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5 DIY Wood Finishes Using a Heat Gun

Heat guns are a really unique and really inexpensive tool to add to your DIY arsenal. We got this Wagner Heat Gun last month and have been having a blast with it! I have been fascinated by all of the things that a heat gun can do, and really have been having fun playing with it. So, today I wanted to share with you 5 DIY wood finishes using a heat gun. These are all just pieces of normal pine scrap wood.

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5 DIY Wood Finishes Using a Heat Gun

Five Wood Finishes with a Heat Gun - Charleston Crafted

Painted Wood Heat guns are actually really handy in removing paint, so I was interested to see what it would do to a piece of pre-painted (dry) pine. The heat gun caused the paint the slightly brown and bubble, which I think could be a really cool faux aged finish. Warning: be sure to wear a face mask when trying this one, it gets stinky. Stained Wood The stained pine took the burn a lot faster than the unstained wood. It actually added a nice bit of contrast to the stain and helped to bring out the grain a lot. Untreated Wood – Light Burn This was just regular pine that I lightly burned. You have to keep the heat gun moving or it has a tendency to get splotchy. Untreated Wood – Dark Char To get a darker char, I moved the heat gun much slower as I heated the wood. I really love the char finish and think that this could be epic on a large piece. Imagine a whole garden bed done this way. Stunning! Untreated Wood – Wet This was kind of random, but cool. I completely wetted the wood (away from the electric heat gun!) The dark burn color spread a lot more evenly across the wood and got a much smoother finish than the dry wood. I really love this tip! Be really, really careful that you don’t mix electricity and water with this one! Here is a video showing each of the finishes:


Have you ever used a heat gun before? What for?

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Finishing Wood with your Micro-Therm Heat Gun - Iso-Tip

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

[…] darken. You can also add stain afterwards to really complete the look. Check out this article from Charleston Crafted to see some examples of finishes you can apply. For the advanced user, you can even use ammonium […]

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