How To Fix Your Broken Makeup Mirror With 7 Simple Steps

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Have you invested in a high-end makeup mirror only to have the thing break on you?

It may be frustrating and could be expensive too…

The good news is that you will have power again.

In this article, I’ll share with you a 7-step guide on how to fix your broken mirror.

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How to Fix a Broken Mirror

It doesn’t matter if it’s a bathroom mirror or a tabletop tri-fold mirror.

A broken mirror is not a good sight. A broken piece of mirror can be a drag when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.

Broken glass [1] is also unsafe to use, which is frustrating if you’re unsure how to fix it.

Check out this video tutorial on how to fix a broken mirror.

Fixing an old busted mirror glass can be daunting.

You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a new one, but you don’t want to look at those cracks forever either.

Fortunately, there are many ways to repair that old mirror and make it look new again.

It just takes a little bit of elbow grease, a few basic supplies, and a little know-how!

Here is a step-by-step guide to fix a broken makeup mirror by yourself easily and quickly.

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Step 1: Clean the Mirror Surface

Cleaning Makeup Mirror

Begin your mirror repairing session by cleaning it to remove all the dirt, dust, and broken mirror pieces.

You can use either a professional mirror cleaner or wipe the reflective surface with soapy water or warm water and a cleaning cloth to clean the mirror perfectly.

Use a microfiber cloth [2] to wipe the glass panel without streaks or spots.

Cleaning the mirror surface is a crucial stage because the leftover dirt, dust, and debris can affect the repair process.

Step 2: Place a Stabilizer Film over the Crack

Once the mirror surface is excellently cleaned, now it’s time to apply a stabilizer film over it.

A mirror stabilizer film,  helps you hold the resin securely in place so that the process becomes more effective.

To place the stabilizer film, first, you need to carefully remove the film’s adhesive backing to make sure that it doesn’t stick to itself.

Also, remember to remove the adhesive back right before placing it on the mirror; otherwise, it might no longer be as effective.

After removing the resin adhesive, immediately place the stabilizer film over the broken section and press it carefully to attach it precisely.

If it is not placed faultlessly, do not remove and reapply the same film twice. It might leave behind a sticky residue.

Once you have pressed and attached the film over the crack without any bubbles and creases, use your fingertips to smooth it out and make sure that it creates a tight seal over the crack.

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Step 3: Fill the Broken Section with Epoxy Resin

Epoxy Resin

After the stabilizer film is appropriately placed, now it’s time to move on to the epoxy time.

Use epoxy resin glue like this J-B Weld 50112 ClearWeld Epoxy Syringe to recover the broken part completely.

First, remove the film slightly from the mirror and insert the tip of the resin-filled syringe inside it.

Then slowly, with gentle pressure, push on the plunger and fill the gap with the resin.

The film will help keep the resin in place until it’s dried down.

Step 4: Let the Resin Set

Once you fill the crack with epoxy resin, please don’t work on it immediately. Wait for 20-30 minutes and allow it to rest and harden in the crack for good.

Do not move the mirror or give it a shake to see if the epoxy is set or not. Leave the resin undisturbed during the drying period.

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Step 5: Peel off the Stabilizer Film

Removing Stabilizer Film

After 20-30 minutes, when the epoxy resin is hard and set correctly, it’s now time to move to the next step; peel off the stabilizer film from over the resin.

Using your fingernails, pry up a corner of the film, and using one smooth yet firm motion, pull off the film to reveal the epoxy underneath.

I suggest peeling it off at once because tearing off a section of the film would make it difficult to remove it from over the resin.

Step 6: Scrape Away the Excess Resin

Once the resin is exposed, now it’s time to scrap away the excess epoxy resin and reveal your fresh makeup mirror.

To remove the excess epoxy, take a putty knife or a utility knife and scrap the top of the broken section in a smooth motion.

Keep on scrapping until the resin layer is flat with the mirror surface.

However, while doing so, be of utmost care not to shred away the resin of your mirror.

Otherwise, instead of repairing your favorite mirror, you might cause more breakage to it.

Step 7: Clean the Mirror Properly

Cleaning Mirror

The last step is to clean the mirror with a glass cleaner and a clean cloth to remove all the scrapped-out epoxy particles from its surface.

Once the mirror is cleaned, you will notice a beautiful mirror shine as flawless as a new one.

Final Words

There you have it, folks. Broken mirrors are a ruin to beauty and a pain to fix.

Well, there’s no need for you to worry about that anymore.

These steps for fixing your broken mirror will easily save you the hassle of getting it fixed from the specialists or buying a new one.

Resources

1. https://ehs.research.uiowa.edu/glass-and-other-sharps-injury-and-illness-prevention-labs#:~:text=Broken%20glass%20also%20has%20the,through%20a%20cut%20or%20puncture.

2. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/guides/how-to-clean-your-glasses