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    Default How do I stick the mirror to my windscreen?

    After re-fitting the front screen in my Fuego, the rear vision mirror fell off. Last stuck on by a little Frenchman in the factory, it seems to have a little pad, about 1mm thick, of clear adhesive (not sticky any more) between the steel plate of the mirror mount and the windscreen. Obviously, the curved screen and machined flat steel plate aren't mating surfaces.

    All I can think of is Araldite, which could get messy, or double-sided sponge tape, which will look terrible and probably fall off after a few hot days. Has anyone successfully stuck a mirror back on (neatly!) and had it stay on? Any suggestions?

    Cheers, Clive

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    You can buy a neat little kit for about $20 that is a proprietry product..
    I think it might be permatex brand.
    Dont worry about the concave screen, the glue sorts that difference out.
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    Repco or a ford dealer parts department have it { Auto 1+ Supercheap}
    First remove the steel square mount disc from your mirror arm and glue only the disc on to the screen the right side up tape over to hold in place & let set over night re fit mirror in the morning .
    {is like superglue} this link will show you the product
    http://www2.blackwoods.com.au/infoBA...3464&P=7681954.
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    G'day,

    one of the solvent families, acetone I think, can be used as a wetting & softening agent for the old glue to re-fix a mirror that has fallen off if you are having a hard time picking up a kit - couple of drops goes a long way, otherwise you'll clean off the old glue !

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    Default Scrape the Screen Clean

    I used a kit from auto one for about $10 to put my fuego mirror back on. Make sure you scrape the windscreen clean before using the solvent (be careful) and then stick it on per the previous instructions. Mine has stayed very happily stuck and looks clean from the outside.

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    Does the steel square come off the mirror? I'll try, but it didn't look as if it detached when I last looked. I wasn't aware of the kits until now, but thanks to your good advice, I now have the answer. Cheers!

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    Go down to your local windscreen fitter. They do this all the time they have tubes of the right glue, solvents on hand and lots of experience of sticking mirrors to screens. Two years back it cost me $20 at Novus.

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    PS the car then travelled a couple thousand kms on tracks and trails in the Vic and SA outback - still stuck to the screen today.
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    G'day Clive,

    Quote Originally Posted by Clive Atkinson View Post
    Does the steel square come off the mirror? ......
    the mirror and arm comes off the base, usually goes into a sort of tapered slot arrangement, locks with a little allen head grub screw.

    Don't lose the screw, don't glue the base up the wrong way round the mirror only fits to it one way.

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    Great advice, Bob. Now I'm absolutely certain I'll have no problems. Thanks a lot! Will post next week when I buy a kit.

    Cheers, Clive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clive Atkinson View Post
    Now I'm absolutely certain I'll have no problems. Cheers, Clive
    Very brave.
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    I use silicone sealant.

    Someone gave me the tip in the 70's when the mirror fell off my Fairlane, they were big.

    Works like a charm as an adhesive and because it doesn't set hard will take the vibration for years. It's cheap too.

    My 16TS mirror has been stuck with silicone for 6 years.

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    Hi Clive

    I used a product from Repco several years ago for my 15TS and it's still stuck on in spite of many rough roads.

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    Pete, I would have tried your suggestion to use silicone, but I saw it a bit too late. I bought a kit from Autobarn for $8, and my problem is now solved. Thanks once again to you smart AF members!

    Clive

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