The 7 Best Heat Guns for Removing Paint

Finding the right heat gun that will last you for years to come can be tricky.

You want to look out for one that has an ergonomic grip, plenty of attachments to get in those hard-to-reach areas, and housing that won’t melt from on-going use.

After looking at all the heat guns on the market, we found the DEWALT Heat Gun to be the best heat gun for removing paint.

If you’re after a budget option, the SEEKONE Heat Gun 1800W offers a ton of features for a bargain price.

Want to read the reviews? You can check them out below.

7 Best Heat Guns for Removing Paint

DEWALT Heat Gun with LCD Display

  • Variable Settings: Yes
  • LCD Display: Yes
  • Power Type: Corded

This heat gun offers you a wide variety of attachments, variable controls, and reliability that DeWalt offers.

What I like

I like that this heat gun comes with an accessory kit, including a paint scraper. You’ll find that when you go to remove paint with a heat gun, you may not be able to get into every nook and cranny. With the angled attachments, you won’t ever have that problem. You can scrape away the paint as well without an issue.

The LCD screen will let you know what temperature you’re running at so you can make adjustments on the fly. If you find that you need a bit more heat to remove the paint you’re working with, you can adjust the temperature in 50-degree increments. You have a range of 150 to 1100 degrees, nearly hot enough to melt aluminum, so be careful!

It has an ergonomic grip, making it fit right in the hand should you need to use the heat gun for long periods. It also has a kickstand if you’d like to let the gun sit without damaging your table with the hot nozzle.

To top it all off, it comes with built-in overload protection so your investment will be protected even in the worst circumstances. The cord is protected, so if someone trips on it you won’t be needing to buy another!

What I don’t like

For the price, you would imagine that you would have a dial to get the temperature exactly where you want it. Unfortunately, you can only choose from 50-degree increments.

Verdict

I think if you’re tired of using chemical strippers, then this heat gun will provide you with years of usage. It has all the add-ons for hard-to-reach areas and gets hot enough to strip any kind of paint. And it’s DeWalt, so should anything go wrong you know who to call.

Pros
  • Has variable temperature controls
  • LCD display for easy identification
  • Overload protection
Cons
  • Only offers temperature changes in 50 degree increments

SEEKONE Heat Gun 1800W Heavy Duty

  • Variable Settings: Yes
  • LCD Display: No
  • Power Type: Corded

If you’re after a super simple heat gun that gets HOT, this is it.

What I like

I like that the price of this heat gun is affordable. It may not make sense to buy a top-of-the-line model unless you’re a professional. All heat guns do the same thing, they get hot. What you’re paying for in a top model are the add-ons and variable controls.

This model has a range of 120F and 1200F, which is even hotter than the DeWalt model that comes in first. You’ll have more than enough power to remove any paint you need. It heats up in around 2 seconds. Use the variable control on the back to get to the heat you’d like to.

It also comes with four nozzles so you can get into the harder-to-reach areas. You’ll get smaller nozzles that can be used to point at stubborn areas.

You’ll be able to enjoy the overload protection that will keep your heat gun and you safe. If you’re skeptical, it comes with a lifetime free warranty. If anything goes wrong, you’ll be able to get another. Not a bad deal, I’d say!

What I don’t like

The housing is all plastic which can be worrisome for long-term usage. The handle is also made out of a harder plastic so holding it for hours at a time might become uncomfortable.

Verdict

If you’re a weekend warrior and you need a heat gun for a few DIY projects, it’ll be hard to go wrong with this option. It’s affordable and should last you long enough for your needs.

Pros
  • Variable temperature controls
  • Comes with attachments
  • Lifetime Warranty
Cons
  • Made of plastic which can be damaged by long term usage


Wagner Spraytech 0503008 HT1000 Heat Gun

  • Variable Settings: No
  • LCD Display: No
  • Power Type: Corded

If you just need heat, this is the gun for that.

What I like

This heat gun is a super simple option for anyone who doesn’t want to get fancy. You’ll be able to still have 2 heat options from 750-1000F.

It has a stand, which will let you set it down without worrying about damaging the floor or table you set it on. You can use the stand as a hands-free mode as well if you don’t feel like holding it for very long.

The nozzle is also corrosion-resistant for long-term use. You can also utilize the hanging hook for easy storage on your garage pegboards or hooks later on.

What I don’t like

It doesn’t come with any attachments which can be a bummer if you can’t reach some areas of paint.

Verdict

It’s hard to beat the deal on this one, super cheap option that you can reuse for a variety of different tasks.

Pros
  • Great for light usage
  • 2 power settings
  • Kickstand for hands-free usage
Cons
  • Likely won’t last a long time


PRULDE N2190 1500W Hot Air Gun

  • Variable Settings: No
  • LCD Display: No
  • Power Type: Corded

This heat gun is another great low priced option if you’re looking to save some cash.

What I like

I like that even for its price, it still comes with 4 attachments that will allow you to hit those harder-to-reach areas. It can be used to blast heat right where you need it for stubborn paint spots.

It has 2 temperature settings of 800 and 1112F, giving you some wiggle room with how hot the heat’ll go. It’s good to be able to let it run a bit cooler if you don’t need to use it at full power.

It’s been tested with 600 hours of constant usage, so the materials won’t break down after a few uses. This heat gun has a 6.5-foot power cord so you can bring the heat gun right where you need it to go without extension cables.

You’ll also be able to enjoy the back support so you can either use it hands-free or lay it to rest once you’re finished. The built in safety features ensure this heat gun will last.

What I don’t like

If you’re after a heat gun that will last you years, this likely isn’t the pick. It’s great for short-term use but likely won’t last you for years of everyday usage.

Verdict

This is another great heat gun for cheap. You’ll be able to remove some paint easily with this thing, just don’t expect it to have fancy features or come with tons of addons.

Pros
  • Comes with add-ons
  • Has 2 temp controls
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Won’t last a long time


PORTER-CABLE Heat Gun

  • Variable Settings: Yes
  • LCD Display: No
  • Power Type: Corded

1500 watts of power to help you strip any paint you need.

What I like

I like that even at this price point you have variable temperature controls. You’ll be able to choose between the 2 fan speeds of high and low for extra customizability.

It’s lightweight so when you hold it for hours, you’ll still be able to keep up with the job. The 6-foot cord will allow you to get this heat gun in any nook and cranny that you need to reach.

It also has a kickstand so you don’t set it down and damage your table or floor. You can easily store this on its hook anywhere you’d like in your garage or workshop.

What I don’t like

It doesn’t come with any downsides which is a bummer.

Verdict

This is another great heat gun for stripping paint. You shouldn’t have any issue with this model, and purchasers all loved it.


DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Heat Gun

  • Variable Settings: Yes
  • LCD Display: No
  • Power Type: Cordless

If you’re on the go, you’re going to need a cordless heat gun. This is the pick for you.

What I like

You may need a heat gun that works with you, and when you’re around no outlets you’re going to need to rely on battery-powered tools. This heat gun can last 42 minutes per charge on low settings. It’s going to be wise to get an extra set of batteries if you plan to use this daily.

You’ll be able to utilize the lock-on button so you don’t need to hold the trigger down. This’ll help ease your hand as you won’t need to apply extra pressure. The ergonomic handle is a nice touch as well, too.

If you’re in darker areas, this heat gun has an LED so you can see where you’re working. The temperature goes up to 990F which is great for a portable heat gun.

What I don’t like

I don’t like that the battery isn’t included with this tool which adds to the price. The battery doesn’t last long either and you’ll need a few if you need to use it for long periods.

Verdict

This is a great cordless heat gun if you’re on the go and need a blast of heat every now and again. Not great if you need to use a heat gun all day every day.

Pros
  • Has LED
  • 45 minutes of charge
Cons
  • Doesn’t come with batteries


MILWAUKEE’S 2688-20 Cordless Heat Gun

  • Variable Settings: No
  • LCD Display: No
  • Power Type: Cordless

If you need a compact heat gun that can fit anywhere, this is the right pick for you.

What I like

I like that it’s so small at 1.7 lbs and 6.4″, you can take it with you anywhere. If you already have Milwaukee tools, you can utilize your M18 batteries no problem. That’ll save you some cost as it doesn’t come with a battery.

It heats up within 7 seconds, so you won’t need to wait too long. The guarded nozzle will ensure that you don’t damage the table or floor once you put it down. It can be a hassle to wait for it to cool down, so now you can rest assured you won’t damage your work surface.

If you’re in dark places, it has an LED light so you can witness the action in front of you. The REDLINK intelligence also monitors the temperature and will cut off the heat if it reaches predetermined levels. Great for long-lasting action.

What I don’t like

This heat gun doesn’t have variable options and doesn’t come with a battery.

Verdict

If you need a super compact heat gun, this is the right pick. It doesn’t get extremely hot which can be a bummer for the price. If you need power, make sure to pick up a corded option.

Pros
  • Compact
  • Overheat protection
  • Cordless
Cons
  • Doesn’t come with batteries
  • Not hot enough for some applications
  • Runs out of battery quickly

Final Thoughts

If you’re after the best heat gun around, then the DEWALT Heat Gun is a great option to do so. If you just need a simple heat gun to get a quick job done, then the SEEKONE Heat Gun 1800W is another great option to save on some cash.

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About Roy Cohen

I'm Roy, founder of Hack My Garage. I started out like most not knowing how to hammer a nail, but now I know more than most people about home improvement and DIY. I want to spread my wealth of knowledge with the world and hope to make it a better place.