This Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss is a new formula in a line of recent releases. It is only available in a gloss finish. It can be used to decoupage and seal decorations onto glass, ceramic, and metal pieces. These pieces are then “top-rack dishwasher safe”. There are some special instructions for multiple coats, applying decorations, and drying. The finished object must cure for 28 days before it can be washed in the dishwasher, only on the top-rack. I’ll assume that since the top-rack of a dishwasher is normally more gentle than the bottom, that the pieces can be hand washed too if desired.
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Description from bottle:
Use on all surfaces. Indoor/outdoor. Top-rack dishwasher safe. Waterbased. Non-toxic. Dries hard, no tack. Roll bottle on table to mix. Apply with soft bristle brush. For glass, ceramic, or metal, clean surface with rubbing alcohol. Apply finish to surface and back of design element. While wet, place design onto surface. Dry 1-2 hours and add 2-3 coats, allowing 1-2 hours to dry between coats. Cure 28 days. Clean up while wet with soap and water.
These are close ups of the projects I made. The 1st is the backside of the skeleton, so you can see the streaks that show. These are from the initial application of the skeleton onto the glass. Perhaps a thicker coat would have prevented this. I found that in thin layers the Mod Podge dried faster than I could the decoration onto the object. For the glitter, there is a nice gloss to it, which is great. It held the glitter on well once I started using thicker coats to adhere and seal it. In thin coats, the glitter was easily flaking off. I’ll see how well this mug holds up to the dishwasher once the curing time has passed. For the doily heart box, I found that the thick formula pressed down the tiny embossed details and hid them. I used thin coats and some doilies held up better than others. This product is probably suited better to larger or non-embossed graphics.
Since the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss is suitable for ceramics, glass, and metal, I tested it on items I might run through a dishwasher…a mug, beer stein, and candy tin. All of these were purchased from a dollar store.
For the mug, I chose to create my version of the “glittered mug” trend I’ve been seeing. I’m hoping this holds up to washing, as it turned out great. I used blue painter’s tape to create the lines, making sure the tape edges were smooth and even before starting the glue and glitter application. For the glitter to hold well, you’ll want to use a thick coat of the Mod Podge. Work in sections, applying Mod Podge and sprinkling glitter onto the mug lines. Let it dry completely before sealing. I sealed it and added a 2nd layer of glitter for even sparkle. I added 3 coats on top to seal it well. I used a small soft paintbrush for all of my projects, washing it well in between uses. You have to let each coat dry for an hour or two before moving on. When you see the Mod Podge is all clear, you are likely ok to add another coat.
I love anatomy. I printed this vintage skeleton diagram to a scale that I could use on this stein. There was a front and back diagram, which I lined up to match each other when applying it to the stein. I applied the Mod Podge to the back of the image and smoothed it onto the glass. I did this with the back image too. After they had dried, I sealed with with a coat of Mod Podge, extending a bit beyond the image perimeter to ensure the edges were sealed well. I let it dry for an hour, repeated a coat, another hour to dry, and another coat to seal. I used a small soft paint brush for each Mod Podge application. This would be a great gift for anyone who has an appreciation for anatomy. Any image from a magazine or printed would work. You might want to test the image 1st, as sometimes printer ink can smear with the Mod Podge.
Cookies and candies in tins are common for most Winter holidays. If you find a tin with a solid colored top, you can use it for many holidays and to hold various gifts. With the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss, tiny paper doilies and a small paint brush, I added a heart to the lid of this box. If you gift food in these tins, you will need to wash them afterwards (and before adding the food).
- The finish is very glossy
- Can be used to adhere various flat decorations to dishwasher safe objects
- Can be used on ceramics, glass, and metal
- Claims to be safe in the top of a dishwasher once cured
- Can be cleaned off before fully cured, which could be great for temporary applications
- Has to cure for 28 days after application (I’ll do a follow-up post on how well my projects held up to washing)
- You need to use thick coats for good adhesion
- Decorations (glitter) can flake off with too thin coats, because it dries quickly when applied thin
- It’s hard to hide streaks on clear glass, so be ok with imperfections
- It is pricier than most Mod Podge formulas, but you won’t use much for small projects.
- Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss is available in a 16 oz bottle for $14.99 and a 8 oz bottle for $7.99.
If you can foresee this being a product you could use often, then get the larger bottle. I used a small amount. I’d likely just use this for gift items, vs my personal use. This would be great for a group project where your exchanging cookies and candies, and want to decorate the treat tins. Or, maybe for a wedding or 1st home party where you want to give the person a set of amazing dishes. Remember, while this meant to be dishwasher safe, it’s not food safe, so decorate in areas that food won’t touch. Chargers, mugs, tins, glasses, backs of clear trays, plates and bowls, are all great items to use this product on.
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