Opaque glass coatings: scratch resistant & silicone bonding

I am interested in a glass coating (preferably self applied) that will:

1. Bond very well to float glass
2. Becomes very hard and scratch resistant when cured
3. Able to withstand sustained submersion in water when fully cured
4. Will bond to silicone extremely well
5. Available in a variety of colors
6. Available in the USA

Thank you for any help.

Guest User
Tue, 01/02/2005 - 22:24

I forgot; the coating must also be 100% opaque.

Guest User
Wed, 02/02/2005 - 12:06

three types of color coating available in the US
Ceramic Frit
Color Coat - various mfg

only ceramic frit will meet all of your requirement. There are some other methods employed by artist, but the price point is much higher than ceramic frit and not sure if they meet your scratch resistant requirement.

Guest User
Wed, 02/02/2005 - 16:37

Thanks Beau
The Ceramic Frit does look like a good option. I'm also researching a company called GlassKote and their products. Any opinions?

Guest User
Wed, 02/02/2005 - 17:38

My best solution would be fully opaque flat glass (not using any coatings). I have been unable to procure such an item. Does anyone know of a sourse/supplier?

Guest User
Sat, 05/02/2005 - 04:43

Hello Ocean,

Glasskote will not meet your goals. It is very similiar to an epoxy polyurethane based product. The best and hardest opaque color product that I know of is Glaverbel's Lacobel product. Very Hard. I sell several opaque color products, and by far, the Lacobel is the hardest and most durable of the products I sell.

Beau 2/4

Guest User
Mon, 07/02/2005 - 14:09

Beau, thank you for the information. Could you be more specific about the suggested product. How is it applied? Can I apply it myself, or can I only buy glass with the product already applied? etc. Web links would be helpful...I found very little info on my searching.

Thank you very much

Guest User
Mon, 07/02/2005 - 15:53

Hi Ocean,

You couldn't find myglaverbel.com in a search? Yahoo seach third entry.

you can also go to www.vfg.ca to see samples and read about capabilities.

No you can not apply yourself - finished good.

Beau 2/7

Guest User
Mon, 28/03/2005 - 05:45

Just an update to set the record straight. I think it is unfortunate that vendors express opinions on other people's products without being informed. Luckily, products general speak for themselves. I believe Ocean has done testing on his own, and if you'd like to know his opinion as to the suitability of GlassKote for his application and the testing he has done on other products - just ask him :-)

Guest User
Mon, 28/03/2005 - 18:33

Hello Warren,

I guess you are talking about me. I am not sure what opinion you are referring to regarding my comments. Ocean wanted a color coated product that is extremely hard and resistant to scratching. The only color coating product that meets that bill is ceramic frit. Ceramic Frit is a very small part of my business. A overwhelming majority of my sales is with cold process color coating techniques. Additionally, there are many many ceramic frit fabricators in North America. Thus, by steering him towards ceramic frit products I am actually decreasing my opportunities to make a sale.

Beau 3/28

Guest User
Tue, 29/03/2005 - 14:37

Hi Beau,

I was surprised that you expressed such a strong opinion about a product that you don't sell and have not tested. I am not going to discuss the merits or drawbacks of any products here - because I think all products have their place. The right selection really depends upon the application, and anyone looking to use a product should do their own testing and comparisons in my opinion.

I think it is prudent to have "hands on" experience (and do some real testing) with a given product before expressing an opinion in a public forum. I think you might have been surprised if you had tested GlassKote.

In any event, I don't want to make a big deal out of this. I just felt it was important that people conduct their own tests and make their own judgments. In the end, each product stands on its own merits.

Guest User
Tue, 29/03/2005 - 23:25


I have been selling various Australian based and derived color coating systems for 4 years. None of them claim scratch resistance. The only color coated system that makes such a claim is ceramic frit. This is why I made the statement I made. My statements are based on testing the material myself (boil, dishwashing test), review of the technical and marketing literature, and review of numerous lab reports.


Guest User
Wed, 13/04/2005 - 10:04

Dear Ocean,
Maybe you can try to look at the website www.kristalbond.com
It is not opaque but it's quite a good product!!

Guest User
Wed, 31/05/2006 - 20:50

Interesting discussion everyone and I would agree that each product has it's place for sure. Does anyone know the relative applied cost of the 3 or 4 options mentioned here? Particularly, opaci vs. frit vs. glasskote.


La Boheme

Guest User
Mon, 05/03/2007 - 18:59

I would recommend you contact Painted Glass Technology.

They have a product designed specifically for the application you are looking for.

You can find there details at their website pgtcolor.com.


Guest User
Tue, 06/03/2007 - 11:05

We manufacture ceramic frit opauqe glass in India.
Currently we supply normal 6mm tempered white colour opauqe glass at 45-50usd$ per sq meter FOB INDIA.
Kindly mail us your detail requirement and specification for detail qoute.



Guest User
Sun, 11/03/2007 - 09:15


If you need a wear-resistant coating, I should say it is the best coating solution you can find for reasonable price.


If you are interested, please contact me

Chamil Biktach
Ferri Vatt Ltd., Kazan / Tatarstan / Russia.

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