The mirror to be removed


I'm trying to get this mirror out without making a total mess of the surrounding drywall. Any best practices?

  • Been a few years since I completed this project, but BE SURE TO WEAR A RESPIRATOR AND EYE PROTECTION. Mirror adhesives, especially in older homes often contain asbestos. Dec 7, 2022 at 15:58

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3 possibilities that I can see.

  1. Tape every square inch of it and just start smashing. Wear serious eye protection and a face shield, gauntlet gloves, heavy clothing, head covering, ... in short, don't have any exposed skin.

  2. Tape, protect yourself (as above), and try to get a pry bar under the edges. You'll need to do a bit of drywall repair, but you might get lucky and not have a pile of shards.

  3. Buy (rent?) a specialty suction cup slide puller. (This is scary at the best of times and probably unavailable at normal rental...) Edit to add youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQne8Caw1LI

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    I might score a few lines to encourage it breaking into manageable rectangles as much as possible (then proceeed as in 1.). You could also try something cute with a standard puller, and something glued to the face of the mirror for it to pull on, rather than the hard-to-obtain suction cup puller. I'd do that on a center section after "tic-tac-toe" scoring in the hopes of popping that section out and having lots of edges to work with/from.
    – Ecnerwal
    Jul 9, 2016 at 16:06
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    Went great with a combination of your first two suggestions- was too tight to get my pry bar in with any effect so I gave the top right corner a love tap to get things moving. With it all taped I gradually peeled it down piece by piece, prying off at the adhesion points. Thanks again! Jul 9, 2016 at 21:14

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