How to Resilver a mirror

December 18, 2010 by: admin

The mirror resilvering tips can help you repair antique mirrors,beveled edged mirrors and more.Here’s how to resilver a mirror:

1.Determine if it is practical to resilver the mirror.Bathroom mirrors should usually be replaced as it will be less expensive and simpler.Although these mirrors are usually large it is not worth the time and expense to resilver them. On the other hand, antique mirrors and beveled mirrors are worth the time and expense required to resilver them – if the glass is in good condition.
2.Inspect and clean the glass for damage.Take care to notice any scratches or blemishes in the glass as resilvering will likely make them even more noticeable.
3.Purchase supplies to resilver and the safety gear.Resilvering chemical kit,Sturdy gloves,Eye protection,Heavy duty dust mask and Scraper or chemical to remove old silver are contained.
4.Consider attempting to resilver a small inexpensive mirror before tackling a larger project. This will enable you to decide if you like the results before you resilver a valued heirloom or something you would not want to risk damaging.
5.Clean the glass again using a soft cloth and the acidic cleanser that should come with the kit.It is imperative that you do not touch the glass with your hands from this point on.This step is very important.It will be necessary to strip away the old painted backing before getting started
6.Strip the silver. Once the painted backing has been removed it is necessary to strip away the old silver using nitric acid. This will also be included in a complete kit.Remember to wear safety goggles and gloves.
7.Spray the glass with silver backing.The glass should be on a level surface.Rinse with cold water and gently swab the surface with a cloth. Allow the mirror to completely dry.
8.Apply the new backing, usually a black lacquer paint that should be included in your kit. Once this dries, you may hang your newly restored mirror.

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