Using a hairdryer is an inexpensive and quick way to heat and remove window tint from window panes, especially when it starts damaging. You can also use a heat gun if you have any. The disadvantage of this method is that it can be a bit messy.
How to remove window tint using a hair dryer?
Turn on the hairdryer in the max setting and hold it approximately 2 inches (5 cm) away from the corner of the damaged tint you want to remove. After about 30 seconds, you can cut the corner of the tint with the knife.
Without turning off the hairdryer, continue peeling the tint. Try to direct the air stream to the parts where the window tint is most firmly attached to the glass. Then rub off the residue of adhesive with a clean towel and clean the windows entirely.
Using a fabric steamer is probably the best, quickest, and cleanest method to remove window tint from the car windows. However, it will cost you some money if you need to rent the necessary equipment.
Start the procedure by filling the steamer with water. Then turn on the machine and hold the steam attachment about 1 inch (2.5 cm) close to a corner of the damaged tint. After a few minutes, you will see that glue melts, and you should try to remove the tint with the knife right away.
How to remove window tint using soap?
A soap-and-scrape method is an excellent and effective way to remove small areas of remove window tint. However, be prepared that it is quite a physically tiring job that requires a lot of time. So, I won’t recommend you to try this method for larger windows, like windshield and back glass.
Use a knife to make a small cut and lift a corner of the window tint. Grasp the free edge of the film firmly, and try to peel it from the surface of the window. In most cases, the tint won’t peel off in one piece, and you will need to repeat the process of lifting and peeling until it comes off.
Make a soap solution in a bowl, fill a spray bottle, and spray the mixture over the glass to soak the adhesive residue. Then scrape off the adhesive with a knife.
Keep spraying the glass during the job to keep the area moist. In the end, clean the window with glass cleaner and paper towels.
Start peeling the tint off while holding the steamer the same distance from the window. Always direct the steam to the piece of film you want to remove from the glass that moment. Finally, spray an adhesive remover and clean the window with the towel.
Will rubbing alcohol remove window tint glue?
Window tint adhesive is soluble in ammonia or alcohol, which means you can use those substances to break down the adhesive bond. The most straightforward way to do this is to spray ammonia or 70% or 91% isopropyl alcohol directly onto the window film. The tinted film isn’t 100% impermeable, and will allow the chemical in to do its work.
- Because ammonia is toxic, make sure to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Alcohol is slightly less dangerous than ammonia, but similar PPE guidelines apply for maximum safety.
- Safety glasses or goggles protect your eyes from overspray
- A respirator, rated for ammonia (or alcohol), will protect your nervous system from fumes
- Latex or vinyl gloves (nitrile may not be effective), will prevent chemical absorption through your fingers.
- Open all the windows and doors to allow for ventilation. Protect all interior surfaces from overspray. You can use a plastic tarp or heavy-duty garbage bag—think contractor bags—and an old towel to collect overspray.
- Spray the interior of the glass with your weapon of choice, then plaster old newspapers or paper towels to the glass. The spray will hold the paper to the window tint and prevent it from drying out.
- Build up 3 or 4 layers of paper, using ammonia or alcohol to keep everything wet.
- Wait about half an hour for the reaction to work, making sure it doesn’t dry out—mist it lightly every few minutes or so.
- Peel off the paper and set aside, useful if you have more windows to de-tint, then use a utility knife to pick at a corner of the window tint.
- As you peel back the window tint, mist everything occasionally to keep it from drying out. You might need a razor scraper to help with the removal process.
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