How to Remove Car Window Tinting

It’s usually pretty apparent, even from a distance, when someone’s car has received a bad window tint job. Whether it was a home application kit not used correctly, the tint job was done with shoddy materials, or the tint job has simply reached the end of its lifespan, the bubbling, cracking, and peeling show clearly when a car window tinting isn’t working any longer. If your car window tinting is showing any these physical signs, is too dark to be legal in your state, has gone cloudy, or is just generally making it harder to see through—rather than easier, as a good window tint job should—it’s time to get rid of that old window tinting and replace it with a window tint job that is actually effective.

Let’s Talk Tint Jobs

Window tinting, as long as it was applied after-market rather than imbued into the glass by the manufacturer, is a film applied with a durable adhesive to the glass of your windows. If it was applied by a professional car window tinting service, you can expect the film to last anywhere from a few months or several years, depending on which window tint you opt for. As with so many things, the quality of the materials you choose can greatly affect how long your car window tinting will last. For example, an inexpensive tinted film can be faded by the sun and peel away in a matter of months. A metalized or metal-imbued window tint film can last anywhere from five to ten years, and some carbon or ceramic-imbued films come with a lifetime warranty because they are expected to last quite a while with proper installation.

Removing Old Window Tint Film

If you’re planning on simply replacing your old car window tinting with a new tint job, the easiest way to go about removing the old film is to let the auto window tinting specialists handle it for you. They have the tools necessary to do so quickly and effectively before applying your new window tint. If, however, you feel like losing most of your Saturday to doing it yourself, there are a few different ways to remove car window tinting yourself. Unfortunately, all of the at-home window tint removal options need additional materials and time to effectively remove the film.

How to Remove Car Window Tinting

One of the least material-intensive methods involves cutting away the film one segment at a time. You can use a razor blade or box cutter to divvy up the sections, but be warned: the sections will not peel away cleanly, no matter how small of a chunk you section off. As you peel away the film, you’ll need to spray the leftover adhesive with soapy water and scrape away the adhesive with a razor blade.

If you’re feeling more patient, you can layer newspaper over the film and spray with soapy water, but you’ll need to keep spraying every 20 minutes or so to keep the newspaper extra moist until the film starts peeling off semi-cleanly. However, you may still need a razor blade or very fine steel wool to get all the adhesive off the glass.  

If you’re ready to get your old window tint removed and replaced without all the hassle, contact MasterShield in Palm Desert to schedule your car window tinting today!

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