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Making Mirrors: The Science Behind Making Perfect Mirrors

By April 11, 2022October 19th, 2022Mirror

Mirrors are an essential part of any home, and making them can be a tedious and expensive process. In this article, we will describe the methods used to make mirrors, and the materials that are used. We will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and which is best for particular applications.

Raw Glass Selection

The selection of raw materials for a product is important because the quality and properties of the raw materials will affect the quality and properties of the product. Very minor defect can lead to a product that does not meet the customer’s expectations. Good quality raw glass, however, can lead to a product that is durable, reliable, and meets all of the customer’s requirements.

The right raw materials can mean the difference between a high-quality finished product and a product that falls short of expectations. Therefore, the inspection of the material is done in a systematic manner to ensure that one quality defect does not lead to contamination of the whole batch.

Cleaning Glass for Smoother Surface

We use the right cleaning agent to clean the glass surface before coating a reflective layer to the glass. We believe, with cleaner and smoother glass surface, the less distortion the reflection will have.

The use of a cleaning agent can aid in the process of creating a smoother surface on glass. The reason for this is that when the agent is used, dirt or debris that may be on the surface of the glass as well as any oils on the surface can washed off easily.

The three factors that contribute to a better reflective quality are the clarity of the glass, the smoothness of the surface, and the absence of any blemishes on the surface.

A mirror with a finer, more even surface will show a person’s reflection more clearly. The lack of blemishes on the surface further enhances the reflection.

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Reflective Coating


Aluminum mirror coating is a process of coating a mirror with a thin layer of aluminum. This layer of aluminum reflects most of the light that hits it, making the mirror very reflective. The aluminum mirror coating process can be done in a number of ways, including by sputtering or evaporation.


A silver mirror coating is an extremely thin layer of silver that is applied to a mirror’s surface. Silver mirrors are made out of high quality reflective material. The silver coating helps to reflect natural light and make the mirror more visibly comfortable.

Difference of Reflective Layer: Aluminium vs Silver

Aluminium mirrors are cheaper to produce and are therefore more commonly found in homes and businesses. They also reflect more light than silver mirrors, making them better for tasks such as makeup application or shaving. However, they can also be more prone to corrosion than silver mirrors.

Silver mirrors are more expensive to produce, but they do not corrode as easily and offer a higher quality reflection. It is often used in academic and scientific settings, because the high quality reflection allows for precise observation.

Longevity of Mirrors: Double Coated Protective Paints

Double coated protective paints are paints that are applied in two coats designed to protect a surface from weathering and corrosion.

The mirror coating of protective paint is a technique used to protect the surface of a mirror from scratches, chipping, and other forms of damage. The paint is applied on top of the reflective layer. This combination helps to keep the mirror looking shiny and new for longer, as well as protection from corrosion.

The first coat, called the base coat, is a thin coat that is applied to the surface to be painted. The base coat helps the paint adhere to the surface and provides a base for the second coat.

The second coat, called the top coat, is a thicker coat that is applied over the primer coat. The finish coat provides protection for the surface and gives it a finished look.

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Author WJ Chai

A mirror is an object that reflects light in a predictable manner. The light that is reflected is usually seen as an image of the object that is opposite the mirror.

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