How difficult is it to backpaint glass?

How difficult is it to backpaint glass?

How difficult is it to backpaint glass?

How difficult is it to backpaint glass?

Home decorating projects can sometimes take on a life of their own. What seems easy or straightforward can often be interrupted by a host of “requirements” that you didn’t foresee. So, when a project like backpainting glass comes along, you might wonder just what you’re getting yourself into!

Backpainting glass is easy. It requires no special tools, no special training, no difficult preparation and it isn’t expensive, either. It’s an ideal project, even if you’re new to home improvement.

Glassprimer™ glass paint can be applied with ordinary painting tools, including brushes, rollers, sponges or a high volume, low pressure paint sprayer. All of these applicators are available at your local home improvement store.

Surface preparation for backpainted glass is straightforward. Ordinary alcohol, fine-grit steel wool, and cheap paper towels round out your list of necessary supplies. Whether you intend to backpaint glass or Plexiglas™, this materials list stays the same. You may want to protect your hands with a pair of rubber gloves, especially if your hands are sensitive to rubbing alcohol.

When you’re ready to paint, prepare your surface by washing it with alcohol. Lay the workpiece on a horizontal surface, and pour alcohol on it. Using the steel wool, remove any surface dirt, adhesives, oil or fingerprints. Dry the surface until it’s “squeaky clean” with the paper towels. Here’s a tip – don’t use really expensive paper towels. The store-brand cheapies actually work best because they’re unlikely to leave “lint” behind on the surface of the glass.

That’s it! Easy!

Apply the paint with the applicator of your choice. We recommend a high-volume, low-pressure sprayer. It’s the most economical way to provide complete, even coverage across the surface of the glass. You can also get great coverage using a roller, brush or sponge. Once you’ve applied the paint, let it dry for about two hours before you attempt to handle the piece. Allow the coat to dry completely before adding extra coats. The thicker the coat of paint, the more drying time you’ll want to allow. Generally, a sprayer provides the thinnest and most even coverage. Rollers and brushes create thicker coats. If you use a brush or roller, allow extra drying time between coats.

Wipe up any drips immediately with a wet cloth. After you’ve finished painting the piece, allow it to dry completely before mounting it. Use a neutral-cure silicone adhesive to mount your masterpiece, and that’s it!

Backpainted glass is one of the easiest, least expensive and most elegant home improvement projects you can create.

Glassprimer™ glass paint is a specialized glass coating that bonds permanently to glass surfaces. GlassPrimer also makes a glass surface molecular activator that is designed to work with UV-inkjet glass printing processes. Glassprimer™ glass paint can be used in both interior and exterior applications and can help reduce solar heat gain in some applications. For more information about Glassprimer™ glass paint, please visit the rest of our site. If you’d like to purchase Glassprimer™ glass paint, please visit our online store .

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Open up to glass interior doors

Open up to glass interior doors

Open up to glass interior doors

Open up to glass interior doors

If you’re looking for a clever, elegant way to open up a space in your home, consider installing glass interior doors. Glass interior doors significantly improve light transmission throughout the space, and make a small space appear larger.

Glass interior doors define sophistication

Glass interior doors don’t work for all applications, but you can purchase both frameless and framed glass interior doors for your space. Most glass interior doors aren’t made from clear glass. Instead, you’ll find a number of frosted or etched, silkscreened or printed glass interior doors that look amazing and fit into most design themes.

Although glass interior doors seem like they’d be most at home in a modern interior design, you can find them throughout all major interior design trends.

French doors, for example, are often made of glass or feature significant amounts of glasswork when used in interiors. The glass can be clear, frosted, beveled or even colored. True French doors are wood framed and include glass panels.

Single hung doors can successfully incorporate glass panels. They can be used in virtually any interior space, but may be most at home in the “public areas” of a living space. Glass doors may be used to close off a dining room, pantry or laundry area, but they can also be used successfully in bedrooms, closets and offices.

Frameless doors are definitely modern in character. Frameless glass interior doors can be used virtually anywhere to make a dramatic statement. Frameless glass can (and should) be tempered for use in high traffic areas, and in areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Frameless glass can also be etched, frosted, painted or printed to increase the amount of privacy while still permitting significant natural light transmission.

Glass interior doors can also be successfully used as “pocket” doors, or suspended from a top rail to slide across a doorway. In many cases, a top-hung door is printed, painted or silkscreened to provide privacy in bedrooms and to disguise closet storage.

If you’d like more information about decorating with glass interior doors, please visit the rest of our site. If you’d like to purchase Glassprimer™ glass paint for use with a glass interior door or for any other glass painting project, please visit our online store .

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