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Friday, February 1, 2013

(Product Review) Mod Podge Gloss Lustre

Mod Podge Gloss Lustre Review

Mod Podge Gloss Lustre 16 Oz.

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-01-31

Product Rating: 4

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Glues, seals, protects, non-toxic, dries clear, easy cleanup, versatile product works on most surfaces.

Cons: None

Summary: Great for gluing, sealing and protecting. This versatile product is non-toxic, easy to clean up, and can be used on many surfaces.


I have loved crafting since I was a child and have always enjoyed working on a variety of crafts with my children and grandchildren. It is important to me to keep an assortment of craft supplies handy so we have everything we need for whatever craft project we decide to do next.

In a recent review, I discussed Mod Podge Satin Finish Decoupage Glue and some of the uses. Mod Podge is available in several types ranging from a matte finish to the Gloss Lustre Mod Podge discussed here so you can choose the variety according to how much shine you want on your finished project. I have used several different varieties of this product for various purposes. My most recent project using this particular variety was making wall hangings with the kids.

The Gloss Lustre has a high gloss finish and is well suited to projects where we want a lot of shine. Unlike the Christmas ornaments I discussed in my previous review, the projects made with this type of Mod Podge won't need any glitter to help them shine.

I have used this on a variety of crafting and home decor projects including hand painted planters, wall plaques, picture frames, keepsake and jewelry items, and more.

For this project we started out with a variety of wooden and plaster bases and created some beautiful wall hangings. Some of the children drew pictures on their bases, while others cut or tore pictures from magazines and newspapers, then glued them to the bases by painting a coating of Mod Podge onto the surface, placing the picture on the base, then painting more of the Mod Podge over the pictures to seal the project and add a nice luster to the project.

I made a few different ones, mostly either cutting or tearing the pictures as the children had done, but added a special touch of my own when I made them without the kids around. For a unique look, I took a few of the pictures and added a burnt edge, although I didn't want to do this with the little ones watching. Just be careful if you try this so you don't catch your picture (or anything else) on fire. I prefer working over the sink for this part.

The Mod Podge works well to coat and seal most porous surfaces such as wood, paper, fabric, plaster and more. You can use it as a glue, sealant and protectant on a large variety of craft projects.

You can dip your paint brush or sponge brush directly into the bottle if desired, or when working with children or groups it works well to pour a little into paper cups so everyone can have their own container to work with. This is the best way to work with children because any spills will be minimized when each child has just a little at time.

Just paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the surface, position any pictures onto the surface, then paint one or more additional layers over the entire plaque to coat, seal and protect your wall hanging. You might want to help younger children to get their pictures aligned properly because it isn't always easy to rearrange the pictures once they are placed.

A single layer of Mod Podge should work well to coat your project, however since this product dries in approximately 15-20 minutes, it is easy to add additional layers if desired. Additional layers can be used to add more shine, to add texture, or to fix any irregularities in your surface. Just be careful not to coat it too thickly unless you want your surface to be slightly bumpy and irregular. This is fine for some projects but not for everything.

Mod Podge is great for kids because it is non-toxic and cleans up easily with soap and water. Just be sure to clean it up before it dries because you won't be able to remove it once it dries completely.

I have been using various Mod Podge products for around 30 years, and find these products to be something no crafter should be without.


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