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Old 07-13-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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non-glass mirror?

I'd like to stick a mirror on my bathroom door. Something full length, lighweight, and even non-glass if possible. Anyone have any suggestions where I might find such an animal. I just spent an hour googling it, but no luck. Maybe there is special verbiage to describe such a thing?

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Old 07-13-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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I got mine for my previous Scamp at a glass shop. They even cut it to the size I wanted for the door, and I was able to purchase the necessary hardware to hang it also.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks. Do you remember the name of the glass shop that you got your non-glass mirror at?

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I just spent an hour googling it, but no luck. Maybe there is special verbiage to describe such a thing?
There is certainly an art and science to picking search terms! I tried "shatterproof mirror" and was given lots of relevant matches.

Polished metal mirrors have been common in camping equipment, but that wouldn't cover the size that you want; fortunately some of the links in that Google search look suitable. Some are metal; I wouldn't be surprised in some are plastic with "silvering" on the back like a glass mirror.

I like this idea. Sharon, please let us know what you find and how it works out.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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Will do. My search terms were "non-glass door mirrors, shatterproof door mirrors, metal tile mirrors." None worked to point me to a place with those. Let me try your terms next.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #6
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I replaced a couple of door mirrors on my boat with the plastic type. They looked great, are lighter but they aren't as durable as glass. They scratch quite easily. You almost can't clean them without scratching them.
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Sharon, it has been a number of years since we purchased that mirror, but we bought it locally at Arcadia Glass Co in Mesa, AZ delivers a wide range of quality glass products from windows to tub enclosures.. I was going to try to call them to find out the name of the material, but they are closed on Sat & Sundays. You can use a special plastic polish/wax that I use on the plastic convertible windows, to clean the mirror. This protects and keeps the scratches out.

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Try search term plexiglass mirror or sheet acrylic mirror.

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Old 07-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #9
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Thanks folks. Found several after using plastic/plexiglass/acrylic in the search. Man, they certainly are pricey. Time to think about this...

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Searching for "acrylic mirror" in the Home Depot Canada site, I found that they sell a 2'x4' sheet (for $62), which would be a pretty good size for a long door mirror. I don't see any need for a frame - I would just smooth the edges and stick it in place with 3M Command adhesive strips... although it's important not to wreck the coating on the back.

I agree this is not cheap, but I have broken a glass mirror of this size, and that's not a happy situation.
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I also found it at Home Depot. $60. I really would like to buy this. Rethinking budget at this point.

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I heard some time ago that Walmart had some kind of stick on mirror material. Never actually saw it though.
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My father worked for a company that built Mylar mirrors. They consist of a frame (they used aluminum) with 1mil Mylar glued and stretched across it, then heat shrunk. Better than a glass mirror but not easily cleaned -it scratched. Advantages were light weight & it doesn't steam up.

About the only place you can get small pieces of the stuff is theatrical suppliers; I'm not even sure they still sell it since I rarely bought it. We used rejects from the mirror plant. I've made wooden framed 5' wide by 20' high mirrors for use on stage, but I also had a 2' square one that was great in the bathroom.
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I heard some time ago that Walmart had some kind of stick on mirror material. Never actually saw it though.
I've seen a product like that in the automotive department.
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