Removing Window Tint

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Removing Window Tint

Post by Tony T » Wed 16 Sep, 2009 7:54 pm

Can anyone offer advice on removing window tint?
I've got no idea how old it is but wondered whether I might need simply a heat gun or a jack hammer and small explosives. :?

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Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by CraigB » Thu 17 Sep, 2009 12:26 pm

Hi Tony

I don't have any personal experience but while waiting at the lonsdale motor reg while they gave me a hard time getting the SEC registered, I watched a guy just peel it off his windows. I don't know how good the stuff was but the story I was listening too was that it was a ex defence vehicle and while it could drive around on SA roads as their vehicle, or say if it was sold in the eastern states the tint would be fine, but he had to remove it to get a SA rego plate on it. Anyway the stripping process didn't look that hard. I would guess look for an edge and maybe use water to get it started and then just peel. But others might have had more experience and you would think a heat gun would work.
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Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 17 Sep, 2009 2:43 pm

The tint comes off O.K. It's the residue glue that's hard to get off.

Be careful of the window antenna or the heated rear window connections while doing this.
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Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by c124 » Thu 17 Sep, 2009 9:16 pm

Check this link out, both a removal and installation process: ... p?t=231780


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Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by danny6479 » Fri 02 Oct, 2009 12:49 am

hi guys

tint should just peel off v easy and the best thing for getting glue off is bucket of warm water with washing up liquid. cleaning glass? white vinigar on scrunched up news paper 2 wipe with.

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Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by Perthmerc » Wed 17 Feb, 2010 9:39 pm

Have done 2 vechiles recently. Peel off and scrape,then use metho with cotton toweling. Change toweling often and avoid contact with text or leather. Pick a cool day. Wheels and windows improve any car.Have fun

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Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by fabo » Tue 27 Apr, 2010 1:27 pm

I removed mine on my last merc...It had taken me 10 minutes to remove the tint and 10 ++ hours to remove the residual...the other issue I had was there were small pieces permantly left in the back parcel tray and around the window sills where I couldnt reach, which were impossible to my opinion if you dont need to remove the tine...Leave it

I have just updated and will nevere ever tint a merc again

they are known to scratch the tint everty time

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Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by Giles » Mon 07 Jan, 2013 11:50 pm

I removed some window tint from my rally coupe project today. The car has the green glass and some previous owner thought tint was a good idea. The tint was in good condition but looked all wrong. Some pieces of the glass are removed from the car so it made it easy. I've read a few posts, watched a few You Tube clips. Some looked overly complicated and costly. I settled for a simple method with materials I already have. Thanks to JoeB I used his method with with a twist.

I added some dish washing detergent to water, just a few drops to approx 300ml of water in an atomiser. As its hot at the moment I wasn't prepared to keep spraying the tint surface to keep it moist, so I covered the surface with glad wrap after I sprayed in generously.

After half an hour, well it was lunch time, the tint was easily removed with some small traces of glue residue. This was easily removed with eucalyptus oil and a clean rag. That was one of the rear side windows, thought I'd start small.

I then moved onto the rear screen, this time I left it for around three hours as it was back to work time. This beneficial as this time there was no glue residue.

I have a few more windows to do and I'll post a few pics of before, after and materials used. I couldn't believe how easy this job was. I was expecting a nightmare experience.


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