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How to Frost Glass Windows

How to Frost Glass Windows

Frosted glass windows not only distribute light evenly, but also help in maintaining privacy. Go through this article if you want to give a frosted look to your windows.
HomeQuicks Staff
Frosted glass windows are good to go with any part of the house. They are mostly preferred in bathrooms because privacy is the prime concern there. These windows scatter the light transmitting through them thereby, appearing translucent. On seeing through a frosted glass window things appear blurred, which would otherwise have been clearly visible through plain glass. Frosted windows do not provide complete privacy and the need of curtains or blinds still remain. Frosting glass windows of your house can be a fun activity. You can decide on the look beforehand and start working accordingly.

Frosting Glass Windows

You Will Need
  • Frosting spray
  • Window cleaner with ammonia
  • Razor knife
  • Vinegar
  • Soft cloth (lint-free)
  • Paper
  • Removable tape
  • Take a sheet of plain paper large enough to cover the entire area of the window you want to frost. Stick the paper on the glass with the help of easily removable tape like masking tape and make sure there are no folds on the sheet.
  • With the help of a pencil, sketch the design you want on the window. Sketch properly because this design is going to act like a stencil for you. If you are trying this out for the first time, it is better to stick to simple designs rather than complex ones because they would require extra time, patience and effort.
  • Once you are done with the design, remove the paper from the window and place it on a table. Now carefully cut the design along its margin using a razor knife. Make sure you leave the outline as the cut design will be your stencil. Take sufficient care while using the razor knife so that you don't make a mistake while cutting the design.
  • It's time to prepare your glass window for frosting. Clean the glass using vinegar to remove oily film, if any, from the glass. Oils prevent the glass from taking up frosting spray therefore, their removal becomes necessary. After getting rid of the oily film, it's time to clean the glass using a lint-free cloth and a glass cleaner containing ammonia. This cleaner helps to remove dirt flakes that can appear in the frost design and hamper the frosted look.
  • You can experiment and use several colors for giving the frosted look to the glass windows. To begin frosting, place the paper stencil that you have prepared on the window. Stick the design firmly on the glass using removable tape along the perimeter of the design. Once the stencil is in place, you can start frosting the glass underneath using frosting spray.
  • To get a thick frost, spray the glass window from a shorter distance, but if you want a light frost, the distance between the spray bottle and the window must be more. You can create designs of thick and light frost areas on the windows by altering the spraying distance. When using many colors for frosting, let one spray dry completely before using another color for spraying.
  • When you finish frosting the entire window, leave it undisturbed to dry thoroughly. You can also switch on the fan of the room to facilitate drying. Leave the stencil undisturbed till the frosting spray has dried completely. When the window is dry, carefully remove the stencil by peeling adhesive tape and there you have your frosted glass window ready!
In the above method, frosting is done using a frosting spray. To make your job easy, there are window films available in the market which provide the same frosted look to the windows. These films are nothing but thin adhesive vinyl films which can be adhered to windows to make them translucent. Such films are easy to install and are long-lasting. Permanent frosting of glass windows is also possible, but it is better to take the help of professionals for carrying out this task. Permanent frosting of transparent glass is done using techniques like acid etching and sandblasting. The advantage of temporary frosting is that you can change the frost designs whenever you feel like and give it a new look. Frosting glass is not only restricted to window panes, but you can also try frosting glass doors if you feel like and give them a new look. If privacy is not your prime concern, you can also choose frosting designs that cover your windows and doors partially. If you want your room to look attractive, you can also install a stained glass window that is made of frosted glass. So, what are you waiting for? Go, add a tinge of creativity to your windows and make them look beautiful and elegant.