Why Does Window Tint Bubble and How to Avoid it?

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Not everybody is lucky enough to have 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.

One of the most common issues that can arise to tinted car windows is the formation of air bubbles and pockets trapped between the glass and the film itself as it is being applied on the surface. Moreover, it can also be a sign that your vehicle has just had a bad tinting job. 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.

Huge bubbles are a no-brainer red flag, but even very, very small bubbles cause distortion. A good tint installer will minimize the risk of bubbles, but if you’ve used a low-quality tint, they can form as early as six months down the road as the adhesive begins to break down prematurely.

While it may seem impossible to remove them unless you remove the tint itself and start from scratch, hoping to get a better application. However, with a few simple items and some time, you can remove the pockets of air trapped in your car window tint without starting over.

Do it on a sunny day

In order to be able to work on the car window tint easily and without potentially damaging it, it is important to make the adhesive pliable. To make sure it is, do it on a sunny day. Experts say that it is best that you repair this issue on a day with at least the mid 70s Fahrenheit.

Move your car to an area that gets a lot of sun and let it sit outside for at least two hours. This will allow the adhesive to weaken enough so that you can play around with it. You could use a hair dryer if there is no enough space to do it under the sun.

Let the adhesive peel off

To do it properly, you need the adhesive to weaken its grip a little more. To do this, you want to moisten the car window tint using the fine mist setting on a spray bottle. You do not want to soak the window tint. The cold from the water will interact with the heat from the sun to make the adhesive on the car window tint very malleable, making the peel off easier in the long run.

Pop the bubbles

Using the safety pin, carefully address each air bubble and pop it. Make a hole that is very small and do not tear the car window tint. A quick poke through the film at a very straight line will do the trick.

The tiny holes serve as a way for the air that is trapped to escape. Because they are so small, when you remove the pockets of air, the car window tint will effectively close these holes. You want to smooth the car window tint out in order to push the air from it. Slide a stiff piece of plastic held at a 45-degree angle over the bubbles with medium pressure and long, smooth, slow strokes. Too much pressure could tear the car window tint so be careful. Moisten the tint as needed but remember to not drench.