How To Remove Scratches From Window Tint – I just bought a JK and it had a bad shade (bubbles, peeling, etc.). I re-dyed it today and noticed some crazy streaks on the way home from the store. He cleaned the outer glass and noticed a lot of scratches. 99.9% sure they haven’t been there before. Even the store clerk and other family members never noticed them. The windows were tinted before, so not like the new tint that made them stand out now. Any shade guys out there with any insight on this???
This is just a roughness in the outer seal of the window. Clean it, clean the window, it should go away.
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Jeepstin74 said: It’s just a roughness in the outer window seal. Clean it, clean the window, it should go away. Click to expand… The outside of the window has already been cleaned several times, it is scratched and won’t go away. I can’t put the windows down for 3 or 4 days to do something else because of the new tint. I was wondering if something was/wasn’t done to cause these scratches during tinting.
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Don’t understand how interior tinting will create all those scratches on the EXTERIOR! Since the grooves are almost perfectly straight (up and down), it must have had something to do with the windows moving up and down? If they really are scratches on the glass, something really strange must have happened. Small scratches can be buffed out to some extent, but I doubt it will do much to improve these windows. I assume the windshield isn’t scratched like the rest of the windows? This is a real scratcher no pun intended……
R1mattrr said: The outside of the window has been cleaned several times, it’s scratched and won’t go away. I can’t put the windows down for 3 or 4 days to do something else because of the new tint. I was wondering if something was/wasn’t done to cause these scratches during tinting. Click to expand… Then it’s most likely sand that is or was in the gasket. You bought a used Jeep. Many people use them as they were intended. If they have been in deep water, parked outside with wind and blowing water, etc., sand can easily get in there and cause scratches.
No doubt it was due to the dirty weather bands. If they didn’t clean it up and continue to tint it, would that cause it? This was a repaint and they had to peel off the previous shade. Take things apart to wipe off glue etc.
R1mattrr said: No doubt it was due to dirty weather belts. If they didn’t clean it up and continue to tint it, would that cause it? This was a repaint and they had to peel off the previous shade. Take things apart to wipe off glue etc. Click to expand… Probably
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But that’s not their problem. Considering the general “it’s not my job” mantra of society today, I’m not surprised they unknowingly released some debris and now it’s killed your glass. And it’s not something the average or inexperienced guy will be looking for.
I know that every time I take my vehicles in for a tint, they require the car to be relatively clean for work. But the guy I use is really anal. Which I personally prefer to have the person working on my vehicle be a PAI because I know they will do the job right.
I had the dealer “guy” do my 392. The dealer offered it as a “thank you” for doing business with them again. Budget work all the way. There was shit everywhere, I had to clean it up, etc.
Having been in the auto industry for some 35 years, I would say it is the water seal, strip, wiper, etc. that the Jeep has inside the door to seal the glass and help hold the glass tight. In the old days it would go bad and it was the glass rubbing against the metal, but today I don’t think it’s a problem. You can even have dirt on the door wipers and that’s causing these scratches, probably more common on a Jeep because a lot of people drive these things in the mud and they get all the way in there and cause this problem. That being said, you may have to remove the door panel to see inside and clean it, you may even have to drop the door glass to do this. I think an easy solution might be to power wash and blow water along the door glass and see if that helps, but you’ll be putting a lot of water in the door so probably not the best way. I’d say there was no way the window tint change had anything to do with the scratches.
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2004 Sahara TJ, bought 6-3-23 with 85,800 miles. Very nice condition, all factory stock. It will stay that way because I have no intention of improving it.
Photos before and after. If it had the scratches before a few people didn’t notice them and I can’t find a picture showing them. They are as clear as today. I will drive it and see if it disturbs me from the inside and if it does, I will replace the glass. It looks like the glass is cheap. I plan to make it a work/off-road vehicle so it will be destroyed. Coming from a 4runner with over 300,000 miles, will see how it holds up.
Another consideration, tinting is not expensive in the overall picture of vehicle costs. If the previous owner had crappy tinting, why do you think he took good care of the vehicle in general? Maybe limited funds, no intention of keeping it, just not interested, etc, all come to mind. So many people buy a vehicle like a Jeep and don’t really have the knowledge to manage it if it is being used for its intended purpose.
I’ve had 12 vehicles in the last 30 years, every one of them tinted, I’ve only seen it once. It was as I walked into a very cloudy, muddy and sandy creek bottom that the bow rolled over the hood. When I cleaned up and went out to check, there was some sandy slush on the window seals. Guess what? I made a few scratches when I rolled the window down.
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I learned my lesson, cleaned the gasket very well and paid attention to it in the future. Including camping after high winds in a canyon in Moab.
They bring it to the shop, start cutting the film, roll up the window, apply, seat, trim and roll the window back up and tell you to pull the window down for a certain amount of time to allow the solution to adhere and evaporate properly.
The last thing they want to deal with is debris between the film and the glass. If you had mud in there, they might clean it up just to make their bottom line better than risking debris.
When tinting is applied, they usually use the outside of the window to cut and shrink (sometimes they use a pre-cut, so then just shrink).
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After they cut/shrink the window, they usually remove the inner door panels and do the installation process from the inside.
It looks like sand scratches in the weather bands that crushed the glass as the window moved up and down. How long have you had the jeep?
If you just got it, my guess is that they were hidden before, like maybe they had a bit of rain-X or clear-X in their scratches, making them significantly less visible. But then during tinting they cleaned the outside really well because any dirt would transfer to the color film. So now they are visible from the installation process, but not caused by it.
Thank you for answer. I think your idea about them being hidden by some scratch-x or something is probably true. I had only had the Jeep for a week at the time and hadn’t even washed it yet.
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What is the most cost effective way (if any) to visually remove or minimize scratches on a tinted window inside a car? The car is old, it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect or a permanent solution.
This was accidentally done with an ice scraper. This post seems to say it’s safe, but it really isn’t! I will never try that with an ice scraper again.
Try the plastic wax sold at wal-mart on the headlights, it will smooth out light scratches in the shade, which is a film, but it won’t help