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Time is needed: 1-2 hours, Difficulty: Easy, Cost: $ 5- $ 40
The time has finally come. Maybe Johnny Law stopped you for a hard chat, maybe you finally saw the error in your way and are trying to change, or you are correcting someone else’s mistake. No, I’m not talking about being a secret informant in a big bank robbery, I’m talking about removing the aura from your car window.
Whatever your reasoning, we are here to educate you on how to remove window tint from your car. Once you complete a few steps at home, there will be nothing but fresh glass between you and the outside experiential world. The result will be less attention to law, better visibility, and a cleaner car. Let’s get it.
Security is minimal
Removing window tint is not very risky, but it involves blades, chemicals and potentially hot water, so you need to be careful. Hold this tool to stay safe.
- Mechanics gloves not only to protect your hands from razor blades, but also not to cover your hands with dirty, disgusting glue.
- Safety goggles, because who knows, you may get soapy water or Goo Gone in your eyes during the process of illuminating your window.
- Give yourself plenty of space in a well-ventilated area. You will heat the harmful glue and make a lot of movement while pulling your arms out of your window. You don’t want to jam your elbows on the garage wall or splash an unsuspecting child walking by.
- If you work with your car parked on the street, make sure that no city employee will bother you to work in your car where you are not legally allowed to do so.
- If you use hot water, cover your hands, arms, abdomen, feet, toes, etc. It can be as simple as wearing closed toe shoes, jeans, a hoodie, a raincoat and long, thick rubber gloves. Basically, cover all your skin so you don’t scratch yourself!
We are going to explain two methods, the heat method and the steam method. They are basically the same, it just depends on the heat source. Here’s what you need to know.
Task: How to remove window tint
1. Prepare your door windows.
If you have a frameless window like some BMW models, you are already well set up to start pulling the tint. If not, lower your window slightly to gain access to the upper right edge, where the horizontal and vertical planes of glass meet.
2. Heat the glass.
Heat the glass on the outside to draw a glow from the inside. Generally, you want the glass to be very hot to the touch or around 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Pull the edge.
Using a razor blade, carefully pick the edges of the tint.
4. Start pulling.
Pull the tint carefully until you have enough space to hold three fingers, and then keep pulling to make sure it stays warm. Once you have a few more inches pulled, take the hitgun and continue heating the bit that will be pulled. Keep the hit gun pointed at the front end, if any of your friends help it is easy, but otherwise you can do it completely one person.
The aura keeps the work much easier and removes more adhesive, which makes it much easier to clean the glass later.
5. Make sure the color is not tearing.
Continue testing to make sure the tint is not tearing. However, if it is a cheap aura, it could be a lost cause. Ideally, you should be able to pull the whole piece of film.
6. Increase window backup.
Once you have reached the top of the window, extend the window so that you are able to pull the bottom, but do not pull it yet.
7. Leave the tint attached at the bottom.
Keep it attached, and hang it on top of the inside of the door, otherwise known as the door card.
8. Spray under the window with soapy water.
Spray it from top to bottom, and carefully and lightly run the razor blade from left to right along the glass at an angle of 30 degrees to start pulling the remaining glue. It is important to keep the glass saturated when scraping, as you do not want to scrape / score windows. You’re basically squeegeeing off the glue. Also, the purpose of hanging on the door card to leave the tint attached at the bottom, is to protect the door card and window channel from sticking with old glue. Then, use more soapy water and a clean towel to wash the windows thoroughly.
9. Remove the remaining aura.
For that final bit you leave hanging, get off the door card, remove off any possible schmutz and pull off the remaining aura. It’s a good idea to go through the window with a solvent like Goo Gone to make sure the adhesive residue is completely gone. Leaving some there will mess with visibility (especially on rainy days) and just look rough.
Repeat the steps above for each additional door window, use a fresh razor blade for each window
11. Remove the aura from the rear glass if necessary.
For rear glass, basically do the same process, but carefully cut a small hole in one corner to get an edge, then use heat to make it flexible and tensile. It also makes it much easier for a friend to hold the hit gun on the other side of the glass.
12. Methods other than a heat gun.
You can use a portable steamer to do all this, but it can be a difficult way to initially heat the glass and prepare the tint for pulling. Similarly, careful pouring of boiling water near some may work. However, make sure your skin is well protected and warmed, such as wearing a hoodie and raincoat, and make sure the rest of your body is covered and insulated. You do not want to deceive yourself!
13. Work slowly
Take care to move slowly and systematically. Not only does this make the job more efficient, but it also makes it much safer. When we say it takes 1-2 hours, it may be the best case. Do a full afternoon digging to do this, as it can save you a trip to the emergency room if things go south while running the razor blade.
FAQs about window tint removal
We want to try to answer any of your questions. We selected common points of confusion from our experience, as well as commonly asked questions from popular search results. We have answered that question below.
Q: What is the legal limit of window tint?
A: It depends on the law of your local state, county, or even city. It’s best to read any applicable government website to see if tints are allowed, and if so, what is the most authorized VLT (visible light transmission) key.
Q: Will thin paint or alcohol rub glue remove the glue?
A: It will, but it will be streaky and hard to clean. You also need to be very careful about the thin paint around your car paint. As much as possible scrape (with enough soapy water), rinse, and then go over it with a special glue remover solvent like Goo Gone if necessary.
Q: Which side of the glass is usually the window tint?
A: Inside, but if the previous installer is either lazy or incompetent, it may be from the outside.
Q: I’m removing my aura because it’s too dark, but I still want protection from the shadows and the sun. What should I do?
A: See a glimpse with a higher VLT, or visible light transmission The higher the percentage, the more light will enter, such as 35 percent vs. pitch-black 5 percent.
Learn more about window tint from this helpful video
Car Bible Editors understand that not everyone is a text-based student. For those speedy people out there, we have a video that shows you how to completely remove window color.