Nate wrote:Yup, that's what I needed to see. I've never actually taken one if these mirrors apart.
They are the same type of fixing as other vw stuff though, so should be dead easy.
The yellow "sticky like old glue" on the back of the glass is a giant sticky pad that covers the whole of the mirror glass to stick it to the plastic.
You should be able to get what you need from your favourite local motor factors, or ask nicely in your local garage if they will order it in for you. You need to ask for a mirror glass c/w backing, and then it's just a press fit onto that circle bit. Job done
Thanks, man. I know exactly what you mean. It seems pretty difficult to locate the whole assembly (glass+plastic backing plate) anywhere online, I've tried ebay and I am currently corresponding with vwheritage but on the surface it seems that the only ones available are the replacement stick-on ones. However I do have a motor factors near me who are great lads so I'm gonna pop in there for a chat.Nate wrote:Failing that, just get a plain mirror glass and stick it to the backing you've got, having first removed the old glass carefully, prising it off with a wide flat screwdriver. Bear in mind this will likely create glass splinters, so do it inside a bucket to catch them.
So basically, failing everything else, forcing the old glass from the backing plate, clean the backing plate up then stick on one of those cheap replacement ones directly on to the backing plate - yeah I'm with ya. It seems a bit more robust than sticking the replacement on to the existing broken glass.