Window tints are a popular trend, especially in Pakistan amongst many youngsters.
However, you know the saying,” nothing lasts forever”, well, overtime, window tints also need to be replaced or removed as per law.
Although you can take your car to any auto shop and have them remove the tint for you, why not save yourself formally that trouble, and a couple of bucks, and do it yourself?
It only takes a couple of house-hold ingredients and five steps to get the job done without having to rely on anyone else.
Step 1- Gather Material and Supplies
You’ll need a couple of materials and supplies before you can take that tint off. You’ll need the following if you want to use soap:
- Dish soap
- Glass cleaner
- Spray bottle
- Paper towels or rags
- Razor knife or a blade
You can also opt for the newspaper technique. For that, you’ll need everything mentioned except the spray bottle. You’ll also need the following:
- Bucket or bowl
The hairdryer method will need:
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towels
- Blade or Razor knife
Step 2- Prepare the Windows
The second step is to prepare your windows. Those who have decals or stickers on their car windows will need to remove those first. This is a crucial step. Removing tint film is very tricky; removing these stickers and decals makes things a bit easier.
Step 3- Apply the Chosen Method
This step depends on the method you have chosen to go on with. You need to start with the smallest panel first to make things more comfortable before you get to the hard stuff. This way, even if you make mistakes, they will not be highly noticeable.
Soap and Scrape Method
The first step is to lift the corner film using a razor or blade gently. Once the corner has started to peel away from the surface, continue the process but be careful not to rip the strip as you will need to again peel from the corner.
Soap and Newspaper Method
You’ll need to make a soapy solution. It’s up to you whether you want the answer to be thick or thin. You need to spray the solution on to the tint film and cover it with newspaper. Keep that on for about an hour.
Keep checking on it every 15-20 minutes to make it hasn’t dried up. If it has, soak it again. After the time is completed, peel the newspaper using the blade. If there’s more film on the surface, repeat the process.
Set to the highest setting and direct the airflow towards the corner of the tint film. Be sure to keep at least a 2-in of space between the dryer and the film. Once the film curls and starts to peel, use the dryer to do the rest as you take it off.
Step 4- Remove Adhesive Residue from the Window
Removing tint leaves some adhesive residue on the window. There are many ways which you can use to remove.
- Use the soapy water solution on those areas and carefully scrape the adhesive using the blade.
- If you are using a hairdryer, reapply heat over those areas and wipe it off using a paper towel.
- You can purchase and use locally available adhesive remover or glass cleaner.
Step 5- Touchup
The final step is to give the windows a final touch. For this, use a glass cleaner and spray it generously on the window surface. Be sure you’ve discarded all the materials you have used in the process accordingly.
Voila! You’ve removed the tint film from your car on your own!
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