Mirrors can become discolored or marred over time and you are going to be faced with the question of whether to have a repair mirror installed, invested in resilvering or just leave your mirror as is. It is possible to resilver a mirror, and while the process is not cheap or easy.
To make the right decision, you need to fully understand the benefits and drawbacks of each choice.
The big repair mirror question is always whether to repair or simply replace it. It is a lot cheaper to buy a new one rather than spending money in repair alternatives.
For instance, bathroom mirrors that are wall mounted often become damaged when they come into contact with water and cleaning solvents. These mirrors are not usually worth resilvering. Inexpensive mirrors should be replaced rather than resilvered. In addition, the mirror manufactures can produce an exact imitation of the original piece, and no one will be able to tell the difference.
However, if your mirror is a valuable antique mirror, replacing that mirror probably isn’t the best idea. In that case, consider resilvering over a repair mirror for your mirror repair needs. Before resilvering a valuable antique mirror, talk to an antique dealer or auction house to get the definitive answer on whether a repair mirror will negatively affect the value of your antique.
Carefully inspect the glass before deciding to resilver a mirror. Scratches, gouges, and chips cannot be improved by resilvering. Inspect the mirror from the edges and different angles to determine if there is surface damage. If you spot damage, do not bother resilvering or the damage may be even more apparent.