Digital printing on glass as backsplash

nosoccermomJanuary 28, 2014

I thought you might find this interesting. 50,000 possible 'prints' including one's own photos printed on tempered glass and with LED background.


They also make shower walls, instead of tile or glass separation.

One price I found is about 400.00 to 500.00 for a 7 feet long piece.

Here is a link that might be useful: printed glass

This post was edited by nosoccermom on Tue, Jan 28, 14 at 21:55

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carree

Very cool. I see enormous possibilities. Not sure a giant tomato is my cup of tea for backsplash but how fun.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 10:32PM
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bpathome

Yeah, some of those giant fruits are a little Twilight Zone for me, but yes, the possibilities are wondrous. I do like the shower panel in the bathroom, that's really neat.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 10:37PM
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romy718

Interesting link. I'd be hesitant to commit to a kitchen backsplash but a shower would be fun.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 12:34AM
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ck_squared

Super cool! I'd get sick of it in the kitchen but I like it in the bathroom.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 8:27AM
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nosoccermom

Wow, there are literally dozens of companies that offer this. There are two ways of attaching, either with glue with screws, which opens the possibility of relatively easily changing the backsplash. It's really not that expensive, and you can order it online and get delivered in one piece (up to 7 feet). But probably not to the US :)
Actually, it also comes in a solid color, so may replace backpainted glass.
One more shower.

Here is a link that might be useful: More printed glass

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:38AM
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nosoccermom

OMG, they are selling that stuff on German or UK Ebay, for about 200.00 for a 4 feet long piece (shipping is 10.00 within Europe). Because it can be attached with 3M mirror attachment tape or magnetic fasteners, "it can be easily removed when moving."
Supposedly, it's 4 mm or 6mm safety glass.

Here is a link that might be useful: printed glass on Ebay

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 10:39AM
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mudhouse_gw

I have to admit, I kind of like this one. Not sure what that says about me?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 11:32AM
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mudhouse_gw

I can see the first (and best) application of these is for pretty modern images...big scale photographs. Pow factor!

But I also think it would be interesting to use this to image materials that could never, ever really be used in a shower or kitchen backsplash, maybe in smaller areas. For example, an antique English embroidered tapestry, for a traditional kitchen with a European flavor. Or, I can see an image of a Two Grey Hills Navajo rug, used as a focal point backsplash in a modern southwestern kitchen.

Pretty cool idea to be able to scrub down a Navajo rug with Windex!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 11:40AM
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nosoccermom

Oh, yes!!!
They are also offering wood, marble, slate, more organic textures.
Those smaller panels behind the range/cook top are about 100.00 or lower, so not a big commitment.

The longer backsplashes (splashback in the UK) are more complicated with cutouts for outlets, etc.

Still, great idea.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 1:50PM
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OOTM_Mom

WHat timing! I was considering doing this for my kitchen backsplash. I happen to own a large format sign and graphics company and can do it myself. I was thijnking plain and neutral backsplash, which didnt seem like a custom glass backsplash was needed. Guess I'll wait for my cabinets and countertops to get installed and then decide...

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 2:31PM
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nosoccermom

OOTM, you can print on glass?
I've been furiously googling to try to find out who does this in the States for a not-obscene amount of money, how involved this process is (cut-outs etc. must be more complex), and whether I have a business model here.....

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 5:28PM
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OOTM_Mom

Yes, I can print directly on glass, or acrylic, almost anything. We can do the cutouts on most materials as well, but not the glass, we'd order the glass with the cutouts, then print on it. I'm not on the pricing end of the business, so I'd have to ask DH about that.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:24PM
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bbtrix

Wow! I was just lamenting that I took down my kitchen walls and had no where for kitchen art. Thank you for sharing! The possibilities really pique my interest. OOTM, what type of special equipment does it take to print on glass? Very interested in the process.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:45PM
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OOTM_Mom

We have a flatbed press that uses UV curable inks. It can print onto rigid panels up to 48" x 96" and approximately 2" thick. It wasnt cheap!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 10:13PM
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bbtrix

Thanks. Have you already incorporated this into your business? Looks to be an opportunity with this medium once people are aware. I have a large format printer for architecturals and have long wanted to print my own tryptic but have never found the time. We're recently retired and i will do this before we sell the printer. Always looking to incorporate original art into my home. I hadn't decided on my backsplash yet and will consider how this type of glass backsplash may flexibly fit in. That is what excites me, the ability to inexpensively change and bring in my own creativity yet not make it permanent. I'm also waiting until cabinets and counters are installed to decide on backsplash.

Nosoccermom and OOTM, keep us posted on where you go with this.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 11:10PM
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bpathome

For those of us "of a certain age", wouldn't you like to have coffee with Burt Reynolds grinning at you from the backsplash?

I was going to embed a picture, but it's a bit more revealing than I remember.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 9:27AM
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gr8daygw

It's a little "70's" for me. But it could be good in the right application. Restaurant, fun beach house, night club?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 10:20AM
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bpathome

How about in a basement? Or a window with a bad view?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 10:37AM
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nosoccermom

Or bathroom with no view?

What kind of printer do you need for that?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 3:40PM
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lov_mkitchenIOWA zone 6b

Do you have a printing business anywhere near? If they can print the "wraps" that go on cars and trucks and/or large signs they can probably print your glass.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 8:30PM
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bpathome

I wonder how it would hold up to sunlight and uv if you used it in a window?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 8:44PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

I could have sworn i posted about this but i don't see it.

I mentioned this company in a decor discussion on shower doors. Not just photos on glass, but every cool permutation of glass you can think of!

Fabric glass, Colored mirror glass, color tinted glass like this. They have done glass windows for Tiffany in Tiffany blue ...

Here is a link that might be useful: very cool glass styles

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 9:32PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Actually, if this is indicative, it looks a lot cheaper than tile!

Here is a link that might be useful: CA co. with price info

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 9:37PM
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nosoccermom

Yes, it should be cheaper than tile and, of course, also removable/ exchangeable. But then, backpainted glass shouldn't be as expensive as it is, either.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 1:12AM
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nosoccermom

Actually, on one of the web sites I read that it can be attached over existing tile. Looks like they did this on the first picture. Hm, even more possibilities.....

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 1:14AM
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Sophie Wheeler

I think some of you are missing a key component here. It's not just printing on glass it's REVERSE printing on glass. Like the old Victorian reverse painted glass. You start with the details and highlights to the forefront, then work your way back through the midground, and then finally to the background. It ain't just throwing a sheet of glass into a printer. The image managemet has to be re-engineered completely for the cleanable wipable sanitizable glass to be the outside surface.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 7:30AM
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OOTM_Mom

We reverse print on acrylic all the time. Sure its all in the file setup...but its not rocket sience.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 7:50AM
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nosoccermom

Right. Reverse printing has been used in commercial applications for a long time.
One of the main problems I see is transportation. I don't know how they ship a large glass piece all over Europe for 14.00.

OOTM, do you think pretty much any glass printing place in a larger metro area should be able to do that?

Other uses are doors... including closet doors.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 11:07AM
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kirkhall

I live in the Seattle area and just searched my hometown, "digital printing glass" on google and got a local hit. See link. Maybe try your local area too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Seattle local printing hit

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 11:37AM
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nosoccermom

Yes, I finally found a glass supplier and a local printer. Now, the main problem seems to be to get accurate cutouts for outlets.
I may try it for a little bar area first.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 7:38PM
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OOTM_Mom

Nosoccermom, I don't really know of any businesses that classify themselves as digital glass printers, the right kindof UV curable ink that will adhere to glass is what they need, and the printer must be able to print to rigid substrate, not roll media. Another option is to reverse print on clear vinyl, and then apply the vinyl to the second surface of the glass (back side, so still looking through the glass to see the image. Then you apply a white vinyl to the back of all that, because the ink is translucent and you need to make it opaque. This is a more flexible option, as more sign business would have the capability to print on clear vinyl. There are more steps though.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 12:10PM
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collage

Hi, I love, love, love this idea for the backsplash in our upcoming kitchen facelift. I'm thinking something much more subtle as in a random pattern in softer colors but, who knows? Looks like others were able to find companies that make this product but I'm struggling. Can someone point me to a website? I happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area and would love to find someone local so I could see/speak with someone in person but would be happy to start with any company. TIA

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 3:21PM
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nosoccermom

There must be both a place for tempered glass and a digital printing shop in the SFO area. Alternatively, look for tempered glass online --- they'll ship. Then talk to a local print shop that can do digital printing on rigid surfaces.

I found this just by googling digital printing on glass san francisco, below

Here is a link that might be useful: SF glass printing

This post was edited by nosoccermom on Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 17:01

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 4:54PM
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AvatarWalt

This is a very cool idea, but apart from finding someone to do the actual printing, I'm wondering about how to pick images. Would the printers have that available or have access to stock images that would turn out well? I'd hate to pick something that would wind up blurry or pixellated or whatever just because I don't know what I'm doing. We're renovating a basement bathroom, and a shower backdrop of grey-tone trees (birch trunks, black and white winter forest, or something along those lines) is very intriguing.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2014 at 11:20PM
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mrspete

I think it's a love or hate thing.
And definitely not for anyone who's thinking of resale.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2014 at 7:56AM
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schicksal

I rate this kitchen

Seven cows out of seven.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2014 at 8:24AM
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nosoccermom

You can pick your own photos.

And, with respect to resale, you can go with a very subtle design. Moreover, at 300.00 for a backsplash, it's a lot cheaper to exchange.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2014 at 2:19PM
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Parhelion

"For those of us "of a certain age", wouldn't you like to have coffee with Burt Reynolds grinning at you from the backsplash?
I was going to embed a picture, but it's a bit more revealing than I remember."

Coffee. Through. My. Nose.

Would be perfect with a white shag rug in the kitchen?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 10:54AM
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nosoccermom

Not Burt Reynolds, but I agree the possibilities are endless.

You could start with a refrigerator skin.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 12:10PM
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raenjapan

I'm loving this! Especially for the shower. Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2014 at 2:21PM
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subash_1234

Where can I get/buy this in USA?pls advice

    Bookmark   December 1, 2014 at 10:44PM
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nosoccermom

OK, find a local printing shop that can digitally print on glass. In my area, there are shops, and it's fairly straightforward and not so expensive (about 200.00 for about 6 feet back splash). They use this for printing commercial signs.Then, either order tempered glass online or talk to a commercial glass shop. They do that stuff for commercial uses. The main problem I see is for cutouts (sockets) to be very accurate.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2014 at 10:51AM
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subash_1234

Thanks you nosoccermom. tempered glass cant be cut.so I beleive we need to order glass with cutouts,then take it through tempering and then to the print shop.http://www.jbermanglass.com/glass/pdfs/Berman_Aura_SpecSheet.pdf
I found this in internet.will give it a try

    Bookmark   December 8, 2014 at 10:20PM
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nosoccermom

Right, but you may be able to buy glass, have them do the cutouts, and temper it. There may be local glass shops that will do all of the above.

Alternatively, if you can move your outlets under your cabinets or in your counters, then you could just order tempered glass online. Some will drill holes in the tempered glass. It also looks cleaner.

Contemporary Kitchen by Tacoma General Contractors NW HomeWorks

That web site that you mentioned, what exactly do they do? It sounds like they'll temper and print, right? How much do they charge?

This post was edited by nosoccermom on Tue, Dec 9, 14 at 14:49

    Bookmark   December 9, 2014 at 2:44PM
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