Shrink wrap is a type of plastic that shrinks when heated. When it shrinks, it takes the shape of the item it is surrounding. Shrink wrap is used to package or protect items that range in size from a bar of soap to boats. Small shrink wrapping jobs require the use of a heat gun to melt the plastic. Larger jobs, such as shrink wrapping a boat, require a shrink wrapping machine.
After making soap, many people shrink wrap it to retain the fragrance, and prevent damage to the soap. In order to do this, you need shrink wrap bags and a heat gun. Place the soap in the bag, leaving about half an inch of shrink wrap around the soap and trim off the excess. Tape the open edges of the wrap. Use the heat gun to melt the shrink wrap until it takes the shape of the soap.
Many people shrink wrap baskets filled with goodies for use as gifts. This prevents the objects from falling out, and adds a store-bought touch to the home-made gift. Find a shrink wrap bag that fits the basket, with room to spare. Place the basket of goodies in the bag and pull it tightly upwards, securing it with a tie. Use a heat gun to melt the shrink wrap to the shape of the goody-filled basket.
Pallets are often shrink wrapped to prevent the object from falling off during shipment. Shrink wrapping pallets involves the use of an industrial shrink wrap machine. Stack the boxes on a pallet, close together, so they are neat and orderly. Using a roll of shrink wrap, start at the bottom of the pallet and wrap the entire unit five times. With a pallet jack, insert into the shrink wrap machine to melt the plastic.
Many people shrink wrap their boats to protect them from the winter weather. In order to do this, you first need to pad the sharp corners of the boat with foam, to prevent puncturing the wrap. Shrink wrap the boat, while on the trailer, making sure to overlap the wrap so it adheres to itself. Use a heat gun to melt the shrink wrap to the shape of the boat. Repair any holes with a shrink wrap repair kit.
Any object that you are selling or storing can be shrink wrapped, It allows you to apply labels and price tags without damaging the object itself. Shrink wrap also prevents moisture and dirt from damaging the stored items, while remaining inexpensive and user friendly.