Paint glass: That's how it works!


Glass surfaces can now be painted in a relatively simple way, special paints are precisely tailored to these smooth surfaces. So finally comes again change in the living room! We help you with the painting of glass, read our tips and tricks for cleanly painted surfaces.

Which glass elements can you paint?

In private living there are many ways to color glass. Wherever the material does not have to remain transparent for technical reasons, one can dare to use paint. Here are some examples:

  • Paint the glass surface of your coffee table.
  • Re-decorate kitchen fronts made of glass.
  • How about making a display cabinet out of the showcase?
  • Glass furniture elements turn into brightly colored visual highlights.
  • Even glass vases and other decorative objects can be painted.

Procedure when painting glass

First, clean the surface of the glass to be painted as thoroughly as possible, above all, all the smallest amounts of grease should disappear. After washing with warm rinse water, post-processing with acetone, special wash dilution or glass cleaner may be useful.

Sometimes also a basic cleaner is offered matching the respective glass varnish. The purchase of such a product is not absolutely necessary due to the alternative options mentioned above, but you have to decide that yourself.

Today's specialty coatings usually adhere without prior sanding. But you should expect that a second coat is necessary for a good opacity. For larger glass surfaces, it is best to use a special paint roller, for smaller segments a high-quality paint brush.

Which colors adhere to glass?

We strongly recommend the use of special glass varnishes for painting glass. Other colors adhere very badly, because it is a smooth and non-porous surface. Look for a suitable acrylic paint or a long-oiled synthetic resin paint.

For your coffee table or other heavily used surface, it is preferable to use a polyurethane glass varnish consisting of two components: the actual paint and a hardener. Such paints prove to be particularly robust after curing.

Achieve special effects with color on glass

You do not just want to have a plain, plain finish? On glass, optical color effects can also be achieved, for example by sprinkling structural powder into the paint. A back-glass painting has a special charm, this is the painting on the glass back.

With the help of stencils made of self-adhesive foils, it is possible to paint colored patterns on the glass. When you work the back of the glass, you can use a second coat of paint to fill the previously uncovered areas with a different color.

Tips & Tricks

Always paint your glass as thin as possible. Apply one or two more layers to achieve a covering effect, as thick-layered finishes peel off faster.


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