How To Get Bubbles Out Of Vehicle Window Tint

3 August 2015
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If you have car window tint, expect it to bubble. Window tint bubbling commonly occurs when air gets stuck between the glass and film, which will make your vehicle appear less attractive. While bubbles in windows are unsightly, it is simple to repair with some tools you may already have. Here are some tips on repairing car window tint bubbles.

Prepare the Tint

Some tools you will need are a spray bottle filled with water, a hair dryer or heat gun (optional), a safety pin or small sewing needle, a hard plastic item like a credit card, and a lint-free cloth. Choose a sunny day to fix the window tint, in order to loosen the adhesive and make it pliable without damage to the adhesive quality. Try to work on days where the temperature is at least 70 degrees F.

Park your vehicle in the warmest spot and let it sit there around two hours. Mist the film with a light mist of water from a spray bottle, holding the bottle several inches away from the vehicle. This will help loosen the adhesive more from the film and prevent it from moving as you work, but be careful not to soak it.

If there isn't adequate sun, use a hair dryer or heat gun to loosen the adhesive faster. Hold the hair dryer or heat gun several inches away from the tint and move it back and forth over the area.

Pop the Bubbles

Pop a very small hole in each bubble in a quick straight line with the needle or safety pin. Make certain the needle or pin stays in a straight line, and don't pop over or under to avoid ripping the film. The small holes will help the trapped air escape. Be certain to pop each bubble in a cluster singly to avoid more bubbles when you smooth the bubbles. Mist the area with water if it dries.

Smooth The Tint

The tint will need smoothing with a plastic card or other hard plastic item to release the air from underneath it. The tint should be wet before you start smoothing it. Smooth the tint using a single stroke on the areas where you popped bubbles, with the card held at a 45 degree angle. Rub gently from side to side to keep more bubbles from forming. Let the vehicle dry completely in the sun before you roll down the windows or dry the surface with a lint-free cloth.

Your vehicle window tint should be free of bubbles. If you'd rather have an expert deal with the problem, contact a professional window tint service such as MidAmerica Tint.