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Removing Window Tint From Your Car

Nov 19, 2020 Excavator blog

If you want to remove window tint first consider the fact that most window tinting is made of two layers of tinted polyester. Sometimes when you try to pull it off the top layer comes off easily, but the second layer can be tough to get off when you want to completely remove window tint.

Step 1 – Gather the Tools

You will probably need a large plastic bag (it is best to use a large garbage bag), ammonia or all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, paper towels or a squeegee, steel wool, and some razor blades.

Step 2 – Clean and Treat

Clean the window thoroughly and clear away any obstacles to remove window tint. Lay a large plastic bag over the window and then spray ammonia on the inside. This will make it easier to remove window tint. The bag is used to cover the ammonia so it won’t evaporate. Leave it on for a while, maybe even in the sun so it will be easier to peel away. But keep the plastic on the ammonia so it will not dry.

Step 3 – Peel to Remove Window Tint

Starting at a corner, use a razor blade to peel the film away. If it is done slowly enough you should be able to peel the film off in one piece. If you cannot remove window tint in one piece, spray the window with soapy water and use a new blade to remove any leftover adhesive.

Step 4 – Clean Excess Material

When the film is completely off, scrub the window to remove the adhesive with ammonia and steel wool pads. Clean up the window using window cleaner and paper towels. If there is any excess glue, spray some WD-40 and use a steel wool pad and paper towel to wipe it off. This should remove the window tint completely.

Some people still argue that it is much easier to let a professional remove window tint. Using ammonia on the inside of a car can make it hard to breathe. Professionals also know how to remove window tint without destroying defroster or radio lines.

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