How to Make Frosted Glass Shower Doors

What You'll Need
Oil-free soap
Terrycloth towels
Protective glasses
Protective mask
Latex gloves
Etching cream
Masking tape
Metal bowel
Stencils (optional)

Frosted glass shower doors are a way to keep privacy in one of the most vulnerable places in your home. Purchasing frosted glass shower doors can be expensive. With a little time, some simple tools and a nearby craft store, you can make your own frosted glass shower doors. The most common way to make frosted glass shower doors is by acid etching. This article will show you how.

Step 1 - Removing the Shower Doors

For safety purposes, it's a good idea to remove the shower doors and work in a well-ventilated area. Under most circumstances you won't need tools to remove them. If you have more than one door you may need to remove them with a screwdriver. If you have a sliding door, grasp the door from both ends and lift up and toward you. This will remove the door from the track. For the stationary part of the door or a swinging door you will need to unscrew the frame or lower the wheels or pins. If your bathroom is equipped with a fan which can provide adequate air circulation, you can disregard this step entirely and leave the doors in place.

Step 2 - Prepare the Glass

Soap scum and prolonged water abuse can cause a poor result when you are frosting the shower doors. Pour oil-free soap into a bucket followed by hot water to make it soapy. Saturate the sponge and wash both sides of the door. Fill another bucket with hot water and rinse off the soap. Dry the glass shower doors with a terrycloth towel. If you are using stencils, use masking tape to place them as desired after the doors have dried.

Step 3 - Frosting Glass Shower Doors

Working with etching cream can be a dangerous activity so make sure you put on your protective glasses and mask as well as the latex gloves. Read the back of the etching cream carefully in case there are any preparation methods required by the product you chose. This can include mixing the etching cream or needing a catalyst. Also pay attention to how long the etching cream is supposed to stay on the glass. You will need a lot of etching cream so make sure you have plenty.

If you had to purchase many small bottles, pour them all into the metal bowl. This will make application much easier. If you do not want to cover the enter door, use masking tape to create a border. Squeeze the etching cream directly onto the shower doors. Use your hands (covered with latex gloves) to spread the etching cream over the area you want to frost. The chemicals in the etching cream will remove the top layer of glass to create a textured surface that is cloudy. Follow the directions for your product for how long to leave it on the glass. When time is up, rinse the dried etching cream off the glass with clean warm water and a sponge.