Removing Window Tint
How do I remove my old film?
Removing your old film can be as easy as peeling it from the glass. The easiest way is to use Auto Tint Rider’s Tint Remover solution. You can loosen the film at the top of the window with a razor blade. Grip the film firmly and pull it from one corner across the window. You’ll notice that some adhesive will remain on the glass. As you peel the film back, spray plenty of the Tint Remover solution between the film and the glass. The adhesive will soften as you apply the Tint Remover solution to the glass. Repeat this procedure if necessary. When the adhesive turns white and gummy, you can shave the adhesive off with a fresh razor blade. Make sure the surface of the glass stays wet until you have removed all of the adhesive residue. Clean the glass thoroughly with Auto Tint Rider Window Cleaner and then dry with a lint-free towel or microfiber cloth. You should wait at least 24 hours before you apply new tint to the window.
The “sweating” technique described below is especially recommended for rear windshields. Since “sweating” utilizes the natural heat of the sun, it should be done on sunny days when the temperature is above 60° F. You will need a clean, large black plastic sheet for the “sweating” process. Sheets that are perfect for this purpose are available on our website.
Clean the outside of the window thoroughly by spraying it with Auto Tint Rider window cleaner.
Spray the outside of the window again and spread the black plastic sheet over the window so that it completely covers the glass (if necessary, use more than one sheet).
Carefully trim the black plastic sheet to the precise size and shape of the window.
You are now ready to work on the inside of the window, so remove the trimmed plastic sheet.
Spray the inside surface of the window thoroughly with Auto Tint Rider Tint Remover solution.
While the glass is still wet, position the trimmed plastic sheet onto the inside surface of the window.
Carefully make sure that the plastic sheet is positioned to cover all areas of exposed film; use the palm of your hand to smooth away all of the bubbles.
Once your plastic sheet is smooth and properly positioned on the glass, move the vehicle into direct sunlight. Position the vehicle so that the targeted window receives optimal direct sunlight.
Close all doors and windows so that the interior of the vehicle gets as hot as possible. Wait at least 30 minutes for the tint remover solution to soak through the old film. (If direct sunlight is not possible, allow the tint remover solution to soak overnight.)
After waiting at least 30 minutes with the window in uninterrupted direct sunlight, you can test a corner: Pick at a corner with your fingernail or a clean razor blade. Slowly peel down the old film diagonally, making sure the black plastic sheet remains stuck to the old film. (You want the plastic sheet to remain intact so that heat is retained and moisture does not evaporate.) If the old film comes off easily, proceed to Step 11; if it does not, repeat Steps 7-10 until you achieve success. You can use the same black plastic sheet.
After you have successfully peeled off the old film, remove any residual adhesive by spraying liberally with Auto Tint Rider Tint Remover solution. Use a non-scratching nylon pad to rub off all excess adhesive. You can also use a clean razor to scrape away residual adhesive. Remember: NEVER use a razor blade on a rear windshield that is equipped with antenna or defroster wires.