If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of having your rear view mirror fall off then you know re-attaching it can be a pain. I’ve gone over the best products and steps for fixing your rear view should you have this issue.
Mirror fell off? Trying to reattach it? It’s easy!
With some glue, a razor blade, and some cleaning supplies, you can re-adhere your mirror to the window. And it only takes a few minutes!
Here’s what you need to do:
Step #1: Detach the mirror from the mounting button – The mounting button is the baseplate that attaches to your windshield. If yours is attached with a screw, you’ll need a screwdriver to remove it.
Step #2: Clean the old glue off the windshield – Before you can re-glue your rear view mirror, you’ll need to clean the old adhesive off the glass. Spray it with Windex and use a razor blade to gently scrape it away.
Step #3: Apply the glue – Typically, mirror adhesive comes in two parts. One part is applied to the glass and the other is applied to the mirror button. Follow the instructions on your kit.
Step #4: Attach the mirror to the button – After a drying period (5-10 minutes), you can reattach the mirror to the mounting button. If it holds, you’re good to go!
Here are the products I’ve found work best when re-attaching your mirror.
Sometimes, it’s tricky to remove the rear view mirror glue. If you’re having trouble getting it off, there are a few things you can do.
Here are a few tips:
Use an adhesive remover: Goo Gone is a cleaning product that helps you to remove glue without leaving any scratches. It’s perfect for removing rear view mirror glue.
Apply nail polish remover: If you can’t get a specialty glue-removal product, nail polish remover works. Make sure that you have proper ventilation so you don’t get a headache.
Get a sticker remover: Sticker removal tools give you some leverage when you’re scraping the glue. Tip: DO NOT use a box cutter, as it’s likely to leave scratches in your windshield.
How Do You Glue a Side Mirror Back Onto Your Car?
When you need to blue a mirror back on a car, there are two kinds of adhesive you can use. Same function for the most part. Gorilla glue is a great choice. You can fix just about anything with gorilla glue and it adheres nicely to a number of surfaces.
There is also a glue called Loctite. This is pretty much the adhesive of all adhesives. They use this on airplanes as well. It adheres to numerous surfaces and dries quickly.
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