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Decorative Glass

Silk Screened Glass
Decorative Silk-Screened glass for vision Areas silk-screening ceramic frit onto glass lets a designer create a subtle or bold look for a building-using patterns and color. Silk-screened glass also improves solar control performance. Using the same technology as spandrel glass, you can incorporate standard or custom colors into a specific design effects. In the past, white ceramic frit has been the predominant color used in decorative applications. However, there has been an increase in the use of dark ceramic frits, such as neutral gray and black for a slighter, less noticeable look. These colors also help reduce reflection and offer alternative design options without adversely affecting performance. The first step in silk-screening involves washing the annealed glass. Then, the ceramic frit paint is applied to one side of the glass. Next, It is fired within a tempering furnace to create a permanent coating. The glass is always either heat stresses under sunlit applications.

Rifai’s silk-screened decorative patterns can be combined with clear or tinted glass, as well as with high-performance coatings to reduce glare and decrease solar transmission.

Sand Blasting
Sandblasting or abrasive blasting removes the top layer of the glass surface by using compressed air at high speeds. The abrasive materials that Rifai Glass uses is aluminium oxide. Prior to this operation, the design is entered to the computer with its required size by using special software, then it is printed by a plotter and the following step would be applying the design to the glass. Almost any design that the customer desire can be carried out by using the latest machines in that field.

Engraving
By exposing the glass to a very high compressed air, engraving is achieved and can be felt by touching the engraved part. This part can be filled by either liquor or special colors to add a beauty touch to the glass.

Stained Glass
Stained glass has been known since the 11th century. Lead was used as the basic outline which held different colored glass into position .But that was 1000 years ago, now, acrylic resins are used on glass by computer to give the stained glass its outstanding look.

Method:
Once the customer has chosen the required design, the dispensing machine is put into action to form the outline. As soon as it is dry, the colors are applied to the glass inside the outline boundaries.

Advantages:
1) It is more economical compared to the traditional method.
2) The colors are UV stable and can be guaranteed for 10 years.
3) The quick production cycle makes it faster to the deliver.
4) Since it is lighter then the traditional one, it dosen’t need special frame to hold the glass.
5) There are no restrictions to the number of colors that can be attained according to the customer’s taste.

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