Mirrors that adhere straight to drywall with glue are a hassle to remove. Although you can remove mirrors affixed to drywall, you must do some repairs to the drywall. The amount of repairs depends upon the method of removing the mirror. Windshield cut-out tools are available online that work well for removing glued mirrors. This method will require patience, and you may not be able to use the mirror again. The other method--cutting the mirror off the wall--will require you to install a new piece of drywall to cover the hole.
Things You'll Need
- Windshield cutting wire tool
- Hair dryer
- 2 pairs leather work gloves
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Garden hose
Windshield Cutting Tool Method
Purchase a windshield cutting wire kit online. You can purchase the kit through commercialforms.com or amazon.com. Just type in "windshield removal kit," and you will find a host of businesses to order the kit.
Blow hot air from a hair dryer over the mirror for 15 minutes. Make sure to spend some time blowing the hair dryer around the edges of the mirror. The heat from the hair dryer may help in softening the adhesive. Any adhesive that softens will make the project that much quicker.
Have your helper put on a pair of gloves, and apply pressure to the mirror. The helpers job is to hold the mirror so that it does not fall while you are using the windshield cutting wire kit. Place gloves on your hands and unravel the windshield cutting kit. The kit consists of two handles with wire connecting the handles.
Start at the top left corner of the mirror. Hold a handle in each hand, and stretch the wire taught. Insert the cutting wire between the wall and the mirror. Work the handles to the left and to the right simulating a cutting motion.
Continue cutting behind the mirror, working your way to the lower right-hand corner of the mirror. When cutting, try not to remove the silver backing off the mirror. Depending upon how much adhesive is there and how long it has been up, this may or may not be possible.
Pull the mirror off of the wall after you have completely gone from one corner to the next with the cutting wire. Make any repairs necessary to the drywall, and paint over the repairs.
Cut The Mirror Out
Use a stud finder to locate the nearest wall studs from the sides of the mirrors. This will give you something to nail a new piece of drywall to once you remove the mirror. Use a tape measure and a pencil to mark off a square around the mirror to cut out the drywall, making sure that you cut to the middle of the wall studs.
Use a utility knife to cut the drywall according to your lines drawn on the wall. Ask your helper to hold the mirror while you are cutting the wall.
Pull the mirror and the drywall away from the wall. Take the mirror with the drywall attached outside, and place the mirror face down on a soft flat surface like the lawn. Spray the drywall with water from a garden hose. This will soak the drywall and make it easy to remove from the back of the mirror. You can reuse the mirror after you clean the mirror.
Purchase a drywall sheet from the hardware store, and repair the hole in the wall.
Tips & Warnings
- Always wear gloves when working with mirrors. They will break when you least expect them to.
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