Enhance a glass shower door by adding a decorative border across the middle of it with etching cream and stencil patterns. The border will provide you with privacy when you are showering and can be easily maintained so that it remains intact.
- glass cleaner
- non-abrasive sponges
- lint-free cloths
- stencil patterns
- measuring tape
- masking tape
- disposable gloves
- etching cream
- small bucket of water
Clean The Shower Enclosure And Secure Stencil Patterns
Use standard glass cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge to clean the exterior side of the shower door. Then dry the glass with a lint-free cloth. Use a measuring tape to assist with lining up stencil patterns straight across the middle of the shower door, and secure the patterns with pieces of masking tape.
Prepare And Apply The Etching Cream
Put on a pair of disposable gloves to prevent etching cream from getting on your hands. Pour a bottle of etching cream into a bowl and then stir the cream until it is smooth and creamy. Use various-sized paintbrushes to fill in the stencils. Be sure to apply the cream as evenly as you can, and then leave the cream on the glass for several minutes. The cream will permanently alter the appearance of the glass and give it a frosted finish.
After this occurs, use a damp sponge to remove excess cream from the glass. Rinse the sponge out once the side that is removing excess cream is covered. Then continue wiping the glass with the sponge until all of the cream has been eliminated. Dry the glass with a lint-free cloth.
Remove The Stencils And Maintain The Finished Design
Carefully remove each stencil from the shower door. Dispose of any extra cream that is in the bowl and on the paintbrushes, since it contains chemicals. You can then maintain the finished design by carefully cleaning it with a small amount of gentle detergent that is mixed with a water and a soft cloth if visible residue is ever on its surface. Pat the door dry with a soft cloth. As long as no harsh chemicals or abrasive materials come into contact with the etched design, it will last for several years.
If part of the design fades because you accidentally use the incorrect cleaning agent or rub the etching cream too firmly when you are cleaning the door, however, place a stencil cutout back over the area that needs to be repaired and apply more etching cream with the same steps that you initially used.
For more information and tips, talk with companies that design and install custom shower enclosures.