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Removing Window tint looking film on Tail lights

Hi, My new to me 15 Challenger has had the center of the tail lights darkened/tinted. It almost looks like window tint film as it has shrunk, you can see what looks like the adhesive about 0.125 around the perimeter of the film looking stuff. Anyways, it has bubbles or small wrinkles everywhere and my kids want to remove it.

any insight, ideas or even better first hand experience ?

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Hi, My new to me 15 Challenger has had the center of the tail lights darkened/tinted. It almost looks like window tint film as it has shrunk, you can see what looks like the adhesive about 0.125 around the perimeter of the film looking stuff. Anyways, it has bubbles or small wrinkles everywhere and my kids want to remove it.

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Peel off slowly, apply adhesive remover (goo-gone or TarX works) if there's any left behind, wipe off with microfiber towel.

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use a hair dryer or heat gun (low setting) - that plastic can scratch easily, so don't scrape at the lens

that film looks awful

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That was badly done. As Hal says, hair dryer, not heat gun. Or a clothes steamer

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You sure that's film and not RicerShades? (Nightshades?)


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You sure that's film and not RicerShades? (Nightshades?)



Hmm. I only know of window tint film, not sure what ricer shades is. I just bough the car last week and really have no specific clue as to what the stuff is other than it looks terrible up close. Any insight or suggestion would be appreciated.

I also want to remove the decals down the sides of the car. Any help is truly appreciated.
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Nightshades is a spray on tint. It generally looks awful when applied incorrectly.

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Hmm. I only know of window tint film, not sure what ricer shades is. I just bough the car last week and really have no specific clue as to what the stuff is other than it looks terrible up close. Any insight or suggestion would be appreciated.

I also want to remove the decals down the sides of the car. Any help is truly appreciated.
for removing the decals - that requires using a hair dryer or heat gun (low setting) - you don't scrape these off. The vinyl and adhesive will release when heat is applied - its a time consuming process.

Afterward, it may take several passes with isopropyl alcohol to remove any adhesive residue.

Then probably polish (the paint that wasn't covered by vinyl may have swirls, etc) to make surfaces all the same, then apply wax.

If you're not familiar with how to to the removal - most any places that install window tint or graphics can do this removal.
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for removing the decals - that requires using a hair dryer or heat gun (low setting) - you don't scrape these off. The vinyl and adhesive will release when heat is applied - its a time consuming process.

Afterward, it may take several passes with isopropyl alcohol to remove any adhesive residue.

Then probably polish (the paint that wasn't covered by vinyl may have swirls, etc) to make surfaces all the same, then apply wax.

If you're not familiar with how to to the removal - most any places that install window tint or graphics can do this removal.

Afterward, it may take several passes with isopropyl alcohol to remove any adhesive residue. really good to know this. Thx
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