How to Remove Headlight Tint Spray?

Headlights are one of the first parts of your vehicle that beholders see when looking from the front. Having some tints on them can pick up its styles many folds.

However, it is more complex than it sounds. According to the laws in many states in the USA, you may not be able to apply tints or use an already tinted headlight on your vehicle. Even if your state allows it, there are chances that you don’t like the spray and want to get rid of it.

A tinted headlight can be unsafe too at night since it blocks some amount of light. This article is for you if you are into any of these situations.

Have a look at our in-depth processes, tricks, and tips about how to remove headlight tint sprays.

Headlight Tint Removal Techniques

There is actually more than one way to remove the sprayed tint from your headlights or taillights. It is also a lot easier than you think it may be. We have added various methods to perform your headlight tint removal in this article.

Going to an Expert

Trust us, but taking professional help to remove the headlight tint is actually the best option. Especially if you don’t have enough experience, you should seek experts help. It is pretty affordable, takes around 20 minutes only, and is the safest option.

Using Nail Polish Remover

You didn’t expect that, did you? Well, nail polish removers actually work against headlight tints. But why so? One of the materials that people use to make these removers is acetone.

Acetone is a chemical that works excellently in weakening the glue. Once the glue has loosened, you can simply scrape off the tint with a razor or a plastic card. You can also use raw acetone.

Caution- Note that raw acetone can be a dangerous chemical to use in a closed space. Make sure that there is enough air circulation. It is also flammable, so keep it from high heat or fire.

Using Oops, Sandpaper, and Wax

For this method, you need the following stuff-

  • Sandpapers with different grits- 800, 1000, 1500, 2000, and 3000 grits.
  • Oops- one bottle.
  • Wax
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Water
  • Automotive tape.

The Process

  • At first, open every hood and mask of the nearby spot in your vehicle. You do this to save the paint from getting ruined by any dripping. Use the automotive tape around the headlight, if needed.
  • Spray a little oops on one section of the headlight and let it sit for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Use the microfiber cloth to wipe the sprayed spot.
  • Once you finished wiping the whole headlight surface, start sanding it evenly with 800 grit sandpaper for 20 minutes.
  • Dry the surface with a cloth. Now check which areas are still not properly done yet. Repeat the sanding process with the higher grit sandpaper. Continue till the 3000 grit one. Completing the sanding process will restore the headlight surface as new.
  • Dry it for the last time, and your headlight tint will be totally gone.


  • Do not let the oops stay on the headlight surface for too long.
  • Prevent the drippings from ruining the paint. You can use another towel to catch them. Also, use cardboards or automotive tape not to spray on the paint mistakenly.
  • Since the process can make your headlight vulnerable by removing any protective layer, we recommend using any clear coat on it.

Using Brake Fluids

Brake fluids are another option that you may use to remove headlight tints. Not only are they less harmful compared to raw acetone, but the process is easy. And there are chances that you already have a bottle of brake fluid for your braking system. You can also remove headlight fogginess with brake fluids.

Here are what you need

  • A bottle of DOT-3 brake fluid. You will use around a quarter of it at most.
  • Automotive tape (Not required if you take off the headlights for the process).
  • Some clean disposable rags.
  • Water.

The Steps

  • Use the automotive tapes on the surrounding spots to avoid the brake fluids from getting on the paints. Alternatively, you can remove the headlights altogether.
  • Apply some brake fluid on a clean rag. Use it to rub one section of the headlight. Rub for around 5-10 seconds. You will notice the rag getting black. If not, you may need to wipe for some extra seconds.
  • Once the rag gets dark, apply brake fluids on any clean part of the rag or use a new one. Then clean a different spot of the headlight.
  • Once every part of the headlight is tintless, clean it with water.

Caution- Brake fluids may cause irritation of the skin. So, we suggest wearing rubber gloves.

Final Note

Removing the tint from your headlights has various advantages. It can give it room for a tint with a different color, or you may just want the stock look.

In addition, it is necessary to reapply the tint once the previous one reaches the expiry date or faces harsh weathered conditions. Hopefully, our methods can help you do it within your garage.

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