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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

How can I remove the window tinting from my car?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30938points) September 8th, 2010

Anybody know a sure fire home remedy to remove aftermarket window tint? You know, the sticker stuff, not the factory tint.

I had to put a new door on my car and it has tint which doesn’t match the rest of the car. I can’t pull it off although it’s obviously a sticker of some sort.

Heat gun? Or would that break the glass? Adhesive remover? That could get really messy and damage the interior.

How do I get the tint off?

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9 Answers

malldesdoonie2's avatar

Go to a place that does window tinting and ask them to remove it for you. they shouldn’t charge you much

Randy's avatar

A razor blade, a steady hand and perseverance is what’s used to get it off most of the time. At least at all the auto body shops I’ve helped in. If you’re not comfortable with that, then you should take it to a business that tints glass. They can help you.

SamIAm's avatar

heat (maybe a blow dryer) and a razor blade… but i’d bring it somewhere and have it professionally removed.

MeinTeil's avatar

Razor blades, vinegar in a spray bottle to remove adhesive, patience.

If your considering having new tint professionally applied having them remove the old tint is a no brainer.

malldesdoonie2's avatar

just take it to the window tinting place and ask them to remove it

Lightlyseared's avatar

Duct tape.

is there anything you can’t do with duct tape

Nullo's avatar

My time at the car wash taught me that window cleaner will eat at it pretty well. I would try that and maybe finish with a scraping tool of some sort.

MeinTeil's avatar

That’s because some window cleaner contains vinegar to reduce streaking.

It clouds tint film and melts the adhesive.

Scrape off a section at a time with the blade. Smoothe off the glue with sprayed vinegar, steel wool and the blade

Wipe off the last of the adhesive with much vinegar and a rag.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Wow. That sounds like hard work. I’m telling you duct tape is the way to go. Cover the window in rows of duct tape. Leave in the sun for a few hours and then peel off.
Job done.

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