Auto-indexing windows are a frequently used term in car tinting business. Some new cars like Mustangs, Corvettes and Chevrolet have auto indexing windows and if you’re applying window tint yourself you need to take it into account. Such auto adjusting windows can ruin your newly applied tinting film so make sure to educate yourself on how to properly apply tint to such cars.
Unless you don’t need to drive your car for a few days after tinting, there’s a few tricks you can use. One such trick for Corvette for example is to flip the latch mechanism to trick the window going up fully. A car tinting business will very likely know the exact process required to make sure your windows don’t auto-index so be sure to consult with them beforehand.
It’s just one of the reasons why you may want to think about leaving window tinting to professionals. While it may cost a bit more you can ensure it’ll be done professionally by people who are experienced with the process.
Excellent survey run by Ross Kehl over at Window Film Magazine asking the question of what type of solution is used by window tinters. The responses to the survey were enough to draw a real conclusion. The results were not surprisingly, Baby Shampoo being #1 as the go to solution for professional tinters. What soap/solution do you use for film installation? Baby Shampoo 46.4% Joy Dish Detergent 17.9% Ajax Dish Detergent 3.6% Other (enter response in comment box below) 32.1%
Showing his in-depth knowledge, Ross goes further and explains the thinking regarding why Joy and Ajax for window tinting also have strong representation on this list! I’ll be giving Joy a try as well in the future and see if I can duplicate his results.
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No matter how much you take care of your window, you will need to remove your window tint, especially if it has started to show signs of wear and tear. If you have enough money for professional help, then you can simply call on professional installation personnel who would be happy to do the job for you. However, you should know that spending money on professional fees and charges is not a necessity. With the right tools and a can-do attitude, you can go about this task by yourself. No need for professional fees. All that you need is some elbow grease!
There are two things that you should look out for in assessing whether you should already replace your window tinting: purple film and bubbling film. Purple file refers to the uncharacteristic discoloration that happens when the non-metallic dyes in the film starts changing their hue. Bubbling film is evident when certain parts of the film start detaching from the surface where it is applied, usually caused by the deterioration of the adhesive that was used to install the film. Once you notice any of these signs, then it is time that you remove your old window tinting and apply a new layer.
There is no doubt that you have asked this question: how do I remove old window tinting film that has bubbled or distorted? Well, here are four simple ways through which you can deal with this kind of problem and bring your windows back to its former glory.
Use Ammonia and Sunlight
If you choose to go with this technique, then you have to make sure that you remove your window tinting film during a hot day and when the sun is up. To start, cut garbage bags to mirror the size and shape of your window and use your cut sheets to protect the window’s frame. Apply a thin layer of ammonia on the glass where the tinting film is applied and use another sheet of plastic to cover this part. Make sure that it is completely secured because ammonia fumes can be flammable and harmful. Leave your makeshift removal system under the sun for a few hours. After some time, your old window tint should peel off with the plastic, leaving your window like new.
Steam it Off
Using a steamer is perhaps the easiest way through which you can remove old window tinting film that has bubbled or distorted. Using your normal garment steamer, heat the surface by steaming it from an inch away. This will melt that glue that holds the film in place and, slowly but surely, melt the tint off of your window. Continue the process until the tint has completely peeled off. Just a word of caution: the result will not look as clean as you would want it to be. Don’t worry because using a piece of cloth, some adhesive remover, and some elbow grease will remove all unwanted residue.
Use the Old Fashion Way
If you have more than enough time in your hands, soap, newspaper, a razor blade, and a good dollop of adhesive remover should help you remove old window tinting film. Apply a good amount of detergent on the film surface and use sheets of paper to cover it. Leave the surface to dry for about an hour or two. Make sure that you reapply another coating of detergent every 15 minutes or when the newspaper starts going dry. Get your hands on a razor blade and use it to scrape off the newspaper and the film. Make sure that you use long strokes when doing this. Use the adhesive cleaner to remove any residue.
Peel it Right Off
Once window tinting film has started to bubble and distorted, it is a sign that the adhesive used to apply the film has already started to deteriorate. Believe it or not, if you are careful enough, you can use your bare hands to peel the film right off! Peel off one edge and use both of your hands to peel off the film, one big chunk at a time. Easy does it. Do not pull or tug hard for this will cause the film to break. The slower you do it, the more you will be able to leave the film intact and remove it in one smooth pull. However, it will be possible that some residue will remain on the surface. Don’t worry for your trusted soap and water will be able to detach them from your window and clean them right off.
Although nowadays car window tinting is very popular but there are numerous of people do not want to have their car tinted, probably because they think it is an unwanted expenses. But the fact is, car window tinting is critical. If you have the budget to do so, it is highly recommended to do it. Let’s look into some reasons below to go for car window tinting.
We will talk about why you will need to tint your car window.
Car Window Tinting – Sun Control
The regular windows in your car will protect you from UVB rays, but they do not protect you from UVA. UVA rays increase signs of visible aging such as wrinkles and brown spots, and may lead to skin cancer, including melanoma which is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Drivers who exposed to sun light in the long day driving should take note of this. Besides, strong UV rays could penetrate your car windows causing damages to car’s interior, resulting in cracked leather, cracked dashboard, vinyl seats, etc. With car window tinting as a solution, you would lower the risk of getting skin cancer as well as damages while enjoy the temperature inside your car as a result of heat rejection by window film.
Car Window Tinting – Security and Safety
During an accident, regular windows shattered into fragments forming hazardous shards, which is why most people have a higher percentage of death rates when their car window is not tinted. Even if they survived from this situation, their injuries are not going to be light. With car window tinting as a solution, you can improve your driving safety which can protect you from potential injury caused by windows shattering during an accident. Not to mention that driving in a tinted car has a better vision as a result of reduced visible light so you could drive safely without much distraction during the day and headlights at night.
Car Window Tinting – Privacy
Most people feel uncomfortable when people passing by or drivers beside have their eyeballs on them, especially beautiful girls (no offence here). We do understand everyone deserves privacy and we try to respect everyone but sometimes it just happens to look into the car unintentionally, the worst part is you are the driver or passenger inside the car. Car window tinting is the answer to your problem by reducing the transmission of visible light (making the glass darker) or by increasing the surface reflectivity (making the glass more mirror-like). Tinted windows are used more often on regular passenger vehicles and can be installed whether you seek privacy for yourself during a driver, whether you want to shield cargo inside your vehicle or whether you seek to provide privacy for your passengers.
Now, if you are convinced to go for car window tinting, we highly recommend you to do some research before you buy anything. You will need to do a survey on type of window tinting film, material used, quality and costs. It is recommended you buy from branded company, although it is a pricy but worth it in the long run. You get what you deserved.
This auto window film tinting tool Scrubber with Felt allows tinting installer to clean up place hard to reach, such as behind speakers and brake lights in a the rear deck areas and into the bottom of very low angle rear windows and front windowscreen.