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Old 07-24-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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Removing wall to wall mirror over vanity


Am planning a bathroom remodel update and have two wall to wall mirrors separated by a lite bar above my vanity. The mirrors are framed by metal brass strips. I am trying to figure out how to safely remove the mirrors from the wall.
Has anyone encountered this problem and have advice on how this can be accomplished? Thanks for your help.
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You can use heavy duty tape or the roll film like you get to place at the entry way to remove dirt from shoes. Place the film over the glass. You should have two people when removing also wear all the safety equipment.
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I would remove the light first and try to see if the frame has just been added on top or is it a framed unit.
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Agreed... light bar has to come off first. Then, the makeup mirror on the side wall needs to be removed because it will be in the way as the mirror panel comes down.

Do this with two people because the mirror is very heavy.

1. Heat up the mirror surface with a hair dryer to a pretty warm (almost hot) temperature.

2. Crisscross duct tape all over the face of the mirror to keep any potential breakage under control, and start by prying one upper corner loose from the drywall with with wide tipped flat pry bar.

3. Literally just pull the mirror off the wall.

4. Both people need to be holding the mirror as it comes loose.

5. The mirror will leave mirror/construction adhesive (usually black and almost tar-like) on the drywall surface. This needs to be pulled off the drywall by peeling the underlying paper with it.

6. Patch the drywall surface with drywall mud, sand, prime, and re-paint.

Leave bare, or add new mirror/cabinet/whatever you want .
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The last big mirror I took off, just would not let go, so I cut the drywall a around it and pulled the drywall off the screws with the mirror.
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You're absolutely right, Neal... and that might actually be easier except for the fact that the OP's mirror goes all the way into the corners. Still... it's an option.
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Are you guys saying to break up the mirror to remove it?
Harbor freight sells mirror suction cups very cheap. After removing
the metal framing and the light bar, two suction cups should pull
it right off.
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Are you guys saying to break up the mirror to remove it?
Harbor freight sells mirror suction cups very cheap. After removing
the metal framing and the light bar, two suction cups should pull
it right off.

No, we always want it in one piece.
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I just thought the way the removal was described, it didn't include the
mirror suction cup removers.
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Like Neal said... one piece is desired, but when prying the corners to get it started, there is a chance of breakage, and that's why I recommended taping it over to keep any broken pieces from falling forward and cutting someone.

Though they are handy handles, I'm doubtful that just the suction cups alone will let you "just pull the mirror off"... perhaps sometimes, but not the ones I've had to deal with! The glue bond has to get broken (or sheet rock paper started peeling), and that is most easily started in s small corner area. Also, like Neal mentioned, sometimes they are glued on so well that you have to remove the sheet rock with it.
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F250, We've pulled off big mirrors several times just using the suction cups
and every time they pulled off in one piece with the suction cups. The
sizes that we removed were 10 foot long and 8 foot long X 18" to 24" wide.

We also use the suction cups to install the mirrors. I'm not trying to come
off like I know it all, but we have successfully removed big mirrors this way.

But, then again we wanted to reuse the mirrors for other projects,
and wanted them to be in one piece.
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I'm glad that it has worked for you, Joann. I certainly don't know it all, either, and am always happy to learn something new. I've just not come across a mirror yet where the installer didn't go nuts with adhesive, so they've been tough "pulls".

I'll have to go get me a set of those suction cups for my next job. Thanks for that info.
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Hey Pete, looking through the archives I found a pic of the Harbor Freight
suction cups in action ... We use them to install mirrors as well...makes it
a lot easier.

This was re-cycled mirrors from our nieces wall. http://business.time.com/2012/08/07/...than-it-gives/

I wonder how the OP made out with his mirror removal?
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The mirrors and light look like one assembly. Before I went trying to yank on the mirror I would remove the light box and check for some kind clip or hanger system.
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I have the same gold trim around the mirrors on our dining room wall and want to take 4 big mirrors down. I thought I would start with the little mirror over the entry way, the problem is the gold trim is screwed into the wall on the bottom piece. I am not sure how they put the mirrors in if they screwed all the gold trim into the wall on top and bottom. Any help would be appreciated and I donít want to break the mirrors.
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