Chemical Etching vs Decorative Films – Which One to Choose to Transform Glass

While glass is commonly used in the construction of buildings and retrofitting older ones, its use isn’t limited to windows only. Examples of other applications of glass include partitioning offices and creating stairways.


Glass is primarily used to allow light, especially from the outside, to flow naturally throughout the building. Using glass also helps eliminate any visual barriers and creates the illusion that rooms are much bigger than they are. However, when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of glass in your building, the challenge of figuring out how to do so can be a lot harder than you may expect.


Fortunately, there are two ways to go about etching your glass: chemicals and decorative films. Let’s compare chemical etching versus decorative films to help you decide which one to choose in glass transformation:


  1. Pricing


Etching glass is much more expensive because of the added labour, materials, shipping, and other factors. Once the glass is made, the design cannot be changed as well without incurring extra costs. If that glass becomes broken, it’ll most likely have to be made from scratch once more.


Decorative films, on the other hand, costs next to nothing compared to etched glass, thanks to the much less labour needed to create such a glass. Only the films need to be shipped and not the glass itself, meaning that shipping costs are kept to a minimum by cutting down weight and size.


Pricing-wise, decorative films are much cheaper.


  1. Customizability in Design


In designing a decorative film, you’re only limited to your imagination. You can pretty much use any design you want, and you’ll be able to tweak the colour, opacity, and other factors. You’ll be able to see the results on-screen so that you’re given a chance to make any more adjustments before it is printed out.


In etching, however, designing a piece of glass is complicated. Often, you’ll be stuck with an existing design that you can utilize to etch the glass. If you wanted to make your own design, you’ll either need to be skilled in the craft or hire an artist that’s an expert in glass-etching to create the designs for you.


As you can see, it is much easier for you to design glass with decorative films.


  1. Maintenance


Etched glass is prone to grime, grease, stains, fingerprints, and so on. That’s because the glass isn’t smooth. Rather, the etching creates small grooves in the glass that catch the dirt and make it quite tough to clean as well. You need special cleaners and equipment to ensure effective cleaning.


Decorative films are much less prone to getting dirty. It is also durable and easy to clean. Plus, they don’t require any special equipment or technique to have the glass cleaned. Simple use of soap and water will do.


With that said, decorative films are much easier to maintain and are more durable compared to etched glass.


The Takeaway


It seems that decorative films are pretty much winning every factor here. They’re more customizable, more affordable, easier to install, and easier to maintain. The only time you might ever want to use etched glass is if you were designing a luxury room. The etched glass, then, will act as expensive pieces that add to the overall aesthetics of the room.


With that said, though, if you’re a standard homeowner or anyone wanting to design glass without breaking the bank, decorative films are the way to go.


Cooltone is your best option if you’re looking for home window film installation services in Brisbane. Get in touch today to see how we can assist you.


Press Release – Premier Film Distribution Partners with Avery Dennison


Avery Dennison strengthens Window Film distribution within NSW & QLD with Premier Film Distribution

Sydney, Australia, October 31, 2018 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today announced the appointment of Premier Film Distribution as the new distributor in NSW & QLD for its industry leading range of Architecture Solar & Safety Window Films.

Premier Film Distribution has been providing wholesale films to the tinting, graphics and printing industry in Australia since 1985. Customers can order stock on the phone, via email or shop online 24/7.

Over the years, Premier Film Distribution has developed a deep understanding of their customers’ businesses and value adding, which led to strong relationships with their customers,. Premier Film Distribution are fortunate to call some of Australia’s most successful installation businesses their customers.

“We are excited to be associated with a global brand, that is Avery Dennison, their suite of quality products are a key ingredient for the success of our business. Our customers depend on the products that we represent and sell, instilling confidence that they can rely on when dealing with the end customer. Our experienced team always welcome new and innovative products to keep our customers abreast of the latest in the marketplace. Avery Dennison’s architectural, as well as Avery Dennison and Mactac graphics products provide real solutions for our customers. Partnering with Avery Dennison was an easy decision.” said Greg Munro Managing Director, Premier Film Distribution.

“Since launching the Avery Dennison Window Film portfolio, previously branded as Hanita, the response has been very positive, strengthening our Distribution network was a critical piece to ensure the industry can be serviced by an experienced and well established distributor in Premier Film Distribution”  said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand.

Premier Film Distribution now have the range listed and available for purchase.


About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2017 were $6.6 billion. Learn more at

A segment of the Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials Group, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions provides imaging materials and service solutions for fleet, architecture and transportation markets. For more information, visit

Avery Dennison® is a registered trademark of Avery Dennison Corporation. All other Avery Dennison brands, product names, antenna designs and codes or service programs are trademarks of Avery Dennison Corporation. Certain third-party trademarks and trade names used herein are the property of their respective owners

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