Etch Your Windows To Enjoy Natural Light With Privacy

Wondering eyes can be an issue in any community. Unfortunately, keeping the wondering eyes out of your home may prevent you from letting the natural sunlight in as well. Instead of drawing your blinds closed, you could etch your windows to keep people from seeing in without disrupting the flow of natural light. Here, you will learn how to do just that.

Supply List

  • Glass Cleaner
  • Safety Goggles
  • Latex Gloves
  • Masking Tape
  • Paper Towels
  • Clean Paper Coffee Filters
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Razor Knife
  • Non-Acid Etching Paste
  • Fan
  • Window Squeegee

Step 1: Prepare the Window

Start by masking off the window frame to protect it from getting damaged by the etching paste. Take your time to make sure the tape is as close to the edges of the frame as possible without getting on the glass. If you happen to get some tape on the window, use the razor knife to carefully trim it.

Clean the window using glass cleaner and paper towels to remove dirt, debris and oils from your hands from the glass. After you have it clean, go over the glass with a dry coffee filter to remove any lint that may be left behind from the paper towels.

Step 2: Ventilate the Room

While working with the etching paste, you want the room to be well-ventilated. Open a window or two, turn on the ceiling fan and run an additional fan to pull fresh air in the room.

Note: If you have any breathing disorders, like asthma, check with your doctor before using the etching paste. You want to be sure that the fumes will not cause an attack during use.

Step 3: Apply the Etching Paste

Put on your goggles and gloves. Now, apply some of the etching cream to the squeegee blade. Start at the top of the window and pull the squeegee slowly to the bottom stopping only if you run out of paste on the squeegee or you have reached the bottom. If you have to reload the squeegee before you reach the bottom, go over the window from top to bottom once more to ensure even distribution of the cream. Let the paste work for 15 or 20 minutes or as directed on the label. Clean your squeegee as you wait.

Step 4: Finishing Up

Now, take your clean squeegee to gently go over the paste-covered window to remove the excess paste. This paste can be reused later, so put it back in the bottle if possible.

Fill your bucket with water and use the sponge to rinse the window well. Remove the masking tape and put away all of your supplies.

Your window will look great and allow lots of natural light in, but will prevent wondering eyes to see you enjoying the privacy of your home. Click here for more info on professional help if you decide you want assistance. 


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