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Old 12-18-2007, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing Stick On Convex Mirrors???

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Anyone have a good idea on how to remove those aftermarket circular stick on convex mirrors off my OSRV mirrors? I don't want to break or scratch the glass, even though I know I can replace them.

They are held on with a thin sticky foam adhesive. I had though about spraying a bunch of WD40 and maybe using a thin string to "saw" them off. Or maybe warming them up with a heat gun ( without melting anything important ) and twisting them off somehow.

I'm not sure if they are glass or plastic, it's cold outside and everything is hard.

The joker that stuck them on ( not me ) put them in a really anoying spot. I just hate them, they are distracting.

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Old 12-18-2007, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ive always used a razer blade with no problems, Id heat it first though..
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Try some goof off. It contains Xylene.
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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WD-40 works on that stuff. (WD-40 works on everything!! LOL)
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Like DEER3594 said.
Hair dryer prying convex mirror off, then razor blade for anything left sticking to the OSRV mirror.
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips, I figured I wasn't the only one to ever want them off.

I know I can get the glass clean once I get the darn thing off, just that first step gave me a pause.

I broke the glass on one once doing something else that was kind of stupid, and my mistakes are my best teacher ( if I remember not to do the same thing, that is... )

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Old 12-18-2007, 06:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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3M makes an adhesive remover; it comes in a blue can with a black top IIRC. Does wonders on almost any kind of adhesive strips, tape, etc.

EDIT: I lied, black can/black top.

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Better living through Chemistry, eh?

Yes, have used that before when stripping body side moldings off the Buick. Great on painted surfaces when razor blades are not the best idea.

One of the mirrors is like 2.5 inch dia. I would think it would take a LONG time to soak in. Ever try it on something like that?

Once I get most of the thingy off, I think it is pretty easy to get the goo off.

Thanks for the idea, I had forgotten about that.
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I've used it before to get the small wal-mart job mirrors off; they're probably 1.5"dia or so, with a .75x.75" square of adhesive on the back.

If you could get a razor blade behind the mirror, that might be a better option if you're really concerned about breaking the glass.

Otherwise, if you were to spray behind the mirror with adhesive remover, after letting it sit for a little you might try twisting the mirror (like unscrewing a bottle top) instead of prying or pulling. I think glass is more resistant to longitudinal torsion (twisting on the same plane) than lateral pressure.
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fishing line to cut them off then clean off
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