Asked on Oct 6, 2017

How can I remove film from car window?

KattywhampusLOLRobyn GarnerTami Dean


Film was factory installed. Back window film peeling-- safty hazard--can't see through window. Don't want to damage defrost wires.

6 answers
  • Ken
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Warm it with a hair dryer. Start where it is already peeling and heat a small area at a time. Won't be long until the entire window is transparent again.
  • Chilismom
    on Oct 6, 2017

    I used a hand held steamer to remove the peeling film on my sisters used car. Not sure if it will work on film applied by the factory though.

  • Tami Dean
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Try a heat gun (or blow dryer) heat small, areas at a time, and peeling
  • Robyn Garner
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Thanks Ken! I have old film on my sliding glass door in the house and want it off!
  • KattywhampusLOL
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Hello Crystal.fedders, Here are a few links that are very informative, and I hope very helpful to you:
    The link for the following quote is posted below the quote: " ... Unlike window film, factory tint is a pigment within the glass that's installed during the manufacturing process. There is no way to remove the tint from the glass. The only alternative to getting the same benefits of window film is to install window film over the factory tint. There are clear window films for automotive use that won't further darken the factory tint. Many consumers attempt to match the factory tint to their front windows and windshield when it is legal to do so in their local jurisdiction. "
    Almost all sites I've searched say to use ammonia applied to the insde of the windows covered with black plastic left for several hours to remove "almost all of the tint carefully peeling off the black plastic bag and using a razor" but that just seems to me like it's a pretty "iffy" job, and definitely stinky. I don't think I'd want the smell of ammonia lingering in my car. So below is the ONLY link I have found with a way that makes much much sense to me. If you have a steamer it should be easy-peasy to remove the window tint from your back car window:
    Good Luck and thank you for using HOMETALK for answers :)

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