How do you remove window tint ???

The tint on the side windows of the 60 series L/C has gone "blurry" and I want to remove it. ( It`s been there 25 years so I can`t complain)
I haven`t tried any method yet, I thought I would ask here to see if there is someone who may know how.
Some window tinting firms advertise "removal and re tint" but me being a bit of a scrooge would like to try and remove it myself .

Thanks for any suggestions,

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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:36

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:36
Fllow the link tint dude http://www.tintdude.com/remove.html

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:41

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:41
If your going to get it retinted your best to let them remove the old tint.
They can do it very easy, it's only rear windows with demisters take extra time.
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Reply By: Members Paul and Melissa (VIC) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:49

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:49
i just peeled the last lot off that i wanted to replace but sometimes it wont come off that easy. then i cleaned the glue off with thinners then cleaned the glass with metho and water. being that age it is probably that dyed purplish stuff which can be a pig to get off. try peelling/soaking/heat gunning it off on one of the rear windows so if it turns to the proverbial it wont obscure your front window view until you find a method.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:02

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:02
Thanks Paul,
I`ts just the two front/side windows so I reckon I`ll have a go.

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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:59

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 20:59
Thanks Rob,
My intention is to leave them un-tinted for the time being.
Both the windscreen and back window have been replaced during recent years and are not tinted, there is no rear seat so I realy only need do the passenger and drivers side front windows.

The info in your link looks ok but may be a bit messy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:30

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:30
That dosent sound to messy to me.
may be doing the rear window is with a demister

Removing tint from side windows

Soaking is not nessesary here. You may want to use a simple razorblade holder. Cut a notch onto the upper area of the film so that you have a piece to pull. Try to peel the film, it will probably come off in two or three pieces. Spray the remaining adhesive with soapy water, and scrape the adhesive off with a razor blade, avoiding the edges of the glass until last to keep the blade sharp. You may need to use a few blades as they dull quickly. Finish up with window cleaner and paper towels. Inspect for missed glue (its clear and hard to see)
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Reply By: Member - Jon R (WA) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:11

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:11
Hi Scrubby
Get some glad warp and place it over the tinted window - but WET the window with soapy water (use a spray bottle). Leave it for a short while - then start peeling

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:32

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:32
Thanks JR, I`ve got a couple of methods to try now.

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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:26

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:26
Scrubby, I took a vehicle to a window tint guy to get some old stuff taken off and new stuff put on.
While I was there, he came out with a razor blade scraper and whizz bang, all the old bubbly stuff was off and the new stuff was on.
He said the secret was a very sharp razor blade.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:35

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:35
Thanks Dave,

I wont be trying anything until the weather cools down a bit.

Strawb said it might help a bit if I cleaned my glasses. LOL

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Follow Up By: Blaze (Berri) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 00:56

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 00:56
Scrubby just park it in South Melbourne, and when u return you can have 2 new windows replaced under insurance with tint already applied LOLOLOLOLOL

Geeeze mate don't go and do it though I'm only jokin LOL


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Follow Up By: signman - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:34

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:34
Scrubby
It may be best to do the job while the material is warm. It is far more flexible then, and will peel off in bigger pieces. If you wait til its cool, it will be more 'brittle'.

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Reply By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:46

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:46
G'day Scrubby,

I took all the old tint off the troopy some while ago and had new tint put on.

It really was easy, use a hairdryer and start in a corner. Heat and peel slowly comes off a treat. Use metho or white spirits to clean residue glue off and clean with soap and water.

Hope this helps.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:57

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 21:57
Thanks Michael,

Gee the response has been great, I`ve got that many methods to try I`m going to run out of windows. LOL

Great site with great people,

Thanks Again.

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Follow Up By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 14:01

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 14:01
Another vote for this method.

Hair dryer softens the tint plus the glue. If you just rip it off you still have the glue to contend with which is 'orrible. working slowly with a hair dryer takes it all off in one go.

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Reply By: Member - Stuart P (WA) - Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 23:46

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 23:46
castrol degreaser works reasonably well
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Reply By: brushmarx - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:30

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:30
If you try all the above methods with limited success, as we tried on an old Saab, the only thing that worked for us was spraying the film with Windex, let it soak, and scrape it off if there are no demister wires in the way.
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