Re-gilding outside mirrors

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Re-gilding outside mirrors

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My original mirror and spare were unusable because the silver was tarnishing off the backs of the mirrors.
After carefully prying back the metal holding in the glass, I was able to strip the silver off with bleach.
This was followed by tinning the glass and then applying two layers of silver using the Mini Silver Kit from Angel Gilding.
I applied black backing paint to stop tarnishing and protect the silver and reattached the glass to the metal with epoxy

Total cost less thant $100 Cdn. Quote for glass shop to resilver $240 minimum

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Wow !...nicely done. I've never heard of anyone doing that before. I didn't realize that was even a possibility....Something to learn everyday !
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Always good to find a money saving resto tip. Good work! Were you able to reattach the metal frame without ripples?
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There are some ripples in the metal frame.

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I've found that sometimes metal car mirrors aren't "crimped" around the glass, and that the glass is glued in, and can be easily removed by sitting it face down in a suitable solvent such as acetone or lacquer thinner. I've removed the glass from several, early roadster dash mirrors this way, to have the metal re-chromed.
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If you can "de-glue" a mirror couldn't you just get a piece reglued in by a glass shop?
Though it is impressive you figured out the process, Viney......Linda
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Linda wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:57 pm
If you can "de-glue" a mirror couldn't you just get a piece reglued in by a glass shop?
I tried, and had no luck with any of the local glass shops being able to cut a new shape from a replacement mirror blank purchased from my FLAP store...both places I went to told me they were able to "nibble" out a rough shape, but unable to hone, or grind the final contours because the particular machine that does that, wasn't working...there's more to the story for one of the shops, that was an extremely irritating experience. This was way before Dean was able to provide aftermarket repros for the early models...
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