It’s a familiar problem: you want to fix a mirror to the wall, but don’t want to use nails or screws to do it. Because this will make holes in the wall, which is unsightly. Moreover, not every wall is suitable for screws. With plasterboard, you can’t fix just anything to it, but the solution can be simple: by choosing a lightweight acrylic mirror that you simply glue to the wall! This way, you get an invisible, but very strong fastening and it is quite a simple job.
Know your surface
Most surfaces are suitable for mounting onto with glue. Surfaces like:
Whatever surface you want to glue onto, you need to prepare it properly. In any case, make sure the substrate is completely flat and free of dust and grease. It is also best, if possible, to first do a test with a sample on a loose piece of substrate.
Glue types for mirrors
There are several types of mirror glue on the market, and Mirrorfix-MS gives the best results. This product was specially developed for bonding acrylic mirrors. This is because its composition does not contain any acids that could damage the mirror coating.
Preparing the mirror
Before you can mount the acrylic mirror, you have to prepare it. This is done in three steps. First, thoroughly clean the surface of the back of the mirror. Then mark the position of the mirror on the wall. Finally, tape a piece of wood or sturdy cardboard under that spot, on which the mirror can rest temporarily after applying the glue, until the glue has hardened properly.
Applying the glue
This is done in a few simple steps:
✓ Adjust the amount of glue needed.
✓ Apply the glue to the back of the mirror, in regular vertical stripes with no lumps or thickening. Keep a distance of 10 to 20 cm between the stripes to allow air to reach them, which allows the glue to dry better.
✓ Make sure you work safely with glue. Avoid getting glue in contact with your hands or fingers. If they do, wash them thoroughly with water.
Fixing the mirror
After you have applied the glue, attaching the mirror is very easy:
✓ Place the mirror on the marked spot within 15 minutes of applying the glue.
✓ Gently press the mirror against the wall until the mirror is still 2 to 3 mm away from the wall.
✓ Due to the direct adhesion, you usually do not need to support the mirror. But with larger mirrors it may be better to do this, for example tape a piece of wood or sturdy cardboard under the mirror.
✓ Wait until the glue is dry. After 24 hours you can remove any support material.
Check the adhesion
Check that the mirror has not sagged/moved out of position before loading it. This can sometimes happen if the adhesion was not quite ready. If this happens, you can remove the mirror to see if you can improve the adhesive bond. You may also find that additional means are needed to support the mirror, such as a frame.
Checklist for a good glue adhesion:
✓ With Mirrorfix-MS adhesive, the following substrates are suitable to create a good bond: wood, stone, concrete, plaster, tiles, steel, aluminium and good paintwork.
✓ Make sure the substrate is flat, clean, dust free and grease free.
✓ Spread the adhesive well over the back of the mirror. Do not do this with thick lumps or blobs, but with vertical stripes about 10 to 20 cm apart.
Removing the mirror
Removing a glued acrylic mirror from a wall can be a challenge, especially if you want to keep the wall and the acrylic mirror intact. Here are some tips on how to do this as safely and effectively as possible:
- Preparation: Wear gloves to protect your hands and safety glasses to protect your eyes from any potential splinters.
- Heat: Use a hair dryer to soften the glue. Move the hair dryer back and forth at a safe distance from the acrylic mirror, in a steady motion.
- Wire: Take a thin but sturdy wire or fishing line. Try to get this wire behind the acrylic mirror, starting from a corner. Move the wire back and forth in a sawing motion behind the mirror as you slowly move down. This can help cut through the glue.
- Pry: Use a plastic putty knife or similar tool to gently pry behind the acrylic mirror. Change angles often and make sure all sides are loosened. Work slowly and patiently so you don’t damage the acrylic mirror or wall.
- Solvents: If the acrylic mirror is still stuck, use a special solvent for removing glue residue. First test on a small, inconspicuous part of the wall to make sure the solvent does not damage the paint or wallpaper. Apply the solvent according to the manufacturer’s instructions and let it soak in for a while before trying to loosen the acrylic mirror further.
Once the acrylic mirror is loose, carefully scrape the remaining glue off the wall with a putty knife or scraper. You can also further remove glue residue with a solvent or an adhesive remover. When doing so, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, take care and make sure there is sufficient ventilation in the room.
Alternatives to glue
Don’t want to use glue? Then there are other ways to hang a mirror without using nails or screws, such as:
|Easy to mount
|Adhesive use is not guaranteed
|Easy to remove again
|Can loosen after long use
A transparent cord from the ceiling
|Cord and ceiling mount are both visible
A self-adhesive holder on the wall and a hook on the mirror
|Easy mounting and removable
|There will be some distance between the wall and mirror, or, which decreases the adhesive strength
With each alternative, you need to ask yourself two things: do you want to be able to remove the system easily again and how much load-bearing capacity do you need to be guaranteed?
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you want to hang an acrylic mirror but don’t want to use nails or screws? Then gluing is a great alternative. It gives a nice, invisible fixing and it is not difficult to do. Mirrorfix-MS glue is specially developed for bonding mirror acrylic and gives the best results.