Removing window tint from cars

Removing window tintRemoving window tint from car windows is never as simple a job as it seems. If you’ve ever tried to do it yourself you’ll understand the nightmare task it can be at times. There are very few chemicals or solvents that will help, and even those that do, won’t work until the layers of film have been removed to expose the adhesive underneath. One of the more successful methods for removing window tint is to use steam to soften the films adhesive and allow it to release from the glass a little easier, however this will not always guarantee perfect removal. There are many unknown factors to consider when removing old window tint from car windows, particularly regarding the back window.

These factors include:

  • age of the vehicle
  • quality of the film that was used
  • original method of installation
  • prior condition of the rear demister
  • level of film deterioration

In some cases, the rear window demister can be removed from the glass either partially or fully while removing window tint due to poor manufacturing techniques by vehicle manufacturers, and believe it or not, it’s more likely to happen with newer model cars than older ones. These circumstances are outside of a window tinters control, and in most cases the company will ask you to sign a notification or liability waiver and consent form before carrying out such work. This is to protect them from having to take responsibility for failures on the part of the vehicle, or the previously installed window film. There are many methods a tinter can use to minimise the risks of these things happening, but they would be foolish to offer any sort of guarantee for the same.

Below is a link to a media release from the Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Removing Window Film – Fact Sheet

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