I am a HUGE fan of convex mirrors - provided they're optically correct and mild enough to be useful. I have used a really nice front-silvered clip-on mirror from Brookstone for about 15 years now. The problem is, that plastic case finally broke, and the mirror was just a bit too long anyway (the sun shades would hit it, knocking the mirror out of alignment). So... complete with crappy pictures, here's what I did:
I started by popping the
mirror out of the plastic clip-on holder (was held in with 3M foam tape,
so it wasn't all that hard, though I did have to bend the glass more than
I was comfortable with!). Here was the challenge.
Figure out how to stick rectangular, long mirror onto round-cornered rhombus
I recently purchased a
diamond cutting wheel for my Dremel, and right there on the package it
says "cuts glass." Well,
if that isn't baiting me I don't know what is. Turns out, the thing worked
astonishingly well to cut the shape I wanted (I just traced the factory mirror
onto the back of the convex one). I then followed up with a little drum
sander on the Dremel, and all the edges are smooth and nice. I then made some
aluminum U-brackets and 3M foam-taped the whole thing together. Now the
sunshades don't hit it, it doesn't vibrate as much, and it doesn't RATTLE!
No, not perfect, but looks much better than when I had it clipped on!