Read the statement by Michael Teeuw here.
Using regular mirror glass to make a Magic mirror
I have an Ikea Mirror that meassures 70cm x 260cm. For obvious reasons it is to expensive to turn the whole thing into a 2 way mirror. So my question is has anyone tried removing the back paint on a regular mirror in just one corner and then replacing it with 2 way film ?
My concerns are that the transition from the regular mirror over to the film covered part will show from the front. Has anyone tried this?
All idéas are appriciated
Sorry for my english.
Removing the paint off the back of a mirror gives you straight glass. So, it would be the same as putting film on regular glass.
I’ve been researching this for the past two weeks and it seems like removing the paint will not give you just plain glass.
It will expose the silvering needed to create a normal mirror , and removing the back paint and primer will give you an inexpensive two way mirror.
If you search “DIY antique mirror” , the first step is to remove the back paint & primer which turns it into a two mirror. I just can’t find much literature on it other than a very brief mention that the paint is only there to stop it from being a two way mirror. No details of transparency or reflection properties once the paint is removed.
Still hard to believe I can’t find much more than a brief mention like in the following:
this is frustrating as the answer feels like it’s to be at the “tip of my tongue”.
My two cent opinion:
I think it would be extremely difficult to remove the back paint and primer without damaging the silvering (mirror coating). However, I do wish you the best of luck and please keep us updated. Pictures would be great too.