I finally got the dining room table I have wanted for years and I hate it.
It has a 6' round glass top and it is always smudged. To make matters
worse, the chairs are on casters so we end up grabbing the edges of the
table to pull ourselves to the table so it is also smudged under the table
to. I keep a table cloth on it all the time now and it is hard to say which
is more trouble keeping clean.
So, I was wondering if a textured glass top would be a bit better and could
that myself with an orbital sander? I thought that if I sanded the backside
of the glass, it would hide smudges better. If so, what grit sand paper and
everything? I saw one of the home improvement shows do it, but my neighbor
thought they used Plexiglas, not glass.\
Agreed, you will find that sand papers on an orbital or belt sander will
only serve to remove material.
Sand blasting or glass beading is the way to achieve an opaque look.
Actually, very fine wet/dry paper with lots of water (use an air
driven sander) will sand evenly. However, you'll see whatever pattern
your sander creates. IOW, an orbital sander will give you little round
rings, etc. You can't really get what you want without sandblasting.
Time to bit the bullet.
You don't like a glass table. ( neither would I )
Replace it !
No matter what you do to it ( sanding, decals, etc. )
it'll still be a glass table, prone to smudges, shattering, etc.
Replace it, and get something you'll like.
When we first got married, we got a big old
pine trestle table. Over the years, it's been used
for meals, repairs, homework, and crafts projects.
It's been dinged, singed, dented, and shows the wear
of a thousand uses. It's been re-sanded, re-stained,
re-varnished numerous times.... it has our family history.
It's a "work table", and we wouldn't have it any other way.
That's a big surface to treat and get it even, with a sander or with etching
solution. There are glass companies in this area that advertise in the
Yellow Pages that they do custom etching and/or sandblasting. Maybe you can
check on this possibility in your area.
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