How To Frost Glass

Your glass window, table, or mirror needs a little pizzazz and you are thinking of the best way to achieve the look you want. Consider the most popular glass texture-modifying technique, frosting a glass. Frosted glass looks classy and adds that trendy look to any room. Normally, if you are looking for frosted glass for a window, wall, or mirror, you will want to purchase frosted glass right out from the manufacturer however, what most people do not know is that you can actually make it yourself assuming that you have a piece of glass ready to be frosted. Here are some steps on how to frost glass.

  1. Collect the materials for the process. First off, you will need to gather the materials to create the chemical solution that will add the frosting texture to your glass. You will need to have a plastic container where you will mix all the chemicals. For the chemicals, you will need about 6 ounces of magnesium sulphate, 2 ounces of Dextrin, and about 20 ounces of water. Obviously, you will need the glass you plan to frost ready as well. You can find these chemicals at your local hardware store.
  2. Create the frosting solution. Prepare the container and add the 20 ounces of water in it. Pour in the 2 ounces of Dextrin followed by the 6 ounces of magnesium sulphate. Mix the solution well using a plastic spoon or spatula. Be careful not to get the solution on your skin so make sure you wear gloves. Keep stirring until the solution becomes slightly viscous similar to paint.
  3. Apply the solution onto the glass. Once the solution is well mixed and ready, get a paintbrush and dip into the solution. Tap off any excess liquid and start brushing it on the glass. Make sure that you only apply a single layer that is even all over the glass. If you are frosting a window, make sure that you remove it first and let it lie flat on a table so that the solution will not drip to the floor.
  4. Allow the solution to dry. Once you complete the application of the solution on the glass, let it sit to dry. A few hours should be enough for the solution to dry and crystallize to form the frosting texture. If you feel the texture in your hand, you will notice that it feels fine and grainy but not at all sharp. Bear in mind that the crystallization will make the glass less transparent so make sure you really plan on blurring the images on the other side of the glass.
  5. Repeat the same process on the other side of the glass. If you are planning to apply the same frost on the other side of the glass, turn the glass over once the other side is completely dry and repeat the same process.

Once both sides are completely dry, get a damp rag and wipe the glass down to remove any residue. Before applying the frost, make sure to clean the glass to remove and particles that can interfere with the solution's adherence to the glass surface.


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