Using j-clips might go well with the small and light frameless mirrors but it needs adhesives along with additional support elements in case of large frameless mirrors. You must choose an appropriate area of the wall to ensure a secured installment of the mirror. The type of adhesive is also a matter of concern since selecting the wrong one can cause severe injury to someone from a falling mirror!
Steps to successfully hang a frameless mirror on the wall using an adhesive:
- Take the first step by measuring the mirror using a steel tape. Make an outline of the mirror on the wall with a marking pen.
- Use a 4-inch paintbrush to apply primer on the surface of the wall. While coating the surface make sure it extends 2 or 3 inches off the outline. Let the primer rest for 24 hours or the time instructed by the manufacturer. The coating should not contain any light spots or holidays.
- Once the primer is set one wall, scratch it with a 200-grit sandpaper to remove the unfixed parts. After that, use a lint-free cloth to wipe out the sand dust present on the surface. Draw the mirror’s outline once again.
- Detect the stud’s location using a magnetic or electric stud finder. It’s better if you can find out the maximum number of studs along the bottom height of the mirror.
- Buy a J-channel in accordance with the width of the mirror. In case they’re unavailable, cut it to your required length using a hacksaw. Go slow to avoid any kind of distortion at the end points. Now, place the channel along the width mark on the wall in such a way that its flange is aimed at the mark that goes upward along the height of the mirror.
- Use a cordless drill to screw through the J-channel at every stud location.
- Now, take a new tube of mirror adhesive, open it and place the substance in a caulk gun. Apply the adhesive to the backside of the mirror. Follow the instruction manual to determine the required amount and pattern of application.
- Carefully lift the mirror with an assistant and place it on the previously marked outline of the mirror. Attach the mirror by placing the bottom side on the J-channel first and then push it firmly against the wall to set it on the wall. Make sure you’ve applied enough adhesive to withstand the mirror’s weight.
- Finally, secure the ends of the mirror using a tape to hold it in place. Keep it there until the adhesive is dried properly and the mirror is tightly glued to the wall.
The Bottom Line
Adhesives are usually more stable than mirror clips or brackets. It’s especially used for heavy and large mirrors and the drawback of using adhesive is the damage when you pull it off the wall for replacement or any renovation work.
Thus, it requires additional cost to repair the wall and prepare it for the new mirror. It’d be wise to use a putty knife to reduce the damage level and easy removal of the mirror.