Can you turn a normal mirror into a one way mirror?

by Tobias Lenz   Last Updated August 16, 2019 14:21 PM

I got my hands on 2 normal mirrors and like to build a magic mirror. Even after extensive googling I couldn't find an answer.

I know normal mirrors got some reflective (metal?) and paint coating on them and was wondering if one could partially strip the coatings to create a one way mirror?

Another Idea I had was to strip the coatings in very thin stripes with coating between them, think Scan Line Interleave but instead of a second image its coating removed, not removed alternating. But I imagine one would need some serious kit to pull it off as DIY project because of the very small spaces between the lines.

I would love to hear your thoughts if it's feasible/practical or if I should just buy a glass (maybe acrylic) plate and put one way mirror foil on it.

Greetings and Thanks from Germany.


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