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Re: Plexi mirror

Postby Ms Wolffie » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:23 am

Ocean blue touch-up paint.
Not the mirror side, the grey side.
The mirror is still there, protected with brown paper, except where the paper had been scratched away before I got it.
When I have finished my aluminium piece I am going to try the mirror.

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Re: Plexi mirror

Postby Xxray » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:31 am

To me, the grey side is the mirror side. It is the material which produces the mirror like reflection. Obviously, the other side, which is 95% of the material, is plexi. I'm not getting how ocean blue can restore reflection, maybe I'm missing something ,,, But glad it worked for you.
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Re: Plexi mirror

Postby Ms Wolffie » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:41 am

When I sanded the grey layer off, it was down to clear perspex, the mirror is on the other side where the paper is. When I peel the paper off, the reflection is there. Where the paper has been scratched away, the reflection is gone as well.
The ocean blue was just the colour I chose instead of the grey.

I just did another piece where I painted it chrome, will be interesting to see how that turns our.

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Re: Plexi mirror

Postby Norb » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:12 am

Wolffie wrote:Ocean blue touch-up paint.
Not the mirror side, the grey side.
The mirror is still there, protected with brown paper, except where the paper had been scratched away before I got it.
When I have finished my aluminium piece I am going to try the mirror.

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Wolffie, that 'mirror' must have been a custom product because as Xxray says, the grey side is the mirror side. At least on standard mirrors, whether glass or acrylic.

The grey coating is not the 'mirror' per se but a protective coating of the reflecting layer. Although the process is still called 'silvering', the 'silver' nowadays is mostly aluminium and the grey coating is to protect this so-called 'silver' layer.

I am truly curious as to what you got there, but interesting it is.

By the way, I have seen highly reflective 'chrome' in rattle cans. Never tried it but you have given me an idea there.
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Re: Plexi mirror

Postby Xxray » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:28 am

I tried out some chrome spray on a similar design, and it turned out awful. Looked a sickly milky white rather than chrome.
More experimentation is in order, perhaps it just doesn't react well to certain surfaces.
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Re: Plexi mirror

Postby Ms Wolffie » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:47 am

I found out this particular mirror has the reflective layer sandwiched between 2 clear layers.
Something to do with being used on luxury boats.

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