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Aug 28

Written by: The Gorilla
8/28/2008 10:43 AM

Dear Gorilla,
My rearview mirror fell off. Can I use Gorilla Glue to attach the metal button to my windshield? If so, how would you recommend I clamp it for two hours?
Thanks in advance for your help, Susan.

Answer:

Susan, this is one of the most common questions I hear. Along the way, I've also heard of a lot attempts to make this repair. Some have been successful, others not so much. If I had a car with a rearview mirror that needed to be repaired, I would check the automotive stores. They typically carry kits or specifically labeled products for rearview mirror repair. These are often acrylic glues.

Why is Gorilla Glue not the recommendation I would give you? Here's the scoop--using Gorilla Glue on two non-porous surfaces can be difficult. I always recommend roughing up those surfaces with sand paper where the glue is going to be. Then dampen one surface with water, apply a very small amount of glue to the other surface and put your pieces together.

At this point, you must clamp surfaces tightly. This part is tricky with the rearview mirror.

I've talked to folks who have used Gorilla Tape and the clamping pressure worked out just fine, but I've heard from others who said the pressure was not enough for a successful bond.

All in all, there are some great products out there that will make your life a bit easier, so I would look for those.
Let us know how the repair goes, The Gorilla

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