Decorative doorknobs can come in many shapes and sizes, but a glass doorknob was identified as the cause of a house fire in London last fall. Fortunately the homeowner was at home at the time of the incident, and was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm. The London fire department extinguished the blaze before significant damage was done to the home.
The trouble started when one of the home’s resident’s removed a coat that had been hanging on the doorknob. The doorknob focused sunlight streaming into a bedroom window, and the intensified light ignited clothing hanging in the closet. For its part, the fire department issued warnings about the hidden dangers of combining glass or mirrors and direct sunlight.
This accidental fire underscores the danger of focused sunlight. While decorative glass doorknobs aren’t often known for causing house fires, they are certainly capable of it. Glassprimer™ glass paint offers an affordable solution for diffusing incoming sunlight.
In addition to allowing visible light to pass, the addition of a Glassprimer™ glass paint coating can help reduce solar heat gain and prevent sunlight from being focused accidently by (or on) objects in an interior space.
Glassprimer™ glass paint can effectively diffuse light, allowing you to create a frosted glass effect for about $1 per square foot of coverage. Unlike traditional frosted glass, which is created by chemical or mechanical surface abrasion and is not colored, Glassprimer™ glass paint comes in virtually any color and can be tinted to match any major paint manufacturer’s paint palette.
If you don’t want to coat a window, you can also use the paint directly on glass or crystal door knobs to eliminate the focusing ability of the doorknob, or any other glass object.
Glassprimer™ glass paint is a specialized glass coating that bonds permanently to glass surfaces. Glassprimer™ glass paint can be used in both interior and GlassPrimer also makes a glass surface molecular activator that is designed to work with UV-inkjet glass printing processes. 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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