DIY Window Film Removal

Decorative window film can enhance the look of any room in your house or business. Additionally, it provides privacy in places like bathrooms and kitchens. Another great perk of window film is how quickly it can be installed – most projects only take a couple of hours!

In contrast, you may eventually want your window film removed. Or, if you move, the new place might have outdated decorative window film that you’ll want to get rid of.

While you have the option to remove window film yourself, we wouldn’t recommend it. Professionals are much faster and know how to avoid harming your window’s glass.

Here are a few tips to help you successfully remove window film if you decide to do it yourself.

Tools Needed for DIY Window Film Removal

The tools you need to remove your window film depend on your film type. You will need a razor blade, a spray bottle with water, and/or a hair dryer to remove static cling films.

You’ll also require an ammonia solution, a spray bottle, drop cloth, and a razor blade or scraper to get rid of old, sticky films.

How To Remove Static Cling Window Films 

Adhesive-free static cling window films are easy to remove–simply peel it off.

  1. Start the peel with your fingernail or razor blade.
  2. Keep peeling the entire sheet of film off the glass. 
  3. Work diagonally across the glass.
  4. If you experience difficulties, try wetting it down using water and a spray bottle or heating it with a hairdryer.

How To Take Adhesive-Backed Films Off

Though it may be more difficult, adhesive-backed films can be removed. 

  1. Buy an adhesive removal product like vinegar or specialty window film solvent for tough residues.
  2. 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. 
  3. Keep peeling and allow some time as you go for the solvent to sit and soak into the film. This may take an hour or longer. *Let it soak overnight for tough films. 
  4. Once the film is gone, wipe down the glass a final time and polish is free of any trace residue.


If you have questions about removing window film in Salt Lake City, please don’t hesitate to contact us for pricing information. We are always happy to help!

Mike Kinsey and his team have been installing window film in the Salt Lake City area for over fifteen years. As the head of operations at Window Film Salt Lake City, Mike has overseen hundreds of commercial and residential window tinting projects in Ogden, Provo, Park City, St. George, Sandy, and the Salt Lake metro area, accounting for over 250,000 sq. ft. of film installed. Equipped with an extensive background in construction and project management, Mike brings a unique perspective to every install. His familiarity with all the various types of window film and top brands allows him to recommend a solution for nearly any architectural concern. With certifications from 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education and a breadth of experience, Mike is regarded as one of the top professionals in his field.