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What is Acid-Etched Glass?

Acid-etched glass is annealed glass treated with acid to permanently change its appearance, making it smoother than sandblasted glass.
Published November 30, 2016

What is Acid-Etched Glass?

Acid-etched glass refers to annealed glass that has been treated with hydrofluoric acid to give its surface a frosted look. Entire sheets of glass can be acid-etched or small sections can be treated to add specific designs.

Acid-etching is seen as a great alternative to sandblasting because the finished surface is smoother to the touch and easier to maintain. The glass can also better withstand stress and stay smudge-free longer. Because of its durability, acid-etched glass can be cut into any shape or size and then tempered.

Acid-etched glass can be used to create:

  • Doors
  • Partitions
  • Walls
  • Shelves
  • Railings

This type of glass can vary in opacity. The level of transparency depends on what the finished product will be used for.

"the final look of the glass will have a contemporary, classic feel."

Acid-etched glass can be back-painted as well, which conveys an added dimension. With an acid-etched design and a back-painted color, the final look of the glass will have a contemporary, classic feel.

Usually acid-etched items are only one-sided, but the technique can be done on both sides depending on the glass thickness. If you’re interested in using double-sided, acid-etched glass for hotel walls or office partitions, for example, consult your glass fabricator to see if it can be done.

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