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Old 03-13-2019, 02:46 PM
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I have aftermarket tint on a 2005 honda civic of course its bubbled because its the rear window. Anyone here removed this and not damaged the rear defrost? AKA not used razor blades?

Ive read about people wetting a black garbage bag and sticking it to inside the window for a few hours in the sun to warm it up.

Or is this something a tint shop would be better equipped to do? Maybe there is a chemical I can get?


Im thinking about just replacing it with a proper window that is built in tint as well, wonder what that would cost.


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I suggest you pm xtrac1 . He is a regular here and owns a top notch tint shop. He has removed a few shotty tint jobs over the years. He is highly recommended!
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That's true. He's also worked for Gordon Murray to help with chassis development and tint installations on the old Macca factory. xtrac1 pls halp
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I think i read using steam will help get them off.
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Trash bag is the only way to go. Steam works but trash bag is easier. Hopefully you strip both the clear and dyed layers together. If the dyed layer is left behind youíre fucked. Only way then is to slowly pick at it while using steam. That layer is thin as hell and itíll tear into small strips. It could take an hour. It could take 8 hours. It depends. Or you can tint a new film onto the leftovers, let it dry, then trash bag and try again. Hopefully that sticks to the old dyed layer and comes off clean. Then youíll have leftover glue. Use a liberal amount of simple green and 0000 steel wool. Donít apply too much pressure or youíll leave swirl scratches on the glass. When all the glue is off, clean it with windex and youíre done.

Yes, just pay a shop.
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Noobs, use the steam function on clothes iron. Turn the iron on, let it warm up, get really close to the tint (don't worry even if you accidentally bump it, it won't instantly melt), press the steam feature and remove tint. Start at a corner. This will lift the glue off the window with the tint. You can have that done in about 10-15 minutes. Just take your time, use lots of steam and do small sections.
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Noobs, use the steam function on clothes iron. Turn the iron on, let it warm up, get really close to the tint (don't worry even if you accidentally bump it, it won't instantly melt), press the steam feature and remove tint. Start at a corner. This will lift the glue off the window with the tint. You can have that done in about 10-15 minutes. Just take your time, use lots of steam and do small sections.
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I suggest you pm xtrac1 . He is a regular here and owns a top notch tint shop. He has removed a few shotty tint jobs over the years. He is highly recommended!
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That's true. He's also worked for Gordon Murray to help with chassis development and tint installations on the old Macca factory. xtrac1 pls halp







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Iím friends with a tint guy. He told me years ago to mix a warm soapy water spray bottle, spray the tint down, and do the black trash bag deal for a few hours. If you have pieces that still stick, repeat. Pick a hot/warm day, direct sunlight, etc.

It worked like a charm for me, came off with ease, but the tint on my civic was in even worse condition than yours.
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Details on removing very old tint where the glue is basically now hard plastic? I've used trash bag on the outside and ammonia on the tint/glue remnants and it's very very slow progress.
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Just get off whatever you can by peeling, scraping (razor blade and using proper, considerate angles). The biggest issue I ran into when removing the tint from the front windshield of my EM1 when I purchased the car was the ******* adhesive. I tried everything and eventually stumbled on that chemical. Use that chemical on it, comes right off. Can't remember the name right now, but it's like the nail polish remover main chemical. Worked wonders on the adhesive. But I'm not sure it would remove physical pieces of tint, if you are having issues with that specifically. Also, you have more of a challenge since the rear defroster is in the way, if you're concerned with retaining its function.

Also PSA to others, I'd advise against tinting your front windshield.
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Oh yes it's Acetone. Get you a jug of that at hardware store. It just melts away the tint adhesive residue. Just need plenty of towels ready for removing the **** as once the towel gets gummed up it become ineffective, and be sure to cover up any interior trim/plastic/seats/etc as the Acetone can be pretty harsh on things you don't want it being harsh on.

Just put your towel over the opening of the Acetone jug, and turn jug upside down to saturate that portion of the towel, then soak/rub on the problem spots. It will melt away the tint adhesive. It may take some time, but I have found nothing more effective. I was nearly ready to rip out the windshield and replace it with a new one before I found out about how good Acetone is at removing left over tint adhesive.

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Great replies, thanks. When I take this on in a few weeks ill take pics and report back on difficulty lol.
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Umad?
Of course. I generally dont look at threads that i
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Steamer and use a razor blade on the corner just enough to grab it by your finger. Apply steam while pulling the tint off by your hand. Where thick good gloves to protect your hand from the heat of the steamer.

You use razor blade to scrape off the glue you damage the heating elements. This is why steaming is the best way to get tint off.
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tint still looks like its holding well, just a steamer would probably do but do take your time and reapply the steamer in order to not have smaller pieces stuck to the windhshield.
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OP, I’ll buy that tint off you if you get it off in one piece. trying to tint the rear window on my 2003 but I’m low on cash right now
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Clothes steamer will take it off instantly

took my dad's off in like 10 minutes
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Just get off whatever you can by peeling, scraping (razor blade and using proper, considerate angles). The biggest issue I ran into when removing the tint from the front windshield of my EM1 when I purchased the car was the ******* adhesive. I tried everything and eventually stumbled on that chemical. Use that chemical on it, comes right off. Can't remember the name right now, but it's like the nail polish remover main chemical. Worked wonders on the adhesive. But I'm not sure it would remove physical pieces of tint, if you are having issues with that specifically. Also, you have more of a challenge since the rear defroster is in the way, if you're concerned with retaining its function.

Also PSA to others, I'd advise against tinting your front windshield.
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Steamer and use a razor blade on the corner just enough to grab it by your finger. Apply steam while pulling the tint off by your hand. Where thick good gloves to protect your hand from the heat of the steamer.

You use razor blade to scrape off the glue you damage the heating elements. This is why steaming is the best way to get tint off.

Do not follow these guys advice. That rear defroster will never work again if you put a razor up against it.
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Leave your keys in the car and let it idle at 7-11 for thirty (30) minutes. Let someone steal your car, buy a new on with insurance $$$, then buy a new car without tint.
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I think i read using steam will help get them off.
yep...a good o' clothes steamer does the trick. DO NOT APPLY HEAT...such as a heat gun. It will just make removal harder than it should.

Had to remove the shitty window tint in my old Infiniti G20.
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