How to Repair Mirror Desilvering

Mirrors are shinny and decorative items of our house. They are not only useful in our living rooms but also, we need them in our bathroom. It is a must-have item that offers the elegancy and usefulness of our house at the same time. But we usually forgot about the mirrors after installing them and often overlook their conditions. That’s what leads them to desilvering and puts several scratches on them. Once you notice that your beautiful mirror will no longer beautiful. But before you think of throwing them out, I have got good news for you. In this article, I am going to show you how to repair mirror desilvering with some DIY technique. So, if you want to extend your mirrors life for a longer time, leave all your tasks for a couple of minutes and concentrate on the article till the end.

How to Repair Mirror Desilvering

How to Repair Mirror Desilvering

If you have got a scratched mirror with the visible black spots at the bottom, don’t worry; follow these simple steps below to say goodbye to this annoying problem, once and for all.


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Step 1 – Buy a Desilvering Kit

There are several types of desilvering kits in the market. So, get one from there based on your requirements. They aren’t going to cost you too much money. You also have to buy a paint stripper based on the type of your kit. In this case, you have to follow the information of the kit properly because each kit comes with its own techniques.

Step 2 – Using a Hobby Paint

You are going to need a hobby paint for this project. There are several types of reflective paint, too, in the hobby stores. So, you can easily get one from there. Make sure to buy a good and start repairing your mirror with that. You just have to detach the glass from the frame, clean the affected area properly, and apply the paint. Make sure to shake the pen properly. Put two layers of paint at least because after drying the first layer, the spot may still be visible to you partially.

If the Glass Needs  to Be Repaired

Remember, the above method is only going to be useful if your mirror’s coating has got spoiled. If the glass needs to be repaired, you should follow some other techniques, and these aren’t going to be useful then.

If the glass is completely damaged, then there are no other ways to repair them. So, if yours has become damaged too, I will suggest you start looking for a new one instead of wasting time on repairing them. However, hopefully, the above steps are going to be way more helpful for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Mirror Desilvering?

Mirror desilvering is the process of removing silver from mirrors. It can be done manually or by using a chemical solution.

The main cause of mirror desilvering is exposure to water and chemicals like soap, vinegar, and bleach which will react with the silver in the mirror.

Does Mirror Paint Work?

Mirror paint works in the sense that it makes your home look larger. However, you cannot use it to hide a mirror or any other type of large object. This is because the paint reflects light and therefore makes it seem like there is more space.

What to Do About Black Edges on Mirrors?

Some black edges on mirrors are normal and can be removed with a little effort. However, if the black edges are thick or in several places, then they may be caused by dirt buildup on the mirror's surface.

To remove this type of buildup, you need to clean the mirror thoroughly with a mixture of vinegar and water. After cleaning, let it dry before using it again.

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