Asked on Nov 17, 2016

Suggestions to camouflauge this black spot on the mirror

by Leona
Each of these 3 mirrors (gong to hang above a couch on a large wall) has a small black spot because the hanging hook on the back must have rubbed against the mirror back. any ideas how to camouflage this spot or just let it go? In this picture it is best seen on the left side.
  47 answers
  • Anna Anna on Nov 17, 2016
    Krylon sells a spray paint called "Looking Glass". I've used it for many projects, & in many different ways. You can literally create a mirror, by simply spraying the back or inside of any clear glass. I've created a "mercury glass" effect with it too. & have also found it to be the best "silver" finish spray paint out there, by first spraying an object silver, then giving a light finishing top coat with "Looking Glass", only because it's not cheap. But it's gorgeous! Good luck!
    • Laura Wands Laura Wands on Nov 18, 2016
      Looking Glass spray paint is my "go to" for many projects I've done, and the paint always performs beautifully
  • William William on Nov 17, 2016
    It's not that big. First to see how a permanent fix may look. Take a piece of aluminum foil and place the shiny side against the spot. See what it looks like from the front. If your happy with it, you can use some mirror paint and paint the spots. Use flat black paint to increase the reflectivity. ***** *****
  • Wendy Joint Wendy Joint on Nov 18, 2016
    I've done two things with damaged mirrors. The first was a large mirror badly damaged down one side and I painted creamy art-nouveau design over the damaged bit. The second was a small spot and I put a shiny kingfisher sticker over it - the sort you can buy in a sheet for the kids.
  • Kathleen Kathleen on Nov 18, 2016
    Themed Clings also look nice.
  • Pamela P Pamela P on Nov 18, 2016
    Put an decorative sticker over it.
  • Kim Salmi Kim Salmi on Nov 18, 2016
    Pretty ,very inexpensive mirror clings that mimic stained glass and come in various shapes and sizes ( butterflies,flowers,etc) would cover the spot and look like a decorative choice instead of a cover up if you make a design out of them ...often available in dollar stores ( not the 3d gel variety for holidays but the flat ones ) they are quick fix for cheap and easily replaced or changed on a whim ...when my hanging shower radio mirror got too old and funky but the radio was ( and is) still working great ...I stuck a big floral one on it ...problem solved
  • Tracy Tracy on Nov 18, 2016
    Rust-oleum has a product called mirror effect that should fix the spots. Never tried it though. Also heard aluminum foil works.
  • Debbie Miller Debbie Miller on Nov 18, 2016
    I have several antique mirrored pieces with black spots. I personally like the look of old mirrors, the spots give them character!
  • Donna Donna on Nov 18, 2016
    Hang a cling on them or use Gallery Glass (available at Michaels) to create a design. Maybe a vine and leaves or even branches it would also unify the 3 mirrors if you ran the design as if they were continuous pieces.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Nov 18, 2016
    Sounds cool Donna. There is also a paint that you use on damaged mirrors.
  • Diane Bemus Diane Bemus on Nov 18, 2016
    Google "re-silver a mirror", you will get some ideas there and links to silvering kits.
  • Chrissy Chrissy on Nov 18, 2016
    Or you can touch the FRONT surface of the mirror with a new nail polish called "Chrome" which looks like shiny reflective chrome. I saw it at CVS last week. It's fail-safe, since if you want to re-do, just wipe off with nail polish remover.
  • Gail M Lightfoot Gail M Lightfoot on Nov 18, 2016
    I lightly sprayed gold paint on a mirror that I couldn't get clean. Looks great
  • Angela Angela on Nov 19, 2016
    Tape a small piece of aluminum foil shiney side down on the back of the mirror where the spots are.
  • Mar12004966 Mar12004966 on Nov 19, 2016
    Turn marks into ladybugs or butterflies with coloured permanent markers(sharpies).
  • Bor10527877 Bor10527877 on Nov 19, 2016
    I would suggest using decals meant for glass & make an interesting focal point...cattails, reeds, birds or butterflies, etc.
  • FRAN FRAN on Nov 19, 2016
    my grandson cracked a blue mirrored photo frame, an expensive one, I glued an old butterfly brooch on it and turned it even higher end, looks great
  • Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy on Nov 19, 2016
    I bought an old vanity and the mirror had a lot of dark places on it. I went to Wal-Mart and bought some small mirror tiles of birds and leaves and put them all around the edges where the spots were. Looks pretty good (to me, anyways).
    • Melissa V Melissa V on Nov 20, 2016
      I think that's a great idea 💡!!! On my older pieces the glass has turned blue, and I don't mind the silvering bits off the back because the whole thing is a true antique. For clear mirrors, I love this idea!
  • Sonya Theos Hohl Sonya Theos Hohl on Nov 19, 2016
    If it's only 1 or 2 spots, try mirror effects spray paint. I would try on a dollar store mirror 1st, but it should fill it in fm the back pretty well.
  • Di Di on Nov 19, 2016
    Years ago I heard of using aluminum foil - can't remember if you wipe the black spot of the back of the mirror or glue piece of aluminum foil around the spot on back of mirror (?)
  • Ann Smitt Ann Smitt on Nov 20, 2016
    Buy Antique Patina Mirror Solution ($11.50-18.50). Follow directions and antique all three mirrors. No more black spot. See You Tube for tutorials on how to antique a mirror so it has black spots.
  • Mandy Brown Mandy Brown on Nov 20, 2016
    Try spraying mirror spray paint on the back.
  • Coo13098495 Coo13098495 on Nov 20, 2016
    Gently rub steelwool in the area on the back to reveal a loved photograph just "ghostly" showing through.
  • P.chatty P.chatty on Nov 20, 2016
    Cheap silver nail polish
  • P.chatty P.chatty on Nov 20, 2016
    Put a decal, a mommagram intial,
  • Andrea R Andrea R on Nov 20, 2016
    leave it there! It gives it character!
  • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on Nov 20, 2016
    If your crafty I'd try getting some "frosted" contact paper. Create a pattern you like or design to cover the spots. Vines, flowers, butterflies, even something modern, stripes etc. If you really like it you could even make a stencil and etch the glass. Major box craft shops carry several brands of etching fluid.
  • Linda Werner Linda Werner on Nov 20, 2016
    HIGH SHINE silver polish AFTER you clean with alcohol ON THE BACK of the mirror
  • Jcraw Jcraw on Nov 20, 2016
    Leave it
  • Terrie Fisher Terrie Fisher on Nov 20, 2016
    Frame a verity of family pictures to make a collage in that area of the mirror, and leave the rest as a mirror......
  • Tina Tina on Nov 20, 2016
    Enhance them...make them antique.
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Nov 20, 2016
    I've wanted to try applying the new mirror silver paint to the back to take care of de-silvering, but I don't know what it will do to the rest of the mirror. Let me know if you try it
  • Lyn Buerger Lyn Buerger on Nov 20, 2016
    A tough of hi gloss silver paint on the back will help but it will not entirely get rid of the mark. The older silver has gotten damaged and is oxidizing, and will generally get gradually worse. But how about some stick ons on the front ( snow flakes, hearts, words, names, stars, moons or some such).
  • Joyce Joyce on Nov 20, 2016
    Using hobby paint for glass, make a design to cover the spot & to the edge - either free hand or stencil. Repeat on each one at a little different edge on each; use a color to match your room.
  • DarWat DarWat on Nov 20, 2016
    I would find ome pretty butterflies and glue the over the spot. maybe place a few randomly on mirrors.
  • Linda Werner Linda Werner on Nov 20, 2016
    Sorry about the suggestion of alcohol. just be sure its as clean as possible before using polish. good luck
  • Mary Mary on Nov 21, 2016
    You could use acid etch with a stencil, but not sure if the spot would be completely covered. It would frost the area in whatever design you choose, then you could make a few other stencils randomly around the mirror for effect.
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Nov 21, 2016
    With living room decor, that small spot gives it character, but I have taken a vintage mirror I wanted to use in the bathroom and had it re-silvered.
  • Kathy Lanora Thomas Kathy Lanora Thomas on Nov 21, 2016
    What about mirror ball spray paint.
    • MM MM on Nov 22, 2016
      Good idea, or as shiny a silver as you can get and at least it won't look black anymore but more blended in
  • If the mirrors are antique, they are worth the money to have them resilvered. Look on line for people who do this in your area. I have had two done and they still have the antique look and finish.
  • Desmond Desmond on Nov 22, 2016
    Spray with chrome spray can on back of the mirror (glass).
  • Noahbunny Noahbunny on Nov 22, 2016
    Decals! Butterflies would be my choice but pick ones that work for you. Or possibly some imitation greenery, positioned to hang over the spots.
  • Sherryll Sherryll on Nov 22, 2016
    Find a pretty stencil and etch the mirror over the spot.
  • Cdo3692205 Cdo3692205 on Nov 22, 2016
    All of the above! :)
  • Char Char on Nov 22, 2016
    I let it show. That is the mark of an antique. Or you can paint the spot on the back. Mine have black so I would dab a little black paint.
  • Andrea R Andrea R on Nov 23, 2016

    get a silver paint pen and fill it in, I always keep gold,silver,black,etc. paint pens handy for things like this...

  • Joanie Joanie on Dec 12, 2016

    Paint a small flower or heart.....a color that would match your decor?? A bird, an angel, etc.