Removing Your Car Tint

The Best Way To Remove The Tint Off Your Car

As you know, removing your car tint isn’t usually something you want to do, but sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you are requested to remove it immediately.  

Here in Trinidad is it required by law that “Your vehicle’s windows must have the following minimum levels of visible light transmittance: front windscreen 70 per cent; windscreen’s anti-glare band 35 percent; each front window (including side wing/ side window) 35 per cent; each rear window (including side window) and rear windscreen 20 per cent. If your vehicle’s tint does not meet these requirements, you commit a traffic violation and must pay a fine of $5,000.”

New Tint Regulation In Trinidad

Being a new regulation in Trinidad as of April 2020, many drivers are unaware or unable to meet the requirements before they are stopped, fined and requested to remove the tint on the spot. 

Some may think that removing the car tint would be a difficult task at hand, especially if you want to make sure that your car windows do not get any scratches. However, by just knowing what type of materials to use as well as how to do it, you will quickly be on your way to deal with other non-trivial matters. 

The Tint Removal Process Is Easy

Back of CivicYou need a single-edged razor blade, a clean rag, and an all-purpose spray cleaner. Even though these may not be things you just keep laying around your car, it is something you may want to pack in case you end up in a situation and your tint needs to be removed immediately. 

You can also use other solvents that work well removing any kind of adhesive but are gentle glass and paint. Our home remedy is vinegar and baking soda.  When you have everything together, start off by gripping a corner of the tint using the razor blade to peel it back. Remember that the car tint is not something painted on the glass of your window. It is a specially designed thin film applied to your window. 

When you have successfully gripped the corner of the tint, pull it off slowly. Use your hand to glide the tint off without ripping.  When the tint is almost off, spray the cleaner on the glass. Then, put the tint back on the window and let it stay there for around 15 minutes to 20 minutes. This process does take some time, which may not be in your favour but we’re trying to remove the tint with no residue of adhesive or dirt. After the 15 mins, peel back the tint again; spray more cleaner on the glass and use the razor to scrape off any residue as well as any adhesives that maybe stuck on still. When you have done so, wipe the glass clean using your rag. 

The End Result – No Tint

After about 30 minutes of work, your vehicle is tint-less and looking like you never got pulled over to remove it.  We definitely don’t promote obstructing the law but we don’t see why the tint on someone’s vehicle could be a severe offence as not having your documents in order to own or drive a vehicle.  Your vehicle is your private property and you should be able to alter it as you see fit, to match your personal style


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