Before diving into the article on how to get stickers to stick to wood? You will need a few pieces of equipment to successfully seal stickers on wood. However, let’s check them below:
- Decoupage glue
- Rubber roller
- Clear polyurethane
- Clean rags
- Mild soap
- Drop cloth
Sealing stickers on wood
First of all, you will need to make the wood surface by applying materials such as clean rags, mild soap and water. Therefore, you will need to wait for a few moments to dry the wood surface completely.
It’s time to decoupage glue over the whole wooden surface. In order to make it even smooth, you need to cover the entire surface. To complete this process you need a brush as recommended above. This is an important step if you are dealing with unfinished wood work. However, after covering the whole surface, let it dry fully.
It’s time to seal stickers on wood. You will need to use a brush to add more glue on the sticker back and attach it on the wooden surface. You also have to wait to dry completely.
In the fourth step, you will need to use the roller to make it even smooth on the wood surface. First of all, you will need to start rolling from the middle of the sticker and will need to continue both directions.
Here, you need to use glue again. Firstly, pick the brush and start gluing over the sticker and let it go for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, apply the second coat over the sticker surface. Finally, let it dry for the final result.
In the final step, you will need to use decoupage glue again in the whole wooden surface. In fact, it will be best if you apply at least two layer coating, but you can apply more than that according to your needs. Later, leave the woodwork for a few moments to dry.
Generally, no. Clear coat damages stickers because it shrinks the surface of components to a point where they cannot take up any more paint while protecting the rest of your wood’s finish from scratching or other damage. This situation is similar to that when applying a clear coat over many different types of graphics, stickers being one example among them.
Mod-Podge can be used to seal small stickers. It does provide a coating that will prevent the need of using an additional clear coat over top of your sticker, but you should use light coats instead of heavy loads. Keep in mind you’ll have to remove any excess glue off the surface after it sets up so there aren’t bubbles being trapped between planks or corners on larger shipping containers or furniture pieces where this makes for some difficulties during removal later on.