We're interested in a cheap shower enclosure for our guest room and we've
seen one that fits the bill. The only downside is that we'd prefer one with
opaque (or mostly opaque) glass.
Is there any DIY way of opaquing large panels of glass like this that won't
look too awful?
How about that spray on stuff. It gives the glass a kind if frosted
look. I haven't used it myself but have seen the results on glass,
looks pretty good. You'd have to check on suitability for use in damp
environments. And spray it on the outside if you do use, it won't be
in direct contact with water then.
There are two types - a water based, and a solvent based.
I've used the Humbrol one a few times and this used to need cellulose
thinners to remove it, although the can I bought a few weeks ago (from
Homebase for around 5 or 6 GBP IIRC) now says white spirit.
I have used it on a loo window, where it lasted 3 years with no ill
effects (and was still fine when we finally replaced the window), and
most recently to make the lower half of some Ikea Billy glass doors
opaque. It works a treat, as long as you follow the instructions,
especially with regard to shaking the can, cleaning the glass first,
and applying many thin coats instead of fewer thicker coats.
I'd have thought there'd be no problem on a shower door, as long as
you didn't use abrasive cleaners. The worst that could happen is that
you'd have to remove it all and start again, if after a year or 2 it
was looking "sad".
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Thanks for all the comments. I obviously don't watch enough makeover
programmes. I didn't realise such sprays existed.
Of course, now I'm going off the idea of a new shower enclosure but the info
was appreciated nonetheless.
Well... if you turn the shower it steams up!
This is a half-serious response actually: I don't know if your need
for opacity is to preserve the modesty of your guests or what; but
certainly our shower door steams up almost before you get in the
cubicle. (Maybe I need a decent extractor...)
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