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92-95 civic passenger mirror delete how to

this is a "how to" on creating a mirror delete from an old broken passenger mirror.

required:

-broken passenger mirror(free from the junkyard)
-tape of some sort (painters tape preferable)
-small can of bondo (smallest can)
-small can of fiberglass resin (smallest can)
-sandpaper (80 grit, 320 grit, one page of each)
-high build primer
-flat black spray paint( i prefer the finish of krylon)

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-latex gloves
-mask
-eye protection
-hand-sized block sander
-bondo spreader

first break and grind off the remains of what once held a mirror. safety first. protect your eyes and fingers. try to cut/grind it as flush as possible here. for some reason honda decided to use a porcelain material for their oem mirror bases. yours may be plastic(so much easier).


tape off the holes you created and try to make this look as close to the finished shape as possible. FLUSH



next turn it over, mix some resin with the provided hardener and pour into the holes



let it harden and peel off the tape. you should have something like this:



now take some 80 grit sand paper and sand it down. a hand-sized block sander is helpful. everywhere you plan on applying bondo should look like this in order for it to grab the material:



apply a thin layer of bondo.


sand down big imperfections with the 80 grit you used earlier to get the basic shape. after the big imperfections are gone use the 320 grit to get it perfect for the primer.


go over this again with a THIN layer of bondo if you can feel any imperfections that can't be corrected by more sanding(low spots).

apply primer using thin even coats. the high build primer is used to fill in the teeth left by the sand paper. i used 2 layer of primer. you may only need to apply 1 layer depending on the quality of primer you bought. make sure to cover all of the bondo.




spray the final coat of paint using thin even coats. spray at somewhat of a distance to avoid drips. if you do get drips sand the entire piece with 600 grit and respray.



viola. and mounted




critiques, advice and thoughts please

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Old 02-15-2010, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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its really not that much work. just attention to detail when you're doing it
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Nice work there! Looks good and factory.
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my goal with all my mods is to have a car i can still bare to look at and still be able to reap aerodynamic benefits. so basically= stock/natural looking but still aerodynamic

i want you to have to actually LOOK to be able to see the mods.
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k.civic, can I ask what it looks like when you start grinding away at the arm that holds the mirror? Would it be possible to reduce the profile of the arm itself while keeping the mirror attached?
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I just managed to get hold of a broken mirror with plans to do this very same thing, so your post is very timely... thank you!
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daqcivic: im not sure if im understanding your questions correctly. but from what i am understanding, id have to say no. the mechanism that allows the mirror to move is tightly packed in there, so i dont think youd be able to chop up the mirror without destroying it entirely.

NachtRitter: were you able to obtain a broken plastic mirror or did you get the oem one with the porcelain-like base? the plastic one wouldve been way easier to work with. you're relatively close. maybe we can meet up some time. ive never checked out a vx in person
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daqcivic: the arm and base are made out of that porcelain/cement-ish material. it's solid. the mirror housing was the only plastic on the one i worked on(O.E.M.). it only has hollow chambers on the plate piece.

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