Are your window tints starting to look worn out? If you’re in Las Vegas, plastic and the hot sun don’t always see eye to eye. Even the highest quality tints can start aging after years of sun exposure, since the layers of plastic that make up the window film start to break down.
When window tints start becoming distorted, it isn’t just unappealing; it can also make the simple move of lowering or raising your windows somewhat annoying. When it’s time to replace your window tints, you have to make sure to do it properly. You can follow these methods to avoid damaging your window glass as you replace your tints.
There are several ways to remove window tints. Each technique is based on the way the tints were initially installed and how long they’ve been on your vehicle. Seeing as how the adhesive used to install the tints you will be replacing hardens and crystalizes over time, it becomes permanent and much more difficult to remove.
It’s important to go with a technique that will allow you to get rid of the stubborn adhesive while keeping your windows clean of any scrapes. Start off with the following:
Finish off with cleaning the windows with a steel wool and microfiber cloth. Be sure to keep extra blades and a bunch of paper towels available since you might need more than one for each window in order to properly remove the adhesive.
Rear Glass with Defrosters
Rear window glass tints are a little trickier to remove. You can’t scrape them since you have to consider not damaging heaters and antennas. So your goal is to remove the film in one large piece rather than in a few small ones.
To steam the window tint before peeling it off, start off with cutting a plastic bag on both sides to turn it into one large sheet of plastic. Then, cut it according to the size of the window glass.
Use a soap-water solution to spray the inside of the rear glass window and place the plastic sheet over it. Next, let the rear window sit out in the sun for about fifteen minutes. Afterwards, test by trying to peel some of the film from a corner.
If it doesn’t come off completely in one piece, let it sit out in the sun longer until you can remove the entire film in one piece. Once the window tint is off, spray the water solution and use steel wool instead of a blade to clean.
A Job for the Professionals
There’s always a risk of encountering an issue when trying to remove the window tints yourself. You might have an extra layer of film stuck on the glass and accidentally cause damage. So it’s wise to leave the job to the experts.