Mirrors are shiny, functional, and decorative. They are among the most beautiful pieces of home décor we have. At the same time, they are a must-have in the bathroom and the bedroom. For decorative purposes, we may have a few in the living room as well.
However, mirrors are usually overlooked until they start desilvering and scratches appear. Regular care and maintenance of mirrors is just as important as anything else, especially your bathroom mirror because it is exposed to moisture. Otherwise, black spots start appearing, ruining its look and feel. Let’s learn more about this along with a repair solution.
What is Desilvering?
You may have noticed that your old bathroom mirror has black spots in the corners. These black spots go unnoticed until they become prominent. Moisture is to blame. When you take a hot shower, the steam usually penetrates through the corners and causes the mirror to “rot”. This phenomenon is called mirror desilvering or mirror rot.
Is it possible to prevent Desilvering?
Yes, adequate care and maintenance can prevent mirror desilvering. Remember that splashes of water from the sink also contribute.
So, be careful in the shower and while using the sink. Wipe off any water that splashes onto your mirror and ensure that it is always dry.
How to Repair Mirror Desilvering?
If you have a scratched mirror that shows black spots and don’t know what to do about it, we are here to help. There are a couple of ways you can fix it. Read on.
1. Buy a desilvering kit: The market has quite a few desilvering kits that have all the products you need. Depending on the type of kit you have, you may or may not need to buy a paint stripper. Each kit comes with specific instructions that you must follow.
2. Use hobby paint: Reflective paints are available in a majority of hobby stores. Buy a good one and repair your mirror yourself. All you have to do is to remove the frame, clean the area, shake your touch-pen properly, and then paint the area. Apply two layers, the second after the first one dries.
Remember, the above methods will only work if the mirror coating is spoiled. If the glass itself needs repair, these won’t help you. Damaged glass is usually beyond repair, and you must replace it without wasting your time trying to repair it.
Also, DIY projects may not give you the kind of finishing or perfection you are looking for. They can, nevertheless, make the situation better for you. At the end of the way, like with many other things, prevention is better than cure when it comes to mirror repair.
We hope this article helped you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to us!