Tinting Car Care: How to Clean Tinted Car Windows

This blog is part of an explanatory series about 3M car window tinting service.

Tinting your car windows is an excellent way to reduce glare, UV exposure, and improve privacy. However, once your car windows are tinted, they require a different care routine. Proper cleaning is crucial to ensure the tint lasts longer and looks great. Let’s dive into the world of post-tinting car care and see how you can best clean your tinted car windows.

Post-tinting care: cleaning car windows

Choosing the Right Cleaning Solutions

Avoid Ammonia-based cleaners: Ammonia can damage the tint film over time, causing it to discolor or fade. When shopping for cleaning solutions, always opt for ammonia-free products specifically designed for tinted windows. Such products not only protect the tint but also enhance its longevity and appearance. It’s a small investment that ensures your tint remains vibrant and intact for a long duration.

DIY cleaning solution: If you prefer a homemade cleaning solution, a mix of distilled water and a few drops of dish soap works wonders. This mixture is gentle on the tint yet effective in cleaning the glass.

The Cleaning Process

When cleaning tinted windows, it’s crucial to use a soft, lint-free cloth or a microfiber towel. Relying on abrasive materials, such as paper towels, can lead to scratches on the tint. Instead of spraying the cleaning solution directly onto the window, spray it onto the cloth, then gently wipe the window using a circular motion, ensuring you don’t apply excessive pressure. It’s vital to exercise caution near the edges of the tint, as this is the area most susceptible to damage. By avoiding the edges, you can prevent unwanted peeling or damage. Furthermore, regular cleaning is paramount. By consistently maintaining your tinted windows, you can enhance their appearance and extend their lifespan.

The Don'ts of Cleaning Tinted Windows

  • Don’t use abrasive tools: Steer clear of hard or sharp tools that have the potential to scratch the tint. Always opt for gentle cleaning materials that won’t jeopardize the tint’s integrity.
  • Don’t clean under direct sunlight: Undertaking the cleaning process under direct sunlight can lead to the solution drying too rapidly, which often results in unsightly streaks. Choose a shaded spot or an indoor location to ensure a streak-free cleaning process.
  • Don’t be in a rush: Take your time during the cleaning process. Patience is essential. Hastily or aggressively cleaning can risk the integrity of the tint, so approach the task with gentleness and patience. Allow ample time for a thorough and careful cleaning. Additionally, it’s crucial to wait at least 3–4 days after the tinting job to clean them.
  • Avoid using excessive moisture: Especially in the early days post-tinting, using too much liquid can potentially interfere with the curing process or seep into the edges, undermining the adhesive bond. It’s essential to control the amount of moisture during cleaning, so always wring out your cloth well before applying it to the tint.
  • Steer clear of window scrapers: While they might be useful for untreated windows, scrapers can irreparably damage the surface of tinted windows, causing tears or scratches. Soft squeegees or rubber-edged tools can assist in cleaning without damaging the tint.

Orange Auto: Where Passion for Window Tinting Meets Expertise

Maintaining the sheen of your tinted windows is straightforward. Armed with the appropriate tools and techniques, your windows can remain flawless for years. Adhering to the advice provided ensures your tinting investment continues to pay off. 

Seeking assistance with cleaning your window tinting? The experts at Orange Auto are at your service. At Orange Auto, we harness the cutting-edge technology of 3M Car Tinting to provide unparalleled window tint solutions tailored to your vehicle’s needs. Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate an older tint, opt for a fresh shade, or simply want assistance detailing your car and tint, we have the expertise you need. From DIY enthusiasts to those preferring a professional touch, we’re dedicated to realizing your tinting aspirations.

Schedule your window tint appointment today!