Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

How To Frost Clear Glass Shower Doors For Privacy

by Jill Jenkins

Clear glass shower doors can add a touch of elegance to any bathroom, but sometimes you need less elegance and more privacy. That's where frosted glass comes into play. There are a few different ways to achieve the look but frosted glass paint spray is by far the easiest, cheapest route. Here's how to achieve a frosted glass look for your shower doors.

Things You Need:

  • Shower door
  • Tarp
  • Soapy water and sponge
  • Towel
  • Painter's tape
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Frosted glass spray
  • Eye, nose and mouth protection

Step 1: Prepare Your Surface

Carefully remove your shower door and take it outside to a front porch or patio. Lay the door out on a tarp to protect the ground below the door from spray. Use soapy water and a sponge to carefully clean the exterior of the door -- or the side that will be away from the water when the door is reattached -- to remove any traces of dirt or grime. Dry off any remaining moisture with a towel.

Step 2: Map Out Designs (Optional)

If there's an attached handle or trim you don't want to frost, use painter's tape to cover those areas. If you want the frosting to bear a simple design, such as stripes, you can also use the painter's tape as a do-it-yourself stencil. Use pre-made stencils to create more advanced designs such as Moroccan tile, Celtic knots or stained glass-inspired flowers.

Note that you will either need to purchase a large stencil or carefully use smaller stencils to create a tiled effect. If using smaller stencils, cover the rest of the door with a towel to prevent excess spray from getting on the clean areas, which would mess up that area of the stencil.

Step 3: Frost the Glass

Put on safety glasses and a painter mask to protect your eyes, nose and mouth from the frost spray. Read the package directions carefully for usage instructions. Make sure you maintain an even distance away from the glass and an even amount of pressure on the nozzle. This ensures that certain areas of the glass aren't noticeably darker than the others. Allow the door to dry for the instructed length of time before reattaching. Use your bathroom exhaust fan during hot showers to protect the design from moisture.

If you can't get the look you wanted, or don't have the glass shower doors to begin with, contact a glass company like Glass-Pros. You can buy doors that were already sandblasted with a frosted look at a reasonable price, and those designs will last much longer than your paint job.