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Old 10-24-2010, 08:37 PM
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Old Plastic Purple Window Tint

New to this site so bare with me.....I have multiple windows that have the old, ugly, plastic, purple, window tint that baked in the hot South Texas sun for two years. The tint is bubbled, cracked, sharp, and TOTALLY STUCK. I need to get it off. I have tried vinegar, amnonia, soapy water, brake fluid, carb cleaner, and several other things with a razor scrapper to get the stuff off. The only thing I accomplished was getting very cramped fingers, a stiff back and window tint pieces stuck to me.

Is there any hope of getting that junk off? If I can just get the tint off I will worry about the adhesive later.

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I would think a heat gun would be the next thing I would try at this point. I haven't seen anything on glass that a straight edge razor wouldn't slide under to remove.

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Sounds like the tint is really deteriorated.

Ammonia is the solvent that will release the glue.
I'd tape a piece of plastic to the tint side of the window,
leaving the top loose, and gently pour some ammonia down
into the area between the plastic and window. Then seal the
top, and wait for about half an hour. This allows the ammonia
to soften the glue so it can be scraped off the glass...
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Sounds like the tint is really deteriorated.

Ammonia is the solvent that will release the glue.
I'd tape a piece of plastic to the tint side of the window,
leaving the top loose, and gently pour some ammonia down
into the area between the plastic and window. Then seal the
top, and wait for about half an hour. This allows the ammonia
to soften the glue so it can be scraped off the glass...
X2 on this. And i have done the same thing with soapy water same process but either way you have to cover the area that you are removing the tint with a trash bag or something and after you have soaked it with the soap or placed the ammonia inside walk away and leave it for 1 to 2 hrs and then come back and try it. Has worked for me anyway. And the heat gun works good also.


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Its been a while but lacquer thinner or reducer works. Usuually you can pull the tint off in strips.. once thats off use a soaked rag and soften the glue scrape it off right away with a razor before it drys up and do a small spot at a time...its a nasty job and I never found an ez way to do it...besides having someone else do it..
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If you use razor blades, be sure they're sharp and replace them often as they dull or you'll end up w/some badly marred windows.

I was told years ago to use Windex w/a capful or two of dish soap added to it. Work in the shade or cool weather- the surfactant has to remain wet to work. Covering w/plastic wrap or thin trashbag material works well.

I'd use a lot of towels to keep the Windex off of the door panels and upholstery.
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Ive found it helps to wet paper towels with the ammonia, stick them to the glass and then cover with a black plastic bag and let the sun beat on it. The paper towels keep the area evenly moist. Watch out for vapors, the ammonia gets pretty bad in a closed area.
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