Plexi mirror

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Ms Wolffie
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Re: Plexi mirror

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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

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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

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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

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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
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

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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

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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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