How to Remove Mirror Adhesive

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How to Remove Mirror Adhesive
Removing mirror adhesive is time-consuming. (Candlestick in the Mirror image by Arne Bramsen from

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.

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Things you need

  • White spirit
  • Scrub brush
  • Heat gun
  • Putty knife

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  1. 1

    Apply a liberal amount of white spirit to the mirror adhesive. Allow to set overnight.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 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.

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