Can you tell me the easiest way to remove adhesive mirrors from a painted wall? The mirrors are made of a thin plastic material and the adhesive is completely covering the back, it is not double-sided foam. Thank you! The first attempt took me down to the drywall.

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Sounds like you're dealing with a pressure sensitive vinyl. It's not going to go down with out a fight. The best course of action is to hit it with a heat gun and very slowly pull with light steady pressure, let the heat do the work. If you do it right the adhesive will detach from the wall and the vinyl in about equal measure, which of course means you'll have to deal with the residual next. If it's the kind of adhesive I think it is, Goo Gone works okay (or any of the orange oil based cleaners) but Rapid Remover is designed for the job. If none of those will touch it then it's something solvent based and you'll have to step up to something with acetone in it (Goof Off) but test a little spot first to make sure it's not going to ruin your paint. He's a link with a bit more information. http://www.signwarehouse.com/blog/a-basic-guide-to-vinyl-removal-options/

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    ... and you may find that you do have to repaint, possibly with a skim coat of plaster first, no matter how hard you try.
    – keshlam
    Nov 27, 2014 at 16:36
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    @keshlam True enough. It could be argued that you'd be money ahead just ripping the thing off and dealing with the fall out.
    – user23534
    Nov 27, 2014 at 16:47

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