Do you want to know the ins and outs of painting glass? I have done several projects over the years and I’m going to share things you will want to know to be successful.
What is the best way to paint glass?
How do you prepare glass for painting?
Start by cleaning the glass you will be painting.
- Wash with soapy water
- Wipe clean with rubbing alcohol to free the glass of all dirt oil and debris
Should I prime glass before painting?
You need to clean the glass, but you do not have to prime glass if you buy paint that is safe for glass.
What is the best paint to paint on glass?
Picking paint for your project is a very important step. There are a lot of choices out there and it really depends on where the project will go. Here are some questions to answer to help pick out the right paint for the project.
- Will your painted glass be a decoration?
- Will it get heavy traffic, or used heavily?
- Will it be inside or out?
Once you’ve answered the questions, it’s time to select your paint.
What is the best paint to use on a Mason jar?
Here are some paints for painting glass:
Check the label on the back of the paint to see if glass is on the list.
Once you’ve selected your paint and you’ve cleaned the glass you can begin painting the project. Make sure to follow the instructions on the back of the paint. These instructions include how long until you add another coat, as well as cure times to help the paint stick to the glass. Some paints require air drying for days, others require baking. Failure to read the instructions and follow them may result in the paint peeling or scratching off.
These mason jars were painted to look like fruit for summer drinking glasses – How To Make Fruit Mason Jar Glasses with Video
How do you paint glass without brush strokes?
Using a fine bristle brush will help eliminate brush strokes. You can also sand lightly between coats to eliminate those unwanted lines. Paint pouring is another technique and will not have any brush stroke marks. You do this by pouring the paint over the glass and letting it dry naturally. You can see my paint pouring instructions in this tutorial – DIY Hand Soap Dispenser
Can you paint glass with chalk paint?
Some chalk paints are safe for glass and other’s are not. Check the label on the back to pick a chalk paint that is safe for glass.
Can you seal chalk paint with Modge podge?
Chalk paint and acrylic paint that is safe for painting glass doesn’t need to be sealed. If you are worried and or it is glass that will be heavily used, you can coat it with Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge following the instruction on the bottle. Using this will allow it to be top rack dishwasher safe.
Do you want to see how to chalk paint and distress bottles? Check out this post – How To Paint Mason Jars and Distress Them
How do you reverse paint on glass?
Reverse painting is a technique where you paint on the backside of the glass so there is a layer of glass in front, then the paint. These were recycled bottles and I reverse painted them by pouring the paint into the bottle and twisting the bottle to coat the entire inside. I then poured out the excess and let the bottles dry completely. You can find this full tutorial here – DIY Pumpkin Decor Using A Glass Bottle
How do you cure paint on glass?
Make sure to check the back of your paint bottle and follow the directions for the specific cure times. A cure time can range anywhere from several hours to several days.
If you want to see how to paint on glass bottles check out this post – Easy and Beautiful Bottle Painting
What kind of paint do you use for faux stained glass?
I’m a big fan of Gallery Glass. There are many ways to work with it from traditional to more fun and unique. I had fun finger painting with it in this post – Faux Stain Glass Sun Catcher where I dipped my fingers in the different colors and smeared them on the back of the picture frame glass (also another example of reverse painting on glass.
You can mix food coloring and glue together for painting glass. This technique is not permanent, can be washed off which makes it great for small seasonal changes in your home. It will also sun fade so cannot be used outdoors. You can see the tutorial for this technique here – Easy Way To Color Glass
Does frosted glass spray paint work?
Yes frosted glass spray paint does work, and I’ve used it to create a couple fun projects. I will tell you that it will wash off of glass and isn’t good for bathroom privacy. If you’re looking for something frosted that is permanent, I would recommend painting glass with etching cream which is really easy and permanent. You can find an example of this here – Easy Glass Etching DIY with Video
Can you use spray paint on glass?
You can spray paint glass and one of my favorites is mirror glass spray paint. Looking at the label of the can to make sure it’s good for glass surfaces is important when picking out a brand of paint. You can see my mirror glass spray paint project here – $5 Inspirational Wall Art
Want more information on how to paint glass? Check out my friend Andrea from Design Morsels post, How To Paint Glass
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Where to find inspiration for your DIY – If you struggle with ideas for painting glass, then it is important to find inspiration before starting. You won’t want to get halfway through your design and run out of ideas. Therefore, looking for painting ideas for people just starting their acrylic painting journeys will help you find inspiration if you want to be creative yourself. Look online or in books to find something that inspires you and begin once you know exactly what you want to do.