Sealers on Polymer Clay
 Share
The version of the browser you are using is no longer supported. Please upgrade to a supported browser.Dismiss

View only
 
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST
1
Testing Polymer Clay Sealers
2
This is the raw data for an article called Testing Polymer Clay Sealers, written by Ginger Davis Allman. Sealer CharacteristicsSculpey III Results
3
1-white 10-amber1-clear 10-opaque1-water 10-mayonnaise1-none 10-stench1-too fast 10-forever1-mirror 10-dead matte
4
Label's gloss levelSample No.Sealer NameManufacturerColorClarity (uncured)ThicknessOdorDrying SpeedGloss LevelSmoothnessCracking CrazingCloudinessYellowingScratchesPeelingStickinessThickness of coatingRecommendationNotes
5
n/a1Preserve-It! Krylonn/a1spray101010smooth nononogummygummyextremethickno Extremely sticky and gummy. Completely unsuitable. Do not use.
6
n/a2Workable FixatifKrylonn/a1spray1032pebblynonono+++nonomednoDoesn't spray on with a smooth surface. Very pebbly and scratches off easily.
7
gloss3Molotow PremiumBeltonn/a1spray1054pebblynonono+++nonomednoDoesn't spray evenly, very pebbly, scratches very easily.
8
n/a4PYM IIPrecision-Bluen/a1spray823smoothnonono+ nonothinyesScratches off with effort, but is almost invisible on the clay.
9
satin5Liquitex Satin VarnishLiquitex443335smoothnoslightno+nonothickmaybeVinyl feel, cloudiness apparent on dark colors, peels easily at 1 week, but then with difficulty at 1 month.
10
satin6Sculpey Satin GlazeSculpey684733brush strokesnoyesnonononothickyesCloudiness apparent on dark colors, has a nice, dry feel, scratch resistant.
11
satin7Polycrylic Clear SatinMinwax445834smoothnonono+nonothickyesHas a vinyl feel, like a balloon, but is a good varnish on this clay.
12
satin8Varathane Polyurethane SatinRustoleum265433smoothnonono+nonomediumyesDry, smooth feel, makes a nice satin varnish, can be scratched with effort.
13
semi-gloss9Final CoatSelkirk122344smoothnononoslightnonothinyesNice feel, light bodied, good for a fixative coat on mica powders, will scratch if you dig at it.
14
low-gloss10Final CoatSelkirk122353smoothnononoslightyesnothinyesNice feel, light bodied, will peel if you dig and get it started.
15
matte11Cernit Transparent VarnishCernit759324smoothnononoslightnonothickyesDry, smooth feel, excellent finish, but not very matte. More like a satin.
16
matte12Swellegant Clear SealantChristi Friesen122343smoothnononoslightnonothinyesDry, smooth, nice feel. Not true matte. Turns white when flexed, slightly.
17
matte13DuraClear Ultra MatteAmericana277221smoothnonono+nonothin-medyesVery nice, dry feel, nearly dead matte.
18
matte14Golden Polymer Varnish w/UVLSGolden737511brush strokesnonono++ nonomedmaybeDead matte finish, scratches fairly easily.
19
matte15Duncan Matte SealerDuncan1107254suede-likenonono++nonomedmaybeSatin finish, not matte. Scratches fairly easily.
20
matte16Mod Podge MattePlaid1108465brush strokesnonononoyesnomed-thicknoWater drop turns this white and makes it goopy. Obvious and terrible brush strokes. Satin, not matte.
21
matte17Soluble Varnish MatteDaler-Rowney9556103uneven nonono+yesyesmednoSticky, turns dull over time, scratches off. Unsuitable.
22
matte18Liquitex Matte VarnishLiquitex263435brush strokesnonono+yesnomedmaybeSuede feel when dry.
23
matte19Genesis Heat Set Matte VarnishGenesis6510+1n/a1brush strokesnonononononothickyesVery matte, must be oven cured, application will leave texture, perhaps try sponging.
24
n/a20Future Acrylic Floor FinishSC Johnson812446smoothnonono++nonothinmaybeLight bodied, pleasant smell, not very glossy, not very durable.
25
n/a21Pledge Floor Care FinishSC Johnson312267smoothnonono++nonothinmaybeVery similar to Future, different smell, slightly more glossy, turns white when flexed.
26
gloss22Golden Polymer Varnish w/UVLSGolden734466smoothnonono+yesnomednoGlossy and feels smooth and dry on all, but easily peels off.
27
gloss23Media Gloss VarnishDecoArt445458smoothnononoslightnonothickmaybeVery glossy, but scratches leave an obvious mark.
28
gloss24Cernit Transparent Varnish - GlossyCernit845543beads upnonononononomedmaybeNot glossy at all, beads up but smooths out by third coat.
29
gloss25Duncan Gloss SealerDuncan195235brush strokesnononononoyesmednoBrush strokes very obvious, sticky.
30
gloss26Sculpey Gloss GlazeSculpey454667brush strokesyesyesno+nonomednoVery light crackle could be seen, slight cloudiness on dark colors, scratched off with fingernail.
31
gloss27DuraClear Gloss VarnishAmericana354547beads upnonono+yesnomednoBeads up slightly when applied, peels when scratched with fingernail.
32
gloss28Gloss Medium & Varnish (green label)Liquitex467538brush strokesnonono+noverythicknoBrush strokes, sticky.
33
gloss29Liquitex Goss Varnish (red label)Liquitex555658beads upnoslightno+yesnothicknoThird coat beaded up, slightly cloudy on dark colors, scratches with fingernail.
34
gloss30Fimo Gloss VarnishStaedtler555575beads upnoyesnonononothickmaybeBeaded up on application, did not leave a smooth finish, not very glossy, cloudiness obvious on dark colors
35
gloss31Ronseal Interior Gloss VarnishRonseal655537smoothnonononononomedyesNice, smooth finish, scratch resistant after a month.
36
gloss32Wilko Quick Dry VarnishWilko855735smoothnonononononothinyesWater spots on dark clay, satin finish, not glossy.
37
gloss33Polycrylic Clear GlossMinwax455636smoothnonononononomedyesVinyl feel, smells like kitchen spray cleaner.
38
gloss34Varathane Polyurethane GlossRustoleum454435smoothnonononononomedyesLess glossy on Sculpey III than Kato, Premo.
39
gloss35Mod Podge Gloss-LustrePlaid1108789brush strokesnonononoyesnothicknoVery obvious brush strokes, water spots turn white and get gummy.
40
n/a36Jewelry Pendant GelAleene's545229smoothnonoyesslightnoslightlythickmaybeVery glossy, but has a vinyl feel like a balloon.
41
n/a37Mod Podge Dimensional MagicPlaid544427brush strokesnoyesno+yesnomednoObvious brush strokes that left bubbles, the tile curled badly, vinyl feel.
42
n/a38Diamond GlazeJudikins55432variesbrush strokesnonono+noyesmedno
Started off glossy, got more dull and blotchy over time. Sticky, plastic feeling. Beaded up slightly which caused bubbles in the finish.
43
n/a39Triple ThickAmericana5595610uneven nonono+nonothickmaybeVery glossy, but leaves uneven finish. Tile curled upward. Scratches with fingernail.
44
gloss40Darwi Vernis
The Clay and Paint Factory
517428smooth
when flexed
yesno+nonomedmaybeVery glossy, nice finish, can be scratched with fingernail. Will crack when flexed. Can be cloudy on dark colors.
45
gloss41Pearl-Ex VarnishJacquard755647brush strokesnonononononomedyesNice feel, medium gloss, scratch resistant.
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
Loading...