How to Make Privacy Glass

Privacy glass is ideal for the bathroom, front door and other locations in the home that need shielding from the public's prying eyes.

Replacing a window with actual frosted or textured privacy glass can be expensive and labor-intensive. But fortunately, there's a much easier and less expensive method to create privacy glass; a method that doesn't involve replacing entire panes of glass.

Begin by measuring the window that will be outfitted with privacy glass. This measurement will be vital to have on hand for step 2.

Next, purchase a decorative window film. A small selection of decorative window films can be purchased at home improvement stores like The Home Depot and Lowe's, but the selection is limited. For a wide array of window films --- including films that simulate stained glass, frosted glass, textured and etched glass --- visit an online window film retailer. (See Resources for additional information.) Before purchasing, be sure sure to note the dimensions of the window film; multiple sheets may need to be purchased, depending upon the size of the window.

Thoroughly wash the interior side of the window with glass cleaner before applying the window film. Wipe the window with a lint-free cloth.

Pour water into a spray bottle and mist the entire window that requires privacy glass. The window film will be applied on the interior side of the window.

Remove the packaging on the window film, which comes in a roll. Peel away the paper backing.

Stick the window film onto the glass, which should be wet with water. The window film does not use adhesive; it's designed to stick to the glass.

Use a squeegee to remove air bubbles situated between the film and the glass. The squeegee can also be used to press the window film into the edges and corners of the window.

Step back and take a look at the window film to ensure it's not crooked and to check for any remaining air bubbles.

Using a razor blade, slice away the excess window film at the point where the glass meets the window frame.

Things You Will Need

  • Decorative window film
  • Squeegee
  • Razor blade
  • Measuring tape
  • Glass cleaner
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Tip

  • For residents who live in a tropical or subtropical location, brightly colored window film will need to be replaced periodically due to fading from the sun unless a UV-blocking window film is applied before the privacy glass film.

Warning

  • When cutting away the excess window film, cut against the glass. Cutting against the window frame can cause damage to the wood/vinyl.