CLEAR FOCUS perforated exterior-mount films are 8-mil thick, which makes them easier to install and remove; they do not tear as easily as thinner films. CLEAR FOCUS window graphics should remove cleanly up to about six months after installation. Certain conditions, such as extreme heat and prolonged installation, can increase the film's adhesion to the glass.
To remove, peel up one corner or edge of the film and pull the film away from the window. The film should peel off easily in strips or sections. In areas where the film does not remove cleanly, spray the area liberally with a solvent-based glass cleaner (e.g., Windex®). Let sit for a minute or two, then remove the film. If necessary, use a single-edged industrial razor blade to scrape off any residue.
For stubborn graphics, an adhesive remover called Rapid Remover™, produced by RapidTac Inc. of Merlin, Oregon, has been recommended by a number of professional installers. Rapid Remover is a non-toxic, water-soluble solution that breaks down and removes adhesives. For more information on this product, contact RapidTac at 1-800-350-7751 or 541-474-1113. Website: www.rapidtac.com.
Some installers use a heat source, such as a hair dryer, sun lamp, heat lamp or heat gun, to soften and remove particularly stubborn vinyl graphics. In such cases, extreme care must be taken so as not to overheat the glass on which the graphics are installed. Use this method only if you are an experienced installer, and carefully follow the instructions of the heating-device manufacturer. Do not use a heat source if the glass has any defects, such as a crack. Also, do not use a heat source on windows that are cold (under about 60° F/15.5° C); the abrupt change in temperature from cold to hot might damage the glass.
After all the film has been removed, you may wish to have the
windows washed using whatever window-cleaning method you normally