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Bear Glass New Jersey Acid Etched Glass

Bear Glass Is A Premier Walker Distributor. We are better able to serve our customers with 2 facilities located in both Brooklyn NY and Tinton Falls NJ. Our Motto is ” We Do Everything In Glass And Mirror” so we are able to service any and all your glass and mirror needs.

Bear Glass NJ Acid Etched Glass is becoming trendy in design and construction.  The consistency and durability of the finish can reduce glare and reflection, add privacy, increase light transmission, and provide texture.  It is important to select the right acid-etched glass for an application, and avoid making issues during storage and fabrication.  Although the glass-etching process is generally consistent, variations in chemistry and other parameters create different surfaces with distinct visual and performance characteristics.  Glass is etched with an aqueous solution of hydrofluoric acid, which attacks the silica and roughens the glass surface.  Generally, the more ‘white’ or opaque the finish, the more rough and porous the surface is.  When choosing distinctive and unique types of glass, architects and designers often have specific objectives in mind.  With acid-etched glass, these goals can relate to light diffusion, light transmission, privacy, visual appearance, integration with surrounding objects, and energy efficiency through increased day lighting.  An etched surface with rugged peaks and deep valleys absorbs and diffuses light, rather than transmitting or reflecting it- the result is a rich, white, opaque appearance.  In contrast, an etched surface with smooth, rounded bumps enhances light transmission and creates a more transparent glass, characterized by reduced reflective glare and a soft translucent appearance.

Acid-etched Surface Finish

Acid-etched finished vary by manufacturer.  The type selected for a glass substrate renders a different level of opacity and smoothness and creates varied visual effects.  It also impacts performance ratios such as gloss, visible light transmission (VLT), visible light reflectance, shading coefficient, solar direct transmission, solar direct reflectance, and U-value.  The visual effect of the acid-etch finish on mirror varies depending on the extent of etching performed.  A lighter-etched mirror has more reflection whereas a deeper etch creates a matte finish and more depth in the glass.

Glass Substrate

The substrate also influences the color appearance, level of opacity, and performance ratios of acid-etched glass.  Many falsely believe pieces of ultra-clear glass look the same, irrespective of their origin; similarly, glass with a blue tint from manufacturer ABC is often incorrectly perceived to match the one produced by manufacturer XYZ.  Generally, the glass business markets different shades of glass in ultra-clear, green, blue, or black.  In addition, some glass floaters can make varying shades of one color.  For example, acid-etched products manufactured from low-iron glass have a translucent satin appearance without the ‘greening effect’ of ordinary clear glass.  Similarly, a piece of acid-etched glass made with a dark blue hue from one supplier creates a different visual effect than one made with light blue from the same manufacturer.  Consequently, the shade of the acid-etched glass or mirror likely varies among manufacturers, depending on the substrate used.  It is important to remember the acid-etched finish itself creates a different color appearance, with different tints having varying performance ratios.

Etching on both sides

Etching glass on both sides can enhance its characteristics.  This approach is suitable for applications requiring a higher level of opacity or a similar finish and visual effect on both sides of the glass panel (e.g. partitions).  Most glass is produced by the float process.  The raw materials- mainly silica sand, soda ash, and limestone- are melted in a furnace and then flowed onto a bath of molten tin.  The glass then takes form and gradually cools as it moves from the tin bath to a controlled cooling chamber.  Float glass is best etched on the ‘air’ or ‘atmosphere’ side of the sheet, due to the greater likelihood of impurities and surface imperfections on the ‘tin’ side.  Production of acid-etched mirrors and two-sided etched glass requires etching of the tin side, posing an increased risk of defects in the surface if inappropriately done.   When considering double-sided acid-etched glass or acid-etched mirror, the type of finish specified impacts quality.  The manufacturer of the acid-etched product can recommend the finish (if any) suitable for the application.

Exterior applications

Bear Glass New Jersey Acid Etched Glass may be appropriate for exterior applications, such as insulated glazing (IG) units, skylights, and balustrades.  As acid-etching is not a coating, its resistance properties in outside conditions are essentially equivalent to non-etched glass.  However, it is important to note an etched surface with rugged peaks and deep valleys could lead to higher maintenance costs because dirt particles may be harder to remove.  Therefore, the use on an etched surface with a lighter finish (i.e. smooth, rounded bumps) is recommended in exterior applications.  In these situations, the level and type of maintenance required is similar to that of non-etched glass.

Storage and Fabrication

If proper care is taken during storage and fabrication, acid-etched glass or mirror can be kept clean as easily as non-etched products.  Whether the glass is tempered, laminated, insulated, painted, or even bent, fabricators can preserve the quality of the final product.  However, the general suggestions for keeping acid-etched glass or mirror stain-free during storage and fabrication may not be suitable in all situations.  Fabricators should follow guidelines issued by the manufacturer of a particular product to prevent or fix any marks or stains that occur.


Proper storage practices can help avoid marking on acid-etched glass and mirror.  Storage spaces must be dry and adequately ventilated.  Sheets should not be stored in areas of high humidity or heat (e.g. places near steam or water pipes).  Spaces exposed to chemical fumes should also be avoided.  All these conditions promote staining.  Conversely, sheets should not be stored outdoors or in unheated areas.


Due to the particular characteristics of more rugged glass surfaces, extra care should be taken during their fabrication to minimize the likelihood of embedding grease or dirt into the surface.  Gloves must always be used when working with sheets.  When handling sheets using equipment with suction cups, the clean and dust-free cups should be applied to the flat, untreated side.  If this is impossible, care should be taken to ensure proper vacuum is achieved (i.e. testing must be done to be certain the cups ‘stick’ to the glass to handle to weight).  When edging glass, these practices should be followed:

  1. The edging machine conveyors should be clean and free of grease and buildup of glass grindings or cerium oxide.
  2. The conveyor must be regularly opened and the machine interior washed (particularly the brushes) using soapy water.
  3. The front and back conveyor pads should be routinely brushed, until all traces of cerium oxide and glass grindings are removed.
  4. The front and back conveyors must be synchronized at identical speeds.
  5. Only coolants specifically recommended for glass grinding and that adhere closely to the manufacturer’s recommended dilution ration should be used.
  6. Manufacturer guidelines for concentration levels must be followed when using cerium oxide, with care taken to never add more than the minimal amount necessary for good polishing.
  7. Glass should be washed immediately after polishing.  Washer brushers with .36-mm (0.014-in) diameter nylon bristles offer the best results.  The glass washer should be equipped with one pair of upper and lower brushes for every 0.6m (2ft) per minute of travel- for example, a machine operating as a speed of 1.8m (6ft) per minute should have three pairs of brushes.  (This guideline is only applicable to regular float glass and not to coated products such as low-emissivity [low-e] glass).
  8. As an extra precaution, wetting the glass surface immediately before polishing greatly reduces the risk of marking.

Writing the Right Specifications

Architects and designers constantly look to Bear Glass for new ways to use glass in exterior and interior applications.  Writing proper specifications, especially when distinctive and unique types of glass are chosen, is critical to ensure the desired design is achieved.  Acid-etched glass is no exception.  If care is not taken, the glass ordered and installed on the jobsite may be nothing like the product selected based on samples submitted.  To ensure the acid-etched glass products selected are actually used by the general contractor, glass fabricator, and glazier, the following information should be included in the specifications: name of manufacturer, product brand name, glass thickness, substrate (glass or mirror), tint (e.g. clear, ultra-clear, blue, green, black, bronze, grey), type of finish (name), and whether to etch on one or two glass faces.  Warranties and standards are often overlooked when writing specifications.  Inherent in the float glass process are small gaseous inclusions and minor abrasions.  Consequently, occasional, small ‘bubbles’ and hairlines are normal and acceptable under recognized standards; from a normal viewing distance, they are barely noticeable.  To ensure acid-etched products are made from float glass that conforms to industry standards, the manufacturer should be consulted.  In Canada, glass should comply with Canadian General Standards Board (CAN/CSBG) 12.3-M91, Flat, Clear Float Glass (Quality: Glazing).  In the United States, ASTM International C 1036-01, Standard Specification for Flat Glass (Quality: Q3-Stock Sheet) should be followed.  The manufacturer’s product warranty should refer to these standards.  Clearly, it is important to be specific about the nature of the acid-etched glass product required.  Communicating specifications in detail to a glass professional can help ensure the chosen product meets desired goals and objectives.

For more information on Acid Etch Glass please contact Bear Glass at:



Bear Glass Inc.

399 20th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-832-3604

Fax: 718-832-0786

E-mail: bearglass@yahoo.com

If you are in New Jersey:

Bear Glass New Jersey

359 Essex Road

Tinton Falls New Jersey  07753

P: 732 901 2626

F: 732 901 2266

E: Sales@BearGlassNJ.com

Patterned Acid-Etched Glass and Mirrors By Bear Glass in Brooklyn NY

Bear Glass Is The Premier Walker Glass Distributor

Bear Glass stocks all Walker’s Products in our 25000 SQFT facility located in Brooklyn New York and we would like to help our customers better understand the different patterned glass that we offer through Walker.

Walker Textures™ Nuance Stock Patterned Acid-Etched Glass and Mirror

Walker Textures™ Nuance Stock has been created to answer the growing demand for unique and environmentally friendly material for decorative and architectural applications. Patterned acid-etched glass and mirror will not only provide a great visual effect but a textural effect as well, due to the depth variation of the design.

The stock product line of acid-etched patterns is available in five distinctive designs with the 100 and 300 series. The 100 series is an acid-etched finish which combines Velour and Satin creating a true sense of privacy while maintaining a design element to the glass. The 300 series is our Satin finish on clear glass giving greater visibility to the decor through the glass. Both of these series feature a relief effect which adds character to the glass surface.

Patterned Acid-Etched Glass and Mirror Advantages

  • Consistent finish and appearance
  • Maintenance free
  • More mar-resistant than sandblasted glass
  • Does not peel or discolor like films
  • Does not scratch off like coatings

Glass – Velour on Satin

Glass – Satin on Clear

Patterned Acid-etched Glass and Mirror Specifications

Substrates : Glass and mirror

    • Colors: Clear, bronze, grey, black, green, blue or ultra-clear *
    • Glass thicknesses: 3 mm to 19 mm **
    • Mirror thicknesses: 3 mm to 6 mm **
    • Sizes available: Standard 96″ x 130″, on request 84” x 130” **
    • Finishes:

Series 100 Velour on Satin
Series 300 Satin on Clear

  • Selected skus available in less than 4, 000 pound quantities

Walker Textures™ Nuance Custom Acid-etched Glass and Mirror

A world of countless creative patterns opens up to you with Walker Textures™ Nuance Custom. Now you can let your imagination run wild and create virtually any design. Thanks to our continuous research and development we are achieving high-quality registration and an unmatched level of detail.

The custom product line features three different acid-etch combinations allowing you to obtain your desired result. The 100 series combines two of our finishes Velour on Satin. The 200 series is our Velour on clear glass and the 300 series is our Satin on clear glass. All of these combinations create a nice textural effect on the glass surface.

Custom Acid-etched Glass and Mirror Advantages

  • Consistent finish and appearance
  • Maintenance free
  • More mar-resistant than sandblasted glass
  • Does not peel or discolor like films
  • Does not scratch off like coatings

Custom Acid-etched Glass and Mirror Specifications

    • Substrates : Glass and mirror
    • Colors: Clear, bronze, grey, black, green, blue or ultra-clear *
    • Glass thicknesses: 3 mm to 19 mm **
    • Mirror thicknesses: 3 mm to 6 mm **
    • Sizes available: Standard 96″ x 130″, on request 84” x 130” **
    • Finishes:

Series 100 Velour on Satin
Series 200 Velour on Clear
Series 300 Satin on Clear

  • Minimum Quantity: 4, 000 pounds

* Tempering of ultra-clear glass is recommended to correct slight color variances caused by the Walker Textures™ Nuance manufacturing process.

** Subject to glass availability.

Bear Glass can help you choose your patterned acid etched glass product needs to best fit for your project and by the way, we ship patterned acid etched glass worldwide.

For more information or to order your patterned acid etched glass products, please contact  Bear Glass at:


Factory / Office



Bear Glass Inc.

399 20th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-832-3604

Fax: 718-832-0786

E-mail: bearglass@yahoo.com

Mirror Re-silvering By Bear Glass


Who does not want to take a look of him or herself at a mirror? And it always brings back the nostalgia if the mirror is an old one. For an old mirror it is natural that it would be a little discolored or fade, as that adds a different charm to its character. But neither for the old nor for a new mirror we expect a fade reflection or spots on the mirror glass.


A mirror, especially a good quality mirror is made of a high-grade glass with silver backing. When this silver-backing is damaged, we find discolorations, marks or scratches on the mirror glass which could not only ruin the look of that furniture but also the view of the whole room. And therefore the damage pieces need re-silvering to bring them back to their old states.

Bear Glass can provide the best mirror re-silvering service for you. For more than forty years Bear Glass has proven its expertise in all kind of glass works nationwide.

Silvering is mainly the chemical process of coating a glass with a reflective substance. Earlier silver was coated on the glass surface. But later sputtering powdered aluminum or other compounds are used in the place of silver. Therefore today, this process is also known as aluminizing.

Bear Glass uses modern technology of aluminum silvering for mirror re-silvering. In this process, a sheet of glass is placed in a vacuum chamber along with electrically heated nichrome coils to sublime the aluminum. The hot aluminum atoms travel at a straight line in vacuum, when they hit the surface of the mirror or glass, they cool and stick to it. Afterwards it needs either an evaporation of quartz onto the glass, or to get exposed in the open air or pure oxygen to form the layer of aluminum oxide.

Bear Glass does both front-silvered and back-silvered mirror re-silvering in this process. Most of the household mirrors are back silvered, which gives the glass a primary protection from corrosion or other damages.

Bear Glass does mirror re-silvering for all kinds of mirror-glass. If you find your household or showroom mirror was affected or damaged, bring it to Bear Glass. We guaranty you a satisfaction that you have never had before. We ship our glass-products nationwide.

For more information or to order re-silvering of your damaged mirror, please contact Bear Glass at:

Factory/ Office:




Bear Glass Inc.


399 20th Street


Brooklyn, NY 11215


Phone: 718-832-3604


Fax: 718-832-0786


E-mail: bearglass@yahoo.com

Bear Glass Carries Clarvista Glass

Bear Glass carries Clarvista ™ Glass which is produced during the manufacturing process. It is NOT an aftermarket application, which requires frequent re-application, buffing and polishing.

Pay Now or Pay Later?

Developers, architects, home owners and home builders should be aware of the COST of NOT specifying Bear Glass  Clarvista Glass . Yes, there is a reasonable premium charged for this innovative new product, but the benefits result in savings for many years to come, with no additional cost for replacing the glass later when it becomes dull and dirty due to corrosion.

Compare the cost of upgrading to Bear Glass now to what it will cost to replace the glass in your bath enclosure in just a few years. Invest now, OR pay later for new glass AND labor to install LATER – which do you prefer?

Bear Glass Clarvista Shower Glass is an innovative glass for shower doors and bath and shower enclosures that, with regular maintenance, looks newer longer than other shower glass products. The glass is made with a coating that seals the glass surface, enabling it to resist corrosion caused by heat, humidity, soap and household cleaning products.
Bear Glass Clarvista Glass is available with  Starphire® Glass ultra-clear or conventional clear glass. When combined with Starphire Glass, Bear Glass Clarvista Glass is the most transparent shower glass in the industry, which makes it ideal for upscale homes, resorts and commercial spas.

You can’t tell by looking at it, or even by touching it, but glass is a surprisingly porous material at the microscopic level. Repeated exposure to the kind of heat, humidity and cleaning products that you’d find in a bathroom can cause corrosion. This corrosion can cause ordinary glass to change appearance –making your glass shower look cloudy. Even some products designed to guard against this corrosion still degrade over time.

It has a coating, fused to the glass, sealing the glass surface to provide a protective barrier. The coating withstands the high temperatures required to thermally temper (strengthen) glass to meet safety codes for shower enclosures. Which is why, with regular maintenance, shower enclosures built with any of the available varieties of Clarvista Glass can keep their “like new” look longer.

After harsh accelerated exposure tests to the heat, humidity and chemical exposure in a typical bathroom, Clarvista Glass showed no signs of corrosion.
After these same tests, uncoated glass showed significant signs of corrosion.
Bear Glass Clarvista Glass stands up to the rigors of routine cleaning better than other shower glass products. And most non-abrasive, off-the-shelf cleaners can be used on Clarvista Glas s. Bear Glass carries sheet sizes of 96×130 and it can come in 1/4 3/8 1/2 clear and Starphire.

• Glass looks newer – longer
• Normal cleaning only to maintain
• No periodic applications required to maintain
• No buffing or polishing required
• No peeling or discoloration
• 10 year warranty*

Clarvista Glass is a Bear Glass specialty. We look forward to working with you on your next project! Call us with your special needs and your unusual requirements. Competitive prices, outstanding delivery dates, and close interactive customer service make Bear Glass a perfect choice for your next job. We are committed to delivering a premium level service – providing speed, quality and simplicity throughout the entire process. Bear Glass is the preferred supplier to many of America’s best Architects, Designers, Builders and more.

We ship Clarvista Glass worldwide.

Representatives from Bear Glass will be available  to answer questions about our line of Clarvista glass. To learn more, or to order  Bear Glass Clarvista Glass:


Bear Glass Inc.
399 20th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-832-3604
Fax: 718-832-0786
Email: bearglass@yahoo.com

Rent A Glass Truck From Bear Glass

Bear Glass is a company located at 399 20th street Brooklyn, NY 11215 serving New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for over 40 years as a fabricator and has been a specialized glass mover for over 20 years. We are well renowned fabricators in the glass business. Our drivers and installers can assure the safe delivery of all the most precious glass valuables. We are willing to move and/or install anything in glass.. Our professional glass trucks are fully equipped to transport glass showcases, expensive pieces of art, mirrors, table tops, as well as oversized pieces of glass. We have fabricated as well as moved glass for companies such as Van Cleef, Lolique, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tourneau. Every piece of glass we move is treated as a piece of art work. Allow us to transport your most precious glass pieces safely and efficiently. Whether big or small pieces we guarantee professional quality service, as well as quick delivery.


  • 1. We are willing to properly and securely package the glass.
  • 2. We have the proper equipment to package glass artwork, showcases, and aquariums.
  • 3. We have glass truck racks that can transport large mirror and glass pieces.
  • 4. We insure fast and timely delivery to your business, company, factory, apartment, or house.
  • 5. After delivery we are fully capable of installing and setting up the glass in requested location.
  • 6. We will move other people’s glass.

The safety of your glass order is very important to us at Bear Glass. The combination of packing equipment is just as important and vital as the placement of your glass in a crate. We use the following packing material to insure your glass is safe.

Products we provide:

  • 1. Wooded crates
  • 2. Foam
  • 3. Bubble wrap
  • 4. Peanut Bubble
  • 5. Glass racks
  • 6. Glass trucks
  • 7. Experienced man power
  • 8. Of course, if requested we are able to provide and fabricate the glass or mirror as well

We work with Unions. We will transport glass for any union if needed. All of our cases are sealed so as to insure no movement in the case. All of your glass will be cared for in a pristine manner. OUR DELIVERY SCHEDULE

Call us today and inquire about how we can help you deliver your glass today!

Contact us



Address: Bear Glass Inc. 399 20th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 Phone: 718-832-3604 Fax: 718-832-0786 Email: bearglass@yahoo.com

Starphire Glass And Mirror is Cooler Than A Polar Bear


Bear Glass offers Starphire low iron glass for special production runs, so be sure to ask us about it! Why choose Starphire low iron glass? The difference is clear…

Look at “regular” glass and you’ll notice a slight green tint (especially when viewing the edges) that becomes more noticeable when the glass is thicker. Often this is not an issue, but in many applications – such as glass tables and glass table tops, shop windows, entry doors or display cases – clarity becomes more important. And that’s where Starphire low iron glass is clearly better.

Starphire low iron glass is specially made for exceptional clarity, and will not dull or distort the true colors in the color spectrum. Whether it’s referred to as “extra clear, ” “water white” or “low iron, ” the glass is made to be crystal clear and virtually tint-free.

What makes Starphire low iron glass so pure and sparkling? One of the main ingredients in all glass is silica sand, which has naturally occurring iron oxides. These oxides are what cause the greenish tint in glass. But Starlite low iron glass is made from a high grade of silica sand that is almost completely free of iron oxides. By reducing the iron content you reduce the greenish tint and increase light transmission, brightness and clarity.

In fact, Starphire low iron glass can have as little as 10% of the iron content of regular glass, allowing it to transmit 91% of light, compared to 83% for regular glass.

Although the raw materials are different, Starphire low iron glass is manufactured the same way as regular glass, and can be pressed, cut, polished, tempered and otherwise worked the same way as well. It can be used wherever regular glass would be used, from interior and exterior applications in commercial buildings, to glass tables and glass table tops.

With such a brilliant, beautiful look, Bear Glass wants you to consider Starphire low iron glass for your special orders of glass tables and glass table tops.

Characteristics of Starphire glass and mirror

  • Nearly unaltered, neutral, warm reflection
  • Best clarity, truest color, and highest visible light
  • Color purity of desired glass coatings
  • Highest solar energy reflectance of any other acid-etched clear glass

We will ship Starphire Glass worldwide.

For more information, please contact us at:


Bear Glass Inc.
399 20th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-832-3604
Fax: 718-832-0786
Email: bearglass@yahoo.com

What is V Grooving and how this technique can enhance your home or office.

Glass v grooving is not an edging process, but uses similar polishing and grinding technology in producing decorative grooves (patterns) or plate grooves (straight) on the surface of glass. The depth of the v groove is related to the thickness of the glass, and it is not recommended to be fabricated on glass less than 1/8″ thick.

One special window or your entire home can be enhanced with the elegance of custom  v grooved glass. This special design treatment is heralded by architects and interior decorators alike for its distinctive charm. Custom v grooved glass is available in insulated windows and patio doors. Pick the style that matches your decor. Custom v grooved glass is available in several styles with 3 distinct groove effects to suit your taste.

V-Groove is a way to engrave any type of glass. Both lineal and curved patterns can be cut into the glass surface to create a distinctive look or to add a functional benefit.

V-Groove is cut into the glass using an innovative technique that is like using a chisel on wood. The first pass, called a grind, creates a textured opaque finish. It can be left like this or put through a second pass, or a polish, which creates a smooth clear finish. Or you can combine a wide grind with a narrower polish to create a shadow.

Bear Glass can create almost any pattern or design that you can think of. From traditional and ornate patterns to sleek contemporary geometric designs, with Bear Glass V-Groove you have plenty to consider – different finishes, different widths, applied to your design.

Our V-groove and face beveling machine can produce unlimited designs to meet your specs of any job. We also have our own in house designers that can work with you on your designs. Whether you are working with glass or mirror we can meet your needs.

Bear Glass manufactures and offers V Groove Glass which are available in variety of shapes, sizes, colors and designs to match with the interiors and exteriors. These glasses are well suited for homeowners as they can give striking look to their windows and doors. Also, the transparency of V groove glass adds a different look to all the grooved products.

Our product range is also available in diverse patterns that can be engraved on any glass option such as:

  • High-performance low-E glass
  • Energy-saving heat mirror glass
  • Even-tempered TUF Glass

We will ship V Grooved glass worldwide.

For more information, please contact us at:


Bear Glass Inc.
399 20th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-832-3604
Fax: 718-832-0786
Email: bearglass@yahoo.com


Bear Glass Showroom
167 Mott St,
NY, NY 10013-5442
Phone: 212-219-1679
Email: info@bearglass.com