Decorative window film is a great idea for homes and businesses here in the KC area. It adds style. It can make a space more private. And it cuts down on energy costs to boot. These films are easy to apply and come in custom designs when you work with a window film expert like us here at Kansas City Commercial Window Tinting. It is happily, very easy to maintain and will look great for years. But at some point, you may not want to keep it. We get calls about this frequently. People wondering, if their window film can be removed, if they can do it themselves and whether or not they need a professional. The answer is—yes–you can do it yourself. And below some direction on how.
What Is Needed To Remove Window Film?
Which tools you need depends on which type of film you have. Static cling film and adhesive backed film are different and therefore require different resources to remove the. For static clings films, you will need a razor blade, spray bottle with water, and/or a hairdryer. While for adhesive backed films, especially older ones, you may need a few more things to help you take it off: an ammonia-based solution, spray bottle, drop cloth, and a razor blade or scraper are all possible additional tools.
How To Take Static Cling Films Off
To remove adhesive-free static cling decorative films on your Kansas City home or commercial space you need to peel the film off. You fingernail or a stainless steel razor blade can help you get up under a corner to get it started. Then simply pull and peel the film off the glass. Work diagonally across the glass. If you are having issues getting it to peel try wetting it down using water and a spray bottle or heating it with a hairdryer.
How To Take Adhesive Backed Films Off
Adhesive-backed films are tougher to remove. The first step is to dissolve the adhesive with vinegar or ammonia-based solution. This will dissolve the adhesive. Adhesive removal products are also available for purchase for tough residues, or to speed things up. Start peeling a little corner of the window film up at a diagonal angle, while applying removal solutions to where the glass and films meet. Keep peeling sometimes allowing a bit of time for the solvent to sit and soak into the film. This may take an hour or longer. Let it soak overnight for best results. Once the film is gone wipe down the glass a final time and polish until your window is clean and free of any trace residue.
Here at Kansas City Commercial Window Tinting, we are happy to answer any questions about removing window film and/or contact us for pricing on window film removal.