Acid -etching clear glass shades?

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  1. Karl in NY

    Karl in NY New Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Northern NY
    I have two clear glass fixture shades, which I want to convert to "opal" or "frosted". My options seem to be either bead-blasting or acid-etching using a product such as :

    I sold my big compressor and sand blaster cabinet several years ago, so am considering the acid-etch.

    Any experience with it?
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  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Only think I've acid etched as the VIN into the windows of a car. Timing is everything, as is getting an even coat. Not sure how easy it would be on a large surface and to try to get nice and even.
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  4. enosez

    enosez Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Supv Maint Oper
    Long Island NY
    Home Crappo sells a window fil that is frosted, mimics stained glas, etc.
    Dont know if it will stand up to the heat in the fixture though.
  5. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Mar 30, 2011
    Rocket Scientist
    Houston, TX

    Not sure if it would handle the heat.

    Even without a sand blaster you can do the job with the sand and water.

    Black Diamond is nice for a abrasive.
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