Heat gun versus torch

Submitted by pifferl on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 22:23

Preparing to re-epoxy after some repair work.  Since my initial build,  I have been watching Nick Schade videos.  Interested in his method to avoid epoxy bubbles.  Have seen him use both a torch and heat gun.  What is better? Research says heat gun can blow the epoxy around but is more controllable then a propane torch.

 

I cannot imagine my using a torch - unless I wanted to start a 'cedar' fire. I use a heat gun exclusively. Never had a problem blowing the epoxy around. It takes very little heat to pop  bubbles. The heat gun will cover a much wider area and can be used far enough away that wind force is not a problem. Just a brief pass 12"-14" away works fine for me. 99% of my bubbles get popped just by lightly dragging a foam brush lightly across the fresh epoxy.

My gun is either 'on' or 'off.' It may have a temp setting on it,  I never looked. 

 

OK, I looked - it's a Wagoner gun listed at 1400 watts - non adjustable - if I want hotter I move it closer, cooler, farther away :)

My gun is either 'on' or 'off.' It may have a temp setting on it,  I never looked. 

OK, I looked - it's a Wagoner gun listed at 1400 watts - non adjustable - if I want hotter I move it closer, cooler, farther away :)

 

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