Help getting the glass out of rearview mirror

Discussion in 'Interior City' started by bostoncat68, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    I'm hoping to get my mirror re-silvered but step 1 is getting the glass out of the mirror IN ONE PIECE... It appears to be seriously glued to the back of the mirror? I can easily pull away the rubber with my thumbs but the glass seems glued down -- not sure how best to remove it?? I attached pic of the 2019-11-15 20.03.37.jpg mirror from my 68 wildcat
     
  2. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Heat it with a hair dryer. Do no burn the rubber surround. Gently insert a pop cycle stick and work it around the perimeter. I generally start near the mid point.
     
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  3. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    . @flynbuick So Jim is it glued as it appears? i assume you heat the glass not the stainless backing...
     
  4. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Yes. I posted some how to pictures in an old thread.
     
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  5. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    Jim @flynbuick thanks much! I found the old thread. I used an old hairdryer and a plastic knife (I filed off all the nibs so it was smooth). I bet a popsicle stick would have been perfect... Man, that mastic was on there...every inch was covered! it took some time to get it out...the heat was key... I would never have been willing to start in on it without hearing from you -- was not interested in ruining it... Curious...when you reinstall do you glue them? If so with what??
     
  6. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    I felt the glue was the cause of the loss of clarity of the mirror lens so I put it back without glue. The rubber surround holds it in place.
     
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  7. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    I'm thinking same...
     
  8. LouV

    LouV Silver Level contributor

    I tried getting a mirror resilvered and was not successful in finding a place that would do it except places that restored antique mirrors and frames. The prices were ridiculous. I bought one of the replacement mirrors and used that mirror to replace my dash light mirror lens. Fit perfect and looks correct.

    eBay item number: 172917886489

    Lou
     
  9. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    I runs $45-50 to get one resilvered...
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
  10. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    Send it to Scott Winn, he re-silvers and restores them
     
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  11. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member


    Lou—the reason that I was doing some of these was back then there were no reproductions with the map light feature. This may have changed over time, but at least the reproduction you referenced above does not have the map light feature.
     

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