Window tinting is a great way to make a car look better and keep the inside cool. But there are times when you have to take the window tint off. It could be because you want a different tint (a different color, level of transparency, or quality) or because your tint has gotten worse over time. How to remove tint from car windows?
Tint can be taken off in two main ways: with heat or by scraping. The best way to remove the tint film from your car windows will depend on why you want to do it. You will also need to clean the glass afterward, since these methods don’t always get rid of all the adhesive.
Reasons to Remove Tint from Car Windows
1. Aesthetic Reasons
Window tint will turn a purple color over time, so you might want to think about getting a new one. Since the tint’s ability to block UV rays gets worse as it turns purple, this is more than just a matter of style.
This change in color is caused by the breakdown of dyes that don’t contain metal, and it can’t be fixed. Once more, heat is a great way to solve this problem.
Easy Way to Car Windows Tint Removal Tips
Your first step in the window tint removal process is to gather your supplies. Depending on which method you choose to get adhesive off glass, these supplies range from a variety of equipment and ingredients. However, there are a few products you need across all avenues, no matter what.
Making sure your windows are clean is also helpful. Use your favorite homemade windshield cleaner or a commercial product before attempting to take off the tint as you will have a smoother surface for gripping.
1. Use A Hairdryer Or Heat Gun
When it comes to taking off car tint, a heat gun or a regular hairdryer work very well. Just choose a corner of the tint and follow these steps:
- Keep the hairdryer or heat gun about two inches away from the car window and turn it on fast. In the end, this will cause the glue on the back of the tint to melt. Once the glue has softened, you can peel off the tint by putting your fingernail or something sharp at the edge.
- To get the glue off the car window, use a clean towel.
- Lastly, wash the window with a soapy car cleaning solution after the tint has been taken off.
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2. Remove Car Windows Tint with Solar Peel
You can make your job easier by taking advantage of a warm, sunny day. You’ll need two black trash bags cut to the size and shape of your window, a spray bottle of soapy water, a tarp, and an ammonia spray bottle.
- Spray soapy water on the outside of the window, then cover it with one of the bags and smooth it out so it’s flat.
- Cover everything inside with tarp to keep it safe.
- Spray ammonia on the inside of the window, but wear a mask so you don’t get sick from the fumes. Before the ammonia can dry, cover with the second trash bag.
- Before taking the bags off the window, let it bake in the sun for at least 20 minutes.
- Dig a hole in one corner of the film and gently peel off the tint, spritzing it with ammonia as needed to keep it moist.
- Use a scraper that isn’t made of metal to get rid of any leftover tint. Then, use one of the methods below to clean up the mess.
3. Car Windows Tint Remove by Use Fabric Steamer
If you have a fabric steamer at home, you’re in luck! This easier way to remove window film will work for you.
- Plug in the steamer to get it ready. Now, steam the part of your window where the tint is. After a few minutes, the glue will start to come off.
- Use your fingernail or a knife to peel off the corner of the tint. Start pulling on the tint, and it will easily come off.
- Use a glass cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe away any leftover glue from the glass.
4. Soak up the Sun and use Ammonia
We will use the power of the sun in this way to make our work easier. So, if it’s too cloudy or cold where you live, you should look into other ways.
- Take some big black trash bags and cut them open so that they can cover the glass. Spray the glass with soapy water and put it on top of the black trash bags. They will help to soak up the sun’s heat.
- Move inside the car and cover the glass with a tarp or something else that won’t leak. Now, spray Ammonia solution on the inside of the window film.
- Cover the inside of the glass by laying the black garbage bag sheet over the ammonia spray. Now you’ll have two black sheets with a piece of glass in the middle.
- Come back to this last step after letting the car sit in the sun for an hour or two. Lift a corner of the window tint carefully and pull it off all at once. Using a blade, scrape off any leftover glue after peeling off the tints. Many cars have wires for defrosting built into the glass, so be careful not to damage it with anything sharp.
5. Steam Cleaning
Getting a fabric steamer might be the best way to get rid of window tint. When you steam the window for a few minutes, the glue will melt and the tint will come right off.
One great thing about this method is that it gives you a reason to clean the upholstery in your car. Once the tint is gone, you only have to deal with a little bit of glue. Here’s a great video showing how to use steam to remove window tint from a car.
6. Remove the Sticky Residue
Even after you’ve taken off most of the window tint, there may still be small bits of tint and sticky goo stuck to the window. You can easily get the last bits of tint film off with a scraper, razor blade, and soapy water.
To get the shiny glass surface back on your window, you may need an adhesive remover to get rid of the glue residue, just like you would if you wanted to get super glue off a window.
7. How to Remove Window Tint with Soap and Scrape
- A good and effective way to remove small amounts of window tint is to use soap and a scraper. But you should know that it is a physically hard job that takes a lot of time. So, I won’t suggest that you use this method on bigger windows, like your windshield or back window.
- Cut a small hole in the window tint with a knife and lift up a corner. Grab the film’s free edge firmly and try to pull it off the window’s surface. Most of the time, the tint won’t come off in one piece. Instead, you’ll have to lift it up and peel it off again and again until it comes off.
- Make a soap solution in a bowl, pour it into a spray bottle, and then spray it over the glass to soak up the glue. Then, use a knife to scrape off the glue.
- Keep spraying the glass to keep the area from drying out. In the end, use glass cleaner and paper towels to clean the window.
8. Use A Razor Blade Or Knife
This method works, but you have to be careful. When you handle the blade, you need to be very careful.
- Use a razor blade to cut the edge of the tint.
- A lot of soapy water should be sprayed on the car windows.
- Because of the first cut you made, the edges of your tint will be all wrong by now.
- Pull the edge off with your hands, and the tint will come right off.
- Repeat the process if some of the tint sheet is still stuck to the car window.
9. Hair Dryer method
Hair dryer, glass cleaner, cloth, and razor blade are needed.
We’ll heat up the window film with a hairdryer, just like we did with the fabric steamer. Set the hair dryer to its highest setting and blow for a few minutes over the whole glass area.
Now, direct hot air toward the window tint’s edges. While you do this, lift up the edge of the film and continue to peel it off and blow hot air over it. Clean the glass with glass cleaner and a soft cloth to finish.
9. Add Some Newspaper for Easier Removal
If soap alone doesn’t work, adding a little bit of newspaper makes the job even easier. Since you already know how to use the soap method, the first two steps are already taken care of. After spraying the area with a soap solution, cover it with newspaper and let it soak for about an hour.
Check the newspaper that is covering the window every 15 minutes or so to make sure it hasn’t dried. Spray the paper with a little more soapy water if it starts to dry out. After an hour, the paper and the tint will have fused together. This will make it easier to peel off the tint.