How to Remove Mirror Adhesive

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Things You'll Need

  • Mineral spirits

  • Scrub brush

  • Heat gun

  • Putty knife

Removing mirror adhesive is time-consuming.

Some people like to hang a mirror, while others like to glue the mirror directly to the wall. Often, after a mirror is glued to a wall, a frame is put up around it to make it more pleasing to the eye. Mirror adhesive creates a very strong bond, and if you have to remove the mirror, you are in for a difficult task. Once you are able to remove the actual mirror, you will still have to deal with the adhesive that is stuck to the wall.

Step 1

Apply a liberal amount of mineral spirits to the mirror adhesive. Allow to set overnight.

Step 2

Scrub the adhesive with the scrub brush. Use a back and forth motion with firm pressure. The mineral spirits will not remove all of the adhesive, but some will be removed and the remainder will be loosened.

Step 3

Place the heat gun about one inch from the adhesive and hold for 30 seconds. The heat will help to soften the adhesive.

Step 4

Hold the plastic putty knife at a 45-degree angle at the edge of a glob of adhesive. Push forward while pulling up. The adhesive should pop or pull off. Continue until all the mirror adhesive is removed.