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MIRROR Restoration -- INT-116A

On page 222 of 'A-Antics Tech Tips 1976-1988' by the Michigan Chapter of NAMGAR:

"Repainting Your Rear View Mirror - General Motors 2410 M is close to the original color. Ford 3572 is a bit too brown and Chrysler 4666 L is too yellow. If you are careful, you can spray the Chrysler color first and then a light coat of the Ford to kill the yellow. The Chrysler 4666 is also a good match for the T series mirrors and steering wheel bosses. All these colors are available in small spray cans at auto supply stores."

This information was collected many years ago and these colors may not be currently available. -- More on mirror paint colors in the Paint section here: PT-105M.

On Feb 28, 2015, Jim Cheatham in Amelia, VA, USA, wrote:
"I have a new Moss Classic Gold dash mirror (Moss # 165-100) that I have taken apart. I plan to use the mirror, stem and pedestal from the Moss mirror with my original Wingard housing. I will bead blast the original housing, repaint it and will get new semi-tubular stainless steel rivets to reassemble it. I found some gold Krylon paint today that is pretty close. Have to do some experimenting. The first picture below is of the inside of my original Wingard mirror and the outside of the Moss Classic Gold mirror. Colors are quite different. The second picture shows the words WINGARD and MADE IN ENGLAND which should clean up nicely in the bead blaster. I'll post pictures after I repaint it and reassemble it. If it doesn't work out, I'm only out $19.75 for another Moss Classic Gold mirror ."


On Feb 28, 2015, Jim Cheatham wrote:
"It took me two tries but I have finally restored my original dash mirror. On the first attempt, I cracked the new mirror glass and had to start over. Here are pictures of the final result. I need to clean the glass a little better but I'm pleased with the results".


On Feb 28, 2015, Jim Cheatham wrote:
"I found a glass shop locally that would cut mirrors to size, but because of the radius corners and the labor involved, it would have cost more than a new mirror from Moss. I bought a new Classic Gold mirror from Moss, removed the glass by bending up the tabs and carefully prying the glass away from the back case. Be careful not to scratch the silvering on the new mirror. The new mirror is held to the back case with two thicknesses of double sided tape. I slipped a knife blade between the back case and the glass making sure the knife blade went under the tape. I used the stem, base and the bracket/socket from the Moss mirror because the chrome on my original was very pitted. I have stainless steel rivets that are the correct size if you or anyone wants to try this".

On 6 Aug 2015, Jim Cheatham wrote:
"I was not too concerned about saving the original mirror glass but did get it off without damaging it any more than it already was. I used my pocket knife to bend the four tabs so the glass can be removed. You can probably get the glass out by just bending two of the tabs on the same long side almost straight up and bending the other two up just a little. Seems to me there was a small bead of mastic around the edge of the glass holding it to the back shell. Use a knife blade to separate the glass from the back shell.

When I put the new mirror on my original back shell, I used Mirror caulking that I bought at Lowe's and just put a big blob of it at each end of the mirror. Slide the mirror back into place with it at an angle so it is caught under the partially bent tabs with the other edge up so it clears the caulking and set it down. To bend the tabs back, I pushed them against a hard metal surface so I wouldn't scratch the back shell with pliers. Before you put the caulking in, dry fit the mirror to make sure it sits flat against the back shell. On my first attempt, the back shell had somehow gotten bent slightly and when I tried to bend the tabs to hold the mirror against the back shell, I cracked the glass".

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