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Colored Mirror Products Explained

Is the mirror color in the mirror backing, or is it in the glass itself?

It’s a question I often get: Is the mirror color in the mirror backing, or is it in the glass itself?

The answer is that the color is actually in the glass. For example, a black mirror uses either a black or very dark gray glass (like Vitro/PPG’s Graylite II), and a blue mirror uses a blue glass (like Vitro/PPG’s Azuria) and so on.

Commonly available mirror colors are clear (silver), black, blue, bronze, gray, green, and copper. The mirror backing on the rear side of a mirror is a layer of silver, then a layer of copper, and a final layer of vinyl paint to seal and protect it.

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Barry Slee, CrystalEdge

Barry Slee

Barry has spent almost 30 years in the award and recognition industry. As the founder of the Slee Corporation and its CrystalEdge brand, his innovative award-winning product designs have led the industry. Barry is an expert in glass and crystal design and manufacturing, and he is a regular contributor of articles and educational content to the industry. Barry can be reached by email at [email protected]

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