A popular material for splashbacks is painted glass. Painted glass
can also be used to create stunning focal points in bathrooms or
The glass must be of the highest quality. Only use either Clear
Float or Low-Iron glass:
- Clear Float Glass - is the most commonly used,
comes in various thicknesses and have a slight green hue to it
which can affect light and off-white colours. For this reason,
pale colors are best done in Low-Iron glass
- Low-Iron Glass - as the name implies, is made
with reduced levels of iron content, avoiding the green hue. This
additional processing does make it more expensive, but also allows
for light or off-white colours to be available.
The glass must be at least 5mm thick toughened glass to provide
the necessary durability and heat resistance, when used behind stove
tops. Edges should be polished for a smooth, clean and safe finish.
Glass makes a perfect alternative to tiles, wall paper, plaster
and other wall materials, with added durability. It can also be
used as benchtops and cupboard doors, in the appropriate fittings
and dimensions. The reflective qualities of glass create the impression
of more space and light.
Make sure the splashback is made from [min] 5mm toughened safety
glass - especially any glass that is within 200 mm of a gas hob.
Glass Art DIY splashbacks are perfectly suited to DIY projects
adding style and quality at a lower cost. A few tips:
Color - The color of float glass will not be exactly
as the color as portrayed on a standard color chart, it will have
a slight green tinge. Darker colours will be about 1/4 shade darker.
If you need an exact color match - use low iron glass which has
almost no effect on the colour coating.
Tranparancy - you will not be able to see through
the glass splashback when it is affixed to the wall
Suitable wall surfaces - splashbacks can be fitted
to most clean, dry surfaces including GIB, tiles and wallpaper.
This makes them an ideal remodelers and renovators material
Fixing - the coated glass is attached to the wall
using a special silicone adhesive that will not react to the coating.
Clear or frosted glass must be attached with stainless steel fittings.
Tools required - all you need is a tape measure
and a silicone [caulking] gun.
Working around powerpoints - holes can be cut
to accomodate powerpoints. The holes are made slightly smaller than
the powerpoint plate so that the edges of the glass are covered
when installed. Holes must be at least 50 mm from the edge of the
Usability - colored glass can be used for splahsbacks,
cabinet doors with aluminium or timber frames, drawer fronts and
in some areas of the house they can be used as counter tops. One
stunning example I have seen was a thick cork slab encased in glass
used as a bathroom vanity. Very stylish. They can also be used as
wall tiles in kithchens, bathroom and laundry.
Warranty - make sure the product you get has a
guarantee against delamination of the colour-coating for at least
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