Can Window Film Be Removed and Reapplied?

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Every home needs privacy. But if you’re renting your home or you’re the type of person that likes to redecorate a lot, you may not like the idea of installing something like blinds or curtains that will leave a permanent mark. Window films are an alternative to traditional window coverings that can help create privacy. But are they permanent? Here’s everything you need to know about window film application for your Salt Lake City home.

Is Window Film Permanent?

To start with, it may be helpful to know that window film is not permanent. Even if you don’t try to remove it and just leave it on your windows, it won’t last forever. Most films have a life expectancy of about 10-20 years, give or take a few years depending on the quality.

Can Window Film Be Removed & Reapplied?

All window films can be removed, but not all of them can be reapplied. It depends on the type of film and the way it’s designed to cling to glass and stay in place. If the ability to remove the film and reapply it is a concern, be sure to express this to your tinting company during the beginning of the installation process. Whether you intend to reuse it or not, window film can be removed one of two ways. You can either do it yourself using DIY methods or have a professional do it for you.

The Removal Process

If you decide to go the DIY route and remove your window film application from your Salt Lake City home on your own, you can do it by soaking the film with soapy water. Just follow these steps:
1. Fill a spray bottle with liquid soap and warm water. Shake it up a bit to mix the solution. Spray the film with the mixture until it is completely soaked. Place a plastic covering like a garbage bag or painting drop sheet over the film to hold in the moisture.
2. Wait about eight hours, then remove the plastic sheet or bag. Slowly, starting at one corner, peel the film away from the glass. If needed, you can use a plastic scraper or credit card to pull back any stubborn areas that stick.
3. Remove any remaining adhesive with Windex or a citrus-based cleaner and a soft cloth.

Which Films Can Be Reapplied?

Window films that are “static cling” can be removed and reapplied. However, most adhesive films will need to be discarded after they are removed as they cannot be reattached.

Need Help with Tint Removal?

Want to avoid the hassle and mess of removing your window film application on your own? Call our Salt Lake City team to schedule an appointment for professional tint removal or installation.

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.