How to Paint Glass to Make it Look Frosted

Frosted glass is nice because it adds a level of privacy to a space while still allowing light to enter.

A well-frosted window.A well-frosted window.
Hiring someone to sandblast frosted glass, however, can be expensive. To save time and money, frost the glass yourself. Buy frosted glass spray paint that creates the image and effect of frosted glass without going through the frosting process.

Thoroughly clean the glass you plan on spray painting. Dry the glass with rags.

Tape around the edges of the glass to protect the trim from paint. Don't bother with the tape if you want to paint the entire surface of the glass, including the trim.

Set the glass on a clean and well-protected surface. Because spray paint releases a lot of fumes, work in an open area, such as outside or a well-ventilated garage or workshop.

Begin spray painting after you've put on your protective eye, mouth and nose gear. Spray a thin film of paint over the entire surface of the glass. Work in slow, straight bands across the glass. Apply the paint evenly.

Allow the initial layer of paint to dry for 15 to 30 minutes.

Spray another think layer of paint on the glass to increase the frosted effect. You only need to paint one side of the glass to frost it, so don't worry about covering both surfaces of glass. Continue adding layers of paint to enhance the frosting until you are satisfied.

Allow the paint to dry for at least three hours before moving the glass.

Things You Will Need

  • Frosted glass finish spray paint
  • Rags
  • Tape
  • Glass cleaner
  • Protective face mask
  • Gloves


  • Practice spray painting a spare piece of glass before working with a large or expensive piece of glass. This will help improve your frosting technique.

About the Author

Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.