I'll disagree here... ("nothing toxic")
If the paint is *old* it can easily contain lead, and as such a heat
gun will probably release toxic fumes. I'd be very reluctant to use a
heat gun on any surface that pre-dates the end of lead paint.
I think the best answer to the OP's question is to buy both products
and try each. Then pick the one *you* like best, since one may work
better on your paint, but not on someone else's.
I've used heat gun before and the fume emitted could be nasty so good
ventilation is a must. Its also could be slow and could burn the wood as
well. I've stripped doors with a heat gun and it took too many hours -
perhaps better just buy a new door instead.
The OP mentioned latex paint. That should come off readily with heat,
should it not? If it were old oil based paint, then I wouldn't use heat
because of the potential of inhaling lead fumes.
Regardless the method of paint removal, inhaling any fumes is not
healthy. An appropriate respirator will help keep one on the healthy
side of a project, but how many people really go to that bother?
Specifically, I can't say. But if you use a heat gun, stay away from the
check the carcinogenicity warnings on the stripper. If you do get certain
on the skin, their potency is immediately apparent.
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