How can I remove an old tint from my car windows?

I’m in the process of selling my car but the buyer wants the tint removed before purchasing. I agreed and know my local shop can remove it, but I was wondering if I could save some money and do it myself. How can I remove a tint from the windows?

I’m glad you already have a seller lined up! That’s the hardest part, so removing the tint will feel easy in comparison.
There are a few ways to remove tint from car windows.
If you own a fabric steamer, this process is very simple. Apply steam directly to the windows. After a few minutes, the adhesive should loosen and you can use your fingernail or a razor to peel the tint off. Once removed, there will likely be residue left behind that you can easily clean using a glass cleaner and soft cloth.
If you do not own a fabric steamer, you will need:
  • Ammonia spray
  • Soap
  • Black garbage bags
  • Sunny day
For the non-steamer method, do the following:
  • Spray soapy water on the outside of the window and cover using a garbage bag.
  • Next, spray the inside where the tint was applied with an ammonia solution.
  • Once applied, cover the inside using one of the garbage bags. The garbage bags and soapy water help heat the window and loosen the adhesive while the ammonia helps strip the adhesive.
  • After leaving the car in the sun with the bags on for a few hours, you should be able to peel the tint away using your fingernail or a razor.
One of the above methods should work, saving you the effort and money of having it removed professionally.
Once you have sold your car, don’t forget to remove the vehicle from your car insurance or cancel the policy if you no longer need it. If you have other vehicles, or if you’re planning on purchasing a new vehicle, you should download the Jerry app. Jerry can provide you with competitive quotes in under a minute from top providers like Nationwide and Allstate. The average Jerry driver saves $879 a year on car insurance!
Jack Walsh
Answered on Oct 22, 2021

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