Plexiglass mirror is a "reflective" sheet. There are a lot of applications where acrylic mirror (Plexiglass mirror) works very well. It is NOT intended to replace the quality reflection of a glass mirror. That said, you should consider plexiglass mirror in applications where SAFETY is a major concern as plastic mirror is very difficult to break - and when it does, breaks into large pieces that can be handled with bare hands.
While a reflection from either 1/8" or 1/4" mirror looks great from 1-2ft away, at 10-25ft or more, a "fun house" effect happens because the sheet is flexible (whereas glass is very rigid). The quality of the reflection is ENTIRELY dependent on the FLATNESS of the wall you mount to (and the size of the mirror).Visual Defect Parameters (PDF)RECOMMENDATIONSUse 1/8" mirror
in small installations. 24"x24" or smaller for a great close-up reflection. Typical application is for use in boat, camper, retail display, etc where the viewer is very close to the mirror. This thickness is also great for Table Tops laid on top of the tablecloth (great for events).Use 1/4" mirror
in a larger installation over 24"x24".Security Mirror in store
: use 1/4" - at 30-50ft the reflection will be distorted regardless of how flat the mounting is. You may want to test 1 pc for this kind of installation.Theater and Dance Rooms
: use 1/4" - keep in mind that the reflection will NOT be as good as glass - but Plexiglass mirror would be used in this application for safety - not quality of reflection. Reflection will only be as good as the flatness of the installation.Clubs and Restaurants
: use 1/4" for safety and strength.MOUNTING
If you use screws for mounting
, you will get distortion in the reflection. You NEED a Plexiglass Drill Bit for making the hole. Trust us - you will break or crack the plastic with a metal bit.Double Face Tape
- easy way to mount.Water-Based Contact Adhesive
- a permanent solution to a FLAT surface.CLEANING
Use Brillianize or Novus products for cleaning and scratch removal. Or soap and water. Do not use Windex or 409.
Also available is Lexan polycarbonate mirror by special order. The advantage is it will NOT break and can handle higher temperatures (250F). Good for police stations, psychiatric wards, prisons or other high breakage potential installations. Polycarbonate mirror cannot have scratches removed at all.
For more information, please call in. We have been selling mirror for 40 years and help our customers choose the right material for their application.