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Its always such a hassle when you break your Volkswagen side view mirror. I myself have hit many a mailbox in my day that cracked the Volkswagen car mirror or the mirror assembly. Lots of people think they have to go to the dealership to get the whole assembly. In some cases you have to, but most of the time its just the glass itself that is broken. Why spend $550.00 dollars and up to have it replace the assembly by the dealer or a when you can fix it yourself easily and affordably.
Did you know that a car mirror is not regular mirror glass. Its actually a dual mirror. However that is what it appears. American First Surface chromium has its mirror properties sprayed on the outside of the glass but appears to be on both sides of the glass. Other more lower quality mirror is sprayed on both sides of the mirror and decreases the absorption of light. US mirror absorbs 40% of the light where as Asian product absorbs only 15 or 20 at best. The reason for this is to cut the glare and reflective properties so that late at night and the car in the other lane is blazing the lights in your eyes is not as blinding..
Did you ever notice the Volkswagen passenger side mirror always has the "objects are closer" text on the mirror. This mirror is designed this way to increase your field of vision and to eliminate the blind spot problem. Its always a good thing to replace that with a convex mirror glass verses a normal mirror. Don't substitute this as one day it might save your life.
A Volkswagen glass only side view mirror is made of 1/8 inch curved chrome mirror properties. This mirror is actually translucent. Meaning that light will travel through and absorb the light from the car behind you at night. USA Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Code require this mirror to absorb 40 to 60 percent of light. We only sell mirrors that conform with DOT standards. Our mirrors are made in the USA. Beware of the 9 dollar mirror that you are seeing on sale these days on the internet, as these mirrors do not conform to USA standards. Car or Truck mirrors should be installed using the car mirror to a plastic frame plate. Without this plastic frame the glass has nothing to rest into the car mirror housing. We do not suggest the use of normal bathroom silicone adhesive, which everyone has laying around at somewhere in their house or apartment. Latex type silicone does not adhere well to glass, but does to the plastic frame. We suggested using a construction silicone which is non latex based. If you don't have any then get a small tube at your local hardware store, or order the tube online with us.
How to remove and replace your car mirror from the frame
Now how do you remove that old mirror to get the new one in. Well, you first must breakdown the Volkswagen mirror from the plate called a frame. One simple way to do this is to get a flat strong instrument like a wide screw driver or a automotive scraper. Not many of you have the scraper, but when you go to our order form page we could sell you one. Its a nice thing to have around your toolbox. Now to loosen the adhesive from the plate you must apply some heat. Ideally a propane torch is good, but if you have the wife's hairdryer or a heat gun that will also work. Heat up the mirror enough for the adhesive will loosen and you can get the screwdriver or the scraper under the mirror and pull all the broken pieces off the frame. Make sure you are wearing gloves and protective eyewear, oh, and its also a smart idea to put a small garbage bucket under the housing you are working on, so that the glass falls into the bucket and not on the ground. After the side view mirror glass is removed, make sure all the mirror and adhesive is clean off the framed plate.
Many of you have heating elements behind the mirror. Best way to remove the heating element from the car mirror is not to make the mirror too hot. This will melt your heating element. This is the time to use the hair dryer warming up the mirror side, and taking a square utility razor, start at the corner, and slowly peal the element off the mirror. You may be able to save this heating element. Although difficult, TAKE YOUR TIME removing the broken mirror from the heating element which is attached to the mirror using a sticky adhesive. If that stick adhesive is no longer sticky, then use the silicone around the edge of the heating element onto the mirror, let it dry 24 hours then go to the next step.
Gluing a mirror that has fallen out of the frame for no reason.
In the last 15 years, we have been selling a lot of mirrors that the glass has fallen out of the frame for no reason. One of the biggest problems cars has been the Volkswagan. There are another 20 or 30 makes and models that has had this problem in recent years. Right now you are seeing a black pad. The manufacture of this product used a Mylar black pad, to separate the glass from the heating element on your vehicle. Most side view mirrors are glued to the frame that is attached motor using automotive silicone, acrylic glue or urethane. Behind this black pad is a heating element. In the past, many European car manufactures did not use first surface chromium mirror, and those mirrors. which we think is aluminum oxide would turn brown due to absorption of the heating element which burns the mirror glass. So they tried to fix the problem, however your mirror was glued to the black Mylar pad using a rubber based spray adhesive. So a good idea, that now has gone bad.
How to properly Glue this mirror back into the frame.
1. You have to first clean the surface of the black pad. Being contaminated by the previous adhesive, it needs to be removed. We suggest the use of a WET RAG and the use of NAIL POLISH REMOVER to clean any debris, black flakes, and residue. This will insure the automotive silicone that we suggest you use to adhere the mirror to the glass. Nail Polish remover contains 10% acetone which will clean it most efficiently. DO NOT USE ANY FORM OF SCRAPING DEVICE as you will damage the heating element behind the black pad.
2. You now need to glue the mirror to the frame. We sell the silicone for this mirror. You can find it in the additional items to order list. If however you have a non latex silicone (known as construction silicone) then yes, you can use your product. To help the heating element to function properly, we suggest dotting the black pad with the silicone starting at the center, every 1/4 x 1/4 inch 1/2 inch from the frame edge. When placing the mirror into the frame these small beads of silicone will meet creating a silicone pad for the heat to absorb into the new mirror evenly. Like it did from the factory. The drying time at 70 deg. is 4 hours. Expect longer drying time as temperatures get lower. Do not think of using Crazy Glue, Gorilla glue. However if you are a glass shop or repair facility and have a primer less urethane, this is fine to use.
3. After install, get painters or masking tape, and tape the mirror to the plastic frame you placed the mirror in or to the housing shell. This will insure that the mirror will not fall out or shift during drying times. We do not recommend driving the car while the glue dries.We are here to help you. This is a very easy project.
Known Problems with the Volkswagen you should be aware of.
1. Earlier Models made in the 80 and 90's as the vehicle gets older, some models had a blue glass product Made of a substandard material, that after time faded to a brown rust. This was not due to self dimming failure, but oxidation of the Aluminum Oxide that was embedded with a blue dye making the mirror optically poor. We do have these mirrors in blue, but it is greatly suggested that you revert your mirror to USA standard silver and First surface chromium can not accept any color tint. Chromium as you know can not oxidizes and lasts a lifetime.
2. Some mirrors turning brown due to the heating pad burning into the substandard Aluminum Oxide mirror on the car, thus the heating pad is burning into the glass making the product optically poor or no longer reflecting.
3. Since the late 90's to the present day, All models have had mirrors falling out of the frame due to adhesive breakdown. This is more common when you see a black pad with and will even see the writing on the passenger side objects may appear. This is basic burning thought the laser cutting of the letters that has burned into the mirror over time. You want to buy a mirror that you can glue back into the mirror and follow the directions in the Gluing a mirror that has fallen out of the frame for no reason section of this webpage. The dealer wants between 115 to 155 dollars from what I hear from customers for the frame and glass. There are other companies that want to sell this glass with an after market heating element the you never want to change from your OEM heating element located behind the black Mylar pad. Just follow our directions and save. You will also notice that when putting in our glass you will notice the absorption rate of light is higher and less brighter than what you had on the car as we again use a first surface chromium product vs. Aluminum Oxide material.
4. There was no known self dimming mirror for sale on any VW. So when the mirror turns color it is not due to electro chromatic failure.
5. Some Volkswagen models have a separate switch located on the arm of the door panel to activate the heating elements. If your heating elements do not function anymore, it is due to this switch failure and not the heating pad itself. Replacing the switch is your answer to the problem.
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This page was specifically built for the following Volkswagen car and truck mirrors.
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