Where do you find frosted acetate (plastic) sheets for windows? I don't want to make my own...tried that with spray paint, couldn't match the existing plastic windows. I am thinking there's a product out there...
I use frosted Mylar from Amazon. It is sold as material to cut stenciled from. It is fairly thick, I think 14 mils was the last material I bought. It should last better than the acetate.
And what do you use to fasten it in place?
I use clear styrene, spray Dullcote on inside. Let’s light thru, but hides the fact building has no interior. JohnA
I use clear flat plastic from kids toy packages or clear plastic paper covers used for reports, etc. I make them frosted by rubbing them with very fine steel wool ( the kind used to finish auto paint) for enough time to get the frosted effect I want.
I install them with E6000 clear crafts glue from Walmart (in hardware or crafts section), very strong and you will find hundreds of uses for it. Eamples: installing glass marker lights on locos, trim on loco or cars
I use empty milk jugs. They're cheap and come with free milk.
I sand the back of clear - uniform scratches in one direction, or two. If you have one long strip it works even better.
Beat me to it, I also use sandpaper and Scotch tape to hold them in place. Positioning them and then putting the tape on OR putting a piece of tape on first then a 2nd piece once in place, can be a PITA but doable. I got tired of smearing glue while them trying to get them into position.
Many plastics can be "frosted" by wiping lacquer thinner over them. Attaching them- I use spray adhesive- dries clear. Also- once you "frost" using lacquer thinner, IF you ever want to add an interior you can clarify it using Floquil or other "glaze" coating.
Krylon Clear Matte Spray on the back of the window material works well. I've also used regular white toothpaste - brushed with an old toothbrush. This doesn't leave any scratches because it issuch a fine grit.
Thanks everyone. I've got my work cut-out...and its the fun kind of work
Vellum - sold in any stationary store. You can even print window treatment on it.
Paul, I use a window frosting material I bought at Lowe’s. It is in the section near window blinds. It is in a role and is a flexible plastic material. Works great, and since it is a good sized role, the cost per sqft is pretty low.
Depending upon the size of the window opening and access to the interior, Scotch Matte Finish Magic Tape works like a charm. Real easy. It's magic!
Thanks for the additional sources.
I ended up finding some frosting type spray paint in my garage and sprayed clear acetate sheets that I had left over from previous projects. It turned out good enough. I'll post some pictures when I get the buildings installed.