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:
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.