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An acrylic front surface mirror, also known as first surface mirror, is a hobby-grade mirror with the mirror coating on the top to avoid double images.

Acrylic First Surface Mirror

What is an Acrylic First Surface Mirror?

Our acrylic first surface mirror has the mirror coating on the top, instead of on the bottom like a standard mirror. This prevents ghosting and double images. The aluminum mirror coating maximizes the light reflected and minimizes distortion in the reflection.

This product is ideal for hobby DIY projects and is not meant for high precision optical engineering applications like the glass first surface mirror is.

  • Protective laminate over mirror coating
  • 94% reflective, 0% transparent
  • Custom sizes available directly online
  • Max Size: 49″ x 97″
  • Thickness: 1/8″ & 1/4″
  • Cutting Accuracy +/- 1/16″
  • Made in the USA

Product Advantages

Acrylic FSM Sample

A mirror on both sides
Is a mirror on both sides
  • Can be mounted on ceiling
  • Easy to cut & drill
  • Ships immediately
  • Stronger than glass
  • Is a double-sided mirror
  • Resembles regular mirror

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Applications

  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Education
  • Architecture
  • Optical Illusions
  • Children’s toys
  • Furniture
  • Optometrist offices
  • Signage

How to Clean Acrylic

For loose debris and dust, you can use compressed (canned) air like you use to clean your computer’s keyboard and ports. For smudges, fingerprints, and stains, use Novus 1 spray and Polish Mate cleaning wipes, which are specifically made to clean acrylic and simultaneously fix small scratches.

How We Ship Acrylic

Acrylic is strong, so they can easily be shipped and won’t break in transit. Our mirrors are fully insured and packaged in custom boxes and wrapped in strong, flexible packing materials to ensure that they’re well-protected during transit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store my acrylic mirror?

One thing to avoid is storing your mirror at an angle, as the acrylic bends over time. The uncoated side of the mirror isn’t susceptible to water damage, but the coated side is – so avoid leaving the coated side exposed to high humidity or outdoor conditions which may result in it getting wet. The coated side of the mirror has a protective transparent coating on it which protects against scratching.

What glue should I use?

Plastic epoxy or VHB tape is ideal for a permanent bond.

What chemicals have an effect on acrylic?

Like all plastic materials, mirrored acrylic will react when exposed to certain chemicals. Below is a partial list of chemicals known to react with acrylic mirrors; exposure to them should be avoided. External factors such as fabrication stresses, exposure to loads or changing temperatures, and the method of application can influence the possible reaction as well. Care should be taken with dry chemicals or solvents used near the mirrored acrylic at all times.
KNOWN CHEMICALS THAT ATTACK MIRRORED ACRYLIC:

  • BENZENE ETHYL ALCOHOL
  • LACQUER THINNERS KETONES
  • ESTERS METHYL ALCOHOL
  • CARBON TETRACHLORIDE ETHERS
  • TOLUENE

Holes can be drilled into the acrylic first surface

Yes, holes can be drilled into the acrylic for mounting purposes. For the best result, start with the mirror coated side and drill toward the non-mirror side.

Need an Optical Grade First Surface Mirror?

While the acrylic first surface mirror is more for hobby use, our glass first surface mirror selection is one of the highest commercial grade mirrors on the market with an enhanced aluminum mirror coating. Select one of the flatness options below to learn more about the product.

Lambda First Surface Mirror
Quarter Wave Fsm
Eigth Wave First Surface Mirror