How to Remove Wallpaper with a Heat Gun

Do you think that your home deserves better than the hideous 70’s wallpaper that’s been ruining its reputation? If you are ready to part ways, read on and discover how to remove wallpaper with a heat gun and give your home a much needed transformation.

What You’ll Need

  • Master Appliance Heat Gun
  • Leather Gloves
  • Putty Knife/Paint Scrapper

Safety Precautions

Before you know how to remove old wallpaper, it’s important to be aware of the safety precautions when working on a project like this. Make sure that there is appropriate ventilation when removing the wallpaper. Open windows and turn on fans. Don’t touch the nozzle of the heat gun and wear leather gloves for protection. If you are using an extension cord, make sure it is powerful enough handle a heat gun.


  1. Allow your heat gun to warm up to the appropriate temperature. Temperatures of 250-325 ° Fahrenheit are sufficient when deactivating adhesives.
  2. Hold the heat gun approximately six inches away from the wallpaper. With your dominant hand, get behind the wallpaper and scrape with a paint scrapper. Don’t hold your heat gun in one spot for too long. Work ahead and heat the next section while you are loosening the other.
  3. If remnants of paper still remain, try wetting the paper with water and then scrapping it off.
  4. Allow your heat gun to cool in a stand before storing. Be careful to not lay it on a flammable surface.

Note: A heat gun will help remove vinyl wallpaper but it will not remove vinyl coated wallpaper.

Tell your friends how to remove old wallpaper with a heat gun and they will thank you for saving them a lot of time. Check out Master Appliances website for professional quality, heavy-duty industrial multiple use heat guns and kits.

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