“ Manufacturer: Direct Power / Product Type: Heat Gun „
I had been looking to upgrade my clapped out Black and Decker heat gun and could not believe what this one had to offer. I do a lot of home decorating and revamping old furniture and paint stripping is often part of that remit.
The Direct Power 2000w heat gun had three huge advantages over my old gun:
1. It has TWO heat settings - 350 and 500 degrees enabling you to vary the blast and avoid scorch marks. I've found that old gloss paint usually needs the hottest setting first to get the bulk of it off before moving to the cooler one to remove earlier coats and primer. The cool setting also gives more control when stripping more fiddly, intricate or delicate areas.
2. It has TWO air flow speeds - 300 and 500 litres per minute. Combining this function with the dual temperatures has completely put an end to any scorching or possible damage to the underlying wood.
3. There are FOUR different nozzles which give ultimate control of the jet of hot air. This is particularly valuable when removing small bits of paint stuck in corners.
I shopped around online and bought one for the princely sum of £8.99 from Screwfix. I'll admit the gun felt cheap when I first looked at it but, for that price, it wasn't really an issue. I did find that the scraper supplied with it wasn't as good as my current ones - I have a set of scrapers that cover most needs.
Initially the gun took some getting used to. I was accustomed to only having one speed and one temperature to play with - control came from how close I held the gun to the area I was working on. The first time I used it was to strip a battered old pine corner unit that I got from a charity shop. It cost a tenner and was covered in dark blue gloss paint (???). I had planned on repainting it to match my kitchen units so I wasn't bothered if I made the odd scorch mark whilst experimenting.
The gun performed excellently and, by the time the unit was stripped, I was pretty much on top of how to get the best out of it. I would recommend that you also try it first on something you plan to repaint rather than strip and stain.
"Lightweight for easy operation / Supplied with scraper and 4 nozzles / Features: 2 Heat Settings; 2 Air Flow Settings / Specifications: Heat settings 350 and 550C / Air flow speeds 300 and 500Ltr/min / Weight 0.7kg."