Removing Window Tint

Interior Trim, options, maintenance and Care.
Post Reply
Tony T
Große
Posts: 1105
Joined: Wed 15 Nov, 2006 10:19 am
Model you own: I own multiple different models
Location: Barossa Valley South Australia

Removing Window Tint

Post by Tony T » Wed 16 Sep, 2009 6:54 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. :?
Tony

450SLC, 280SE, 280TE, 300E

CraigB
OZBENZ Admin
Posts: 4963
Joined: Thu 23 Jun, 2005 1:18 pm
Model you own: I own multiple different models
Location: Hawthorndene (Adelaide)

Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by CraigB » Thu 17 Sep, 2009 11:26 am

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.
Craig Baulderstone
Lurch
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL
350SL
500SEC's
560SEL's

User avatar
Ivanerrol
Mercedes Demigod
Posts: 5819
Joined: Sat 12 May, 2007 2:21 pm
Model you own: w204
Location: Melbourne

Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 17 Sep, 2009 1:43 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.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

User avatar
c124
Pagoda
Posts: 118
Joined: Fri 13 Jul, 2007 8:16 pm
Model you own: w124
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by c124 » Thu 17 Sep, 2009 8:16 pm

Check this link out, both a removal and installation process:

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/sho ... p?t=231780

c124

danny6479
E Class
Posts: 57
Joined: Tue 18 Aug, 2009 11:55 pm
Model you own: w108
Location: baldivis, perth, wa

Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by danny6479 » Thu 01 Oct, 2009 11:49 pm

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.

Perthmerc
B Class
Posts: 22
Joined: Sat 23 May, 2009 4:36 pm
Model you own: w108

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

User avatar
fabo
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue 27 Apr, 2010 12:21 pm
Model you own: w204

Re: Removing Window Tint

Post by fabo » Tue 27 Apr, 2010 12:27 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 remove.....in 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

User avatar
Giles
300 SL Gullwing
Posts: 3028
Joined: Mon 10 Nov, 2008 3:14 pm
Model you own: I own multiple different models
Location: Australind W.A.
Contact:

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.

Regards,

Giles
1981 500SLC (Colour Black) Keeper car Lola
1975 280CE Signal Red Long term Project Ginger
1999 W163 ML430 MB Search & Rescue Vehicle Mary-Lou
1987 W126 420SEL Melb based long hauler Erwin

http://www.kudoscc.com.au

Post Reply

Return to “Interior”