mirror repair

Old 11-16-02, 12:23 AM
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I have a mirror that is scratched in places in the back so it looks crappy. I was told that if I put silver paint and then black over that, it would be good as new. Is this true? It doesn't seem to be as I'm putting the black on now and I don't see a difference. If it's not the case, what do you do to fix scratches on mirrors?
Thanks in advance for any help...bunny
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Resilvering mirrors

Resilvering mirrors tends not to be a DIY project. It is very expensive to have mirrors resilvered. A new mirror will typically cost much less than having a mirror resilvered.

"The supplies are expensive. One pint of each of the four chemicals you need totals about $120.00 (plus shipping). The price varies depending on the current price of silver."
http://www.mirrorresilvering.com/#FAQs (Retrieved 05/19/02)

There are companies that specialize in resilvering of mirrors but this is very expensive. Having a new piece of mirror cut for the medicine cabinet might be an option, but a regular mirror will not withstand the moisture and humidity conditions and exposure to body oils and soils from hands. Quality bathroom mirrors have protective backings and ground and sealed edges to protect them from moisture. There is no touch up paint for mirrors. It takes at least 4 different chemicals to resilver a mirror, and depending on the price of silver, the price would be cost prohibitive for your size project. Companies that resilver mirrors tend not to sell these products.

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