If you’re looking for a new decorating idea, consider glass paint. This specially formulated paint is designed to cling to surfaces that typically don’t accept other surface coatings. Using special surface preparation, the paint binds to the glass surface, forming a permanent, highly durable bond. When used together, GlassPrimer™ glass paint and catalyst create a self-priming paint that’s easy to use and produces beautiful decorating results.
Glass paint isn’t just for tableware!
At one time, glass painting was used primarily on decorative objects, including tableware. Today, glass painting is synonymous with an architectural technique known as backpainted glass. Using large glass (or more modern plexiglass) panels, you can decorate a large surface area like a wall by applying glass paint to the panel, and then mounting the panel with the reverse (unpainted) side facing outward.
Using this method, you can create decorative artwork for any room in your home. You can also use backpainted glass in your kitchen to create decorative backsplashes around sinks and countertops. You can also use it to protect walls around the stove, cupboards and food preparation or dining islands. Backpainted glass lends a crisp, clean look to surfaces in your home, and can be used to complete an art deco motif with a virtually unlimited color palette.
Glass is an ideal surface area for kitchens and bathrooms because it is impervious to bacteria, easy to clean and can be chemically sanitized an infinite number of times. The disadvantages of using glass include its weight over large surfaces, and its impact resistance.
A single one-foot square pane of glass at a standard width of 3/32″ weighs nearly 1.25 pounds. For a backsplash that is 4 feet high and 12 feet long, a single pane of glass would weigh nearly 60 pounds. The impact resistance of a single pane of glass is low, so to improve its strength, you can use a thicker piece of glass, but that increases the weight substantially! In addition, transporting, cutting and hanging large glass panes can be a challenge!
To avoid the disadvantages of glass, many people choose to use lightweight Plexiglass acrylic as a substitute. Like glass, Plexiglass is impervious to bacteria. It is highly resistant to typical household cleaners like bleach and ammonia, and many natural acids found in food. This makes Plexiglass an excellent choice for “working” surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms. Its lightweight composition makes it easy to transport, cut and hang. It’s also highly cost-effective, and easy to replace if it gets damaged.
GlassPrimer™ glass paint works well on both glass and Plexiglass surfaces. Glass paint bonds easily and permanently to both materials, and performs well in even the toughest areas of your home!
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