How to remove window tint or window film? Do you have bubbled window tint? Old window tint of a pour quality and or pour installation can often result in bubbling, fading, changing colors often to a light purple. This can seriously change the look of your vehicle, a car with clean perfect window tint versus a car with bubbled or purple window tint is like nigh and day! Ok so how do I remove my old window tint? Well you have a few options. You could call a shop of course here at the Clean Machine we offer window tint removal and replacement. But if you are a do it your self kind of person you could also try and tackle the job your self, however beware the are a number of obstacles you will need to avoid!
Removing window film
The difficulty of removing the window film will depend on how long the film has been on the car. A car with two year old window tint would probably be much easier than a car with ten year old window tint. When removing window tint you will need a few thing.
Saturate the window with Ammonia glass cleaner.
Heat the window on the out side of the glass with your heat gun
make sure its very hot.
Take your razor blade and start to remove the corner of the window film at the top of the window, If the window is exstreamly old and damaged it may come off in two layers. Use your heat gun to heat the window film from the inside of the window. Go slowly and if you do it just right you could remove the window film in one piece.
If you didn't manage to remove the film in one piece you will have to scrape the window with the razorblade. ( NOT DO NOT SCRAP THE BACK WINDOW WITH A RAZOR BLADE YOU WILL DAMAGE THE REAR DEFROSTER )
Once all the window film is off you will need to clean the window and the window channel with a scotchbrite pad, IF YOU DO NOT REMOVE EVERY LAST BIT OF GLUE WHEN YOU GO TO REPLACE THE WINDOW FILM YOU WILL RUN IN TO MORE PROBLEMS! Cleanliness is key when it comes to tinting windows it's extremely important! The smallest speck of dust or hair can ruin the entire job. This is a very difficult process especially when it comes to removing the tint from the back window. A special steamer is needed to prevent any damage to the defroster lines it is possible to do without however it will take often hours of scrubbing with the scothbrite pad. I remember when I was tinting years ago I would dread the days when I had to remove old window film from bubbled back window now with the new steamer tool it make the job ten times easier!
If you decide to do this yourself I suggest you be very patient remember to get the windows as clean as you possibly can other wise whoever installs your new window film will not be very happy.
Please give us a call for an estimate we would love to help you with removing window film from your vehicle.
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