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How to Remove Window Tint

Window tint removalInstalling window tint on your own can be quite a challenge, but it is certainly one of the more satisfying chores you can do on your car. If you think you can handle the job by yourself, be sure to check with your trusted detailing professional to know more about relevant tinting laws in your area. Compliance with these regulations is a must, if you don’t want to be ordered to remove your window tint and be fined for your efforts.

There are at least three reasons why you would want to take the initiative and remove window tint without the cops telling you to do so. You might find yourself just bored with the color of your current tinting film. Suddenly you have the urge to see the brightness outside your windshield. Maybe you just want to rip it off and replace it with a new and legally-compliant tint. Your old window film has deteriorated to such an extent that replacing it with a new one is the only option left. There are bubbles that you can’t push out to the edges anymore, or the tint has taken on a purplish tinge, signalling the breakdown of the metallic dyes in the film.

In these instances, there’s nothing you can do but take your tools and remove the tint on your own. For DIY tint removal, you can choose between using a steamer or soapy water to do the job. Here’s how:

Remove Window Tint: Steam

  • Using a fabric steamer, apply heat on one corner of the tint until you can peel it off easily with your finger. The film should come off whole, although it will leave behind a sticky layer of leftover adhesive.
  • Use a commercial adhesive remover to wipe your windows.
  • Clean the car thoroughly before installing new tinting film on your own. Otherwise, head on over to your detailer’s shop to have the car detailed and the new film installed.

Remove Window Tint: Soapy water and newspaper

  • Apply detergent soaked in luke warm water over your windows with a non-abrasive wash cloth. Cover the windows with newspaper. Reapply the soapy water every thirty minutes to encourage the moisture to seep through.
  • With a razor blade, scrape off the top layer of the tint film in long strokes. Continue to reapply soapy water if the top layer doesn’t come off in long strips.
  • Repeat the steps until the film is removed.

Removing your tinting film is all about finding the most comfortable routine for you. It does not require any special tools or equipment, and it will certainly take less time than the installation process. This is a job that you can do on your own, and it is certainly much easier than applying window tint. Save on the removal process and just allocate the cash for professional installation of a new tinting film later on. This way you can stretch your budget and still make sure that your car looks perfectly beautiful.

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