How to Remove Window Tint from Car

Car tint can make the automobile look stylish, chic and standing out from rest. Besides being a statement of personal style, the window tint keeps out the hot rays of sun. Also, car tints provide a degree of privacy, as it’s not so easy to see inside a car with tinted windows. Yet, car tints can get old. That tint job that wasn’t done right can start to look awful. There comes a time when the window tint must come off. If that’s you who wants to get rid of tacky film, read on to find out how to do it.

Car Window Tint

Car window tinting is a process of applying a thin sheet of film on the inside of the car window using a special solution and heat. The film is designed to cover the window for the life of the car. Like tattoos, the customized window tint is reflection of the car owner’s personal style or flare. There are several different types of car window tint to choose from.

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Window tint comes in different colors, some metallic and some mirrored while some tints have images and words stenciled into the film. The cost of the tint can vary, whether it is done at home with a kit or installed by window tinting specialists who offer some type of warranty.

Why Tint Car Windows?

There are several reasons why people tint their car windows. For one, the tint reduces the concentration of heat from sun rays which otherwise would penetrate the glass and heat up the interior. These UV rays are also no good for the skin.

Others tint the windows for privacy and security. The window tint comes in different shades of darkness. The darker the tint, the less you can see the inside. Personal belongings left in the car are less visible to passersby.

Others get tinted windows to protect the interior from becoming faded on the inside. Window tinting can also reduce the glare from other vehicles’ headlights. Still others tint their windows for fashion. Some people think the tinted windows make the car look hot.

Getting your windows tinted is pretty easy. Some new cars may already be tinted as an option. There are tinting garages that will provide the tint for different prices. If you are mechanically inclined, you may purchase a tint kit and tint your windows yourself.

Downside of Car Window Tinting

Before you run out and have your windows tinted, consider the downside. Although that film looks really jazzy while you’re riding down the street, it is not all perfect. Here are some of the most common issues with window tinting on automobiles:

It peels – Even the greatest tint jobs react differently from the environment. Over time, the film may start to peel or bubble, creating the opposite effect of what you envisioned. Once the film begins to deteriorate, it is progressive. Those bubbles get bigger. Nope, you probably can’t even get a refund after the first week or so.

It discolors – Over time, the tint may change color after being continuously exposed to the sun. UV rays do drain the color from your tint as well as your interior when the car is not housed in a garage or is frequently driven in the sunlight.

It’s illegal – Car window tinting becomes illegal depending on how dark the film is. Some regions restrict the level of darkness,, while others restrict mostly all tints except the very lightest ones. Make sure to check the laws in your region before you go for the film.

It’s dangerous – The tinting can be dangerous when driving at night. Insufficient light coming in can cause accidents. Applying a film over the windows is impairing the vision.

It costs money – Car window tinting can become expensive depending on what type of tint you choose and who installs it. Before you spend the money, ask yourself if you really need it.

It’s hard to sell – If you plan to sell your car in the future, some buyers may not want that type of customization, or they are not allowed to have it. Although you can have the tint removed, it will time and money. Tinting your windows alters the original condition of the car, something that not everyone wants.

How To Remove Tint From Your Car Windows

So, you really liked the way the car tint makes other cars look, but now that your windows are tinted, you have decided it’s really not for you. . If you have the confidence, you probably can remove the tint yourself. Heat is one of the most effective ways to remove tint. However, it is not the only way. There are a few ways to remove a car window tint. If you’re ready to try, here are the most common methods:

Soap and Scrape Method

The soap and scrape method removes the tint by saturating the windows with soapy water and scraping the tint off with a blade. To use the soap and scrape method, follow these steps:

1. Gather your materials. You will need dish soap, water, glass cleaner, towels, a blade/razor, and a spray bottle.

2. Prepare your window. Remove any decals or stickers.

3. Start with the smallest window. Roll the windows you are not tinting down.

4. Try to lift a corner of the tint with the blade. Be very careful not to damage the window while scraping by applying too much pressure. When you get a corner start to peel it away. Keep lifting the corners and pulling the tint away.

Soap and Newspaper Method

The soap and newspaper method uses newspaper and a soapy solution to loosen the tint so that it may be removed. This is the slowest process foe removing window tint. To use the soap and newspaper method, follow these steps:

1. Gather your materials. You will need dish soap, water, glass cleaner, towels, a blade/razor, and a spray bottle. You will also need newspaper, a bucket, and a sponge.

2. Prepare your window. Remove any decals or stickers.

3. Prepare a soap and water solution in the bucket.

4. Start with the smallest window. Roll the windows you are not tinting down.

5. Spray the solution on the window with the spray bottle. Cover the window with newspaper. Leave the newspaper on the window for about one hour. Do not let the newspaper dry up.

6. Peel the newspaper off with the blade. Be very careful not to damage the window while scraping by applying too much pressure. The tint should stick to the newspaper. If it is difficult to peel it off, repeat the process until it is loose enough to peel the newspaper and the tint film.

Ammonia and Sun Method

The ammonia and sun method uses a soapy solution, ammonia, and garbage bags to loosen the tint so that it may be removed. This method is similar to the soap and newspaper, except you will use plastic bags instead of newspaper. To use the ammonia and sun method, follow these steps:

1. Gather your materials. You will need new plastic garbage bags, a spray bottle with ammonia, dish soap, a blade/razor, scissors, paper towels, bucket, and steel wool.

2. Prepare your window. Remove any decals or stickers.

3. Start with the smallest window. Roll the windows you are not tinting down.

4. Prepare a soap and water solution in the bucket

5. Cut the garbage bag up into pieces. Cover the inside and outside of the window.

6. Spray the ammonia solution on the outside of the window. Then spray the inside.

7. Let the window sit for about one hour.

8. Gently peel off the plastic bag. The tint should come off with the plastic bag. Any fragments that are left on the window can be scraped off with the blade. Be very careful not to damage the window while scraping by applying too much pressure.

Hair Dryer Method

The hair dryer method uses the heat from a hair dryer to loosen the tint so that it may be more easily removed. The heat from the hairdryer expedites the process. To use the hair dryer method, follow these steps:

1. Gather your materials. You will need a hair dryer, glass cleaner, a cloth, and paper towels.

2. Prepare your window. Remove any decals or stickers.

3. Start with the smallest window. Roll the windows you are not tinting down.

4. Have an extension cord on hand to operate the hair dryer.

5. Turn on the hair dryer to high speed.

6. Blow on the corner of the window with the hair dryer. Keep the dryer a few inches away from the window and keep it blowing on the window.

7. When the tint curls up in the corners, start to peel it off. You can use a heat gun instead of a hair dryer.

Steamer Method

The steamer method uses the heat from a fabric steamer to loosen the tint so that it may be more easily removed. The heat from the fabric steamer expedites the process. To use the steamer method, follow these steps:

1. Gather your materials. You will need water, adhesive remover, fabric steamer, and paper towels or a cloth.

2. Prepare your window. Remove any decals or stickers.

3. Start with the smallest window. Roll the windows you are not tinting down.

4. Have an extension cord on hand to operate the steamer.

5. Prepare the fabric steamer so that it will be ready to use.

6. Have an extension cord on hand to operate the steamer.

7. Turn on the steamer to high speed.

8. Blow the steam on the corner of the window with the hair dryer. Keep the dryer a few inches away from the window and keep it blowing on the window.

9. When the tint curls up in the corners, start to peel the tint off.

Window Tint Glue Removal

Once you get most of the film off of your windows, there is adhesive residue that also must be removed. There are a few products that work best. The best products for removing the window tint adhesive are 90% alcohol, acetone nail polish remover, and Goo Gone. These products will loosen the adhesive and expedite the process of removal. Without these products, you can try scrubbing the windows with soapy water and a cloth.

Professional Window Tint Removal

If you have tried to remove the window tint yourself and it did not go as planned, or you don’t want to try any of these methods, you can still take your car to a window tint service. For a nominal fee, they can remove the tint without scratching up your windows. It may cost a little more, but the job will be done right.