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Adding An Etched Design To Your Glass Railing Panels

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If you have railings complete with glass panels bordering each side of a staircase in your home, you are most likely enjoying the modern appearance it gives to the area. One way to increase the majestic look glass railing panels give to a room is with the addition of etched designs. Adding etching to glass will instantly personalize the staircase with a great new look. Here are some instructions to follow when adding etched design work to glass railing panels on your own.

Materials You Will Need To Do The Job

  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Peel and stick vinyl stencil
  • Ruler or plastic putty knife
  • Masking film
  • Etching cream
  • Soft-bristled artist's paintbrush
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Bucket

Clean The Surface To Remove Debris

Before adding etched designs to your staircase's glass railing panels, it is a good idea to give the panes a complete cleaning so blemishes are removed in their entirety. This will ensure there are no obstructions present on the glass so the etching cream you apply does its work properly. Use household glass cleaner and a piece of microfiber cloth to effectively remove fingerprints, dust, and other grime from the panes beforehand. It is a good idea to wipe down both sides of a panel even though you are only etching one side. This will help you get a clear view of the pane so you position your stencils appropriately.

Apply A Stencil To The Pane

Head to a local craft store, glass shop, or paint supply store to look for a stencil in a pattern you desire to add to your glass railing panels. Vinyl peel and stick stencils work well when adding etched designs to glass as they are easy to reposition. Use a straight-edged flat object, like a ruler or plastic putty knife, to glide over the stencil, smoothing it onto the glass after it has been affixed. This will remove air bubbles that may be trapped underneath.

Apply masking film, which is similar to contact paper, to the glass around the peel and stick stencil itself. This film is also affixed with an adhesive backing. This will protect areas of the glass where you do not wish to have etching present.

Add The Etching Cream For A Frosted Look

When working with etching cream, it is best to wear gloves to protect your skin from the chemicals it is made from. Apply the cream to the open portions of the stencil, directly on the glass. Use a soft-bristled artist's paintbrush to do the job. Work your brushstrokes from the edges of the pattern towards the middle to help contain the etching cream inside the cut out of the stencil. This will reduce the risk of the cream getting trapped under the vinyl, leading to flaws in your pattern.

Leave the cream on the glass panel for the recommended time according to the manufacturer's directions, then use a non-abrasive sponge dipped in water to remove it from the glass. Direct the used etching cream and moisture from the sponge into an empty bucket by holding it close to the pattern as you wipe away the cream. The cream will leave a frosted impression on the glass, giving it a pleasing appearance as a result.

For more information, contact professionals like Tampa Bay Hand Railings.