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How To Remove Window Tint

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Window tinting is not a permanent process because the tint will wear out over time and become less effective. In order to make sure that you are enjoying maximum energy efficiency, UV protection, and privacy, you will need to replace your window tint on a regular basis. You can either hire professionals to remove and redo the window tint, or you can do it yourself. If you choose to do it yourself, here are the steps that you will need to follow.

1. Gather Your Materials

To remove your window tint, you are going to need a box of black trash bags, steel wool, and ammonia that has had nothing added to it. You will also need glass cleaner. All of these materials can be purchased at a hardware store.

Before starting the process, get a bucket and make a mixture of warm, soapy water.

2. Cut the Bags

First, cut the garbage bags into as many pieces as you have windows to remove tint from. Each of these bags should be slightly larger than the size of the window.

3. Cover the Windows

Next, you are going to need to cover the windows with warm, soapy water. You can either spray this water on or you can simply put a large amount in the center of the window and then spread it around with your hands. When the entire surface of the window and the tint is covered by water, take a trash bag piece and place it over the window. The water should cause it to stick. The garbage bag will trap the heat near the window and cause the tint to become less brittle, so you will be able to remove it in one large piece.

4. Wait

Wait for an hour, then pull back one of the corners of the bag and test the corner of the tint to see if you can easily remove it. If not, then, put some more soap on this corner of the window, replace the bag, and wait another hour. Continue doing this until the tint is loose enough to come off in large pieces. Once it is, remove as much of the tint as possible.

5. Clean Up

Next, take the steel wool and the ammonia and begin to remove any leftover adhesive. You can apply the ammonia directly to the steel wool. Scrub in small, tight circles in order to remove the adhesive as quickly as possible without scratching your window. When all of the adhesive is removed, use the glass cleaner to clean off the ammonia.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in window tints. To learn more, speak with a business like Pluma LLC.