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Old 07-09-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Window Tint Wearing Off?

I have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport - owned it since 2005.

For years, when I detailed my Jeep, I used Windex and paper towels to clean the windshield and door windows (not the soft windows in the rear). I've never had any trouble... until now.

The last couple times I have cleaned out the Jeep, and washed the windows, it appears that the tinting is starting to come off. The windows are far from smooth now - you feel a texture when you rub your finger over the window.

This past weekend as I washed the windows, the insides had a white-ish grit come off as I rubbed the windows. I tried to take a couple pictures, although it was hard to get good detail.

So, is this the window tinting coming off? Is it a reaction from the licks and nose rubs my three Labrador Retrievers have made on the windows? Has Windex destroyed the look?

It's not problematic to drive or view, but still a hassle... and not very eye-appealing. It's only on the inside as well, and primarily on the passenger window... although the driver's side is showing some as well.


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Old 07-09-2013, 10:26 AM   #2
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May not help you at all since you've done it for years but tint isnt supposed to be cleaned with windex due to the chemicals in it...basically you want a non colored glass cleaner without any abrasive chemicals in order to clean the inside of the windows...

been cleaning my tinted windows in various vehicles for about 10 years now without issue...i use meguiars glass cleaner.

(i currently have my windshield tinted 35% with my sides at 15% to match the softtop which is at factory 15%)

If it were me, i'd strip the windows and have them redone.

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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Ummmm, it happens.

Nothing lasts forever.

Use plain water and a microfiber rag for the best results with the least amount of damage.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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As they said, you can't use Windex or other commercial cleaners, especially ones with Ammonia in them. It can/will cause the tint to turn purple-ish and pull itself away from the window.

Microfiber rag and water or regular dish soap and water. DON'T use paper towels or newspaper. These work great on plain windows or the outside of the window, but are abrasive and over time will destroy the tint.

The pups aren't gonna ruin it unless they get a corner and begin peeling it back. They bad news is you need them re-tinted. The good news is its dirt cheap to have Jeep windows done. Search for a place with a lifetime warranty, they are out there. Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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Windex contains ammonia, which is what professional companies use the peel off old tint to reapply new tint. So cleaning Windows with it is basically slowly stripping it off.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:16 AM   #6
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I am a professional window tinter. by using windex you stripped off the scratch resistant coating thats why your tint is flaking. get it redone and in the future just use an ammonia free glass cleaner. windex does make one.... its the pinkish one.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! I will get the windows updated soon. I figured it was the Windex, but it had just started... and considering prior to this Wrangler I only kept a car three years at a time max, I never experienced this before.

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Get the tint redone and make sure they use a quality film.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:12 PM   #9
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The best cleaner I've found it Sprayway ammonium free glass cleaner. We buy it in bulk at Costco. You can use it on virtually every surface of your vehicle, also use it around the house.

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