How to Fix Window Tint That Is Peeling


Peeling window tint, also known as a bubble or blistering, is a condition in which the applied window film separates from the surface of the glass. As a result, air bubbles form under the window tint film that can visually disturb owners and drivers alike. The problem becomes even more noticeable when light reflects off trapped air pockets beneath the skin of your car windows.

How to Fix Window Tint That Is Peeling

Do not worry if you have never dealt with this issue before because it might seem like a complicated problem upon first analysis. However, once you understand its causes and effects, fixing peeling window tint is simpler and inexpensive than replacing your exterior windows. It just requires some time on your part to ensure that all excess adhesive has been removed from behind each tint. Today I am going to discuss a process on how to fix window tint that is peeling. So let us get started.

Why Use Tint in Car Windows?

The main purpose of tinting is to help shield your windows from UV rays that emanate from the sun during daylight hours. Unfortunately, these harmful UV rays can cause a lot of damage to your car interiors, especially the leather or vinyl parts.

The sun can be a real pain when you’re trying to drive. It can cause glare, making it hard to see. But if you have a rearview mirror cover, it can help reduce that glare. So you can focus on the road and stay safe during intense sunlight conditions.

Tint adds style and class to your vehicle and offers protection against heat or cold air temperatures that may come through open windows when driving.

If you do not want people to see inside your vehicle, window tint can block out their view so that no one can see what is inside. It may also protect valuable items that you have inside your cars, such as computers and iPods.

Tinting can prevent individuals from seeing the contents of your cup holders. This helps reduce potential crimes when criminals see something valuable sitting out in plain view.

You can use tint to keep small children or pets from accidentally hurting themselves by throwing something out of a window (such as an empty spray bottle). Tinted windows will not allow anyone outside to see what’s happening inside, but if anything gets thrown out of the window, they will be able to see it, so they do not get hit by it.

Throwing Something Out of a Window

Step-wise Guide on How to Fix Window Tint That Is Peeling

There is nothing worse than seeing your windows with unsightly bubbles. Unfortunately, you can’t push the bubbles out or vacuum them off, so it looks like you have three options: get the film redone when they pop up; live with them until they are gone from all of your windows (depending on how big that is), or fight back and do something to keep this from happening again in a few years.

Step 1: Diagnose…Is It Just Bubbles? Or Is Your Window Tint Peeling Off Completely?

This might seem obvious advice to some, but be sure you’ve got a peeling window tint problem and not just bubble trouble. A bubble may be fixable with a quick spray of soapy water, but if the tint film is actually coming off in large sheets, you’ll need some more help.

A good clue as to whether or not your window tint is peeling completely comes from checking out the edges of the remaining tint film: have they pulled away from the glass at all? You can use a small flat head screwdriver (or something similar) to pry along the edge to see what’s going on up there. If anything is loose, it’s probably best to replace your window film entirely. It won’t get any better on its own…trust us.

Step 2: Figure Out Whether You Have One Large Problem or Several Smaller Ones

Suppose you were wondering how long this step would be; welcome to the club. With peeling window tint, you’ll have to check your windows in a few sections and decide what is going on with each one.  If you have a light peeling issue, like on the edges of the window film, try to fix those spots first. You may be able to remove all the tint from that area without damaging anything else, or if it is particularly nasty, you can cut away an ugly portion and replace it with a clear piece of adhesive-backed vinyl. The point is not to sacrifice your nice new tint by putting cheap fixes in. Whatever you do should still allow for proper light blocking capabilities of your windows and keep drafts at bay as much as possible.

Step 3: Get Your Materials Together

You’ll need several tools and supplies when tackling this project. There’s little point in getting too upset over a few bubbles appearing on your windows if you don’t have everything you need to do the job. Look at your car or window tint as it is now and start getting a list of what you’ll want for this project:

Gloves – even if that’s not necessary all the time, we’d highly recommend them here. The more protection you have from chemicals and such, the better off you’ll be.

Tape – some masking tape might be nice if you deal with tiny bubbles and have to line them up just right.

Clean cloth/rag – something to wipe down your windows once they’re clean too (important!)

Sharp razor blade or glass installation product – since this will depend on how much of your film has peeled off, we recommend pulling out a razor when you’ll need to cut away a bad portion and put it in the new film.

Cleaning supplies – soapy water, dish soap, index, paper towels…whatever you have on hand should be good enough. Just make sure it’s all clean and ready to go!

Removing Tint From Car Window

Step 4: Get Prepared and Remove Your Tint Film (If Necessary)

This is likely going to take most of your time with this project. If you can avoid taking everything off one window at a time, do that instead. It’s much faster if you can roll down the windows on several cars or go through multiple ones over the course of an afternoon as opposed to spending days working on just one or two windows.

If your tint is actually peeling off in large sheets, you can try to cut away as much of the old film as possible without damaging your window and then clean everything really well with a cleaning solution. If you are dealing with small bubbles or discoloration, make sure to check out the tips for avoiding bubbling issues first!

Step 5: Clean Your Window One Section at a Time

After you’ve gotten rid of the old tint, it’s time to vacuum up any loose pieces or use some tape to pick them up from whatever surface they may be lying on. When applying the adhesive, you don’t want these left behind because they can cause air pockets that weaken the bond between your new material and glass.

Cleaning Car Window Section

Precautions While Performing How to Fix Window Tint That Is Peeling

Be careful while trying to fix your car tint film. It is likely that the parts of the window tints that are peeling off will be sharp and might cause cuts, so take precautions like wearing gloves or using coverings on your hands to protect them from any harm.

If you work on a dry day, you should wear safety glasses and close-fitting clothes to prevent particles from flying into your eyes or skin.

Likely some water would be needed for this project, so make sure that there is no electricity around if you plan to use a wet rag to fix the window tint film.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Tint to Peel?

There are many causes of tint peeling. The most common reasons are dryness, roughness, or infection.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you must see a doctor as soon as possible. This is because tint peeling can signify a more serious condition such as skin cancer.

To avoid tint peeling, keeping your skin moisturized and free from irritation is important. You can also use a topical cream or lotion that contains sunscreens and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Why Does My Window Film Keep Falling Off?

Window film is a type of window treatment that helps reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home. It is typically made of a thin, transparent material applied to the windows using a spray or roll application.

There are many reasons why window film may start to fall off:

• The adhesive may not be strong enough to hold the film in place on windy days.

• The film may become brittle over time and crack or peel when touched.

• The film may become scratched or dirty, leading to it becoming ineffective.

 Film May Become Scratched

Can I Use Windex to Put on Window Tint?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on the type of window tint you are using and the specific instructions that come with it. However, most window tinting products should not be washed with household cleaners like Windex because they can damage the film or cause it to peel off.

What Is Soap Good for Window Tint?

Many types of soap can be used for window tinting. However, some of the best soaps for this purpose are made with natural ingredients and do not contain any harsh chemicals. Some of the best soaps for window tinting include:

1. Soapnuts

This soap is made from natural ingredients and is gentle on the skin. It also removes dirt, dust, and oil from the windows.

2. Irish Spring

Irish Spring soap is a favorite among many because it is affordable and contains no harsh chemicals. It also removes dirt, dust, and oil from the windows.

3. Method

Method soap removes dirt, dust, and oil from the windows. It also has a pleasant smell that many people find refreshing.

Can You Use Vinegar on Tinted Windows?

Vinegar can be used on tinted windows in some cases, but it is not recommended in most cases. Vinegar can cause the tint to fade or change color, and it may also cause damage to the window. In some cases, vinegar may also increase the chance of water infiltration into the window.

Water Infiltration Into the Window


I hope you have obtained all the necessary information about how to fix the window tint that is peeling. Thank you, and have a nice day!

Louis Wein

Louis Wein

Louis has always been fascinated by cars. He loves the way they look, the sound of the engine, and how they make him feel when he's driving. He is always keen to learn more about different mechanics of cars and how the engine contributes to other aspects of the car. As an automotive technician with over 10 years of experience, he knew how they worked and loved taking them apart to see how they went back together. He was especially interested in the mechanics of combustion engines and loved finding ways to make them more efficient. He loves to work on cars and help people keep their vehicles running smoothly. As a senior editor, he enjoys contributing to Diy quickly because it allows him to share his knowledge and expertise with others.

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