Glass Painting - Step by Step Demonstration
How to Use Glass Paints
Painting glass can be used for arts and crafts, industrial, commercial, and architectural jobs, as well as for interior decorative purposes. Glass painting can be easy if you choose the right glass paint, painting equipment, and painting environment.
Purchase the supplies you need.Glass paint for small art projects like painting designs on wine glasses, mugs, and cups can be acquired at most local arts and crafts stores. Easy to use oven curing glass paint is best for small artistic glass painting projects. Pebeo glass paints work well for small artistic glass painting applications. These paints are inexpensive and are widely available in small bottles, paint pens, and markers. Small projects, like those listed above, can be performed at home with minimal supplies. General supplies needed include:
- Glass paint
- Artistic paint brushes
- Paper towels
- Small work table
Be aware that glass paint for architectural glass and interior design such as; colored glass back splashes, colored glass tables, colored glass counter tops, colored glass walls, colored spandrel glass for buildings etc., is much more complex. It requires permanent bonding. These paints must resist various weather conditions, UV rays, temperature fluctuation, mineral deposits, chemicals, cleaners, and more.
- There are a small group of companies who offer finished “back painted glass” for the glass industry. Most of these companies are located outside the USA such as Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks in Australia and Glass Kitchen Splashbacks in the United Kingdom. Back painted glass is also available in the USA through companies that use glass paint with permanent glass surface bonding properties.
- Some companies use a large format oven baking process to bond specialty powder coat paints to glass, others use specialty foreign glass paints combined with heat lamps for curing.
Understand nanotechnology paint properties.The most advanced glass paints available today are formulated with an active glass surface molecular modifying technology better known as “nanotechnology”. This technology ensures a true permanent glass bond in one easy step. These paints can easily be sprayed or rolled on any glass surface and cured at room temperature. In the USA, glass paint such as self priming glass paint contains this nanotechnology.
Take care when painting glass.Painting glass for the above applications requires more stringent handling and application procedures. These paints have solvent based organic odors that should not be inhaled and require ventilation and the use of organic filtered half face respirators.
- Air supplied hoods need to be used if you must work in an area with low ventilation.
- Solvent resistant gloves and full body Tyvek suits should also be worn when painting to avoid over exposure.
- Glass can be painted in almost any location such as outdoors, in paint booths, in garages, and really anywhere that you can stand up a piece of glass.
- A good method for painting glass on-site is to wet the surrounding floor and walls with water from a hose. This will hold down any dust that could cause a problem while painting.
Know what supplies are needed for spraying glass paint.They include:
- Permanent bonding glass paint
- Paint mixing cup
- Disposable paint filter screens
- Proper respirator
- Tyvek suit
- HVLP spray paint gun
- Air filter
- Air compressor
- Paper towels
- Rubbing alcohol
Know the general supplies needed for rolling on glass paint:
- Permanent bonding glass paint
- Conventional paint roller
- Paint roller tray
- Paint mixing cup
QuestionHow translucent can you use glass paint?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAs translucent as you would like it to be. Just keep in mind the paint will lighten as it dries.Thanks!
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- Remove imperfections in back painted glass: Sometimes glass is not completely cleaned. Small insects, or debris in the air can get on the glass surface while you are back painting the glass. The best solution to removing these types of imperfections is to wait until the paint has cured. Once it has cured, it is best to take 120 grit sandpaper and gently sand through the paint where the imperfections exist. Don't worry if the glass surface gets a little obscured by the sandpaper. Once the imperfection is removed, clean the bare glass area with rubbing alcohol and clean paper towels. Now you can re-paint those areas with a spray gun, brush or with finger paint. (Paint color tone might seem lighter when the paint is wet. Once dry, the color will usually blend perfectly.)
- Clean glass paint from a paint gun and tools: Use acetone, a cloth and small brushes to clean out your paint gun canister. Spray acetone through the paint gun for 30-60 seconds after the gun is clean. Repeat several times if necessary. Sometimes it is a good idea to disassemble the paint gun and clean all of the internal parts with acetone, and/or let stand in a cup of acetone for several hours.
- Removing glass paint overspray on glass: If you get overspray on the glaze side or edges of your glass there is no need to worry. Cleaning the over spray off the glass is as simple as taking light steel wool and polishing off the over spray once it is dry. For removing a larger build up of paint, or a large area of light overspray, it is ideal to first use acetone and paper towels to clean off the over spray. To get rid of thick areas of paint, use single edge razor blades and follow with steel wool.
- Remove glass paint from glass: To remove or “strip” glass paint from the glass surface, lay the glass flat with the painted surface facing up, pour or spray conventional polyurethane paint stripper all over the painted glass surface and let stand for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes you will notice the paint actually will start jumping off of the glass surface! wash the paint off with water (pressure water hose works well) and repeat if necessary. After most paint is removed, clean the glass surface with a grease remover and sponge. Take single edge razor blades and remove the excess glass paint from the glass surface if necessary. Now the glass can be re-cleaned with rubbing alcohol and re-painted with glass paint.
- Use proper safety equipment while painting glass as some paints emit harmful vapors and are flammable.
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