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How is the glass etched?

The glass is etched by sandblasting with different grades of abrasive which varies depending on the size, type of glass and complexity of the artwork being etched. Further Information....

Is etching on the glass permanent?

Etching on the glass is very permanent as sandblasting cuts into the surface of the glass.

How do I clean etched glass?

Etched glass can be cleaned with window cleaner or washed with detergent if it is glassware. If the etching has greasy marks a window cleaner with amonia in it will remove them. Always clean the whole window. For glassware a cap full of white vinegar and cold water is always good fior a final rinse and polish.

What is the difference between etched, silk screened and vinyl overlay glass finishes?

Etched glass is where the design or the background is cut into the glass by sandblasting and cannot be removed. Silk screened glass is printed on to the glass and usually treated with heat to harden it. It can be long lasting but the design can be scratched and if it is continually washed in the dishwasher the design will fade and deteriorate. Vinyl overlay is a film applied to the glass similar to window tinting and looks etched in appearance. It is used widely in commercial situations as it can be removed.

Can etched glass be coloured?

Traditional colour tints on etched glass were not overly successful as the tints faded and eventually rubbed off. Paint back filling is another method that can be used, however the paint may chip off. I do not recommend either method of colouring the glass

What is laminiated glass?

Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. In the event of breaking, it is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB), between its two or more layers of glass. The interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces. This produces a characteristic "spider web" cracking pattern when the impact is not enough to completely pierce the glass. Laminated glass is normally used when there is a possibility of human impact or where the glass could fall if shattered. Further Information....

What is toughened glass?

Toughened or tempered glass is glass that has been processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempered glass is made by processes which create balanced internal stresses which give the glass strength. It will usually shatter into small fragments instead of sharp shards when broken, making it less likely to cause severe injury and deep lacerations. As a result of its safety and strength, tempered glass is used in a variety of demanding applications, including passenger vehicle windows, glass doors and tables, refrigerator trays, as a component of bulletproof glass, for diving masks, and various types of plates and cookware. Any cutting or grinding must be done prior to tempering. Cutting, grinding, sharp impacts and sometimes even scratches after tempering will cause the glass to fracture. Further Information....

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