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Old 10-19-2002, 07:36   #1 (permalink)
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eek Removing Tint !

The tint on my car has gone bad and i want to take it off myself. Any ideas on the best way to remove tint ?
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Old 10-19-2002, 08:21   #2 (permalink)
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i think you use a hair dryer to heat it up and have fun peeling it off.
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Old 10-19-2002, 08:48   #3 (permalink)
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ha ha....

No tried a heat gun once on my girl friends car....oppss...
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Old 10-20-2002, 06:02   #4 (permalink)
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to remove old tint you have to steam it off the windows....
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I have just been told to brush on paint remover. This will melt the tint and cause it to just wipe off. Does this sound right ?
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I peel off using a razor blade and then spray window cleaner onto residual glue. Let soak and then simply scrape off using the razor blade. Easy.

Now, when you start talking about rear windows with demister wires, care needs to be taken to not cut the imprinted wires. Peel off tint and then use window cleaner same as before. However, after letting soak, use a soft toothbrush to rub off glue into loose residue and then remove with soft rag.

I have had good success and no damage using these methods.
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Petrol on a rag will take the residue off. And a razor scraper takes the tint off.
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steam is the way most tinting places remove old tint
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I read on some American tint forums that the best way is to apply wet newspaper to the window and then tape a sheet of plastic over the newspaper to hold in the moisture. Then park the car in the sun for the day. Tint should just peel off in one piece. Many shops use this technique because they can doing other work while the sun does it's job.

I didn't read this until after I'd done it the hard way with a blow dryer and scraper.

Also, be prepared for a really bad smell until you manage to remove all the residue (solvent and rag job). Heater wires in back window are fairly tough if you use a plastic scraper but can be repaired if you go too hard.

Tint forum also said you should tell the next tinter that you've removed old tint so they can be on the look out for any left over bits before applying new tint.

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