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How To Remove Window Film

Removing window film can be a very easy process, but it all depends on how long the film has been on the glass, it's exposure to direct sun, and the type of film that was used. You will need:

  • A trigger spray bottle to wet the film acting as a lubricant
  • A retractable knife to score the film in narrow strips
  • A glass scraper, with plenty of spare blades
  • Soapy water to remove the adhesive

We supply window film removal tools which you can purchase online.

Here's a video tutorial which shows the basic principal. To make the work more manageable, wet the surface of the film with a spray bottle to act as a lubricant and first score the film into narrow strips with a sharp knife. It is much easier to tackle window film removal in small strips especially if the film has been applied to the glass for a long time.

Typically, window films are either made of PVC (vinyl) or PET (polyester), and most are self-adhesive.

  • PVC is  a soft material which can be peeled off the glass with a glass scraper. Any glue residue can be removed with soapy water and a scraper.
  • PET is a brittle material widely used for solar and safety film, and might be made of layers of mettalised material. To remove this type of film, use a wide glass scraper and lubricate with soapy water to remove the film. 
  • Static cling films are very easy to peel off as they have no adhesive.