Can I reglue this vintage compact mirror?
October 11, 2013 1:34 PM Subscribe
I've been buying a few vintage compacts from the 1950s and 1960s on Etsy and eBay. I just received one in the mail whose mirror came completely loose in transit. Luckily it wasn't damaged, but how do I glue it back in safely? Details below.
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy to sports, hobbies, & recreation (7 answers total)
I often carry a vintage compact in my purse now, and am planning to give some as gifts during the holiday season, so I'd love to make this one
usable again. The mirror has beveled edges and is very thin. Clearly it had come unglued before, and someone taped it back in (a LONG time ago) with double-sided tape
. Some stiff paper appears to be mounted on the back as well (the gray patterned cardboard is something I laid it on to keep it from contacting my table). Here's a view of the inside lid without the mirror.
I'm leery of removing the tape, and definitely will not try and remove the paper, as I'm afraid some of the mirror's silver backing will come with it. Can I just glue the whole dang thing back in again with E-6000 or another glue? Should I try to get some of the tape off (CAREFULLY) first? I want to do it soon, because I feel the mirror is safer mounted in the compact. For now it's wrapped in bubble wrap inside a resealable bag, away from cats and kids. Thanks, hive mind.