Your heat gun questions answered


If you have heat gun questions, we have the answers. In this post, we’ll address some of your most pressing heat gun queries:

What is a heat gun?

A heat gun is a handheld power tool that blows extremely hot air from its nozzle. It looks similar to a hair dryer, but you don’t point the air stream at your skin or hair. It can severely burn you.

What do you use a heat gun for?

Heat guns can be used for a lot of different projects, including home improvement, auto repair, design, crafts, composite work and more. You can use a heat gun to:

  • Apply vinyl wraps to vehicles
  • Shape plastic, including PVC pipe
  • Thaw frozen pipes
Two people smooth yellow vinyl onto a car.A heat gun can be used to apply vinyl wrap material to vehicles.

How do you use a heat gun?

Using a heat gun is fairly intuitive, but there are some key points to keep in mind.

1. Safety first

Before turning on your heat gun, make sure your work area is clear of anything that’s flammable or explosive. Pick a place to safely rest the heat gun during the brief moments you may need to set it down. Finally, be aware of where you are in relation to the air stream.

2. Keep it moving

When your heat gun is in use, keep it moving to prevent overheating any single area.

3. Know the right temperature

Different tasks require specific temperature settings. Make sure you know what the applicable temperature is for your projects. If it’s too hot, you could ruin your materials. If it’s too cold, it may not be effective.

4. Don’t leave it unattended

Never walk away from your activated heat gun. When it’s on, you should be in complete control of it, and you should refrain from setting it down whenever possible. If you do have to put it down, do so briefly on a stable, flat surface, or consider turning it off.

How hot does a heat gun get?

The temperature a heat gun can reach depends on the model. Some can get as hot as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, such as the Proheat 1000 Quick-Touch Heat Gun from Master Appliance.

Other models let users choose between two or more settings. For example, our Proheat 1100 Dualtemp Heat Gun can be set to 500 degrees or 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Certain models give greater control over the temperature settings, such as our Proheat 1500 LCD Programmable Heat Gun. This model can be set as low as 130 degrees, as high as 1,000 degrees and any temperature that’s a multiple of 10 between the two extremes.

Where can I get a heat gun?

Heat guns are often sold at home improvement and craft stores, but it’s important to make an informed decision before purchasing one of these tools.

You’ll want a long-lasting, high-quality model that will perform well at a moment’s notice. You should also seek out one that matches the projects you plan to tackle with the heat gun. A plumber thawing frozen pipes will have very different requirements than a car owner removing an outdated bumper sticker.

To learn more about the types of heat guns available and which ones best suit your needs, reach out to Master Appliance.

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