Getting a good tint job is something that can change your life as a car owner. However, committing to tinted windows is no small request. Some people want their factory tint job to be removed after a certain amount of time, whether due to personal taste or a change in professional life. Nevertheless, factory tint owners frequently find themselves asking: can factory tint be removed?
The answer is not a simple “yes” or “no.” The shorter answer leans towards no. Most factory tint can not be removed, and instead requires a complete glass replacement. This is if you want a 100% removal of all factory tint with no potential residue. However, this is often expensive and difficult to do. Most people will just wait until the factory tint fades (usually around 10 years) instead of completely changing the car’s windows.
There are other options. Tint owners can apply window films to ensure that the tint does not get any darker and sometimes give the appearance of tint being removed. However, the tint will not be effectively removed. You can install window film directly on top of factory tint if necessary.
There is a third option, however, it is not recommended. You can attempt to remove the tint yourself, using a complex combination of chemicals and a lot of scraping. You can attempt to remove these but often will end up with streaky tint that makes your car look worse than if you had the tint to begin with. However, there are a few proven methods that will remove your factory tint completely if you are willing to put in the work.