How to Install Mirrored Plexiglass

Mirrored plexiglass is a mixed-use material that has many applications, including home decor.

Preparation

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Plexiglass, also called acrylic glass, is particularly useful in homes with children, as it does not shatter and is stronger than glass. Whether you are hanging this acrylic material as a mirror or making a mirrored table, installing plexiglass can be relatively stree free if you have the right tools.

Step 1

Measure the piece of plexiglass with the length that you need and mark the measurement using a line of painter tape. Next, measure the width that you need and mark with painter tape. The tape should go the full length of the cut that you will make with a circular saw.

Step 2

Set up a circular saw with a 10-inch, 80-tooth carbide saw blade. Lay the plexiglass out on a saw table or other support surface. Cut along the line marked by the painter tape.

Step 3

Clean the surface to which the plexiglass will be affixed. If the surface is painted, it may be necessary to sand it to remove any loose paint that will cause the bond between the surface and the plexiglass to lose strength.

Step 4

Remove the painter tape from the edges of the plexiglass and dust off the cut edges with a brush or cloth to remove any grit. Dust off the back of the plexiglass sheet to ensure a clean bond between the acrylic glass and the surface to which it is glued.

Installation

Step 1

Apply a low-solvent adhesive or mastic, specifically designed for use with plastics, in vertical beads about 5 to 6 inches apart on the back of the cut plexiglass. Start the glue beads 3 inches from the edge of the plexiglass. Lay the piece directly on the surface of the wall, cabinet or other location.

Step 2

Use mirror clips or other fasteners to keep the plexiglass in place while the adhesive dries. Allow 72 hours for the adhesive to dry before removing the fasteners.

Step 3

Remove any protective plastic sheet from the surface of the plexiglass. If the surface doesn't reflect your handsome face, clean the surface of the mirrored plexiglass with a microfiber cloth and a bowl of water mixed with mild dish soap to remove dust and finger prints.

Things You Will Need

  • Mirrored plexiglass
  • Painter tape
  • Dust mask
  • Circular or table saw
  • 10-inch 80-tooth carbide tipped blade
  • Plastic adhesive
  • Mirror clips
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Dish soap

Tips

  • Make sure that the surface to which the glass acrylic will be glued is completely dry before applying glue.
  • Adhesives work best in temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Plexiglass should be mounted within 10 minutes of putting adhesive or mastic on the back.

Warnings

  • Plastic dust is harmful and painful when inhaled. Take precautionary measures by wearing a dust mask during cutting.
  • Make sure the area is well ventilated when using strong adhesives to reduce exposure to chemical fumes.

About the Author

Stephanie Rieper is a professional writer and editor based in Texas. Since 2000, she has been contributing to publications such as "Services" magazine for the U.S. Department of Defense, textbooks for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and lessons for Sylvan Learning Center. Rieper holds a Bachelor of Science in education from Texas State University.