Pre-owned cars have lots of positives. You can get a great deal on a great car simply because it isn’t brand new with a tinted window. And thanks to hundreds of reputable selling sites, you can learn everything there is to know about your pre-owned car. Here’s an article on how to remove window tint.
You can find out what repairs it has had or what accidents if any, it has ever been in. You can make an informed decision and end up with both a bargain and a steal.
But pre-owned cars mean that some other buyer picked out all the details.
Your car is subject to the decisions of someone else. Most of these decisions are purely cosmetic and mostly superficial, but there’s one decision you may be eager to reverse.
Tinted windows always seem like a good idea in the beginning. They help keep the sun out and make it easier to see as you drive. Seems like a no-brainer doesn’t it?
Except that tinted windows come with a pretty long list of risks and setbacks.
How to Remove Window Tint in 3 Easy Methods
The layer of tint on windows is a safety concern for many reasons. It actually affects the way that the glass will shatter in the event of a crash. Glass on driver and passenger windows is designed to break into tiny pieces rather than large shards. When windows have tinted the layer of film prevents the glass from shattering correctly.
Tint on your windows can also make it more likely that you’ll end up in some kind of accident, to begin with. That’s because other drivers and pedestrians can’t see your eyes as you drive. That might sound kind of strange, right? Why do they need to see your eyes?
Consider how many times you make eye contact with other drivers and with pedestrians. You might not realize it, but making eye contact with those around you helps them see you and your vehicle.
Partially Tinted Window
And on a purely aesthetic level, window tint tends to bubble and peel with time. That means your pre-owned car might already have a few streaks of tint missing. If there’s one thing worse than an entire window that’s been tinted, it is definitely a window that is only partially covered in tint.
Okay, so you know that you want to get rid of your tinted windows, but how do it you do it? You know there are probably professional options available, but you’d hate to spend money on removing tint if you can do it yourself.
Luckily, you can. Here are 3 easy and ingenious ways to remove window tint.
1. Use a Steamer
The first method of how to remove window tint is by far the easiest, and it involves the least amount of effort on your part. This means the least amount of scraping and scrubbing. In order to accomplish it, you need to have a steamer on hand.
If you don’t have a steamer, you can purchase one for relatively cheap like this one here. If your time and effort are more valuable to you than a $30 investment, then this is the method for you.
Once you have your steamer, you simply fill it with water and begin to run the hot steam over the window. Start with one window at a time and slowly run the steaming nozzle over the surface. After several minutes, you will notice that the glue holding the tint on will start to melt. Once the glue is melted, shut the steamer off and peel back the layer of tint. It should come off the window like a sheet of plastic wrap.
You shouldn’t have to scrape anything or take out a razor blade as long as you pull slowly and wait until all the glue has melted.
Once the tint it completely off the window, it’s time to get rid of the glue residue. Products like Goof Off make it easy to remove sticky residue. Just spray down the window and take a rag to wipe the glue away – no stickiness, no tint, minimal effort, and maximum results.
2. Sunlight and Ammonia
Maybe you don’t own a steamer, and you really don’t feel like investing in one that you are never going to use again for anything else.
Maybe you just want to try another option and see for yourself which method of how to remove window tint yields the best results.
The second method still gives you the satisfaction of pulling off the tint in one massive sheet, and it’s a pretty gratifying endeavor even if it does involve some elbow grease.
All you need is a spray bottle of ammonia, a black trash bag, and a sunny day. You can use Windex with ammonia, and that’s the most expensive investment that you’ll have to make in removing your tint.
You’ll want to begin with your window rolled down a few inches. Then spray the window with your ammonia mixture. Make sure you coat the entire window and that you get a good amount on. Then press the garbage bag against the window.
To secure the garbage bag, tuck the top of it over the gap between the window and the door frame, and then roll the window up completely. Press and smooth the bag across the entire window.
You also want to make sure that the window is positioned in direct sunlight. If it is not, reposition your car, or the method won’t work. The plastic bag will absorb the heat from the sun and help it to melt the glue that is holding on the tint.
Make sure you give this process plenty of time.
It’s best to let it sit for an hour, and then come back and apply more of your ammonia solution, and then let it sit for another hour.
Once you feel like you’ve given your window plenty of time, roll the window down an inch or 2. Then, peel the plastic bag off the window. Next, take out a razor blade, and begin in the upper corner of your window. Moving carefully, place the razor blade at the edge of the tint and peel it back enough for you to grab onto. Then, using just your hands, peel the tint slowly back from the window.
The goal is to get the tint off in a single sheet, so make sure you move carefully. Once you have removed the tint you will likely notice small spots where the tint did not come off completely. On those spots, you will have to use your razor blade to peel the last bit off.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure that your window doesn’t have any adhesive residue on it. For that, you can pull out some trusty Goof Off. It does wonders on sticky messes, and it can help get your window nice and clean with no sticky or tacky feel to it.
It might not be the most fun you’ll ever have in an afternoon, but you’ll certainly get a lot of satisfaction after you pull off a big sheet of tint.
3. Use a Hairdryer
If you’d rather not deal with a lot of spraying and waiting, you can give the hairdryer method of how to remove window tint a try.
Since you probably already have a hairdryer lying around, the only other extra materials you need to make sure you have would be a rag, some kind of glass cleaner, like Windex, and a razor blade.
Begin by holding your hair dryer about 2 inches from the window with it set on high. Direct the air at the corner of the windows then, take your razor blade and lift up the corner of the tint. Slowly peel back the tint as you keep the hot air directed at where the tint meets the glass. This way you are heating the tint as you peel. You are melting the glue, and that allows you to pull up on the tint.
Keep heating and peeling the tint until you have gotten the entire sheet off. Again, you will likely have to go back over the window. Apply the heat and razor blade to any small patches that were not removed with the sheet. Once you are done, you can spray the window with cleaner and use a rag to help wipe off any excess adhesive. If the adhesive persists, you can try a dab of Goof Off.
Re-Vamp Your Pre-Owned Car
These three methods for how to remove window tint will have your windows nice and clear in no time.
You’ll be able to see out of them with ease, and you won’t have to worry about any safety concerns.
Plus, your car will look better, and the windows will look newer.
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