Vinyl lettering and graphics are a wonderful way to create designs for windows, cars, laptops, and many more surfaces. If you use vinyl lettering, you’ll want to know how you can seal it. That way, your design is sure to last! Mod Podge is one of the most common sealants you can find.
So, can you Mod Podge over vinyl lettering? Yes, you can use Mod Podge to seal over vinyl, including vinyl lettering. Mod Podge protects the vinyl designs, keeping the colors vibrant and preventing peeling. This seal also makes it easier to keep your lettering clean.
If you want to start using vinyl lettering in your projects, you should learn to use Mod Podge! This article will cover how to seal vinyl with Mod Podge and give you all the details you need to do it at home. When you’re ready, let’s keep reading!
How Do You Seal Vinyl Stickers With Mod Podge?
You’ll want to start by choosing a Mod Podge formula that works with the surface. Many artists choose Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge to give their vinyl lettering protection from moisture. However, you can also use the original formula with good results.
Pour some of the Mod Podge into a plastic cup that you won’t mind throwing out later. Start with a brush or sponge and dip it into the sealant. You want to give the vinyl lettering an even coat of Mod Podge. Make sure to work in thin layers, giving the seal plenty of time to dry between!
There could be issues with the Mod Podge not drying clear, looking uneven, or forming bubbles if you don’t. The best way to avoid these sealant problems is to work slowly. When applying the Mod Podge coats, you’ll also want to alternate between horizontal and vertical brush strokes.
Check out my other article that’s talks about Mod Podge drying clear, and everything you need to know to properly apply it.
Make sure that you wait several days for the Mod Podge to cure after application. You don’t want to touch the object much before the seal hardens.
How Do You Seal Vinyl Decals?
You can also use Mod Podge to seal vinyl decals. However, you might consider using epoxy resin, depending on how durable you need the seal to be.
Pour the sealant liquid over the vinyl decals, making sure to move the surface around to spread the material evenly. You want the seal to cover all the decals. Then, use a brush to spread the liquid out and pop any bubbles.
In short, you can seal vinyl decals like you would seal any other art materials. Mod Podge works wonderfully for this! However, many artists also recommend spray-on seals to give the vinyl decals more protection.
Can You Clear Coat Over Vinyl Lettering?
You can always put a clear coat over vinyl lettering. These types of decals need protection to stay looking their best, so you should add the seal as soon as possible. A clear coat of paint is a great option!
The clear coat prevents the vinyl from peeling and makes it easier to clean the surface. Most of the time, wiping it with a slightly damp cloth is enough to keep vinyl clean once there’s a clear coat in place.
To clear coat over vinyl lettering, you can use an airbrush with clear paint inside. Start by lightly dusting the surface with your clear coat. Hold the airbrush a good distance away, so you don’t blast the vinyl lettering!
Then, allow the clear coat to dry for at least a day. After that, you should apply another, thicker coat of clear paint. You need the first coat to be very light. Otherwise, it could peel off later on.
After you wait another day for the next layer to dry, you’ll want to smooth out the clear coat as best you can. You need to push it back into place using a hard, flat tool.
Can I Mod Podge Over Stickers?
Traditional paper stickers don’t last very long and can easily peel. Seeing stickers break down can be disheartening when you have custom stickers or designs that you love! If you want to make them more permanent, you can always Mod Podge over them. You can do this with both paper and vinyl stickers.
Start by holding the sticker in place and use a small sponge to brush the Mod Podge over top of it. The Mod Podge dries clear when applied properly, so don’t worry if it looks white at first. Make sure to add another coat after the Mod Podge dries.
You can do this on both the front and the back of the sticker. But, it depends on what you want to use the sticker for. Some artists coat both sides in Mod Podge before adding the sticker to resin. However, you won’t want to seal the back if you want to stick it on the surface of something.
Make sure to let the stickers sit for at least an hour before touching them. You don’t want the Mod Podge to be sticky!
Is Mod Podge Waterproof?
Some types of Mod Podge are water-resistant, while others aren’t. Not all of these formulas will protect your vinyl lettering as well as others, so make sure you get the right kind.
Overall, Mod Podge technically isn’t waterproof. Items left in water for a long period can still receive damage. However, items that make brief contact with water should resist it. Many people confuse waterproofing with water resistance, although the two are very different.
In this article, I go over everything you need to know on Mod Podge being waterproof, and finding the right formula for your project!
How Do I Seal My Cricut Vinyl?
You might not need to seal Cricut vinyl if it’s very high quality. However, you can still apply a Mod Podge seal if you want to give it some more protection.
To do this:
- Start by brushing a thin, light coat of Mod Podge over the vinyl.
- Keep all of your brush strokes moving in the same direction.
- Give it a few hours to dry, then apply another light coat.
In this second coat, you want the brush strokes to go in a different direction.
So, if you make the first layer have horizontal strokes, make your second layer have vertical strokes. The brush strokes won’t be as visible with your final project. If you don’t like a lot of lines in your work, don’t skip this part!
To summarize, you can seal your Cricut vinyl just like you would other types of vinyl. Since this is usually a very high-quality product, you might not need to apply a seal! However, there’s no harm in adding one if you want to.
In short, you can use Mod Podge to seal your vinyl lettering. The clear sealant adds another layer of protection to the design. You won’t have to worry about peeling, chipping, or tearing.
Overall, you can make vinyl last a lot longer by sealing it. As long as you apply thin layers and let them dry before adding another, you will get great results! Mod Podge can work on many surfaces, so you’re sure to find a use for using it with vinyl lettering.
Make sure to follow all my tips and recommended products to ensure your Mod Podge painted project turns out great! Also, don’t forget to check out my other articles for all your painting Q&A’s. Happy painting!