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There's a few as I recall. Takes some practice as the gun gets hot and can scorch the wood before you know it.  But then again, so can the electric plank benders.  I think the big problem is controlling the air flow and also what's behind the plank that gets hit with the hot air.

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Ahoy Mates :D


I have found heat guns very useful for planking. I do not use them very much for the initial bending but to do repairs or touch ups. For closing seams or fudging around already installed planks I don't think they can be beat. I use the non waterproof PVA glues which can be reactivated. The combination of water and heat allowed me to easily re-position installed planks making for a much better planking job. By using a brush and continually applying water you can protect the wood while heating it.  I also found it useful to dry the PVA in areas where clamping was difficult.


I use the hobby heat guns sold for RC aircraft shrink wrap which are hotter then blow driers but not as hot as the one sold for paint removal.

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