Rear View Mirrors

We are amazed at the number of rear view mirror to windshield requests we get regularly, and for this reason, we researched this exact bonding challenge.

It is a difficult one; firstly because glass does not have adherent qualities, also due to the awkward angle a clamp is impossible, and ideally a glue that does not break down under UV is preferable. What we would like to know is why the automobile manufacturers have not addressed this problem?

After testing several products we recommend:

Loctite 349 Impruv
for the windshield to rear view mirror dilemma because we know it is UV rated and optically clear. We tried Seal-All but were less impressed.

Another tip to keep in mind when you buy your next car... some have the rear view mirror coming from the ceiling of the car.

A This to That reader adds...

A couple days ago the dealer suggested (and I bought) Loctite Professional Strength Rearview Mirror Adhesive. It's the glue they use in the dealership to adhere mirrors that have fallen off. It is listed as a GM part number, Ford part number, and Chrysler part number. Manufacturer is Loctite Corp, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

This tube is allegedly "ODC Free" - whatever that is. However, it contains a warning that it is "extremely flammable" and contains hexane, acrylic acid, and methacrylate ester. Another note says the State of California has found that one of these chemicals is carcinogenic.

We suspect this is is just Loctite 349 with another name - and what a fine name!

Another fine reader tipped us off that ODC is Ozone Depleting Chemicals. Thanks, interesting.

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