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Old 03-16-2017, 05:49 PM   #1
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Unsticking Mirror Glued Onto Mirror


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My wife and I bought a home built in 1912. It's a nice arts and crafts style home with these beautiful built ins. We're trying our best to get it back to it's previous glory.

We just found that the mirror in the back of one of the built ins is glued onto the previous mirror. Most likely the original. I think it's because the original mirror likely has some imperfections. But we're okay with that.

So my question is, does anyone have any suggestions on how to unstick two mirrors that have been glued together without breaking them?

I was thinking a heat gun to loosen up the glue. Any ideas or thoughts are very much welcomed.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:01 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are hoping for small imperfections in the original. It may be broke and the reason it was covered.

My guess is that trying to separate them will result in both surely being broke.
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It may be broken. I'm hopeful that it's not. And seeing the work the contractor did in other places, I'm sure they just covered it up because it looked old.

If it is broken, then we'll replace the mirror with a mirror that fits properly.

Thanks for the comment.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:20 PM   #4
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I've removed peel and stick blind spot mirrors from automotive factory mirrors with dental floss but we have no idea what adhesive was used on your mirrors so that would be a shot in the dark.

But the friction of a small strong nylon cord used like a hand saw may heat the bonding agent enough to release it. And that could be a shot in the dark too but at least low cost and usually within budget.
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I would try the heat gun. If that doesn't work, you need to try a suction cup
thing ( don't know what it's called)

We removed a glued on mirror that we have as a backsplash
in our kitchen with a suction cup thing that we took off an old
meat slicer. The mirror is 10 foot long by 18" high. We managed to
get it off in one piece...then reglued it back on after we installed our
new countertop.

You won't know if it will work until you try it.
Good luck, and congrats on the new home. I love arts and crafts...
our kitchen is arts and crafts, with lots of mirrors to make the space
brighter and appears bigger.

How big is this mirror that you're trying to remove? Do the other cabinets
have mirrored backs?
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The mirror is about 4 feet by 18 inches. It's the only one. Suction cups are great idea. I was trying to think of the best way to pull on it as it heated up.

Thanks!
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To clarify my post...We did not heat it up first...we just just used the suction cups.

We also removed two mirrors flanking our fireplace that were 2 foot wide
by 8 foot high. There was nothing wrong with the mirrors. The reason
we removed them was because we ordered Slightly tinted mirrors and after
a few years I wanted clear mirrors. We installed these mirrors ourselves
so we knew we had lots of glue underneath.

They both came off in one piece without incident
I was glad as I wanted to re-use the tinted mirrors in other areas.

I think we had an angel on our shoulders as we did this...
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Thanks for clarifying. But I got what you were saying.

I think I'm going to try the nylon cord that SeniorSitizen suggested but have suction cups to pull on the mirror. If that doesn't work I'm going to add some low heat like Two Knots suggested, with the heat gun and then again, pull with the suction cups at the same time.

So basically, thanks to everyone, I mashed up the ideas and I think I now have a pretty good idea how to do this.

Thanks everyone. Maybe I'll get lucky and I'll have the same angels on my side.
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And in case you need extra pulling power, these work VERY well.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mabis-Hea...actiX/21383055
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