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After gluing my prints to the surface, how many layers of Royal Coat do I need to apply on top of the finished design to complete my project?
Using a flat brush or sponge brush, apply Royal Coat Decoupage Finish to your entire project, including the top layers, once you have glued your design in place. Allow 20 minutes for the first coat to dry; then apply a second coat. Two coats are sufficient to protect the print, but more may be applied if desired. Your project is finished and usable at this point.

If you desire a more traditional decoupage look, however, apply a total of six coats of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish.

How can I get an antiqued decoupage look?
Royal Coat ® Antique Decoupage Finish adds a mellow, antique look to decoupaged surfaces. Use it to apply cutouts to your surface and then brush on two light coats over the entire surface. Each coat will slightly deepen the color of the finished piece and create an aged patina.
To get the exact degree of antiquing you desire apply FolkArt ® Antiquing Medium to the entire project after Royal Coat ® Decoupage Finish is dry. Apply Antiquing Medium with a brush or soft sponge. Wipe off as much or as little as you wish with a soft cloth or paper towel for the desired effect. Allow to dry. Then apply two final coats of Royal Coat.
Can I burn my decoupaged candles?
Candles with decoupaged designs are decorative and should not be burned. Your designs can be destroyed if the candle is burned. In addition, while both Mod Podge and Royal Coat are not flammable, items used with these glues may be.
However, there is a trick if you want to "burn" your decorated candle. Burn the decorated candle until a small well is formed -- a well about the size of a votive candle. Place a small piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the well. Then place the votive candle in the well and burn it. Replace the votive candle as needed.
How do you decoupage a glass plate?
To decoupage the back of a clear plate, you must use a technique called reverse decoupage. This involves applying the prints to the back of the plate so that the design shows through.

Here’s how:

Cut out design. Apply Royal Coat Decoupage Finish to the front of the print. Press the print face down on the back of the clear plate. Smooth with your fingers, then use a damp paper towel to remove excess Decoupage Finish from the glass.
Can I burn candles I have decorated with florals, decoupage, etc.?
Decorated candles using Mod Podge ® or Royal Coat ® Decoupage Finish are meant for decorative purposes and not for illumination. Many of the decorations would catch fire and be hazardous if the candle were burned. However, if you are using a wide pillar candle and the decorations do not go to the top of the candle, it can be burned down slightly to create a well, then a votive candle inserted into the well. A new votive candle can be inserted when the old one is finished. Use extreme caution and good judgment when burning candles that have been decorated.
How can I achieve the smooth satin look of traditional decoupage?
After applying at least 6 coats of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish to your project (allowing 20 minutes drying time between coats), follow these instructions:
  1. Wet #400 sandpaper with water and a drop of dish soap and sand the finish lightly until flat and smooth. Wipe dry.
  2. Polish the project with #0000 steel wool.
  3. For an even glossier finish, dip the steel wool into a liquid paste of linseed oil and pumice. Gently polish the surface until smooth.
When creating a decoupage project, how do I glue my designs to my surface?
  1. Lightly coat the back of the print with Royal Coat or Mod Podge, using a sponge brush or flat brush.
  2. Place the print in the desired position. To work out all the air bubbles and excess glue from under the print, press lightly with your fingertips, working from the center outward. Be sure that the edges have adhered well. The squeegee and brayer in Mod Podge Professional Toolset are also helpful.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the glue to set before gently dabbing around the edge with a damp sponge or paper towel.
  4. When layering designs, allow the first layer to dry completely before applying the second layer. Apply the second layer in the same manner. Allow the project to dry completely before proceeding.
What kind of projects is Mod Podge Hard Coat good for creating?
Mod Podge Hard Coat is great to use for projects that will be handled frequently or those in a high traffic area.
What kind of projects is Mod Podge Hard Coat good for creating?
Mod Podge Hard Coat is great to use for projects that will be handled frequently or those in a high traffic area.
How do I create an ultra smooth finish with Mod Podge Hard Coat?
For an ultra smooth surface, apply 4 to 5 coats of Mod Podge Hard Coat. When applying the coats, brush in one direction then the other and let dry between coats. Wet sand with #400 sandpaper and water. Sand finish lightly until ridges are flat and smooth. Wipe dry. If desired add an additional coat of Hard Coat Mod Podge.
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