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Question DetailsAsked on 6/6/2014

How do I remove glass mirror panels that cover a wall about 10' x 8'?

I put these up in the mid-70's. They are approximately 12" squares. There are double foam stickers on the back four corners.

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Using safety gear (and a second person with suction-cup holder if trying to save most of the mirrors), use a saw to cut through the foam to remove them. If on a hard surface like block wall or concrete, then a conventional crosscut saw modified per below. If soft wall like drywall, then a more flexible blade like a long reach (15 or 18") pruning saw blade with a one-sided screwed-on handle made from a block of wood, per below. A flat piece of spring steel with the end sharpened to the shape of a steak knife blade will work well on foam too - use healthy wrapping of duct tape for handle.


To make so saw will fit flush to wall, remove handle and remount (may need new bolts, which should have a low-profile head) so only the outboard half of handle is on the blade, so it fits pretty much flush to wall. For pruning saw or similar blade if regular crosscut saw blade cuts into drywall too much, make one-sided handle from scrap of wood. In eather case, bend saw blade slightly so tip curves slightly away from the wall so it does not dig in. Then just saw through foam pads.


If you have access to both sides, it is easier to cut through the pads with a wire - use a person at each end, wrap the wire around a piece of doweling to hold onto and stand a few feet back if possible so wire is almost parallel to wall, and pull back and forth like an old gang saw. Use picture hanging wire for small job, you can buy diamond or carbide embedded wire like the pros use for larger job but should not be needed for foam pads - the diamond/carbide embedded wire is used to cut through glued-on mirrors.


Then to remove stickers from wall, bumper sticker spray works great but removes all types paint too, paint thinner will soften the glue for removal in almost all cases - some brands alcohol does the job without damaging the paint. Other thingds that work for certain brands but may or may not take paint off too - lighter fluid, automotive brake cleaner spray, laquer thinner (definitely WILL take paint off).


If entire wall is coated, you may have to break out the first one to get blade access - or try wedging it away from the wall with wedges driven in further every few hours for a day or so, to get the adhesive or foam to "creep" and slack off till it finally either fails or gives you room to slip the blade in to cut it.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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