A variable temperature heat gun can have countless uses. When people think of a heat gun they usually picture what looks like an old fashioned hair dryer which exerts a tremendous amount of heat and is used on industrial projects and jobs. The fact is a do-it-yourselfer will find many uses for a variable temperature heat gun.
Uses on Paint
A variable temperature heat gun is extremely versatile in the kinds of work it can perform. Most people use a heat gun when removing paint from interior surfaces, like doors, wooden stair cases or architraves. The heat gun can be adjusted to peel paint, using it in a gentle up and down motion, holding it close to the paint and scraping with a metal scraper to relieve it from the surface.
Uses on Other Surfaces
The variable heat gun can be turned down to its lowest setting to be used on other projects, like shrink wrapping plastic and film. It can also be used to melt surfaces of pliable plastics and soft materials. They can be a lifesaver in warming up pipes that freeze in the winter. To heat a pipe to the extreme point that it can crack and burst is highly dangerous, so using a heat gun on a low setting to gently "encourage" the water in the pipe to melt is a much better option.
Damp wood can lead to multiple problems within the home including mold and mildew. A variable heat gun can help in the assistance of drying out the wood and restoring it to a better condition. When wood gets damp it swells and distorts and can becoming cracked and splintered over time. Using a heat gun to dry out soaked wood is a more gentle way of reviving it.
The ability to change the temperature is what make the variable temperature heat gun so versatile. Lower heat is more like a shot of warm air which will not harm the skin. As previously stated, lower settings emulate the same heat out put of a hairdryer. However, it is NOT suggested that you use a heat gun to dry your hair.
Set onto the highest heat setting available, it is actually possible to melt solder on small components. ‘De-soldering’ as it is known, removes solder from a metal object by melting the softer solder material away from the more firm metallic surface it was soldered to. This can be useful when mending small electronic items like circuit boards.
With a variable temperature it is also possible to either melt or activate an adhesive compound. Some adhesives are heat resistant but those which can melt can he removed from surfaces using a moderately heated gun. To the same degree, some adhesives also respond to heat and set better, so again, a moderately heated gun will assist in that chemical process.