Posted By Vinyl Frog On May 01, 2023

How To Remove The Window Tint Glue?

How To Remove The Window Tint Glue?

Window tint is a popular customization option that adds an aura of mystery and glamor to the overall look of the vehicle. But when it is taken off, it leaves unsightly adhesive residue behind which needs to be cleaned. So how to remove the window tint glue?

You can remove the window tint glue by using a heat source such as a heat gun or hair dryer. You can also use chemical solvents to get a perfect job done. Let's see in detail the different methods of removing the leftover adhesive perfectly.

The Composition Of Window Tint Glue

Window tint glue is a clear, viscous liquid used to attach a tinted film to the surface of a window. It helps to hold the film in place and ensures that it adheres properly to the window. Once the glue dries, it creates a strong bond between the film and the glass.

How To Remove The Window Tint Glue?

Over time, the adhesive may become brittle or begin to break down, causing the tinted film to peel or bubble. In such cases, it becomes necessary to remove the film and the glue to replace it with a new tint or to restore the window to its original state.

Why Is It Difficult To Remove Window Tint Glue?

Window tint glue is designed to stick to the window surface and remain there for a long time. With the passage of time, the glue can become very hard and stubborn, making it difficult to remove.

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Secondly, it is designed to be resistant to water, heat, and other common solvents. This means that simply washing or wiping the glue off with a solvent may not be effective. The removal process can be time-consuming and require a lot of effort. It may involve using a combination of techniques such as scraping, heating, and chemical solvents to loosen and remove the glue from the window surface.

Finally, improper removal techniques can damage the window or leave behind a residue that is difficult to remove. Therefore, it's important to use the right tools and methods to remove the glue safely and effectively.

Things To Keep In Mind Before Removing The Tint Glue

Removing tint adhesive from a window can be a tricky and time-consuming task, and it's essential to approach it with care to avoid damaging the glass. Here are some things to keep in mind while removing tint glue from a window:

How To Remove The Window Tint Glue?
  • Protect yourself: Wear gloves and protective eyewear while working with the glue remover, scraper, and chemicals.
  • Test a small area: Before applying the glue remover to the entire window, test it on a small area to ensure that it doesn't damage the glass or the window frame.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area: Ensure that the area is airy to avoid inhaling fumes from the glue remover. Better do this task outside than in a closed garage with no windows.
  • Soften the glue: Do not try to scrape off the glue when it is hard. You might damage the glass of the window. Apply the glue remover or a homemade solution and let it sit for at least 15-20 minutes to soften the glue.
  • Be gentle: Use a plastic squeegee to gently scrape off the glue. Be careful not to scratch the glass and use a light touch to avoid damaging the window.
  • Remove all residue: Ensure that you remove all traces of glue residue to avoid issues with the new tint application.
  • Clean the window: After removing the glue, clean the window thoroughly with a glass cleaner to remove any remaining residue.
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By keeping these things in mind, you can safely and effectively remove window tint glue without damaging the glass or leaving any traces of residue.

Methods To Remove Window Tint Glue

There are a few different methods that can be used to remove the tint adhesive from a window. Here are some of the most common ones:

Applying Heat To The Window Tint Glue

Materials needed:

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How To Remove The Window Tint Glue?
  • Prepare the window by cleaning it thoroughly so that all dirt and debris are removed. Use warm soapy water as this will also loosen the adhesive a bit. Finally, wash with plain warm water.
  • Use a heat gun with a low setting and hold it about 4-5 inches away from the glue left behind. Apply heat for 2-3 minutes. Make sure to keep the heat gun moving to avoid overheating and damaging the glass.
  • Now use the warm water again with detergent to carefully and slowly wipe the window surface with a microfiber cloth to remove the glue.
  • For tough spots you can also use a plastic squeegee to scrape off the residue but be very gentle as we don’t want to scratch the glass.
  • Reapply heat if you think the glue is still hard then wipe. Repeat the process until the whole window is clean and there is no tint glue left behind.

Using Soap And Warm Water To Remove Window Tint Glue

Materials needed:

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  • Start by preparing the warm soapy water solution. Mix some dish soap into a bucket of warm water and stir until it's well-mixed.
  • Cover the door panel with plastic as we do not want water marks on it.
  • Wet the leftover tint glue on the window with the warm soapy water. You can also use a spray bottle or a cloth to apply the solution. Be sure to apply enough so that the entire area with glue residue is wet.
  • Let the soapy water sit for a few minutes, so it can soften the window tint glue. The amount of time required may vary depending on the type and age of the tint, but generally, 10-15 minutes is a good rule of thumb.
  • Use a plastic squeegee to scrape off the softened glue. Hold the squeegee at a slight angle and use light, even pressure to avoid damaging the glass. Be sure to work very gently to avoid scratching the glass.
  • Wipe the squeegee clean regularly with a microfiber towel or cloth to remove any glue residue.
  • Once all the glue is removed, rinse the window with clean water to remove any remaining traces of detergent. Dry the window with a towel or rag.
  • Repeat the process as necessary until all of the tint glue has been removed from the window.
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This is a safe and effective way to remove tint glue from a window without causing damage to the glass. However, it can be a time-consuming process, so be patient and work consistently to get the glue off.

Using Ammonia To Remove Window Tint Glue

Materials needed:

  • Ammonia
  • Warm water
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic Squeegee
  • Microfiber Towel
How To Remove The Window Tint Glue?
  • Park your car in sunlight. This will make the ammonia work faster.
  • Cover the surrounding part of your vehicle such as the door panel, dashboard and the seats so that they are not affected by ammonia. Use plastic sheets for this. 
  • Mix well a solution of ammonia and warm water in equal parts.
  • Spray the ammonia and water solution on the window tint glue and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to soften the glue. This will give the solution time to penetrate the glue and make it easier to remove.
  • Use a plastic squeegee to remove the softened glue. Be sure to use a light touch and a flat angle to avoid damaging the glass. Wipe the blade clean after every swipe with a towel or rag to remove any glue residue.
  • Rinse the window with clean water to remove any remaining solution. Dry it with a microfiber towel or cloth.
  • Repeat the process as necessary until all of the tint glue has been removed from the window.
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It is important to be careful when working with ammonia and to work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes. Also, be sure to protect your skin and eyes by wearing gloves and safety goggles.

Using Vinegar And Water To Remove Window Tint Glue

Materials needed:

  • White vinegar.
  • Spray bottle.
  • Plastic squeegee.
  • Microfiber towel.
How To Remove The Window Tint Glue?
  • Take some white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the window tint glue residue, making sure to cover the entire area.
  • Cover the surface with paper towel and spray more vinegar on it, 
  • Let the vinegar sit on the window for at least 10-15 minutes to soften the glue.
  • With a mixture of warm soapy water, clean the area. Then use a plastic squeegee to remove the softened glue. 
  • Rinse the window with clean water to remove any remaining soap. Dry the window with a microfiber towel.
  • Repeat the process as necessary until all of the tint glue has been removed from the window.
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Vinegar is a mild acid that can break down the glue, making it easier to remove. However, it is important to note that vinegar can etch glass if left on for too long, so be sure to rinse the window with clean water thoroughly after removing the tint glue.

Commercial Window Tint Glue Removers

There are a variety of commercial glue removers available on the market such as Goo Gone and WD40 that are designed specifically for removing tint glue from windows. These products usually come in a spray bottle or can. They are sprayed directly onto the glue residue. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for best results.

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Final Thoughts

It is not difficult to remove window tint glue, however you need to have time in your hands. There are several methods that can be used as we have mentioned above. Choose the one that best suits your budget and the condition of your glue after the tint has been removed. 

You will get perfectly clean windows without any trace of adhesive to enjoy an unhindered view. If you want to reapply the tint, visit Vinyl Frog online for a premium quality, amazing variety of window tints in different VLT percentages.

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