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Frosting Glass and Plexi

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djtecthreat

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Post Sun May 20, 2007 5:03 am

How would I go about frosting a sheet of glass, as well as possibly plexi-glass?


Looking for products and tips on this.
Kevin_S

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Post Sun May 20, 2007 5:44 am

Put a few pieces of epson salt (like 4-5) into a cup of beer and let it set for about half an hour

Dip a terrycloth in it and sponge onto the glass.
This will wash off with water, though....but I don't think you'll be dipping this in water?


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If you were very careful, you could spray this (http://www.christmas-decorations-gifts-store.com/store/PPF/parameters/1276_224/more_info.asp from a very long distance away from your glass and catch the mist from it -- that would frost it (make sure you take a blowdryer to this stuff and let it set for a day or say to let it dry onto the glass...this will probably work better than the beer and salt trick.)
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 5:53 am

Another idea:
I got curious myself...so I researched a bit and a lot of folks say to use rice paper.
Go here and go all the way to the bottom (SOLYX: White Matt Rice paper)....I think that will work best for you...
good luck...
djtecthreat

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Post Sun May 20, 2007 6:16 am

That may work pretty good.

I'm sure you can imagine what i'm trying to do here, i'm just looking to diffuse the glass so i can put lights behind it.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 6:20 am

Now that i think about it... something that can be 'painted' or 'sprayed' on to the sheet would be ideal.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 6:21 am

yeah..i'm doing the same thing for my switch box (except I'm not frosting mine)..
I'm having my switches up top and a false bottom with leds shining up from the bottom. should look neato when I'm finished and I organize my wires in the box..that's the hard part haha
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 6:23 am

Kevin_S

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Post Sun May 20, 2007 6:24 am

well the problem with the Christmas spray on stuff is that it would be very easy to scratch...and if you scratch it once, you'd have to respray the whole sheet of plexi...
Me personally, I would go for the rice paper...you can get it at any craft store.


But the stuff you just mention FOR frosting glass should work icon_smile.gif haha...I couldn't find anything like that.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 6:43 am

I'm not too worried about scratching, this wont be in my car, and the frosted side won't be exposed.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 7:19 am

frosted vinyl used for sign making.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 7:42 am

djtecthreat wrote:
How about something like this?

http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?store=003&group_id=2320


That **** works awsome.

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That started as clear glass, 2 coats and done. Doesn't scratch easy either. Just make sure the glass is clean.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 7:47 am

I was hoping you'd chime in Corvette, I remember your table.

I'm probably going to use that stuff.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 8:03 am

It works well.

I personally left it a little streaky (like left there area's that weren't covered perfectly) because it looked cool and added character to the table.

Try it out on a spare piece of glass or the middle of any window. Just use a window scraper or a wet sponge to get it off.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 8:41 am

If its plexi wouldn't the easiest method just be to scuff it up with some very very fine sandpaper or some kind of abrasive ? I always figured that's how it was done.. didn't even realize they made spray coatings for that .
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 9:44 am

if you just scuffed it, it wouldn't look as smooth and professional...
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 9:58 am

Plexi glass and brake cleaner pirate.gif
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 11:49 am

Cooper wrote:
If its plexi wouldn't the easiest method just be to scuff it up with some very very fine sandpaper or some kind of abrasive ? I always figured that's how it was done.. didn't even realize they made spray coatings for that .


yes that would work well. Been there done that. As long as you aren't a moron with the sand paper it will come out good.


Brake cleaner and plexi only results in a crappy looking surface.
Moss

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Post Sun May 20, 2007 11:57 am

Why not just buy a white sheet of plexi?
sc3106

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Post Sun May 20, 2007 12:51 pm

ya i would just say use a good sandpaper and you would be off pretty good..makes it have that diffuse look your going for..
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 2:36 pm

I love that table. I'll buy one.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 2:45 pm

http://www.estreetplastics.com/White_Plexiglass_Sheets_s/84.htm

Good site, I bought from them a bunch of times, they all kinds of other colors as well.
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 3:16 pm

Hey good site, thanks for the link . Bookmarking that for the future .
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Post Sun May 20, 2007 8:25 pm

sand one side with 200 grit paper on a random orbital sander.

then put the unsanded side up so its still smooth.
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Post Mon May 21, 2007 11:22 am

in my hs shop class we used to "frost" plexiglass by taping off our names then sandblasting the rest. it gave it a really cool effect but it wasnt a 100% even "coat" persay of "frost"
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Post Mon May 21, 2007 11:45 am

kornholio788 wrote:
in my hs shop class we used to "frost" plexiglass by taping off our names then sandblasting the rest. it gave it a really cool effect but it wasnt a 100% even "coat" persay of "frost"


we used to use a laser in my HS. icon_lol.gif Just draw up what we wanted, toss a piece of plexi in the laser and hit print.
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