Spray Sealer for Polymer Clay

Updated September 6, 2021 – Now showing results for 20 different sprays.

spray sealers often remain sticky on polymer clay

Imagine for a moment working for hours, days, or even weeks on a polymer clay project. You’re proud of all your hard work and so you buy a spray sealer to protect it and give it a nice, glossy finish. You carefully follow the directions on the label and wait for the varnish to dry. But it doesn’t. You wait a day…a week…and still, the spray sealer stays sticky and tacky. You’re horrified to realize that all your work is ruined. So you search online and find that most spray sealers are incompatible with polymer clay. Is there any spray sealer for polymer clay that won’t turn sticky? PYM II is often recommended, but are there others? Certain brands are often recommended but I’ll hear just as many negative reports about them. Why are there so many conflicting reports? You know I had to find out. I bought a bunch of cans and then tested to find the best spray sealer for polymer clay. Here’s what I found out. (I’ve now bought and tested 18 different sprays!!)

Why Use a Spray Sealer for Polymer Clay?

Why would you want to use a spray varnish or sealer with polymer clay? First, let me address a common myth. You do not need to seal polymer clay to protect it. Once properly cured, polymer clay is a durable vinyl plastic and is, itself, naturally waterproof. No sealer is more durable than polymer clay. There are two reasons you’d want to use a varnish with polymer clay. One is when you need to protect surface treatments that you’ve used on your clay creations, such as mica powders or chalks. The other is if you want to change the gloss level, making your creation glossy or matte. Read my article Do You Need to Seal Polymer Clay for more information and a list of recommended brush-on sealers.

But sometimes brushing a sealer onto the surface of the clay can disturb the surface treatments. Or perhaps the surface is so highly textured that brushing on a sealer becomes impractical. If you are troubled by too many brush strokes, it can be a compelling idea to use a spray to give a nice even finish.

This article focuses on the basic chemical compatibility of various spray sealers with polymer clay. I picked cans of spray that were readily available in stores near me, plus a few others that I had heard about online. There are hundreds of sprays to choose from and buying them all would have been a cost prohibitive, so I had to trim it down and at least get started testing the most popular ones here in the US. Just because a spray isn’t listed doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. I would love to test even more, but at $8-$25 per can, I’ve already spent a small fortune on cans of spray sealer!

About Spray Sealers for Polymer Clay

  • Polymer clay does not need to be sealed. (More on that here.)
  • Most spray sealers don’t fully dry on polymer clay and stay sticky.
  • Results vary greatly depending on which polymer clay is used.
  • It’s not the propellants that degrade the clay, rather the sealer itself becomes tacky.
  • Spray Varathane and Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane will both dry nicely on polymer clay, but may scratch off some brands of clay.
  • Helmar Crystal Kote Matte is a good light-bodied invisible fixative.
  • U-POL #1 Spray is a thick, high-gloss clearcoat that works beautifully on polymer clay.
  • Always test your spray sealer before using it on an important project.
  • You can sometimes remove sticky varnish by using rubbing alcohol.
  • If it’s only a tiny bit sticky, you can overcoat with a clay-safe brush-on varnish.

Test tiles of black polymer clay ready to be coated with spray sealer.
Tiles of polymer clay waiting to be sprayed with sealant to test compatibility.

Testing Spray Sealers on Polymer Clay

Various brands of black polymer clay packages.

I bought nine 20 kinds of spray varnish and tested them on four (sometimes five) brands of polymer clay, applied after baking. I made tiles of Sculpey III, Kato Polyclay, Premo, and Fimo Professional and thoroughly baked each tile. Each tile was wiped with isopropyl alcohol to remove any surface oils. Since humidity and temperature during application can cause problems, I chose a day that was 75°F (24°C) and 45% humidity and did all the spraying outdoors on a calm day. Three coats of each spray were applied following the directions on each can. Afterward, the tiles were stored in my studio at normal room temperature of 70°F – 82°F (21°C – 28°C). Humidity varied greatly during the test period and at times was close to 90%. Other times the room was closed up and AC was used.  At 24 hours, 1 week, and 1 month, the tiles were evaluated for stickiness, fingerprints, scratch resistance, cracking, crazing, and cloudiness. I used my fingernail to try to scratch the sealer off the tile. Peeling or obvious marring was considered a “fail”. I also evaluated the tiles for gloss level upon application and odor after 1 month. (I’ve since checked them occasionally and had no surprises.)

It should be noted that I used black clay merely so that I could more readily see any crazing or cloudiness that might occur. Other polymer clay artists have told me that different colors of clay, even within one brand, have different reactions to sealers, so your results may very easily differ from mine. Also, testing on black didn’t reveal if any of these sealers would turn yellow over time.

Even after a month of drying, many spray sealers are sticky on polymer clay. Read more at The Blue Bottle Tree.
Many spray sealers don’t dry on polymer clay and stay sticky and gummy.

About the Test Results

I was very surprised to see that no sealer behaved the same on different brands of clay. In general, spray sealers were the stickiest on Fimo Professional and were less sticky on Sculpey III. And every spray sealer except PYM II could be peeled or scratched off of Kato and Premo with my fingernail, but several of them were more durable on Sculpey III and Fimo Pro. These inconsistencies might explain why people are reporting good results with one spray sealer when others report that it gets tacky over time.

Duncan Super Matte Spray on black tiles of polymer clay.
Most spray sealers readily scratched off of Kato Polyclay.

As the humidity increased in my studio, the tiles became more sticky. If a tile was sticky at any time during the test period (after the initial 24 hours), then I considered that sealer to be a “fail”. Even a tiny amount of stickiness would make a bead stick to the wearer’s hair, or dust and pet fur stick to a figurine.

Sticky sealer on polymer clay test tiles collected cat fur and dust from the air.
Sticky, gummy sealers collect animal fur and dust from the air.

Several of the sealer/clay combinations were nearly perfect except that the sealer could be scratched with a fingernail. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to use these spray sealers for functional objects and jewelry. But for a figurine that will sit on a shelf, they’ll be suitable. I’ll identify those below.

It’s common for people to complain that the smell of spray varnishes can be quite strong. And yes, they’re pretty smelly during application. After 1 month, however, I don’t find any of the spray sealer varnishes to have any remaining smell. In fact, I can readily smell the Premo and Kato itself, but not the sealers.

Results of Spray Sealers on Polymer Clay

Patricia Nimrock’s Clear Acrylic Sealer

No longer compatible with polymer clay, Patricia Nimrock's spray sealer makes polymer clay sticky.

Years ago, this brand was recommended as being the only one that was safe for polymer clay. But the formulation has changed over time (as has that of polymer clay) and I wanted to see if it still worked. It doesn’t. This glossy spray remained very sticky and tacky on all clays tested. All four samples readily took fingerprints and the sealer was easily scratched with my fingernail. Not Recommended.

Mod Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer

Mod Podge Acrylic Spray Sealer is not compatible with polymer clay and will remain sticky.

Mod Podge is a trusted craft brand name and therefore clayers will reach for this one because it seems like a good idea. It is not. It remained sticky on every brand of clay tested. It was, however, fairly scratch resistant on Fimo Professional, but since it’s so sticky it can’t be practically used. (By the way, I don’t recommend the original Mod Podge brush-on as a sealer for polymer clay, either.) Not Recommended.

Varathane Gloss Polyurethane

Varathane spray was not sticky on polymer clay, however, it did peel.

I was surprised to find that this spray is very similar to the Varathane brush-on that we all know and love. It goes on milky white and even smells the same. It has the same dry, smooth feel that Varathane in the can has. But for some reason, the spray action wasn’t very smooth. The spray was fairly coarse and gave a speckled coating on the clay that didn’t self-level. This gave a sort of orange peel surface texture (see photo below). Even though this was a can of gloss sealer, the effect was only what I’d call a semi-gloss. This spray sealer didn’t have even a hint of stickiness, but it also was readily scratched from Sculpey III, Premo and Kato with my fingernail. (For what it’s worth, brush-on Varathane can often be peeled from clay in the same way. In use on beads it doesn’t seem to matter much.) On black, spray Varathane gave a very slightly cloudy effect that wasn’t quite as clear as the other sealers. But for most things I wouldn’t find this to be a problem. Recommended for some purposes.

Spray Varathane peeled from Kato polymer clay and also gave an orange-peel textured surface. More about spray sealers for polymer clay at The Blue Bottle Tree.
This is Varathane Spray Gloss on a test tile made from Kato Polyclay. Note the orange-peel texture that the spray left and also note how readily the sealer can be scratched and peeled from the surface of the clay.

Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze

Do not use Krylon Crystal Clear Glaze on polymer clay because it will turn sticky over time.

This spray sealer is very commonly recommended for use with polymer clay and yet others complain bitterly about how it ruined their projects. I really, really wanted this spray to be a winner because it was exceedingly thick and glossy, making the clay look like it was coated in resin. But every one of my clay samples, all four brands, became sticky at some point during the month. At first, I thought it was just slow drying, but no. It wasn’t sticky at one week, but at the one month point the stickiness returned. This sealer was easily scratched with a fingernail from Premo and Kato, but did hold up better with Sculpey III and Fimo. But there was also a fine crazing on Kato and Fimo. It was almost a winner for use with Sculpey III, but there was that annoying tackiness. But if you’re just doing Sculpey III, you might have better results than I did with this one, especially if you live in a dry climate. Not Recommended.

Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear

Rustoleum American Accents spray sealer is okay with Sculpey III, but not Premo or Fimo.

This sealer was not as glossy as the Krylon. And it tested to be a perfect sealer on Sculpey III with no stickiness, fingerprints, peeling, or cloudiness. On Kato, it wasn’t sticky, but did peel readily and was just a tiny bit cloudy after a month. However, on both Premo and Fimo, this spray sealer was sticky and therefore unacceptable for use with polymer clay. If you’re just making figurines that will sit on a shelf, this would be a great sealer if you use Kato or Sculpey III. Limited Recommendation.


PYM II is a fantastic spray sealer for polymer clay. Read more at The Blue Bottle Tree.

PYM is no longer manufactured and I don’t know of any sources anywhere in the world. This spray sealer is the “gold standard” for using with polymer clay and I’ve sung its praises before in a review that you can read here. It’s a very different kind of spray sealer made by a small company in Georgia in the US. It’s made for sealing paper, originally, but it works well with all brands of polymer clay. It’s not sticky or tacky, you can’t leave fingerprints in it, and it doesn’t scratch off polymer clay. I did see a tiny bit of scratching on Kato, but on the others the sealer was stuck very tight to the clay. I didn’t see any cloudiness with PYM II, but through conversation with Doug (the owner), I understand this can be a problem if it’s very humid during application. Doug says you can fix it, though, by simply heating your clay until it’s clear once again. Some people complain about the odor of PYM II, but compared to all the other sprays I used in this test, PYM was almost pleasant. Think of it as being like hair spray rather than spray paint. A lot of people use PYM as a first-coat fixative and then use brush-on sealers over the top for durability. Highly Recommended.

Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss

Minwas Fast-Drying Polyurethane is safe on polymer clay. More at The Blue Bottle Tree.

I really had to laugh at the name of this one. It was the slowest drying of all the sealers that I tested. In fact, it took so long to dry that I only put two coats on the test tiles. But even with two coats, this sealer had a nice glossy appearance. It took several days to fully dry and stop being tacky to the touch. But once fully dried, this sealer was not tacky or sticky on any of the clays that I tested and didn’t take fingerprints. It also didn’t have problems with crazing or getting cloudy. The only drawback of this sealer was that you could scratch it off Kato and Premo with a fingernail. On Sculpey III and Fimo Professional, Minwax Polyurethane was an excellent high gloss spray sealer. Limited Recommendation.

Duncan SS 330 Super Gloss Ceramic Sealer

Duncan Super Gloss Ceramic Sealer

I only chose this because I was ordering the one below and just included it in the order. Duncan is a brand of supplies for ceramic artists. This high gloss might work well on ceramic, but it was an epic fail on polymer clay. It was so gummy that it attracted cat hair and dust while just sitting on a shelf in my studio. The surface never really dried, so scratches I made with my fingernail on week one had self-leveled and “healed” by one month. This one has no place in polymer clay. Not Recommended.

Duncan SS 339 Super Matte Ceramic Sealer

Duncan Super Matte Ceramic Sealer is possibly safe on polymer clay.

Recommended for polymer clay in a post by Karen Schofield, this is the only matte spray that I tested. Interestingly, it was a nice matte spray and gave a smooth, even surface. It was very matte, but not “dead matte”. In other words, the light did reflect, but not a lot. At first, I had great hopes for this sealer because it was not sticky or tacky at any point. But it very readily scratched off every brand of polymer clay that I tested. And after a month, the surface changed slightly. While not tacky, the surface feels sort of waxy. Like feeling waxed paper. It was not cloudy, but do keep in mind that all matte surface treatments will make your polymer clay appear slightly cloudy and will dull the colors a bit. I used some spare cardboard to hold the tiles when I sprayed them, and I kept the cardboard with the tiles. I can now see that the spray on the cardboard has begun to turn white and chalky. So I’m not so sure this spray will be suitable for the long-term. Edit: over time this turned more and more waxy. It is chalky and unpleasant. Not recommended. 

Helmar Crystal Kote

Helmar Crystal Kote is an excellent spray varnish for polymer clay. The matte version is invisible.

Note: The MATTE spray seems to be unavailable in the US at this time. This archival spray varnish comes in both matte and gloss versions. The gloss is not super glossy, but does give a nice finish. It works well on all brands of clay tested with the exception of Fimo Professional, which remained a tiny bit sticky. The matte spray, however, was really outstanding. It is truly matte and was completely invisible once sprayed onto the polymer clay. There was no stickiness. This is my top pick if you need a polymer clay safe spray sealer that is invisible or creates a matte finish. But please be clear, contrary to what the label says, this is not a varnish. This spray will fix your powders, but it won’t give much of a physical barrier to protect your work. You can read more about Helmar here. Highly recommended.

Krylon Preserve It!

This spray was terribly sticky on all brands of polymer clay.

This spray was extremely sticky and goopy and never dried on any of the brands of polymer clay that I tested. Awful. Just awful. And interestingly, many people have written to suggest that I test this one. Not recommended.

Krylon Workable Fixatif

Workable Fixatif was sticky on some polymer clay, but gave a pebbly, awful finish on all clays.

For some reason, this spray was uneven and pebbly. It did not make an even surface and therefore would not make a good varnish. It was also sticky on Premo, Fimo Professional, and Souffle polymer clay brands. Not recommended.

Molotow Premium

Molotow Premium is a tiny bit sticky on Fimo polymer clay, but gives a fragile, pebbly finish on all brands of polymer clay.

This spray was sticky on Fimo Professional. The other brands of clay were not sticky. But this spray left a pebbly, grainy finish that scraped easily with a fingernail. I can’t recommend this with flying colors, but it might have some uses for polymer clay. If you absolutely need a spray, this one might work in a pinch. Limited recommendation.

Krylon Kamar Varnish

Kamar varnish is terribly sticky on polymer clay. Do not use it.

Once again, this often-recommended spray varnish was sticky on all five brands of clay. It is unsuitable for use on polymer clay. Not to mention, it smells terrible! Not recommended.

Rustoleum Universal

Rustoleum Universal is universally sticky on polymer clay.

I read about this one on vinyl doll forums and it was recommended by the folks at Rustoleum as being good on polymer clay. Nope. It’s not. It has a fairly glossy finish but beaded up pretty badly on both Kato and Fimo. It was sticky on Premo, Souffle, and Fimo Professional. The finish is pretty good on Sculpey III with no trace of stickiness, but it scratched off easily. Not recommended.

Craftin Cast Resin Spray

This spray isn't very resin-like and is not very compatible with polymer clay.

It’s easy to assume this spray is supposed to be thick, glossy, and resin-like. It’s not. Instead, it’s a gloss that’s intended to be used over resin to give a glossy finish. In short, it’s just a glossy spray and not a very glossy one at that. It’s sticky on Premo, Fimo Professional, and Souffle. It gives a nice finish on Kato, but scrapes off with incredible ease. The finish on Sculpey III isn’t so bad and is not sticky, but is easily scratched off. The spray also seems to contract and on Premo caused my test tile to curl upward. Not recommended.

Mr. Super Clear

Mr. Super Clear performs fairly well on most brands of polymer clay, but is slightly sticky on Fimo Professional.

Often recommended on doll and miniatures forums, this Japanese spray varnish comes in matte and gloss. I tested the gloss version. I got mine on Amazon here (Affiliate Link – learn more here). It’s SO close to being one that I can recommend. It’s not glossy. It’s really pretty light-bodied and doesn’t give much sheen. It is durable and almost invisible on Premo and Sculpey III. It’s slightly shiny on Souffle and not sticky. It beads up on Kato and is easily scratched off. On Fimo Profesional, it is far more glossy, but it’s ever so slightly sticky. I think you could use this on any brand aside from Fimo Professional, but beware that it’s not a high-gloss varnish. It’s more like a fixative and in that respect is more similar to Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss. In fact, I’d say they’re very similar products. Limited recommendation.

Dupli-Color Perfect Match Clear Coat

Dupli-Color Perfect Match clear coat finish spray

Duplicolor is a well-known automotive paint available at auto parts stores. Because automotive sprays available in Europe (Motip) do give a good finish on polymer clay, I thought I’d see if the automotive clear coat spray we have here would work, too. Sadly, it doesn’t. It remains slightly sticky on all brands of polymer clay, never fully drying. It also scrapes off all brands of polymer clay quite easily. Not Recommended.

U-POL #1 Clear

U-POL #1 spray

U-POL #1 Clear (Affiliate Link – learn more here) is an automotive clearcoat that does NOT stay sticky on polymer clay. It sprays on without becoming gummy, it dries quickly, and can be recoated within 15 minutes. It dries to the touch in 30 minutes and has a smooth, high-gloss finish. I couldn’t scratch it from any of the six brands of clay that I tested it on. In addition, it is flexible after it dries, without any cracking or crazing. You can read more about U-POL in my full article here. I’ve seen no signs of it yellowing or turning sticky and it’s been 18 months so far. Therefore, it’s Recommended 

Darwi Vernis Spray

Darwi spray varnishes come from the same folks that make Cernit polymer clay. They are clay safe and do not become sticky. The spray comes in both a gloss and a matte finish, both of which create a lovely finish. The coating does not scratch off. However, the varnish is brittle and will crackle and flake off when the project is flexed. Do not use on polymer clay cutter-and-slab earrings. It will work nicely for something that is rigid and does not flex, such as chunky sculptures that will remain on a shelf. Limited recommendation. 

Recommendations by Clay Brand

Sculpey III

I’m not a fan of Sculpey III due to its brittle nature, but people do use it, so what’s the best spray sealer? There are more options with Sculpey III than the other clays. It seems to not have as much incompatibility as the other brands. If you need durability in a spray sealer, choose U-POL, Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear, Helmar Crystal Kote, or Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss. If the item will sit on a shelf, add Varathane Spray and Rustoleum Universal to the list. Note: Adding a spray sealer will not make your piece more durable. If you’re getting breakage with Sculpey III, you’re expecting too much from it and you should try another brand of clay.

Kato Polyclay

Kato is a very durable and strong clay that is a favorite of caners and anyone who needs a strong result. But it’s also a difficult clay to make any sealer, varnish, or paint stick to. Of all the brands tested for this article, only PYM II was fairly durable on Kato. If the item will sit on a shelf and not be subject to wear, you could also use U-POL, Helmar Crystal Kote, Varathane, Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear, PYM II, and Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss.


I’m a fan of Premo, generally, as it’s a good all-purpose polymer clay that’s suitable for most anything you’d like to make. It does, however, have trouble staying hold of sealers and with the exception of PYM II and U-POL, all spray sealers that I tested could be scraped off of Premo. If you need a durable spray sealer for Premo, PYM II is your answer. If you don’t need durability, however, you could also get by with using Helmar Crystal Kote, Varathane, and Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss. Helmar and Mr. Super Clear also worked nicely on Premo, but they’re not terribly protective.

Fimo Professional

Formerly called Fimo Classic, this clay is very strong and perhaps more commonly available in Europe than in the US. Note that Fimo Soft and Fimo Effect may not give the same results that I found with Fimo Pro. In general, I noticed that if a sealer was going to be sticky with any clay, it was going to be sticky with Fimo Pro. There’s something in the clay that prevents many sealers from properly drying. However, sealers that peeled off the other clays readily stuck tight to this one. I found that U-POL, Helmar Crystal Kote Matte, Varathane, and Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss were all perfectly durable and compatible with Fimo Professional.

Many spray sealers for polymer clay leave the surface sticky and collecting cat fur and fingerprints.
Fingerprints, animal fur, and dust mar the surface of a sticky spray sealer on a polymer clay tile.

What’s the Bottom Line?

So all of that was a clear as mud, right? Well, as they say, nothing is ever simple. PYM II is still my pick for being the best spray sealer for polymer clay, if you can get it. (Now available only in the EU.) And now I strongly suggest that you try U-POL. But I can also say that Spray Varathane is a good alternative. As is Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane. I have also heard from others that Minwax Polycrylic Spray is good as well.

Always Test

Because of the variability of polymer clay and craft product formulations, it’s always best to test any new material to see if it works for your purposes. Don’t take my word for it. If you’ve spent time creating something special, don’t spray it with a sealer without first doing some tests of your own. I’d hate to see your work ruined because a manufacturer changed its formula without changing the label.

It’s Not the Propellant

I’ve read on the internet (and may have even stated myself more than once) that the propellants in spray sealers “eat” or soften the clay over time. I don’t see any evidence of this being the case. In all of the tiles I tested, when I scratch the sticky sealer from the surface of the clay, the clay itself is undamaged. It’s the sealer itself that’s sticky, not the clay. This is good news because it means that it might be possible to remove the sticky sealer from a sticky project. I was able to remove every brand of spray sealer from their test tiles, except Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer, by using straight 91% isopropyl alcohol.

I’m not an organic chemist, so I don’t know the chemistry, but I have been privy to some conversations that suggest that plasticizer migration from the polymer clay might be causing the spray sealers to soften and become gummy. This does make sense to me as the problem also occurs with some brush-on acrylic paints and sealers.

What’s Next?

The purpose of these tests was merely to do quick elimination of brands of spray sealer for polymer clay. I was hoping to find a couple of sealers that worked well across the board, but there really wasn’t one except for PYM II. But depending on the clay you use, there are still some new options to try.  Feel free to experiment. Remember, there is no one right way to use polymer clay and the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Try things, experiment. You just never know what you’ll come up with.

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70 thoughts on “Spray Sealer for Polymer Clay”

  1. This testing is all wonderful and I appreciate someone biting the financial bullet to do this testing, that is all wonderful, but I would REALLY love to see you do a retest. I’m assuming you might still have the cans, and it is specifically in the instructions for MANY of these products that you CAN. NOT. Use them in high humidity!! The pieces curing in NINETY PERCENT humidity is insane! They physically cannot cure and you are GUARANTEED to get tackiness that way! Just ask the doll modding community, MSC is the holy grail but holy cow are spray adhesives FINICKY. They take finesse and practice and VERY specific conditions to cure in. A single humid day with these and you’re project is ruined.

    1. I get that. But real life is that I (and many of my readers) live in a humid climate. Also, I DID apply them in proper conditions. The cured pieces were stored in a room with widely varying humidity because that’s real life and that’s what our customers will have.

      FWIW, The stickiness here has nothing to do with the application (or all the brands of clay tested would be sticky) and everything to do with the brand of polymer clay the spray is applied on. This happens with paints, too. Plasticizers soften vinyl, it’s that simple. Humidity does make it worse. But there’s more to it than that. Polymer clay is a unique beast, and what works on dolls or paper or plastic lawn furniture or wood or anything else isn’t relevant when working with polymer clay.

  2. Thanks Ginger for all the work you do behind the scenes and then share. It’s really helpful, especially for a newbie.

    I saw you mentioned that the different brands don’t share their formula. Have you already checked out their MSDS’s? I know not all the ingredients may be listed, so maybe they wouldn’t be helpful. Just a thought (my husband is a chemist, so I’m familiar with them).

    Thanks again for all this information.

    1. I do often check them when I can find them. They usually don’t reveal “proprietary” ingredients. The MSDS is for safety (public safety people, like firefighters, for chemical spills and such) and the focus is on how to deal with the material in an occupational setting. But yes, it’s always worth a check.

  3. Thank you for this very informative article. I use Sculpey III almost exclusively, as I am unable to condition harder clays, due to arthritis in my hands. That aside, I like matte finish on my projects and I have had good results with Krylon Matte Finish (1311).

  4. Thank you so much!!! I was a chemistry teacher for 21 years, and your experimental method was outstanding. You also saved me from messing up a bunch of work. Not just a thank you for doing the test, but in sharing it with others. You are very kind.

  5. Hi,

    I’m new to polymer clay… My husband and I have a tradition where I make him a Christmas ornament every year and this year polymer clay was the medium I chose. I’ve made the piece and painted some stuff on it with acrylic paints. I read that you don’t need to use sealer on polymer clay, but I wondered if I’d need to do something to protect the paint so I looked it up online and have found that some people try to seal painted pieces. I’ve also seen that some people rebake them to set the paint. I feel a bit out of my depth and don’t know what to do– seal it, rebake it, or just leave it. The ornament will be hung on our tree every year, but other than that it will just be put away for the next time. Do you have a recommendation on what would be best for it in the long run?



  6. I have 2 treasured cans of PYMII! I want to seal guilder’s paste on the surface of ring bowls. Is PYM the way to go? Or Golden Polymer Varnish (satin)? I want to preserve the rich glow of the guilder’s paste, but NOT give anything more shine. I’m using the ART-C guilders paste.

  7. could you spray a piece with Helmar Crystal Kote to fix the powder and then add a varnish on-top for protection?

  8. I love your scientific method. Sp thorough. I actually happened upon here looking for a sealer or paint (spray or brush) to use on hot glue. It seems every soray ive used ends up sticky and acrylic paints scratch or rub off. I make a lot of hot glue wabds so they are handled a lot. Sweaty hands just take paint off. If you have any suggestions id be so grateful. Cant find anything about it online.

  9. A few weeks ago I started using Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher DAS 12 Gloss which I must have bought a few years ago when I was doing papier mache. It gave my polymer pieces a lovely glossy finish, much like resin, dried quickly and was not tacky. So far, I haven’t seen any degredation of my pieces. It’s made by DecoArt.

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