How do you expect the square footage of direct-to-glass printed
product you produce to change in the next 5 years?
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Almost all companies expect
to be doing significantly more
work, while 13 percent think
it will be about the same as
what they are doing now.
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The Art of Achieving Special Effects in Glass Decoration
For centuries, artists and architects
Spraying also enables special effects trends in decorative glass, efficiently
have found many kinds of canvases such as combining pearlescent or glit- and cost effectively, depends on getting
for adding beautiful images to en- ter paint from one bucket with a color to know companies that have decades
hance everyday environments. Today, from another. Applying the paints in- of experience in creating other
glass has become a favorite canvas line, wet-on-wet achieves unique re- decorative surfaces.
for artistic expression that goes far be- sults. Faux marble is another special
yond opening up spaces and inviting effect created in a similar manner.
“It definitely helps to partner with a
true finishing company that is adept at
creating decorative surfaces beyond
Creating special effects on glass is Roll Coating: Compared to glass,” says Roy Pagan, business devel-
being widely used to make big visual spraying, roll coating is not as flexible in opment manager for Cefla North Amer-
impacts in places ranging from avant- changeover from one color to another, ica’s Finishing Division. “Some of our
garde offices and public spaces to com- but it does enable a much higher line best innovations and technologies have
forting and mood-enhancing healthcare speed. For a company that works with come from cross-pollinating our ideas
environments. Glass decoration options only one to three main colors every day, for finishing one substrate to enhance
range from solid colors and frosted pan- such as white, etched glass, and light another. In addition to having a state-of-
els to digitally printed, custom organic etched glass, roll coating is a great asset. the-art lab for testing, we also work with
patterns, to ink applied by backpaint- Not only can you run with a higher many coating companies here in Char-
ing. When you evaluate which method amount of volume at a higher speed, but lotte, as well as Salem Distributing,
of paint application represents the best rollers don’t create overspray. Edges are which adds significantly to our expertise
investment for your company, remem- clean and paint-free when the glass and access to resources.”
ber that each one has a number of comes off the line.
pluses and minuses.
Working with a company like Cefla
also opens possibilities for digital print-
Ovens: A key consideration in ing with water-based UV paint. For ex-
Spraying: Spraying is one of the achieving a specific look in glass ample, UV paints are translucent, so
two main technologies for applying decoration is to work with a company glass printed with them lets light shine
paint, the term that refers to ink that’s that has a variety of choices in ovens. through. When placed against drywall,
essentially been ground down. One It’s important to be able to evaluate the color shows up behind the glass. By dig-
approach involves spraying ceramic capabilities of different ovens to dry itally printing on the second surface
frit water-based paint, solvent-based different types of paint. Having and backpainting on white, you suc-
paint and water-based UV paint. centralized access to ovens, sprayers ceed in locking in the color.
Decorating glass with a spraying and roll coaters that accommodate a
machine allows users to be flexible in wide variety of widths is also crucial.
changeover of colors and types of
With even more inventive technolo-
gies to come, glass will undoubtedly
continue to offer clear advantages in all
paint. In fact, changeover can be Expertise: For forward-thinking kinds of architectural applications. Cue
accomplished in as few as five architects, engineers, designers and the special effects!
glass fabricators, maximizing the latest
Editorial contributed by Cefla Finishing.
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | April 2016