The paint used to create the faux stained glass effect was in bad shape. Here is close up of some of the damage from exposure to the sun and other elements.
The second test was to see how translucent and/or opaque each product was when holding it up to a light source. The first example is the “Folk Art Enamels” which I painted onto a piece of glass. I decided to test the enamels on the glass to see if that made a difference in how the paint is applied. The enamels still showed all of the paint strokes and seem to magnify imperfections on the glass and plexiglass.
I also think the since the Gallery Glass is so translucent it makes the colors a bit more vibrant. There was quite a bit of light transmitted through the window (onto the sidewalk and grass) that was painted with the Gallery Glass product.
Conclusion: I decided that for this particular project that the Gallery Glass products would be the best choice for me to use.
- Before I started to paint the windows, I had to clean and lightly sand the plexiglass with a special polish to fill in small cracks and scratches. I could not remove all of the old paint and had to work around it to fix these pieces. This took quite a bit of extra time but it left me with a better surface to paint on.
- Test products on a spare surface to be sure you can achieve the results in you have mind.
- Gallery Glass is not permanent, so if at a later time you change your mind or need to make changes you can.
- Folk Art enamels are permanent and good for projects like drink ware (like wine glasses) and ceramics. Just be sure to only paint surfaces that will not come in contact with your mouth.
- The Gallery Glass material is self leveling but can also be played with to create different textures on glass and plexiglass surfaces.
- Gallery Glass is translucent and will allow plenty of light through the painted surface.
- The Gallery Glass black liquid leading strips and paint were very easy to work with.
- These are both Plaid products and you can find tutorials and free projects for the Folk Art Enamels and the Gallery Glass on the Plaid website.
- The Folk Art enamels will show up any imperfections, so you need a steady hand to get a good result with a good quality paint brush. Plaid does sell special paint brushes for this type of paint. I also found that I could use sponges to paint with the enamels to create a textured effect on ceramic.
- The Folk Art enamels are very opaque, so keep that in mind when planning a project. I did not like them for a window but they are fine for ceramics and decorative glassware.
- Gallery Glass is not permanent, so if the project is going to displayed outdoors, you will need a sealant to protect the project, otherwise it will be affected by the weather and sun.
- The Gallery Glass liquid leading in silver and gold had a runny texture that made it difficult to work with. I found that using the black and painting it with outdoor metallic paint (after it had dried) worked better than trying to use the metallic colored liquid leading product. Then I sealed it with a UV Sealant to further protect it.
- Removing the Folk Art Enamel product from a surface has to be done quickly (before it cures) and it requires more labor and supplies than the Gallery Glass product.