[s-cars] Tint Removal

Abe Berman yellowcuda at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 12:36:32 PDT 2009

Dave et al,

I've heard of the exemption, but after they've pulled you over and you show
the card, I imagine they'll think of some other reason that you should get a
ticket just for spite!

Despite the cold, I am going to go for it this evening despite the cold, I
may start with a hair dryer and then work my way up to the heat gun.  I
thought about even renting a wallpaper steamer from the depot (always a good
excuse to pick up a depot dog...mmm)

Thanks again folks, I will send reports and post before/after pics when I am
done on facebook.


On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM, David Cahill <djcahill at gmail.com> wrote:

> Abe,
> I had to remove front window tint from my wife's Saabaru when I brought it
> to VT. I just used a steam cleaner to heat a corner of the tinted surface
> and then used a plastic scraper to pull up both layers of tint on the
> corner. Then, I just kept steaming and scraping. There was some adhesive
> leftover, so I treated it with pine sap remover. I don't know whether it's
> easier than ammonia, but it definitely smells better while you're doing it.
> I'd say it took ~1hr per window.
> Either that or maybe it's time to visit your dermatologist for a medical
> exemption to the no tint requirement due to your fair skin. The DMV has a
> form for that.
> Dave
>   On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 12:22 PM, Abe Berman <yellowcuda at gmail.com>wrote:
>>  Gents (and Ladies),
>> I'm really enjoying being back in a chipped C4, I can say that.  However,
>> on
>> day one of having a VT plate on ur-Billy's ur-S6 Avant, the blue lights of
>> our ol' nemesis Johnny Law showed up behind me.  You see, ur-Bill's
>> brother
>> tinted the glass all around at 20% last year, which is a no-no in VT
>> (hell,
>> its only marginally legal in CT and NY, where the car was previously
>> tagged).
>> So, I need to get those front windows cleared up or my warning will soon
>> turn into tickets and points for "obstructed front windows".  Now, I could
>> go into a story of how I worked the warning as opposed to the ticket
>> (crying
>> baby in car), or how I didn't actually have the bill of sale,
>> registration,
>> or insurance card with me, or how it doesn't even have a front plate
>> bracket
>> never mind plate, or even how I now am running black 17's with snows with
>> massive big reds on the front boldly stating "this is NOT an A6 officer",
>> ....but I won't.
>> What I want is some BTDT's on tint removal.  Method I am thinking of
>> trying
>> tonight involves spraying amonia based clear (or fast orange cleaner) on
>> inside of front windows and then covering with saran wrap.  After sitting
>> for 30 minutes, use heat gun on outside of window to heat for a while and
>> then try to peel tint off.  Any excess glue or pieces to be cleaned with
>> amonia cleaner and razor blade.  Sound workable?
>> TIA,
>> Happy C4 owner (unnamed and anon e. mous Sgt. Schultz, thank you very
>> much)
>> Burlington, VT
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