The heat gun is one of those tools like the five pound sledgehammer which reveals its many uses as time passes. The idea is simple if not slightly dangerous. Like a hopped up hair dryer, the heat gun focuses superheated air in whichever direction it is pointed. This makes the heat gun great for softening up and removing everything from old vinyl graphics to unwanted paint. The heat gun is also truly handy for heat shrink wrap material or spot curing. The dual purpose focused blast of the heat gun can be used to remove or install!
But there lies the danger. Heating up old paint, vinyl, glazing compound, or what have you is not only a potential fire hazard, but also has the potential to create some nasty vapors. Less dangerous and more damaging is that if not used carefully, the powerful heat gun can easily curl up good paint when all you wanted to do was soften up some old glue. The trick to using the heat gun is to keep the focused blast of helpful heat moving. 1200 plus degrees is best applied gradually. Start on the lower setting. Move the heat gun in a circular motion. Experience great success.