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Old 01-04-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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"Blind Spot" Mirror Removal?

I need some ideas on how to remove one of those aftermarket blind spot magnification mirrors from my passenger side mirror without damage to my paint or stock mirror. Previous owner installed it and I just can't get used to it.

I looks like it's held on with double backed tape to the factory mirror and it ain't budgin'.

I don't want to start prying on it and break the factory mirror, the adjusting mechanism or the body shroud around it.

I don't want to use any kind of aggressive solvent for fear of damaging the paint.

For a half -second I was going to use a center punch to break the aftermarket mirror apart so I could scrape the remnants off, but then I came to my senses.

My latest plan is to spray WD-40 between the mirrors and let it work on the adhesive over a period of a couple of days.

Other ideas?
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this sound good for a Junkman question, good luck
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Just take a little piece of fishing line and cut the tape. Using WD-40 will work great.
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Hi,

I wouldn't use solvents or scrapers. If the Blind Spot mirror is attached by double-sided tape, then use a hot air gun directing the heated air onto the body of the ancillary mirror. Be careful not to overheat the paint on the main mirror surround or the OE mirror housing itself.

If you can grasp the Blind spot mirror with a set of needle nose pliers, you should be able to carefully "roll" the ancillary mirror up and off the OE mirror glass.

If you can't get a good grip this way, then try and carefully slip a reinforced-edge razor blade, or a very slim, wide-bladed screw driver, gently between the ancillary mirror and the OE mirror. Then move it gently forwards as the heat defeats the adhesive properties of the double sided tape. Within a few seconds you should be able to lift an edge of the ancillary mirror up and it will then slowly detach.

No promises, but this should do the trick. Let us know how you get on.

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Just take a little piece of fishing line and cut the tape. Using WD-40 will work great.
some fishing line and WD 40 to take the residue off the mirror.
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My Husband took my Old Lady mirror off, don't remember how but it came off with no problem. Probably doesn't help you sorry.
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The fishing line worked great!

I used the WD-40 to remove the remaining adhesive.

...and yes a razor blade will scratch the mirror even if gently used to scrape away any foreign material after applying WD-40. Don't ask me how I know.

That revelation and getting a fish hook in my finger while looking for the line was a reminder for me not to do seemingly simple stuff in the dark!

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The fishing line worked great!

I used the WD-40 to remove the remaining adhesive.

...and yes a razor blade will scratch the mirror even if gently used to scrape away any foreign material after applying WD-40. Don't ask me how I know.

That revelation and getting a fish hook in my finger while looking for the line was a reminder for me not to do seemingly simple stuff in the dark!

Thanks for the replies!
Good deal, glad you got it.
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Well, I stumbled across this late!

A good solvent that won't hurt your pant and is great for removing sticky stuff is Goo-Gone. You can find it just about everywhere. You also don't have to use any kind of scraping tool with it, just a little elbow grease.

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Wel, I stumbled across this late!
Now you show up?!

Just kidding, thanks for all of your other help!
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