Asked on Jan 9, 2020

How can I get a mirror resilvered?

Unique Creations By AnitaLifestyles HomesWilliam


I have a old door with a full length mirror and it is very distorted and blurry . I don't think that it can be removed because of the trim is so old

9 answers
  • Gk
    on Jan 9, 2020

    Hello Laura! If you could resilver the mirror it would have to be removed from the door as this process is done on the back of the mirror.

  • Megan
    on Jan 9, 2020

    Yes I agree with Gk. Wondering if you might be able to place a new mirror on top of the existing one?

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Jan 9, 2020

    Hi Laura, can you access both sides of the mirror? A paint stripper will remove the mirror "backing" and return it to just glass, then you could spray paint it with a mirror spray paint to get back the mirror look.

  • DD
    on Jan 9, 2020

    Laura since you say that you don't think it can be removed you will not be able to

    re-silver the mirror because as said it needs to be done from the back

    If you do find a way to achieve that this article may help

  • Em
    on Jan 9, 2020

    Resilvering is a relatively complex process that works to restore a mirror to its original appearance. Specifically, mirror resilvering involves either replacing or repairing the damaged silver or aluminum layer that's located behind the pane of glass. The silvering you purchase in a spray can will not look like a new mirror. It is intended to look like an aged mirror which it seems you do not want. The average cost to resilver a mirror is about $15 per square foot. However, this cost can quickly escalate when shipping, repackaging, and handling expenses are factored in as well. Look online for a company near your home.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Jan 9, 2020

    There is mirror paint, that may be an option to just repaint it!

  • William
    on Jan 9, 2020

    You can strip the mirror with Citristrip stripper. Then you can use mirror paint. Removing the mirror would make it easier. If you can't remove the mirror then tape off the wood with blue painters tape around the mirror.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Jan 9, 2020

    Believe it or not, there are people who buy old imperfect mirrors and enjoy them for their “old age wrinkles”, like the phrase ‘growing old gracefully.’

    I agree that mirror spray paint can’t replicate an old process when it’s something we’re supposed to just hand spray. This assumes we have a steady hand and know how to apply spray paint like a pro auto body shop.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Jan 12, 2020

    I have looked into this and have been told very few companies will do it. It is expensive and time consuming so not worth doing.

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