How to Frost Your Own Glass Shower Doors

  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-120
What You'll Need
Frosted spray paint
Respirator mask
Large outdoor area
Damp sponge
Painters tape
Cream acid etching
Stencils (optional)
Open outdoor area to work

You don't have to hire a professional to frost your glass shower doors. There are a number of frosting techniques that you can manage easily and inexpensively on your own.

Frosted Paint

Among the easier ways to frost your own doors is to use a spray paint designed to frost clear glass.

Step 1 - Remove Doors

Remove the doors and take it outside. You will want to place this on a clean surface such as a sheet of painters tarp. You also want to keep children and pets out of the area while you are working.

Step 2 - Tape Edges

Use your goggles and respirator mask so the fumes won't cause you any illness. Tape the edges and other areas you aren't wanting to paint.

Step 3 - Spray

Spray the door with a light film. Allow to dry completely and repeat as necessary until you get the look you want.

Window Films

This is the absolute easiest way to get a frosted door in your shower. Window films can be purchased in a variety of styles and frost designs. They are a little different than a standard window cling. You generally need to spray the door with a solution the film manufacturer suggests (generally water and mild shampoo) and clean the glass.

The film is then applied to the window a little bit at a time and using a squeegee to remove air bubbles. This method can be done in just an hour or so. The downside to using films is they are harder to keep clean and may have to be replaced after just several months due to the humidity in the bathroom.

Acid Etching

Acid etching is the most common way to get a frosted glass shower door. Using this method is more time consuming and a little more complicated, but it will give you the best results.

Step 1 - Work Outdoors

This is a job that is best done outdoors in good weather. The first thing you need to do is find an area that won't be disturbed by people or pets to set up your project.

Step 2 - Stencils

If you are using stencils, you will want to place these on the glass door after you've taken it outside. Most kits will come with a special adhesive to keep the stencil from shifting as you work. Follow the directions to place the stencils.

Step 3 - Apply Etch Material

Use your gloves and apply the cream etch material. Leave the cream on the glass for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. After the allotted time has passed, rinse the glass off well and let the door dry. Once it has dried, you can re-install the door.

Glass frosting on a shower door not only adds beauty to your bathroom, it provides privacy for those using it. It’s a simple project and depending on the method you choose, you can have a great frosted door in just a day.