Mirrors make a great feature in the home, but what do you do when they become streaky and black spots start to appear on the surface? The solution is simple, resilvering. This process is ideal for unusually shaped or antique mirrors and gives your dark and damaged mirror a new silver lining.
Resilvering mirrors is not a DIY job. Many people try to touch-up their mirrors with silver paint or small squares of aluminium foil, with poor results. For a mirror to be resilvered properly, the original backing needs to be removed and a whole new silver lining applied. And the lining is real silver, which makes it impractical and expensive for the home handyperson. Most glaziers will accept mirrors for resilvering, but don’t usually do the work themselves. In Sydney, all mirrors that need resilvering are sent to Mirror Resilvering Service in Seven Hills.
Resilvering is commonly used for antique mirrors. These are often made from glass that has imperfections, such as air bubbles, small ripples or uneven bevelling. The glass itself is antique and can make the mirror valuable. Usually, an antique mirror is not devalued by the resilvering process, because the glass is not changed. In fact, resilvering can add to the value of antique mirrors.