Decorative window film is an excellent way to spruce up decor in Long Island homes and businesses in Long Island. It is also great for adding privacy to areas like kitchens and bathrooms. One of the best parts about window film is how it is to have installed. It only takes an hour or two for most jobs. 

On the flip side, one day, you may want to have your window film removed. Or you may move into a space in Long Island with outdated decorative window film. 

Removing it yourself is an option. However, as professional window film installers, we caution you not to. It will likely take you a lot longer than a professional, and you could damage the glass of your window. 

If you do decide to remove your window film on your own, here are a few tips to help you succeed.

Tools Needed for DIY Window Film Removal

The tools you will need to remove your window film vary depending on your film type.  To remove static clings films, you will need a razor blade, a spray bottle with water, and/or a hairdryer. 

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

How To Remove Static Cling Window Films 

Removing adhesive-free static cling window films is easy- just peel it off.

  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 tougher to remove. 

  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 challenging films. 
  4. Once the film is gone, wipe down the glass a final time and polish is free of any trace residue.

We are always happy to answer any questions about removing window film in Long Island. Contact us for pricing on window film removal.


Angus Faith is a window film installer working in the Long Island area. After moving to Long Island from Scotland, Angus obtained a job in the construction industry and became interested in sustainable architecture. This led him to discover the benefits of window film and its usefulness for increasing energy efficiency. Today, he is considered one of the top window film experts in the area. Using his ten years of experience in diagnosing architectural concerns and knowledge of window tinting innovations, Angus helps his customers find the right film to accomplish their home or business goals. In his spare time, Angus enjoys sailing, traveling, and spending time in the park with his two Golden Retrievers, Alastair and Clyde.