We strongly prefer using adhesive mount dash cams over suction cup mounted dash cams due to the sleeker design, better video stability, and safer operation in the event of an accident. Adhesive mounts take a bit more time to remove from the windshield but with our guide you should be able to remove it and reuse the camera in another vehicle with no issues! Here's what you need to get started:
- Blow dryer or heat gun
- BlackboxMyCar trim tool
- Adhesive Remover (optional)
- Replacement Adhesive Tape (optional)
Step 1: Remove Camera from Mount
Remove the camera from the adhesive mount. All our best-selling adhesive mount dash cams can be removed from their respective mounting brackets by simply sliding off the bracket or by holding a release button and sliding (BlackVue). Because we will be applying a significant amount of heat to the area where the camera is mounted, we like to remove the camera to avoid the risk of damaging the components due to heat. With 2-channel dash cams, if the rear camera allows separation from the mount, we would recommend taking advantage of this feature. However, certain models don't allow separation of the rear camera from the mount but since the tape is significantly smaller than the front it's usually okay to leave it in. The rear camera don't require too much heat to remove so the risk of damage is much lower.
Step 2: Apply Heat
Using your blow dryer or heat gun, apply heat to the mounting tape from the outside. The purpose of this is to soften the tape to help it release from the windshield. When the tape is cold and firm it will take a lot of force to pry the camera from the windshield. It is particularly important to apply heat on tinted windows as trying to force a camera off by prying only may damage the tint. We typically apply heat for 30-45 seconds, but some cameras like the Thinkware dash cams with black adhesive tape may require more. 20 seconds of heat on the rear camera should be enough to loosen it for removal.
Step 3: Remove Mount Using Trim Tool
Shortly after applying heat, insert your trim into the gap between the mount and the window and pry along the edge to separate it from the window. Take your time with this as you don't want to bend the mount too forcefully as this may permanently damage the plastic mount. Work your way around the entire perimeter of the mount while prying gently, if you feel that the tape is too firm to remove from the windshield you may need to apply more heat to the mount. If you don't happen to have a trim tool, some users have recommended using a piece of string to "floss" the tape off from the windshield.
Step 4: Clean Up
After the mount is removed from the windshield completely, you may notice there's some residue of the tape still left on the windshield. For certain models, the tape may just roll off cleanly from the windshield with your fingertips. If this is the case simply roll it off and wipe your window down with a cloth and your preferred window cleaner. If however, the tape does not peel or roll off cleanly, try applying heat to it from the inside of the car and peeling it off by hand or scraping it off using your trim tool.
If this still doesn't work you may need to use an adhesive remover such as Goo Gone. Apply the adhesive remover solution to a paper towel or rag and rub it into the mounting tape residue. Wait for the solution to penetrate the tape and rub it off using the rag. If it does not come off, you may need to apply more of the solution. Once all the residue is removed, give the area a good wipe down with your preferred window cleaner.
Now that you've successfully removed the camera from the vehicle, you can attach a new replacement adhesive to your mount. Make sure there isn't residue on the mounting surface but if there is, you can clean it off by applying the instructions for step 4 as well! Many cameras come with a spare tape in the box so check there first! We do carry replacement adhesives for our most popular dash cams, if we don't list a tape for the specific model you're looking at, you might want to buy a tape for a different model and cut it to size. We really like the Thinkware F770 front camera tape for this purpose as it's all-black in colour and looks the most discreet.