Etching is the erosion of a glossy surface, such as glass, to create a matte finish. etchall® is the #1 product in chemical glass etching: the process of applying a cream or liquid to the glass to create your design. Watch this video to see what etching is and how easy it is to do!
You can etch almost any kind of glass with etchall® products, whether it's a mason jar from the dollar store or the tempered safety glass you find on cars, shower doors, and storefront windows. The only exception is glass that has a high lead content, such as laboratory vials and certain types of Pyrex.
If in doubt of the “etchability” of an object, use a toothpick to apply a tiny dot of crème to the bottom of the piece. Wait 15 minutes, wash off, and examine.
Also be aware that while true colored glass can be etched, some colorful items you find in stores are actually clear glass coated in colored plastic. Look through the bottom of the container to see if it is clear, in which case it is plastic and will not etch. If the color is solid the whole way through, it is colored glass and can be etched.
Yes, the etching is permanent and completely dishwasher safe. Once the glass has been etched and washed thoroughly it is safe to eat or drink from.
etchall® etching creme is thick like frosting or peanut butter, and applied by spreading over an area. Use this when you want to create an etched design on a mostly un-etched surface. It's a necessity for vertical etching, because the liquid will just run right off!
etchall® dip 'n etch works by submerging your object in the solution, creating an overall etched look. You can dip the whole object, or part of it such as the stem of a wine glass or the upper lip of a vase. Use with stencils or stickers to create a negative etching, with a non-etched design on the white etched surface.
Yes, etchall products give “tooth” or texture that is needed to hold acrylic or oil paints on a glass surface. You can also draw with colored pencils, rubberstamp using permanent ink and emboss. Think of etchall as a “medium”…what sandpaper is to wood, etchall etching products are to glass, mirror, marble, slate and porcelain.
No, the etching will always be white. You may color the etching with Rub ‘n Buff, pigment or permanent pens and markers or you can paint designs with oil or acrylic paint.
Yes, etchall etching crème and etchall dip ‘n etch actually erode the top surface of glass making it permanent. Therefore... Be Careful... always cover all exposed areas that you do not want etched. Once the glass surface is etched, it can not be removed.
etchall® etches on glass, mirror, ceramic, porcelain, marble and slate.
Etchall etching products give such a smooth satin finish that the finished surface can not pick up fingerprints. Whether used plain or after sandblasting the results are the same. Many sandblast artists say they “dip and go”. The last thing they do is dip their sandblasted pieces in etchall® dip ‘n etch before their pieces go out the door for sale.
Yes! Due to the unique formula and application of etchall etching crème, you can etch designs over large areas. Etchall etching crème does not weaken the integrity of the glass, therefore, you can use etchall on tempered glass such as car windows or showers doors. (For full instructions see our vertical etch section).