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    Default Removing Window tint

    Worth the hassle to peel it off, or just get some to come and do it for me?

    Am thinking the latter as id need a steamer it seems, so may as well pay someone. Any recomendations?

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    Yep, the pro tip is to pay someone. It takes no time with the right tools, and will take you (painful/stinky) days to do right yourself.

    Any tint guy can do it, but it would probably be cheaper if you take it to someone. It cost me $50 to get the old tint removed from my Forester.
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    Haakon, why do you want it off? dont most people want it on?

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    Dont you just heat it with a hair dryer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    Haakon, why do you want it off? dont most people want it on?
    Because tinted windows are for idiots

    No, not really and I understand some people seem to like it. I don't though... Can't see out of the bloody thing at night. Plus the drivers window tint is stuffed and I'd rather get the lot taken off than that one replaced.

    As for hairdryers - my google research indicates there is a bit more to it than that. And plenty of scope for many hours being lost stuffing around with residual glues and torn films. I am a big fan of the "life is too short for this shit" philosophy

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    cheapest heat gun $70 bucks

    (i bought one to put the tint on my 206)

    if its going to cost 50 bucks to get it taken off, get it taken off.

    Im sure a heat gun, some soap or windex and a soft scraper would do the trick

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    [QUOTE=Haakon;906637]Because tinted windows are for idiots

    ur probably right i am an idiot!!! anyways it came with the car

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    wasnt the trick to soak in ammonia?
    bugger if you cant get the glass out...

    maybe soak newspaper in ammonia & apply?

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    I'd pay someone to do it for you - there are just some jobs which highlight the CBF DIY factor when working on cars!
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    Tedious. Pay every time.
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    There are many how-to films on youtube detailing the procedure. I decided to follow one of these and was amazed at how easy it was, did the whole car in about an hour or 45min. As an experiment I tried the last window without the "technique" and it was panning out to be a horrible task, so yes if you just go in with a scraper you will be cursing all day, but if you follow a very easy technique it is a dead simple job. I did this over a year ago so I can't remember the process exactly, but I do remember there was an oversupply of movies on youtube. Give it a go.

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    I reckon you would be sad and sorry if you scratched the glass which is easy done if using scrapers..not to mention the mess.
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    ive taken tinting off two commodores in TAFE we used scrapers and had no trouble takes a little time and is a bit messy but definitely can be done with a scraper. i remember using an old hairdryer just on the stubborn odd bits of tint
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    If you can get under the film and remove that, it will leave the tint and glue.
    If you can't remove the film in large pieces, then use a Stanley blade scraper at a 45 degree angle in narrow strips. Any residue can be removed with a scraper after it has been soaked with wet paper towels for 30 minutes.
    Tinting is applied with water so it can be removed with water. I have done two cars this way.

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