Walls Bedroom mirror

Published on March 26th, 2018 | by Henri

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Removing mirror glued to wall

Q. We have just moved into a home with an 18″ x 24″ mirror glued/cemented to the bedroom wall. We are afraid we will break it as we pry it from the wall. Please give us some suggestions on how to remove it safely. Thank you for your help.

A. There are several ways to remove a glued mirror from what I assume is drywall. It should be applicable as well to a plaster wall.

Get some thin wire in an auto parts store, the kind used by windshield repair mechanics. It has handles at both ends. Be sure to get the right size for your mirror.

Apply packaging tape to the mirror in crisscross pattern to help prevent breakage or contain the pieces if the mirror breaks. Warm the mirror with a heat gun or hair dryer on a low setting, moving it around so as not to heat any section too much. This should loosen the adhesive to some extent. This is helpful, but not essential.

Start at either top corner and, using a sawing technique, move slowly across the mirror. Be sure that there is someone holding the mirror as it is loosened from the wall.

When the mirror is off the wall, soften the adhesive spots with the heat gun or hair dryer and, using a putty knife, remove as much of it as you can. You will have to repair the drywall by applying a coat of drywall compound before repainting.

An alternative is drive wedges in several places at the top of the mirror and tap them in gently to separate the mirror from the wall. Using a pry bar, gently pry the mirror out in several places until it comes free. This is one method used by professionals.

Another method is to use a drywall saw and carefully cut the drywall around the mirror. Be careful that there aren’t any wires or pipes that will be cut or damaged. If you have a Roto-Zip or Dremel tool, its use is safer than cutting the drywall with a drywall saw. Again, be sure to have some help to hold the mirror when all the cuts are made.

With this method, you’ll need to replace the drywall. The drywall still attached to the mirror can be removed by wetting it outdoors.

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