do you have to use epoxy on tumblers?

you’ve got your tumbler and it’s time to get decorating. You’ve heard that epoxy is the best way to seal acrylic paint on a tumbler and make sure that your masterpiece stays put.

So what if you don’t want to use epoxy? Or maybe you don’t have any around? Or maybe you want something else entirely? Here are some possible solutions for those of us who don’t want to use epoxy!

What can I use instead of epoxy on tumblers?

Mod Podge is another quick-drying, thick liquid that can be used to seal a tumbler. It’s non-toxic and water-based, so it’s safe for use in the kitchen. It doesn’t give off strong fumes as epoxy does and it will cover any existing scratches on your tumbler.

You can also use acrylic paint or glaze instead of epoxy to cover up previous scratches and add a protective finish to your tumbler.

Acrylic paints are typically scratch resistant but not durable—they’ll wear more quickly than epoxy will over time (though not as quickly as polyurethane).

Glazes add texture to surfaces without any significant durability issues, but they’re also less durable than an epoxy coating would be if you want something tough enough to last through heavy washing or dishwashing cycles.

How do you paint a tumbler without epoxy?

There are many ways to paint a tumbler without epoxy. The method you choose will depend on the type of surface you’re painting, how much time and effort you want to put into it, and whether or not you want the paint job to last longer than a few months.

Here are some options:

  • Use a paintbrush. This is probably going to take the longest amount of time unless you have an assistant who can get started while you’re still doing other things (like mixing up your epoxy). If using an actual brush with bristles isn’t working out too well for whatever reason (maybe they’re too long?) try using one with synthetic bristles instead—they’ll be less likely than natural ones because they don’t absorb as much moisture from wet surfaces like porcelain or glassware that tend not to be porous enough themselves yet still need protection from scratching/damage caused by contact with hard surfaces such as metal utensils etcetera…

Do you use epoxy or resin on tumblers?

If you want a strong finish and good color, epoxy is your best bet. Epoxy dries clear, so you can paint over it if you want to change the color later down the road. It’s also durable and resistant to water.

Resin is another good choice for tumblers; it’s more flexible than epoxy and comes in more colors, but it tends to chip more easily. If you’re concerned about durability or don’t have room for multiple coats of resin on your tumbler, use epoxy instead.

Mod Podge or glue won’t provide any protection from water damage when used on glassware—these should only be used if all else fails! Glitter works well with Mod Podge because of its ability to create glitter glue (see below). But once again: do not use these products unless absolutely necessary!

What can I seal my tumbler with?

If you’re looking to seal your tumbler, there are a variety of options.

  • Polyurethane is a great option for sealing your tumbler, as it offers protection from water damage and helps prevent scratching. It also makes the surface smooth and easy to clean by removing any dirt from the surface. This type of sealant is ideal for outdoor use since it’s durable enough to withstand extreme weather conditions such as rain and snow. However, polyurethane can be difficult to apply because it requires multiple coats that must dry between each application (the drying time will vary depending on what kind of finish you’re using).
  • Clear varnish is another good option if you want something quick-drying but still durable enough for outdoor use or high-traffic areas indoors like kitchens or bathrooms where there may be spills or moisture present frequently throughout regular use. It’s also relatively inexpensive compared with other types of sealants available on today’s market!

What can I use instead of epoxy?

Epoxy is a great adhesive and sealant, but not everyone has the time or experience required to use it properly. If you’re looking for another option, consider using one of these common household glues:

  • Glue Stick: The glue stick will be your best bet if you want an easy-to-use and quick-drying product. Just apply it to both surfaces and press them together until they are set. They’re also available with two different tips—one smooth and one textured—so that you can control how thickly each layer is applied.
  • Mod Podge: This product isn’t technically a glue; instead, it’s more like wood filler made from acrylic polymer emulsion—a fancy word for plastic! The nice thing about Mod Podge is that it dries clear so there won’t be any color change if you put on too much coverage during application process (as long as your surface isn’t porous). You’ll want to use this specific type of epoxy so that your project looks shiny after curing time has passed as opposed to matte finishes produced by other types like Liquid Nails® II Sealant & Adhesive.

How do you seal a homemade tumbler?

Most tumblers can be sealed with one of several products: epoxy, resin, or Mod Podge. If you’re lucky enough to have a tumbler made from quality materials (and not just recycled trash), then you won’t need to use any sealant at all.

If you don’t feel like shelling out for the real thing, though, here are some options for sealing your cheap knockoff tumbler:

  • Clear coat—this is probably the most common way people try to seal their cheap tumblers after they’ve been stained or painted with acrylic paint. The problem is that clear coats tend to yellow over time; if this happens on your tumbler it may look like an eyesore in a few years’ time!
  • Epoxy—this kind of product can also be used as a clear coat but comes with its own set of pros and cons compared with traditional acrylics. For example, epoxies tend not to react well under bright lights; they’ll yellow over time too but not quite as quickly as an acrylic-based coating would—which makes them very popular among DIYers who want something quick & easy without spending much money upfront!

Can you use Mod Podge instead of resin?

This is a question we get asked all the time, so we thought we’d take a moment to answer it. Can you use Mod Podge instead of resin?

No. No, you cannot. The two are not interchangeable and resemble each other only in that they are both types of glue. Mod Podge is a glue—it will adhere pieces to each other very well in some circumstances, but it does not serve as a sealer or protective coating for your tumblers like resin does.

And if you’re looking for something that can be used as both glue and sealer (or even just one of those things), there are plenty of other options available besides these two!

How do you put glitter on a tumbler without epoxy?

You can use any of these sealers to put glitter on your tumbler.

  • Mix in the glitter with the sealer before applying it to your tumbler. This will be more time-consuming, but you won’t have as much of a mess to clean up afterward.
  • Use a sealer that comes with glitter mixed in, like Mod Podge or Aleene’s Glue (without the same brand name). It’s easier than mixing it yourself and may save you money because you don’t have to buy separate glitters for each product.
  • Use a sealer that has glitter already mixed in, like Mod Podge or Aleene’s Glue (without the same brand name). It will give your drink glass more sparkle than if you just used one of those products alone! However, this option might not work if there isn’t enough glitter in there to cover every surface area inside or outside your glass—in which case we recommend either mixing some into another batch of epoxy or buying different types altogether…


Yes, you do have to use epoxy on tumblers. Epoxy is a type of glue that glues two surfaces together. This is a very important part of tumbling because it can make sure that there are no leaks or cracks in your drum.

When choosing which epoxy to use, there are many different types available on the market today: some may be more expensive than others depending on what material they’re made from (i.e., rubber).

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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