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Question Window tint removal??

I have tinted side and back windows and I want to remove the film tint thats on the inside of the windows. Is this a tough job? Has anyone done this on their windows and did you have trouble or any thing I should watch out for? How did you do it, just scrape it off?
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I used a garment steamer and it was VERY easy. Just steam the film and after a few minutes the stuff will peel right off and leave alomost none of the glue behind. I believe if you just start pealing without steam (or some other prcoess) it will leave a lof of glue residue that can be a pain to get off.

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it is pretty easy with a scraper. I think I used ammonia to get rid of glue residue very easily. goof-off would probably also work on the residue.
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If you were local I would just ask if you want to trade windows... I'm looking to get all mine done before the end of the year...

That said, a scraper works best. A razor blade may be helpful, careful of the sharp edges. Some 3M adhesive remove to soak the 'stuck' areas will help a bit.
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Spray the inside of the window with soapy water, place black plastic film over the solution, again on the inside of the window. Use either a heat gun on low to warm the window from the outside or set it out in the sun all day. The film will peel off so easy you'll wonder how it stuck in the first place. The sun trick works better in the summer or when the temp is over 80 degrees. Being in BC you may want to use the heat gun method. Make sure you keep the heat gun moving, don't heat one section of the glass more than the others or bad things can happen. This is the only way to strip window film without chemicals or risking cutting or damaging something with a scraper.
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Check out my old post. Steaming all the way!!

I am a believer, steam those tints off!
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Razor blade and windex. Will come right off.
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I did this to a caprice wagon. Approx. 1/2 acre of glass. Peeled, then windex to remove the residue, as quite a bit of glue stayed behind.

So in other words use a steamer!
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Razor blade rocks if you don't have a rear defrost.

If you do, heat gun or the steam method - biased towards steam.

1/2 acre on a Caprice wagon? That is conservative.
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I used a steamer, worked great!
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Thanks guys, I'm adding this the the winter list of "stuff to do"
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One more tip...the warmer the temps outside, the quicker the job will go. Yoo may not want to wait until the dead of winter.
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if you have to do the rear window with the defroster use a scotch brite pad or steel wool with an amonia solution.
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I agree with the above "steamer" post. I tried the ammonia and the simple green method in the sun..did not work for me. Then i used my wifes clothes steamer from Costco and it was a breeze.
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how about a heat gun and warm it up?

I seriously JUST sold my steamer on craigslist because I never found a use for the thing!!
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I just did this on my 911 to pass provincial inspection.... A funny enough solution that worked great was to use a heat gun (or hair dryer) to heat up just a bit the window and peel the tint. Some (a lot) of glue will stay there but if you spray soapy water (I was told to use baby shampoo and warm water) it comes right off with a razor blade. Really easy actually. Apparently when you put window cleaner, it makes the glue harder to remove. I did not try as it was pretty easy with the shampoo solution.
I would be careful over the defrost elements in the back, I did not try there but could the razor blade damage them? Perhaps using a towel with the solution would work.
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Used a steamer for tint removal today on the 996. Worked pretty much as others have said. It took me about 2 hours on a 55 degree day to do all 5 windows.

I would make a couple of suggestions. 1.) have a few new single sided razor blades available. You will need them at some point. 2.) wear a protective glove when steaming, especially the back window. 3.) a can of 3M General Adhesive Removal might also be handy.
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This thread finally got me to tackle something I've hated about my car and put off fixing for 5 years. When I got the car all the windows were tinted. I replaced the door windows, but never got around to the rear quarters and the back window. Wow, what a huge difference! I used a $25 garment steamer I got from Target.

Before...blue tint




After...clear!




I'm liking the new clear look...wish I'd done it 5 years ago. Thanks for the inspiration!
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