Removing a Sheet Mirror?

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Topic by Matt in Franklin posted 01-20-2014 09:26 PM 4654 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt in Franklin

1 post in 1885 days

01-20-2014 09:26 PM

I want to remodel our master bathroom and one of the main requests of the wife is to remove/replace the massive sheet mirror above the double vanity. This is one of those mirrors that the builders just stick to the wall. The mirror is at least 8 feet long and probably 3 feet high.

I would LIKE to do this without damaging the mirror because i would like the opportunity to take it to a glass shop and have it cut up to use in woodworking projects.

So, how the heck to I get that thing off my wall? Will I be replacing the underlying drywall?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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32 posts in 1931 days

01-21-2014 03:27 PM

I would cut the Sheetrock flush with the mirror and try to remove it one big panel. Even if you could get the mirror off in one piece, which I highly doubt, you’re gonna destroy the Sheetrock behind it. Cut it and scrape the Sheetrock off the back after

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27 posts in 3349 days

01-21-2014 11:13 PM

Numerous videos on Utube on this subject. Everyone has their own “best way” , so I’ll leave it to you to determine which one applies to your situation the most.
Best wishes : )

-- "I've got an hour glass figure , but , it's later than you think"! _Minnie Pearl

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19 posts in 1884 days

01-24-2014 06:43 AM

Prepare to remove the mirror. Lay an old sheet or a tarp beneath the mirror to catch any glass shards that might fall.

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19 posts in 1884 days

01-25-2014 09:30 AM

I have used this method but it can sometimes break the tiles behind unless you are very patient. Get a sheet of sticky backed plastic the same.

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31 posts in 3169 days

04-08-2014 11:11 PM

A friend had the same situation. Heat gun on the mirror and gently work it away from the wall with a plain ol’ handsaw. Instead of just a few dots of glue, his had several swirls of glue which made it a challenge.

-- I got out of the rat race. The rats kept winning.

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40 posts in 1815 days

04-11-2014 10:08 PM

Hey Matt – did you get the mirror off in one piece? I had to do this at a job that was formerly a dance studio. Three mirrors were 4’ by 8’. I got them off successfully with a putty knife and some luck, but then they couldn’t be reused because they weren’t tempered glass which is now required by code. I guess they could have been cut up into smaller pieces, but I didn’t think of that. I don’t think it would work to cut around them and remove the drywall because the drywall would be nailed to the wall and then the nails covered by the mirror. So how’d it go for you, Matt?

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101 posts in 2937 days

04-12-2014 06:42 PM

I’ve salvaged almost every mirror on a bathroom remodeling job.

Heating old glue doesn’t really work, hopefully they used mirror adhesive but it’s usually const. adhesive.

I get a few packs of those 7” long shims and stick them all around the mirror and slowly tap them in.

the pressure forces the glue to release – just let it pop. Sometimes it takes the drywall paper but that’s an easy fix compared to cutting out all the drywall, adding nailer blocks, buying a full sheet of drywall, prepping for 2 coats of durabond 45, big sanding mess, primer, two coats of paint and hope the patch doesn’t show…. It always does.

I can’t believe how much mirrors have gone up….. Definitely worth salvaging.

ps – don’t try to scrape the glue completely off the back of the mirror, it really doesn’t matter if re glued on drywall, you may damage the nickel back finish and ruin it.

Good luck! I hope this suggestion helps.

-- mark - Grayslake IL.

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28 posts in 1605 days

11-20-2014 05:19 AM

Removal of glass and mirror is the worst! I’ve never been patient enough to get it worked off the wall in once piece and @joecot you have my utmost respect for attempting something with mirror that big! Short of “training” with smaller bits of mirror first, I don’t think I’ll ever get the hang of proper removals of this stuff so best to leave it to the professionals for any such things in my house!

-- Marcio Wilges @ http://www.platinumremovals.com.au/

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