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When you think “window paint,” you might visualize holiday displays at your local diner or “Just Married” signs scrawled on car windows. Certainly, window paint can be used for bold, declarative statements on the panes of your home, vehicle, or business. But that’s not all it’s good for. Depending on the brand, you can use window paints to add a personal touch to glass fixtures, lightbulbs, drinking glasses, and more. Note that some are permanent and some are temporary. Behold our favorite window paints, and what you can use them for.
This is one of those rare window paints that will satisfy true window-art virtuosi while also appealing to the hoi polloi. These handheld pens have the range and blending abilities of oil paints, along with the boldness and opacity of the Glass Chalk brand (see below). This 10-pack comes in relatively standard colors—the primaries and secondaries plus pink, brown, black, and white. You may need to use a brush and separate mixing palette if you’re going to be mixing colors often, but this is a superbly flexible window paint that holds up to all sorts of uses. Unlike some other paints on this list, it’s meant to be temporary and wipes away with a wet cloth and some soap.
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Magicdo Stained Glass Paint
The real calling card of these tubes of paint? It’s not the fact that you get 12 sophisticated and vibrant colors. It’s not that it’s nontoxic, waterproof, and resistant to high temperatures. It’s not that it looks great on everything from wine glasses to lightbulbs after a quick dry on its own or a two-hour bake at 176 °F. No—the best part is that Magicdo’s glass paint set includes a palette. Color mixing? Heck yeah!
Glass Chalk Paint Markers
Nothing brightens a dull classroom as quickly and easily as window art—especially if kids get to play a part in making it. Glass Chalk’s no-mess, marker-style glass paint is bold and opaque, and easier to use than some of the other paints on our list. That, plus its nontoxic and easy-to-clean formula (a damp towel will do), makes it ideal for kids and families. You can buy Glass Chalk in five colors, like white and an eye-popping neon green.
Plaid Gallery Glass Window Paint
We love how this paint line almost perfectly mimics the appearance and depth of stained glass. Sold in 2-ounce bottles, Plaid’s window paint comes in dozens of colors. If the hue doesn’t at first resemble what you ordered, don’t panic: Much like ceramic glazes, the color will deepen and become more resplendent as it dries. It works beautifully not only on glass but on styrene and plexiglass as well (though it’s removable only from glass).
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Pebeo Arti’ Stick Window Color
OK, it’s not exactly a paint, but those who want to hold on to their art even after it’s overstayed its welcome on your window should check out these gels. Available in an impressive array of colors that put traditional glass paints to shame (we’re looking at you, Glow-in-the-Dark and Rainbow Sparkles), Pebeo’s viscous gel hardens into a thick adhesive layer that can be removed and reattached later on. All you do is apply the paint directly from the tube onto a plastic sheet or glass surface, then let it dry for 24 hours. The paint gel will coagulate into a flexible design that can either remain as-is or be applied as a window cling to the surface of your choice.