Glass fiber – what is it and how to work with them?

Glass fiber - what is it and how to work with them?

Glass fiber – what is it and how to work with them?

Today we will talk about glass. You will learn what types there are, how to use them correctly, about the pros and cons of this decorative coating. And you will also see a photo selection in the interior of different rooms.

What is glass fiber?

Glass fiber is a decorative wall covering, which is made of special glass.

  • A special material is heated to the highest temperature, and while the glass is still warm, its fibers are drawn to make yarn.
  • Drawn yarn can be of different types and have their own thickness.
  • The resulting material will then be used to create fabric. The front side of fiberglass wallpaper is indistinguishable from decorative weaving, which is performed using different techniques.

Glass fiber is perfect for pasting any surfaces, such as: concrete, plastic, metal, wood, drywall, brick and chipboard. Before applying the wallpaper, you should close up the cracks and cover the wall with a primer. Thanks to glass fibers, the life of the wallpaper is at least 15 years, and if properly cared for – 30 years. If you get tired of the color of the canvas, you can always change it with paint without harming the appearance.

Most often, these wallpapers are used for painting.


Fiberglass is made only from natural materials that do not emit harmful substances.

The composition of such wallpapers includes the following components:

  • glass,
  • quartz sand,
  • clay,
  • dolomite,
  • lime,
  • soda.

At the initial stage, all components must be placed in briquettes, which, when heated, will melt and stretch into threads of the required thickness. In order to weave a fabric from the threads, special equipment is needed. The final step is to cover the wallpaper with a special solution, which consists of modified starch.

Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages of this finishing coating include:

  • Strength. Glass fiber is distinguished by its high strength from other finishing coatings. They do not tear, scratch or deform. It is worth noting that the material tolerates the effects of all chemicals during wet cleaning.
  • Favorable microclimate. The structure of the wallpaper consists of small loops that help water vapor to easily move between them. This “knitted product” does not attract dust and prevents the accumulation of static electricity.
  • Environmental friendliness. This finishing coating consists of a special type of glass that is safe for others, and it also does not allow harmful microorganisms to multiply.
  • Sustainability. The coating is not prone to mechanical damage. It does not deform when in contact with hands or in contact with furniture. If necessary, you can replace the damaged fragment using horizontal gluing.
  • Ease of pasting. In order to paste over the walls with fiberglass wallpaper, you do not need to have special skills.
  • Fire safety. Resistant to high temperatures.
  • To the disadvantages:

  • Price. Depending on the image and texture, the cost of such a canvas may be overpriced.
  • Specialist. clothes. For repair work, you will need to purchase special protective clothing. This is necessary so that when pasting the walls, microparticles of glass fiber do not get on you, which can lead to irritation or allergies.
  • Paint costs. Fiberglass wallpapers are highly absorbent, so you need a lot of paint to paint a wall.
  • Kinds

    Based on various criteria, glass fiber can be divided into several types.


    Smooth texture is an ideal surface for painting. In this case, the wallpaper is a kind of cobweb that will smooth out all the existing cracks and bumps on the wall. Such a surface is multifunctional.

    The relief texture is a porous heavy structure with a high density. Wallpapers with this texture are designed for finishing walls, and they do not deform or stretch.

    Glass fiber – Paris Lux 10

    Fiberglass – Sydney Lux 4 Luxury BauTex

    Popular drawings that can be found:

    • cobweb;

    • matting;

    • rhombus;

    • herringbone;


    According to the quality of glass fiber can be divided into three grades:

    • the first;
    • second;
    • Economy class.

    The coating of the first grade has high quality and long service life. The density of the wallpaper is about 120 g/sq.m. Accordingly, the cost of such a decorative coating will be high.

    Wallpaper of the second grade can behave unpredictably in everyday life. The average quality of the coating will be noticeable only in a non-standard length of the canvas. Some foreign manufacturers of second-class glass wallpaper produce canvases of fairly high quality.

    The wallpaper of the last, economy class, does not differ in good quality, long service life, density. However, due to its low price, such coverage is very popular.

    Number of layers

    Fiberglass coating according to the number of layers can be divided into:

    • single layer;

    • two-layer;

    • decorative layer and backing.

    Color solution

    White is most often used for painting.

    Color options are used for self-cladding. There are a large number of colors on the market today.

    Popular brands of glass

    Today, the following brands are very popular:

    • Vitrulan. Quality German wallpapers that offer a large selection of different collections.

    • Welton. Natural wallpaper with designer line. Produced by Alaksar group of companies. Production: Germany, Sweden, Finland.

    • nortex. They are classic options with matting, herringbone, rhombus, etc. They are produced in Russia, part of the technological process is concentrated in China.

    • Tassoglass. An American brand that has received great recognition due to its large range of textures.

    • X glass. Russian wallpaper with Finnish production. Middle price segment.

    • bau master. China. Differ in reasonable price and good quality.

    • waltex.
    • Veterman.
    • Mermet.

    Chinese-made wallpapers that have proven themselves in the Russian market as budget and good decorative coatings.

    Step-by-step instructions for gluing glass wallpaper

    For pasting walls with cullet, you need to follow the sequence of the main steps:

  • Eliminate all existing cracks and irregularities.
  • Apply special thick glue to the wall.
  • Glue the wallpaper end-to-end, and you also need to take into account the location of the pattern. To match the pattern, you will need to allow the roll to be about five centimeters in order to fit the pattern after. If you use the “gunny” and “cobweb” method, then the allowance can be omitted.
  • If necessary, you can paint the canvas in two layers. However, you should follow the technology and apply a second layer after 12 hours.
  • In all the nuances of how to properly glue glass wallpaper for painting on walls in the form of matting, this video will tell.

    What glue is used?

    Special glue for glass wall paper consists of starch and additives that improve moisture resistance, and antibacterial substances will not allow mold and fungus to form. For gluing walls with fiberglass wallpaper, glue from the following companies is suitable:

    • Oscar;

    • Kleo;

    • Metylan.

    How to paint glass wall paper?

    We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the correct technology for painting glass wallpaper without streaks, in the instructions from the stone guys.

    Photo selection: glass wallpaper in the interior

    Due to its practicality, this type of wallpaper is used for any room. Below we have selected the best options that can be applied in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room.

    Also, to create a successful and stylish interior, get your ideas here –

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