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Car window tint removal
What is a window tint removal?
Window tinting is one of the easiest ways to look after the interior of your vehicle, as well as reducing the UV light and heat that makes its way into the cabin.
However, poor quality window tint, or tint that is old and has started to bubble and discolour can negatively affect the driving experience, as well as reducing the visibility out of the windows.
When this happens, window tint removal will need to be carried out to allow for new tint to be applied or for the vehicle to return to a roadworthy condition.
Another reason you may need to have window tint removed is because the tint is too dark. Depending on what state you live in, the allowable VLT (Visible Light Transmission) of your vehicles tint will vary, and moving between states will require removal of tint that does not comply with the State laws.
How to tell if you need window tint removal?
If the existing window tint on your vehicle has discoloured, started bubbling away from the window, or is going cloudy or blocking visibility at all, you will need to have the window tint removed.
If you are unsure, a window tint inspection will determine if your tint needs to be removed or is ok to remain on the vehicle.
An Inspection will also test the VLT level of the tint fitted to ensure it complies with state laws, and the tint will need to be removed if it is too dark.
How important is it to have window tint removed?
Depending on the location of the failed tint, it may have to be removed to return the vehicle to a roadworthy state. Any failing tint that is in the line of sight of the driver, especially if it is obstructing the view out of the rear window will need to be removed as soon as possible.
Tint that is too dark will need to be removed before a roadworthy certificate can be signed off for registration.
How is the window tint removed?
Older window tint can be quite difficult to remove, as the top layer will delaminate from the adhesive that was originally used to bond the window tint to the window.
A special adhesive remover and a scraper can be used to remove the adhesive layer and any leftover adhesive that remains on the glass, before being thoroughly cleaned to restore visibility to the glass.
Tint that is too dark may be easier to remove, as the layers may still be together meaning it removes cleanly, only requiring a quick clean up of the glass after removal.
How much does window tint removal cost?
Tint removal costs can vary depending on the type of vehicle you have, the type of tint that has been installed and the state of the tint.
Basic tint removal can start at $80 and move up to $250 and above, however, many installers will carry out tint removal cheaper or include the price of old tint removal if new tint will be applied afterwards.
Where can you get your window tint removed?
Any window tinting business will be able to remove old tint from your vehicle, and depending on your location, a mobile window tinter may be able to remove tint at your home or workplace, meaning less time without your vehicle.