Summer is a great time to complete home improvement and decorating projects. Today we’ll look at one glass paint project that can even pay for itself! The term “home improvement” covers a lot of ground, but the summer sun reminds us that interior spaces can heat up quickly! Sunlight can raise the temperature in a space to 80° F, 90° F or more in just a few hours.
Trapped heat takes a long time to dissipate That means spending a lot of money on air conditioning, fans and other cooling. By controlling light carefully, however, you can reduce the temperature in your space. You can also reduce or eliminate the need for expensive air conditioning. You can control the light in your home or office by applying glass paint to windows that receive direct sunlight. Glass paint has a translucent effect, which means that light can still penetrate the window while reducing heat-generating infrared waves. The more you reduce IR light penetration, the cooler your space will stay.
Working with glass paint is easy
Fortunately, working with glass paint is easy. By performing some simple glass preparation, you can make this painting project go smoothly, and enjoy professional results. If you’re working with glass that’s already in place, you’ll want to be sure to cover trim, sills and other nearby spaces to eliminate potential overspray problems.
The most efficient way to apply glass paint is by using a high-volume, low pressure paint sprayer. These tools are available at home improvement stores, and you can clean them completely using ordinary paint thinner. A HVLP sprayer will apply paint evenly to any surface, and as an added benefit, they typically work well with a variety of paints, stains and lacquers.
Completely clean the surface of the glass you plan to paint, using rubbing alcohol, fine grit steel wool and paper towels. Once the surface is completely clean, you can apply the first coat of paint. Be sure to use paint that’s specially formulated to adhere to glass surfaces. Ordinary latex paints will not bond with glass. Dried paint will chip, fade and peel even in standard conditions. After each coat is dry to the touch, you can apply additional coats to fine-tune the look of the finished project.
Glassprimer™ glass paint is specially formulated to work with glass. It will bond permanently to glass surfaces. You can also use it on other non-porous surfaces, like tile, metal, and stone. It’s UV resistant, which means that in addition to controlling light effectively, it won’t fade, even in direct sunlight.
Glassprimer™ glass paint can be tinted to match virtually any color from any major paint manufacturer’s palette, and can be used to create frosted effects directly on window glass. For more information about Glassprimer™ glass paint or you would like to place an order, please visit the rest of our site.
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