How to Remove Window Tint Glue

How to Remove Window Tint Glue

Replacing old tint glue is a common automotive and household repair. With advancements in window tinting, longer-lasting films have replaced the old-style glue that used to turn purple. Removing old glue isn’t difficult. But it requires patience as well as time. Today, we will show you how to remove window tint glue using simple steps. 

First, Why Should You Remove Window Tint Glue?

Bubbling is a problem even in well-tinted windows. After some time, you’ll notice bubbles all over your window film that’ll make it look ugly. This usually occurs when there’s an unequal glue layer applied. While one can try peeling off these bubbles, doing that will end up worsening things. An effective solution is removing the whole tint.


Once non-metallic dyes start breaking down, your window tint will turn purple. When this happens, it means that your tint can no longer block Ultraviolet rays. Unfortunately, since this can’t be repaired, your only option is removing the old tint.

Removing Window Tint Glue with Ammonia

This is an excellent way of removing window tint glue as ammonia softens the adhesive making it easy to remove tint. You’ll need;

  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • One-sided razorblade
  • Towel
  • Glue cleaner

Once you have these tools in place, follow these steps.

Step 1: Spray ammonia-based cleaner inside your window until it is well-saturated. Well, ammonia cleaners usually shouldn’t be used inside windows that are tinted as they detach the film from the window glass. But, in this case, ammonia will help dissolve the adhesive so ensure that you use a high amount to help with dissolving.

Step 2: Find the glass edge and run a razor between it and the film. Make sure that you spray that area as it’ll help them separate. Experts advise 2 inches of separation around all glass edges to get a good grip. Note that the window film will come off in small silvers. You’ll need a section of it that you’ll pull and spray to remove the whole film layer. Once you pull off this film layer, you’ll be left with a layer of glue that has bonded to your window glass.

Step 3: After, spray glue cleaner into the glue layer left. Then use a towel for rubbing the adhesive into streaks. Then spray more glue cleaner in that area. You’ll eventually be left with a small glob of glue in a single patch that you can scrap-off using your razor blade. If several globs occur, we advise that you use a towel for applying friction as this saves time compared to scraping your window with a razorblade alone.

Step 4: Once again clean using the ammonia-based cleaner to restore your window to a pre-tint state.

You can add heat as it helps soften the adhesive. Also, ensure that your working area is well-ventilated and that you wear protective gear when handling chemicals. Additionally, if you don’t want to use chemicals, one can remove glue residue by scrubbing with hot soapy water.
Final Thoughts

If this DIY task is too involving, you can hire a professional. This will save you a lot of time and hard work but be prepared to pay them.

Now, tinting windows has various benefits. Not only does it offer you privacy but it also protects you from harmful UV rays. If you’re thinking about tinting your windows in New York, NY Window Tinting is here for you. Our experts have many years of experience in this field and we prioritize customer satisfaction. Call us today for residential window tint, car window tint, or commercial window tint