Question regarding mirror and monitor bezel.
Has anyone here used a 3mm two-way acrylic mirror and had good results? The reason I ask is because I am from the UK and have found this site that sells them at a pretty good price:
I’ve read that you can get two-way glass too, would this be a significant improvement over the acrylic? If so, does anyone know a UK website that supplies custom ones?
Also another question if I may, the monitor has a really small bezel around it (about 2mm/0.2cm). Would I need to remove this for the best results? Would it even matter if there is a tiny gap between the glass and mirror?
What would be the pros and cons of removing/not removing this small bezel.
Thank you to anyone that reads this.
@EventHorizon Interesting that this company shows pictures of it being used in MagicMirror projects, but there is a disclaimer at the bottom of the description that reads:
Please note: This material is not suitable to be used in front of a television screen.
I would contact the company first to get them to clarify that.
Otherwise, plenty of people in this forum have used acrylic instead of glass with great result. The only common downfall is that the acrylic, being thinner and more flexible, may look a little rippled if your mirror is large (say a full-length mirror). For a smaller mirror you shouldn’t have this issue. Also, it’s much lighter in weight than glass. Easier and safer to wall mount it.
@j.e.f.f Thanks for the reply! I have found another mirror supplier which does mirrors designed for in-front of TV and monitor screens:
It’s not that much of a price difference compared to the acrylic! My mirror will be 32cmx50cm. Should I just go for the glass mirror over the acrylic one?
Thanks in advance for the info!
If your budget allows, glass will give the best results, and it stands up better to repeated cleaning. At the size you want, you likely won’t have issues with acrylic rippling, and if your mirror being lightweight is important to you, then acrylic may be the better choice.
@j.e.f.f Thanks for the info. Will it matter that the glass is 6mm and the acrylic is 3mm?
As weight is not an issue I’ll probably go for the glass!
@EventHorizon Having not used acrylic, I don’t really know for sure. But generally 3mm acrylic would be more flexible than 6mm acrylic. I don’t think you can get 3mm glass as I believe it would be too brittle. The thinnest I’ve seen is 4mm. 6mm is fine for glass – that is what I have used for mine and I don’t see any problems with it.
Also with glass, if the edges will be hidden inside the frame, then choose the least expensive edge finishing option. Sanded is the cheapest, and is good enough to take away any sharp edges so you don’t cut yourself. The finished look will be rough, but this isn’t a problem if the edges aren’t visible.
Go with polished or bevelled if the edges will be exposed. This will give a really nice finished look to your mirror. Keep in kind these options will cost more than sanded.
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@j.e.f.f Okay thanks for the information mate! The website suggests the 6mm two way MirrorView glass for use with TVs/monitors so I guess I’ll go for that one!
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@j.e.f.f hi Jeff I have another question. I ordered a sample of both the 3mm acrylic and 6mm mirrorview glass. I’ve taken a photo of the monitor to show an example:
Acrylic on left. Glass on right.
Now it seems like the glass looks much better HOWEVER. if I’m being picky if you look closely at the clouds by 16:00, 19:00 etc there seems to be another feint reflection of the cloud if this makes sense. I’m wondering if this is completely normal or will this cause annoyances in the future.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
@EventHorizon Really it comes down to personal preference. If it annoys you now, especially considering the price premium for glass, then I’d say it will continue to annoy you (it would annoy me, in this situation).
In this case, this is with the sample sitting right on the screen correct? As in there is no gap? I have a small gap with mine, but I don’t see this reflection, so I’d say this isn’t typical. You may want to try another glass supplier to see if their sample also has this problem.
@j.e.f.f Yeah it’s sitting right on the glass. I’m hoping it’s the glass and not the monitor. I’m not sure why the effect is happening though. Any ideas? I may have to try the standard two way glass and see how this compares. If not, I’ll have to go for the acrylic.