Not only can decorative window film add privacy to areas like kitchens and bathrooms in your Fort Collins home or business, but it is also an easy way to change up the decor. Most jobs only take a couple of hours from start to finish.

On the other hand, you may want to remove your window film one day. Or you may move and find that the previous occupants had decorative window film installed.

While you could remove the window film yourself, we advise against it. Without professional experience, the process will probably take longer and increase your chances of damaging your window glass.

But, if you want to remove window film without professional help, here are some tips.

Tools Needed for DIY Window Film Removal

The supplies you’ll need to take off your window film will differ based on your film type. For example, if you’re removing static cling films, grab a razor blade, water in a spray bottle, or a hairdryer.

To remove adhesive-backed films, especially older ones, you will need an ammonia-based solution, spray bottle, drop cloth, and a razor blade or scrape.

How To Remove Static Cling Window Films 

Peeling static cling window films off is simple and doesn’t require too many tools.

  1. Start the peel with your fingernail or razor blade.
  2. Keep peeling the entire sheet of film off the glass. 
  3. Work diagonally across the glass.
  4. If you experience difficulties, try wetting it down using water and a spray bottle or heating it with a hairdryer.

How To Take Adhesive-Backed Films Off

Adhesive-backed films are more difficult to remove, but it can be done.

  1. Buy an adhesive removal product like vinegar or specialty window film solvent for tough residues.
  2. Start peeling a little corner of the window film up at a diagonal angle while applying removal solutions to where the glass and films meet. 
  3. Keep peeling and allow some time as you go for the solvent to sit and soak into the film. This may take an hour or longer. *Let it soak overnight for tough films. 
  4. Once the film is gone, wipe down the glass a final time, and polish is free of any trace residue.

If you have any questions about removing window film, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to provide information on removal or pricing information for our removal services.

Mike Kinsey

Mike Kinsey has been working in the window tinting industry for over 10 years. Since 2008, he and his team have assisted on numerous installs in the Fort Collins area, totaling approximately 250,000 sq. ft. of film. As the Operations Manager for Fort Collins Window Tinting, Mike's duties include project management, customer relations, and sales. He is well-versed in the technical procedures for window film installation as well as the differences between the hundreds of types and styles of film on the market. Mike is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education and is regarded as one of the top experts in his field.