Several years ago we put the window film on our windows to help block
the sunlight. It gradually faded out and has gotten scratched in
several places. Today we started trying to take it off using a razor
blade scraper -- it's slow and not too effective. Do any of you have
any suggestions about an easier and faster way. Is there anything we
get to wash it with? It feels sticky? Thanks.
Why does this sound like the same Dottie that had so much
trouble with a weed whacker...
Heat the window film with a hair dryer like the first respondent
advised and carefully scrape with the razor blade scraper...
Of course the windows are going to be sticky, how do you think
the film stayed on ? Love ?
Use rubbing alcohol and some old cloths you are ready to throw
away to clean off the adhesive residue...
The rubbing alcohol worked better than Goof Off! We took a razor
blade and alcohol and got it off....but it was a very thin layer. I
think it had sort of deteriorated with the hot sun. Someone else told
me that she hired some people to re-do hers -- and they used steel
wool to take off the old stuff. Said it didn't hurt the glass at
all ... when I start on the other window I may try that. Thanks for
Thanks for letting us know how it turned out. Rarely happens. BTW: Steel
wool comes in several different grits so to say "steel wool" will not
hurt glass is questionable.
What are you using to block sunlight now?
That's what I thought.
Always thought that was a no-no.
So I looked and found this.
I'll still probably not use it.
But mostly because I don't deal with glass a lot.
I used to uses newspaper for the final pass on glass, but now I never
have any around.
I have scratched glass with razors.
But that's from letting the angle get too high.
Never scratches for me if I'm careful to keep the angle real low.
It's one of those "must stay patient" deals.
I wasn't able to pull up. Crappy modem/router/dsl combo thing going over
here. Need a new wireless router/modem.
I suspect any sw is going to produce scratches. You may not be able to
see them. I clean my aquariums with a razor blade type scraper that
works really well. Looks like this one
The one I have hasn't scratched yet. :-)
Did you know they have plastic razor blades?
First I knew of them.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Guess they can't scratch glass, but never tried them.
Probably won't because I just don't have the need.
But if was removing window film and really wanted safety against
scratching the glass, I'd give them a try for kicks. They're cheap.
I am doing this as we speak. The first window I just scraped with a
razor blade, major pain. I bought some stuff at Advance Auto Parts in
a blue spray bottle that you spray on, cover the window with a black
plastic bag and let it cook for a day (I sprayed it again a few
times). It is not a magic solution but it did seem to make the film
easier to scrape off. I am trying the back window next. That one is
tougher since it has a defroster on it and I don't want to scrape that
off. My plan is to spray and cover, scrape away everything that is
away from the defroster traces, spray and cover again and see if the
rest comes off without too much scraping.
I will never buy a car with window film again.
Peel it first...get under a corner and work it up until you can grip and
pull it off. For the glue residue, lacquer thinner removes it easily. So
do various citrus based cleaners and they don't evaporate as rapidly. Won't
go *BOOM* either.
If for some reason you can't peel it, wet with water with some ammonia and
let sit a while. The hair dryer thing should work too.
Use a spray bottle with ammonia in it and make sure you change the
razor blade often. If you ever have to remove film again spray the
glass with ammonia and place a black plastic trash bag on the glass
while the sun is shining on the glass. IOW when the glass is hot.
Leave the trash bag on for about 5 minutes and then the film will peel
off. At least the top layer will. Then you can remove the rest with
single edge razors (in a scarper) while spraying it with ammonia.
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