Tinted car windows provide glare protection, privacy, and style, but the tint eventually expires. Removing window tint improperly leaves behind a big sticky mess.
The best removal method depends on why you’re removing the film. Heat or scraping methods can both be used successfully. Read on to learn the various techniques for properly removing old window tint from your car.
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How to Remove Window Tint WITH Heat (3 Methods)
Heat is an excellent way to loosen intact film, although it may require some scraping to fully remove the film. Generally, you will need minimal use of a scraper for these methods.
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#1 – Hairdryer or Heat Gun
This is an easy way to remove tint or car decals and works equally well with a heat gun, although it can get a little messy. You’ll want to pick a corner to start the process.
- Hold the hairdryer about two inches from the window and run it on high until the glue melts enough to pry the edge up with your fingernail.
- Angle the dryer so it hits where the film and window meet, slowly peeling as the glue softens.
- Using a clean towel, rub the adhesive away, using your hairdryer to soften it as needed.
- Once the glue’s removed, wash the car windows with cleaner.
#2 – Steam Cleaning
Perhaps the best way to remove window tint is to grab a fabric steamer. After several minutes of steaming the window, you’ll melt the glue and the tint will come right off.
One great thing about this method is the excuse to also clean your car’s upholstery. Once the tint is off, you just have a bit of glue to contend with.
Here’s an excellent video of removing vehicle window tint with the steam method:
#3 – Solar Peel
You can take advantage of a warm, sunny day to make your job easier. You’ll need two black plastic garbage bags cut to the shape of your window, a spray bottle of soapy water, tarp, and a spray bottle of ammonia.
- Spray the outside of the window with soapy water and cover with one of the bags, smoothing it out until it’s flat.
- Cover all interior surfaces near with tarp to protect them.
- Spray ammonia on the inside of the window, making sure to wear a protective mask so you won’t inhale the fumes. Cover with the second trash bag before the ammonia can dry.
- Allow the window to bake in the sunlight for at least 20 minutes before removing the bags
- Dig up a corner of the film and gently peel the tint away, spritzing with ammonia as needed to keep it moist.
- Use a non-metallic scraper to remove any leftover tint, then use one of the cleanup methods below to get rid of the residue.
How to Remove Window Tint WITHOUT Heat (Scraping Method)
These options all involve taking off car window tint using primarily sharp objects. While they all work well, you should take extra care to avoid scratching the glass when using any type of blade. Non-metallic scrapers work best on plastic windows.
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