to make it solid (not flimsy) to glue on the pine cones? Thanks!! -Sam

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Amy

I love making cinnamon Christmas ornaments for friends and family, and I use super fine glitter and Elmers glue. Is there a spray sealant that doesn’t have an overpowering chemical smell that will ruin the integrity of the cinnamon? I’d like to have them smell as yummy as possible, and of course stay pretty for a very long time.

Thank you!!! Amy

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kelly ladd

I’d like the answer to this too. I’m looking for an acid free spray adhesive that doesn’t have a strong chemical smell. My husband is severely allergic to chemicals and I’m looking for something I can spray outside and eventually bring inside that won’t bother him. Thanks!

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eric

I’m looking for a sealant to use on EarPods – I’ve recently turned Apple bright white headphones into a matte black finish. But looking for a non-toxic sealant to use as the final layer before skin contact…

Thanks for any info.

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little moon lover

could I use any of these on a ceramic mug I painted? I don’t know if they could be toxic since I’ll be drinking from that.. any sugestions? I haven’t found anything online that might help :/

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Jo

Why is my paper or fabric not sticking to my glass plate using matte Mod Podge? should I be using something else? I put a nice layer down on the glass and then added my paper or fabric and then waited for it to dry and then applied an outer coat to the back waited for it to dry but it still peeled at edges, Should I be spraying my glass with something first? Glass is clean and free from all finger prints etc.

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jacque

Hi, I am making paper covered wood letters with hooks to hang in a bathroom. I adhered the patterned paper to the letters with Elmers Spray adhesive. A few days later, I sprayed on my Spar Urathene to seal them. This caused the paper to lift off of the wood – but not all of the way, so I can’t remove it completely to start over! This is a special order for a client, it’s a disaster! Any suggestions??

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maggie yamamoto

I am painting the inside of glass bottles and I want them to be waterproof so that I can put fresh flowers in them. What sealer would you suggest that I can pour in and roll around for a complete seal?

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Jan Kuttner

Hi! I’m attempting my first fabric wallpapering in my kitchen …very country… and would like your thoughts on hanging as well as sealing, so it can be washed, like around the sink area. Thinking starch to hang but then polycrylic afterwards…? Unsure of which finish though or even if this is best process…oh, and fabric is mostly red, so nervous about bleeding, too. Please advise

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Christine O

I’ve spray painted glass Mason jarsand now need a sealant do it doesn’t scratch off.i tried using an acrylic spray topcoat and the colors started dripping sludgey like it was Melting the color off…help.i need these in 2 days for a Bachelorette party!!! Thank you

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Ann Schultz

I’m doing a play and need real pies to last the weekend know if anything I can spray on to make crust stronger?

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Kelly A Carlin

I’m currently flipping a buffet and had to remove faux leather material. I’m wanting to replace the material with textured painted wallpaper. I’m having major trouble removing the adhesive. Is there any sealant or primer I can paint over the remaining residue to insure the paper will stick?

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Rachel Siegel

First off, I am a self-proclaimed “Sealant Virgin”. On that note, I’m working on a mosaic picture frame using broken seashells. I’ve got the gluing part down, but I’m clueless as to the whole sealant thing: To use or not to use? That is the question… And if so, would using it benefit my project?(I have a general understanding of sealant’s intended purpose, but only can picture using it on flat, decoupaged surfaces.) Due to differing heights, shapes, sizes, placement, and textures of the applied medium-sized shells, your thoughts on using a sealant, and what type/brand should I use making certain that it’ll apply evenly, as not to “pool up” in holes of shells, nooks & crannies, etc.(Application tips and/or tricks are ALL welcomed, down to the littlest things.)
**There is NO redoing this one; I’m using shells from our trip to Spain.**

Ps- my now fiance and I are going to reveal our Spain engagement using this specific frame project of mine, (with a close-up shot of my new ring on!) to his parents when we arrive back. A lovely memory to hold on to, I thought.

My go-to glue (other than mod podge) is BEACON FABRI-TAC; it works on everything & cleans up nicely (I’ve never even used it on fabric)! If you try it, let me know how you like it, in comparison to your above suggestions. Thanks Jaime, and to all repliers! I apologize for the lengthy, detailed comment; I just SO want, well need, to do this right!!! Otherwise, I will have nightmares about sealant for the rest of my life and our future together will depend on therapy and how to get over the fear of the “S” word…
-Rachel S

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Jaime

I actually made and sealed a seashell frame! i included it in our book, pretty prudent home. i ended up spraying all the shells with spray paint, and i sealed them with an acrylic clear coat spray. it looked amazing and a couple years later the frame still looks great. no weird pooling or anything like that. i think sealing with a spray is key when working with something dimensional like shells.

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S

What sealant can I use on a piece of decopauged jewelry? I don’t want to use an epoxy resin but I’m worried a regular sealant won’t work when when are sweating in the hot sun! thoughts?? 🙂

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Cathie

I am making wood furniture (branches and twigs) for an outdoor fairy garden. Using stones on wood as well. My local hardware store recommended Weldbond. I have spent 2 wks making stuff and just came across some articles saying Weldbond isn’t for outdoor use! I contacted Weldbond myself and they said if items are constantly getting rained on they won’t hold but if I used a sealer they would be ok. I realize I would need to reseal every year I’m ok with that. Looking for advice on whether using Weldbond with a sealer will work? Anybody tried it? What suggestions do you have? I just tried E6000 with window and door open and fan going after half hour I couldn’t take it anymore nasty headache won’t use again. What about hot glue and then sealer? Just need something that will work for our Ontario summers. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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Andrea

I have a question or two…will Aleene’s Stop Fraying show on my fabric? Would it work at a place where the fabric will bend [the groove or crease of a book cover)?

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Andrea Petersen

What do you suggest using for acrylic on canvas with buttons and beads? Thanks!

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MISS HAYLEY L MARKS

what would you recommend for a decopatch on glass bottle. i want it to be washable. how would you advise me to seal it? i tried resin but it made all the colour seep from my decopatch paper

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darlene oordt

hello I’m looking for the best spray for a cardstock wreath craft that I created to seal it before I hang it outside. Worried that it will bleed or cause the paper to shrivel. Thanks!

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Georgia L Grau

I recently bought some franklin mint plates at a garage sale and want to make cake stands out of them.However on the bottom it says could be toxic not to put food on them,is there anything I can put on them so I can put food on them?

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B

I have a question about decoupage. I began doing this back in scouts a very long time ago – before Mod Podge. I have always used 2:1 white glue to water (or tea for the vintage look). The question rests on price point when planning a group crafting event for a fundraiser. Mod Podge comes in at about $1/oz versus a white glue solution at about 48¢/oz for an ornament that will be sealed after drying with polyurethane or acrylic for outdoor tree decorating. The glue solution is what I have always used and never have had any complaint. Somebody talk Mod Podge to me and tell me why I should change. What am I missing other than expense?

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Holly BRANDVOLD

Hi, I was wondering. If I have something that is say made and dried in aleen’s tacky glue, and I spray aleen’s acrylic spray, will it melt the dried glue I spray it on?

Thanks……

Holly

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