Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Instructions

What Is Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint?

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is used to decorate glass objects.  It comes in a large range of vivid transparent glossy colours which can be mixed together to create other colours. Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint can be used to reproduce beautiful stained glass effects on glass objects such as vases, tealight holders, bottles, jars, windows, etc.


Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint


There is 26 transparent colours in the Vitrail range, which come in 45ml pots and 250ml bottles in the more popular colours. There is also 10 opale (opaque) colours available for a solid finish.  Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is solvent based (clean equipment thoroughly after use with white spirit) and colours have good light resistance and dry to a glossy finish.  Stir the paints thoroughly before use.

How Do I Use Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint?

How To Use Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint


Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is easy to use.  To imitate a stained glass effect, use Vitrail Glass Paint with Pebeo Cerne Relief.  Pebeo Cerne Relief is a water-based outliner that comes in a tube with a fine nozzle.  It is available in a range of 7 colours and is used to create the outline of the design before applying the glass paint.  Cerne Relief separates the colours giving a traditional stained glass look.

To start with, you will need a glass object and the following art materials:

–  A pencil and a piece of paper to draw out your design.
–  Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint in a selection of colours.
–  A tube of Pebeo Cerne Relief to create your outlines.
–  A soft brush to apply your glass paints.


We recommend using Pro Arte Acrylix Brushes to apply Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint because they are soft and will keep their shape when cleaned with white spirit / turpentine.  The shape of brush that you choose is down to personal choice as it depends on how detailed your design is.

 Glass Painting Supplies

Step By Step Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Instructions:

1. Firstly, clean the surface of your glass object with warm water, making sure that there are no grease marks on the object. Let it dry thoroughly.

2. Draw out your design onto a piece of paper and stick it behind your piece of glass (if it is a glass object such as a jar or a vase, place your drawing inside it).

3. Using a tube of Pebeo Cerne Relief, follow the outlines of your design.  Sometimes it can take a bit of practice to get the hang of using the Cerne Relief so try it on a piece of paper or acetate first.  If you do make a mistake, you can simply wipe the outliner off before it dries and re-apply it.

4. Once the Cerne Relief is dry (approximately 1 – 2 hours), using a soft brush, start filling in the shapes with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint.  If you can, lay your object flat to avoid the glass paint from running and drying unevenly.

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is usually touch dry within 1 – 2 hours and fully dry within 8 hours depending on the thickness of the paint application and the room temperature.

Painted objects and surfaces may be wiped clean but do not soak (they are resistant to glass cleaners).  Objects painted with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint are for decorative purposes only.  If you wish to paint glass objects for actual use, such as wine glasses, plates, etc, then use Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paints instead (a water-based glass paint).

For a more traditional ‘imitation lead’ stained glass effect, you can use the Pebeo Vitrail Lead Strip instead of the Cerne Relief.  This is a 10 metre roll of self adhesive lead strip that is easy to cut, shape and bend.

Below is a video demonstrating how to use Pebeo Cerne Relief Outliners along with some helpful tips and techniques:



What Other Surfaces Can Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Be Used On To?

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint can be painted on to numerous surfaces other than glass, such as plastic, acetate, polyester, metal, mirrors, wood and even canvas!  If you want to have a coloured lightbulb then paint it with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint!

Vitrail glass paint can create some really interesting effects when painted on to canvas as it produces intense vibrant smooth glossy transparent colours.  To see how effective Vitrail Glass Paints are when painted on to canvas, see the videos below:




You can also use Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint with a bath technique to create a marble effect on paper or canvas (Vitrail paints will sit on the top of the water bath because they are solvent based).

Mediums For Using With Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint:

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Mediums


There are a range of mediums available for using with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint:

Pebeo Vitrail Matt Medium – This medium will give the Vitrail Glass Paints a frosted matt finish when mixed directly in to the paint.

Pebeo Vitrail No-Drip Medium – This medium should be mixed with Vitrail Paints when having to paint a glass object vertically, for example, a glass window or cylinder shaped vase.  Simply mix a ratio of 30% – 50% of the No-Drip Medium directly into the Vitrail paint.  This Medium does slow down the drying time of the paint but will give an even coverage.  Touch dry in 2 hours, completely dry in 48 hours.

Pebeo Vitrail Glitter Medium – This medium adds a glittery sparkling effect when mixed either directly in to Vitrail Paints or when used over the top of dried colours.

Pebeo Vitrail Lightening Medium – Mix this medium directly into Vitrail colours to make the colours lighter without comprimsing the quality of the glass paint.

If you wish to thin Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint then mix it with odourless mineral spirits or white spirit.

Although Vitrail Glass Paints are very lighfast, if you are going to be placing your painted object in direct sunlight for long periods of time, we recommend that you use a UV varnish over the top.  This will protect the colours from fading, espcially if the item is going in a conservatory for example.

Objects Decorated Using Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paints:

Below are some of the techniques that can be achieved with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint:


Glass Painting Techniques Using Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paints


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38 thoughts on “Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Instructions

  1. When painting dishes and mugs, why must the vitrail 160 (water based) be used instead of the regular vitrail glass paint (solvent based)?

    1. You can use Vitrail Glass Paint but this is more for decorative use. If you intend to eat or drink from the object regularly, then it is better to use the Vitrea water based glass paint as this can be ‘fixed’ in the oven after air-drying to make it dishwasher safe and will with stand every day washing better. Alternatively, if you want to paint china mugs and plates, the Pebeo Porcelaine Paints would be more suitable. I hope that this helps!

  2. Hi
    I’m using pebeo vitrail solvent based paints for my glass paints…I m unable to achieve a even surface using brush…either it thins out..or leave behind the strokes while using brush..please suggest me …is their any other applicator for applying the paints

    1. Hi Priya,

      I use Pebeo Vitrail Glas Paints and find that the best brushes to apply the paint with are the Pro Arte Acrylix Brushes, in particular, the Filbert range. They are soft synthetic brushes that don’t leave any brush strokes and hold the paint really well so that you can apply it thickly enough. I make sure that I apply the paint quite thickly (it still remains transparent) and sort of ‘blob’ it on with the brush. These brushes are suitable for use with solvents and last really well providing that you clean them with white spirit after use.

      You could always use a Pipette to drop the colour on too – this will ensure good paint coverage but if your painting a large area of colour it may be a bit time consuming. I defintely recommend the Acrylix Brushes though!

      I hope that this helps!

      Kind Regards,
      Pullingers Art Shop

  3. I would like the instruction book on Vitrail paint products (or Vitrea?). I want to paint on canvas. I saw the instruction manual when I bought the paints but didn’t buy it at that time, (at Michael’s). Now I want it and can’t find it. Michael’s not longer has the booklet. Can you help?

  4. Help my daughter at kinder got glass paint all over her clothes is their anyway of getting it out kind regards lilly

      1. Try using WD-40. I know that it sounds crazy, but I used it to remove liquid whiteout of a rayon blouse. No damage to the material! It was awesome. I thought I had ruined the blouse. Of course, try it it a hidden spot if you are concerned.

  5. Hope you can help. Am using the paints to add detail to my stained glass project. I cannot find anywhere the temperature and length of time to fire them in the oven. I checked their website and still could not find.

    Your help would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi Mary
      These style paints are solvent-based and therefore should dry without being fired. They should be touch-dry after 1 hour and fully dry in 8 hours if the coats added are thin.
      The paint can also be cleaned from the glass or thinned using White Spirit.
      I hope this helps!

  6. hi, I just wanted to ask how durable are vitrail glass paints. I do lots of painting on glass with them and I need to know how long they last. I know how they behave when exposed to light but what I want to know is do they crack or crumble with time
    thanks for your response
    kind regards

    1. Hi Anna,
      In our experiences with these paints, we have noticed that they are quite long-lasting and shouldn’t have any adverse problems over time. However, these paints are only decorative and are not artist’s materials, and therefore won’t perform in a way that other industrial materials would. My advice would be to make sure that you don’t put anything painted with Vitrail paints too close to any heat source (fire-places, radiators etc) and they should be ok.
      If we can be of any further help, please feel free to get in touch,
      Thanks for your question,

  7. Hi
    I am just wondering if pebeo cerne relief outliners for vitrail are solvent based too ?!!
    I want to buy it but in description it said it is washable ! so I am a bit confused ! can I use them with vitreal solvent based colors?

    At the end when the work has finished , what is your recommendation ? I mean for protecting the painting it should be covered by varnish ?


    1. Hi Marria,
      Thank you for your question. Cerne Relief will be fine to use along side Vitrail paints and can be used very successfully to create a wide range of effects.
      In regards to the finished work, you can varnish the Vitrail paints using the Lightening Medium which is here:
      Please be aware however, that these paints are meant for decorative purposes and are not industrial, so some deterioration may occur over time.
      I hope this is useful to you,
      Kind regards,

  8. Hi, I’m planning a party for my 8 year old and some of her friends. I have bought glass jars, pebeo vitrail 160 paints and cerne relief outliner. My question is, how long do they have to leave the outliner to dry before painting with the pebeo vitrail paints, and is the outliner ok to be cooked at 160? Cheers

    1. Hi Sam, thanks for your question,
      Vitrea 160 paints have their own outliner which can be baked along with the paints at 160 degrees successfully. The Cerne Relief however is air drying must not be baked so I would advise applying that after the jars have been baked as a finishing touch. The Cerne Relief is touch dry in 1 hour but takes 24 hours to fully dry. You can find the Vitrea 160 outliners here:
      Hope they enjoy their party!
      Kind regards,

  9. I came a crossed a post to color jars. They used vi trail and lightening medium. And directions said to bake for 40 min in 325 oven. Is this ok. And then saw one also that used vitrea160 mixed with thinner or odorless mineral spirits baked the same. Is it ok

    1. Hi Diane,

      Vitrail paints are not suitable for baking as they are solvent based and are only suitable for air drying. Vitrea 160 can be baked and mixing this with the Pebeo Vitria 160 Thinner would be fine, but I would not recommend using an odourless mineral spirit as Vitrea 160 is a water based paint.
      You can find the Vitrea 160 Thinner here:
      I hope this answers your question,
      Kind regards,

  10. I am interesting in using the Vitrail paint to fill in diamond-leaded glass for several large windows in my house. I was going to use a mix of colours, but wasn’t sure what sort of area one 45mL pot would cover at 100% or 50% strength – would a single pot at 100% (mixed with the no-drip medium) cover a square meter? Or less? Could you give me an approximate area? Thanks!

    1. Hi Katy,

      I would suggest using 2 pots per square meter of Vitrail as one may not be quite enough to go that far. Mixing with the No-Drip medium sounds great, I hope you get the lovely windows that you are looking for!
      Kind regards,

  11. Hi, I am using the paints for decor for windows. Suncatcher type. Not necessarilly full sun. I read above that it would be a good idea to finish with a uv varnish. I am using the non bake paint with the cerne relief. Not really sure what to look for in a uv varnish for compatibility. I’m am just learning as I go. Can you recommend something please 🙂

  12. Hello! I need some help ASAP! I recently bought Pebeo Vitrail discovery set transparent colors for glass. My intention was to paint on porcelain cups, saucers and tea pots. I used these paints on the porcelain and they turned out great! Do I need to cure these pieces in the oven or are they able to just air dry? Also, due to the paint that is on them are these pieces able to be used to drink tea out of and boil the water in the tea pot? My local craft store told me yes, but I was nervous because I told them I was looking for porcelaine 150 paint and they gave me the paint I listed above and because my intention was for these pots and cups and saucers to be used I want to make sure that I am curing they correctly or even if they are safe to be used with this paint on them. Thank you!

    1. Hi Megan,

      Pebeo Vitrail paints are solvent based and are air-drying. They are not intended for domestic use, and are only really for decorative purposes, so we would not recommend using them on anything that will be used for eating and drinking. Porcelaine 150 paints need to be baked in the oven, and can then be used on crockery and should be resistant to washing, even in a dishwasher. You can find more information about both of these paints on Pebeo’s website here:
      Thanks for your question,
      Kind Regards,

  13. Hi, I recently purchased Pebeo Vitria 160 and want to paint some old doors with a stained glass effect. I will be using lead strips as well. My question is do I first paint the design and then bake it in a oven and only afterwards place lead strips or can one bake the lead strips as well? the reson I ask is I am worried the paint will run if I do not have the strips to catch the paint?

  14. We used pebeo vitrail glass paint on acrylic (plexiglass) to be hung outdoors – do we need to varnish it? If so, what kind of varnish do you recommend. We bought a varnish intended to go plastic Krylar that can go outdoors.

  15. Hi. I make faux stained glass windows using the flood fill method but when applying a second coat the paint reacts with the first coat resulting in bubbling and lifting. Can you advise please? Many thanks

    1. Hi Javkie,

      Vitrail paints are solvent based and this may be causing the bubbling, as they react with each other. You could try using Vitrail Lightening Medium as a varnish between layers which may work for you, but having not tried it myself I couldn’t say for sure.
      Thanks for your question,
      Kind regards,


  16. Hi. I am just learning to use Vitrail, Prism and Moon products, on a small scale project, with the intent on doing a faux stained glass window. I noticed that all three “paints” appear to “shrink away” the Cerne outline, leaving bits of clear uncoloured glass. How can I avoid this? Last question is, my final project will be exposed to the elements, so what is the best way to protect it?
    Thanks ,

    1. Hi Anne,
      Pebeo Cerne Relief should stay in place when used alongside Vitrail, Fantasy Prisme & Moon Fantasy Paints, but make sure it is funny dry before adding the paint as that might be the cause of the shrinkage.
      A U.V Varnish would be best suited if your finished work is going to be in direct sunlight, but please be aware that these paints are only for decorative use and will not withstand too much when placed outside in the elements.
      Thanks for your question,
      Kind Regards,

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