Use Glass Etching Cream To Add A Design To A Glass Shower Enclosure

Glass etching cream contains acid which will transform the appearance of glass several minutes after it is applied. In order to add a design to the glass shower enclosure in your home's bathroom, fill stencils in with etching cream by completing the directions below. The etched design will remain intact as long as the glass enclosure is cleaned with non-abrasive materials and cleaning agents.


  • glass cleaning spray
  • soft cloths
  • masking tape
  • ruler
  • two-sided tape
  • stencils
  • vinyl tarps
  • face mask
  • disposable gloves
  • glass etching cream
  • plastic container
  • paintbrushes
  • damp sponge
  • bucket of water

Clean The Shower Enclosure's Exterior And Attach Stencils

Apply glass cleaning spray to a soft cloth. Wipe the exterior side of the shower enclosure with the cloth in order to eliminate dirt or fingerprints. Secure the enclosure's opening with a few strips of masking tape. Attach stencils across the surface of the shower enclosure with strips of two-sided tape. A ruler can be used to assist with lining up each stencil so that the etched design is centered evenly across the glass enclosure.

Fill In Stencils With Glass Etching Cream

Before preparing the cream, place a couple tarps on the bathroom floor to collect cream if it accidentally drips. Put on a face mask to protect yourself from harsh fumes that the etching cream emits. Cover your hands with a pair of disposable gloves. Pour some etching cream into a plastic container. Coat a paintbrush with cream and apply it to the middle of each stencil. Use even strokes and add more cream to the brush when necessary. Use a thin, artist's brush to cover small details in each stencil with a coat of cream.

If any cream drips down the glass surface, remove it with a damp sponge.  Wait for the appearance of the glass to change. This may take several minutes.

Remove Cream And Stencils

Dip a soft sponge into a bucket of water. Wring the sponge out and move the cleaning tool gently over the cream-covered portions of the glass. Rinse the sponge out as necessary. Once all of the cream has been rinsed from the glass surface, dry the glass with a soft cloth.

Remove the stencils and strips of tape from the shower enclosure. Dispose of the gloves and any etching cream that remains in the plastic container. The freshly-added design on the glass surface will not become damaged as long as non-abrasive products and tools are used to clean the etched design in the future. Talk to an enclosure contractor, like Central Glass Company, for more help.

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