Glass Painting and Sandblasting
Painted glass is the ideal decorative element to be used in interior design. This type of coloured glass is particularly suitable for wall cladding in public areas (reception halls, restaurants, shops) or in residential spaces (bathrooms, working areas, living rooms) and it can be also used for glass furniture (splashbacks, worktops, shelves, cupboard doors/ fronts,decorative elements).
Back-painted glass is custom made in our glass manufacture according to your requurements. Glass panels can be painted in a wide range of colours to RAL reference, using special water based varnish. For light colours and special shades, we suggest using "Ultra-clear" low iron glass as it is more optically clear, allowing the true colour of the paint to show through the glass without discoloration. Depending on the size of the glass panels and their use, as for example in the case of mechanical fixing systems, glass sheets can be toughened and then painted. This type of glass is suitable for interior design applications.
Enamelled and Screen-Printed Glass
Due to its special characteristics acquired through technological processing, enamelled/ screen-printed glass is perfectly suitable for outdoor applications. This is screen-printed glass with coloured or translucent enamel patterns, which are fired into the glass at a very high temperature. This process simultaneously toughens the glass, and the ceramic enamel is more resistant and has a homogeneous grain. As it is toughened, this type of glass is impact resistant and shatters to small pieces. Screen-printing sieves are used to apply the enamel to the glass and to create different patterns. With its safety features as a toughened glass and its decorative effects, enamelled/ screen-printed glass is ideal for glass walls and can also be laminated.
In order to create more sophisticated designs, glass can be coated with special high-quality prints to create various images, textures, company names, etc.
Sandblasted glass (etching) can be done through different procedures, the most common being the mechanical one.
Mechanical glass sandblasting is done by having a stencil applied to one side of the glass, which is then blasted with fine particles of sand. This type of glass is more difficult to be clean, which is why it can be treated against spots and stains. Mechanical sandblasting is used for decorative glass windows, with a pattern that can be simple or may include floral or geometric elements.
Chemical glass sandblasting is another method, the glass surface being etched with intensely corrosive acid. The acid-etching process is preferred for its fine and homogenous grain. Acid-etched glass is easier to maintain and highly resistant to stains. It also can be toughened or laminated. This type of glass is ideal for partitions.
We also can obtain an opaque effect by applying self-adhesive film which imitates sandblasting. This type of glass is impact resistant and in the event of breakage, the opaque film holds the pieces of glass in place.