The Ultimate Guide to Spray Paint Glassware
With this list of the absolute best spray paints for glass and a few simple tips, you can get a flawless finish on any DIY project easily!
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform any home decor item is with spray paint! But whether you are spray painting mason jars or an outdated vase, the wrong paint could turn your glassware into a drippy mess.
Fortunately, with the right spray paint options and a few easy tips for painting glass, you can get a drip-free, flawless finish easily on your next project!
When I first discovered the transformative power of spray paint, I felt that I had a magic wand that could instantly transform any home decor item on a budget!
So outside I went with a ceramic lamp, several vases and some antique figurines. The backyard looked staged for a yard sale as I spread them out in the grass on old pieces of wood.
What I failed to realize was that all spray paint is NOT created equal – especially when it comes to glass. When I was finally done, I was ready to have an actual yard sale with all of the home decor items that were now covered with dried-on spray paint drips and runs.
Fortunately, I’ve done lots of experimenting since Spray Paint Gate and have learned the best spray paints to achieve any look you want on glass! (Be sure to download my free tips that will change the way you spray paint by filling out the form at the bottom of this post).
Check out this guide and video on how to transform any home decor item easily and inexpensively with spray paint!
LET ME SHOW YOU:
- The best spray paints for painting glassware
- How to tint glass easily and permanently
- The simplest tips to spray paint glass
- Budget-friendly ideas for transforming home decor items you already own with spray paint
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The Best Spray Paint for Glass Surfaces
☑️ If you are curious or in a hurry, here is a quick link to my favorite products for painting glassware: Best Spray Paints for Glass Below you will find tips for using each whether you want a finish that’s chalk-painted, blue-tinted, metallic, etc.
Quick Links to Information in this Post
- 1 The Ultimate Guide to Spray Paint Glassware
- 2 The Best Spray Paint for Glass Surfaces
- 3 Considerations for the Best Spray Paints for Glass
- 4 Different Options for Spray Painting Glass:
- 5 What is the Best Spray Paint for Glass?
- 6 The Bottom Line – How do you permanently paint glass?
- 7 RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: Broken But Redeemed
- 8 Free Spray Painting Tips for a Perfect Finish Every Time
- 9 FAQ’s: The Best Type of Spray Paint for Glass
- 10 More Posts Related to How to Spray Paint Glass
- 11 Final Thoughts on Spray Painting Glass Permanently
- 12 The Best Spray Paint for Glass Surfaces
Problems with Spray Painting Glass
Glassware is probably the most difficult material to spray paint. Because of its smooth surface, you are more likely to have runs, drips, or peeling. Glass’ slick surface doesn’t give the paint much to grab and hold onto. Therefore, the paint accumulates easily onto itself and causes cracks, drips and runs.
For this reason, many prefer to paint glass with a brush, but that leads to lots of brush strokes in what was previously a very smooth surface. (I mention this tip in my free checklist to help you spray paint like a pro. You can get it by filling out the form at the bottom of this post).
I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to take the time to hand paint something, I want it to look good!
That’s why using the right spray paint is so important!
What Spray Paint Sticks to Glass?
Spray paint quality can vary drastically from one product line to another and some are easier to use on glass than others. Also, certain nozzles are better suited for an even spray, which is critical for spraying glassware.
WARNING: Spray painting can be addictive. Once you see how easy it is to transform old home decor, you will soon realize other home decor items that will benefit from a makeover with spray paint!
Considerations for the Best Spray Paints for Glass
Several considerations should be taken into account when reviewing and deciding on the best spray paints for glassware.
Drips – Drips are the bain of my existence in any painting project. Those dreaded drips can ruin a perfectly good vase in no time. Like I mentioned above, glass is more susceptible to drips because it is so slick and smooth. However, using the right spray paint can ensure you get the perfect finish every time. What affects the smoothness is the quality of the paint and the type of nozzle.
Unevenness – Sometimes even if you don’t have drips, the type of nozzle can cause the paint to come out unevenly. Or, it can make spray paint particles that are too big and don’t appear smooth on the surface of your glass.
Sheen – Keep in mind the sheen you are going for. For example, you want a high-gloss sheen if you are painting faux milk glass and if you want the look of chalk paint you want a very matte sheen.
Dry Time – You want a short dry time so that there isn’t as much opportunity for dust to land in your newly spray-painted surface.
Price – The spray paints I recommend in this post are all $5-7. There are cheaper cans of spray paint but they will not give you the results you are looking for on glass.
Different Options for Spray Painting Glass:
Renee Witherspoon once said, “If it’s not moving, monogram it.” But my version is probably, “If it’s not moving, spray paint it.” In my garage, you will currently find over 30 cans of spray paint in all their glorious shades, tints and sheens.
I’ve spent years spray painting items around the house which means I have learned from lots of mistakes and the best spray paints to use for various surfaces.
In this post, I’ll show you the best spray paints for each of these finishes:
- Chalk Painted Glassware
- DIY Faux Milk Glass
- Tinted Glass (For example: Vintage Blue Mason Jars)
- Sea Glass
- Metallic Finishes
- Best Spray Paints for Solid Colors in any sheen: Matte, Satin, Semi-Gloss & Gloss
What is the Best Spray Paint for Glass?
There are several different spray paints that are great for glass, depending on the look you want. But the same line that is great for metallic colors isn’t great for tints, so I have listed the best spray paints for glass by the look you are going for!
(Don’t forget to check out the video above on how to spray paint mason jars to see these paints in action!)
Best Spray Paint for Glass: Waterproof Stained Glass Paint
Sometimes you want to spray paint mason jars or glassware with a translucent tint instead of a solid or opaque frosted color. The perfect spray paint for that is Krylon’s Stained Glass Spray Paint (see the current price here).
This product is fabulous and I was able to get a beautiful blue tint on mason jars that now look like vintage antiques! It is very light so it will probably take several coats if you want a deep tint. Fortunately, that’s the most important attribute for spray painting glass – light even coats!
I love these vintage blue mason jars that are now a permanent fixture in my white hutch that used to be my grandma’s.
I did a full tutorial and video on spray painting mason jars here. This product line includes several different colors that work beautifully!
The number of coats determines the depth of color. You can even achieve a pink tint with one or two light coats of the Cranberry Red.
To see the full post on how to tint mason jars blue, you can click here: How to Spray Paint Mason Jars Blue I also include instructions on how to make the lids look rustic, as you see above!
I used the same process to tint these jars in my china cabinet transformation here: How to Paint Furniture White
Best Spray Paint for Glass and Ceramic: Faux Milk Glass Spray Paint
If you love the look of milk glass, you can get the same look by spray painting glassware and ceramics with a high gloss white spray paint.
There are several gloss spray paints on the market but the best for faux milk glass are the ones that spray lightly and very evenly with a short dry time. That’s my why top pick for faux milk glass is this one: Rustoleum Universal Gloss in White
Not only does this brand spray a light even coat but the nozzle is the best type for even coverage to avoid drips and runs – especially since gloss paints are most susceptible.
DON’T FORGET: Just spray on light coats of this spray paint about 15 minutes apart. You will be tempted to get full coverage on the first coat or two but go really light in order to avoid drips!
I spray painted these birds to look like white ceramic or porcelain. It’s hard to believe they were bright orange and green before I painted them!
Best Spray Paint for Glassware: Chalk-Painted Look
If you love the look of chalk-painted and distressed mason jars, there is one clear option: Rustoleum Chalked Spray Paint I love this spray paint because it’s a really nice matte chalk finish that adheres really well to the glass. Also, it sands easily without peeling for a distressed look.
To get the distressed look, spray paint your jar or glassware in several light coats of spray chalk paint. After it has dried at least 24 hours, take a high grit sandpaper and sand off the areas that you want to look distressed. I show you the whole process in the video here: How to Paint Mason Jars
For a full tutorial and video on how to paint mason jars, click here: How To Spray Paint Mason Jars in Any Color
Best Spray Paint for Glass: Frosted Glass
If you want to make a clear glass vase or jar opaque, you can do that very easily with: Rustoleum Frosted Glass Spray Paint.
This paint has given me a flawless finish time and time again. This product gives you lots of great options for DIY projects including making lanterns out of jars or even making a bathroom window opaque.
Simply spray the glassware in very light coats being sure to tape off any area that you don’t want to be painted. Give it 24 hours to dry before using it.
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Best Spray Paint for Glass: Sea Glass Finish
There are spray paints on the market that are specifically for a sea glass finish – one product in particular. But after three cans of the same product, I could not get an even finish. The paint splattered and pooled all over my vases no matter how much I shook the can!
But, I found an alternate way to create a sea glass effect that is flawless every stinkin’ time. To do this, it will take a couple of cans of spray paint. First, spray on Krylon’s Stained Glass (NOT Krylon’s Sea Glass) in a few thin coats or to the depth of color you want.
Then, after about 20 minutes of spraying your last coat of Krylon’s Stained Glass, then spray on a coat or two of Rustoleum’s Frosted Glass. The difference between the stained glass look at the sea glass look is that sea glass is more opaque. So, we are just adding a frosted finish to stained glass to create a sea glass effect.
Yes, I know you are having to buy another can of spray paint but I assure you that this will give you a beautiful, even sea glass finish on glass every time! You can see the process in detail in the video above.
Below you can see how I sprayed a vase with Krylon’s Summer Green Stained Glass Spray Paint and Rustoleum’s Frosted Glass. I also made a candle holder out of a mason jar by spraying on Krylon’s Soft Blue Stained Glass Spray Paint and then Rustoleum’s Frosted Glass on top.
Best Spray Paint for Glass: Metallic Colors
Whether you need gold spray paint for glass bottles or rose gold spray paint for a thrift store vase, here are several options no matter the metallic color you’re looking for!
Metallic spray paints are in abundance at any local home improvement store but they are not all created equally. I have tested several different brands and the Rustoleum metallic spray paints seem to always come out on top. Here are my favorites for each shade:
Best Champagne Gold Spray Paint for Glass (Check the current price here.) – See the hardware on this Navy Dresser.
Best True Gold Spray Paint for Glass (Check the current price here.) – See the gold mason jars in this post on Spray Painting Mason Jars.
To see how to add glitter to glassware, check out this post: How to Paint Mason Jars
Best Spray Paint for Glass: Based on Sheen
Here are some options if you are looking for solid colors based on their sheen.
The Bottom Line – How do you permanently paint glass?
Using the right spray paint is key but you also want to use the right method of spray painting to ensure a smooth, even finish on your glassware. (Don’t forget to check out the video on spray painting mason jars above!)
First, wipe down your glass with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or adhesive on the surface of the glass that would prevent the paint from sticking.
After the alcohol has dried, shake the spray paint can for about a minute. You can start spraying in light coats 15 minutes apart.
IMPORTANT TIP: On the first coat, you will be tempted to get full coverage but don’t! That’s a recipe for drips.
Just get a very light coat on and know it will be translucent and spotty. Keep spraying light coats 15-20 minutes apart until you get full coverage. For a video of how to spray paint glassware, check out this post: How to Spray Paint Mason Jars. And to get my best spray painting tips, fill out the form at the bottom of this post.
How to Fix Spray Paint Drips on Glass
If you are wondering how to fix spray paint runs on glass, you’ve come to the right place! Once you start to see a drip or runs form, stop spray painting that coat.
While the paint is wet, get a small art brush and just brush out the drip with one quick stroke. It might leave some brush strokes on the surface but you will cover them with the next coats of spray paint.
Let the current coat dry for 15-20 minutes and continue your additional coats, making sure to shake the can before each.
Spray Paint for Glass Jars
In my last post, I did a video tutorial and detailed instructions on how to spray paint glass jars and even add glitter. Mason jars make great vases, home decor, lighting sconces and party centerpieces. You can get any look you want with the details and video in this post: How to Spray Paint Mason Jars
The Real Reason I Use Rustoleum Spray Paint for Glass
You might have noticed that I use mostly Rustoleum products when it comes to spray painting glass. That’s because I’ve personally seen more consistency in their products in terms of even spray, making their spray paints really easy to use.
What About Krylon Spray Paint for Glass?
Although I usually prefer Rustoleum Spray Paint for Glass over Krylon, I do really like their stained glass paint. It is an amazing product whether you are creating a tinted effect or a sea glass finish on glassware. You can also control the depth of color by how many coats you spray on. You can see all the color options here: Krylon Stained Glass Spray Paint
RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: Broken But Redeemed
Jen Wilkin writes in her book “In His Image” about the time when she saw a beautiful green vase at a thrift store. Since she loved the details on the vase and green is her favorite color, she bought it for the price of $10.
She was so excited about her new find and after turning it over, she saw that it had the name “McCoy” imprinted on the bottom. After she did a little research, she found her green vase was actually worth 4 times what she paid. But Jen was mostly excited about her vase because of its beauty and she loved the thought of putting flowers from her garden in it – form and function in harmony.
Jen’s children were all young about 15 years ago when on one fateful day the vase she loved so much fell to the tile and shattered. She managed to piece it back together with superglue, but its days of holding water were over.
The closer you stand to it, the more easily you see the cracks in the finish. She couldn’t get $10 for it today, but she still values it although its ability to do what it was created to do is now limited.
We are all like that cracked vase in some very important ways. In Genesis 1, God created the world and made man in His own image, stamping us with His mark. We were created to be representatives of Him.
But soon came the catastrophe of Genesis 3. The fall left all of humanity as broken vessels, leaking at every crack and crevice. We still hold value to our Creator – although we can not work, play or worship in the way we were initially intended.
As Jen Wilkin points out, God redeems His image-bearers by sending Christ into the world. “God’s will is that the cracks in the image we bear be repaired so that we represent Him as we were created to do so that we grow to look more and more like our brother Christ in whom form and function display themselves flawlessly.”
But how do we allow him to fill the cracks? Col. 1:15 states, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. If we want to look like Him, we need to walk in His steps.
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FAQ’s: The Best Type of Spray Paint for Glass
Is there such a thing as waterproof spray paint for glass?
If you need spray paint for a glass vase, all of the spray paints I mention above are permanent and can withstand some water. For example, I accidentally left one of the mason jars out in the rain overnight and the stained glass spray finish looked great even though it had just been painted less than 24 hours before.
Is spray paint dishwasher safe?
I wouldn’t say that spray-painted glassware is dishwasher safe because the paint can’t hold up to the quick changes in temperature. Also, you probably don’t want spray-painted items in your dishwasher with dishes you eat off of anyway.
Can you spray paint glass candle holders and glass candlesticks?
You can absolutely spray paint glass candle holders and candlesticks using any of the spray paints above. Here is a link for some inspiration: Easily Make Your Own Mercury Glass Votives
How do you fix spray paint on glass?
There are a couple ways to do this. If you are spray painting glassware and you notice a drip form, stop spray painting and quickly brush off the drip with a small art brush in one stroke.
You will have some brush strokes in your finish but let the paint dry 15-20 minutes before continuing with the next coat. The next coat will even out the brush strokes. Continue spray painting as normal.
Another option is to let the spray paint dry for 48 and sand it out by hand very lightly. Once you sand out the drips or runs, you can spray paint it again.
Can you spray paint a glass chandelier?
You can absolutely spray paint a glass chandelier although it can be challenging depending on how detailed the glass is. I’d recommend taking off the glass crystals and hanging them on a long string or piece of twine in between a couple of ladders over a grassy area.
Then, go down the line spray painting them. Once they are dry you can reattach them to the chandelier. To see how I turned a chandelier into a hummingbird feeder, click here: Easy Chandelier Hummingbird Feeder
Can you spray paint for glass windows?
You can spray paint glass windows to give them an opaque or frosted effect. If you go this route, be sure to tape off and cover the entire area so spray paint particles don’t adhere to nearby surfaces. Another easier option is window film which you can find here: Window Film for Privacy
Can you Spray paint a glass table top?
You can use any of the above spray paints to paint a glass tabletop but I would recommend spray painting the side that comes in contact with the table. That way you don’t risk scratching a spray-painted surface. To do this, spray paint one side of the glass, and let it dry 48 hours.
Then, use these glass spacers (check the current price here) to separate the glass from the table slightly. I learned with my DIY Desk Made Out of a Door that if you don’t use the spacers, the glass will creak against the tabletop every time you lean on it.
How to Paint Tempered Glass
You can paint tempered glass the same way you would paint normal glass. Just make sure to cover it in very light coats as you can see in this video: How to Spray Paint Glass
What is the best translucent spray paint for glass?
If you are doing a craft or DIY project where you need a translucent spray paint for glass, I’d go with Rustoleum’s Clear Coats. You can click on the link for the best sheen for your project.
More Posts Related to How to Spray Paint Glass
How to Paint Furniture White (coming soon!)
Final Thoughts on Spray Painting Glass Permanently
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