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Author Topic: When mirrored walls are installed on a bus, what kind of mirror is used?  (Read 2705 times)
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« on: June 17, 2009, 12:27:31 PM »

When looking at some commercial conversions, I see they use mirrors on some walls to make the rooms seem larger. Are they using normal household mirrors, which I presume are untempered? Or are they tempered? Or is there a source for tempered mirrors and mirror tiles?

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 12:32:06 PM »

I think you want tempered in case of an accident.  No expert here, just taking a guess.

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 12:51:58 PM »

Some time ago I asked a question on here about the mirrors used in one member's conversion, and it transpired that they were plastic. It took me some time to find suppliers of a similar product here in the UK, but I'm very glad I did as I think it is by far the best solution in our application, not least because they can be cut and shaped as required without special tools and skills.

I'm afraid I've forgotton who it was that originally put me on to them, but I was very grateful for the advice & information

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2009, 01:09:45 PM »

Mirrored Stainless may also be an option.

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 02:14:40 PM »

As Jeremy said - Plastic - I certainly wouldn't put anything made of glass in any type of RV or Motor Vehicle - Even the Plastic ones can crack - just ask me - HTH
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2009, 02:20:42 PM »

We used plastic mirrors for safety.

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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009, 02:25:50 PM »

I USED A PLASTIC MATERIAL 1/8 INCH thick and came in 4x8 sheets cost about 80 dollars. Purchased from piedmont plastics
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2009, 02:32:33 PM »

I have basic cheapo mirrors the same as the ones from Walmart and installed with liquid nails or similar.  They are in the bathroom. 

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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2009, 02:42:14 PM »

I have a Mirrored ceiling in front area of my RTS (wife wouldn't let me put a mirrored ceiling in the bedroom ;-(

I used Acrylic Plastic from Piedmont Plastic about $100 - custon cut

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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2009, 02:52:58 PM »

We have a lot of mirrored walls (tempered) in our conversion not mirrored tiles but solid and it has never been a problem but overhead I would use platsic.I use the plexaglass mirror for the inserts in the fridge door only because glass is to thick    good luck
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2009, 03:18:25 PM »

Your only issue with plastic is cleaning it without scratching it. Use Acrylic not Lexan it will be more resistant to scratches. It is harder to cut and cracks easier and more expensive but worth it. Special techniques for drilling and cutting.
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2009, 05:07:58 PM »

I tried using acrylic, 1/8" with 1/8" backer board with adhesive holding them together in my closet doors. I called them my "circus mirrors". The women loved them, it made them look a little slimmer, I hated them, you looked down the hallway and saw this distorted image. Replaced them with tempered glass with a rubber backing and it cost less than I payed for the acrylic. Lesson learned!    BUR
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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2009, 05:12:06 PM »

in my one 48 foot hospitality trailer the front wall was a one piece standard mirror that was 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide. it was there for tens of thousands of miles and never an issue. I would tend to think that if the bus is moving enough to damage the mirror then something is probably moving too much. I would use the mastic for mirrors to install it as it does not harden and will let the mirror move a little as you drive.
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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2009, 05:21:58 PM »

For my bathroom I just used an ordinary glass mirror and even hung it with the provided clips instead of mastic.  No issues in 10,000 miles.

Well, I did break the first mirror after removing it for renovations, but that doesn't count.
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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2009, 06:46:19 PM »

Hi Guy's,

I used glass mirrors in my bedroom and bathroom. It's very thick with 1 1/8" bevel and siliconed to the wall. No problems at all..

In the kitchen, I used acrylic block panels that look like glass block attached to an original bus window and are 1/4" thick.

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