heat shrink wrapping

Quick Guide to Shrink Wrapping

How to Shrink Wrap

If partial wrapping:

Step 1.  Check for sharp areas that may require padding to keep the shrink wrap from tearing.  Also check for delicate areas like the electrical panels, or hoses that might need extra      protection.  Walk around the object and thoroughly inspect it so you can determine if you are going to do a partial wrap using hard attachment with tape, strapping and nailed wood strips, or if you will be doing a full wrap. 

Step 2.  Pad the areas determined to be delicate or sharp.

Step 3.  Measure your object to decide what size shrink wrap film you will need.

Step 4.  When partially wrapping, unroll the material taking it over the top to the other side.  Avoid dragging the material on the floor to keep it from getting dirty or getting torn.

Step 5.   Attach the heat shrink film to the object.  The most common method is tape, but you could also use nail on wood strips or strapping.  Start on one side and continue around the object until done.  *Tip:  Fold the weird angles and corners as if you are gift wrapping, spray with adhesive or hold with tape so you can heat seam it.

Step 6.  Strapping can be used as a base for extra security.  To do so, you will need at least 6-8 inches of excess material below the strapping.  Tighten the strapping and fold over the strapping.  Hold it in place with tape or spray adhesive and then heat seam it.  Proceed to step 6 to Shrink wrap the object.

If wrapping 100%

Step 1.  Check for sharp areas that may require padding to keep the shrink wrap from tearing.  Also check for delicate areas like the electrical panels, or hoses that might need extra      protection.  Walk around the object and thoroughly inspect it so you can determine if you are going to do a partial wrap using hard attachment with tape, strapping and nailed wood strips, or if you will be doing a full wrap. 

Step 2.  Pad the areas determined to be delicate or sharp.

Step 3.  Measure your object to decide what size shrink wrap film you will need.

Step 4.  Unroll the material starting from one side and going over the top of the object to the other side and cut the material so that it fits completely around the object.

Step 5.  With the object in the center of the material begin adhering the material together with the object with spray adhesive or tape, remembering to fold the weird angles and corners as if you are gift wrapping.  Once the heat shrink film is attached to the object all the way around you can proceed to step 6.

Step 6.  Begin heat shrinking the material at the base of the object in a slow back and forth movement.  Start from the bottom and move your way up, leaving the top as the final phase. Your arm motion should be fluent, but do not stay in one place to long as it will burn a hole.  Keep moving until the entire object is shrink wrapped.

Step 7.  For extra security when you are done heat seaming, tape up holes, thin spots, and seams.