In the last post, we talked about making your own backpainted glass backsplash. In this post, we’ll look at why Glassprimer™ glass paint is the ideal glass backsplash paint.
Not all glass backsplash paint options are equal
Paint is expensive. Today’s paints are much different than those you may have worked with in the past, and it’s tempting to want to find the least expensive paint to complete a project. But there’s real value in choosing the right paint for the job!
Glass is different! Glass isn’t an ordinary surface, so ordinary paint doesn’t work well on it. Paint will dry on anything, but to really stick, the paint needs to work its way into the surface that’s being painted. Glass isn’t porous, so there’s nowhere for the paint to go! It sits on the surface, and the solvent eventually evaporates. The paint looks dry. It feels dry. But it’s vulnerable to damage. Because the paint isn’t really attached to the surface, it won’t stay in place very long.
To get good performance on glass, the paint needs to modify the glass surface so it has something to bond to. Specially formulated paints like Glassprimer™ glass paint are engineered to make nanoscale modifications to the glass surface. This allows the paint to cling to the glass in a way that ordinary paint just can’t.
Standard conditions will deteriorate ordinary paint. Temperature and humidity change all the time. A bright, sunny day, a quick rainstorm, a steamy shower – even cooking dinner in the kitchen can change the local environment in a way that affects paint. Cooking releases some food particles into the air. As a result, the kitchen walls get loaded with food splashes, grease, smoke particles and other visible matter. These also affect the paint. Food acids can weaken paint, as can the cleaners people use to remove them from the walls! You need a paint that’s specially formulated to stand up to tough environments.
Glass works well in the kitchen
Using glass as your outward surface makes a lot of sense, especially in the kitchen. The glass surface won’t absorb grease, smoke particles, food spatter and other kitchen hazards. It won’t harbor bacteria, and it’s easy to sanitize. Using a quality glass backsplash paint on one side, and mounting it to the wall gives your kitchen walls the colorful appearance you want, and the easy cleaning surface you need.
If you’d like more information about our specially formulated glass backsplash paint, please visit the rest of our site.
Photo Credit: Chris Hunkeler, via Flickr