A heat gun, surprisingly, is one of the most underrated tools. We don’t hear it being mentioned a lot, and we don’t see it being used by our favorite DIY-ers on YouTube. Why is that?
We believe that there are simply a lot of us who get easily intimidated by this incredible tool. After all, it can handle many projects. If you are among the many, don’t worry. Today, we’re going to talk about how to use a heat gun.
We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get going!
How to Use a Heat Gun
Below is a quick step-by-step guide to using a heat gun, some ideas on what types of projects you can use it on, and finally, some safety tips you should keep in mind in order to use your heat gun without worries of getting injured.
Let’s start with the step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Read the manual.
The first and most important thing that you should do whenever you get any power tool, even when it’s not a heat gun, is to read the manual from cover to cover. The manual will contain all the features that your tool has to offer, as well as specific safety and maintenance tips straight from the manufacturers themselves.
Step 2: Prepare your work area.
After reading the manual, the next thing that you need to do is to get your work area ready. You are going to deal with heat, after all. Remove anything that can accidentally be melted or damaged from your work station.
Another thing that you should do is to make sure that you will not be disturbed or distracted while working. This means no kids or pets allowed to run in the same room that you’re working in.
Step 3: Prepare your tool.
The next thing that you need to prepare is the tool itself. Most heat guns come with a variety of nozzles and attachments that you can attach to the tip of your tool depending on the task that you need to do. This is another reason why you should read the manual—to know which nozzle is good for what.
Step 4: Plug the device.
It will take some time for your tool to heat up after turning the device on. Don’t forget to check if your temperature settings match the material that you’re working with or the task and effect that you want to achieve.
If you’re unsure, then we recommend doing a quick research online. There are a lot of DIY references both in written and in video form. Another way is to start with a lower heat setting then gradually build it up until you get the desired heat.
Step 5: Use the tool.
Of course, once the device is already turned on and well heated up, it’s time to do your project.
Step 6: Let your device cool down before storing.
Once you are done using your heat gun, don’t store it just yet! It’s still smoldering hot, after all. We recommend letting it cool down completely for at least 30 minutes to an hour before putting it away.
Keep kids and pets away from your tool while it’s cooling down. Remember, it can still burn one’s skin!
And that’s it! Those are the steps that you need to follow in order to use your heat gun. See? It’s not that difficult, right? Plus, this tool is very versatile. There are a lot of things that you can do with this tool. That’s why we’re sure that you won’t be able to resist using your heat gun all the time.
Heat Gun Projects for DIY Enthusiasts
Speaking of which, what type of projects can you do with your heat gun? Here are some ideas:
Remove Stubborn Stickers and Labels
Let’s start with the pretty basic stuff. Are you trying to remove a label of your newly purchased glassware but can’t seem to peel it off? That’s easy. Just heat it up a bit with your heat gun, and it will come right off. You can use this to peel off labels of used jars and stickers on car windows too!
Solder and Desolder Stuff
While it is easy to solder items together with a soldering rod, desoldering is an entirely different process. Fortunately for us, it’s not as impossible to do anymore, thanks to the heat gun.
Melt Glue, Paint, Wax, and More!
Of course, you can use your heat gun to melt stuff for different reasons. You might want to clean paint drips off your floors, remove wax off your surfaces, remove something that’s been attached by glue—anything, really! Just think about how you can use heat creatively, and we’re sure your heat gun will be able to do the work for you.
In reality, we can spend all day listing down all the awesome things you can do with your brand new heat gun. Instead of doing that, though, allow us to move on to the last topic that we’re going to share with you today: helpful safety tips when using your heat gun.
Heat Gun Use Safety Tips
Here are some tips that you can keep in mind to ensure your safety while using your heat gun on your projects:
Know what it is you’re heating up.
Sure, you can melt paint drips off your patio. However, do you know what type of paint that is? What are its components? Will it produce toxic fumes?
How about the treatment of your hardwood floors? Do they have chemicals that can turn into harmful gas given the right temperature?
Do your research first before heating and melting any type of material.
Use protective gear.
In connection with the previous tip, if you’re going to heat up materials that you’re quite unsure of, you should definitely protect yourself by wearing safety goggles and a gas mask.
Keep it away from highly flammable materials.
Don’t work in an area where there are a lot of wood shavings and dust that can easily catch fire even with just a little heat. Just remember what element you’re working with, and we’re sure that you will do just fine.
Thank you for reading our article. We hope that you have found this quick guide on how to use a heat gun helpful and informative. Have fun using your new tool!