The hot Las Vegas sun can really be unkind to anything made out of plastic and your tint is no exception. After years of sun exposure, the layers of plastic that compose tint film start to break down and distort. When this happens, the tint must be replaced. However, the adhesive used to install tint becomes permanent as it hardens and crystallizes over time, making it extremely difficult to remove. While the majority of tint film is removable, there are many different films used and the time and effort it takes to remove each will vary.
We initially take a look at the vehicle to make sure that we have complete access to all the windows that have tint installed so we can determine how to completely remove the tint and glue.
If it is necessary, we remove the interior trim panels to access the parts of the window with tint and glue that cannot be easily reached. This usually involves the door panels, deck lid, interior trim, etc.
We then use a razor blade to carefully lift a corner of the tint away from the window.
A special steamer is used to super heat the film and glue so it softens and can be removed from the glass. As the tint film heats we slowly pull it away from the window, allowing the film to cook off slowly.
Once this process is complete and all the film has been removed, we check the glass for any glue residue that may have been left behind. If we find anything, we get it off using glass cleaner and razor blades. The only exception to this is back windows with heaters and/or antennas, which must be scrubbed with steel wool and a mild cleaning solution.
In extreme cases, the glue will actually have imbedded itself into the pours of the glass pores, which usually means that the window must be replaced. There are other circumstances where removing the tint hurts the attached electronics or pulls off the embedded wiring.
Removing the glue is the hardest part. Every corner, every edge, under the break lights, everything under the panels… all of it must be completely removed before reapplying new tint. If there is anything left behind when you install the new film, the new film will fail and you will see every spec of glue that was left behind.
Because of the stripping process, retint jobs will not usually come out as clean as a new car/first time tint job, but it’s still a major improvement over the old stuff.
Tint removal is a car specific endeavor, which means we never really know how easy or hard removal will be until we are able to get started. Some removals are easy and require minimal labor while others are just the opposite. We do our best to make sure we treat our customers fairly, so we usually charge an hourly rate and try to set a cap prior to starting removal. The price generally falls in the $50 to $150 range as long as no window replacements are necessary.
Then give us a call today at (702) 566-8326 or get a quote.