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How to: Clean Tinted Windows

How to: Clean Tinted Windows

How to: Clean Tinted Windows

Cleaning tinted windows is easy and only requires you to stay away from one product: Ammonia.

Ammonia-D® is the key ingredient in Windex® and should be avoided at all costs.  Ammonia damages window tint and causes it to turn purple and age prematurely.  To combat this problem, Windex® released a new product that is ammonia-free: Windex® Crystal Rain™ Glass Cleaner​.

To err on the side of caution, we suggest using a dedicated automotive glass cleaner like Stoner Invisible Glass Cleaner.  Stoner Invisible Glass Cleaner is available at many local automotive establishments and even online making it the perfect choice for window cleaning.

Steps

1

Wash the car’s exterior – Using any glass cleaner on the exterior is fine, although we do prefer an ammonia-free glass cleaner.

Tinted Windows

 

2

Clean the windows (Interior) – Spray a low pile microfiber towel with your ammonia-free glass cleaner and gently wipe the window clean.  Use a secondary microfiber towel to buff dry any streaks.

Stoner Invisible Glass Cleaner

 

3

Clean the edge of the window – Don’t forget to clean the part of the window that contacts the door gasket.  This action is the difference between a detailer and non-detailer.

Clean Edges of Car Windows

 

4

Avoid disturbing the edge of the tint – Try to avoid lifting the edge of the tint.  Accidental peeling or lifting of the tint can cause air bubbles to form.

Careful with Edges of Car Windows

Done

Congratulations! Cleaning tinted windows shouldn’t worry you anymore, and with the proper tools, it should be an easy job.

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9 Comments

  1. Ethel August 19, 2015

    Thanks for these cleaning tips! I didn’t know that you should treat a tinted window differently than a non-tinted window. It is good to know what steps to take in the cleaning process to get the best clean possible! These step by step picture instructions are very useful!

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  2. Dean November 19, 2015

    Great tips on cleaning windows. Do these suggestions leave them streak free? That is a problem I come across when cleaning my own windows.

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  3. Justin Knox August 18, 2016

    I am hoping to get my car windows tinted soon, but want to know what to expect. It sounds like it is still easy to clean the windows, as normal. Does window tint need to be cleaned any more often?

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  4. Johnny McCarron November 17, 2016

    I’ve been thinking about getting my windows tinted, so this information is really great to have. This should surely help me clean them properly. Maybe I’ll take it into consideration. What advice do you have for getting your windows tinted professionally?

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  5. Deedee Lewis January 4, 2017

    I’m glad that you mentioned using window cleaner that is not ammonia based because from my experience ammonia tends to leave residue behind. If you want your tinted windows as clean as can be then investing a little in a cleaner that does the job well will go a long way. I love cleaning my car myself, but I know that I have to make sure I am using the right products for the job, otherwise I may ruin the paint.

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  6. Dean Pagel January 9, 2018

    With your tips #3, avoid saturating the edges of the tinting with the window cleaner. This can result to losing its stickiness and easy peeling away from the window. Just wipe the windows with a damp cloth and work your way.

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  7. Dean Pagel January 18, 2018

    Thanks for this advice man it really helps, When we are going to clean our tinted window there is a specific things that are applicable to use for tinted window.

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  8. Becca Holton March 14, 2018

    I’m planning on getting my windows tinted. It’s good to know that ammonia is the one product to stay away from. I want to make sure my windows stay in good condition.

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  9. Derek McDoogle March 30, 2018

    I love that you talked about avoiding Windex at all costs. I will have to keep this in mind when I clean my car’s windows tomorrow. I don’t want to damage the tint, so this is timely advice! Thanks so much for putting this all together, it has really helped out!

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