You’ll never pick up a hot-air gun again. The original Swedish Speedheater system uses gentle infrared heat to remove paint, varnish and putty brilliantly at lower temperatures – so you can say goodbye to scorched wood and cracked glass. It safely removes lead paint, too. After only a few seconds’ exposure, the Speedheater Cobra lets you scrape old paint off easily, even in those pesky hard-to-reach areas.
Lightweight (at just over half a kilo), fast to set up and easy to angle, the Speedheater Cobra makes light work of removing paint from both wide-open expanses of paint and tricky nooks & crannies. It’s perfect for removing old paint from furniture, door & window frames, marine details and stairways. We also supply replacement bulbs.
Marcus Ericson from Speedheater demonstrating the Cobra at the Listed Property Show
When stripping old paint which contains lead, lead particles are carried in the dust during sanding and scraping, and are released as fumes when using a hot-air gun. Even in relatively modern properties, paintwork may contain lead: although the use of lead in paint dropped dramatically in the early 1960s, it continued quite legally with some paints until the early 1980s. In 1992, EU regulations banned lead in all paints except those for use in historic buildings.
The good news is that the Speedheater Cobra safely removes lead-based paint because it works at temperatures lower than those which activate lead. Genuinely independent tests conducted by an industrial research institute in Sweden found that, even under ‘worst case’ conditions, the Speedheater only released between 1 and 10% of the lead limits which are permissible in Sweden and the USA. Get the independent test report.
The Speedheater Cobra’s infrared wavelength activates the water molecules in the old paint and softens it, causing it to bubble. The bubbling is due to the expansion of gases: some might even ignite, producing tiny flames which quickly burn out. This is quite normal and, with proper use, the Speedheater won’t scorch wood.
Working close to a glass pane with a hot-air gun can be a tense affair, because cracking can happen no matter how careful you try to be. Used correctly, the Speedheater Cobra keeps your glass intact because the heat is generated by radiation, not convection.
Voltage: 110 or 220V options
Connection: Single-phase with safety earth
Total length: 355 mm
Width: 95 mm
Heating surface: 90x70mm
Weight (approx.): 600g
This product is only suitable for UK use. Products for US use can be found here.