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taking the back off of a mirror

Postby jim simmons » Wed Oct 22, 2003 3:52 pm

I have tried a 1/2 hour soak with two different mirror backs. one is black and one is a redish brown

1/2 hour soak in acetone, alcohol, methyl ethyl keytone( MEK ), and mineral spirits.

Nothing works very good. The acetone barely makes it so you can scrape it off woth a razor blade, but I can't get it really clean this way.

Am I overlooking something?
I havent tried gasolene yet.

Jim

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Postby Ron Coleman » Wed Oct 22, 2003 4:09 pm

Paint remover contains methylene chloride and will do the job.

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Postby charlie » Wed Oct 22, 2003 4:20 pm

any paint stripper. home depot has a number of different ones. i know jasco works well. do NOT use in an enclosed area or around a flame unless you have an abundance of brain cells to kill. damhikt.

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Re: taking the back off of a mirror

Postby Terry Ow-Wing » Wed Oct 22, 2003 11:20 pm

I use the lacquer thinner, put it in a tray and cover it and leave it till I remember to fix it - probably at least overnight 8) - this is one of those gee I'm doing 5 things at once tricks for me.

-Good luck - Terry O.[

quote="jim simmons"]I have tried a 1/2 hour soak with two different mirror backs. one is black and one is a redish brown

1/2 hour soak in acetone, alcohol, methyl ethyl keytone( MEK ), and mineral spirits.

Nothing works very good. The acetone barely makes it so you can scrape it off woth a razor blade, but I can't get it really clean this way.

Am I overlooking something?
I havent tried gasolene yet.

Jim[/quote]
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Postby watershed » Wed Oct 22, 2003 11:49 pm

A mostly useless tip, but Kemper (kester?) Paste soldering flux, does a wonderfull job of eating mirror backing.

Also, when you buy it, choose wisely. Some Mirrors are electroplated, some just painted and covered with tar.

Plus, since mirror is VERY TOXIC when applied, I would imagine that it is VERY TOXIC when removed.

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Postby Marty » Thu Oct 23, 2003 7:54 am

Are you removing the backing selectively (for a design)? Sandblast.

If you want to get the glass completely clear, why not buy float?

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Postby charlie » Thu Oct 23, 2003 10:10 am

not really. the toxicity is because of the carrier for the silvering. sonce the silver is deposited, the rest goes away. you're really only left with the backer (paint/tar) and silver.

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Postby jim simmons » Thu Oct 23, 2003 11:58 am

Marty wrote:Are you removing the backing selectively (for a design)? Sandblast.

If you want to get the glass completely clear, why not buy float?


This request was for my friend who wants to selectively remove the back from a mirror and then paint a portrait on it.

Thanks for all of the responses.

Jim

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Postby Mark Kemp » Thu Oct 23, 2003 1:25 pm

They sell a product in craft stores made specifially to selectively remove mirroring for decorative purposes. I haven't tried it though.

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Postby Peter A Cummings » Sat Oct 25, 2003 3:47 am

jim. I used a strong paint stripper to remove the cover paint,and a 10% nitric acid from the solder section, hardware store.Both dangerous,use gloves, glasses and fresh air.I found it hard to get clear outlines as both were so strong but the mirror picture is a great effect. Pure lemon juice can take the silver off with lots of scrubbing.


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