If it has been a number of years since you had the windows in your vehicle tinted, there is a good chance that the tint has started to degrade and peel off. If you are ready to re-tint your windows, one way to save money is by removing the old tint yourself. That way, when you take it in, the shop will only have to worry about putting on new tint, and not taking off your old tint job.
The time that it will take for you to get rid of the old tint on your vehicle depends on how many windows you have the tint on. If all of your windows are covered with a layer of tint, it may take you an entire afternoon to remove all of it. However if only a couple of your windows have tinted film on them, it should only take you a couple of hours.
One of the best things about removing the tint from your vehicle is that you don't need any specialized tools. All of the tools you need to remove the tint from your vehicle you probably already have around your house. To remove the tint you'll need enough black plastic garbage bags to cover all of your windows with, paper towels, water, ammonia, window washing fluid, steel wool and a razor blade. If you don't have any of the items listed above, you can easily pick these items up at your local grocery store or department store.
Removing The Tint
The first thing you'll want to do is use the window washing fluid to clean all of your windows. This will make it easier for you to remove the tint. Once the windows are cleaned, you'll want to park your vehicle in the sunlight. The heat from the sun will help you remove the tint as well.
After the windows are washed, you'll want to line the outside of each window with a black plastic bag. To do this, you'll just want to spray some water on each of your windows, and then stick a black plastic trash bag to the outside of each window. The water will help hold the trash bag to your window, and the black plastic will help warm up the tint on your window and make it easier to remove. Let the plastic warm up the tint and adhesive for a few hours before you move on to the next step.
After a couple of hours, you'll want to spray some ammonia on the inside of your windows. You may want to lay out some blankets so you don't get the ammonia on the rest of your vehicle.
Then, you can start to peel the tint off your windows using your razor blade. Try to start at one corner of the window, and slowly work your way across the window. As the tint gets looser, you may be able to just pull it off without the assistance of the razor blade.
Finally, once the tint is removed, you'll want to get rid of any adhesive that is still sticking around. Just spray a little more ammonia onto your window and scrub away with your steel wool. The roughness of the steel wool should lift off any adhesive without damaging your window surface.
Once your windows are free of their old tint job, you can remove the black plastic from your vehicle. If the smell of ammonia is lingering around, you may also want to wash your windows again.
When you take your vehicle in to get new tinting at a place like Window Tinting Burlington, you'll end up shelling out less money since you already spent the time removing the old tint yourself.