How to Remove Window Tint
August 26, 2013
One of the most difficult self-installations to perform is window tint. However, once complete, it can also be satisfying to add the extra aesthetic to your vehicle. Before you do it yourself, check with a trusted detailing professional to learn about relevant tinting laws in your area. Compliance with these regulations is a must to avoid fines and removal of the tint.
However, there are a few reasons why you might want to take the initiative and remove window tint. Some people find they are bored with the color and get rid of it that way. Others decide they want a new, legally-compliant tint. In some cases, your old window film has deteriorated to such an extent that replacing it with a new one is the only remaining option. For example, there are bubbles that you can’t push out to the edges anymore, or the tint has taken on a purplish tinge, signaling the breakdown of the metallic dyes in the film.
For DIY tint removal, you can choose between using a steamer or soapy water to do the job. Using specific tools, 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
Using a non-abrasive washcloth, apply detergent soaked in lukewarm water. 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 film is all about finding the most comfortable routine for you. You don’t have to purchase any special tools or equipment, and this process is easier than installation. However, if you want someone else to do it, consider researching some professionals in your area. DetailXPerts, an eco-friendly detailing company can easily remove old window tint from your vehicle without any damage. They utilize steam cleaning technology to service cars.