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As it always happens with old cars, some really unusual things start to brake. It's almost like all of the parts of the car are asking for retirement, while I'm forcing them to serve year after year. This time it's the rear view mirror, which came off very unexpectedly in the middle of our drive to Carmel. Well, another reason to go to TechShop (, where I've been doing all car related fixes. They have a car port adjacent to metal shop, which I used to make this repair.

So, let's get to it. You will need to purchase Rear View Mirror Glue from your local auto-store and it's only about $4. You will also need a flashlight, pair of latex gloves, some isopropyl alcohol, paper towels and dry erase marker.
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Step 1: Sanding the metal button

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First step -- scrape of the remainder of the old glue. And to do that it's better to use disc sander, as you really want to create a flat surface, rather than using sandpaper and a block.

There is a disc sander in the metal shop, which can do this job perfectly. In the photo below the disc is actually spinning, but flash created a "stop action" effect. Second photo shows what the surface looks like after sanding.

Step 2: Detach the button from the mirror assembly

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Separate the button from the mirror assembly by turning it with pair of pliers about 60°.

Step 3: Mark the mirror location

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Using dry erase marker, mark your old mirror location on the outside of the glass.

Step 4: Clean both surfaces

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Clean both the glass and the metal button using small amount of isopropyl alcohol (can be purchased at any drugstore) and a paper towel. If necessary, use scraper to clean the glass, though in my case it came off clean. Make sure not to leave any residue on the glass, you really need to be gluing to the glass and not a thin film of grease or dust.
flyingpuppy3 years ago
I'm laughing, imagining what brought you to write this 'ible. One thing to remember: MAKE SURE THE MIRROR IS TURNED THE RIGHT WAY before you glue it back. Cuz it won't come off when you need it to (as my brother will tell you).