Yes Paste vs. Mod Podge? These two adhesives have been duking it out for dominance on craft tables across America.
Though named “Paste”, Yes Paste is not typically used on wallpaper (See my analysis on wallpaper paste vs modge podge). It is a versatile adhesive primarily used for crafts, bookbinding, and other paper-based projects.
Let’s rap about the key differences between Yes Paste and Mod Podge. By the end, you’ll know which one is the MVP for your next DIY masterpiece. The craft battlefield awaits – let’s do this!
Yes Paste vs. Mod Podge: What’s The Difference?
For a simpler finish, you can use Mod Podge. If you prefer a more professional-looking finish, you might consider purchasing Liquitex matte medium, which offers various finishes and a less shiny appearance.
The key differences are that Yes Paste is a non-hazardous craft adhesive while Mod Podge is a hazardous epoxy resin used for more heavy-duty applications like mold making. Yes Paste is water soluble while Mod Podge is not. Mod Podge requires more caution in handling due to its irritant and sensitization hazards.
📝 My Hands-on Test of Yes Paste
Opening the jar, I noticed that the container design is sometimes sealed shut, making it a bit difficult to open. However, once I got past that, I was pleased with the consistency of the paste. It spreads nicely and can even be thinned with a bit of water if needed. I found it to work extremely well for dollhouse wallpaper, providing a strong bond without any bubbling.
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Flatten Paper With No Bubbling
One of the great features of YES Paste is its ability to stick well and flatten paper with no bubbling. I used it for bookbinding, and it worked like a charm. The application was easy, and the adhesive was very strong. I appreciated how it allowed me to work out any air pockets and clean up easily.
In terms of its overall performance, I was impressed. It firmly secured ephemera, embellishments, and paper-to-paper in my journals without wrinkling the pages, which can be an issue with liquid glue. The paste dried flat, maintaining the integrity of the collages and decoupage projects I worked on.
When using YES Paste, a little goes a long way, depending on the size of your project. Just one or two gobs from a palette knife are sufficient, making it a cost-effective option. The paste goes on smoothly, and using a spatula or plastic scraper ensures complete coverage on the entire piece. It doesn’t run and allows for positioning adjustments.
I appreciate that YES Paste is acid-free and provides permanent adhesion. It has become an essential tool in my art-making process, ensuring that my papers and fibers in encaustic art blend seamlessly and stay in place without any flaws. Its smooth application makes the rest of the project easy to handle.
However, One issue I have with this paste is that it can be quite thick and very sticky, making it somewhat difficult to use. I use a small flexible rubber spatula for large areas and various sizes of paint brushes for different types of paper. I apply it to the paper being glued rather than to the surface. I also use other products for tissue paper.
💬 FAQ of Yes Paste
Q: Is Yes Paste suitable for
repairing tears in linoleum flooring?
A: This particular adhesive is not recommended for that purpose since it lacks the necessary strength. It is more suitable for crafting and artistic endeavors. The adhesive may break down with water. I would suggest trying E6000 for your repair needs. However, Yes Paste is versatile and works well for various other applications!
Q: What is the recommended method of application?
A: Typically, Yes Paste is applied using a palette knife, a QTip, or even by finger application.
Q: Can it be used as a top coat sealer for collages? I usually use Mod Podge or matte medium for this purpose.
A: I would advise against using Yes Paste as a top coat sealer for your collage because it tends to have a lengthy drying time. For a simpler finish, you can use Mod Podge. If you prefer a more professional-looking finish, you might consider purchasing Liquitex matte medium, which offers various finishes and a less shiny appearance.
Q: Does it dry with a matte finish?
A: I’m unsure about the finish it provides since I primarily use it for gluing paper, card stock, and occasionally fabric. Once it dries, the finish becomes indistinguishable to me.
📝 My Hands-on Test of Mod Podge (Super Gloss)
The result is a nice, shiny gloss on your project while keeping the canvas underneath flexible and easy to move for framing or mounting. I found using it with the MP palm bristle brush worked great. It truly gives your project a polished look, and I consider it a must-have. I’ve also used it for other crafts like wood and ceramics, and it performs exceptionally well.
Glossy Finish on Earings
I made earrings and needed a way to give them a shiny, glossy finish. I use it on polymer clay, and I must say, the results are fantastic. The Mod Podge works just like UV resin, drying clear and leaving a professional look. It’s easy to apply with a Mod Podge brush, and the 8 oz bottle covers several projects. What’s great is that it lasts a long time too. Unlike other sealers I’ve used before, this one goes a long way, and I can already tell that I’ll get many more projects out of it. The best part is that my earrings still maintain their shine after it dries. I highly recommend Mod Podge to anyone who does diamond painting or any other craft projects.
I love using Mod Podge to glaze my acrylic paintings. I’ve experimented with various options, including DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze and Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue & Decoupage Finish, Gloss, but I find that Mod Podge Super Thick Gloss achieves a more transparent, liquid-like finish after it fully cures. It self-levels beautifully, and if there are any imperfections, a thin second coat easily fixes them. It sets in just a few hours, but it takes a few days to fully cure at room temperature and low humidity. The only downside is that it’s difficult to get the last bit out of the plastic jar, so I wish it came in a squeeze bottle.
Easy to Apply
I tried Mod Podge on my card-making projects, and it worked wonders. It was easy to apply, and once it dried, it looked fantastic. The glossy finish added a professional touch to my cards, and I received compliments on how well they turned out. I also used it to seal my paintings, and it provided the same excellent results. The best part is that a little goes a long way, making it a great value for the price.
However, I did have a few issues with the product. One bottle I received had a lifted seal and some glue had leaked, but I don’t blame the seller for thatas it could have been a shipping mishap. Additionally, the consistency of the Mod Podge can be a bit thick, so I sometimes dilute it with a small amount of water to make it easier to work with and achieve a smoother application. Despite these minor inconveniences, I still highly recommend Mod Podge for its excellent sealing and glossy finish properties.
💬 FAQ of Mod Podge
Q: When Mod Podge dries, does it have a sticky or tacky texture? Also, does it have a shiny appearance once it’s dry?
A: The Mod Podge has a thick consistency initially, so it’s important not to apply a thick coat or repeatedly go over the same area, as it can become cloudy. Allow it to fully dry, and it should not feel sticky. I personally love Mod Podge, and when I use it to coat my decoupaged seashells, the final result is incredibly smooth and glossy, resembling porcelain China. I’ve tried other thick glosses, but this one is my favorite. Just make sure to give it enough drying time, and you’ll be pleased with the outcome. Good luck!
Q: Is it better to apply Mod Podge with a sponge brush or a regular paint brush?
A: I recommend using a sponge brush for application. Instead of brushing it on, gently pat the glue onto the surface. You can find helpful tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate the technique. When using it as a top coat to seal glitter, apply a very thin layer to maintain the glitter’s shine. If you apply too much, it can diminish the sparkle. The glossy variant of the product is ideal for top coats and ensures the highest glitter shimmer.
Q: Does Mod Podge contain a sealer?
A: Yes, Mod Podge serves as both a sealer and a finish for decoupage projects.
Q: If I apply this over white acrylic, will it cause any yellowing or color changes?
A: I have personally used Mod Podge over gesso, which is very similar to white acrylic, and I have never experienced any issues with yellowing or color changes.
Q: How long does it take for Mod Podge to dry to the touch? I bought a bottle at the store, but only noticed after getting home that it requires 4 weeks to cure!
A: It typically dries to the touch in about 24 hours or even less, depending on the temperature. However, it remains tacky for a long time. For example, when I used it to seal shrinky dink keychains, they stuck together slightly for several months. Finally, after about 4 months, they stopped sticking to each other. The drying time depends on the purpose you’re using it for. It didn’t work out the way I had hoped on the shrinky dinks, as the surface ended up crackled instead of smooth. However, it’s worth noting that the plastic surface of the shrinky dinks has ridges to begin with, so some of the issues could be due to user error.
Q: If I apply Mod Podge over glitter, will the glitter still sparkle?
A: When you apply this super thick Mod Podge, it may initially appear “milky,” but once it dries, it becomes clear, and the glitter will still maintain its sparkle.
Q: Is Mod Podge safe to
use on food dishes?
A: No, it is not recommended for use on food dishes. While it’s non-toxic, it’s not considered food safe. However, you can still use it on glasses, keeping it about 3/4″ away from the top of the glass.
Q: Can I use Mod Podge on plant materials like leaves? If not, do you have any other suggestions?
A: Although I personally haven’t applied Mod Podge to leaves, I have seen Mona from Craft Klatch use it, along with regular Mod Podge, on plant materials. According to her demonstration, it did not cause the leaves to turn brown.
Q: Can I accelerate the curing process by
baking Mod Podge?
A: Baking is not recommended, as Mod Podge is similar to glue. Once it has dried for about a day, it should be ready to use. Unlike paint used on glass, ceramic, or tile, it doesn’t require curing.
Q: I want to use Mod Podge to line my kitchen drawers with scrapbook paper. Is it suitable for this purpose?
A: If you plan on placing dishes on top of the lined drawers, I would suggest using the DISHWASHER SAFE formula. This way, you can wipe down the shelves, and if a little water drips on the paper, it won’t cause any issues because it’s water-safe.
Q: Can I use Mod Podge on costume jewelry to prevent tarnishing?
A: Since Mod Podge is water-based, applying it to metal can cause the metal to tarnish.
Q: I’d like to use Mod Podge to seal tissue paper on a coffee table, ensuring it won’t scratch when I place objects on top. Is this the right sealant to use?
A: For your coffee table, I recommend using Hard Coat Mod Podge. After allowing it to cure for 4 weeks, you can further protect it by applying a sealer of your choice.
Q: I painted a silicone pop-it ball. Will Mod Podge work on it?
A: Since silicone repels water and Mod Podge is water-based, it won’t provide a strong bond or finish on a silicone surface. It’s best to use a specialized silicone sealant or paint designed specifically for silicone materials. Those products will adhere better and provide a more durable finish.