How to Remove Window Tint

What you need:

  • Spray Bottle filled with water and 1 - 2 Tablespoons of dish detergent
  • A 1-2 inch scraper blade and holder - available at hardware stores.
  • Triple "ooo" or finer steel wool used for scrubbing off remaining adhesive, anything coarser may cause scratches.  Always test a small area first.
  • Papertowels
  • Shady area, or indoor garage

Removing tint from side windows

STEP 1: Roll down the window a few inches, catch the corner of the film with your razor blade and then peel back film slowly.

STEP 2: Continue peeling the film off with the razor blade. If the film rips use the razor again, you may have to take it off in several pieces.

STEP 3: Once all the film is removed, spray the remaining glue with the soapy water, and glide the scraper along the glass (45° angle) scraping up the glue. Keep the window wet, and change your blades frequently.

STEP 4: Finish up with window cleaner and paper towels. Inspect for missed glue (its clear and hard to see) and user your scraper or steel wool to remove any remaining adhesive.

TIPS & WARNINGS:

  • Don't use a dull blade. If your blade is not sharp enough you could damage your window.
  • Keep the window soaked
  • Sometimes, the glue will come off with film, sometimes not. This has nothing to do with how hot the glass is or whether you're using a steamer, it simply depends on the brand of film you're removing.
  • If you own a newer car (2008+), test the glass first to make sure it doesn't scratch - car companies have been using cheaper glass that may scratch.

Removal of rear windows with defrosters

STEP 1: Make sure the film comes off in one piece instead of small strips. Catch a corner of the film with the razor and peel film off slowly. If the film is very old (bubbling and purple) and coming off in strips you might have to try steaming the film off. For full instructions click here. Otherwise you can proceed with an ammonia cleaner and steel wool.

STEP 2: Once the film is removed, spray the remaining glue with an ammonia based cleaner, and let sit for a few minutes.

STEP 3: Spray the glue and ammonia cleaner with lots of soapy water and start scrubbing with fine steel wool. Make sure you are in the shade (the sun will dry out the water too quickly). You need to apply a lot of pressure to remove the glue and keep soaking the glass with water.

STEP 4: Finish up with window cleaner or soapy water and paper towels. Inspect for missed glue (its clear and hard to see) and use the steel wool to remove any remaining adhesive.