View Full Version : Recessed Wood Framed Mirror -- how to remove caulk without damage?

10-23-2012, 11:02 AM
I am recessing a painted wood framed mirror over a vanity. It will need to be caulked all around before the walls are painted. But I want to have the option of removing it at a later date without damaging the painted frame when I remove the caulk. Does anyone have any suggestions on something I can apply to the mirror (an acrylic varnish maybe, or candle wax) before mounting it that will make caulk removal easier? Or some removal process or type of caulk that would remove without damaging the painted finish on the mirror frame?

10-23-2012, 02:01 PM
Why do you need to caulk? It really makes no sense to try and prevent adhesion by caulk ... either a seal is required there or it is not.
If not, then leave the caulk off.

10-23-2012, 06:56 PM
Without the caulk, there would be a little gap between the frame and the sheetrock.

10-24-2012, 08:01 AM
How about putting "blue" masking tape on the back of the wood, so the caulk would not stick to the wood and then you could cut the edge where it did adhere to remove the frame.

10-24-2012, 08:15 AM
Do you mean hide the blue tape under the caulk when I am installing the mirror? Do you think the adhesive in the tape would discolor the finish over time if it were left there for a long time?

10-24-2012, 06:21 PM
Just use a strip as wide as the back of the wood surrounding the mirror.