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Glass Types


Why can’t glass be painted using normal paint?
Our research shows that no paint manufacturer actively promotes or for that matter recommends that its paint be used on glass. Glass is quite an unusual substrate to work with because of its chemical makeup. So the answer is, that only proprietary glass paints should be used. This way you can ensure that it will chemically bond to the glass and provide a durable and lasting finish.

How do I know the GlassKote™ process is durable? 
There’s nothing more compelling than a track record. GlassKote™ has been installed in Australia for over 25 years, South Africa coming on to 10 years and has enjoyed an excellent reputation. It is used in the most grueling environments including wet and humid areas without any trouble. The product has been used extensively on exterior spandrel applications on buildings in Australia; a location with plenty of sun and high temperatures. GlassKote™ is currently sold in more than 22 countries worldwide and is backed up by a solid applicator warranty.

How is GlassKote™ different than other colored glass products?
There are essentially three ways to color glass; by coating one surface, through adding minerals and other pigments to molten glass during manufacturing, and by laminating two or more pieces of glass with a colored material sandwiched in between. The problem with laminated technologies is that their appearance isn’t always good (the depth and quality of the color for glass applications), the edges are not attractive, the material can be difficult to work, the types of glass are limited and may not support tempered glass, and most importantly, it is very expensive. Coloring molten glass is often not suitable since it is translucent, there are only a handful of color options, and it’s also very expensive. When it comes to color coatings for glass or back painted glass techniques, several have come and gone, but none stand up to GlassKote™. There simply has not been a product that demonstrates the durability, appearance, color range, or overall quality of GlassKote™. See for yourself by asking for samples of products, and try to scratch or abrade the coating. You’ll quickly discover the GlassKote™ difference. So the short answer is that GlassKote™ provides the most attractive appearance, best durability, and highest value of any glass coloring process on the market.

What is GlassKote™?
GlassKote™, ColourKote, DigiKote or LamiKote is the system name for our process to color glass to achieve highly attractive colors and finishes. GlassKote™ was conceived in the 1950’s and commercialized some 25-years ago. During this time literally thousands of glass panels have been coated.

What are the main advantages of using GlassKote™?
GlassKote™ is a very interesting architectural material. It is easy to clean and maintain, it’s non porous, and doesn’t harbor germs or bacteria. GlassKote™ delivers over 4,000 exciting colors and finishes including sparkle, metallic, granite and marble. The inherent reflectivity of glass also provides the illusion of additional space. GlassKote™ outlasts most architectural finishes and provides structural strength. GlassKote™ has no size limitation and it can be used with virtually any type of glass including textured glass. The product is excellent for wet areas such as showers and back splashes  Since there’s no need for grout, water doesn’t penetrate and unsightly mold and hard water stains are a thing of the past. Glass also has excellent resistance to heat when used with toughened or tempered substrate. Best of all, the product is durable and very reasonably priced. Perfect application for Splash backs.

What is the color range?
GlassKote™ supplies literally thousands of colors and finishes. A note of caution however. Lighter colors such as white and cream are affected by the natural greenness of glass which occurs because of its iron content. This slight green hue is quite sought after and consequently, white on float glass is a very popular choice. If however a true color is required, then low-iron glass such as Starphire or OptiWhite glass should be used.

What type of glass can be used?
GlassKote™ adheres to virtually any type of glass including float glass, chemically strengthened glass, heat strengthened glass, tempered glass, sandblasted glass, etched glass, wired glass etc. GlassKote™ also bonds chemically with plastic and acrylic.

What if I want a small, custom job?
One of the key strengths to the GlassKote™ process is the ability to fulfill small, custom colors very easily, and the ability to exactly match existing colours. We are able to turn around custom samples for architects and designers usually in a matter of days.

Can GlassKote™ be removed and changed to a different color?
That depends on how the glass was mounted. Most installations are done with a silicon adhesive to firmly attach glass to a wall and cannot be removed without the glass breaking (similar to removing one large tile). However, if the glass was installed with mechanical fasteners, it can be easily changed to another piece of glass with a different color applied. But in no event can the actual GlassKote™ coating be removed from glass. It bonds chemically to the glass; once it is applied, it doesn’t come off.

How can I obtain samples?
We have sample packages available for customers or architects & designers. We can also produce custom samples for larger projects on very short notice. Please call us for further information.

How do I buy GlassKote™?
GlassKote™ is available from our offices located in Cape Town and through licensed applicators across the country. Please contact us to locate the nearest applicator.