Acrylic XT - mirror
What is it
The brilliance of mirrored Plexiglas is definitely comparable to that of real glass mirrors. As with conventional glass mirrors (as opposed to optical mirrors like the ones used in reflex cameras), the actual reflection takes place on the back surface of the glass: there you will find a very smooth coating of metal foil which produces the reflection whereby the light rays pass back through the glass or acrylic panel. What makes acrylic mirrors special is that they are much lighter in weight than glass ones. They are also less prone to breaking, which accounts for their often being used in situations where such a danger exists. They do have the disadvantage, however, that their surfaces are much more prone to scratching. If you plan to work on the mirror’s surface or if it is to be exposed to some other kind of mechanical stress, a glass mirror should be used. On the other hand, the acrylic version is wonderful for hanging on walls, as a cosmetic mirror and vanity mirror and for enlarging smaller spaces.
Acrylic has a thickness tolerance of +/-15% of the material thickness.
For Acrylic XT mirror we recommend laser cutting only.
If you want to engrave this material please note that only heavy raster and vector engraving are suitable. We place your engraving on the glossy top side of the mirror (as with all Acrylic materials and shown in the pictures above).
If you want to engrave on the back side, this engraving will remove the coating and thereby leave the engraved parts transparent. Please make a note in the shipping instructions for your order if you want us to engrave the back side.
all kinds of mirrors
Adhesives, joints & fastenings
Acrylic glass XT can be sawn, milled, bored and polished and can be formed into practically any shape through thermoforming.
When being worked on with reworking machines the cutting tool must enter the annealed surface (grey protective film) and go all the way, top to bottom, through the non-annealed surface (blue protective film) if the primary surface is not to be ruined.
The non-annealed side can be glued using the adhesives that are usually applied when working with acrylics and with the same level of adherence. The final strength of adherence when gluing the annealed side, however, is very different. By using cyanoacrylate glues (super glue) the final strength of the adhesion can be slightly increased. If greater adhesion is required, the manufacturer recommends that the part of the annealed surface that is to be glued should be removed. When working with polyester adhesive tapes, you should be careful that, after you have finished gluing, you remove them by pulling from the middle towards the edge so as to avoid stripping the annealed surface away at the edge.
Scratches on the annealed surface cannot be polished away. The sheets should be stored in a horizontal position and lie completely flat.