How Much Does It Cost To Repair Or Resilver A Mirror?

Typical Range:

$107 - $348

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Updated November 22, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

It costs an average of $214 to repair or resilver a mirror, with a typical range of between $107 and $340. At the very low end, it can be done for $49, and at the high end, it can cost as much as $500.

Mirrors are not just functional, they can become family heirlooms—beautiful works of art in their own right that create an incredible look for a room in your home. But like any piece of furniture, mirrors can deteriorate over the years, and a resilvering might be in order.

This guide breaks down the costs of resilvering a mirror, and when you might want to consider replacing it.

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National Average $218
Typical Range $107 - $348
Low End - High End $49 - $515

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 52 HomeAdvisor members.

Mirror Resilvering Material Prices

For a resilvering job, you'll need some basic materials like paint stripper specifically geared for glass, sodium hydroxide, ammonia, silver nitrate, and sugar, depending on what type of resilvering method you use. Some methods call for using nitric acid, but this is a highly corrosive mineral acid and should not be used by anyone but professionals.

All of these are available for purchase online at the following prices:

  • Glass paint stripper: $15–$30

  • Sodium hydroxide: $15–$30

  • Ammonia: $10–$20

  • Sodium nitrate: $15–$50

  • Sugar: $5–$10

Gathering all the materials you need should cost $60 to $140.

Mirror Resilvering Labor Cost

You can expect to pay $15 per square foot if you hire a mirror resilvering specialist. So if you have a large 16-square-foot mirror, it would cost you about $240. However, you may incur additional costs for shipping and handling if you have to ship it to the restorer.

Mirror Resilvering and Replacement Cost Factors

There are two main factors that affect the cost of fixing your mirror: whether you plan to go ahead with the resilvering or just replace it, and how large the mirror is.

Resilvering or Replacing

It's going to cost you a lot more to resilver a mirror than to just replace it in most cases. You can get a brand-new floor-length mirror for as little as $100, whereas a resilvering job could cost you hundreds of dollars. Of course, if the mirror is a family heirloom, valuable, or ornate, then you probably wouldn’t want to replace it with a regular mirror, thus resilvering makes more sense.

Size

The size of the mirror is another big factor. The larger the mirror, the more time it will take a professional to do the job, and therefore the more you'll be charged to get it done.

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DIY vs. Hire a Mirror Repair Pro

You may be tempted to do the job yourself because of the low cost of the materials involved, and indeed you can pay as little as $60 or less for the basic materials to do a resilvering job.

However, the process of resilvering a mirror is not only complex, but it also involves using the following toxic chemicals:

  • Nitric acid: Highly corrosive and irritates the eyes, skin, and mucous membrane

  • Silver nitrate: Causes headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, and exposure to high levels can be fatal

  • Copper paint: Long-term exposure can damage liver and kidneys

As a result, unless you’re experienced, this is something you generally shouldn’t do on your own.

But it’s not just safety you should be worried about. If you’re trying to restore a treasured family heirloom, you don’t want to risk damaging it because of inexperience. Instead, hire a professional for a little bit extra to ensure the job is done right and your heirloom can be passed down through the generations. Find a mirror repair professional near you and get a consultation and quote before making your decision.

FAQs

What causes mirrors to desilver?

Excess moisture is the biggest culprit when it comes to mirror desilvering. This is a particularly big problem in the bathroom, as over the years that moisture will get into the mirror and cause black spots and edges to appear.

How do you get black spots off a mirror?

One simple way to cover up black spots on a mirror is to take the mirror out of its frame and use clear adhesive tape to put small bits of aluminum foil over them. If you can keep the foil smooth enough, this actually works for minor spots.

Can old mirrors be resilvered?

You can absolutely have an old mirror resilvered, and this is usually the best situation to consider resilvering since they're irreplaceable. However, you should definitely hire a professional because antiques require a particularly high level of care and expertise during resilvering.

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