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Rear view mirrors restoration, any ideas? 10 years 1 month ago #5367

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Resto advice section has a advice:

"Mirrors – Ah. You’ve got a cat’s eye mirror but there are dings on the outside and the silver is falling off the back of the glass. BFY Obsolete has been refurbishing mirrors since the 1970’s."

Unfortunately BFY has ceased to exist and when it changed ownership in 2004 customer satisfaction dropped below zero. ;) (Quick googling reveals that quite easily.)

So, any other ideas, anyone?

Local glass shop said that they can make me a new mirror (cheap too) but installing it nicely is another matter.
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Re: Rear view mirrors restoration, any ideas? 10 years 1 month ago #5369

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I had a glazier make some glass up for my mirrors. They did a very good job, including polishing the edges so that they were round like the originals.

The old lenses need to be gently prised out by gradually bending back the metal all around the circumference until the glass can be removed.

Fitting is the reverse - simply peen the edges over with a hammer.

Patience and a light touch are the key.

www.t-34.co.uk/media/p070720053.jpg

www.t-34.co.uk/index.php?page=my%20project&id=145
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Re: Rear view mirrors restoration, any ideas? 10 years 1 month ago #5370

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Another way to do this is to simply break the glass and press fit the new replacement mirror. It should be possible keep any bending of the metal to a minimum.
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Re: Rear view mirrors restoration, any ideas? 10 years 1 month ago #5371

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t3kg wrote:
Another way to do this is to simply break the glass and press fit the new replacement mirror. It should be possible keep any bending of the metal to a minimum.

That's a much better idea :)

Some tape over the glass might also be worth considering - to keep it all together so that it can be used for a pattern.
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Re: Rear view mirrors restoration, any ideas? 10 years 1 month ago #5373

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Good idea, I didn't realize it can be done like that.

I have to try and if it fails ... well, Paruzzi sells new stainless steel typ3 outside mirror for about 50 euros. It's close enough if I break the original.
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Re: Rear view mirrors restoration, any ideas? 10 years 4 weeks ago #5375

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Thanks for the heads up Kharon, that was a very old article. I think it might have been from our old print newsletter. I've edited out the BFY reference and added in the comments from this thread. I'll try to do a swing through and remove all BFY references throughout the site eventually.
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