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Digital printing on glass as backsplash

Posted by nosoccermom (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 28, 14 at 21:52

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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RE: Digital printing on glass as backsplash

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


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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.


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


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


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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


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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


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


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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!


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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.


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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...


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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.....


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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


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


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Or bathroom with no view?

What kind of printer do you need for that?


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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.


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


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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


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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


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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.


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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.....


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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.


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


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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


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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


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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.


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


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I rate this kitchen

Seven cows out of seven.


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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.


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"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!


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

You could start with a refrigerator skin.


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


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