You might have been excited to get your car tinted for the first time when you were 18 years old, but as with many things in life, the initial appeal wears off and you now want nothing more than getting rid of your tints. By and large, the durability of your tint film depends on its manufacturing quality, installation technique, and sunlight exposure.
As with anything, you get what you pay for. Car tints manufactured with inferior quality will rapidly deteriorate due to sun exposure and humidity, whereas top quality tinting products can last anywhere from 2-5 years+ when adequately maintained.
The greatest tell tale signs that indicate a need to remove or replace your tints will be your tints turning purple and/or signs of bubbling up. The purple hue comes as a result of non-metallic dyes in the film degrading, and any bubbling is indicative of the adhesive material degrading. The bubbles often begin with the presence of one small air packet, and this quickly leads way to many more.
Let's discuss some DIY techniques commonly used to remove your car's tint:
-Get hold of a fabric steamer, fill it with water, and begging steaming your car windows
-Several moments of steaming is all that is needed to melt the underlying adhesive, allowing the tint to easily peel off
-Make sure to continue steaming while you peel off the film. Finish up by wiping the remaining residue with a soft cloth and window cleaner
2. Soap, Newspaper, and Easy Off
-Using a sponge, apply detergent water to the window, and cover with a newspaper
-Leave this on for an hour, but as the paper begins to dry, reapply soapy water every so often to prolong the presence of moisture
-Use a flat edge to scrape off the top layer of the tint film with long strokes
-Continue repeating this process as long as necessary, and scrape off the tint with the flat head until every bit comes off
You may want to perform tint removal because you now regret your original decision, or you may be looking to sell your car to a more conservative car buyer. Whatever the reason, make sure you reach out to a professional window tint removal service. Tint removal is a task that should be left to the professionals. We service car makes and models of all kinds, work diligently, and offer a great value to our valued customers.