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How to remove sun films or tints from car windows


man removing the old car window sun film by hand

The benefits of tinted car windows are many, from protecting you from the sun’s glare to giving your vehicle a unique look. But like all good things, window tint film doesn’t last forever and will eventually need to be removed. And if you don’t know how to do it correctly, you’ll end up with one big sticky mess. 

There are two primary methods for removing window tint: Heat and Scraping. The best removal method will depend on why you’re taking the film off in the first place. Whichever method you choose, though, you’ll need to clean the glass afterward since neither technique always removes all of the adhesives. 

Why you should remove the Sun film from your car? 

air bubbles on the window film of a car

1. Fading: Just like any other type of film, sun film or tints will eventually fade due to exposure to UV rays. When this happens, it’s time to remove the film so you can see out of your car windows again. 

2. Peeling: Over time, the sun film or tint can also start to peel away from the glass, creating an unsightly mess. 

3. Bubbling: Another common issue is bubbling, which occurs when there are air pockets between the film and the glass. This can happen due to improper installation or because the film has gotten old and brittle. 

If you’re simply removing the sun film or tint because it’s old and needs to be replaced, then the heat method is likely your best bet. But if you’re taking it off because it’s peeling or bubbling, you’ll probably need to use the scraping method to get all of the adhesive off. 

Heat Method: How to remove window tint film with the heat method? 

removing old film car glass foil be heat method

-Start by heating up the tinted window with a hair dryer or heat gun. 

-Use a razor blade to slowly peel off the tint film. 

-Continue peeling and heating until all the tint is removed. 

-Clean the window with soapy water and a squeegee to remove any adhesive residue. 

Scraping Method: How to take off window tint by scraping method? 

worker use a yellow scraper to scrape glue and dirt off the glass to clean before installing a new window film

-To remove window tint with the scraping method, you’ll need a few supplies: razor blades, ammonia-based glass cleaner, and plenty of elbow grease. 

-Start by spraying the tinted window with the glass cleaner and letting it soak for a few minutes. 

-Use a razor blade to scrape off the tint film. Be sure to go slowly and be careful not to scratch the glass. 

-Continue scraping and cleaning until all the tint is removed. 

-Wash the window with soapy water and a squeegee to remove any adhesive residue. 

Chemical Method: How to remove window tint with the chemical method? 

using hand spray to clean the car windows

-To remove window tint with the chemical method, you’ll need a few supplies: rubber gloves, ammonia-based glass cleaner, and plenty of ventilation. 

-Start by spraying the tinted window with the glass cleaner and letting it soak for a few minutes. 

-Wear rubber gloves and use your fingers to peel off the tint film. 

-Continue peeling and cleaning until all of the tint is removed. 

-Wash the window with soapy water and a squeegee to remove any adhesive residue. 

Make sure to read the instructions on any commercial window cleaners before use. Some contain chemicals that could damage the glass if used incorrectly. 

No matter which way you go about it, taking the sun film or tint off your car windows is going to be a long process that requires plenty of time and patience. 

Be sure to take your time and be careful not to damage the glass. If you want to get rid of the issues with the sun film then you can also replace it with the new sun film. 

Looking for an alternative without glue? Try Solarplexius !

Solarplexius sun film is a great option for those looking to replace their old sun film or tint. Solarplexius sun film blocks out 95% of UV rays, making it an excellent choice for protecting your car’s interior from fading. 

Solarplexius window tints are placed infromt of the windows without glue, that way it can be removed and replaced without damaging the glass, making it a great option for those who want to keep their car windows looking new. Solarplexius window tints are the “best Option” if you are looking for short term tinting and tinting leased cars. To remove Solarplexius, you just need to remove the clips, that are placed to keep the windows in position. Afterwards, just use a suction cup, to remove the window tint. It just takes a few minutes, you don’t rely on chemical solutions, and you can still use the sun protection.