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How to hang a mirror on a wall without nails

Learn how to hang a mirror on a wall without nails with our helpful how-to guide. We’ll explain how to prepare the walls for proper installation, how to hang the mirror, and which glue is necessary for the job. This is a guide worth reflecting on!

How to hang a mirror on a wall without nails: Preparing the space

Gluing a mirror to a wall can sound a little nerve wracking. But with the proper tools and preparation, it’s a simple project that yields safe, strong, and beautiful results. Here’s how to prepare your walls for mirror installation.

  1. Avoid installing mirrors in extreme temperature. For best results temperatures should be between 60 F-85 F.
  2. Prime drywall and plaster surfaces.
  3. Sand glossy painted surfaces to increase adhesion.
  4. Clean wall and mirror making sure dust and dirt are removed from all surfaces.
  5. Mark the walls or backsplash. Using painters’ tape and a pencil, indicate where the mirror should be placed.

Step-by-step instructions: How to hang a mirror on a wall without nails

After the wall is prepped and ready, you’re ready to begin installation. An extra pair of hands is welcome for this step, so grab a friend and get started! Here’s how to hang a mirror without drilling:

  1. Load the adhesive into the caulking gun and open the canister.
  2. Caulk lines of adhesive down the mirror. Lines should be roughly 2-3 inches long, and staggered along the mirror. Keep a safe distance from the edge of the mirror to avoid excess seeping out on the sides.
  3. Lift the mirror into place (use help, if needed), and make sure it’s aligned precisely on the indicated placement marks. Check alignment with a level.
  4. Press the mirror firmly into place, and secure with mirror tape or other support systems until full cure time has been reached. See manufacturer’s instructions for details.

Mirror adhesive is extremely strong and cannot be readjusted, so make sure the mirror is straight before attaching. With a level in hand, tilt the top of the mirror forward to minimize the contact the glue has with the wall. Once the mirror is level, push the mirror into place on the wall.

Adhesive for hanging a mirror without drilling holes

Don’t be tempted to use any construction glue for mirror installation. Mirrors have a unique surface, therefore need a specialized glue that is scientifically designed to hold it safely in place.

The right glue for hanging mirrors is Loctite PL 530 Mirror, Marble, & Granite Adhesive. This heavy-duty mirror adhesive is resistant to temperature and humidity changes, making it perfect for use in the kitchen or bathroom. Its multifunctional formula allows it to adhere to most surfaces found in a bathroom, like marble, granite, tile, ceramic, concrete, brick, backsplashes, drywall, and metals. It’s the go-to glue for bathroom remodeling! Please note that the mirror needs to be supported at the bottom with mechanical fasteners.