Garden Art forum: Anyone have experience with glass etching cream?

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Frillylily
Mar 23, 2016 10:32 AM CST
I have a small window in my shower, that I would like to etch or somehow add permanent privacy. I say permanent because some of the things I've looked at (like spray frost in a can) are not water proof. I am afraid the vinyl clings will not stick long term with the heat and water. So I wonder if the etching cream would add enough to really obscure or not? and if I can apply it to the window since it is vertical (not laying flat) -would it run? Any ideas please thank you!


also I don't want to block out the sun entirely, just add privacy.
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vic
Mar 23, 2016 12:22 PM CST

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Below are very bad photos because of my lame photography.

The glass in the door was done with a stencil but we used an acid instead of cream. The bad news is, we were not able to buy the acid. I worked in a school and the science teacher was able to buy it. I don't know if you would have a resource like that or not. It worked out really well for us.

The photo's are taken outside, inside, and a closeup.


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Frillylily
Mar 23, 2016 12:31 PM CST
wow that turned out really well! I like that!
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froggardener
Mar 23, 2016 1:09 PM CST
That door looks really great!!!!
@Frillylily, they sell 3 or for kinds of etching cream at Home Depot
Doing a large solid area should be easier than than a pattern
Make sure you tape the frame and glazing real well ( do they still call it that) the cream will discolor/ damage it
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Calsurf73
Mar 27, 2016 8:41 PM CST
Vic: Were you able to do that etching while the door was still hanging vertically or did you have to have it lay flat so the acid wouldn't run ?
Your design came out awesome !
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Frillylily
Mar 27, 2016 9:31 PM CST
I asked that question on Amazon and got differing opinions. Some said the cream was thick enough that it doesn't run, others said it did, so who knows?! I guess maybe it depends on the brand?

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Calsurf73
Mar 27, 2016 9:38 PM CST
Probably !
I tried that spray on frost in a can once, and like you said, the water and heat in the bathroom made it peel off quickly.
Then I tried it on the OUTSIDE of the glass and it actually lasted about 3 years. That's because (I assume) there was a very wide roof overhang above the window so it never really got wet from rain.
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froggardener
Mar 27, 2016 10:17 PM CST
I've only used the cream and it did not run, I would have to look for the brand
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vic
Mar 28, 2016 2:20 AM CST

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The door was flat as we used acid that was liquid. I would think if you used the cream, you would be fine if it were vertical.
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vic
Mar 28, 2016 4:25 AM CST

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another idea to cover windows for privacy

http://www.blessings.com/article/30876659/she-starts-to-brus...

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Frillylily
Mar 28, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Vicki that is pretty but I am looking for something to use in a shower that is waterproof and can be wiped down. I have heard that you can use the starch/fabric on walls but I didn't realize it worked on glass.
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MISSINGROSIE
Mar 30, 2016 10:36 PM CST
Frilly, does the window come out without fuss? Or, would you consider replacing the glass.. Because if yes, you could go to autobody repair and ask if one of the guys/gals will sandblast the glass for you. Should not cost a lot. Quick. You could do / place it on the outside so the "wipe" on the inside is smooth ---as glass!!
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Mar 31, 2016 10:14 AM CST
It is stationary,does not come out at all that I can see. That would be a great idea if it did though!

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