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How to compare back painted color coated glass to high gloss acrylic wall panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

If you’re an architect, designer, custom builder or homeowner you may be familiar with the concept of coloring the reverse side of a piece of glass to achieve a clean, contemporary and easy to clean wall surface, but you may not have heard about an alternative product – high gloss acrylic walls. While both of these materials can make a dramatic impact for a backsplash or shower in a home (or feature wall or boardroom application in an office) they each have distinct advantages which can impact which material is best for a specific project.

 

Below I’ll provide a brief description of each material and then outline their respective advantages.

What is back painted glass? This material is simply glass (which can be standard, low iron or tempered) which has been painted on the reverse side to create color.

What are high gloss acrylic wall panels?  – These panels are 5/32” thick material optical grade acrylic with a mirror like finish with an integrated fused layer on the back surface.

Advantages of back painted glass

Back painted glass kitchen backsplash

Back painted glass kitchen backsplash

Although both products provide an exciting modern look here is where color coated glass may be best used vs. high gloss panels:  

1 – Matching a specific color choice – This product can be color coordinated to match a specific décor and is also available in metalized paint options.    

2 – Laminated glass can create a different look on 2 sides of a wall – With a laminated back painted glass you can have a color on one side and an etched or patterned glass on the other side.

3 – Tempered for high temperature areas – If you’re looking for a backsplash behind a stove or a fireplace tempered back painted glass will meet the need.

Advantages of high gloss walls

High gloss acrylic arctic white shower wall panels

High gloss acrylic arctic white shower wall panels

High gloss acrylic panels – while not as well known as back painted glass – have some very strong advantages.

1 – Lower cost – High gloss panels are usually less expensive than tempered back painted glass for shower/bath walls or backsplashes in kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms

2 – Easier to work with and install –This material can be cut or drilled with common woodworking tools and is lighter than back painted glass – making it easier to install by a DIY’er or professional contractor.

3 – Higher strength – High gloss acrylic panels are 25 times stronger than glass and safer to work with.

4 – Flexibility – If you have a slightly curved wall these panels can be formed over this surface.

Which of these materials would be best for your project? Please comment below.


 

If you’re looking for more information or an estimate on high gloss walls call The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) or Columbus (614-252-7294).For nationwide direct product sales on these (and other) shower wall surrounds, bases and more Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888). For complete bathroom remodeling contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270).  

 

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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

Comments (14)

  • Mike Foti

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    We recommend using a neutral cure silicone and double sided tape to adhere the high gloss walls to a backer board system.

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  • Ronnie Franklin

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    what are the best ways to attach the back painted acrylic product to a vertical surface?

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  • Mike Foti

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    Jessica – there are lines of high gloss acrylic panels which can be applied to casework in an office kitchen. Let us know if we can help further.

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  • Jessica

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    I am considering using acrylic for the casework in an office kitchen. Would high gloss acrylic be appropriate for this application? or is it best used applied directly to walls?

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  • Mike Foti

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    Doreen – yes and no. For electric cooktops the answer is yes. For gas cooktops the answer is no for the acrylic tops. We do offer a line an aluminum with virtually the same look you can use as well though. Give us a call we’d love to help you out.

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  • Doreen Kotsovolos

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    Can acrylic be installed behind a cooktop?

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  • Attygreen13

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    Hi – looking to install a backpainted acrylic panel behind a freestanding tub. Can you tell me if you have a Dallas-area supplier/installer? Thank you!

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  • Mike Foti

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    Acrylic panels will generally only scratch if someone is using the wrong types of cleaners (i.e. abrasive products).

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  • bhealthy

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    Do the high gloss acrylic panels scratch like most acrylic does? Glass is not likely to scratch at all. How do they compare in this respect?

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  • Mike Foti

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    These high gloss acrylic sheets are not the same as “acrylic sheets.” This material has a solid back so you won’t see the neutral cure silicone and double sided tape which holds them in place. In addition they use an “optical grade acrylic” which gives it it’s high sheen. They are more costly than the acrylic sheets you mentioned here – but well worth it for their longevity and dramatic looks. Call our office at 888-668-5888 if we can help you further.

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  • Renee

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    Sooooo glad that I found this page. I am in the process of opening a new store location and I want one of the entire walls to have this back painted effect–using acrylic. I’m going with acrylic for the sake of safety, flexibility, and maintenance. The store is In an entirely different state than I am, so I need as least problems as possible. I’ve found the acrylic sheets for a pretty decent price 4ftx10ft 6mm for about $250.

    I just wonder will the silicone show through once mounted? Should we drill holes to hold the panels or silicone glue?

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  • Mike Foti

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    Thanks Kathleen for your comment. I’m glad you found this article to be useful for you to use in talking to a client about high gloss walls vs. back painted glass.

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  • Kathleen

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    You make a good &objective argument and with it, an outline for presentation of the decision to a client. Thanks for sharing!

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