Is it possible to re-silver a mirror? Is this a diificult task? My
bathroom mirror is only 4 years old and I don't want to replace it
yet. Could an DIY amateur attempt this and how what is the best way
to go about it?
Any advice appreciated
Re-silvering is definitely not a do it yourself type job. When you are
ready to replace it drive past the big box places such as Home Depot and
go to a real glass shop where you can get a mirror that will likely last
The short answer to DIY re-silvering is no.
Here's the long answer. The reflective surface of a modern mirror
(which I assume yours is) is made by the high-voltage vacuum
deposition of aluminum onto the glass. No way an amateur is going to
do that himself. Antique mirrors were made by chemical deposition of
silver. In theory this can be done at home, but it would require
access to specific toxic and corrosive chemicals, as well as a
knowledge of chemistry. Just buying the chemicals and paying the
associated haz-mat shipping charges would cost more than a replacement
mirror. And the waste products of the reaction would be a toxic brew
that probably would be illegal to dump down the drain. Not worth the
It would sort of defete the purpose of the mirror would it not? Many
mirrors do have a black finish on the back, but that just protects the
reflecting material (silver in the really old days). Today as I recall that
reflective material is put on using equipment not generally found in the
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.