Durability and Type of Product Application

by Jackie B.
(Wheeler, Indiana, USA)

I am looking for a product to use on the inside of our double paned glass windows of our church sanctuary. The outer glass is thick pebbled texture, and we will be painting stained glass look on the interior windows.
1. Does this paint retain it's color with constant light exposure? Is it recommended for this type of application?

2. Does the adhesive leading have longterm adherance?

3. Are there any helpful tips you would recommend?

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Feb 08, 2016
Durability and Type of Product Application
by: Cheryl

Hi Jackie,

Which paint brand are you referring to?

Feb 08, 2016
Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paint
by: Jackie Bsnning

We are using Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paints.

Feb 09, 2016
Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paints
by: Cheryl

For these paints to cure they need to be heat set for 40 minutes at 325F in a domestic oven, after drying for a minimum of 24 hours.

I doubt your project would fit in an oven... unless you're working on small panes.

Can you post an image of the area you'll be working on? I may be able to make some suggestions.

Feb 09, 2016
Product type
by: Kit

I think we are actually using the pebeo vitrail paint, and I don't think it has the heat set requirement. The windows are 30 x 38 inches each, bottom and top. We are concerned about color fading and the lead adhesive durability. We have made small samples with lighter applications of the paint, and have noticed loss of color over the course of a year. With the heavier application and the frosted outer window pane, we hope for a better result. Would love to hear others experience with the product and helpful hints

Feb 10, 2016
Pebeo Vitrail
by: Cheryl

I went to the Pebeo product information page and the manufacturer says that Vitrail has "good lightfastness".

In my opinion, a product with "excellent lightfastness" would be much better for the project you're undertaking.

The lightfastness ratings will be on the product label:
ASTM I — Excellent Lightfastness
ASTM II — Very Good Lightfastness
ASTM III — Not Sufficiently Lightfast to be used in artists’ paints

I'm not aware of any transparent glass paints that could withstand direct sunlight for long periods. Perhaps there are commercial products out there but in the decorative painting industry, I haven't seen any.

Feb 13, 2016
Sanctuary Stained Glass Window Application
by: Jackie Banning

Thank you Cheryl - I had mistated - We have been experimenting with Pebeo Vittrail, as Kit had commented. We are hoping this product will fit the bill, but would like to hear other experiences with the product.

I had also read about an acrylic that the paint could be mixed into, or applied over. I am also curious about that. I will take a picture and post tomorrow. Our concern is longterm durability and possible fading. Hoping to hear from other users.

Apr 16, 2019
Exterior Stained Glass paint durability
by: MBR

Reviewed thread from Cheryl in 2016. Can you provide an update on what paint you ended up using and how its held up?

I have painted on framed glass panes using the Pebeo Vitrail from the "Discovery Set" which includes transparent and fantasy-style paints. There is no heat set requirement. I want to hang this outdoors on my garage in a somewhat protected exposure. I'm wondering whether it will hold up as is, or whether I could spray a coat of clear acrylic spray paint over the whole project to give it protection. Anyone have any experience or suggestions on how to maximize durability for exterior use?

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