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#1 GTFreddy

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 05:57 AM

So, I went to my local Zeibart to have my windows tint. I got the best one they offered. The first time I got the car back the rear window tint was lying flat on the window but extended over onto the cloth from the convertible top so you could clearly see the gap from the tint and the window. I took it back a second time and this time they took an exact knife and did a real back job cutting the extra tint onto the glass. I took it back again and this time they brushed on vynyl paint in a hurry and it looked like a four year old could do a better job. Finally they replaced the window tint and it looked good.

A few days later after letting the tint dry for about a week and a half I go to open my window and the tint creaks up. They replace it.

The rear window gets these huge bubbles and the passenger side got another one that they didn't fix. About 8 visits later we decide that perhaps they will never get it right and I get my money back. They stripped the tint but left all the glue on there, no surprise there.

What would be the best way to remove this glue for the next person to tint it without issues?

#2 kkreit01

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:03 AM

WOW! I've had roughly 10 rides tinted in the past, and never that many problems. I would definately go somewhere else. I've never been a fan of the Ziebarts or Auto Trim Designs. I would make them get the glue off! It's not a fun task. I had to remove tint on front windows once (due to a ticket). I think I used Goo Gone, or Rubbing Alcohol, and lots of elbow grease. WD40 might also work.

#3 GTFreddy

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:18 AM

I don't want to go back there because I fear they could do more harm than good. They take no pride in their work. If it were me, I would have easily spotted the mistakes before returning the car to the client. Given that, and my attention to detail, I'd rather do it myself than let them hack at the car again.

#4 GTFreddy

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:20 AM

What about windex? The ammonia in it would work wouldn't it?

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:28 AM

#0000 Steel Wool and some WD-40 work well...

Careful with that rear window...The defrosters as I've heard, can be a real pain.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:32 AM

Sorry to hear about your horrific experiences. I have used Ziebart (Shrewsbury, MA) for a couple of my cars now and they have done amazing jobs. They have a great reputation in my area. Good luck with the glue removal.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:41 AM

3m Adhesive remover...you can get it at Walmart and it works wonders at this.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 07:18 AM

Stoners Tarminator works well. My friend had to remove his visor and used it.
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#9 mikelea4ever

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:04 AM

Sorry to hear what happened on your car. They are a bunch of d***s!!!! Anyway good luck!

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 04:56 AM

Before going further, try a tsp of Dawn in a liter of water. Spray on, let it sit for a minute and then scrape off with a credit card. This has worked 80% of the time for me.

#11 jshillin

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 05:47 AM

They should have used a steamer when removing the window film. If you steam the tint and pull slow you can get the film and 99% of the glue off at the same time. This only applies to quality window tint though. Most of your adhesive removers and a single edge razor blade should do it, but it's a major PITA.

#12 Way2SSlow

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 05:52 AM

For the door glasses, I'd use Ammonia and NEW razor blades. For the back glass I'd use a steamer. At the shop our tint guy uses a steamer and some kind of scotchbrite type pad to remove the glue from the back glass.
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#13 GTFreddy

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 09:22 AM

Yesterday we had a storm and the rear defroster didn't work. Today while pumping gas I noticed that the rear defroster had been lifted off the glass and bent back. I went to the ford dealership to check out another mustang and I noticed that it's defroster unit was flat against the glass.

Over the lunch hour I went to Zeibart again and I told the person there what had happened, he just gave me a card and told me to call the manager on monday. Well, did he ever look like a ******* when the manager came in about ten seconds after he said that. I spoke to him and told him my problem, so he got out his test light and at first it didn't work. Looks like it wasn't clipped in properly. Then he said "there you go" or in other words you can leave now, but I don't him I'm not leaving with that unit twisted backwards, if it does twist back in place you do it, I don't want to be the one to break it.

So, it's back to how it should be, but the glue remains. I haven't really tackled it yet as I am getting ready for a bodybuilding competition for next week. I can tell from looking at things that the rear window is going to be a big pain in the rear.

#14 Bob_G

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 01:56 PM

I'd find a FormulaONE shop and get your tint there. Then maybe they'd remove the old adhesive in the process of putting your new stuff on. The one around here is very competent, and the all metal product is superb.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 07:42 AM

3m ADHESIVE REMOVER and White scotchbrite (green can scratch glass)

#16 GTFreddy

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:57 AM

Well, I did it, I removed the tint glue, well sort of.

I went to wal-mart and I bought goo-gone, they didn't have any 3M stuff. At first I used an old card to remove the glue, but it was taking long. I went to see my mechanic and he gave me a metal scraper to use. It took a good two hours in total to move all the glue, minus the back window. I've very scared of screwing up the defroster lines.

#17 joshtpa

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:09 AM

In the future, the 3M stuff is not with the car supplies. It is over by the RV stuff and touch up paint.
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#18 B-Diddy

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:35 AM

At work we use a steamer to pull tint. Most of the time it works fine, but sometimes it doesn't. If there is a lot of glue left we just use an all purpose interior cleaner and razor on the doors.
Its a pain to get glue off the rear though. I use a really strong label/adhesive remover and a bug scrubber sponge. Might want to get a respirator though. The fumes can get pretty rough after a bit.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:06 PM

At work we use a steamer to pull tint. Most of the time it works fine, but sometimes it doesn't. If there is a lot of glue left we just use an all purpose interior cleaner and razor on the doors.
Its a pain to get glue off the rear though. I use a really strong label/adhesive remover and a bug scrubber sponge. Might want to get a respirator though. The fumes can get pretty rough after a bit.


You said a mouthful there. I am still high off the tarminator fumes and I am only a little over 50% done getting the glue off the back window. I steamed all the windows and everything was fine and came off perfect until I got to the back window. The glue was 90% still there. The tarminator works but it takes rubbing hard with a towel to keep getting the glue off. I HAD to stop after getting halfway due to the fumes. It sucks because I got all the tint off in a half hour. Then it took over a hlaf hour to get half the glue off the back window. Still after I return the steamer to walmart I will have paid $0 as opposed to paying a tint shop ~$175.

#20 Apollo_Auto

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:09 AM

To remove it the absolute safest way, IMO, you'll need to tape a black, plastic bag to the top of the window on the inside. Then, spray it with a soap and water solution and get it nice and saturated. after that, tape the other end of the bag to the bottom of the glass, so that it covers the entire back windshield. Then, take it out in the sun and let it evaporate. By the time it's evaporated, the glue should just sluff off like nothing. I learned this watching the window tinting guy at a place I used to work at in CO. Works very well and there's no questions about messing of the rear defroster.
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