Not everybody is lucky enough to have a flawlessly tinted car windows. Maybe because they opted to do it themselves, given the numerous DIY options available in the market. Or maybe, the company they trusted with the job turned out to be not the best in business.
Their newly-tinted windows can often have the definitive signs that they had a bad tinting job.
One of the most obvious sign that the tinting job is done bad is the forming of bubbles in between the tint film and the glass windows. Most of the time, this is because of poor quality tint or poor installation.
Sometimes it is just because of trapped air bubbles, but sometimes, bubbling can be caused by trapped debris or fibers trapped between the film and the car windows. Another sign is comparable to old tints—fading and peeling. Keep in mind that tints last for varying lengths of time, depending on many factors, but a properly installed tint should not display these attributes during the first few days of weeks after application.
If you see these signs on your newly-tinted car, can you fix a bad tint job yourself? More importantly, should you fix it? To determine whether you can fix the problem or not, you should evaluate the degree of the problems. Here are some tips on how you can correct a faulty tint job:
How to fix: Air Bubbles
You can deal with simple bubble problem by heating the area with bubble formations with a hair dryer. It will soften the film adhesive. Just make sure you blow dry from a safe distance and not directly near the tint film. Use a card or small squeegee to press out the bubbles.
How to fix: Peeling
You can try to re-adhere the film that begins to film by mixing a solution of dish soap and water. Wash the back of the peeling film with your DIY solution. Use a squeegee to smooth the film back over the window. Allow the film to dry thoroughly, for about 1-2 days.
Restarting and Replacing tints
Removing old car window tints is not as easy as it sounds. But, for some people, restarting and just reapplying tints is the best option since the initial application is just bad to even try to repair and fix. The process may not be as easy and simple as removing a sticker swiftly, but there are some techniques backed up by science that you can use.
If you live in a generally sunny area, removing the tints from your windows is one thing less of a hassle. Ammonia is one of the safer to handle chemicals that removes the sticky adhesive in no time. Cut heavy black garbage bag to the size of your window. If one bag is not large enough to cover your window, feel free to use more. Wet the outside of the window you are fixing and place the black bag against the window. The water should keep it in place.
To be sure, it would be helpful if you cover the entire back seat and the inside, under-window deck with a tarp. Spray the the tinted side of the window with ammonia. Allow the sun’s heat to do the work by parking it in an open area.
After a few hours, you can start peeling it yourself. Go from one corner without a defroster line, use a razor blade to peel back the film. Spray ammonia to the film as needed to keep it damp and to keep the film’s adhesive from drying again. The entire film should come off in one piece. You can also use a blow dryer for smaller windows, instead of parking your car outside.
Although these tricks can work, your best best is to still seek the help of professionals when it comes to repairing a bad tint job. This is the ideal route to take if you paid a professional to apply window tinting and the tint job is still under warranty.