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anuvanoob 10-19-2012 02:23 PM

reuse or remove contact stuff from back of mirror
 
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How do I reuse the contact stuff on the back of this mirror (attached/inline) so I can re-mount it back on a wall? If I can't reuse it, how can I remove it so I can re-mount it on a wall?

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anuvanoob 10-19-2012 02:52 PM

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Another view of it (attached/inline)


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bbo 10-19-2012 02:56 PM

looks like gunther mirror mastic.

its permanent. surprised you got that off in one piece.

truthfully, I would just order another piece of glass form a local glass shop.

you could just put mirror mastic in the areas that are clean right now to reuse it.

joecaption 10-19-2012 02:57 PM

Trying to remove it will take the silver coating on the back.
Mirrows are cheap. Concider buying a new one.

anuvanoob 10-19-2012 03:06 PM

I understand mirrors are cheap and I've considered just buying a new one when I got frustrated, but I'd like to move forward anyway to help build up my handyman skills. What about framing it and mounting it that way? Is that possible?

bbo 10-19-2012 03:15 PM

sure you can.

as also mentioned, you can use more gunther mirror mastic in spots not already used. you'd have to make it a bit thicker though.

I'd still just get a new mirror. like mentioned, they are cheap and you can get em delivered cut to the size you need.

and if you do get a new mirror, seal the edges and and any cutouts.

Fix'n it 10-20-2012 09:40 AM

if the mirror is in good shape, i would reuse in. why spend money for something that you already have.

jschaben 10-20-2012 01:31 PM

Framing sounds like a good idea. I would back it up with foam board/cardboard/plywood/whatever with holes cut out for the blobs of glue. Just to give it even support all around.
Heat, like from a hair dryer, may soften the stuff enough to get some off. I think the guys are right, if you try to pry or scrape it off, the silvering may come along with it. :)

user1007 10-20-2012 03:56 PM

It is too big to frame and hang safely without some support from framing wire unless you put a bunch of anchors in the wall. You will soon be up to the cost of a new piece of mirror glass. New mastic where there is none now will work so long as, as mentioned, you heap it on thicker/deeper than what is there now. You will destroy the backing trying to get what is there off.


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