I guess everyone agrees with me when I say that heat guns are very helpful, right? As we have mentioned on our different blog posts, heat guns are not that hard to use, they are basically just like a hairdryer but instead of the low-temperature that hair dryers provide, heat guns provide a lot more.
Now, since we use heat guns for a lot of things, like paint removal, shrinking different objects that can be small or big, that means that we can’t use heat guns in the same way for every object/surface.
But does this mean we should buy different heat guns for different jobs? Well, yes and no, and let me clarify what I mean by this.
By yes I mean, if you have a small/basic heat gun that is mostly used for small projects, and you need to remove paint or to shrink any object, then yes you have to buy another heat gun to do the job, of course as long as you want to do the job faster and better because you still can remove paint or do any other job with small/basic heat gun but it just takes a long time and you will need to keep the heat gun on your hand longer.
And by no, I mean that there are other tools that can help your heat gun to do different tasks. And these tools are called ‘Nozzles”.
Just like we have mentioned before we have different heat gun models that are small and big that are used for small tasks and big tasks.
Now, using a big heat gun on a small object is not that bad for that object, but in most cases, not only that object will shrink but other things and objects near it will shrink too since the temperature aim is just too big! Now here come nozzles on handy!
Nozzles are just a really helpful tool that helps you to aim the heat flow better. But, just like there are different heat guns there are also different nozzles that can be used for different tasks. Down below we are gonna list different models of nozzles and explain every one of them.
There are different models of nozzles but the most used nozzles are these 5 that we call:
Glass Protector Nozzle
By its name you have probably guessed that this is the most important nozzle if you do basically “main” tasks with heat guns. It’s really an adequate nozzle for most of the jobs. It’s big enough and yet small enough.
If you are thinking which nozzle to get with your heat gun that would be perfect for general tasks then this is your go. Basically, it covers up to 90% of the tasks you can do with heat guns. Although if you are working on a very small area then make sure to check other nozzles as well, especially the reducer nozzle.
Glass Protector Nozzle
Another good nozzle is the ” Glass Protector Nozzle” and I’m sure that even with this one you probably have guessed what this nozzle is mostly used for just by reading its name. Like we have mentioned a lot of times that there are different models of heat guns and you can do different things with them such as paint removing and other stuff. Now, this nozzle is more used when you remove paint from the woodwork. And as we know most of the woodworks have window frames.
And while we are heating the wood to remove the paint if we don’t have a “glass protector nozzle” they heat flow can also go to the windows and break it, especially if it’s old woodwork. [ Read here how I broke my glass table with heat gun ].
So if you ever decide to use the heat gun near any glass then its recommended using this nozzle since it will prevent the hot airflow to go directly to the glass. This is a “must” nozzle for heat guns since it can be also used for different things that you want to protect from heat while working.
One of the hardest things about heat guns is not doing your task with them, but it’s also protecting the other object while you are working. And doing this while working in a small area is very hard, especially if you don’t have a nozzle.
This nozzle is made for small areas, if you ever have to work in a small area where you need the heat to flow in a very small area then this is your go. This will make your job safer and faster.
Correct me if I’m wrong but removing paint from an object is not very easy to do. Especially if you don’t have the right tools for it. You are more likely to destroy one object than to remove the paint from it without the right nozzles.
Using the “Glass protector nozzle” to protect the glass while removing paint is one thing. But you can also use “Flat Nozzle” too. The Flat Nozzle is mostly used to aim the heat only to a thin area which is perfect when removing paint from woodwork but also can be used for different objects too.
But, keep in mind that it will be really hard to work with this nozzle if it’s your first time using heat guns. But once you master it, it will be very effective and it will save you a lot of time!
I actually never used this nozzle, I never needed it but it came with the others. But some of my friends use it a lot, depends on what you do. This nozzle is mostly used to heat up cables or copper pipe. And it’s really effective.
Frequently asked questions
A. When you buy heat guns, do nozzles come free with them? B. No, 90% of heat guns do not come with nozzles, unless its an expensive one.
A. Are nozzles expensive? B. No, they are actually really cheap. And if you use heat guns a lot then nozzles are a “must”!
A. Is it hard to use nozzles? B. No, actually they are very easy and make your work life better. Except for Flat Nozzle which I think is the hardest one.
A. Can I use Heat Guns for different projects?
B. Yes, as long as you are a little creative you can use them for almost everything. You can even use heat guns for cell phone repair, this shows how helpful this tool can be.
Michael is the Editor at thetoolgeeks.com. He used to own a local shop where he sold different tools for 20+ years. He now enjoys researching DIY tools and writing guides about it.