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    A recent encounter with old packing tape against the inside of one of my non-factory tinted windows has left a horrible gluey substance smeared on the tint.

    Anyone have any recommendations for cleaning the tint surface, and for removing glue like substances? Metho? Eucalyptus oil?

    Concerns about the tint adhesive being affected?

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    Better yet... how do you get that stupid tint stuff off altogether?

    Ought to be banned...

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    Ray tints rock... they keep u cooler in summer and hidden from the ex girlfriend!!!

    There's a tint cleaning product that Armoral make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell
    Better yet... how do you get that stupid tint stuff off altogether?

    Ought to be banned...

    you need a razor blade, acetone and patience

    been there done that a few times

    tint is good so long as it isn't the cheap stuff that bubbles up
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    Quote Originally Posted by pugrambo
    you need a razor blade, acetone and patience

    been there done that a few times

    tint is good so long as it isn't the cheap stuff that bubbles up
    That sounds like a 'Rambo' approach

    N5GTi6 only wants to remove some tape glue not the tint!!! try Prepsol (wax and grease remover) soft cotton rag, should be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N5GTi6
    A recent encounter with old packing tape against the inside of one of my non-factory tinted windows has left a horrible gluey substance smeared on the tint.

    Anyone have any recommendations for cleaning the tint surface, and for removing glue like substances? Metho? Eucalyptus oil?

    Concerns about the tint adhesive being affected?

    Cheers
    You won't want to yuse Metho or anything like that, it is too potent and could seriously damage the tint.

    I think it's better to be safe than sorry, particularly when it comes to window tint. I say use a bit of patience and some wax or goo remover (in small amounts). I'd spray a bit of wax/goo remover onto a soft cloth and gently rub it into the gluey substance. It might take a while, but it will come off without damaging your tint!
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    Quote Originally Posted by N5GTi6
    A recent encounter with old packing tape against the inside of one of my non-factory tinted windows has left a horrible gluey substance smeared on the tint.

    Anyone have any recommendations for cleaning the tint surface, and for removing glue like substances? Metho? Eucalyptus oil?

    Concerns about the tint adhesive being affected?

    Cheers
    Howz it going champ..... dont know if u already got the gluey stuff off but here is my tip of the day...........
    Dont use anything that contains amonia... thats a no no... try to use somthing that is alchol based.... Just try to use some soupy water, u can use dishwashing liquid mixed with water....
    Cheers.... hope i can help....

    And the easiest way to remove tint is with a steamer.... then glue remover....
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    i know eucalyptus oil works great on Goo.. but mite attack the tint...

    Ensure you NEVER use any glass cleaner with Ammonia on ur tints, the Maguires stuff is real good.. try that?

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    And to get back to the more logical question...

    How on earth do you get the stuff off altogether? I mean I want to rid myself of this curse forever... and I don't mean with razorblade either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N5GTi6
    A recent encounter with old packing tape against the inside of one of my non-factory tinted windows has left a horrible gluey substance smeared on the tint.

    Anyone have any recommendations for cleaning the tint surface, and for removing glue like substances? Metho? Eucalyptus oil?

    Concerns about the tint adhesive being affected?

    Cheers
    Hi N5GTi6, I would not recommend metho or eucalyptus oil. The best stuff I know can only be bought at Bunnings, and it's called "dissolve it". This sounds powerful, but it will not harm the surface of plastics. It's actually safe to use on CD price stickers...it doesn't wreck the perspex cover.
    It smells like oranges because it's made of the oil from orange skins. It won't harm you either, but beware of imitations. I once tried that "Big Kev's" similar product and it bloody melted the plastic. Never again.
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    Wow - so much help here - thanks to everyone for contributing !!!

    I guess the old thing about trying it on an inconspicuous part first goes with all this too. I've tried the soap and water to no effect, so I guess I'll work up from there....I'm off to Bunnings tomorrow anyway so might look in on the 'dissolve it'

    I pity anyone wanting to take tint off all together........what a pain....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell
    And to get back to the more logical question...

    How on earth do you get the stuff off altogether? I mean I want to rid myself of this curse forever... and I don't mean with razorblade either.

    you need a razor blade, acetone and patience

    been there done that a few times

    tint is good so long as it isn't the cheap stuff that bubbles up

    you have to use a razor blade if you want to keep the glass in the car otherwise it's remove the glass and replace with non tinted glass

    there is no other way

    go to the hardware and grab a razor blade handle type thing for a couple of dollars and off you go, while there pick up a tin of acetone to clean the residue off and take some deep breaths as the glue stinks to high heaven and i mean it stinks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Bell
    And to get back to the more logical question...

    How on earth do you get the stuff off altogether? I mean I want to rid myself of this curse forever... and I don't mean with razorblade either.

    Is your car insured???

    $5.oo of petrol and a ciggie lighter will certaintly "rid you of the curse forever"

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    You left the force?

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    Don't do that... I've got some friends who can "acquire" it for you!!??!!

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    Gee guys if all else fails, as it has here with this isuue - can I suggest N5GTi6 calls a reputable tint fitting expert and ask the big question. Then you can post a reply as to what the industry standard is for removing such gunk. If it then fails - we can all line up and deal with the industry based expert.

    Cheers ... Nick

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    PS: Although I'd put my money on the reply posted by George 1/8th

    Cheers ... nick

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    for removing my now brother in law and i went around to a number of tint places in QLD and asked and the best we came up with was a razor blade and acetone as he really wanted to remove the tint from his car

    he couldn't see through the stuff at night and in the day light it wasn't a lot better so it had to come off

    a couple of the places said they would take it off at around $80/window

    after we did it we understood why they charge that much as it takes quite a while and the smell is shocking

    when we bought the 604 it had tint on the rear screen and of course it was like looking through rippled water so it had to come off

    on the phone and asked a few questions and i recieved the same answers so back out to the car with razor blade in hand and a tin of acetone and off came the tint then once all the glue was removed with the acetone i then cleaned the window with a water/metho mix

    as for cleaning tint go for what has been mentioned above but if you ever have to remove the stuff you either pay for it or you have patience

    but Ray why do you want to remove what you have on your car ?

    with everything you carry you can't see through the back window anyway
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    Obviously I want everyone to have a clear view of what I have inside...

    Dumb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N5GTi6
    Wow - so much help here - thanks to everyone for contributing !!!

    I guess the old thing about trying it on an inconspicuous part first goes with all this too. I've tried the soap and water to no effect, so I guess I'll work up from there....I'm off to Bunnings tomorrow anyway so might look in on the 'dissolve it'

    I pity anyone wanting to take tint off all together........what a pain....
    Bought the 'De-solv-it' from Bunnings - $3 for a little bottle - worked a treat. Took the sticky gunk off the tint with no dramas. Even removed a few scuff marks which had been a bit recalcitrant.... The checkout chick was even telling me what great stuff it is......Hmmmmmmmm

    Thanks again for the tips everyone!
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