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Old 05-28-2000, 01:33 AM
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I own a 1995 C280 with orignal tint on the rear windows and quarters and rear window. I am assuming the tint is up to almost 5 years old and its the very dark kind. Is it possible to remove the tint myself? I did the front windows, but used fine steel wool to remove the residue and ended up scratching the glass with very fine scratches. Would products do I need to do an A job on removing it. Also, can the tint be removed on the rear window without removing the defrostor lines? - I can't find a place to start peeling on the tint on the rear windows and I don't want to make a mess and drip everything on the rear shelf - plus the headrests sort of take up room. Would you reccoment that a shop do it all or can I least take the tint off the rear doors with a little work? Thanks - all replies appreciated.

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Old 05-28-2000, 01:41 AM
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Factory tint can't be removed. Plastic film tint can be removed with a heat gun I'm told.

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Old 05-28-2000, 07:39 AM
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I recently had my windows professionally tinted in one of my cars. I asked if I could remove the tint later, specially the rear window. They told me, no problem, and they would not damage the window defroster. I think they mentioned a plastic bag or something. They charge less than $100 for it but, I do not know if that was for the whole car or the rear window only. Call one of those places and get a quote. Plus, if they scratch your window you have a NEW window!
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Old 05-28-2000, 08:21 AM
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I know a pro can do it; I've had tint removed before.

Try 3M Adhesive remover. I found it worked exceptionally well at removing the adhesive invariably left behind when you tear the tint off.

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Old 05-28-2000, 11:53 AM
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If the c class window is like the 126 rear window, the defroster is between two layers of glass just like a windshield, have a good look, in that case you can use a razor blade. And lighter gas is a very good adhesive remover that doesn't damage anything, plastic paint or glass but your still going to need some elbow grease.

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Old 05-28-2000, 04:22 PM
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I have had good luck removing old tint residue with a spray bottle filled with warm water and mild dish soap, and of course a little elbow grease with a cotton or linen cloth.

Lighter fluid is also a great way to remove the adhesive residue, if you don't want to do much scrubbing... Just don't smoke!

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Old 05-28-2000, 04:52 PM
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Also, you may want to try a good glass polish to "clean up" some of the scratches caused by the steel wool.

Click on the Meguiar's ad at the top of the page and check out their products.

Just an after-thought....

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