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Frosting windows serves both practical and aesthetic purposes. It can grant a sophisticated, stylized look to a window pane as well safeguard privacy in spaces such as bathrooms or toilets. Although the product of window frosting can seem intricate and impossible to reproduce, there are two quick, easy techniques to condition windows in your home:
Acrylic glaze is a polymer based frosting agent that can be purchased in clear or "untinted" form. This is essentially a transparent paint that, when applied in thin coats, can create a distorted effect on glass.
To begin, you will need some clear acrylic glaze, an application sponge, and a few hours of free time. First is the quite simple task of dabbing a small amount of glaze on the sponge and spreading it in a thin coat across the window. You will want to consign your brushing to straight lines, as stray brush strokes will show up on the finished product. Once this coat has been applied, allow the product to dry on the window. This can up to a few hours to complete, during this time there should be no condensation in the vicinity of the window (ie. no hot showers). When you are sure that the first coat of glaze has dried, apply a second coat.
If you wish to remove the frost effect in the future, simply douse the window with soapy water and scrape off the acrylic with a plastic implement (such as a credit card or ice scraper).
Another, more temperamental technique is to simply apply a frosted slide over the window. You can buy a roll of self-adhesive shelf liner with the distorted effect online or from a utility store; before purchasing, make sure that it is exceeds the size of your window in terms of area (so that you can trim it down to size later). Once you receive the liner, proceed to cut it into sizable segments, compare each cut to the window to make sure that your dimensions are accurate.
Before applying the film, wash the window and make sure that there are no deposits of dirt or dust, as these could cause bubble or imperfections to arise (which could ruin the frosting effect). Once you are confident in the condition of your window, begin to peel back one corner of the sheet by only a few centimeters, and stick it down on the corresponding window corner. Proceed to gradually peel back the film and carefully stick and pat down the sheet as you go. This is slower than simply sticking the whole thing down at once, but is far less prone to human error or possible malfunctions.
Note that some liners will have two protective films on them, meaning that you have to identify the adhesive side before application. If this is the case, you will also have to peel off the static side of the film after sticking it down, otherwise you could be left with an unsightly tint as opposed to frost effect.
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