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General Notes for Glazing – Switchable Privacy Glass

31 Mar 2016

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Last Updated on January 28, 2023 by SwitchGlass

Switchable Privacy Glass is suitable for glazing into a wide range of steel, timber, aluminium or UPVC frame systems.

Examine the area where the work is to take place and make sure there are no obstacles that may hinder you in the full execution of the work.

  1. Do not proceed until any unsatisfactory conditions are corrected.
  2. If the Switchable Privacy Glass Panel is to be glazed into an already installed frame, ensure all glazing channels and/or rebates and stops are clear and free from obstructions and that appropriate holes are drilled (with protective grommets in place) for you to feed the wiring through.
  3. Ensure the electrician will have access to the wiring.
  4. If the Switchable Privacy Panel is already framed, ensure the protruding wire remains accessible and sufficient for the electrician to wire the panel in.
  5. Remove any protective coating from the panel which might interfere with bond of sealants.


The recommended interior glazing method is ‘dry glazing’. However, for wet areas and external applications (wet glazing) the edges of the panel must be sealed so that the interior laminate films will be impervious to moisture. This is to be achieved using the appropriate tape and (only) Neutral Cure, Non-Acetic Silicone Sealants. The following Non-Acetic Sealants are listed as non-acetic by their manufacturers:

  • GE SSG4000
  • Rhodorsi 3B (Rhone-Poulenc)
  • Tremsil 200 (Tremco)
  • Pecora 895(Pecora)
  • Tremsil 600 (Tremco)
  • Dow Corning AS7096N 399, 795, 991, 1199, 799, 982 or Instant Glaze 18578

Butt joint glazing is used to achieve a ‘seamless glazing’ effect. Either Neutral Cure Silicone or clear dry plastic jointing trims may be used between the abutted glass panels.

Windblown objects, welding sparks, or other material accidentally applied to the glass surface during construction may cause irreversible damage.


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