What is sandblasted glass?
Sandblasted glass is produced by bombarding the glass surface with small hard particles to create a frosted aesthetic. Sandblasting can weaken the glass and creates a feeling prone to permanent staining. Maintenance-friendly etched glass has replaced most sandblasted glass as the industry standard for frosted glass.
What is acid etched glass?
Acid-etched glass is exposed glass surface to hydrofluoric acid to etch a silky frosted surface – not to be confused with sandblasted glass. Etched glass diffuses transmitted light and reduces glare, making it an excellent daylighting material. It is maintenance-friendly, resisting permanent stains from water and fingerprints. Unlike sandblasted glass, etched glass can be used in demanding applications such as shower enclosures and building exteriors. Should there be any requirement to apply adhesives, markers, oil, or grease to the etched surface, testing must be done to ensure the removal is possible.
What is low-iron glass?
Low-iron glass is also referred to as “optically-clear” glass. It features superior, near-colorless clarity and brilliance. The visible light transmittance of low-iron glass can reach 92% and depends on the quality of the glass and thickness.
Low-iron glass is excellent for back-painted, color-fritted, and color-laminated glass applications because it renders the most authentic colors.
Low-iron glass requires unique production using raw materials with naturally low levels of iron oxide.