Etching Cream Will Transform Plain Glass Panes Into Ones That Are Decorative And Opaque

11 January 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Etching cream and some inexpensive materials can be used to transform plain, glass panes into panes with style and class. If you appreciate the beauty of the french doors that lead to your home's bathroom, but dislike the lack of privacy that they provide you with, add an etched design to the glass by completing the instructions below. 


  1. glass cleaner
  2. lint-free cleaning pad
  3. self-adhesive stencils
  4. ruler
  5. plastic scraper
  6. masking tape
  7. disposable gloves
  8. plastic bowl
  9. plastic spoon
  10. artist's brush
  11. small bucket of water
  12. non-abrasive sponge

Clean The Glass Panes And Plan The Design

Use glass cleaner and a lint-free cleaning pad to remove dirty residue and fingerprints from the glass. Close the french doors. Stand on the exterior side of them and attach self-adhesive stencils to the glass. Choose a pattern that will complement the entryway to your bathroom. Apply many, different stencils to cover all of the panes or a small amount of them to cover specific portions of the glass.

Use a ruler to help you keep the stencils lined up straight. If there are any air bubbles in the stencils after they have been applied, use a plastic scraper to eliminate them. Press firmly on the scraper as you move it across the areas that need to be treated.

Prepare The Cream And Apply It

Cover areas on the french doors that you do not want exposed to the etching cream with strips of masking tape. Put on a pair of disposable gloves and pour a container of etching cream into a bowl. Stir the cream for a couple minutes to eliminate lumps. Use an artist's paintbrush to apply etching cream to the areas that are not covered with a stencil. Use straight strokes to apply an even coat of the cream.

Wait a few minutes for the glass panes to turn opaque. Once this occurs, use a non-abrasive sponge that has been dipped into water to remove the etching cream. Begin at the top of the door. Rinse the sponge out after it is is coated with etching cream. After all of the cream has been removed, dry the glass by lightly patting it with a lint-free cleaning pad. Peel off the tape and dispose of materials that are covered with etching cream.

The etched design can be cleaned with soapy water and a sponge in the future. As long as no harsh chemicals are applied to the door, the design will remain intact. Speak to a local professional or pop over to this site to learn more.