Customer had questions about this,and ima newbie?

They wanted to know if I could remove this…idk what is?
Is it an old window tint?
Is it something I can do carefully?
With no experience with this, is it something I should bother with?

Customer came from a referral and has several referrals she is excited about mentioning me to.

Thanks in advance guys!

Looks like old window tint. It can be scraped off… But it is a massive pain. ( can be done )

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Thats what I thought. About how long would it take (for a new/careful guy going at it?).

Any other work but scrape and clean?

Thanks for responding @Chris. Would I need a scrapper or will steel wool suffice?

It does look like window tint, you should be able to touch it and feel the bubble that appears there. If not than it could be a leaking seal that has allowed moisture to get in between the panes of glass. Pictures are sometimes hard to decipher what is going on.

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Scrapper will help - it will mostly be elbow grease. Search the archives a bit youll find a lot of different tips and techniques.

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You don’t have to be a jack of all.
Don’t be afraid to tell a customer this out of my realm of work
Find a professional way of saying it
I always say this is labor intense this is something you would want a specialist doing.
I clean windows an I clean siding I don’t restore stuff. Some might say this is unprofessional I say no it’s not.
Just look at the one restore thread above. Now what ?

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Im’a give it a shot! I told her it would be an additional $60 dollars to get it off two small windows and she said okay. Just gonna be super careful and try my best. I want to learn how to do it now so I can know for sure in the future!

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Be aware that really old tint can leave a residual tint/shadow on the glass, I have encountered several tint that did not come completely off.

Thanks for letting me know!

As Majestic mentioned, I’d really re-consider going for it especially if it’s a customer’s glass and not you own “to test out”. I’ve in the past told the customer my limits and they were happy I was honest that I don’t have experience with something. Just a heads up, a razor can etch the glass unless you’ve been in the trade a while to know which ones you can take a razor to. Yes there are types of glass that you can’t. For $60, you might be forking out a lot more $$$ if they decide to have your insurance/out of pocket replace them. Not worth it in my opinion. If it cleans off well, that’s great!

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That doesn’t appear to even be tint, just the glue residue. Just mist it with a spray bottle and let it sit to soften up.
Even an old credit card could scrape it off. Hopefully it’s not tempered with fab debris.

Not sure about you guys in the US but here in oz I use an orange based cleaner, can’t remember the brand name but it’s like an orange goopy mixture and using that melts the films residue and cleans right up

The customer called a window tinter to put it on, should call them back to take it off. :-/

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I finished it. Pretty easy just had to go over it with a scraper a couple times like Chris said, took me about 30 minutes for both windows.

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On that note- It’s funny how window painters can never be found when it’s time to take the paint back off. Customer says “but that’s twice what it cost to get painted on” Me: smiles.

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Oh my gosh that reminds me, this bugs the crap out of me. I had a customer who hired a painter to paint his big expensive waterfront home in a very well to do neighborhood. By the appearance of the job it seemed apparent that he hired based on the lowest bid. The painters painted over ever storm panel stud around the windows, which of course left a thick enough layer of paint that left the threads useless to reattach the storm panels. The guy used to hire me to hang and remove the storm panels depending on hurricane season. I pointed out the paint faux pas. He contacted the painter who told him to have me clean it off with a wire brush! There were 8 to 12 bolts to each window! I moved on to less aggravating jobs and never looked back.

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Im so glad I never encounter storms down here. If I see one I’m well prepared to run away.

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Plus over time the studs can become loose. You know the old adage - last to touch is first to blame. No thanks.

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@Majestic66 That is one of the reasons I will NEVER do hard water stain removal. If it doesn’t come off with bronze wool, it doesn’t come off. I don’t want to destroy a window trying to remove hard water stains.

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