January 22, 2018

Double Glazed Leadlight Door Panels

When visiting friends in Eastbourne in southern England we arrived at their front door. Sure, there was pleasure and excitement of seeing them again after such a long time – but there was something unusual and eye-catching about that front door. We busied ourselves in moving in for a few days and enjoying their family’s company, but still there was this unusual, intriguing but very attractive, glass panelled front door that drew me back to look, time and again. How was it done?

The whole of their two storied house is double glazed, as are the majority of English houses now, but I was not expecting to come across a decorative lead-light panel laminated within a double glazed glass-paneled door. But then, of course, why not! Truly, there is not much point in having the windows of your whole house double glazed if you are not going to double glaze your front door – but double glazed lead-light?

I discovered there were few companies doing this back in Australia. What it is, in fact, is a lead-light panel suspended, or laminated, between the two outer panes of the Insulated Glass (Double Glazed) Unit. It may, or may not, be laminated to one of the inside surfaces of the outer panes – it could be floating or fixed – but the overall result is indeed eye-catching and I began to note it was not an uncommon feature of many a front door around Eastbourne.

Even if you were to look upon the double glazing/laminating of the lead-light door panel only as a protection for the art glass panel, you would be making a wise decision, not to mention the outer panes of glass are easier to clean.

I wonder if it will catch on here in Oz.


Laminated Leadlight Double Glazed

Intelligent Design

Architects vs Architects

It is always good to see a building whose architect has a proper understanding of the manifold ways glass can be incorporated into structural design. Curtain walls – windows – doors? Sure, any architect knows how to draw them into the schematics. But there is a genre of architects who are clearly more artistic, more creative and who have ‘flair’, but are well grounded in the function of design as it relates to a building.

I recently came across such an example in a simple two storied structure serving as a community hall and Tourist Information Centre. What caught my eye was the main entrance way. While the upper story has off-set concrete slab walls interspersed with plentiful windows, the lower floor is predominately glass-clad. For the main entrance the architect has created an attractive, tall glass porch. The porch’s shelter is provided by two opposing large panes of 10mm toughened clear glass some five metres off the ground. They are each sufficiently angled so as to drain rainwater into a deep guttering along the porch’s breadth and not to have dirt or dust settle on their surfaces (I have seen many a glass awning with such slight angles on them that they quickly become filthy – being infrequently cleaned because of their location). To the rear face of the porch’s angular ceiling the architect added a tall metallic louver screen off-set from the large windows behind it. The angled louvers direct the prevailing rain down and away from these windows, deflecting it into the glass porch’s gutter.

It’s an intelligent design, affording us a practical and attractive appendage as a building’s entrance way.

Community Centre

Trends In Glass

Glass Design and Lamination

Here we have another product designed to aesthetically improve the appearance of glass partitioning and glass-clad buildings, this time from SEFAR:

SEFAR Architecture Vision Screen


SEFAR Architecture VISION is a fine black precision fabric that can be coated with aluminum, copper, aluminum/copper, chromium, titanium or gold: the metalised fabric side can have a special design printed on it.

SEFAR Architecture VISION is laminated in glass when used in façade elements, whereas in double glazing it is stretched between two panes and fastened to the frame. If only the exterior surface is coated, the view in from outside is reduced and the fabric is also given outstanding energy-transmission reduction values. The rear surface (the side facing inwards) of the fabric is black and therefore neutral in color. From inside and from further away than 3m the fabric cannot be seen.

In addition to its aesthetic features, SEFAR Architecture VISION also reduces the incidence of birds flying into the glass. Furthermore, for indoor applications SEFAR Architecture VISION can also be laminated in plastics materials or used to create textile surfaces having a very special and unique look.

How the outer surface of the metallized fabric looks depends on how the light is reflected from it, whereas the black inner surface has little optical effect and so does not hinder the view to the outside.

SEFAR Architecture Vision Fabric


In addition, Eastman is also in the process of launching new solar interlayers for the architectural market. The line was introduced last year for the automotive market and offers UVA and UVE blocking features thanks to nano particles that are mixed into the interlayer.

Also featuring a line of interlayer choices, Bridgestone, which is based in Germany, offers decorative selections that can include imagery printed onto PET film that’s laminated to glass with EVA film. Its material can also be laminated with a range of materials including stone, fabrics, etc. The EVA is created to offer high-quality durability and will not bubble or yellow over time.

On the coatings side, Ferro features its S1de ONE enamels, which are new for the United States, but have been in use in Europe for some time. Most enamels are applied on the second surface as they do not have the weather-resistant features to be used on the external side one. Now, however, with this company’s new system the enamel can be used on the first surface.It is suggested that architects like this because they can build texture, create a matte effect, etc. because you’re not seeing the glass, but what’s on the glass. And color continues to be an architectural glazing trend, as does digital printing.


Trosifol is featuring PVB options for laminated glass. The two newest colors for the company are a 30-gauge completely opaque black and a 30-gauge completely opaque white. According to Christian Amad, director, these are already being stocked and sold. While North America compared to Europe typically does not use as much laminated glass, Amad says he has seen growing interest.

“We’ve seen more interest in the United States with custom glass, different thicknesses, etc.” he said, explaining that much of that interest is coming from the value-added benefits that laminated glass can offer. “We’re continuing to see companies start up laminated lines,” he added, “even in challenging markets.”

While glass companies are featuring examples of digitally printed glass, machinery companies are busy demonstrating the lines used to create these displays.

Shlomit Niva Tevet, director of marketing for dipTech, said they were seeing much traffic in their display booth as interest has been growing around the world. She said more and more companies are purchasing the line as digital printing can provide so much creative design freedom. Her company debuted two new inks, a conductive product that runs electricity to the installation as well as a skid-resistant ink for applications such as flooring, walkways and stairs. She said they also have plans to work more with architects directly in the future.

Glasstec also recently featured a number of special shows and exhibits, and “glass technology live” was again a major highlight. With the topic “Innovative Glass Functions,” Prof. Stefan Behling and his team from the Stuttgart University’s Institute of Construction Design showcased practical products for the near and distant future. These included a window incorporated into glazing without any visible frame construction, bent but still stable glass, organic, building-integrated photovoltaics as well as large-format façade elements. Together with the “Competence Center Glass, Window, Facade”, which combined know-how from various associations, these façade mock-ups formed the “Facade Center”. The “glass technology live” show was accompanied on all days by a free symposium on a variety of topics attended by numerous visitors.

All very interesting stuff as I think you will agree.

Building Integrated Photovoltaics

A Glimpse into the Future

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). I’ve written about this before but I feel it needs more mention. Clearly, when it comes to the construction of buildings, it is the way we should all be heading.

For those who aren’t yet up with the play – simply put, BIPV involves directly cladding or roofing parts of a building with Solar Panels, thus energising the whole building’s structure. The BIPV panels draw their energy from the sun and deliver that energy throughout the building.

I don’t know about you, but seeing all those solar panels being applied on top of the roofs of houses it occurred to me that those panels – with some modification of course – could be the roofing material in themselves. And I wasn’t far off the mark. This is where BIPV is at. The cladding and/or the roofing can be loaded with Photovoltaics, and this is where glass comes into it: the Photovoltaics are integrated within glass panels.

The old (still current though) system of placing solar panels on your roof is termed BAPV (Building Applied Photovoltaics), but BIPV has distinct advantages over BAPV.

The following is an excerpt from an article by Marc Thomas, the General Manager of Dyesol Limited’s Global Glass Business and CEO of the company’s North American subsidiary, Dyesol Inc, based in Ohio. In it, he explains some of the clear advantages and also the industry’s concerns about costing:

“One of the key differentiators of BIPV from BAPV is that BIPV ‘substitutes’ existing building materials. Substitution creates significant economic advantage over BAPV. In new construction, building costs are attributed to facades and glazing products. These building products must be purchased from the suppliers, transported to the site and installed into the building superstructure. Since these costs are already included in the cost of the building, the added cost of enabling the products photovoltaic capability is reduced to the cost of the technology itself, electrical connectivity and inversion.

Project BIPV by ISSOL - Gare TGV de Perpignan
The original cost of the substrates, transportation, and installation are already included in the cost of the building and BIPV products often offer a higher insulation value, which also contributes to energy conservation. In essence, BIPV will not only generate power, but also reduce energy consumption. Additionally, enabling traditional building materials with high embodied energy costs to help create energy helps offset the manufacturing carbon footprint.
BIPV can be seamlessly integrated into the building envelope – which appeals to architects, designers, builders and property owners. BIPV enabling technologies include crystalline silicon, also known as solar grade silicon; thin film; organic solar cells, which can be processed from solution and offer the potential for inexpensive, large-scale production; and dye-sensitized solar cells, which are made of low-cost materials that do not require elaborate or high energy consuming manufacturing equipment. These third generation solar technologies can be used in a variety of building applications, including roofing, façade, and glazing.”

Well Europe, and especially Germany, is the leader in this field – but who has more sunshine? Aussie Aussie Aussie – Oi Oi Oi!

Eco Friendly Glass Clad Buildings

The Green Design Award 2011 Winner in the USA

Visually dynamic, or a blot on the landscape? You be the judge. But the clever use of grey Low E glass and blue insulating glass had it being selected as the winner of the above award.

Let us look at it from the inside:
The property showcases 9.5 foot high, floor-to-ceiling glass allowing for 92% natural light and unobstructed mountain views, and also affording sweeping city views for the tenants.

In the words of Ron Izzo, associate principal at architectural firm RNL and project designer on the building:

“. . . We began our studies by looking at the building in the uniform skin of precast and glass. Using a subtractive design process, we created voids and filled them in with the contrasting blue glass. This gave us the right visual balance with the grey glass set in a precast spandrel. Each blue glass module is a repetitive derivative of the smallest module within the building, which on a standard office building is typically five feet. The modules then combine to fill the column bay; this is typically 30 feet from column-to-column and 14 feet from floor-to-floor. The pattern grows or shrinks in multiples of these structural bays, evolving around all four sides and spreading across all elevations. All of the blue glass modules stand off the skin.”

To create pleasant, day-lit interiors without glare or thermal discomfort, the glass fabricator helped create a unique glazing solution: Grey Insulating Glass with a Low E coating is the primary glass. The glass has a visible light transmission of 23% to allow enough light inside without glare or significant solar heat gain. This glass is broken up by large squares of Blue Insulating Glass. The blue glass has a lower light transmission (8%) than the grey, but casts a beautiful contrasting light into the building. The grey glass has a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23 while the blue has a SHGC of 0.16. This high solar performance was chosen to reduce overall internal energy consumption.

I can appreciate that from the point of view of the persons working inside the building it could have a pleasant ambience, but IMHO, from the outside, it is still a not-particularly-attractive glass box.

Eco Friendly Glass Clad Building (photo by Frank Ooms)

Glass Progress

So you think glass is just glass?

Well think again.

While you have been staring out your plain old window for the last decade, Glass has been undergoing a technological revolution.

This progress has been driven partly by man’s insatiable desire to ‘improve, and improve again’, but the key driving factor has been the building industry’s acknowledgement and embracing of the need to use better, safer, more durable – and most importantly – more Energy Efficient products in their construction. Yes, the glass industry is going Green – in a big way. And it is ironic, is it not, that glass has always had a slightly green tinge to it when viewed on its edge.

While the building industry throughout the western world has been constantly up-grading and improving Safety Standards, there has been a parallel drive in the Glazing Industry to improve its products safety performance and thermal loss and gain: old-style glass being notoriously bad at preventing heat and cold from passing straight through it – both ways.

Don’t worry ‘help is on the way’! A collaboration of scientists and technicians working on all these above problems over the years have come up with practical solutions. Even the earlier solution to the problem of heat loss and gain, Double Glazing, has been improved out of sight; I was wowed the other day on seeing venetian-style blinds within the glass of a sealed, double glazed unit. Do you realise what this means? You would never have to clean the blinds! Fabulous.

In respect to Safety: The improvements have been primarily in the strengthening of glass; prevention of shattering and breaking into dangerous shards; heat resistance in the face of fire; and the withstanding of high wind loads – ‘hurricane proofing’ in climatically challenged zones, but equally applicable in curtain walled (all glass) high-rise building.

Images sourced from www.viridianglass.com


Images sourced from www.viridianglass.com


In respect to Energy Efficiency: Besides the use of smart, tinted films being laminated into windows the scientists have moved towards thermochromics, a passively responsive technology where the optical properties of the glass change in response to heat (appearing to darken in the sun), and electrochromic glass that requires voltage to similarly create a gradual tint to dark grey. This latter system allows the glass to be controlled by a ‘smart’ building system, or overridden by an actual human.

Clever stuff, all of which has devoured billions of dollars in research and development funds over the years, and all, ultimately, to better our comfort in the buildings in which we spend so much of our time. Maybe we should just get outdoors more!

Interactive Touch Glass

Interactive touch glass is based on optical technology which uses a camera unit to detect touch points.


  • The infra red beam irradiates the reflective film and reflects back to the camera units.
  • Two camera units catch the shadow of the finger to calculate its coordinates.

Interactive Touch Glass - Principle

Touch Screen

Interactive Touch Glass

Interactive Touch Glass


  • High reliability
  • Long life time
  • High sensitivity: 100pps
  • High resolution:  32,000 points
  • Support multi touch function
  • Attachment solution
  • Custom sizes available
Touch Screen 22″ (Standard size)
Other sizes could be issued (15″ to 25″)
Optical type multi touch technology
Interface: 3 metres of USB cable (USB to PC)

Application: Suitable for LCD TV and plasma TV, monitor

Material: Metal housing with tempered glass on touch surface

Customised design is available

Touch Screen Frame 32″, 37″, 42″, 47″, 50″, 52″, 65″ Customised version available with up to 100″ screen
Interactive Window Frame and Module Installed easily on glass to be a touch device
Standard: 60″, 80″ and 100″
Other sizes are available up to 100″

Switchable Glass – Vision or Privacy at the Flick of a Switch

Switchable Privacy Glass

New liquid crystal Switchable Privacy Glass can change appearance, allowing any transition between clear and opaque, in milliseconds. It can be used in internal glass wall partitions in Offices and Board Rooms, in Shopfronts and display windows, in Hotel Lobbies and Entrances – anywhere where alternate vision or privacy is required . . . or as a projection flat screen for presentations and movies.

It can go from clear to opaque, transparent to translucent. It can regulate daylight transmission, and with projection it becomes a massive flat-screen with remarkable image clarity – all at the flick of a switch. In its un-switched state, the liquid crystals diffuse light, rendering the glass opaque. When switched, the liquid crystals align, allowing light to transmit without diffusion. Also, by variable voltage control, any state from clear to opaque can be programmed. It is definitely an improvement on curtains and blinds.

When used for projection, the liquid crystals capture and transmit projected images with very high clarity and resolution from very acute angles, providing an ideal display screen for simultaneous front and rear viewing. This allows the possibility at night of your whole shop front window becoming a giant flat-screen, on which you could display your own “tailor-made” advertising features projected from inside your shop.

This product has scope for a multitude of uses.

A live display of Switchable Glass is located at Home Base Expo Subiaco. Visit www.switchglass.com.au for more information.

Electric Glass

Touch Screen GlassSwitchable Privacy Glass is sometimes referred to as Electric Glass but this latter term refers to a whole genre of “wired”, or “electrified” glass incorporating such technology as “touch-screen”, intelligent glass panels.


Switchable Privacy Glass

How Does It Work

Liquid Crystals are dispersed within a formulated polymer film.

When the film is subjected to a flow of electricity from the power control (at the “flick of a switch”), the crystal particles become active and align in a parallel formation. This allows light to pass through, giving you “clear” glass.

When the flow of electricity is stopped, the crystals return to their original positions, blocking the flow of light. Various states in-between can be programmed into the power control.

Switchable Privacy Glass is available in a variety of colours.

Home Base Subiaco - Switchable Privacy Glass Installation  Switchable Privacy Glass - "Switched On"

Self-Cleaning Glass & Associated Products

So who would not want to have glass that never needs cleaning? {Nobody raises a hand.}

Activ™ Self-Cleaning Glass, and a proprietary liquid that creates this clever effect, have both been available for a number of years now and have been used widely in commercial buildings where large areas of glass are a feature of the design. Yet they haven’t yet caught on with “Joe Public” – perhaps because of a natural scepticism – “Self cleaning glass? Oh yeah?”

But yes! The technology is here, the product works and is available. (Pilkington Activ™ Self-Cleaning Glass, a factory prepared glass, was used to glaze the new Britomart railway and transport interchange building in Auckland, New Zealand. The building resembles a huge glasshouse, or box.)


How It Works

Either in its factory-glass form or as a liquid that can be applied to glass, the microscopic (or “nano”) coating allows nature to do the cleaning.

Activ™ Self-Cleaning Glass works in two stages. The first stage is photocatalytic – the coating reacts with daylight to break down organic dirt. The second stage is hydrophilic – when rain (or tap) water hits the glass, instead of forming droplets, it spreads evenly, running off in a “sheet” taking the loosened dirt with it, drying quickly without leaving streaks. The coating continues to work even on cloudy days and during the night, washing away dirt whenever it rains or the glass is hosed down.


Glass Treatment Using NG1010 Nanotechnology

For those who want to treat their windows retrospectively, there is a similar liquid product that can be applied.

NG1010 is a special nanotechnology product with a long-term hydrophobic effect on glass surfaces. This is not a sealer that forms a film but rather a modification of the surface on a molecular level to provide an easy to clean surface.

The product works by repelling water – and prevents adhesion of foreign matter on the surface.

Easy To Clean/Self-Cleaning Effect: An ultra-thin and invisible coating is applied to the glass surface. Because of the hydrophobic treatment effect dirt particles cannot penetrate the matrix of the surface.

Water runs off easily from the treated surface and all dirt particles are washed off by rain or when rinsed with water. Alternatively, a hose can be used to clean the glass when there is little or no rainfall.


Recommended For Glass Protection

Microscopically regarded, glass is not completely smooth, so water and dirt on the surface can build up easily. Nanotechnology glass treatment allows the dirt in combination with water simply to wash off, providing a clean surface.

NG1010 protects the glass surfaces against permanent stubborn stains from calcium and salt.  The coating is very long-lasting.

NG1010 remains unaffected by changes in temperature or UV strength. It cannot be removed by water, cleaning agent or with high pressure equipment. Surfaces treated with NG1010 are very simple to maintain.


NG1010 is recommended for:

  • Windows and skylights
  • Windscreens (automotive and marine)
  • Glass façades
  • Shower screens
  • Glass Pool surrounds
  • Balustrades
  • Solar collectors.


Features And Benefits Of NG1010

  • Economical and long lasting
  • Excellent protection for new and old surfaces
  • Water and dirt repellent
  • Increasing effect with periodical application
  • Improves driving safety in the rain
  • Better night vision
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Easy to clean/self cleaning effect


NG1010 Specifications

Supply Form:  Liquid
Colour:  Clear
Density:  Approx 0.8
Solvents:  < Alcohol; denatured
Flashpoint:  21°C
Storage Temperature:  Not below 4°C / 39°F
Application Temperature:  4°C to 35°C / 39°F to 86°F


Surface Preparation Before Application Of NG1010

  • The substrate must be completely dry before the application.
  • Proper surface preparation ensures maximum performance and durability.
  • Surfaces must be dry and free from dirt, grit, dust, grease etc. Use CL40 cleaner.
  • Calcium stain should be removed.
  • Do not touch the cleaned glass with bare hands.


Application Of NG1010

  • Ensure the surface is free of any previous residue of the cleaner.
  • DO NOT use the same cloth as used for cleaning.
  • Use a dry soft and clean cotton towel, micro fibre cloth or micro fibre pad.
  • The application takes place in a processing step, whereby the coating is to be sprayed on and wiped on.
  • Apply a small amount and polish in the wet treatment in a circular overlapping polishing motion, treating section by section.
  • Spray the next area and repeat the process. Ensure the whole surface gets treated.
  • Alternatively, the treatment can be sprayed onto the towel or cloth and polished into the glass in the same manner.
  • Treat only small sections at a time and ensure the whole surface is treated evenly.
  • Check the treated area for any streaks, residue or product splashes and wipe them off. The glass should be crystal clear when finished.
  • Only a very small amount of treatment is required.
  • 5-10ml will treat a square metre of glass.
  • NG1010 is water-resistant 30 minutes after application, reaching its optimal repellent effect within 12-24 hours.


Self Cleaning Glass

Self Cleaning Glass NG1010

Glass Pool Fencing


High Rise Glass Cleaning


Self Cleaning Metal NH2015


Metal Treatment Using NH2015 Nanotechnology

Brown discolouration or tea staining of stainless steel in a coastal environment is a common problem in Australia and overseas.


NH2015 Metal is a water-based abrasive metal cleaner used to remove stubborn tea stains, oxidations and contaminations from uncoated metal surfaces like stainless steel, aluminium and other uncoated metals. The special formulated abrasive blend makes it easy to remove all stains. The “nano” scale hydrophobic active substance provide a long lasting, ultra thin protection and a durable easy-to-clean surface effect.


Stainless steel and other metals will stay shiny and protected even at harsh marine environments or in areas with high pollution or dust levels. Older and contaminated surfaces can be brought back to the original conditions.


Benefits Of NH2015 Metal

  • For any metal surface
  • Low consumption
  • Easy to apply
  • Excellent stain removal
  • Simple to maintain, easy re-application
  • Economical to use
  • Excellent long term protection
  • Reduces dirt adherence
  • Easy to clean


Application Of NH2015

  • The surface must be dry.
  • Apply evenly with micro fiber cloth and polish until metal is clean and shiny. Remove excess product during or directly after the application with soft cloth.
  • The hydrophobic properties appear after 30 minutes.

Graffiti Scratching on Your Windows?

Are the vandals getting the better of you?

Something can be done to defeat the scratch tagger.

Graffiti Shield Film

Graffiti Shield Film is a combined security and glass protection product comprised of multiple, tough layers of polyester.

How Graffiti Shield Film Works

They scratch the film – but not the glass.

It is a crystal clear, tough, yet removable polyester film that moulds to and moves with any implement being used to gouge or scratch it.

Graffiti Shield Film acts as an unobtrusive sacrificial layer between the graffiti scratcher’s tool and your glass, leaving your glass surface unmarked. It is also replaceable.

Graffiti Scratch Film


Scratch Removal ServiceAs an alternative, scratch graffiti can be buffed out.

Sand and Our Glasses

HourglassWhat Is Glass?
As you kick your feet along Perth’s soft and white sandy beaches this summer, spare a thought for the glass maker of old as he shovelled tons of the silica sand into a raging hot furnace.

Processes have been modernised, but basically glass is still sand – a very high quality silica sand to which other materials are added. The resulting mixture is called a batch. Some of the other materials included in the batch are salt cake, limestone, dolomite, feldspar, soda ash and powdered cullet.

Cullet is broken glass. It can be left over from a previous batch or from the edges that remain after a batch of glass has been formed and cut to size. Adding cullet helps the batch melt more easily.


How Is It Made?

Glass is made by melting and cooling the batch. As the batch cools, it becomes solid without forming crystals. Crystals are three-dimensional building blocks that make a substance internally rigid. The lack of crystals makes glass technically a liquid, or an amorphous solid, but also benefits its transparency.

Much of our window glass is imported, but closer to home, one of the more significant deposits of silica sand in Australia is to be found in South Australia. This pale cream sand is processed here to manufacture colourless container glass for the wine, brewing, food, and soft drink industries.

Explore The Latest Innovations In Glass

Special Effects Films

Use these films to create unique and eye-catching special effects graphics, including dusted and frosted crystal, fluorescent, luminous and chrome looks. Also, create distinctive and unique vehicle wraps with matte colours, carbon fibre and brushed metal films.

Premium Special Effects Film

3M Scotchcal 7725 Premium Film


So effective. So easy.

A range of existing creative and innovative films are available for window graphics and internally illuminated displays. These are available in a wide range of colours including gold, blue mist, rose and mint.

Your text, logos and patterns can be effortlessly reproduced on the film by computer-aided cutting technology, and your choice of images can be recreated by digital or screen printing techniques and applied to the film too.

Premium 3M Scotchcal Electrocut Crystal Film Series 7725SE
Products 7725SE-314 Dusted Crystal (etched finish)
7725SE-324 Frosted (sandblast finish)
No. of Colour Types 6
Colours – frosted only White, Rose, Gold, Mint, Blue
Opacity Translucent
Liner Synthetic
Adhesive Solvent Based
Min. Application Temperature +4degC
Application Surfaces Flat Only
Thickness – without adhesive 50 microns
Material Cast Vinyl
Recommended Substitutes Any flat ideally clear substitute including glass, acrylic, polycarbonate, polymethyl methacrylate
Warranties 15 years interior
5 years inside of exterior window
3 years exterior
Chemical Resistance Resists mild acids, alkalis and salt


Intermediate Special Effects Film

3M Scotchcal 5525 Intermediate Film

A short-term, but immediate solution applied to glass to create space, privacy and design with instant, aesthetically pleasing results.

It is often used for promotional events to compliment the premium range of films.

Intermediate 3M Scotchcal Electrocut 5525SE Film
Products 5525SE-314 Haze (etched finish)
5525SE-324 Sandblast (sandblast finish)
No. of Colour Types 2
Colours White
Opacity Translucent
Liner Kraft Paper
Adhesive Solvent Based
Min. Application Temperature >+10degC
Application Surfaces Flat Only
Thickness – without adhesive 70-85 microns
Material Condensed Vinyl
Recommended Substitutes Any flat ideally clear substitute including glass, acrylic, polycarbonate, polymethyl methacrylate
Warranties 3 years interior
2 years inside of exterior window
Chemical Resistance Resists mild acids, alkalis and salt


3M Fasara Glass Finishes

3M Fasara Glass Finishes

Decorative 3M Fasara Glass Finishes are perfectly suited for interior glass doors or the inside surfaces of windows, enabling you to capture the look of cut or textured glass. The results are astonishing and the advantages of etched, cut, sandblasted, textured and other decorative glass pattern effects are clear: Privacy can be customised while light still pours from room to room creating an open feel even in confined spaces. Use these decorative window films for:

  • Conference rooms
  • Lobbies
  • Retail environments
  • Residential settings
  • Private offices
  • Exterior windows
  • Partitions
  • Verandahs.

You can tailor the amount of privacy a space possesses by using one layer to create serene “ricepaper wall” effects, or die-cut or layer the films to create even more exciting, dynamic effects.

Decorative 3M Fasara Glass Finishes are constructed from durable and flexible polyester materials.

3M Fasara films can be washed with common washing solutions 30 days after installation to ensure a sufficient drying time has been achieved. Do not use abrasive type cleaning agents and brushes. Mild soap and water with synthetic sponges, squeegees or soft cloths are recommended.

Design Tip: A simple way to create a unique conference table is to purchase an ordinary glass table and make it extraordinary by applying patterned 3M Fasara glass finish to the bottom surface.


Polymagic LED Glass/Film

The Technology

Polymagic LED glass can be viewed as an enhancement to your present display window, glass display case, or glass counter skirting.

Polymagic LED Glass-Film

LED Glass Display Window


The LEDs present an ethereal appearance, creating an eye-catching crowd stopper.


LED Glass used in Trade Show


LED light sources are supplied with power through a laminated glass capable of conducting electricity without any disturbing wires. Electrical power is supplied by nearly invisible circuit boards in the base glass. Polymagic LED Glass can also be used effectively for outdoor and curved applications because all circuits are laminated within the glass to keep away moisture. This product can also be programmed to flash in various patterns, with multiple control options including driver power supply, remote control, or computer interface.


Polymagic LED Glass


Polymagic LED Glass is more moisture resistant, can be cut into any shape (including holes anywhere on the glass) or curved, and can also be laminated in various glass types. It operates at 3V DC to 48V DC depending on the design. Higher voltage or frequency may cause permanent damage.


Technical Data

Glass Colour Clear, bronze, grey, green tint, mirror etc.
Glass Type Annealed, tempered, curved etc. or with print (all laminated)
LED Colour Green, yellow-white, white, red, blue (bright, double sided)
Thickness 8.5mm (3mm + 3mm) to 40.5mm (19mm + 19mm)
Size Up to 1600mm x 4000mm
Shape Any shape, including holes anywhere
Environmental Operation -20degC to 80degC
Power Supply 100 – 240VAC
Driving Voltage 3-48VDC depending on the design
Switching Time Less than 100 milliseconds
Optical Transmission – more than 80%
View Angle Approx. 160deg
UV Protection 99.8%
Life Greater than 10 years (Claim is supported by manufacturer’s testing data)