Q:    What Products can be used on a vertical surface?

A:     For a simple, elegant look, Glass Texture & Frosted Texture are perfect. Both products are thick and can be applied with a flat brush or a paint roller. Frosted Texture is great where privacy is needed; bathroom windows, glass panels in a front door, or glass kitchen cabinets.

Crystal Stains are great if you need a splash of color. There are 12 lacquer base colors to choose from, or mix your own custom colors. Because these stains form a "crystallized" design as they dry, brush strokes will not show. You can even use a paint roller for large areas.

Lacquer Base Frost which produces a sand blasted look can be applied with a brush.

Q:    What is the difference between Frost Stain & Frosted Texture?

A:     Frost stain is a lacquer base stain. When a thin coat is applied to glass, it gives the appearance of etched or sandblasted glass when dry.

Frosted Texture is a water base medium. It is very thick and can be daubed or patted on the glass using a flat brush. It will give a frosted/textured look to the glass allowing light to show through, while creating privacy. Frosted Texture can be used alone, or over the top of any dry Glass Stains. Both products can be applied to vertical surfaces.

Q:    Eyedroppers vs. Brushes. Which is best for applying the stain?

A:     It really depends on your project, but we recommend using an eyedropper for most applications. "Flowing" the stain in all those hard to reach corners is easier with an eyedropper. It is also easier to blend or bleed colors together on the glass.

Brushes are great when using Crystal Stains. A thinner coat (which is easier to obtain with a brush) gives a bigger, bolder look to the Crystal Stain as it dries. Any brush strokes are hidden by the Crystal Stain. When coloring figurines, lamp shades, candle holders, or any other 3 dimensional objects a brush is the best way to apply the stain to prevent runs and drips.

Q:    What is Liquid Lead used for?

A:   Liquid Lead (contains no lead) has 2 important functions. First, it is used to outline or trace your design onto your glass, or Plexiglas, etc. Second, it acts as a barrier and keeps the glass stain colors from running together. The black color simulates the look of real lead came that has aged.

Q:  Do these products require firing or baking?

A:  No. All of our products air-dry and should not be baked or fired.

Q:  Can I use these products on a shower door?

A:  Yes. Make sure you apply our products to the outside surface so the products will not have daily exposure to the water.

It is best to remove the shower door so that you apply the products to a horizontal, level surface. If this is not possible, you may apply our Crystal Stains or our Texturing Mediums to a vertical surface. To care for your hand-painted shower door, wipe with a damp cloth only—do not use chemicals or other bathroom cleaners.

Q:  If I add black or white opaque stain to other colors will they become opaque?

A:  No. It only takes a small amount of black or white glass stain to make a difference when mixing colors. Adding a small amount of an opaque color will not make the transparent stain opaque.

Q:  Can the glass stain paints be applied to a light bulb?

 A:  Yes. Many types of light bulbs can be coated with our glass stain paints. To test for durability, if the light bulb can be held in your hand while lit, it will not be too hot for the stains. 

Q: Can these products be used on glass dishes or glasses for daily household use?

 A:  Yes. When decorating glassware, plates, etc. apply our products to the surface that does not come in contact with food. When dry use a Urethane top coat to protect the paint from water so that hand painted items may be hand washed.

Q: What is clear extender used for?

A: Clear extender is used to lighten colors. It is best used when applying glass stains to mirrors or other items that are not exposed to UV rays. For lightening glass stain colors that will be exposed to UV rays, it is best to use either Creamy White, White Opaque, or Pearl White. By using any of the 3 white colors we offer instead of the clear will give your finished product better UV stability.

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