Step 2: Prep

Steps for removing tinting:
1) Run an extension cord out to your car with plenty left over to reach inside.
2) Fill the steamer up with water, plug it in, and start it steaming (it takes a few sec. to get hot)
3) Open the moon roof, and windows of the car (to let steam out)
4) Turn on your stereo & crack open a beer

Removing stickers and other things you don't want on your windows:
Follow the same steps as above and in the following steps. The key difference will be longer steaming and more scraping with your fingernail. I still do not recommend using a razorblade, but it is up to you.
a steamer is a good idea. I have always used a heat gun (cheap at harbor freight) on the outside of the glass while removing the sheet slowly from the inside, but that requires a second set of hands for the rear window. Also, for those little spots of glue, some 000 steel wool from the hardware store and a spritz of simple green work wonders without scratching the glass.
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<p>Worked perfectly!!! After getting the tint off, I used Goo Gone and Goof Off to rub off the last bits glue. It took me under 2 hours to get my whole windshield off, which is NOTHING compared to what my friend went through when she used chemicals.</p>
<p>These instructions worked amazingly!!! After pealing off the tint, I used Goo Gone and Goof Off to get the last bits of glue that were still stuck to the glass.</p>
<p>Much obliged to you so much, this worked amazingly well. Steamers are more extravagant in Australia yet regardless I figured out how to escape with under $150. The tint was on the Rav 4 when we purchased it..and one window had gone somewhat overcast and ripply.</p>
<p>If you <em>are</em> left with glue and don't wanna steam it off, an easy way to dissolve it is...drumroll...</p><p><strong>Eucalyptus oil!</strong></p><p>True story.</p>
<p>Went to Walmart and <br>purchased the only (CRAPPY) steamer they had. The steam method works very <br>well, even with the crappy steamer. The film comes in two layers and being that my steamer was not strong, I had to repeat the steaming process in some areas. There <br>was glue left behind. ( I was working <br>on my back window with <br>the defroster) I found that wetting dryer sheets with ammonia and placing <br>them on the window to soak works well to get those little pieces of unreachable <br>tint at the bottom of back window as well as the residual glue. Using a plastic &quot;razor&rdquo;, (that came with <br>my glass top stove); I removed the little pieces of tint. I waited about 10 mins and grabbed one dryer <br>sheet at a time, starting wiping until all the dryer sheets and adhesive were <br>removed. I then just used a damp washrag <br>and dried to a beautiful shine. For <br>those who live in &quot;love bug country&quot; use the same method for your <br>affected areas, replacing ammonia with DAWN and wet DS with water...let soak <br>and LB will come off. Been using this <br>method for years and saves time and money! <br>:)</p>
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<p>I retired from a shop that worked with Plexiglas and polycarbonite, both come with a thin sheet of paper adhered to the surface of the plex with an adhesive, both sides, for protection. If the sheet was exposed to long term sun or was very old, the paper seemed to become &quot;one&quot; with the plexi. We used a heat gun to soften the adhesive, this made the paper removal very simple. Just get a corner started, enough to grab, slightly heat an area behind this corner and start to apply pulling pressure, coordinate with the heat gun and pulling, don't be burning the fingers with the heat gun, pay attention and it will gently release. Worked for me for 30 years. Good Luck. Have not tried it with after market window tint yet, but same principle.</p>
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Hi, I just wanted to say thank you so much for this instructable! I just bought a new to me 1998 Subaru Outback, which is a lovely car, but had terrible, terrible tint film on the windows! 'Had' is the key word here, thanks to your instructions, I was able to remove all of the bubbled, torn tint off of the windows this afternoon! The steamer worked like a charm... a few of the windows were so badly bubbled and the removal on those left a lot of glue behind, I found good old 'Goof-Off' worked perfectly for removing that residue. Tip, put the goof-off on a cotton ball (not on a paper towel or regular towel), rub it around, then wipe it off with a regular towel right away before it dries. Using the cotton ball keeps from wasting the goof-off, it just soaks into a towel... and there was a limited amount available for me to 'borrow' from my husband's workshop! Anyway, thank you so much, you have made me very happy today! My windows look great!
I recently came across you blog while searching on the internet on how to remove window tint. I bought a used Infiniti which had dark tint on all windows. It was difficult to see out of the driver and passenger side windows at night. I took you instructions and used a steamer I had - got the tint on the driver's side out in about 20 minutes. On the passenger side, I started the removal and cut slits at about 4&quot; across the tint - this helped me to get the tint out in about 5 minutes. Glue was left over on both sides. Tried goof off and lacquer thinner - both were messy. Then just used the steamer to heat the glue and wiped it off!
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Thanks for sharing. Your tips are so helpful. We bought my sister's car from a nice old Russian man. The windows are super dark. I'm not sure if they are street legal, it sure makes driving at night hard. Now I know what to do with the <a href="http://www.reflectech.ca/products/tinting/" rel="nofollow">window tinting</a>.
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Works like a charm! Can't say that this works perfectly, or on all <a href="http://www.reflectech.ca/products/tinting/" rel="nofollow">window tinting</a>, but It get's the job done cheaper than anywhere else.
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Thank you so much for showing viewers how to remove <a href="http://www.reflectech.ca/products/tinting/" rel="nofollow">window tinting</a>. I have been researching how to do this for a long time. I got the tinting when I was in college, but I'm tired of it now. Thank you for your help!
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I really need to try this with my truck. It is so old that the tinting on the windows has really gotten quite sad looking. Then all I have to do is find experts on <a href="http://audiotintproz.com/windowtint.html" rel="nofollow">car tinting in San Diego</a> to put new tints on them. How long should window tints usually last?
I did a <a href="http://www.reflectech.ca/products/tinting/" rel="nofollow">window tinting</a> job on my own, and it looks terrible. I'll definitely be removing it this weekend. I'll probably end up taking it to a professional <a href="http://www.reflectech.ca/products/tinting/" rel="nofollow">window tinting</a> company and having done so that it at least looks good. Thanks for the information!
Great humor in the instructions. Apologies to all of you who ran out and purchased a steamer. I was able to remove my tint from the front driver and passenger windows with a hot air hair dryer kindly &quot;donated&quot; by my spouse. No water mess required. I had a few small patches of glue which I removed with some adhesive solvent.
well yeah..I did think about a hair dryer, but I wanted the steamer for other things...wondered if the moist heat would be better..guess you are saying it didn't matter.
Can we use a heat gun used to remove paint?
I wouldn't. The steam is a little more gentle...I think the heat gun would crack the glass <br>
Thank you so much, this worked amazingly well. Steamers are more expensive in Australia but I still managed to get away with under $50. The tint was on the Rav 4 when we bought it..and one window had gone a little cloudy and ripply. Now...they are all like that and you have to drive with the windows down when turning corners so you can see...very dangerous. So I followed the above and have removed the tint from the worst window. Will encourage my husband to get involved and do the rest cos its his car. Did find some residue glue...cleaned up with eucalyptus oil..the water soluble type.
We also got stopped for illegal tinting even though it was on there when we bought the truck. It has started bubbling and has become impossible to see through. I am going to attempt this tomorrow with my clothes steamer. <br>
Thanks for the tip. I will have to remove mine tomorrow. Got a ticket today for &quot;illegal window tinting&quot; on front driver and passenger side. In texas 25 is the lowest you can go, mine was 7. It was on the windows when I bought the truck 6 months ago. Had no idea they were illegal. Thanks again.
Thanks for your help on removing my <a href="http://www.reflectech.ca/products/tinting/" rel="nofollow">window tinting</a>. My car got passed down from brother to brother and by the time it got to me, the tint had started to peel off. I wanted to pull it up, but I didn't know if that would be bad or not. Thanks again for the help!
Great instructable! I am considering getting <a href="http://www.reflectech.ca/products/tinting/" rel="nofollow">window tinting</a> on my car and my brother wants to get his removed. I will have to send this to him.
Love the humor in the post...I just called a local &quot;Shaders&quot; store to get an estimate to remove two door windows and the two side rear windows in my Jeep Wrangler.................due to dog slobber and the use of window cleaners...........my tinted windows are now almost opaque..........they want $75.00 for the four windows..........I'm going to try this process this weekend!!
Thanks for the information personally I use razor blade scraper and denature alcohol to remove the <a href="http://www.idsketch.com/sticker-printing/car-window-stickers.asp" rel="nofollow">car window stickers</a> from my car but now I will try your method next time thanks once again.
Can I use a steamer in the winter or will it crack my windows. The garage mechanic took it of off my sons car but left the glue on it. I used Mean Green and it came off so easy.
can you use a steam cleaner instead of a clothes steamer?
I had a very tough and long time removing the film from my rear window (many hours). The film was hazy to see through and had bubbles in it due to age; perhaps this and the defroster lines made it harder to remove film in large amounts (I had no problems with a side window).<br><br>- if going to steam, I suggest using a strong steamer that can deliver steam continuously (mine was small and weak and could not do this)<br>- it was easier for me to lift and pull the film with tweezers than with my hand<br>- for my situation it was quicker to use a hair dryer and use more force with the tweezers. The glue was left behind and it was easily removed with ammonia/adhesive removing product
This worked like a charm. If you are working on any window but the rear and go a bit too fast and leave adhesive behind, no worries. get a straight edge razor blade and steam the glue, simply scrape up the glue and wipe it on a paper towel. if you got the adhesive steamy enough it'll come off with no problem.
I was so cheap, I used a hot iron turned up all the way with the steam put on max. A little more awkward but it worked.<br><br>Your handheld steamer is a better option.
Defiantly going to try this out, sounds better then the windex and steel wool that the detail shop uses
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You are my hero!<br><br>I picked up a new (old) driver's side door for my poor, wrecked car from the junkyard today, and brought it home to find old, grody tint all over the window once I rolled it up. Since I'm fortunate (?) enough to have the door currently sitting on my living room floor and not attached to a vehicle outside, steaming off the tint with my iron worked like a charm, and it only took about 15 minutes tops (and not even half a beer).<br><br>Oh, and I didn't bother removing the panel, just gave the sheet of tinting a good tug once I reached the bottom of the window, and it all came right off. Probably again because it's old, so YMMV.<br><br>Thanks for the instructable!
You deserve the Nobel Prize for something. I've hated the tint on the back window of the car we bought 2 years ago - impossible to see through it at night. I used the large steamer on wheels that was given to me as a gift years ago and never used until today. It was so easy and there was no glue residue. THANK YOU!!
thanks for this post. I followed it, rather loosely, and it was a success! I bought a six pack of an Avery holiday release and was finished during my second beer, so now i'm tasked with finding a new project and finishing the rest.<br><br>I didn't have a clothes steamer but had an iron with the steaming capabilities which worked.<br><br>thanks!
Im not sure why you would want to do this. can someone explain, please?
You get a ticket in california if your windows ANY of your front windows are tinted. The 3 in the back are ok just not driver and passenger side... $175 EVEN IF YOU BOUGHT IT LIKE THAT!!!
i just got a fix-it ticket in CA for my front 2 windows. $25 + Proof of correction. Not $175.
True that!!! I am on this forum for that very reason. :( Stupid law.
$250 in Chicago.

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