How To Remove Car Tint Completely In 5 Different Ways

How To Remove Car Tint Completely In 5 Different Ways

April 15, 2021 1 By onroadtips

There are different reasons that make you want to remove the tint from your car windows: you don’t like it anymore, it’s bubbly, or the tint has discolored. Regardless, removing the car tint can be frustrating, time-consuming, and tricky, which is why you need to carefully find out how to remove car tint before you do anything. In fact, there are 5 ways to do this, go through this post and choose the perfect method for you.

How To Remove Car Tint
How To Remove Car Tint Completely In 5 Different Ways

Prepare your car

Most people only remember to buy all the tools and equipment needed to take the tint off but forget that the car must be prepared too. So, before getting to how to remove tint from a car, let’s take a look at what you should do with the car in preparation for removing the tint.

Specifically, if there are decals or stickers on the car windows, you have to remove all of them first. Otherwise, it will be much harder to take off the tint.

Apart from that, you need an extension cord in your proximity in case you have to plug a tool in, like a steamer or hairdryer. Also, ensure the cord is long enough for you to reach the interior of the car, which is especially important if there are tints on the window’s interior.

Last but not least, if the removing process involves ammonia and/or heat, remember to open the sunroof or the windows you aren’t working on.

In terms of the required tools for the removing process, Onroadtips will list in detail in each method.

How To Remove Car Tint
Remove all decals and stickers from the tint

Method 1: How to remove car window tint with a heat gun or hairdryer

What you need

  • A working hairdryer or a heat gun
  • A clean towel
  • Cleaner
How To Remove Car Tint
Removing car tint with a hairdryer or a heat gun


  • Step 1: Take the hairdryer/heat gun and hold it about 2 inches from the window. Then, run the hairdryer/heat gun on high until the glue melts so that you can pry the edge of the tint up with your fingernail.
  • Step 2: Now, angle the hairdryer/heat gun to make it hit where the window and the film meet then peel the tint slowly.
  • Step 3: Rub the adhesive with the clean towel. You can use the hairdryer/heat gun to soften the glue if necessary.
  • Step 4: After removing the glue, use the cleaner to wash the windows.

Method 2: How to remove car tint film by steam cleaning

This is probably the best way to remove car tint from the car’s windows. By steaming the windows, you will melt the glue and the car tint will come off itself with just a little glue left to clean.

What you need

  • A handheld upholstery or clothing steamer
  • A straight razor
  • Cleaner
  • A clean microfiber cloth
  • A non-scratch pad
Using a steamer to remove the tint
Using a steamer to remove the tint


  • Step 1: Roll the car window down by ¼ inch and crack it a little bit so you can reach the top edge of the tint.
  • Step 2: Steam the inside and outside of the windows while holding the tool 1-2 inches from the window and steam of outside first then the inside. Try do distribute the heat evenly.
  • Step 3: Lift the edge of the tint up using the razor. If you cannot lift up the corner of the tint, steam it more and try again.
  • Step 4: Slowly peel off the tint as you keep applying the steam. Do not peel quickly because the tint will tear, making the process much harder.
  • Step 5: Use cleaner to remove the remaining adhesive. Mix the cleaner with water in a spray bottle then apply it on the window and scrub the glue using a non-scratch pad.

Be careful with the razor, though, if you use too much force, it can scratch the glass. If somehow the glass, like the windshield, is still damaged, you need to assess the situation and consider replacing the windshield if necessary.

Method 3: How to remove car tint DIY by solar peeling

This method is perfect for a warm, sunny day and if there’s space to park the car outside. Also, if you are wondering how to remove car tint without damaging defroster, here is your answer.

What you need

  • Two black plastic bags cut into the shape of your car windows
  • A spray bottle containing soapy water
  • A spray bottle containing ammonia
  • A non-metallic scraper
  • Tarp
leave the car in sunlight
Leave the car under the sun for a while


  • Step 1: First of all, you need to spray the soapy water on the outside of the window and use one of the bags to cover it. Smooth out the bag until it’s flat.
  • Step 2: Use tarp to cover all the interior surfaces to protect them.
  • Step 3: Now, spray ammonia on the interior of the window and cover it with the other bag quickly before the ammonia dries.
  • Step 4: Leave the window under the sun for 20 minutes or longer then remove the bags.
  • Step 5: Lift up a corner of the tint then peel it gently, spray ammonia on it to keep it moist.
  • Step 6: Remove the remaining tint with the scraper.

Method 4: How to remove car tint easily using newspapers

What you need

  • Old newspapers
  • Soapy water
using old newspapers to remove car tint
Old newspapers can be used to remove car tints as well


  • Step 1: Use hot, soapy water to wet the tint film and cover it in newspapers.
  • Step 2: Let it soak in sunlight for at least one hour and add more soapy water once every 20 minutes.
  • Step 3: Carefully scrape the tint with long strokes.

Method 5: How to remove car tints by peeling and soaking

What you need

  • Soapy water
  • A razor blade
remove a car tint by scrubbing and peeling
Soaking and peeling


This method is very simple and suitable for small areas. All you have to do is cutting an edge of the tint using the razor blade then peeling the film.

As the tint is off, spray soapy water on the area and scrape the glue.

Lastly, apply glass cleaner.

How to remove the remaining glue

Using alcohol

To be exact, use 90% isopropyl alcohol. If you need to clean small spots, put some alcohol on a rag and wipe, if you need to clean larger areas, put the alcohol in a spray bottle.

remove the remaining glue with nail polish
Remove the remaining glue with nail polish

Nail polish remover

Use nail polish remover, elbow grease, and a microfiber cloth to get rid of the glue.


If the environment is hot, you can apply some hot soapy water on the window and scrape off the glue.

To sum up, depending on the type of tint used on your car and what other conditions, there are 5 different ways as to how to remove car tint. However, no matter what method you decide to go with, remember to be patient and remove the tint slowly or you can tear it and make the job more tricky. We hope this maintenance post has helped you neatly remove the tint from your car windows.