[s-cars] Tint Removal
jc at j2c3.com
Mon Oct 26 22:08:08 PDT 2009
+1 to heat gun. won't crack the windows unless you do something crazy dumb
with it. just had to do my S6 fronts a few months ago (stupid
trick to a clean peel: heat from the outside/backside in fact (heat the
glass not the film).
this makes the adhesive on the glass the hottest/softest/first to melt and
leaves the adhesive goo on the film rather than leaving the adhesive behind
on the glass. after getting the glass along the edge your starting with
reasonably hot, start peeling the film from the inside while you play the
heat gun over the backside glass along the peeling edge. keep working the
heatgun down the window as you peel, heating ahead of the 'peel line'. with
practice I can get an entire window with almost no tearing or goo left
behind. despite it being reasonably safe, I do still play the gun across
the whole surface to preheat it a bit at first to ensure no thermal stress.
acetone generally cleans up most tint film adhesive but my heat gun job left
almost nothing behind at all.
John J. Cunningham
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com
> [mailto:s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of Abe Berman
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 4:00 AM
> To: Douglas Landaeta
> Cc: s-car list
> Subject: Re: [s-cars] Tint Removal
> Thanks for the BTDT Doug, I considered just replacing the
> glass, but I'd rather use it a last resort at this point as
> if my better half sees me disassembling the doors she might
> be less than enthused. Time for a dose of elbow grease and
> "the carbonated liquid wrench"...
> On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Douglas Landaeta
> <dlandaeta at gmail.com>wrote:
> > Abe,
> > I just did this on a Mercedes. The heat gun works well to
> soften the
> > adhesive. The film pulled off okay leaving a residue of
> adhesive that
> > could only be removed with heat and a razor- that stuff
> does not wipe
> > off or scrub off with anything. It takes time but no issues once I
> > resigned myself to a lot of necessary delicate razor scraping.
> > A final clean up with your favorite goo release citric cleaner and
> > you're good.
> > Sent from my mobile
> > Doug
> > On 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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