Product Type: Power Devil Other Power Tools
Newest Review: ... and saw this Power Devil Hot Air gun on offer for just over £10 – so I immediately snapped one up. There were other more expen... more
I just love stripping!
Power Devil Hot Air Gun
Member Name: Flibble
Power Devil Hot Air Gun
Date: 08/07/02, updated on 08/07/02 (1095 review reads)
Advantages: Great value for money, Simple to use, Makes a dull task easier
Disadvantages: power cord could have been a bit longer
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.