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How To Remove Tint

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http://www.tintcenter.com/

All window film deteriorates with age and eventually have to be removed. Two of the most common symptoms of dying film are the dreaded "purple film" and the "bubbling film".

Purple film is caused by non-metallic dyes in the film breaking down and changing color. Bubbling film is a sign that the adhesive used to apply the tint to the window is failing. After a single bubble appears, many more will follow.

So you are a true handy-man. These are the household items you will need when removing window tint:

Black Trash Bags

Ammonia (undiluted)

Super-Fine Steel Wool

Razor Blade or Sharp Knife

Windex Glass Cleaner

3 hours of time

Nice hot sunny day

1. Cut the garbage bag in roughly the shape of the window, spray soapy water on the outside, cover it with the black trash bag and smooth the plastic flat.

Most window tint is constructed of multiple layers of film. When left under the hot sun, the garbage bag will absorb heat, helping the film peel off in one piece.

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2. Protect all inside surfaces near the rear window with a tarp: speakers, rear light, and upholstered surfaces, then spray the entire window film with undiluted ammonia.

Undiluted ammonia has a strong smell. It is recommended that you hold your breath or wear a face mask.

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3. While the ammonia is still wet, trap the ammonia against the window film with another trash bag or plastic wrap. Park the car with the rear window facing the sun for an hour to soften the tint's adhesive.

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4. Now we can start peeling the window film. Use your fingernail or razor blade lift the window film in a corner of the window, and try to peel the film off in one entire piece. Keep the tint moist with ammonia as you strip.

Use a razor blade to scrape off any tint that did not peel. Be careful not to cut the defroster lines.

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5. Remove the any residual adhesive with ammonia and Super-Fine steel wool, wiping with paper towel before it dries.

Remove the exterior trash bag, and clean window thoroughly with glass cleaner.

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INteresting.. It take 3 hour to remove just that backtnt... WOW!!

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I removed 2 side windows with all residue gone in about 45 minutes. Just need a razor blade, a very steady hand, and let your windows bake in the sun and it will peel off with any soapy solution. I will note it definitely wasn't easy.

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what also works is using a fabric steamer, takes the glue off too.

Edited by wolfpack

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My father is a profession Window Tinter. He only uses Ammonia to remove tint. It works great, just make sure you have good ventilation, I tint windows as well, and trust me you need good ventilation. What we do is peel as much as we can of the old tint off, then we spray the Ammonia on, let it sit for a while. We then use a razor blade to scrap the rest off. Also, just in case nobody knows there is Ammonia in Windex, it will over time with cleaning destroy the tint. I just use Vinegar and water.

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Stoners has a great aerosol window cleaner tha is safe for tint. Also anyone trying this on your back window, take your sweet ass time because fixing defroster lines is a pain in the but.

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The same tools and equipments used for the car window tinting project that is being done in the pictures are the same things that I use. For me, the difficult thing of doing a car window tinting was trying to have the film stick to the window. It seemed like every time I applied a little bit of water and later spread it around using a scraper the film would come off. What would be the best and easiest way to have a tinting film stick? http://www.tintcenter.com.au/services

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