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A Behind-the-scenes Look at the Manufacture of Mirrors (15 gifs)

Posted in Gifs   5 Nov 2013   / 11153 views

Start off with a massive ass pane of glass and send it onto a rockin factory line. Before long this bitch will be the best mirror you ever laid eyes on.
The glass is now heads through a washing station. It's blasted with water and cerium oxide and scrubbed and polished by rotating brushes on both sides to remove contaminants.
Then rinsed off with super hot demineralised water.
Now the first coating is applied. Liquid Tin is sprayed onto what will be the back side of the mirror. It does a pretty awesome job, working as an adhesive for the next metal coat which wouldn't normally be able to stick to glass
Liquid Silver gets sprayed on next and hardens as it bonds to the Tin. It's this silver backing which is going to transform the clear glass into the mirror we both know and love.
Some kick ass sprayers now rinse off any excess Silver which will get recycled back into the system.
A layer of Copper is sprayed on to protect the Silver, how cool's that!? Then sprayers spray off any excess.
The panel then goes though a dryer at 71 degrees C, evaporating any moisture in seconds!
Now we get a coat of paint to seal the deal. Then its passed through an oven at 99 degrees C and before you know it, the paint is cured.
And to be sure a second coat is added! This time the coat is cured at 118 degrees C and also spends longer in the oven. (They don't need to be two different colours, these must just be the operators faves!)
After an acid wash to remove any metal residues the panel is stood upright. Check out that beautiful mirror revealed!
Now the mirror gets inspected to make sure it's all hunky-dory. What a life!
The mirror's now good to go and can be shipped anywhere in the wide ass world!
Or it can be cut up on site into any shape you desire ...by a friggen awesome robot!

Here we get to see what we've cut out, like a giant reflective cookie cutter of awesomeness!

Credits: imgur.com

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Comments (2):

Brumle 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Informative, but why in the writing style of a 13 years old high on caffeine?
gigantes 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
i guess the intended audience is a bunch of teenage punks and gang members.