Window Tint Removal

Creating A New Look For Your Aging Car

By: - Cars - July 25, 2011
window tint removal creating a new look for your aging car

It is no joke that your windows will eventually start to deteriorate if they are covered in the typical car window film.  As such eventually your will have to undertake window tint removal and learn how to remove windows tint for at least your back window, if not other windows in your car.  Unfortunately, most car companies, outside of the luxury cars, do not provide this service and your warranty on parts and labor really does not continue for a lifetime, even if your car does.  However, your first step is to decide if your film is finally dying, showing symptoms of the final days such as looking bubbly or having a horrible purple hue.  Yes, the final breakdown that you see is as a result of the dye, a non-metallic version, finally wearing out and changing its color.  The bubbly aspect results from the glue applied to the film finally failing.  One bubble appears and then another appears and so on.

What you need for window tint removal are some basic tools to start with.  You should have:

  • A good day to work on without rain or any precipitation
  • At least three hours to spare
  • Some glass cleaner
  • A sharp knife or razor type blade
  • Steel wool that is extra fine
  • Undiluted ammonia
  • Garbage bags for waste disposal

Then you can get started.  Your second step is to cut your garbage bag to your window’s shape, spraying your glass cleaner on the glass and ensuring that the plastic fits on flatly.  You will notice that because your window’s film probably has a three-layer system, letting the bag stay on the window for three hours is important to create enough heat to force the layers of film to peel off.  Third, you should protect any surfaces surrounding your window, such as your seating, speakers, lights, upholstery and anything else that is valuable within your vehicle.  Fourth, you must cover your nose and mouth whilst spraying on the ammonia as the smell can make your eyes run.  Fifth, after spraying the ammonia onto the existing layer of garbage bag, add another layer of garbage bag on top.  Sixth, position your car with your covered window facing the sun, to create added heat generation.  Seventh, begin peeling off the layers of bags and film by either using your razor blade or a fingernail.  You should begin in the corner, attempting to remove the entire film in one go, not in small pieces.  However, remember to continue to spray the tinted area with the ammonia to keep it moist as you continue to strip it away or you will find the film will begin to re-stick to the window and will be harder to remove as it dries.  If any film refuses to come off, scrape it gently with your razor blade or knife, avoiding any defrosting lines.  Finally, you can remove windows tint glue residue by using more of your ammonia, as well as gently rubbing it with your steel wool, but again, do not damage your defrosting lines, if you have them.  Then simply wipe everything clean with a towel or dry cloth to get off any residue and have a completely clean and new window for your car, minus the tint.

Window tint removal is a very easy to do job that even your kids could help with as long as they are supervised and as long as you keep your car when working in it completely aerated.  As your remove windows tint with ease, you will find that doing without that tint is probably not as bad you first thought.  You have a completely new look and plenty of light.  If you do everything properly, you should even still have defrosting lines that still will get rid of the frost in the winter as usual.

Photo – tinted car window – copyright 2007, Steevven1 – reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License 2.5 Generic,