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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Wed, Sep-01-2010, 12:16:03 AM   #1
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Default How do you remove the sticky stuff after taking off window tint?

I removed the window tint from my back windshield and it left a sticky residue that made seeing through the back of the car all blurry.. I tried using goo gone but it actually made it worse.. I've heard of people using razor blades but I don't really like that idea.
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Don't do blades, especially on the rear window. I recently removed all the tint from my wife's car and used our clothes steamer (a rowenta if it matters). In some areas part of the tint was already pulled leaving the hazy adhesive layer. With the steamer you need to hit that area for a while (a min or two) to heat it up then you can eventually lift up an edge of the adhesive layer and start pulling it away.

Once a corner starts to lift go back and forth over the surface as you pull to keep the heat evenly distributed so you can remove it in mostly one piece. It may take a while to get the hang of it but it works, you will undoubtedly burn your fingertips a few times but its not bad.

Afterwards followup with some rubbing alcohol on on a newspaper to clean off and residual adhesive and then stoner or similar glass treatment.

You can likely make it work with a cheap jiffy steamer from wal-mart.
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Don't do blades, especially on the rear window. I recently removed all the tint from my wife's car and used our clothes steamer (a rowenta if it matters). In some areas part of the tint was already pulled leaving the hazy adhesive layer. With the steamer you need to hit that area for a while (a min or two) to heat it up then you can eventually lift up an edge of the adhesive layer and start pulling it away.

Once a corner starts to lift go back and forth over the surface as you pull to keep the heat evenly distributed so you can remove it in mostly one piece. It may take a while to get the hang of it but it works, you will undoubtedly burn your fingertips a few times but its not bad.

Afterwards followup with some rubbing alcohol on on a newspaper to clean off and residual adhesive and then stoner or similar glass treatment.

You can likely make it work with a cheap jiffy steamer from wal-mart.
How long did it take to remove? I bought a steamer for this purpose, but now I'm thinking it might be wiser to just pay $100 and have it professionally removed.
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I used a hair blow drier and it worked amazing....
The tint came off in 1 piece and left absolutely no glue behind. You just have to work it real well as your pealing it off.

It was kind of a broken hair drier that did not blow much air but got things pretty hot.
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How long did it take to remove? I bought a steamer for this purpose, but now I'm thinking it might be wiser to just pay $100 and have it professionally removed.
I don't think it is worth 100 bucks compared to the effort i spent. She has a rav4 so lots of windows to do (front windows, rear doors have split panes, cargo side windows, and back glass). I did it over two days, but only about two to three hours total in it.

If you have zero patience or free time on the weekend then maybe. We already had the steamer to deal with some clothes anyway.
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I removed the window tint from my back windshield and it left a sticky residue that made seeing through the back of the car all blurry.. I tried using goo gone but it actually made it worse.. I've heard of people using razor blades but I don't really like that idea.

Hey, uh...... Regardless of how this issue turns out for you, let's see some more pics of that sedan...... Especially if the interior is Modena...
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I hate removing window tint with a passion. The worst experience yet was on my m3 coupe. The side windows are no biggie, but the back window was a such a pain since it is such a small space. If I had decided whether that was going to tint them again I would've paid someone else. I used stoner invisible glass since it had ammonia in it and let it sit for a few minutes in the heat and that seemed to help the adhesive degrade. Some people said they used straight ammonia but I didn't feel like breathing that in for a few hours in the back of a 100 degree car. I used razor blades in some areas while using extreme caution not to hit the radio and defroster lines since mine left some stubborn tint.
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I used a hair blow drier and it worked amazing....
The tint came off in 1 piece and left absolutely no glue behind. You just have to work it real well as your pealing it off.

It was kind of a broken hair drier that did not blow much air but got things pretty hot.
+1...ive removed tint from numerous cars using a heat gun...tint peels off easily with no glue residue.
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I hate removing window tint with a passion. The worst experience yet was on my m3 coupe. The side windows are no biggie, but the back window was a such a pain since it is such a small space. If I had decided whether that was going to tint them again I would've paid someone else. I used stoner invisible glass since it had ammonia in it and let it sit for a few minutes in the heat and that seemed to help the adhesive degrade. Some people said they used straight ammonia but I didn't feel like breathing that in for a few hours in the back of a 100 degree car. I used razor blades in some areas while using extreme caution not to hit the radio and defroster lines since mine left some stubborn tint.
Did you use a steamer or blow dryer or heat gun of some sort?
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Nope, not sure why since I had one I could have used. That ammonia really broke it down, but I used a razor blade in some parts. It would have been nice to have picked up some plastic razor blades since they are probably safer. It also makes it easier if you take out the hat rack, but if I were you I would return the steamer and pay to have it removed, haha.
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