Tips and Tricks to Remove Window Tint

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Car window tinting series : Removing old film

It’s safe to say that window tint makes a car look more appealing and the look of it on a car makes it look more valuable but the truth is, this pricey, beautiful feature doesn’t last forever. In this blog we are going to dive into the tips and tricks to remove window tint from your car without leaving any damage.

Learning how to remove window tint on your own not only saves you time, but it also saves you money. There are so many DIY ways to get that tint of your class and it starts with simple at home remedies. The best thing about this DIY task is there is more than one way to do it which makes removing window tint that much easier. There is more than one strategy to this job and the ingredients to make your own solution to remove the tint is endless.

If you’ve got some soap, water, and a scraper you’re already in good shape. Removing the window tint from the interior surfaces of your car is no problem or you can try a different route. If that stubborn tint still won’t budge, you can certainly try other methods using a hairdryer or a steamer. At the end of the day, whichever method you choose will leave you happy and get the job done.

1.) Gather Your Basic Supplies

The first thing you are going to need to do is gather your supplies. These supplies listed below will be used in more ways than just one. There are several methods to this tint removal process but overall, you will need these main supplies listed below:

  • Clean Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Something Sharp (Razor Blade)
  • Spray Bottle
  • Garbage Bags
  • Microfiber Cloth

Another product many people will use to remove their window tint is ammonia. When using ammonia it’s important you wear a mask and you avoid getting it on your skin or eyes. You also want to cover the surrounding area with an old cloth or tarp in case any ammonia is spilled during the removal process.

2.) Clean Your Windows Thoroughly

Beginning the removal process with a fresh and clean surface is extremely important. A quick and easy solution for clean and shiny windows is simple. A popular option for an at home window cleaner is made with a vinegar solution. The ingredients to make this solution are easy and limited.

Just mix:

  • ¼ cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Once you have combined all of the ingredients, pour the mixture in a spray bottle and begin to spray every inch of the tinted glass and wipe your car down. This simple and easy remedy works great and it will ensure that your windows all around the tinted parts of your car are perfectly cleaned.

3.) Keeping it Simple Soap Method

Now that you’ve got clean windows all around it’s time to apply your soap method to your windows. Just take your dish soap and water and begin to scrap away the tint with a sharp razor blade. It’s important to remember to be gentle when doing this method. You don’t want to scratch your auto glass on your vehicle.

Believe it or not this method takes the most patience. To begin this process, you want to thoroughly cover your tinted window with the soap and what solution. By soaking the tint with soapy water it is going to be easier to lift the corner of the tint film and peel it off. You can also use your razor blade to help with peeling back the corner of the tint to start slowly peeling it off of your window. Be mindful of how quickly you do this method. Something if you try to rip the tint off too quickly you could potentially end up with tearing.

If you have a few problem areas and you notice the tint isn’t coming off, apply more of that soapy solution for extra help.

4.) The Ammonia Method

When most people think of ammonia they think of it as a tool to remove window stickers. It also works as an awesome window cleaning product.

Believe it or not, ammonia works well with removing tint when applied directly to your car’s windows. The first step while using the ammonia method is to cover all of your tinted windows with trash bags, black if you have them. Next, you’re going to want to cut the bags so they fit perfectly along the edges of your window and tape them down.

After you have your trash bags in place, remove a small portion of the bag from the outside and spray your soapy solution from method 3 all over your window. On the other side of your window from the interior of your car you’re going to apply ammonia instead of soap and water. Let it sit for about an hour and watch the magic happen. When the hour is up, remove the trash bags and you can begin to peel the tint off.

5.) The Hair Dryer Method

It may be surprising but heat is another fantastic method for removing window tint yourself. All you need is an extension cord and patience. If you don’t have all of the ingredients for an at home solution to help you remove your tint, this is definitely the next best thing.

First things first, roll down the windows while you are applying heat to one window. This will make it easier to work in a heated environment and also protect the interior of your vehicle.You then want to start heating the corner of the window tint using your hairdryer until it curls at the end. When the tint begins to curl, it will become a lot easier for you to peel the tint off as you keep applying heat to the area. Keep the hairdryer a couple of inches away from the surface and move along the tinting, spreading heat across the tint as you pull up on the corner of the film.

You will continue this method until you have finally peeled off all of your tint.

Say Goodbye to Your Window Tint

Now that you have every tip and trick under the sun for an at home window tint removal, you are good to go. If you have any questions regarding your auto glass concerns, Auto Glass Doc is here to help. 

We understand that during a time like this, many want to stay home if they can. We are always happy to give the best advice possible for DIY tasks at home so you and your family remain safe all year long.

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