A Heat Gun: A Paint-Stripper’s Best Friend

A heat gun is a vital part of any tool shop. Heat guns are ideal for projects like stripping old paint, drying a coat of paint, drying wood, welding plastic, applying heat shrink tubing or even thawing frozen pipes. Different temperature settings on the gun make it possible to complete different tasks.

How A Heat Gun Works

How A Heat Gun Works

Unlike its predecessors, a heat gun is a power tool that is plugged into an electrical outlet. They have a cord that can be plugged in a workshop or other safe project area. Extension cords can be used to wind the cord around doorways and keep the cord fully on the floor, to prevent tripping.

Once the heat gun is plugged in, it is pointed at the object to be heated. To prevent burns and possible flames, it is important to make sure the gun doesn’t get too close to the object being heated.

A fan inside the heat gun sucks air into the tool. The air passes across an electric heater and then comes out at a higher temperature on the other end of the gun.

Basic heat guns have only one heat setting, while others have several settings. The user can set the gun to either high, medium or low and can even adjust the fan speed. This makes it easier to use the heat gun for different projects and with different types of materials.

Some heat guns have a wide variety of specifications and manual settings such as: a hook for hanging, different nozzles to direct air flow and a flex length to change the length of the gun.

This site has more information about how heat guns work and how to determine which specific tools are best for several different types of projects.

How To Use A Heat Gun

How To Use A Heat Gun

​When using a heat gun, you point it at the object to be heated, keeping the nozzle about two inches away from it. Slowly move the gun over the area until it is heated. If you are stripping paint, use a putty knife to begin peeling the paint off the surface.

While you are doing this, hold the heat gun in one hand and move it along with your knife, heating each area before you peel the paint off.

After most of the pain has been removed, you can point the heat gun at specific hard-to-get spots and use a scraping tool to remove the left-over paint.

​You can use the heat gun in a similar way for other projects. Each use for the heat gun will have different steps, but the operation of the heat gun will remain the same. The above method can be adapted to whatever you are using the heat gun for.

Heat Gun Safety Precautions

While heat guns don’t get as hot as an open flame, it can still cause burns or start fires. One built-in safety feature is that heat guns can be switched off, making them almost completely cool, during a project.

When using a heat gun, never:​

  • Cover the air grills on the heat gun, which can cause overheating
  • Push the nozzle of the gun directly against a surface, which can start a fire
  • Use it near flammable objects
  • Put it down while it is in operation, use the off switch to cool it down
  • Touch the novel with clothing or skin
  • Use it for stripping lead paint
  • Put anything inside the nozzle
using a heat gun

Heat guns can get extremely hot, and therefore can be dangerous. It is important to follow some basic safety precautions to avoid injury and fire. Here are some important heat gun safety tips.

To see more information about Heat Guns view this video below and see how you can use a heat gun to repair faded plastic on your vehicle:​

Black & Decker 9756 10 Amp Dual Temperature Heat Gun

One popular heat gun is the Black & Decker 9756 10 Amp Dual Temperature Heat Gun. This gun can be used for both home projects and professional work. It is an affordable power tool that will come in handy on any work bench.

​The Black & Decker heat gun has two heat settings that cover a range of 500 to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. These settings make it easy to use for lots of different kinds of tasks. It only weighs 1.5 pounds so it is light weight and easy to carry and measures 8.2 inches long, so storing it is not a problem. This heat gun also includes a glass protector.

​With the Black & Decker heat gun, completing a variety of projects and tasks is simple. It can be used for:

  • Stripping or drying paint
  • Removing linoleum and tile
  • Thawing pipes
  • Welding plastic
  • Embossing
  • Joining tarps
  • Tinting windows
  • Removing dents in metal
  • Removing and re-attaching hockey blades
Black & Decker 9756 10 Amp Dual Temperature Heat Gun

Using a heat gun can make lots of projects easier; heating things up and removing old paint suddenly got easier! The articles on this website have more information on what you can do with a heat gun and other related tools.