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Which Speedheater™️ Unit is Best for My Project?

By February 29, 2024No Comments

Eco-strip™ offers 3 models of Infrared Paint Removers specially designed for safe and effective paint removal. The Speedheater™ Standard 1100, The Cobra™, and the Rapid Slim™ units can all be used to remove paint and varnish quickly, safely, and easily. However, each of our units has its own unique characteristics and applications. Customers often ask us what the differences are between the models, so we compiled this handy post. Read on to learn which product is best for your next project.

Speedheater™ Standard 1100

The Speedheater™ Standard 1100 Kit can be used for a wide variety of large projects. This system removes paint and varnish quickly and easily from wood siding, porches, exterior wood trim, floors, baseboards, chair rails, wainscoting, doors, door frames, window frames, painted wood paneling, fireplace mantels, cabinets, and stairs. The majority of these projects have long, flat surfaces to strip. By heating a 3” x 10” area in one application of infrared rays, this larger Speedheater™ makes thorough scraping with long strokes easier.

The Speedheater™ Standard 1100 works best on wood surfaces with oil-based paint, latex paint, varnish or polyurethane coatings. The Speedheater™ Standard 1100 can also be used on rain gutters, sheet metal and old plaster if they have smooth surfaces and several layers of coating. To complete the system, the addition of the Infrared Rack Kit and the Classic Arm to hold and move the Speedheater™ Standard 1100 hands-free doubles stripping productivity.

Speedheater™ Cobra

For heating smaller areas, the Speedheater™ Cobra is ideal. The concentrated infrared rays from 6 short bulbs heat a 3” x 3” area in less than 5 seconds. The Cobra™ has a smaller head and is much lighter allowing it to be used in tight spaces. The Cobra™ is the right choice for hard-to-access painted surfaces such as wood stair spindles and posts that are lathe-turned and curved.

Furniture stripping is a common application of this model as the Cobra™ removes paint and varnish quickly and easily from furniture with narrow spindles that are close together or with carved, narrow-grooved, or intricate designs. It can also be used to remove old window glazing without breaking the glass. The Cobra™ is popular for restoring windows with multiple, small panes of glass. Its small size makes it the ideal choice for close, fast heating of both the window glazing and paint in those smaller panes. This is a tool that is very versatile and works great in both interior and exterior projects such as trim, baseboards, doors, moldings, wood mantels, staircases and more.

Speedheater™ Rapid Slim

The Speedheater™ Rapid Slim is second to none when it comes to straight, narrow, and flat surfaces. The width of the heated surface using the Rapid Slim™ is almost half that of the Speedheater™ Standard 1100 so it fits more easily into narrower, tighter spaces than the larger infrared heater.

The Rapid Slim™ works well on vertical siding, furniture, doors, cabinets, and large window sashes which don’t have smaller, divided glass panes. The Rapid Slim™ quickly heats even rock-hard window glazing putty for smooth and precise removal with the Rolling Chisel and Putty Scraper included in its kit. The Speedheater™ Rapid Slim kit also includes a Support Bar which gives hands-free positioning of the infrared rays away from the window glass but facing the angled glazing putty. Both the low temperature and the directional infrared rays prevent the glass from breaking using the infrared method. The hands-free attachments both Infrared Rack Kit and Classic Arm also work with the Rapid Slim.

Choose Eco-Strip™

In conclusion, Eco-strip™ offers a tailored solution for every paint removal project with our Speedheater™ units. Whether you’re tackling extensive projects with the Speedheater™ Standard 1100, maneuvering tight spaces with the Speedheater™ Cobra, or working on straight, narrow surfaces with the Speedheater™ Rapid Slim, our infrared paint removers are designed for efficiency and safety. Understanding the unique characteristics and applications of each model ensures you make the right choice for your specific needs. Empower your paint stripping endeavors with Eco-strip™ , where excellence in design meets versatility in application. Choose the ideal Speedheater™ unit and elevate your project to new levels of effectiveness and convenience. Count on us for tailored assistance – choose Eco-strip™ and let’s elevate your project together.