Can you use hair dryer for edge banding?

A hair dryer can be used to apply heat to edge banding, but it may not be the most efficient or precise method, especially when compared to tools designed for edge banding like edge banding irons or specialized edge banding machines. However, in a pinch or for small projects, a hair dryer can serve as a makeshift heat source to activate the adhesive on pre-glued edge banding. Here’s how to use a hair dryer for edge banding:

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Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Pre-glued Edge Banding: Edge banding with heat-activated adhesive.
  2. Hair Dryer: Ensure it has a high heat setting and can blow hot air.
  3. Plywood or Substrate: The material you are edge banding.


  1. Prepare the Edge Banding: Cut the pre-glued edge banding to the desired length for your project.
  2. Align the Edge Banding: Position the edge banding so that it slightly overhangs the edge of the plywood or substrate.
  3. Activate the Adhesive:
    • Turn your hair dryer to its highest heat setting.
    • Hold the hair dryer about 2-3 inches away from the edge banding.
    • Move the hair dryer back and forth along the length of the edge banding to evenly heat the adhesive underneath.
  4. Press and Smooth: As you apply heat, press the edge banding firmly onto the substrate to ensure good adhesion. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles.
  5. Trim Excess: After the adhesive is activated and the edge banding is securely attached, trim any excess material using a utility knife or an edge banding trimmer.
  6. Final Check: Once the edge banding has cooled and the adhesive has fully set, inspect the bond to ensure it is secure and free from gaps or loose edges.

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While a hair dryer can work for small DIY projects, it may have limitations in terms of temperature control and consistent heat distribution compared to dedicated edge banding tools. For larger or more critical projects, consider investing in an edge banding iron or machine designed for this specific task to ensure a more reliable and professional result.