Most cars have tinted windows – and you probably have them on your car as well!
And while tinted windows look great (and, for some reason, increase the value of your car), no good tint lasts forever. So, maybe you’re thinking about removing yours to avoid any future headaches.
That’s perfect! You can avoid paying a fortune to someone and instead do it yourself.
Removing window tint from your car is easier than it sounds – and you only need a couple of household items to do so.
You’ll need water, soap, a razor, a piece of cloth, and a little bit of patience, give or take a few items.
Just a heads-up: you should read the entire article first, gather your supplies second, and then start to work. We’re going to show you three different ways to remove window tint, and they all need different items.
1. Get everything ready
First things first, you need all your supplies ready to go. In this section, we’re going to tell you the main items you need.
That means we’re going to list the stuff you need for all three methods you’ll read about below – but you’ll have to get a thing or two more later on (unless you’re going with The Simple Method).
So, what you’ll need to remove window tint is:
- Clean water
- Dish soap
- Razor blade
- Spray bottle
- Apple cider vinegar
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Microfiber cloth
Most of the items on this list are pretty self-explanatory. You need water, vinegar, alcohol, and cornstarch to clean your windows. The same goes for the cloth and spray bottle.
That’s all you need to remove window tint from your car! You can move forward if you have everything lined up and ready.
If you don’t have those items, there’s an alternative for you. All you need is an extension cord and a hairdryer.
Other than that, you can try and remove window tint with ammonia and a few garbage bags. We’ll talk about that below!
2. Do a little cleaning
Before you start pulling the window tint off, we highly recommend that you clean your windows. (Might be interresting How to Shampoo Car Seats)
While that may seem unnecessary (why clean something you’re about to remove?), you will have a hard time removing dirty window tint than doing it the right way.
And just so you know, cleaning windows is not difficult at all!
You don’t need expensive products or anything – you can simply mix the vinegar, alcohol, cornstarch, and water to have the perfect cleaning mix. If you want, you can add a little lemon-scented essential oil to make it smell better.
The right formula goes as follows: pour two cups of water into the spray bottle; then, add ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol and ¼ cup of vinegar into the mix; after that throw one tablespoon of cornstarch and add a few drops of the essential oil.
Close the spray bottle, give it a shake or two, and get ready to clean your windows. Spray a generous amount on your window and use the microfiber cloth to finish the job. Rinse it with water if need be.
3. Choose the right method for you
The Simple Method
If you want to keep things simple, it doesn’t get any better than this. You need is water, dish soap, and a razor blade. Oh, and it also requires a certain degree of patience.
All you have to do is apply soap and water to the corner of your window. Then, scratch that same corner using your razor blade. Remove the window tint inch by inch.
After a while, apply a little more dish soap and water. Keep working at it until you’ve removed the entire thing.
Keep in mind this method is simple – but it’s in no way fast. You’re going to have to take your time with it. If you try to rush it, you’re going to end up with half the window tint stuck on your car.
The secret here is to be more than generous with the dish soap and gentle with the razor blade.
Now, sure, this method isn’t exactly for everyone.
And there are other ways to go about it!
You can check them out down below.