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Old 10-19-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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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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Old 10-19-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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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.
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Trying to remove it will take the silver coating on the back.
Mirrows are cheap. Concider buying a new one.
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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?
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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.
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if the mirror is in good shape, i would reuse in. why spend money for something that you already have.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:31 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:56 PM   #9
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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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