Window tint is REALLY annoying to remove. Best bet? Wait for a very hot, sunny day. This heats up the tint, and makes the adhesive softer.
The ease of tint removal really depends on what brand the tint is, and in what condition it is in. I got lucky, and this window tint peeled right off without much difficulty.
I will also detail another method that will work much more effectively on a rear window with defroster lines.
My car had dark window tint. It was in crappy shape, and not installed too well. On top of that, it’s not legal in my state to have tint this dark, so I decided to remove it.
Things you will need:
at least 10 SHARP new single-edge razor blades
3M Adhesive Remover
LOTS of paper towels, or newspaper
For the most difficult tint removal, you will need:
Black garbage bags
Something to cover your seats and doorcards to protect them from the ammonia
First step is to get youself a bit of tint to grab on to see what you are working with. If you don’t see a good edge, cut a notch with your razor blade to get an edge. If you are working with a roll-down window, this is much easier – just roll the window down a little, and you’ll see the edge of the tint.
Pull the tint firmly, pulling at an extreme angle away from the window, this left the least amount of adhesive on the window for me. If you are lucky, the tint will come off in one giant piece.
If it did, all you have to do now is remove the left-over adhesive residue. 3M Adhesive cleaner works WONDERS for this. Don’t waste your time with anything else. Spray this on, and the adhesive practically dissolves.
Follow up with a good cleaning with the glass cleaner. Most professionals seem to use newspaper to clean glass – it works quite well, and best of all, it’s usually free! 🙂
Now not all tint will come off so easily. Especially on a window with defroster lines, the following is the recommended method that professionals use:
On the outside of the car, take a black garbage bag, and cut it into the exact shape of the glass.
Cover your seats and door panels with towels or newspaper to protect them from ammonia.
Cover the inside of the window, on the tint with the ammonia.
Quickly put the garbage bag, cut to the shape of the window, on to the inside of the window, on the tint.
Leave the car in the sun for a couple of hours for the ammonia and heat to work.
After the tint has softened up, grab an edge of it. The entire piece of tint will peel right off like magic, leaving no residue behind, even off of defroster lines!
Clean the windows, and you are done.
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