Removing window tint yourself risks scratching and other damage, but
this can be avoided if you're patient and cautious. Don't try to
improvise or use a shortcut, especially on the difficult rear window.
That said, if you do learn how to remove your tint, you can save quite a
bit of money.
Scraping Off Tint
Use this method for side windows only.
tint is simple, but only appropriate for side windows, since the rear
windshield can be damaged by the razor blade. Both ordinary side windows
and smaller "vent windows" can have tint removed this way.
Wipe the window with soapy water.
Prepare your scraping tool.
Sponge the interior
of the window until it is dripping with soapy water. This protects the
window from scratches, so make sure not to leave any dry patches.
- Any mild soap will do, but you may wish to choose an unscented one.
- You can protect upholstery using a cloth or tarp, or just open the car door before you begin.
Purchase a brand new box
of razor blades, since a sharp edge prevents scratches and you may blunt
quite a few on each window. A locking scraper or other blade holder
will make the process more convenient.
Cut the edge of the tint.
Run the razor blade along one edge of the tint. Avoid scratching the dotted frit surrounding the tint.
Tear off the tint.
Use the blade edge to lift the cut
tint, then pull it up. Most likely, it will tear into a few pieces, in
which case you'll need to repeat the cut and lift until the entire edge
is lifted from the glass.
Use long cuts to remove the remaining tint.
the tint in sections by making long, straight cuts with the razor, then
lifting and peeling off that section. Repeat until the window is free of
Scrape off adhesive. Look closely for remaining
pieces of tint around the edges, and blobs of clear adhesive anywhere in
the window. Apply more soapy water and use the razor blade to squeegee
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