Installing framed mirrors is a job that needs precision and care because you’re dealing with a very fine piece of art. The ideal thing to do would be to get the services of a professional to help you but if you intend to try a DIY project, keep these very important factors in mind and you’ll be fine. For starters, make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands. You will also be protecting the delicate, reflective chemicals of your mirror from damage from the salts in your skin.
Check the Wall
The wall where you intend to hang up your mirror should not be freshly constructed. If the wall is not properly dried or lacks complete sealing and has new masonry, plaster or paint, you need to wait until it has set. Areas where construction has just taken place often have chemicals, solvents or damaging cleaner particles in the air that can affect the proper installation of your mirror.
Check the Room
If the room where you want to install the mirror has a humid environment, you might want to air it out before installation. If possible use air conditioning but if you’re installing mirrors in your bathroom, make sure there is enough space between the mirror back and the wall so that there is proper ventilation. This will allow moisture to dry out and not damage the mirror. Also try and install it a few inches above the sink so that the mirror is protected from water splashing on it.
Check the Fastenings
When choosing a mirror for your house, make sure it has a 3mm neoprene setting pad fitted between the clip or molding you’re using and the mirror. If you’re using J-molding, it must have weep holes. You can also use screws, and mechanical fasteners are always more preferable as compared mystics, adhesives or tapes.
Check the Adhesives
If the surface of your wall is such that you must use adhesives, choose neutral-cure materials. Make sure they do not contain chemicals such as acetic acid, methylene chloride, toluene or acetone that can damage the reflecting coating of your mirror. Instead when installing mirrors on the wall opt for the adhesive that is optimal for the type of mirror you’re using.
When installing large mirrors make sure they have the proper protective coating and when applying the adhesive, it is always preferable that you use a caulking gun. This will help you in more ways than one. For instance, you won’t have dollops of adhesive that will eventually dry in patches leaving an uneven area. Further, the edges of the adhesive tend to dry out faster than the centers and this can weaken its effect. Above all, you won’t need to use putty knives or trowels that could scratch the mirror back.
When you’re done, make sure you clean off the edges of the mirror before setting it against the wall. Your best bet is to check with the manufacturer of the mirror for instructions on how to handle it and you’re good to go. You can also check for important tips in the warranty document that your mirror dealer gives you or better yet ask your local store for the custom mirror installation services they provide.