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Old 07-29-2000, 02:33 PM   #1
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Question How do I remove tinting?

I was just curious if there were any products or methods that would make removing the tint easier. Any help is appriciated.

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Old 07-29-2000, 02:43 PM   #2
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That's a good question...I was wondering the same thing after I posted not long ago about getting tint. And then I thought, what if this sucks and I want it off?
And, is there a life cycle to tint??
Why are looking to remove yours?
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Old 07-29-2000, 03:16 PM   #3
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heat gun, patients, and a good cleaner. You can take it to a tinting place and they usually can take it off for you.
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Old 07-29-2000, 03:53 PM   #4
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Check out your local auto parts store. There is a cleaner that they sell that helps in the removal of tint. If all fails use a sharp razar and alot of glass cleaner.

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Old 07-29-2000, 04:31 PM   #5
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Pay someone to do it for you. It's a pain in the rear.

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Old 07-29-2000, 04:51 PM   #6
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A flame thrower works quite well...

Good at removing paint.. car interiors.. tires.... most things not metal..

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Old 07-29-2000, 05:15 PM   #7
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Yoooo scrappy you are in which side of Miami? The dark side? you popped out of nowhere. We should link up. email me.
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Old 07-29-2000, 05:33 PM   #8
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sorry but this is OT...hey Nick, how come i dont get a ride in that sweet turbo RS of yours? Give a guy a break who doesn't even own a Subaru Hehe

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Old 07-29-2000, 08:07 PM   #9
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Nope that is on topic
I would love to . You are an hour away too. Maybe we on the south side can meet by NickCat's side on a Friday in Ft Lauderdale (Now Nick's ride is sweeeeet).

The battle of the Nicks. Must find a way to upstage him.
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Old 07-29-2000, 08:15 PM   #10
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Amonia will get it right off.
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Old 07-29-2000, 09:32 PM   #11
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thats if you can stand working w/ amonia for that long. it stinks like $h!+
Old 07-31-2000, 11:45 AM   #12
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First off, amonia is the best way to get the glue, be careful of rear defrost traces. If you have access to some of the cover film, what is peeled off of the tint when it's put on, there is a trick. Generously wet down the tint with a spray bottle. Put the cover film over the tint and it should stick to the tint because of the water. Set it out in the sun for several hours. The tint will be much easier to pull away from the window. Experience does help a lot when removing film without leaving the glue behind.


P.S. This technique doesn't work real well if the tint has been on for more than, say, a year. In that case, a razor blade, amonia, water, and a 3M scrub pad (the less abrasive white ones, not the green!) are you're only hope.
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Old 07-31-2000, 02:47 PM   #13
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Good luck with this. Even though it's a tough and messy job, you probably don't want to take it somewhere and pay to have it done.

I had leather interior installed in mine, and they did not quite get one of the door panels back on properly. When I took it back, they chipped my tint, ever so slightly, but they offered to have it fixed. It ended up costing just as much to strip the one window (back-side) and re-tint it as it did to tint all 3 windows.

So, if you really want this done, I'd try to tackle it yourself. Looks like you have several options for methods.
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Old 07-31-2000, 07:44 PM   #14
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I will be back in Florida on August 14th. Spending some time in the UK.
I tinted windows for over 16 years. I would be glad to help you remove the film if you don't mind waiting and driving up to Melbourne, approx. 3 hours north of you. The main thing you want to be carefull of is the rear window defroster. If you are not carefull it is really easy to damage this.

If you would like some more information I can give a very detailed how to for removal. Some of what everyone has said is right, there are just some precautions that can be taken to help prevent problems.

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Old 07-31-2000, 09:20 PM   #15
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Do yourself a favor and pay someone to take it off. Somewhere in this whole process you are going to be using a razor blade and if you nick the defroster track you will end up replacing the whole darn thing.
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Old 08-01-2000, 12:47 AM   #16
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GOO GONE.... Adhesive remover. Found at Fabric store. First, i removed the film part of the tint, then to get the sticky mess that was left over, rub the GOO GONE liquid on the window and just run a razor blade down the window and it all comes off in one pass of the blade!

have fun!

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