Best way to remove Windows Tint
Method 1Sun and Ammonia
This technique requires a sunny day. If you live in an area where it's too cloudy to heat the rear window, consider alternative techniques below.
- Cut two black garbage bags in roughly the shape of the window. Spray soapy water on the outside of the window and cover it with one of the black trash bags. Smooth the plastic flat.
- Protect all inside surfaces near the window with a tarp: speakers, rear light, and upholstered surfaces, then spray]] or wear a face mask. Ammonia fumes can be harmful and different individuals will respond differently to exposure to the fumes.
- While the ammonia is still wet, trap the ammonia against the window film with another trash bag or plastic wrap.constructed of multiple layers of film. When left under the hot sun, the garbage bags will absorb heat, helping the film peel off in one piece.
- Start peeling the window film. Use your fingernail or razor blade to lift the window film in a corner of the window, and try to peel the film off in one entire piece. Be careful not to cut the defroster lines. Keep the tint moist with ammonia as you strip. Use a razor blade to scrape off any tint that did not peel.
- Remove any residual adhesive with ammonia and very fine steel wool, then wipe the surface with a paper towel before it dries. Remove the exterior trash bag, and clean the window thoroughly with glass cleaner.
This is possibly the easiest, quickest method to remove window tint.
- Purchase a fabric steamer, it will run you 20-30 dollars but save you so much time!
- Fill, turn on, steam your window.
- After a while steaming, the glue will melt and the tint will peel off like cellophane.
- Once the tint is removed, use something like goof off, goo gone, or another adhesive remover and wipe clean.
Method 3Soap, Newspaper and Easy Off
- Apply soapy detergent water to the window with a household sponge, and cover with newspaper. Leave for about an hour (whilst the paper is up, reapply the soapy water to the paper every 20 minutes or so to keep the moisture seeping through).
- With a razor blade appliance from the hardware store, simply scrape off the top layer of the tint film with long strokes. Just simply reapply the soapy about half an hour if the top layer doesn't come off in long strips.
- Simply rub the razor blade over the tint. It just comes off without any effort at all. It should come off as your spray it, without any scraping whatsoever from you.
If it's not sunny or warm enough, or you'd prefer not to mess with razor blades and ammonia, you can use a clothing steamer (approx. US$25) to "prep" the tint for peeling. You can also use a hair dryer or heat gun, but be conservative. It will produce more heat than the steamer.
- Peel and steam at the same time, loosening the glue with the steam right before you peel. Peel slowly. If you pull too hard, you may break the tint or worse, peel off the top layer of the tint, leaving the difficult and sticky adhesive layer behind.
- Wipe off remaining glue with a towel. Press hard so that the glue sticks to the towel, rather than balling up or smearing. Steaming the glue before wiping can help.
- Clean the window thoroughly with glass cleaner.
Method 5Soaking and Scraping
If you're unable to use the other methods, or if there is a small area of tint, this method can be used (although it is time-consuming).
- Make a small cut in the film with a razor blade, creating a tab which you can pull.
- Peel the tint. It won't come off neatly; you may find it tearing or separating into several pieces.
- Spray the adhesive with soapy water.
- Scrape the adhesive off with the razor blade. Be sure to get it all.
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- Can "goo gone" remove window tint?
Goo Gone can't remove the tint itself, but it can remove the adhesive that keeps the film attached to the glass.
- If I peeled off the cooling film without heating or applying any liquid, but the glue residue remains, how do I remove it?
Use wet soapy water with a razor blade and clean the entire window. Afterwards, use automotive glass cleaner to give it the final clean.
- Can I use a white garbage bag?
You can, but it will take longer because black retains heat while white reflects it. Adjust your times accordingly.
- Can I use a blow dryer for the heat?
Yes, best to use one of the older-style types.
- Most trucks have plastic sliding back windows. I have one, so any type of razor is out. What can I do?
A non-metallic scraper should do the trick. You can pick one up at any hardware store for about 5 bucks.
- How long do I leave the garbage bags on the car?
In the sun (heat) about 20+ minutes, then start peeling and spraying as needed to keep it wet.
- Is the film on the inside or outside of the window?
- Will the sun work if it is cold outside?
No, it will take a forever. Your best bet is to get a heat gun and it will melt it right off.
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