Parkway Stereo Guide to Window Tint Removal
Maybe the $200 window tinting job wasn’t exactly what you wanted. Or, maybe the job was done poorly by another shop, or isn’t as practical for you these days as it was five years ago when it was installed. No matter the reason, if you’re looking into window tint removal, you’ll want to make sure it’s done correctly and cost effectively; if you’re patient enough and have the confidence and the equipment needed to do it, you might even be able to do it yourself. That’s why we created the Parkway Stereo Guide to Window Tint Removal.
Easiest Way to Remove Window Tint
Go down this list: water, dishwashing detergent, a new one to two inch scraper blade and holder, fine grade steel wool, a black trash bag and some duck tape? If you have these items, you might be able to remove the tint yourself fairly easily.
For the side windows, you’ll simply peel the film off slowly, starting from one corner. You’ll use your scraper blade to get the piece started, and wedge it gently under the tint whenever you need it to aid in your efforts. Slow and steady. After the film has been removed, you’ll want to remove the residual adhesive. More on that process in a bit, after removing the tint from the rear.
The rear windows with defrosters may be a little trickier, simply because defrosters can be damaged easily. For this reason, you’ll need the tint to come off smoothly in one piece. Do this by steaming it: cut your trash bag so that it’s no longer a bag, just a black blanket of sorts. You’ll be taping it to the perimeter of the glass inside the car, but first, spray it down with water and dish detergent. Once the moisture has been locked up between the glass and the black bag, park the car in the sun. Leave it for about an hour, or until you see the window fogging up with steam. Once that happens, peel from the corner in a similar fashion, but do not use the scraper blade. If you’re having trouble getting the film off in one piece, allow the steam to set for longer.
How to Remove Window Tint Glue
After the film is removed, you’ll notice the residual adhesive that seems stuck on the glass. You’ll need to work pretty hard to get that off. Do this on your side windows only by spraying them down with a water and dish detergent mixture and gliding your scraper blade along the glass to scrape it all up. Mix in a little ammonia for really tough jobs. You’ll want to do your glue removal in the shade to prevent fast drying, and you’ll want to spray continuously to keep the glass wet. Using a brand new blade is imperative, because an old, dull one will damage the glass and cause scratches. In some cases, you may even choose to use more than one blade per window, to be extra cautious.
Finally, use the fine grade steel wool to scrub up residual adhesive. Note that steel wool that’s of a thicker grade will likely scratch the glass.The glue on your rear window should be removed only using the liquid spray and fine grate steel wool as the scraper blade will damage the defroster.
Window Tinting Removal Cost
Sound a bit cumbersome to you? If it’s a little too risky or too much of a labor intensive process, don’t worry: you can always pay a professional like Parkway Stereo to do it for you for close to the amount that you likely would have paid for the tint to begin with. Removals take a couple of hours, so you’re mainly paying for time not materials. The average cost for professional window tint removal hovers around $150.
You’re not stuck with your window tint for life, so don’t live with it if you don’t want to. Tired of the tint, or it just doesn’t work for you anymore? Pay a professional to remove it, or do it yourself. Give Parkway Stereo in East Meadow a call for a free estimate!