A first surface mirror, also known as a front surface mirror, is an optical mirror which provides superior quality for engineering and science. Unlike a regular mirror, which has the mirror coating on the second surface of the glass, a first surface optical mirror provides a true reflection with no double image. The calculator below provides immediate pricing and ordering.
Benefits & Advantages
1λ first surface mirror provides outstanding optical quality at an affordable price.
Polishing the glass before coating removes substrate surface irregularity such as draw lines.
λ/8 is for critical scientific and engineering projects which demand the very highest optical quality.
Shatterproof, lightweight, and easy to cut. Hobby grade reflection for signs and lighting effects.
Do you ship outside of the United States?
Yes, we ship worldwide via FedEx and shipping is automatically calculated when you check out. Duties and taxes are billed separately on delivery.
How likely is it that my glass will break in shipping?
We carefully package and fully insure all of our shipments. If it should arrive broken, please send us pictures of the box and broken glass and we will ship you a replacement.
How do you package the glass?
Small mirrors are carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped in a cardboard box. Larger mirrors may be crated in styrofoam and wood and shipped via freight.
Are the mirrors sharp?
We carefully sand the edges and corners to remove the sharp edge.
How should I clean them?
What's the largest size you can make?
The largest sizes we can make are: 72″x96″ for 1/4″ thickness glass and 49″x97″ for 1/8″ and 1/4″ acrylic
How accurate is your cutting?
We typically cut to +/- 1/16″ (1.5mm) unless added accuracy is requested.
Do you offer substrates other than float glass?
Soda lime float glass works flawlessly for most applications, but we can custom manufacture borosilicate glass mirrors, which have a better coefficient of thermal expansion. Additionally, we can coat polycarbonate and gorilla glass (chemically strengthened glass)
Do you offer metal coatings other than aluminum?
Aluminum provides the best reflection, durability, and quality for most applications. We receive a lot of requests for gold and silver first surface mirrors, and can manufacture them on request.
Silver coatings theoretically have good reflectance wavechart, but because silver is so reactive to the air and chemicals, often the real life results don’t measure up to the theoretical specification.
Gold coatings are non-reactive and have good reflectance across a large spectrum, but because gold is so soft it’s nearly impossible to clean the mirrors without damaging them. Gold coatings are also several times as expensive as aluminum, so they are generally cost-prohibitive for most applications.
Our factory is located in Toledo, Ohio and we have been manufacturing first surface mirror products for twenty years. We offer superior optical grade quality, expert packaging, fast customer support, and ship your order efficiently and quickly, usually within one day. Our optical products include first surface mirrors, beamsplitter mirrors, two way mirrors, and anti-reflective glass.