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    Hi,
    My audiovox LCD rear view mirror glass is cracked . The LCD behind the glass is intact. Is there any replacement glass I can buy to fix it? If I buy a normal rear view mirror and cut its glass to fit, will it work? Not sure if the LCD will still show through?
    Thank you so much! Please help!
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    you can prolly make your own search displays in mirrors or something like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdjxklusivex
    you can prolly make your own search displays in mirrors or something like that
    The LCD screen is beneath the glass. I did google around and it shows me pages of LCD mirror product, have not found any link about what kind of glass that is yet....

    I could spend 30$ or $40 on ebay to buy a mirror, but not sure if this mirror is any special since the LCD must be able to show through when turned on.

    any idea?

    thank you!

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    most regular mirrors are coated on the rear & not transparent, but you can usually scrape the rear coating off just where you need the sqare to be transparent...if you do this neat enough it may look o.k. in the end

    another choice is to recreate the shape from regular glass & then just mirror tint it, the lcd should show through that fine & it should still be pretty usable as a mirror, althouh the first methiod would give better results if you can do it neat enough.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    most regular mirrors are coated on the rear & not transparent, but you can usually scrape the rear coating off just where you need the sqare to be transparent...if you do this neat enough it may look o.k. in the end

    another choice is to recreate the shape from regular glass & then just mirror tint it, the lcd should show through that fine & it should still be pretty usable as a mirror, althouh the first methiod would give better results if you can do it neat enough.......
    Thank you very much!

    I took apart the mirror. The glass is really nothing special - it is just a piece of tinted FLAT glass with a piece of black foil (sort of) taped to the glass. The place for LCD is left out so LCD can show through.

    what confuses me is: shouldn't rear view mirror be thicker on top and thiner on bottom (a wedger shape)?

    this mirror is dim even at broad daylight - probably that is how they made it so that it can be flat and not too bright at night.

    Any idea?

    thanks

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    it sounds like the mirror they made isn't a normal conventional mirror, they used paper backing instead of coating it... you could also experiment with tinted glass...mask off the square, then paint the rest silver, then back it with black... the trick will be to not melt the tint with the paint....experiment & spray very dry coats

    as far as having it be two way like a conventional rear view mirror, I think that would be very difficult.... the only way I can think of attempting this would be to start with an oem mirror & open it & see if you can adapt it somehow.... don't think you'll have much success there though... you should just settle for getting it back to what it was...

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    These are the pictures of the LCD mirror from audiovox (part of RVMPKG3) the mirror itself is RVM3.
    It is kind of bad for such an expensive kit that they use such cheap flat glass ....

    What is the copper foil glue to the glass for? The wire is soldered to the LCD screen frame, and to the circuit board - appear to be ground only.
    So is it for grounding? (doubt it) - or for releasing heat (I guess so). How much heat that little 4" LCD monitor is going to generate...

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    you got me...the fact that it is copper would make you think it's for heat.....

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    have you contacted audiovox & asked about a replacement glass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    have you contacted audiovox & asked about a replacement glass...
    yes. they said they do not have it. Only replacement mirror (RVM3) which costs around 180$ on the web.

    I will settle with a plain tinted glass for now... I can even peel off the backing from the broken glass

    I guess homedepot would have this kind of glass....

    thank you so much for the help! I thought it was all magic glass

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