Tint on the window looks awkward and clumsy. So, are you tired of getting the tint? Or, are you thinking of removing the window tint?
Though removing tint from the window isn't a challenging project, but applying unconscious procedure may create a scratch on your window. However, there are certainly some tricks which can help you accomplish your task easily without a hefty cost.
Using a heat gun to remove window tint is such an easy and cost-effective task. You can also use a hair dryer instead of using a heat gun. No matter which component you use, you must consider the temperature produced from your removing tool.
Required tools to remove window tint:
- A Heat Gun
- Cotton Rags
- Paper Towel
- Window Cleaner
- Razor Blades
- Razor Casing Handle
- Liquid Form Adhesive Remover
- Steel Wool made Pads
Process to Remove Window Tint Using the Heat Gun
- At first heat the outside of the window by using your heat gun to warm the adhesive as well as tint inside the car. When you use the heat gun, always try to keep it at least 4-6 inches away from the window glass. Also, don’t try to heat from inside the car, it’ll melt the tint and merge it with the window. However, heat until the window becomes too hot to touch.
- When the adhesive is hot and pliable, peel off the tint by starting from a corner. Work slowly so that the tint can't tear. The tint may turn into small pieces after tearing which are quite difficult to peel off. Also, keep reheating the window from the outside to keep it hot and pliable so that you can easily and quickly peeling off the whole tint.
- Once the tint is peeled off, use a razor to remove it. Place the razor at an angle so that sharp edge can touch the glass to obliterate the tint. Don't forget to use the catching handle to the razor before using it.
- After removing the tint from the window, spray some adhesive remover which must cover the entire area. Let the remover stay on the surface for at least 10 to 12 minutes.
- The adhesive remover will soften the tiny scratch on the window. Then use a razor and steel wool pads. Use the razor and the pads to wipe off the adhesive and remover from the window. Start from a section and go for the next section after completing the previous one.
- If any trace remains, reapply the adhesive remover and scrape until all the traces are gone.
- Use paper towels and window cleaner to wash off the remaining residue (if any) from the window thoroughly.
Warnings of Using Heat Gun to remove Window Tint
- Though heat gun is useful essential, it can be dangerous because of mismanagement. It can produce up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit temperature which can burn your window as well as any necessary thing. So, use it carefully and aloof you from creating fire. Otherwise, your entire job will go in vain and even it'll cost a white elephant.
- Be careful on your rear window or any other window which has defroster lines or radio antenna lines. Unconscious use of razor blades may damage or cut the wires.
- Keep yourself safe and sound from cutting with the razor blades.
- Always read the user manual of the heat gun to avoid any unwary accident.
- Never use the heat gun to remove lead-based paint as it produces toxic fumes which are harmful to your breath.
- Always maintain the heat gun at 45-degree angle and a few seconds long on the object. It creates scorching on the object.
- Be extremely careful if you use soldering gun instead of the heat gun. It can melt your shoulder for unwary management.
- Never use the heat gun in a crowded place. The fume produced by the heat gun can harm the respiratory glands especially for the children and the pregnant moms.
- Fully concentrate on the project while working with the heat gun. Otherwise, it can damage a lot.
- Check the power source as heat gun requires lots of power. The extension cord must be rated 10-amp or higher or prevent burning the chord and socket. Also, the heavy duty gauge wire shouldn’t exceed 100 feet long.
- Check the project materials whether they have any heat-resistant or chemical to produce fire. If such things exist, avoid the project.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby you when you start to use the heat gun.
- Check the necessary temperature settings for the project materials. Different materials require the different temperature to achieve the best output.
Pro tips for using Heat Gun
As using the heat gun is a dangerous task, applying some precautions may reduce risk. So, follow the following guide:
Wear Safety Gear
Safety goggles keep your eyes safe from heat and tints. The goggles must be heat-resistant and breathable. It makes a shield to protect you from the heat as well as other toxic fumes. The respiratory mark also helps you breathe when you are working with chemicals. Also, wear a tight and full sleeve buttoned shirt to prevent the fire. It also helps to resist paint scraps and chemicals off your skin. However, if you have long hair, you must tie them before staring heating.
Perfect place is Important
At first, make sure that the workspace is free from flammable materials and chemicals. Also, check all the windows and doors are adequately ventilated. Space should have a clear exit path to go off the toxic fumes. Also, never try to use the heat gun in a crowded place. Your workspace must be in free space. However, if it's necessary to work in a confined area, always wear the safety goggles before using the heat gun.
A hair dryer is the best alternative to the absence of a heat gun. But, it is used differently from the heat gun. But, using the heat gun to remove window tint is easy and time-saving. However, you must follow the guideline before using and when using the heat gun.