Auto Tint Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide

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When it comes to automobiles, it is normal for car owners to want to do everything on their own, whether it is maintenance, auto tint removal or repairs. This is understandable – not only will a DIY approach save on money, it also comes with the feeling of accomplishment and self-reliance.

The same applies if you want to remove an auto tint film. There is definitely a way for you to do everything on your own, provided that you are willing to spend a little bit alongside a great deal of elbow grease.

Preparing the Tools for Auto Tint Removal

Before you start, you need to prepare the materials and the tools that you will use. This, unfortunately, includes dropping by the store and spending around $20 – $30 in order to get a small garment/upholstery steamer. Disregard this part if you already have one, as it is a particularly useful tool and wouldn’t be out of place in any household.

Aside from the steamer, you also need heat resistant work gloves and a pack of disposable razor blades, as well as a bottle of adhesive remover and some microfiber cloths (if you don’t have this, you can use a bunch of shop towels as an alternative.)

Removing the Auto Tint

  • Step 1 – warm up the car first. This is important, because using the steamer on the glass when it’s still freezing cold could result in the glass cracking due to the sudden change in temperature. Once you are done with this, fire up your steamer.
  • Step 2 – Roll the windows down a bit in order to expose the edges and the upper corners. While wearing the work gloves, use the steamer on the windows. It is best to start with the outer window, since it is much easier to remove. Do this for a few minutes, while taking utmost care because the steam can get very, very hot and could easily burn any part of your body that isn’t protected.
  • Step 3 – when the steam has loosened the auto tint a little bit, pull the steamer head away and use a razor blade to carefully (and slowly) peel just the corners away. Don’t go all the way, just peel enough away to grab it with your gloved fingers. Continue slowly and carefully peeling the loose corner away while applying steam to the tint. Make sure not to let go of the tint and to avoid tearing it away, because letting it go will result in the tint sticking back to the glass (and if it tears and clings back to the glass, you will have a much harder time removing it without scratching the glass.)
  • Step 4 – work from the left to the right while pulling the auto tint, and when you get to the bottom, roll the window the rest of the way up so that you can access the part that was previously hidden in the door. Do this until the film is removed completely, then discard it.
  • Step 5 – Use your adhesive removal product,  a glass cleaner, a squeegee, and your microfiber cloth (or the towels) in order to remove leftover adhesive and moisture from the window. If you have parts where the adhesive has hardened and difficulty to remove, you can use the razorblade but be careful not to scratch the glass.

That is all there is to it. The process is similar for the insides of the window. But always keep in mind that there is a reason why people pay professionals to do this job. If it turns out to be too difficult or tedious for you, and you don’t want to risk ruining your car window, contact us at Master Shield Protection and we will be happy to help you. We are the best at removing window tinting in Palm Springs, and will provide you with a service that is custom tailored to your needs and budget.