Whether you purchase a car with tinted windows or if your existing tint begins peeling, bubbling, or fading, you may decide that you need to have your window tint removed.
Most people who try to do the job themselves end up regretting it, so chances are you’ll be better off leaving it to the professionals.
It generally costs between $90 and $250 to have the tint removed from your vehicle’s windows. If you are only interested in removing the tint from one or more windows, then you should plan to spend anywhere from $35 to $60 per window. For a DIY removal, the cost would be under $20.
- How Much Is It To Have Window Tint Removed?
- Can You Remove Window Tint Yourself?
- How to Remove Window Tint
- Important Tip
- The Bottom Line
How Much Is It To Have Window Tint Removed?
Removing window tint can be a very tedious task. It can take a professional several hours to do the job.
The price to have window tint removed depends on the type of tint, the method used to remove it, how long the job takes, and whether you’re having the windows re-tinted.
In most cases, you should expect to pay between $90 and $250 to have the window tint removed professionally.
On average, the price should be right around $150 for a standard tint removal on a standard sedan (with no issues).
The cost is nearly 100% labor, because there aren’t any special tools required. For that reason, the price has to offset the shop’s costs for the time it takes to do the job.
Window Tint Removal Cost Estimate
|Minimum Price||$50 – $115|
|Maximum Price||$200 – $250+|
|Average Price||$125 – $165|
Geographic location is another factor that may impact how much it costs to have your window tint removed.
Because so much of the cost is based on the shop’s labor fees, there can be pretty significant variations on the average hourly rates depending on where you live.
For example, the operating costs for a shop in New York City would be much higher than those for a shop in rural Georgia. As such, the hourly rate for the shop’s time and labor would be more expensive in New York than in Georgia.
Let’s take a look at some actual sample costs from different locations around the country so you can get a better idea of what to expect.
|Example Geographic Location||Sample Cost|
|Berkeley, CA||$145 – $175|
|Bozeman, MT||$115 – $135|
|Charleston, SC||$100 – $125|
|Hartford, CT||$135 – $165|
|Jersey City, NJ||$135 – $165|
|Las Cruces, NM||$110 – $135|
|Madison, WI||$105 – $130|
|Palm Springs, CA||$135 – $165|
|Richmond, VA||$115 – $140|
|Tempe, AZ||$105 – $130|
|Tuscaloosa, AL||$100 – $130|
Cost to Remove Window Tint From Building Windows
The price to have window tint removed from a residential or commercial building is different from the price to have the tint removed from a vehicle.
In this case, it’s even more important to remove the film without causing any damage to the window itself, because the cost to replace a large window in a home or commercial building can be very high.
Just like in cars and trucks, the tinting on residential and commercial window glass can start to bubble, peel, fade, and crack.
If the windows are some of the first things that people see when visiting your home or office, chances are that you’ll want to have this issue resolved as quickly as possible.
Window films that were installed ten years or more ago are most likely to be showing signs of wear and may be starting to peel or fade.
The process to remove the tint from structural windows is very similar to what’s typically done for a vehicle, though the pricing is slightly different.
On average, most companies charge between $2 and $3 per square foot to remove tinting from windows. Because building windows vary so much in size, they don’t usually price per window. The price depends on the type of tinting film and its condition.
According to one window tint professional, if the residential or commercial window tint film is simply scratched or displays some bubbles but has retained its original coloration, the price would be $2 per square foot for removal.
For film that has changed color or has become brittle and more prone to cracking, the job will be more labor intensive. As such, the price would go up to $2.50 per square foot.
The most expensive jobs would be those which involve removing security or graffiti film from the windows, which would be priced closer to $3 per square foot.
Residential & Commercial Window Tint Removal Cost (Per Window)
|Window Size||Square Feet||Minimal Damage/Wear||Major Damage/Wear|
|24 x 36||6||$12||$15|
|28 x 36||7||$14||$17.5|
|32 x 36||8||$16||$20|
|24 x 44||7.3||$14.60||$18.25|
|28 x 44||8.6||$17.20||$21.50|
|32 x 44||9.9||$19.80||$24.75|
|24 x 48||8||$16||$20|
|28 x 48||9.3||$18.60||$23.25|
|32 x 48||10.7||$21.40||$26.75|
|40 x 44||12||$24||$30|
|40 x 48||13.3||$26.60||$33.25|
|40 x 52||14.4||$28.80||$36|
|40 x 54||14.5||$29||$36.25|
|40 x 60||16.7||$33.40||$41.75|
|44 x 48||14.7||$29.40||$36.75|
|44 x 52||15.9||$31.80||$39.75|
|44 x 60||18.3||$36.60||$45.75|
|44 x 62||18.9||$37.80||$47.25|
|48 x 44||14.7||$29.40||$36.75|
|48 x 54||18||$36||$45|
|48 x 60||20||$40||$50|
|48 x 72||24||$48||$60|
Can You Remove Window Tint Yourself?
It is possible to remove your own window tint and many people do. However, it is a very time consuming and tedious task.
You must take special care as to not damage your glass or components such as your defrosters, or you will end up creating a much more expensive problem for yourself.
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Nevertheless, it’s a great way to save some money if you are up for the task. Depending on the method that you use to remove the tint and what materials you already have laying around at home, you could do the removal yourself for under $10-$20.
How to Remove Window Tint
One of the most recommended (and least expensive) methods to remove window tint only requires a few materials that you probably already have at home:
- Dishwashing Soap
- Scraper Blade (with holder)
- Fine Grade Steel Wool
- Black Trash Bags
- Duct or Masking Tape
Follow These Steps to Remove Window Tint:
- Starting with the side windows, use your scraper blade to get the film to start peeling off at one corner. Once it’s loose, try to slowly and gently peel away the tint (in one piece if you can).
- Move on to the rear windows and back windshield. If you’re removing tint from glass that has defrosters, you need to take special care to remove the tint carefully and smoothly, peeling it away in one piece.
To make this task easier, cut the side and bottom of your trash bag so that it is one large plastic sheet. Spray the glass with soapy water, then tape it up around the window, sealing in the moisture and soap.
Park the car in a sunny spot and let the window steam up (this should take about one hour). Then, start peeling at one corner – do not use the scraper – peeling slowly to remove the tint in a single piece. If it’s not coming off easily, put it back into the sunny spot to steam longer.
- Remove the adhesive residue from all of your windows. This is the most difficult part and the most tedious. Spray the glass with warm soapy water and use your scraper blade to gently remove the glue residue. Use a new blade and take care to not scratch the glass.
If it’s difficult to remove the adhesive residue, you can mix in some ammonia to help dissolve the adhesive. Keep the glass wet at all times, and try to work in a garage or in the shade to keep it from drying out too quickly.
Remember, don’t use the scraper blade on your rear windshield if it has defrosters.
In that case, use the soapy water and your fine-grade steel wool to buff away the adhesive. You can use the steel wool to clean up any areas where the scraper left some residue behind.
The Bottom Line
Removing your window tint isn’t too expensive, especially if your tint is bubbling, peeling, or fading. If your tint is too dark so that it’s illegal, then removing it may be less expensive than the cost of a citation.
Most people will spend between $125 and $150 to have the tint removed from their vehicle. Of course, the price may change depending on how difficult the job is and your geographic location.
To remove tint from residential and commercial windows, it usually costs between $2 and $2.50 per square foot, unless it’s a special type of film.
The best thing to do is call around and get several quotes so that you can find the best deal. If you plan to have your windows re-tinted, be sure to let the shop know that when you request the quote.
Most professionals will do the job at a slightly lower rate if you’re going to have them do the new tint job as well.