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Old 05-13-2021, 10:37 PM   #1
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How to remove glued on wall mirrors without destroying walls?

Our '05 Mountain Aire has these hideous (to us) beveled wall mirror segments mounted on the wood wall next to the table and also as a backsplash behind the stove/sink area. How do I remove these things without completely tearing up the walls behind, and hopefully without breaking each segment up into tiny little pieces of glass that we'll be finding in our feet for years to come? Anyone ever done this unwelcome task before?
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You probably can't remove them without damage.

My guess is take them off and repair the surface.

Or become creative and put something over them e.g. adhesive faux tiles.
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Sawing braided fishing line or a thin guitar string back and forth may cut through the adhesive. Heating the glass with a heat gun may soften the adhesive enough to remove the panels without breakage. It all depends on what the adhesive is and how much was applied.
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Duct tape / Gorilla Tape the mirrors before removing to keep the pieces from going everywhere
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:01 AM   #5
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We removed the stupid for a kitchen backsplash mirror with not much hassle and no damage to the wall. It didn't appear that there was that much adhesive on just around edges and one dollop in the middle, so YMMV. Came off in two pieces as it was quite long and cracked once.

Good tip on taping it to avoid glass going everywhere, we used cling film (easy sticky type of Saran wrap).

Just took our time, with a metal putty type spreader and a mallet very gently and slowly. We put the small tile mesh up in it's place and it looks so much nicer and practical. Only challenge we have now, so if there are any tips to share. Every time we stop after driving there's sand from the grout on the counters. We did use a sealant twice but ..... Any tips appreciated.
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I think you have created another issue by using grout. The motor home body is always flexing when you travel.. You may have to remove the grout and use a colored caulk.
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You use a guitar "e" string to "scissor" the glue behind the mirror to remove.
Wear gloves and wrap the end of the string around a dowel to use has a handle.
Easy Peasy.
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I used the thin cable that comes in a picture hanging kit to saw thru the adhesive.
Then a hair dryer and plastic scraper for the remaining glue.
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Never thought of the string idea we used a heat-gun and putty knife. Take your time and pry as the the other heats.

Them used goo gone to clean up the rest of the sticky stuff.

We removed the big mirror behind our bed and some full length that were on the walls that way only broke on full length when I got impatient.
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I made a long thin puddy knife tool. I got all mirrors off without breaking. Where the mirrors were on the vinyl wallpaper no damage to wall. Where the mirrors were on wood it did damage.

I ended up putting up some V board as a accent wall.
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Guess there are different adhesives. When my full length mirror broke when I was using the leveling jacks and warped the chassis frame. No way were the many globs of glue would come loose. Ended up replacing the whole sheet of luan. Carefully mixing of stain made an almost perfect match of original.
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We have almost identical setup! Been putting off this project for quite a while!
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Great advice as always, thanks so much guys!
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I think you have created another issue by using grout. The motor home body is always flexing when you travel.. You may have to remove the grout and use a colored caulk.
Thanks Fast E, looks like that'll be another project to tackle this summer.
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