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A heat gun is easier to use and you get better and more consistent results with one. That being said with some patience and skill you can get by with just an lighter.
Opposite of patience. You need to do it quickly, and correctly when you use a lighter. Otherwise you mess up the color.

Colored heat shrink is best done with a heat gun, but all it takes is some practice and you can BIC it all day long.
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Opposite of patience. You need to do it quickly, and correctly when you use a lighter. Otherwise you mess up the color.

Colored heat shrink is best done with a heat gun, but all it takes is some practice and you can BIC it all day long.

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You have to be quick and not to close or the heat shrink will discolor. If its a bigger piece you need to do it multiple times to get it all evenly shrinked.

Yeah I know. When I said patience I mostly meant you can't do a bunch of them at once as you could with a heat gun and if the piece is large or very loos fitting you need to do multiple passe to get it right (as holding the lighter under the piece for a longer time would result in discoloring).
    
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The easiest way to break this down is if you are using colored heatshrink you need a heatgun,

If you are going heatshrinkless you need a bic lighter (dont get a torch or it will melt too fast) and you want to use the blue part of the flame which is hotter and doesnt leave soot on your fingers afterwards which then gets on everything.


When you get a heatgun you will want one with a reducer to focus the hear otherwise you may melt the sleeve with the heatshrink.

But thats the easy breakdown and there is no exceptions, colored heatshrink will discolor with a lighter no matter how hard you try and the main basis of heatshrink style is to use the heatgun to melt the heatshrink underneath without melting the heatshrink.

Throughout all of this the quality of your heatshrink does play a huge part in this as some poor quality colored heatshrink will discolor under a heatgun or turn into mush.
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