22nd May 2024

Lefranc & Bourgeois Glass & Tile Paint. A review.

Lefranc & Bourgeois Glass & Tile Paint. A review.
Lefranc & Bourgeois Glass & Tile Paint. A review.

This is a review of Lefranc & Bourgeois Glass & Tile Paint which is a waterbased paint suitable for oven baking.  After baking at 150°C for 30 minutes, is reported to be dishwasher proof and therefore suitable for glasses and other items which need to be washed.

To make the review complete we have also used the outliner made to go with this paint.

We use the paint on both flat and curved surfaces using a mixture of the transparent and opaque colours. There are approximately 11 of each type of paint available in the range. Each comes in a 50ml pot. The outliner comes in 20ml tubes and is available in 3 colours: black, silver and gold.

Lefranc & Bourgeois Glass & Tile Paint. A review.



We used the outliner straight from the tube. Not my favourite way of outlining but it produced a nice smooth line which held it’s shape well. As recommended we let it dry for 24 hours before painting.

As an additional test we tried the “pipe and move” technique for the curved surface. We piped onto a spare piece of flat glass with the design underneath.  This was then left to dry but only for about 3 or 4 hours rather than the 24 recommended. In this state we could carefully peel the design off the flat glass and transfer it to the curved surface. You don’t have to use this technique, you can pipe straight onto the curved surface if you wish but I wanted to see if the outliner could be used in this way.

Glass & Tile Paints.
Glass & Tile Paints.

Painting Prep.

On the same day I did the outlining, I also prepared the paints. This gave the a full 24 hours to “settle” before I used them. As with all new paints I had no idea how long they had been sat on a shelf so I gave them all a good stir and shake. Obviously this introduces a lot of air bubbles, hence doing it a day before I wanted to use them.

In addition to this I watered down some of the paints, just by way of an experiment. I did some at 2ml of water to 15ml of paint and others at 5ml of water to 15ml of paint.


The painting was pretty straight forward. The flat test sheet was done using the flood fill method. The curved vase was painted section by section, letting each go tacky dry before moving on to the next. Once left to dry for 24 hours the items were baked in a domestic oven at  150°C for 30 minutes (actually I took the temp down by 10°C as our oven is fan assisted).

Lefranc & Bourgeois Glass & Tile Paint. Summery.

On the whole I really liked these paints. I did have a slight issue with bumps particularly in the gold and silver plus with the red in certain areas of the vase. As these were the areas which had thicker paint in I think I either need to keep the paint thinner and or give it longer before I bake it in the oven . (It was fine prior to baking). I will do a bit more testing on this.

All the other colours were fine and the red when used flat (and thinner) was fine. The ones I watered down did just as well as the rest but were ever so slightly lighter. I would certainly recommend this paint.


For more information about these paints you can visit the Lefranc & Bourgeois website HERE. (sorry couldn’t find an English version of the site but there is always Google Translate).

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