All About Back-Painted Glass

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

A Back-painted glass is glass that has been painted on the reverse side. You can paint different types of glasses including casted, laminated and tempered glass.

How to paint

You should start by mixing paint and catalyst. You should then clean the back of glass by running a paper towel soaked with alcohol over the glass. To start painting you should pour the paint mixture into the gun. For ideal results you should run the paint through the strainer while pouring it into the gun.

You should then apply a coat using the gun. You should paint in the up and down motion and wait for about five minutes.

After five minutes you should add another layer of paint. You should repeat this until you have applied at least four layers. For the paint to bond to the glass you should wait for 48 hours.

If there is overspray you should use a light steel wool to remove the overspray at the edges. If there is some paint at the front of the glass you should use a lacquer thinner to clean it.

If the overspray is too thick you should scrape it using a single edge razor. If necessary you should follow up the scraping with steel wool and lacquer thinner.

After you are done you should clean glass paint from the paint gun. The best item to use is a lacquer thinner. All you need to do is to spray the lacquer thinner through the paint gun for at least 30 seconds.

If you want the paint gun to be thoroughly clean you have to disassemble the gun and clean all the internal part using lacquer thinner.

Installing back-painted glass

There are many ways of installing the back-painted glass. Some of the most effective ways include:

Channel system: it’s used in conjunction with tapes and adhesives. The cool thing with this method is that it’s permanent. For best results you should ensure that the glasses are installed by a professional glazier or glass contractor.

Framing system: there are two main ways in which you can install the glass using this method: aluminium and wood. The cool thing with this method is that the glass is supported on four sides creating a great look.


This is what you need to know about back-painted glass. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of painting the glass by yourself, you can buy already back-painted glass.