How to Fix Distorted Mirror: Complete Solutions

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A distorted mirror can ruin your entire day. No matter how many times you change the angle, your image will look too short or too wide. A mirror in our room is a must-have! It not only helps us get our makeup done but also brightens up our room. However, a mirror might not always reflect our best image. If your mirror gives a wavy reflection of your image, then it has a distortion problem.

So, how to fix a distorted mirror?

There’s a possibility that your mirror is bending. In that case, adding a frame or hanging it on the wall can straighten it.

Thin mirrors have a greater possibility of distortion than thick ones. Therefore, adding a layer at the back of your mirror will decrease the distortion. The support wall or frames are often uneven, for this, shims can be used in the hollow spots to even it out.

These steps will help you solve your mirror distortion effect. However, if you want to know further about fixing a distorted mirror, give this article a read.

Let’s begin!

How to Fix Distorted Mirror

Mirrors have always been a mystery but not so much when it comes to science! Although it’s amusing to see them in funhouses, a warped mirror can give us quite a head twirl. Now, you don’t want a dress that looks good in one mirror and bad in the other, do you? If not, then it’s time you give your mirror a good checkup.

Problem: Frame Damage

In most cases, mirrors in our homes are framed. And usually framed mirrors don’t get distorted. However, if the frame is slightly larger or if the frame itself is sagging, the mirror might bend. Thus your image becomes wavy, no matter how many times you fix the angle.

Solution

The solution is simple and only requires a little time. If the frame is larger and the mirror isn’t firm, you should replace the frame with one that fits. This will keep the edges of the mirror straight and keep it from bending/distorting.

In case your frame is sagging, you might as well put on your construction cap. Because you’ll need to fix the edges of the frame with a hammer and nail. After that, try hanging the mirror on the wall. This will straighten the mirror as much as possible.

Problem: Uneven Surfaces

We often put mirrors on the back of the door, inside a wardrobe, or on the wall. These supporting backs of the mirror are not always even. Thus, the mirror might get warped following the contour of your wall. Hence your mirror is showing wavy images. And unlike cleaning fake steel, cleaning a mirror will not solve the problem. 

Solution

A flat surface is essential for supporting a mirror. But it’s quite hard to find a uniform surface lying here and there. There might be hollow spots on the surface where your mirror is hung. This eventually forces a mirror to bend. So we suggest you use a shim behind the mirror to wedge the hollow spots. This way your mirror will get an even surface. The size of the shim depends on how big or wide the hollow spot is.

Tips

Shims can also put pressure on your mirror and damage it to some extent. That’s why we suggest using masking tape (especially the blue acid-free ones) to protect the mirror from any scratch or erosion.

If you want to protect the mirror from further damage, keep it away from moisture, alcohol, and acid. Though alcohol is great for removing smells from mattresses, it’s a big no when it comes to mirrors.

Problem: Too Thin

Mirrors can differ in quality. Of course, a thin mirror has greater chances of bending than a thick mirror. But mirrors also tend to distort under their own weight if they are left bare or mounted against the wall. When you’re buying a mirror, make sure that it’s:

  • A high-quality mirror
  • Minimum ⅛ inches thick

Remember: The thicker the mirror the better.

Solution

If you own a thin mirror it’s likely to get warped someday. The best way to prevent a thin mirror from getting distorted is to add a layer of glass (or another mirror) at the back of it. This layer will act as a support and will straighten the warped mirror as well.

This solution is especially for those who own a Cheval mirror or wall mounted mirror. Because the weight of the mirror can bend it. Therefore causing a distorted image. But adding a layer can give the mirror a firm balance.

Since the glass surface of a mirror is always exposed to dirt and moisture, it’s important to clean it once in a while. If it’s possible, remove the mirror from its frame and use a Purdy or Wooster brush to wipe the sides. I mean, who doesn’t love to take a picture with a clean mirror?

FAQs

Question: Why does my mirror look wavy?
Answer: If your mirror looks wavy it’s probably because of distortion! But don’t worry, you can try changing the frame or hang the mirror to straighten it up.

Question: Can you repair mirror silvering?
Answer: Absolutely! Mirror silvering is basically the metallic tint behind the mirror. It often gets corroded due to reactions from moisture, especially when it’s in the bathroom. Another easy way is to tape aluminum foil at the back of the mirror or spray mirror paint.

Question: What kind of mirrors are used in funhouses?
Answer: A distorted mirror, funhouse mirror, or a carnival mirror! Yes, there are different types of mirrors! These mirrors don’t usually reflect normal images. The images they show are wavy. That’s because concave and convex sections are applied to achieve this effect.

Final Words

We hope by now you know how to fix a warped mirror. You don’t have to worry about looking too short or too fat. The mirror will reflect you as you!

Unless an evil queen is living inside your mirror, you don’t have to bother about mirror distortion anymore.

Until we meet again!

Richard Allen