Windows can make or break a room. One room in your home – the bathroom - requires a special window. Since privacy can be of the utmost importance, bathroom windows are often made using frosted or patterned glass. The true frosted glass is expensive, and in many homes, the builder cut corners on the bathroom window by using patterned glass or clear glass. If that describes your bathroom, the good news is that you can remedy the builder's indiscretions inexpensively with glass paint.
The Frosted glass starts out as ordinary plate glass. The surface of the glass is treated with etching chemicals or mechanically abraded with sand to break the micro surface of the glass. Once the surface is altered, light doesn't pass through the glass the same way. This causes the glass to lose its transparency.
Frosted glass can cost $100 per square foot or more! It's easy to see why a builder would substitute patterned glass. Patterned glass also starts out as regular glass, but a pattern is applied to the glass surface while it's still molten. Once the glass cools and hardens, the pattern makes it difficult to see through the glass.
The trouble with patterned glass is that sometimes the pattern is applied to just one side of the glass. The other side of the glass remains smooth. That obscures the view for the person on the patterned side of the glass, but it doesn't obscure much for a person looking through the flat side. In other words, your privacy can be compromised, even when your bathroom window has patterned glass installed.
One quick cure for not-so-private patterned glass is glass paint. Glass paint can be applied directly to either the patterned side or the flat side of your bathroom glass to create a frosted effect that ensures your privacy! You can order GlassPrimer™ glass paint with a frosted finish to create a beautiful frosted glass look for about $1 per square foot.
Surface preparation for a project like this is exceedingly simple. Just wash the glass surface with ordinary alcohol. Completely remove any dirt or adhesives using fine grit steel wool, and dry the glass with a paper towel until it's "squeaky clean." That's it!
Although you'll get the best, most even coverage using a high-volume, low-pressure paint sprayer (available in any home improvement store), you can also apply thin coats of glass paint using a roller, brush or sponge. You do not need to remove the window to apply GlassPrimer™ glass paint to the window glass. Work from top to bottom as you apply the paint. You can clean up any drips or spills using a wet cloth. (Clean up drips immediately.)
Once you've finished applying the paint, step back and wait. The paint dries to the touch in a couple of hours, and you can add coats of paint to achieve your desired opacity. GlassPrimer™ glass paint cures in about 7-14 days. Once the paint is cured, it will not peel, chip or fade.
GlassPrimer™ glass paint doesn't just dry on the surface. It actually modifies the surface of the glass, similar to the frosting process. That guarantees that the paint remains on the glass surface. Since the paint is UV resistant, it will look great for years, even when it's been exposed to direct sunlight.
Cleaning up your glass paint project is simple, too. You can use ordinary paint thinner to clean your painting tools. GlassPrimer™ glass paint is oil based, but the company makes a water-based alternative, which cleans up with tap water. Regardless of which option you choose, GlassPrimer™ glass paint is a low-odor paint, so you can safely use it indoors with no heavy "new paint" smell.
GlassPrimer™ glass paint is a great way to rehabilitate clear glass or patterned glass that's been installed in a bathroom window, or another area where you want additional privacy.