(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Recessed Wood Framed Mirror -- how to remove caulk without damage?

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member jmmaguire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Phoenix
    Posts
    3

    Default Recessed Wood Framed Mirror -- how to remove caulk without damage?

    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?
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    DIY Senior Member kreemoweet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Seattle. WA
    Posts
    371

    Default

    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.

  3. #3
    DIY Junior Member jmmaguire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Phoenix
    Posts
    3

    Default

    Without the caulk, there would be a little gap between the frame and the sheetrock.

  4. #4
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Posts
    25,624

    Default

    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.
    Licensed residential and commercial plumber

  5. #5
    DIY Junior Member jmmaguire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Phoenix
    Posts
    3

    Default

    HJ,
    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?

  6. #6
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Posts
    25,624

    Default

    Just use a strip as wide as the back of the wood surrounding the mirror.
    Licensed residential and commercial plumber

Similar Threads

  1. Building a Custom Electric Mirror - Sometimes simple is best!
    By johnfrwhipple in forum Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 12-05-2013, 10:10 PM
  2. Drilled a couple holes in vent pipe - remove and replace or caulk
    By Wally3433 in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-20-2011, 02:23 AM
  3. Help with acid damage to pipes, wood!
    By staylor in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-07-2008, 11:14 PM
  4. Mirror removal
    By HoneySuckle in forum Remodel Forum & Blog
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-18-2006, 04:46 PM
  5. Hot-water heated mirror in bathroom >>> is this easy to put together?
    By looknohands in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-30-2005, 03:44 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •