Headlight tint removal is a simple enough procedure so many people attempt to do this on their own. However, you should try this only if:
- You have plenty of free time to spend prying off the film with extreme care.
- You aren’t afraid of scratching or otherwise damaging your headlights.
In case these two conditions aren’t met, it will be best to entrust this task to a professional. At our shop, we have the tools necessary to remove any kind of headlight tint quickly, efficiently, and without damaging the light itself. Our technicians have plenty of experience in dealing with all kinds of specialized custom orders, so you can be sure that they will be able to handle even the most complicated cases and keep every part of your vehicle perfectly safe.
Headlight Tint Removal DIY Tips
If you are resolved to remove the tint on your own, the following tips will help you reduce the risk of damaging your precious car. Take your time and be very careful when you work as replacing a headlight won’t come cheap.
- Use a steamer.
This is the safest and most efficient way to remove any kind of high-quality car tinting film. Cover the “work end” of your steamer with a towel and set to work. Start with the corner and steam the area thoroughly for a few moments. Does the corner of the film come off? If not, steam some more. Be careful not to scratch the light bulb. Once the corner peels off, pull at it carefully. Remove the film (add more steam if necessary). Your movements should be slow and controlled to prevent the film from tearing as this will complicate the process.
The biggest advantage of using a steamer is the fact that it removes much of the adhesive layer, so cleaning off the rest of the glue won’t be particularly difficult.
- Try chemicals.
If you don’t have a steamer or a chance to rent one, you can try lacquer thinner. Using heavier chemicals will be more effective, but will undoubtedly damage the surface of the headlights. Lacquer thinner should be safe, but using it to actually remove the tint will take a huge amount of time and effort. This task is mind-numbingly repetitive and you will definitely tire of it way before you finish cleaning off one of the headlights, so get ready to work hard.
- Clean the headlights using soapy water and specialized solutions.
Removing the tint is only half the task. No matter which method you choose, you will have to deal with the remnants of the adhesive layer. In some cases, cleaning it off might be actually harder than removing tint itself. Remember that you cannot use metal scrubs as they will scratch the surface and can ruin your headlights in a matter of minutes. Look for specialized cleansing solutions and work carefully and patiently.
Once you remove the tint, consider replacing it with a more advanced and efficient type, because your headlights need protection. They can be restored even if they get damaged, but protecting them right away will save you money in the long run.
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