If you’re looking for a quick, cost-effective way to update your kitchen, consider backpainted glass or backpainted Plexiglas™. Backpainting does not require special tools, and you can complete backpainted projects in a few hours or days. You’ll want to use Glassprimer™ glass paint because ordinary paint won’t stick to glass.
Backpainted glass is easy to make, install
Backpainted glass makes a great surface for backsplashes, walls and cabinet fronts. If you’re worried about the weight of a glass surface, you can also use Plexiglas™ and achieve a similar effect. Backpainted Plexiglas™ is a great alternative for cabinet fronts because it is very lightweight and will not put extra stress on the hinges. You can use Plexiglas™ to quickly reface existing cabinet fronts that have worn or been damaged.
To backpaint, you’ll need glass or Plexiglas™ that’s been cut to size. If you intend to use glass near a stove, you’ll want to use tempered glass. Consult with a glass shop to be sure you get the exact size glass you need. Once glass has been tempered it can’t be cut, so you need to start with glass that’s ready to go.
Glass and Plexiglas™ require minimal surface preparation before you apply Glassprimer™ glass paint. Surface prep includes washing the surface of the glass with rubbing alcohol and lightly abrading it with fine steel wool. This will remove oils and other surface contaminants that may prevent the paint from adhering to the surface.
Dry the surface with ordinary paper towels. (Don’t use the lint-free kind; the store brand cheapies are ideal here.) That’s it! You’re ready to apply Glassprimer™ glass paint to the glass surface.
Glassprimer™ glass paint is engineered to form a permanent bond to the glass, so once the paint is cured, it won’t come off. The paint dries to the touch in a few hours, and you can recoat once the paint is dry. The easiest paint application method is spraying with a high-volume, low-pressure paint sprayer. You can find these at any home improvement store. An HVLP paint sprayer is ideal because it actually minimizes the amount of paint you need to cover a surface, while providing an even coating of paint. An HVLP paint sprayer works with any kind of paint, so you can add one to your kit and use it for any future paint project. You can also apply paint to glass or Plexiglas™ using a good quality brush or roller.
Once the paint is dry, you can flip the glass and mount it using a neutral cure silicone adhesive, also available at any home improvement store.
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