How can I make frosted glass?
Frosted glass is often used in household items. Lighting devices, dishes, vases, souvenirs are made from it, doors and small windows are used for glazing, for the facades of cabinets. With it, you can not only hide some parts of your house from prying eyes, but also create real masterpieces of art, such as, for example, figure framing mirrors.
And if in specialized firms for such services and materials you have to pay a tidy sum, we will tell you how to do all this without resorting to outside help and saving the family budget.
To make the dream come true and to transform habitual objects beyond recognition with your own hands, you can use three ways of matting:
- With the use of sandblaster.
- Matting with chemicals.
- Mechanically (using abrasive pastes and spray paints).
In the first case, special equipment is used,which most often is available at industrial enterprises and firms. In addition, for processing in this way is mainly suitable for thick glass.
The use of chemicals is possible and independently, but only subject to compliance with all safety rules, and work in a large enough and well ventilated room.
And finally, the mechanical method is quite accessible for everyone. To make glass frosted in this case, you will need to purchase just a special abrasive that can be found in the building stores.
Let's look at the process steps in more detail. In addition to abrasive paste and work surface, you will need:
- rubber gloves to protect hands from dirt;
- alcohol for degreasing the surface;
- small rubber trowel.
It is recommended to make matting in a room where it is possible to open windows, since the means can contain substances, the inhalation of which for a long time can have negative consequences for the body.
If you are engaged in such work for the first time, we recommend testing your strength and abilities on level glass, for example, for a door.
First, the surface must be wiped from dust and degreased. Using a spatula, apply the paste on the glass in an even layer and leave for 15 minutes.
After the time has expired, remove the residues with a damp sponge or rinse off under running water. After that, wipe the glass dry and you can admire the result.
How to make a picture?
If you want to update some household items, such as a mirror, then you can make a decor with a pattern. Significantly simplify the process will help spray paint for matting. Will also be needed:
- stencil with a pattern;
- masking tape
Attach to the surface of the mirror stencil. This can be done with glue. The rest of the surface needs to be sealed with masking tape to prevent paint from entering.
Shake the can before use to evenly lay the paint on the mirror. Try to spray the tool equally over the entire surface. To achieve the desired effect, you will need to apply 2-3 layers, but each subsequent one can be sprayed only after the previous one dries.
To protect your drawing, you can additionally cover it with acrylic varnish.After 2 hours, the surface will dry completely.
Having diversified the interior with the help of a matte effect, you will immediately notice that the house has become more cozy and beautiful, but also the work has become more. Matt surfaces require special care.
First, let's figure out how to clean them if stains appear? First of all, those products that contain ordinary or ammonia are suitable for this. They can easily cope with dirt, dust or stains. Putting them on the surface, let it stand for a while, and then use a rubber scraper - press firmly and hold up and down, removing dirt.
But if grease stains appeared on surfaces that are not amenable to household chemicals, a steam cleaner and ordinary dishwashing liquid will help.
And to care for removing stains was less, you should follow simple recommendations that will help keep your interior clean:
- Several times a week, wipe matte surfaces with soft cloths made from suede or velvet.
- It is better to wash the glass with cool water and vinegar. The liquid must be applied and wiped dry.
- Do not use products with abrasive particles, they will leave scratches on the spray.
Making frosted glass at home is not at all difficult. All that is needed for this is skillful hands and a desire to improve the interior. Let you succeed, and every undertaking must have a positive result!