How do I brighten glass fixtures ?


Our new - old house has a good ceiling fan. After cleaning the ceiling fan, we don’t care at all for the dingy colored glass. Does anyone know of a translucent paint that can brighten them up yet give light?


q how do i brighten glass fixtures
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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 03, 2019

    You can get a sea glass spray paint or you can replace them fairly cheap, a couple of bucks each.

  • William William on Jul 03, 2019

    Craft glass paint.

  • Ladybug Ladybug on Jul 03, 2019

    glass paint

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 03, 2019

    Hi AS,

    Here's what another Hometalk member did with Mod podge and food coloring. Wishing you the best.

  • You can use glass paint but in the end, the expense in materials and time, you might be better served by getting new shades. Any paint addition is going to shade the light further.

  • NancyMaria NancyMaria on Jul 04, 2019

    Have you tried bleaching them? I cleaned one set that the color completely peeled off and I could start from the beginning.

  • NancyMaria NancyMaria on Jul 04, 2019

    You also might think about painting the whole lighting and fans white it would really brighten up the room.

  • Jane Jane on Jul 04, 2019

    You can buy new ones inexpensively at a home and garden store.

  • J Brown J Brown on Jul 05, 2019

    Check out thrift stores!. I usually see several different styles as I am making my rounds often times from $1 each. challenge can be finding 4 matching at once but I do see them. Make sure you know how your globes attach.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 05, 2019

    Take them off and clean with a brillo pad. It will most likely take the color off. Or try Acetone. Paint will work, but can streak and look awful.

    If there is a Habitat for Humanity near you, go and check out what kind of globes they have. And they are really cheap. Otherwise Home Depot and Lowes sells them at a reasonable price. Amazon also has these light fixtures.

  • AS AS on Jul 05, 2019

    Thanks. I’ll go to Amazon since none of the shops, antiques and hardware stores do not carry them.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 05, 2019

    For the price of materials plus your time, in trying to transform the globes, I think that it would be more cost effective to purchase new replacements.

    Changing the bulbs to LED will give light like a brand new fixture.

  • Emily Emily on Jul 06, 2019

    Mix hydrogen peroxide (2-cups), Dawn (3tbsp), Distilled Vinegar (1/2 cup), and Gil the rest of a 32oz bottle of Distilled Water. Cleans and works great on everything!!!!

    If you come across some really, really hard stains... Get a bowl and pour some baking soda in the bowl. If it were me cleaning the globe I would say 1/4 cup of baking soda. Pour some of the liquid mixture that you made from above and make it not quite as thick as toothpaste.. Or put all the ingredients above in your kitchen sink and let them soak. They’ll easily come clean. Just go for it! Experiment

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 06, 2019

    Any method used to clean stains or dirt off of glass, although it should result in cleaner, shiner glass fixtures, it will not be effective in removing the colouring that was put into the glass at the time of manufacture.