How to Fix Window Tint Scratches

by Eli Laurens

Window tint film can scratch easily, requiring partial or complete replacement. Depending on the size of the scratch, and the rarity of the window film, it is possible to match and align the repair so that anyone but the astute observer will notice the patch. The average backyard tint technician can repair a scratch in tint in about 30 minutes.

Cut around the scratch with the razor blade, deep enough to sever the layers of tint film all the way through to the glass. The section should separate the undamaged tint from the piece to be removed, preferably in a rectangle shape.

Spray the section with a liberal amount of water, and daub up the excess with a towel. You want to moisten underneath the damaged tint, but not saturate it to the point that water runs down the window.

Slide the razor underneath the corner of the damaged tint section, working up the film. Spray more water if it begins to dry out. Continue to slide the razor until more and more film comes up, creating a tab. While the natural instinct is to pull this corner and try to peel the film up, this could run and damage the good tint if the section is not sliced all the way through, and could leave glue on the glass. Be diligent and razor off the tint, getting all of the layers in one piece.

Remove the glue from the window with sprays of water and the razor, rolling the glue into little balls that can be picked off. Clean it as well as possible and wipe it with the towel firmly.

Cut a section of matching tint film a little larger than the cut out section. Spray the section with water and quickly peel the clear plastic backing from the tint film and place the glue side onto the section. Quickly squeegee out all of the air bubbles, forcing them to the edge.

Trim the tint to the shape of the section, being accurate with the seam of the old tint. The more exact the cut, the harder it will be to see the repair. Allow the tint to cure overnight.

Tip

  • check Do not peel up the tint and attempt to "start over," because this will only make matters worse with glue residue on the window causing bubbles.

Warning

  • close Use ventilation when performing this repair; glue is pungent.

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About the Author

Eli Laurens is a ninth-grade physics teacher as well as a computer programmer and writer. He studied electrical engineering and architecture at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, Ga., and now lives in Colorado.