The application of silvering chemicals to achieve a reflective surface on glass. Again this is not a definitive guide. Also the chemical formulas are subject to patents. This is small scale silvering, there are also big massive silvering plants.

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After the brilliant cutting the glass has paint residues and wheel water run marks. Also dare I say it, slip marks from wood polishing, these have to be removed.
  Clean off. Clean off.
As in all things preparation is paramount. Powder polish gets the last bit of grease dirt.
  Polishing powder clean. Polishing powder clean.
Guest what, now all the powder has to go.
  No powder traces left. No powder traces left.
Now first chemical, Prewash don't ask.
  Prewash. Prewash.
Gravity feed chemicals from three bottles meet and combine on the glass surface and deposit a thin coat of silver.
  Silver. Silver.
So from now on we are just protecting that thin silver deposit. First a fine coat of copper from two gravity feed bottles, again meet and combine on the glass surface.
  Copper backing. Copper backing.
The copper has to be dried quickly.
  Copper dry. Copper dry.
Painted backing to protect the copper which protects the silver.
  Mirror paint backing. Mirror paint backing.
After leavening to dry on racks the face surface can be cleaned of all residues.
  cleaning residues. End clean, polish and check.
The finished job.  
  Finished and laid out for inspection.  

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