How to Remove UV Coating Glass

UV coating is often applied to window glass as a means of deflecting harmful UV rays from entering your home. UV, or ultraviolet radiation, is emitted from sunlight and, according to the Melanoma Education Foundation, UV light can increase your risk of developing melanoma and other skin-related ailments. If you wish to remove UV coating from glass to either replace it or to clean the window, you may do so by following several steps.

Removing UV coating may be ideal to clean tough glass stains. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Things You'll Need

  • Stainless steel razor blade

  • Tweezer

  • 2 Tbsp. liquid dishwashing soap

  • 1 cup water

  • Sponge

Step 1

Gather the necessary tools to remove UV coating. UV coating is typically a film placed on the window through a special adhesive. To remove the coating, you need a stainless steel razor blade and a pair of tweezers.

Step 2

Press the razor blade into the window, and gently cut a 6-inch vertical line into the film. Ensure that you do not use excessive pressure as this will cut the actual glass.

Step 3

Cut a 6-inch horizontal line across the vertical cut.

Step 4

Pick at the film where the vertical and horizontal lines meet with your tweezers. When 1-inch of the UV coating film is released from the glass, gently grab hold of the coating and pull it in a smooth manner. Repeat until the UV coating filming is completely removed from the glass.

Step 5

Mix 2 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 cup of water. Dip a sponge into the cleaning solution and clean the glass to remove leftover adhesive.

Tip

Use professional-grade adhesive remover if you cannot remove all adhesive from the glass with the soap and water solution.

Warning

Do not make numerous cuts throughout the UV coating film, as this can make film removal difficult.