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Does WD-40 Remove Tint Glue? Facts & FAQs

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Having an attractive vehicle is a great way of boosting your confidence. Whether your car is a newer model, or an older gem, window tint is a great way of bringing out the vehicle’s best attributes. Not only does tinting make the vehicle look great, but it also helps fight the sun’s rays when you’re behind the wheel.

Often, perking up your vehicle comes with the need to remove the old tint. This may seem like an easy job, but the tint glue left behind can be an issue. When you’re looking around the garage for something that can help make this job easier, it’s not uncommon to find a can of WD-40 sitting around.

This lubricant comes in handy for many jobs, but can WD-40 remove tint glue? The answer to that question is yes, absolutely! WD-40 is a great tool to remove old tint glue, or excess that may be on your vehicle after a new tint job. Let’s take a look at how handy WD-40 can be and how you can safely use it to remove tint glue from your windows.

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What Is WD-40?

In 1953, the Rocket Chemical Company wanted to create a line of rust-prevention products and degreasers. The three employees worked diligently, but it still took them 40 tries to get the water displacement ratios worked out. On that 40th try, however, WD-40 was born. The 40 in the name, of course, comes from the 40 tries needed and the WD stands for water displacement. The same formula those three employees made in 1953 at a small lab in San Diego, California is still in use today.

Over the years, WD-40 made its way into an aerosol can for easier use. It then began being sold on store shelves so everyday people could make use of it. Before long, the Rocket Chemical Company decided to rename themselves WD-40 Inc. in honor of the only product they make. Now, you’ll find WD-40 in nearly every home and it is used for over 1,000 applications.

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WD-40 and Tint Glue

We’ve already mentioned the difficulties of removing tint glue from windows. Whether the installer made a slight error and left behind some glue, or you need to remove old glue to add new tint using these methods can leave your windows scratched or damaged. If you’re wanting to keep your vehicle looking its best, using safe methods to remove this tint is the best option. Luckily, after years of use all around the house and in your garage, WD-40 has proven itself as a great way to remove adhesives safely.

Using WD-40 on tint glue is a common way of removing it from windows. You’ll also love the fact that it’s easy to do. If you’ve recently removed old tint and need to rid your windows of the old glue, simply spray the WD-40 onto the sticky surface. Instead of scrubbing immediately, allow the WD-40 to sit for around 5 minutes to deeply penetrate the adhesive. This lets the WD-40 break down the glue’s bond.  After the time passes, take a damp cloth and wipe away the hardened glue. If you’re unable to remove all the glue with this method, use a safe scraper to finish up.

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Other Ways to Remove Tint Glue

While WD-40 is one of the easiest ways to remove tint glue from your windows, it isn’t the only one. Other products such as Goo Gone, rubbing alcohol, soap, water, or even ammonia are chemicals that can aid in the removal of tint glue. You can also use handy items around the house like a hair dryer, scraper, or even a heat gun to help get unwanted glue off your car’s windows.

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Final Thoughts

When you need to remove tint glue, WD-40 is one of the easiest and safest methods out there. With minimal elbow grease, you can have your car’s windows looking great again. If you’re trying to make your car look its best again, feel free to use a can of WD-40 that is most likely sitting around your house or garage. If you don’t have this lubricant at home, make sure to buy some. You’re sure to find multiple uses for the can.

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