Learn how to give the patina of age to mirrored glass using the Amy Howard At Home® Mirror Antiquing products. Use the products in tandem with other Amy Howard At Home® products to give a framed mirror the look of an Old World antique. Add antique mirror insets to a vanity or chest.19 Steps
How to Use Amy Howard at Home Antique Mirror Solution
1. Place Mirror Down
Place mirror face down on a non-abrasive surface.
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2. Protect Skin and Eyes
Put on safety goggles and gloves.
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Shake the Antique Mirror Stripper vigorously.
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4. Apply Antique Mirror Stripper
Squirt the stripper onto the mirror backing paint and spread it out. It's preferable to use a natural or synthetic paint roller or brush, but a foam brush will do.
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5. Coating Mirror
You should have a uniform layer of stripper approximately 1/16” thick which completely covers the mirror’s back. Better to have a little more than less.
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The backing paint will begin to bubble up and is ready to remove when entire back has bubbled up. This only takes minutes to complete.
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7. Apply Paper
Take a piece of kraft paper slightly larger than the mirror and lay it on the bubbled mirror backing paint and lightly pat it down.
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8. Lift Paper Off
Slowly lift the kraft paper. The backing paint will lift up onto the kraft paper.
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9. Remove Extra Backing
If any backing paint is left on the mirror, apply a small mount of stripper on backing paint, wait five minutes and place piece of kraft paper on that area and remove remaining backing paint. Consult your local EPA for appropriate disposal. The silver of the mirror is now exposed. Be careful not to scratch the silver during the following processes.
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10. Spray Degreaser
Spray degreaser on back of mirror where the backing paint was removed and use a soft rag to wipe off any excess stripper. Be very gentle cleaning the mirror to prevent scratching through the exposed silver.
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Rinse well with water to remove degreaser and allow the mirror to dry.
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12. Shake Antique Mirror Solution
Now you'll switch to the Antique Mirror Solution. Shake it well.
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13. Pour Antique Mirror Solution
Pour amount of solution to be used in a small plastic container large enough to place a soft cotton cloth into.
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14. Soak Rag
Soak rag in container of antique mirror solution.
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15. Apply Antique Mirror Solution
Apply, the solution gently with the saturated cloth on the exposed silver. Use very small circular motions and apply over the entire area. Continue to apply until silver stays wet. Allow to set 5-10 minutes. The silver will turn dark during this process, but you will need to lift and look at the front of the mirror to see how intense the antiquing process is occurring.
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16. Continue Application
Continue to apply more antiquing solution to promote the antiquing process, checking the front of the mirror to see desired effect. This will take approximately 30 minutes but is dependent on temperature (the warmer the work area, the faster the process). For lighter antiquing, add water to the antiquing solution to dilute it. For a darker antique mirror, continue to apply the solution.
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When mirror has reached desired effect, rinse antique solution with water and let it dry.
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18. Apply One Step Paint
Apply Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint. We recommend two thin coats for the best results. Let the first coat become dry to the touch before applying the second coat. Black is the best color for this.
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19. Enjoy the Bragging Rights™
Take a moment, take a step back and enjoy your work of art!
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