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10/13/12 1:10 P

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I bought a jar of outdoor Mod Podge a few years ago, but haven't seen it in the stores since then. My intention was to collage dictionary pages on my front door, which is somewhat protected from rain, but facing west, it gets A LOT of sunshine.

Does anyone know if regular Mod Podge will hold up for this use? It gets very hot here in the summertime. (Make that fall and spring, too. It will be in the 90's today!)

I'm just wondering if this will end up being a sticky mess.

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9/24/12 11:34 P

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Thanks for the link, Yardenxanthe. Good info to know.

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9/20/12 12:54 P

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I've never watered Modpodge down, but I don't use that much of it ...

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9/20/12 1:42 A

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Why you shouldn't make your own Mod Podge: www.modpodgerocksblog.com/2011/11/wh
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12/22/11 7:46 P

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Expensive is better than "it doesn't work!" I tried the watered down school glue and believe me it leaves a lot to be desired. I think I'll stick with mod podge and gel medium. I've had better luck with clear spray lacquer! Just thought I'd follow up.

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IMPROVINGME's Photo IMPROVINGME Posts: 3,475
12/1/11 9:31 P

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Sorry for being late to join in this discussion. I've always used gel medium for waterproofing. And yes, it can get expensive!

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11/23/11 11:29 P

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Thank you much!

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MCJULIEO's Photo MCJULIEO Posts: 9,599
11/22/11 3:37 P

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I can't be certain w/o actually checking her stash, but I know she has BOTH Elmer's school glue and Elmer's Glue All (which is more expensive!), but she also has an assortment of gel mediums, etc....

I'll see if I can alert her to this thread...

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11/22/11 2:46 P

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I use gel medium for my oil paints. Hmmm that is an idea. From what I can see the elmers is plain old school glue cheap and readily available. What does Improvingme use?


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MCJULIEO's Photo MCJULIEO Posts: 9,599
11/22/11 2:07 P

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Knowing that there are different formulations for different kinds of Elmer's, I STILL found suggested recipes for Mod Podge that called for Elmer's thinned down with water, and adding some varnish for a glossy finish....BUT they never mention WHAT kind of Elmer's OR what kind of "varnish" to use...

(I haven't been real satisfied using Mod Podge in my altered books- it seems that it stays sticky forever, so I'm not going out of my way to reproduce it... I DO like gel medium as a substitute, though... even though it's quite pricey, too)

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11/22/11 1:33 P

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I think I will experiment with the glue and the mod podge. I'll keep you posted.

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11/21/11 7:08 P

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I think Mod Podge us just watered down Elmer's glue. Mom used a two parts glue to one part water. Mom used the\is for everything.

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MCJULIEO's Photo MCJULIEO Posts: 9,599
11/21/11 2:48 P

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I will be watching this experiment with interest.... I just can't imagine Mod Podge making anything remotely water proof.....

As far as a homemade recipe... I'll keep my eyes open!

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11/21/11 1:41 P

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I can't wait to try some fabric block printing I saw while stretched out on the coach Saturday. I bought some mod podge and am trying it out. That is some expensive stuff! I wonder if anyone has a recipe for home made mod podge.

The plan uses a piece of cardboard with varied textured items glued to the surface. 3 coats of mod podge to stabilize and water proof and then fabric ink is spread on. The block is then applied to fabric using a burnishing tool or roller. Looks like fun for a quilt or something.

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