rearview mirror repair kit

How to Fix a Rearview Mirror

Unless your rearview mirror is secured with screws to the roof, it is glued to the windshield. While the glue is certainly good quality, these have a bad habit of falling off over time. Regular strong glue might hold for a little while, but you really need the right stuff.

This is the original rearview mirror for the car. The little bubble is a piece of the windshield that came off when it fell.

This is the original rearview mirror for the car. The little bubble is a piece of the windshield that came off when it fell

Cleanliness is the key to a proper installation. Most rearview mirror repair kits only come with the glue components, some come with a replacement metal glue-on tab, but you still need a couple of items to get the job done right, namely a razor blade. If used properly, a razor blade won’t scratch the glass, but be careful as you could cut yourself pretty bad. Don’t forget to clean the mounting tab (if you are reusing it), as all the old glue needs to be removed as well.

The windshield was cleaned with a razor blade.

The windshield was cleaned with a razor blade.

The kit we used comes with a new tab, but the car we are working on (1965 Mercury Park Lane) does not use the slide-on style, rather a metal tab with a ball-mount for the mirror. It was cleaned with a razor blade and reused.

The mount must be clean, so we scraped the old glue off with a razor blade.

The mount must be clean, so we scraped the old glue off with a razor blade.

Our kit has two glue components, the adhesive itself, and a cleaner\primer for the glass. The package splits in half, making a clean holder for towelette inside. Don’t get the primer on your skin if you can avoid it. Wipe the glass and wait two minutes.

Open the cleaning pouch but don't touch the pads. Use the packaging to hold the pouch.

Open the cleaning pouch but don’t touch the pads. Use the packaging to hold the pouch.

 

Then wipe it on the window and wait two minutes before moving on.

Then wipe it on the window and wait two minutes before moving on.

The glue is a special high strength glue that is designed for glass. Just a small drop on the mirror mount is enough.

You need only a small dab of glue, about the size of a pea on the mounting tab.

You need only a small dab of glue, about the size of a pea on the mounting tab.

Press the tab onto the glass and hold it for one minute. Allow the tab to sit for at least 15 minutes before mounting the mirror.

Hold the tab to the glass for one minute, and then let it cure for at least 15 minutes before installing the mirror.

Hold the tab to the glass for one minute, and then let it cure for at least 15 minutes before installing the mirror.

Once the 15 minutes is up, you can reinstall the mirror.

Now you can reinstall the mirror. All done!

Now you can reinstall the mirror. All done!

NAPA Auto Parts has several versions of these rearview mirror repair kits, including brand-specific kits with replacement mounting tabs. It is highly recommended that you choose a kit with an activator, as this is a much better product that yields better results.

To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

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Jefferson Bryant

A life-long gearhead, Jefferson Bryant spends more time in the shop than anywhere else. His career began in the car audio industry as a shop manager, eventually working his way into a position at Rockford Fosgate as a product designer. In 2003, he began writing tech articles for magazines, and has been working as an automotive journalist ever since. His work has been featured in Car Craft, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Truckin’, Mopar Muscle, and many more. Jefferson has also written 4 books and produced countless videos. Jefferson operates Red Dirt Rodz, his personal garage studio, where all of his magazine articles and tech videos are produced.

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3 Comments

  • L. Ford

    May 15, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Reply

    My 2004 Honda CR-V was facing very strong sunlight. Inside rear view mirror fell from windshield taking an amount of glass with it that nearly covers the entire mounting tab and is surprisingly thick. The glass is smooth and nearly flat but the edges are ragged. De-lamination is possible but not not apparent to this untrained eye. Must this be professionally repaired or is there a quality glass-to-glass adhesive? Thanks, Anchorage AK.

    • NAPA Auto Parts

      June 9, 2017 at 12:39 PM

      Reply

      Thank you for your comment about your mirror, a NAPA Auto Parts representative will be contacting you via email shortly.

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