Install Decorative Glass Panels Behind a Bathtub Install Decorative Glass Panels Behind a Bathtub

What You'll Need
Glass panels
Silicone sealant
Putty knife
Glass clips
Safety gloves
Tape measure
Linseed oil
Scrap newspaper

Adjusting the décor of a bathroom to create a unique appearance can be undertaken by installing decorative glass panels. You can either install the glass panels alone or intersperse them with standard bathroom tiles to create a pattern. By following the steps provided here you can create the desired design to adorn your bathroom.

Step 1 – Measure and Cut

Measure the area behind the bathtub and note down the results so that you can you can obtain decorative glass panels of the correct size. Avoid the need to undertake any cutting yourself by using the dimensions to get the panels pre-cut to size. Determine the number of panels that will be necessary to cover the entire surface behind the bathtub. 

Step 2 – Prepare Surface

Prepare the surface on which the decorative glass panels are to be fitted, which may include removing any existing glass panels. Don a pair of safety gloves and goggles before attempting to remove any glass to avoid potential injury. Use a putty knife to scrape out any adhesive or material used for the purposes of originally fitting the glass panel.      

    Step 3 – Attach Adhesive

    Manipulate a little putty in your hands until it has been worked enough to become warm enough to be malleable. Roll it into long slim tubes the length of the edges of the frame, applying a few drops of linseed oil to moisten it, if necessary. Lay the putty against the recess of the border of the frame, firmly pushing it into place in a long mound of approximately 1cm high.

    Step 4 – Fit Glass Panels

    Position the decorative glass panels carefully within the recess atop the putty, pressing it into place with your fingertips against the edges of the panes. Make sure the pane is fitted so that all of the sides are evenly inserted into the putty bedding, which should be approximately 3mm behind the glass. Smooth down the putty with the tips of your fingers after wetting then with water. Begin this process at the bottom edge and gradually work your way up until the putty is uniform around the entire border of the decorative glass panels. Force it down as far and as smoothly as possible to create a clean finish. Apply small amounts of additional putty, as necessary, where you have found the quantity is insufficient to ensure that no gaps remain. 

    Step 5 – Finish

    Dip the tip of the putty knife in water and draw it over the putty to remove any excess, wiping it with a rag as you go. Fit clips to the glass panel to hold it in place while the putty dries, which it must be allowed to do for at least 14 days. Follow this by applying silicone sealant on top of the putty in the same way, smoothing it over with a wet finger or putty knife. Let this dry thoroughly to make the border watertight.


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