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Glass Restoration by Bear Glass

Bear Glass is a full Glass Fabricator in Brooklyn, NY.  We are third generation glaziers. We are at our current location for over 20 years.   Our glass professionals have used the Bear Glass Restoration System for more than 40 years to restore scratched and damaged automotive, residential, and architectural glass.  Our Glass Restoration System quickly, easily, and neatly restore from all types of glass, including plate, tempered, laminated, mirrored, and curved.

Scratched glass = Lost Profits

Bear Glass specializes in reducing losses from scratched glass.  Whether the scratches in glass occur from vandalism to cleaning errors, repairing scratched glass is generally the most viable solution to minimizing the cost of repair.  Scratch removal generally does not exceed 50% of replacement of the glass, and in some cases, the repairs do not reach 5% of replacement cost.

Scratched glass has been a serious problem for builders, remodelers, glass companies, car restorers, and furniture dealers since glass was invented.  It has resulted in lost profits for thousands upon thousands of people.  Glass can be restored.  Scratches can be removed, mineral deposit can be removed, glass can be saved.  Money will be saved when the glass is restored rather than replaced.  Glass with scratches does not need to be the problem that it has been in the past.

Glass is getting more costly every year and restoration makes more sense plus it saves more money than ever.  Call today and tell us about your scratched glass.  We will tell you how we can help and when.  Reducing losses is one of the best ways to keep your profits.  Scratched glass repair is the way to save money when scratches in glass occur.

Bear Glass offers two varieties of glass restoration:

Full and Light Restoration: Bear Glass is available in two varieties, Full and Light, displaying two levels of movement to match precisely the desired time period or glass appearance.  Both glass types exhibit mild surface distortions, an occasional air bubble or pit, and other “imperfections” found only in original mouth-blown and antique window glasses.

  • Full Restoration is more distorting and accurately replicates glass made in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its distinct appearance makes it an excellent choice for older colonial-style windows, as well as antique and reproduction furniture.
  • Light Restoration is less distorting and an excellent match for glass found in structures built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The slight distortion can be hard to distinguish in a small sample viewed up-close; however, it becomes more pronounced when viewed from a distance, in reflected light, and over a larger area, making Light Restoration ideal for use in windows and doors.

Laminated Safety Restoration: Bear Glass also offers Glass Restoration in safety form, laminated to 1/8″ window glass in compliance with today’s exacting building safety codes. Laminated Restoration Glass meets the requirements for ANSI Z97.1, the Consumer Product Safety Commission Standard 16 CFR 1201, and ASTM C1172. It is ideal for use in doors, sidelites, windows, and wherever safety is required.

For more  information on our Glass Restoration please contact Bear Glass at:



Bear Glass Inc.

399 20th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-832-3604

Fax: 718-832-0786

E-mail: bearglass@yahoo.com

If you are in New Jersey:

Bear Glass New Jersey

359 Essex Road

Tinton Falls New Jersey 07753

P: 732 901 2626

F: 732 901 2266

E: Sales@BearGlassNJ.com

Bear Glass Can Resilver Your Mirror


Mirror resilvering is a vanishing art, with only a handful of people in the United States who still know how to do re-silvering. Bear Glass is one of these.  Resilvering and restoring your antique mirror is our specialty.

One of the most common practices in saving a mirror is by resilveringBear Glass can assist you with this when your mirrors are in need of restoring; antique or otherwise.

The easiest way to tell if your mirror needs resilvering is if it appears to have streaking or  dirty even after it has just been cleaned.  This is the actual breakdown of the old silver on the back of the glass.  Resilvering is used to restore the brilliance to the mirrored glass.

It is a common misinterpretation that you can buy an at home kit to repair these spots or certain areas on mirrors.  It will not look right without having the entire mirror resilvered.  Bear Glass specializes in resilvering to make sure that the finished result is perfect and stunning.

Before deciding to resilver your mirror, clean it thoroughly. Check its physical conditions for scratches, chips, cracks and pits. These imperfections are a sign of age and will become more visible due to the mirror’s new brilliance and clarity. They will not detract from its value, but rather be evidence of age or integrity of your treasured item.

If you have a mirror of sentimental value, a specialty mirror such as an antique car mirror or convex mirror, we will be more than happy to resilver them as well. If you design your own furniture and need colored glass mirrors (smoke, cobalt blue, etc…) or prefer the ‘distressed look’ to create that unique affect we can also custom make new mirrors.

The process of resilvering is very simple.  We begin by stripping the backing paint from the mirror.  We then use an acid to remove the deteriorated silver.  The remaining glass is polished and rinsed.  At this point, it is ready to be resilvered.  Using a special spray gun with several chemicals, the solution is applied.  Due to a chemical reaction, the silver then adheres to the glass.  The finished mirror is then dried and covered with a special coating.  After a final cleanup the mirror is completely refinished to perfection and is ready for pickup by the customer.

Consider Bear Glass for all of your resilvering needs.

We ship resilvered mirrors world wide.

For more information, please contact us at:



Bear Glass Inc.

399 20th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: 718-832-3604

Fax: 718-832-0786

Email: bearglass@yahoo.com


Dive right in with Bear Glass!!!

Antique Mirrors

Our handmade antique mirrors have a natural and artistic finish, making each piece unique. Mirror antiquing, also known as distressed mirrors, is an important part of the design repertoire, transforming time and space. We offer multiple techniques to meet varying design requests. There are two distinctly different categories of Antique Mirrors. One has a decorative appearance while the other offers a more European style or realistic old world look and feel. Within each category are many styles to meet your requirements. Additionally, we welcome custom design requests.

Our Antiqued Mirrors are in homes, restaurants, casinos, on furniture and in hotels globally. We take pride in every custom Antique Mirror created and attention to detail is always our first and foremost concern.

Unfortunately many Antique Mirrors today are NOT HAND MADE, rather imported, mass-produced and machine made, which do not have an authentic old world look.  Please Beware. Also we do have antique mirror stock sheets available, if desired.

Mirror Resilvering

Our quality service will not disappoint!!!

Each Antique mirror has its one unique look and feel, such as type of bevel, etching / engraving, shape, seeds/bubbles, waves and glass color. Many are irreplaceable heirlooms which long to be restored to their original reflective brilliance and luster. In order to accomplish this we remove the original tarnished reflective coating, clean the original glass and redeposit a fresh silver layer then seal the silver to protect the reflective coating. This process will give an Antique Mirror its original clarity and reflective brilliance it originally had.

Glass Silvering

Glass silvering / mirroring is accomplished by chemically depositing a unique silver solution on glass creating a high quality reflective surface. Since our process is hand crafted, we not only deposit clear silver (Mirror) on glass, we have the ability to create an Antique Mirror as well.

Walter’s Mirror has the ability to silver any type of glass surface. Listed are just a few applications for silvering. Let your imagination be your guide.

  • Tempered Glass
  • Laminated Glass
  • Textured Glass
  • Patterned Glass
  • Colored Glass
  • Slumped and Bent Glass
  • Restoration Glass
  • Any thickness Glass can be silvered
  • Hand Blown Glass
  • Acid Washed or Sandblasted Glass
  • Glass Vases and glass Containers
  • All types of Glass can be Silvered
We can silver just about anything that will accept the silver.

For more information please contact us at:


Bear Glass Inc.
399 20th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-832-3604
Fax: 718-832-0786
Email: bearglass@yahoo.com


Bear Glass Showroom
167 Mott St,
NY, NY 10013-5442
Phone: 212-219-1679
Email: info@bearglass.com