I can’t resist it now, at first I was a little wary, considered it to be a bit ‘dirty’ and to be honest, got me all hot and bothered, but thanks to the Power Devil Hot air gun I can now remove paint with ease! My god, you lot really do have a one-track mind don’t you! It’s disgraceful. Our dining room is currently going through a bit of a facelift, the house was originally built in 1850 and I’ve become convinced that every occupant since then has just applied coat after coat of paint onto the skirting boards and door frames. I had decided that enough was enough, no more faffing about with paint-strippers for me – I needed some more heavy duty help, and an ideal opportunity to buy another gadget to play about with in the house! So, I trekked off to my local Homebase (well, I say local, it’s an hour round trip to get there) and saw this Power Devil Hot Air gun on offer for just over £10 – so I immediately snapped one up. There were other more expensive brands available, but figured that this would suit my needs. Now, for those of you who don’t know, a hot air gun is basically a turbo-charged hair-dryer – it has a fan inside it, which blows air over a heating element, so creating a lot of heat. This heat then starts to melt the paint, making it really easy for you to scrape off the paint using a paint-scraping tool. The design of the unit is identical to a hair-dryer; it has two heat speeds, one that generates a lot more heat much quicker than the first setting. Once plugged in, you simply switch on and away you go. As well as getting the heat gun you also have two attachments you can fix onto the front of the unit – one is a scraper thing that makes it easy to scrape the paint off, the other lets you direct the heat to a precise area via a ‘funnel’ attachment. Removing layers of paint is fairly tedious at the best of times, but this device makes it much easier – as the paint began to blister under the heat it soon started to peel off in great lumps (notice lumps, there were at least 5 layers of paint to battle against) and all in all I found it very easy to use. Any drawbacks? Only one really, I found the electrical cord a little on the short side, meaning I had to get an extension lead to plug the gun in to, but apart from that you really can’t complain for a tenner. As I mentioned earlier, there were other similar models for a few quid more, but to be honest they all do the same thing and it’s not like it’ll be something you’ll use an awful lot – so I thought it represented great value for money. During operation the gun was easy to hold, and it didn’t overheat either – there is a safety cutout feature however that makes sure you don’t get burnt should the housing malfunction for some reason. It wasn't too noisy either - obviously the fan will make some noise, but nothing too unbearable. The instructions provided were clear and straightforward, but using something like this isn’t really rocket-science is it? It did give some useful advice about making sure the room is well ventilated, as well as the need to use safety goggles if working on paint that is above you (nothing worse than red-hot paint burning your eyes!) Tasks like paint-stripping can be tedious at the best of times, but this thing makes it much easier and quicker, and at £10 I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to you.
As we're 'doing up a house' we've bought a couple of hot air guns, sanders and other power tools in the last three years. Our main heat gun and sander are made by Bosch but sometimes we both need the heat gun so we bought spares, both Power Devil. The heat gun lasted the guarantee period and a couple of weeks. The sander didn't even manage that but we couldn't find the receipt until the guarantee had run out! The heat gun came from Argos and seemed a bargain at around £10. To be fair, the heat gun did a good job for as long as it lasted. We used it to strip layers of gloss from doors and frames and it was fine. You melt the paint and scrape it off. Not quite that simple but that's the idea. You have to be careful not to scorch the wood but once you've got the hang of it that's not such a problem. You end up with a few bit left and some ropey looking wood but once you go over with a sander it's good enough to wax, stain or varnish Would I buy another Power Devil - er, NO!
I have a power devil hot air gun which I often use. However here are a few words of warning... Use a lead paint test kit before using a hot air gun. This will ensure that you will not risk lead poisoning from lead fumes given off by old hot paint. I have found that the hot air gun works best on paint which is several layers thick rather than a single layer and that a shavehook is sometimes better than the scraper that comes with thgun. It is common sense not to use the hot air gun on a surface that has been treated with paint stripper. However wiping a painted surface with methylated spirits and leaving it to dry for a few days can make using the hot air gun easier as the meths breaks up the painted surface.
I can't stand to see a a rough surface with old drip marks or chips revealing layer upon layer of paint. Eversince I moved in with my partner I have used a hotair gun to strip almost every door and doorframe in the house. You just aim it a patch at a time until it bubbles and then just scrape with a triangle scraper and ever single layer comes off. Works 1000 times better than paint stripper. However it is absolutely awful to use on varnished surfaces. It simply melts the varnish and you just start spreading it everywhere. When stripping is compete, just use a filler to fill in holes and cracks, a quick sand down and you're ready to undercoat and repaint. If you find you have a good quality surface you may want a wood effect. Just give the surface a good sanding down after stripping and then varnish or wax. bare in mind my friend stripped and varnished her entire staircase and it took her 2 years.