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Question DetailsAsked on 8/21/2013

how much does it cost to put frosted glass into a door with regular glass

For privacy I would like to change out the clear glass panels (4) in my front door unit to frosted glass. How is this done and by who?

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The simplest and least costly option would be to contact a professional window film dealer and have a frosted film installed on your existing glass.


Answered 7 years ago by Sun Control


Right on the money on the frosted film idea - cost typically about $75-125 depending on how fancy a pattern you go with, if not just plain frosted - they come in a variety of patterns, colors, gold flecking or trim, etc.

For actual glass replacement probably about $200-300. A bit less to have it sand-blasted in-place to frost it. Glass replacement company for both these, and also sometimes for stick-on frosting though the professional companies that do only frosting probably charge less.

You can also buy and apply the stick-on frosting (about $15 at home improvement store) yourself - takes 2 people to do it right, and you have to be very careful to get it lined up right first if directional, then progressively peel and lay from one corner to the other to avoid wrinkling. If going to do it yourself, I would recommned a non-directional one that is oversize for the window, then razor blade cut to fit after applied. Check out a video on manufacturers website or Youtube to see how to do it before getting started, and window has to be spotlessly clean and dry. Generally better to put on inside away from weather, although if window frosts up in cold winter days sometimes they recommend exterior application.

You can also buy glue-less frosting film that you just wet the glass and roll the film on, and it sticks by the capillary water tension. These definitiely will NOT stick on outside of window, and periodically peel off as they dry, and tend to build bubbles under them easier. But a lot cheaper and more idiot-proof for self-applying.

One thing - I would bet the 4 glass panes with actually be one with a fake mullion over it - if so, I would recommend doing one piece under it all. Takes 2 people to hold the glass unit in place while the mullion is off (will almost alwyas have screws through the trim if one-piece glass) and apply the film, then put mullion back on - you don't want to knock the glass unit out while working on it.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Cost is about three dollars if you use a can of frosted window spray.

Source: Walter from Irwin, PA

Answered 7 years ago by Walter


Good catch Walter - I totally forgot about the frosting in a can - be sure to mask the entire door with newspaper or plastic first so you don't get it on the rest of the door.

Another thought that brings to mind is the glueless appliques you can stick to windows with just water - the capillary action keeps them adhered for years before you have to peel and rewet - we use these on our larger windows to eliminate bird strikes.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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