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How to Remove Window Tint

How to remove Window Tint

Did your tinted film get a purple color or forming a bubble? You don’t know what to do? You’re exactly at the right place now. I know how to remove window tint from the window glass. I’ve very effective and easy solutions for you. You can try any method discussed below.

Your film turns into purple because of the presence of non-metallic dyes in the film. On the other hand, the bubble film is due to the adhesive used to attach the film.

When you’re using the tinted window, definitely you got different advantages out of it. These are- protection from UV rays, a higher level of privacy, cooler temperature and lot more. But residential or car window film are not everlasting. To maintain the efficiency of the film you need to change the film after few years.

Thus, you need to remove the window tint. If you don’t know how to remove window tint, the quality of your glass will deteriorate. You’ll see blur from inside, and the glass might have some scratches during the peeling.

It’s not that easy to remove the multifunctional film. You may try to peel off the damaged tint directly, but it won’t work so easily. The sticky residue will take hours to scrape. So the removal of window tint is harder than tinting the window. 

Hence, try the different methods below which are  DIY methods. These are 5 proven methods which are easier to do and uses easily accessible materials. 

Different methods to remove window tint 

Method 1: Soap and scrape

Materials Required

  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Glass cleaner
  • razor knife or Razor blade
  • Spray bottle
  • Water

When you’re thinking to remove small areas of window tint film, soap and scrape method is the perfect one. Mostly people use various tools and materials which are time-consuming and tiring at the same time. Hence, for small areas use this simple method.

Step1- Lift the corner of the tint by a knife:

Use a razor knife to lift the corner of the window tint film. Do it carefully so that it doesn’t get cut. You might face some problem at the beginning but you’ll get used to it soon.

Step2- Hold and peel off:

Grasp the free corner that you lifted. Peel off from the window. You can’t peel off fully at a time. So lift and peel off. Repeat the process several times until most of the tint comes off.

Step3- Make soapy mixture:

Make a soapy mixture by mild detergent and warm water. There is no hard and fast rule for maintaining the proportion. The proportion is similar to that of cleaning dishes.

Step4- Spray:

Spray the mixture to the places where the adhesive residues left, and you couldn’t peel them off.

Step5- Remove the adhesive:

Scrape the adhesive carefully from the glass with a razor knife. If the soapy water dries, spray more and keep the area wet and moist. During scrapping, take care that you don’t cut yourself.

Step6- Clean the window:

Finally, use Paper towel and glass cleaner to clean the window. You’ll do it when the scraping is finished.

Method 2: newspaper and soap

Materials Required

  • Newspaper
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Dish soap
  • Glass cleaner
  • Razor blade or knife
  • Paper towels
  • Sponge
  • Water

Here, you can find similarity with the soap-and-scrape method. It’s a good way to recycle the newspaper that lies around here and there. You don’t need any particular skill to apply this method. 

Step1- Make soapy mixture:

Make the mixture with dish soap and warm water in a bowl. The amount of soap should be a little bit more in the mixture to make it soapier. There is no exact proportion, but soap amount should be more compared to that used in washing dishes.

Step2- Apply the mixture and cover with a newspaper:

Apply the soapy water gently and cover with the newspaper. Let them set in for one hour. If the outside of the newspaper gets dry, moist it with more soapy water. It usually gets dry after every 20 minutes. So check it carefully to keep that wet.    

Step3- Peeling of the tint:

Peel the newspaper by lifting the corner first by the razor blade. Peel it carefully so that it comes off.

Step4- Rub off the remaining:

Remove the remaining layer with the help of blade or knife. Remove it like stripping. It’ll come off with less effort. Repeat the process until the whole areas get tint free.

Method 3: Use Hair dryer

Materials Required

  • Hair dryer
  • Razor blade or knife
  • Cloth
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels

It’s the another method to heat the tint film for removing from the window. With this hairdryer, the things can get messy and thus, keep towels and dustbin nearby.

Step1- hair dryer for heating:

Hold the hairdryer at a distance 2 inches away from the corner of the tint and turn it to high heat. Hold the dryer for at least 30 seconds so that you can pry it up. Thus, you’ll be able to peel off with finger or razor knife or blade.  

Step2- Peel of the tint

Hold the hair dryer at a distance and direct the air stream at the place where tint and glass meet. Now peel off the film slowly. 

Step3- Rub off the remaining adhesive:

Rub off the adhesive residue firmly. If you find it hard then, you can heat it again with the hair dryer. Thus, it’ll wipe away easily and come off with the towel.

Step4- Clean the window:

Use glass cleaner and paper towel. Clean the window following the previous methods.

Method 4: Ammonia and Sun

Materials Required

  • Black plastic garbage bags
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish soap
  • Razor blade or knife
  • Scissors
  • Steel wool
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle of ammonia

In this method, you’ll use ammonia and the sun for removing the damaged window film. Here, the ammonia in the film and the heat from the sun will soften the adhesive and help the tint to come off easily.

Step1- Soapy mixture:

Create the soap and the warm water mixture as done earlier and pour it into the spray bottle. You need to cut the plastic garbage into pieces to cover the inside and outside of the window.

Step2- Apply the mixture and cover outside:

Spray the soapy mixture outside the window. Apply a piece of plastic to cover outside. The soap mixture helps to keep the plastic stick to the window.

Step3- Spray ammonia inside and cover with plastic:

Spray the ammonia inside generously. Keep the vehicle’s door open for the ventilation of the toxic fumes out. Now apply the black plastic on the top of the ammonia. Cover it similar to that did on the outside with soapy mixture.

Step4- Let the plastic to set:

Let the plastic to it in the sun for about one hour. The black plastic absorbs the sunlight and heat. Thus, it loosens the adhesive which holds the tint. Now, remove the plastic pieces.

Step5- Peel it off:

Lift the corner of the tint with fingernails or blade or razor knife. Now peel the film off gently.

Step6- Clean the adhesive residue and dry:

Use steel wool and ammonia to clean the remaining adhesive off. Next, wipe away any bits of debris with paper towels.

Method 5: Steamer process

Materials Required

  • Fabric steamer
  • Paper towels
  • Adhesive remover
  • Water

This is a little expensive method. Use fabric steamer to remove the window tint. It’s the easiest way to do but get pricey if you need to rent the equipment. You can save huge time in exchange for your money.

Step1- Fill up the steamer:

Fill the steamer with water and turn on the machine.

Step2- Steam from the corner of the tint:

Hold the steamer 1-inch distance from the corner of the window tint. You should select the corner in such a way that you can loosen it from the window with your fingernails or razor blade. Hold it for approximately 1 minute.

Step3- Peel off the tint:

Hold the steamer at the same distance from the glass. You should hold in such a way that the steam is directed to the area where the film and the glass meet. In this way peel off the tint from your window slowly.

Step4- Wipe with the towel:

Apply adhesive remover on your glass with the help of spray. Wipe it out with the paper towels, and thus your tint free window is ready.

Finally, which one did you try the above methods? These are really great ways to remove the damaged, peeling and cracked tinting from the window. If your budget don’t allow, you can go for the easier method. On the contrary, if you’re can increase your budget limit you can go for enlisting the professionals. Here, the cost will vary according to the glass size. The plus point is you can save lots of time for your other works and have hassle free life. Hence, you’ve both the options. The decision is yours.

Happy traveling and stay safe and sound!!    

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