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Old 07-23-2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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Default Removing residue from glass

Just bought an 05 STI and the previous owner had a tint on the back window that had been removed. There is a sticky residue on the window now that is painfully difficult to remove with windex. What's the best product to get this stuff off?
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:44 AM   #2
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clay bar

then follow up with some stoners invisible glass.... multiple applications.

simply speculation. i have no experience with this situation. but its what i would try
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:08 AM   #3
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goo gone
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:44 AM   #4
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If the tints on the inside which it should be do not clay bar it, you could mess up the defroster lines.

Something like this will work if http://www.detailersdomain.com/3M-Ge...983_p_272.html
Possible to get at a local hardware store. Just go easy on the defroster lines with whatever you use.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:28 AM   #5
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Acetone and a razor blade. Takes like 3 minutes tops.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:38 AM   #6
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i would use something like googone but make sure when you are wiping you are going in the direction of the defrost lines to insure you don't mess them up.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:06 AM   #7
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oh darn, i forgot about those.

yeah goo gone might be a good bet.
or even some simple green
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:19 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the responses! I'm gonna try googone.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:21 PM   #9
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any cleaners that have ammonia in them, will take the glue right off.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:09 PM   #10
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its been a while so i may be wrong but rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:38 PM   #11
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Try ammonia, spray the inside of the window and let it sit for few then hit it with a bath towel. If you have a garment steamer, that would also help.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:31 PM   #12
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goo gone didnt work for me
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:13 AM   #13
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of course not. You need something that disolves the glue, not smears it around.

Glass cleaners with ammonia will do the trick EVERY time
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:55 AM   #14
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Doesn't windex contains ammonia?
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:47 PM   #15
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Goo gone does work as I used it to remove the same issue the OP has on my gf's neons back window
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:17 PM   #16
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Razor blade and soap water! Works amazing, I use it to remove inspection stickers. No need to use acetone like someone above said, you don't want that dripping on your interior.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:29 PM   #17
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I use #0000 steel wool on all of my cars and all of our customer cars. It also works AMAZING on chrome bumpers and trim too. Make sure you get #0000 and not a heavier one though, (like 0 or 00) cause the coarser grits WILL leave scratches. The super fine grit works amazing though. Takes overspray off glass, bugs, dirt, hard water stains, etc...

Just start in one corner and work your way down, spray some glass cleaner on it first, (like invisible glass) and when you're all done go over it with some cleaner again. (IMO invisible glass it is the only glass cleaner worth the money) Your windows will look brand new when done.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:36 PM   #18
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+1 for super-fine steel wool. I just removed the tint off my two rear windows today and it took off the residue with minimal effort and no scratching.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:50 AM   #19
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....I think a lot of you folks are missing the fact that the OP is removing residue from inside his back window. He wont be able to get as aggressive as he might with other windows due to the defroster.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:19 PM   #20
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for me googone did not work just ALOT of windex, patience and a a razor blade


From another forum:
Time: 1-3 hours

Materials:
Warm sunny day
Tarp
Large plastic garbage bag
Undiluted Ammonia
Windex (a glass cleaner)
Paper towels
Fine steel wool
Razor blades

Tips:
The difficult thing about removing tint is that most film is constructed of two layers of tinted polyester. When you try to peel the film off the glass, the top layer will usually pull right off leaving the second layer behind. This second layer will not peel off, it will just flake and tear like a price tag.

Step 1:
To over come separation between layers you must soften the adhesive so that both layers peel at the same time. This is very important, if you peel the just the top layer, you may as well just use razor blades as there is no way to peel the second layer off without picking at it for a few hours. You MUST try to peel both layers at once.
NOTE:
You are more than likely to damage one or more of your defroster lines, when this happens, the cut line will not work anymore. Some cars have radio antennas mounted alongside the defrosters made of the same material. If you damage these, your radio antenna will not work! Be careful! Taking it to a tint shop to be done greatly increases the odds of saving the lines, but even a tint shop can not promise to save your lines, sometimes the film is just to far gone.

Step 2:
First, clear the window of any obstructions, like the brake light, speaker covers etc.
Step 3:
Next cut open the garbage bag so that it will be big enough to cover the entire window. Spray some water on the outside of the back window and the lay plastic bag over the glass. Cut away excess plastic so that it is now roughly the same shape as the glass.

Step 4:
Next, lay a tarp over rear deck and seat, spray ammonia liberally on the inside of the back window. (Ammonia is very strong, I suggest you hold your breath during this step) and cover ammonia soaked tint with the plastic bag so that it won't evaporate.

Step 5:
Park the car with rear window facing the sun for about an hour. The film should now be ready to peel.

Step 6:
When you are ready to start peeling, leave the plastic in place so the ammonia wont dry. Get the peeling started with a razor blade in a corner where there are no defroster lines. Try to peel film off in one piece. If the ammonia dries as you peel, the glue will get hard again, so spray a bit of ammonia on the area as you peel.

Step 7:
Once the film is peeled you will need to scrub the adhesive off with ammonia and fine 0000 steel wool. Mop up scrubbed areas with paper towels before they dry. Finish up with window cleaner and paper towels.

Removing tint from side windows
Soaking is not nessesary here. You may want to use a simple razorblade holder. Cut a notch onto the upper area of the film so that you have a piece to pull. Try to peel the film, it will probably come off in two or three pieces. Spray the remaining adhesive with soapy water, and scrape the adhesive off with a razor blade, avoiding the edges of the glass until last to keep the blade sharp. You may need to use a few blades as they dull quickly. Finish up with window cleaner and paper towels. Inspect for missed glue (its clear and hard to see)

Removing tint using a Steamer
If you have access to a Jiffy steamer or similar steam machine, you can make quick work of stripping. Apply the steam to a small spot for a few moments and use a blade or the spout of the steamer to peel the area just steamed, when you have enough to hold, just peel slowly as you steam just ahead of the area you are peeling.

This will bring both layers of tint off and sometimes the adhesive too, without presoaking for an hour.
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