Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 35
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by SolarU Solar Cooker application fully tests acrylic mirror capabilities.
In the interest of going green and developing a prototype solar cooker, I had a huge problem of deciding on the ideal parabolic reflector material to use. After extensive research in using reflective foils, tapes, metals and glass mirrors, I found a solution. Home Depot had the overal best item to use and even the best price. The acrylic mirror met nearly all my design and performance needs. First, it is extremely flexable and easily followed my parabolic curve. Also, it is tolerant to reasonable high temperatures, as I found when a part of my wooden frame caught on fire and hot ashes fell on the mirror. To my surprise, hardly any damage occured beyond a slight dimple where the chips fell. The reflectivity was another key concern and the acrylic mirror performs just fine. Although glass mirrors are technically more reflective than arylic types, they are twice as heavy, thus the acrylic mirror product a better choice for me. After extended use outside the mirror does get dusty, but it is easy to clean if extreme care is used. First I air blow it and then I use a very soft cloth to gently wipe it down. The acrylic surface is very sensitive to scratching, even one particle of sand rubbed with a cloth can scratch it, thus my explaining my cleaning method. Deeper scratches may be removed with special plastic cleaning and polishing chemicals although I have not tried them yet. I also needed an exact 24 inch width. I was afraid based on other customers that the advertised dimensions would be too short, but I was pleasantly rewarded when it arrived and it was dead-on the correct advertised diemensions. My design required using 2 pieces that needed cutting. I cut it to size with a jigsaw. It cuts very easily. And finally, the product description strongly advised use indoors and against outdoor use. But, for me it has faired perfectly outdoors for my intermittant use (no rain exposure) and even in the high humidity we have here. In summary, I have brutally put this acrylic mirror to the test, with severe bending/warping, high temperatures, high humidity, splashes of water from the cooking pot and cutting of pieces and it performs very well. I like this product and recommend its use in the solar energy markets. See photos of my prototype solar grill using the acrylic mirror product from Home Depot, where I am cooking up a large skillet of food.
May 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by SpareThymeInk Safe Mirror for Church Nursery
I bought the mirror to use in a church nursery. I added molding to the edges and 1/4 inch mdf board to the back to finish it off. It was slightly less than stated size by a half inch or so each direction. It was a much better deal than buying a prefabricated one from a children's supply store.
March 19, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by John Correct material, but flawed
The material was shipped and received a few days later than originally quoted when ordered. Working with the acrylic, it was necessary to keep the protective film in place until the project was almost finished. When the film was removed, it was discovered that there was a couple blotches with tiny bubbles in the acrylic. Fortunately, they ended up in a place where they would not be noticeable. The flaws were in the middle of the sheet and it would have been impossible to cut out for the project it was being used for.
disappointing, but at the point where the flaw was found, it was too late to de-do the project without purchasing another sheet of the acrylic mirror.
October 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Oggsdad Perfect for kids!
Bought it for my kids and added some plywood behind it, it's perfectly safe and will be very useful for many years to come for the kids.
February 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by ugopali many great uses with this product
Excellent mirror! Served great for me for a non flat surface, wrapped it around a turn, very flexible while holding its mirror image, back didn't crack, very light weight. I cut strips out of it, and a smaller square or two, a cordless skill saw cut it just fine, no shattered edges, love this stuff, has so many options for projects with the ability to cut and glue, bend, etc. kinda like working with a piece of wood, but its a strong mirror : -)
May 21, 2013