How to remove backing on mirror to etch?

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Hello all, wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to remove-the backing on a mirror, I have a stencil to etch a logo into the glass so I can light it from backside of mirror. Commercial grade mirror with either a black paint or film

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  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 14, 2018

    We didn't remove the backing. Used a dremel and etched thru the paint on the back. After that we spray painted a second color onto the back of the mirror. The result was a mirror with a oriental dragon. It looks great and this was about 10 years ago.

  • Lori Lori on Aug 14, 2018

    I'm sure if you call a glass and mirror place they could help. There must be some kind of chemical to take it off. Sorry I'm not much help. :(

  • James Love James Love on Aug 15, 2018

    Thank you everyone for advice, I took advice and ordered a dremel and also found a paint stripper that works but not sure yet if will eat at the vinyl stencil

  • Janice Janice on Aug 15, 2018

    Since you are wanting to light it from behind as you said, you'll need the backing finish on the mirror removed. Let us know if the dremel o paint stripper works.

  • Ted Rowland Ted Rowland on Aug 15, 2018

    You can tape your stencil to the backside, and use a fine sand and sand blaster. It is not very expensive to rent, and gives professional results.

  • Ted Rowland Ted Rowland on Aug 15, 2018

    You can tape your stencil to the backside, and use a fine sand and sand blaster. It is not very expensive to rent, and gives professional results.

  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 15, 2018

    I Googled your question and This is what I came up with. It might be an easier process. After taking the backing paint off You have the choice of leaving what you want as a design clear or etching it so it is translucent. If you want translucence you will need an etching medium. If you want it clear you will have to make a stencil for that and keep in place with a removable adhesive, or take the time and use painters tape.I have Googled that for you too. After that you will have to repaint the "silver" back on the mirror. Below is that process too. Good luck :)


    how to take the backing off a mirror - Google Search


    how to etch glass - Google Search


    how to mirror glass - Google Search


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 01, 2021

    Hello,

    Sounds as if you should just start with a sheet of plate glass instead!

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