b) a coat of silver
c) a coat of copper paint
d) a coat of base paint
*You will need the following materials:
1. Plastic scraper (plastic putty knife will work)
2. Steel Wool (Grade 0, 00, 000, or 0000...I used Grade 0)
3. Paint stripper (one that works on glass, I used the eco-friendly stuff by NEXT)**
4. Bleach (depends on mirror size, but smallest you can find would be best)
5. Rags (I cut up some old shirts)
6. Paintbrush (something to apply the paint stripper with, i used a soft squeegee)
7. Toothbrush (an old one)
8. Chemical resistant gloves (Chemical proof if you want to be safer)
9. Kneepads (if working on floor)
80. Goggles (if you want them to prevent splashing, I wear glasses)
11. Latex Paint and Odor Respirator
12. Glass Cleaner or Soap & Water
13. Large Tarp or covered table
*Shouldn't cost you more than $30 (this is given that I had the tarp, glass cleaner, squeegee, steel wool, plastic scraper, and rags to begin with, and I didn't use knee pads)
**Don't get paint thinner, apparently that won't do much of anything, but I've never tried it
Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area. This means intake and exhaust (cross-breeze) Contact your town or county for disposal of all the used materials you wish to get rid of.
Step 1: Set Up
Step 2: Strip the paint and scrape
Regardless, keep scraping, reapplying the stripper and scraping again until you can see a gold/coppery sheen through the remaining base coat.
Step 3: Buff the paint and silver
At this point, you should be able see your reflection through the coppery-silver smear. You're getting there. You can keep buffing until more of the base paint, copper paint, and silver disappear. You'll have to go back and forth between this step and the next.
Step 4: Bleach the glass
You should see parts of the silver turn black and disappear, or completely disappear.
Step 5: Wipe, rinse, repeat
For an added artistic effect, you can leave a pattern of copper paint or buffed silver on the mirror and then wipe it clean and go on to the next step. I'm not sure if you can touch it or leave it laying around, you should probably paint it again before leaving it anywhere and coming back later.
Step 6: Clean the glass
Wipe off your gloves and wash them with soap.
Clean the glass again until it squeaks.
Step 7: Clean Up
Step 8: Extra Ideas