Boat Shrink Wrap Supplies

Shrink wrapping is an extremely effective way to protect your boat from snow, rain, wind, UV, pollen, and pests during the off-season. Although boat shrink wrapping is most often done by professionals, it can also be a DIY job — especially if you share costs and work with one or a few boat-owning friends.» Read More

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Boat Shrink Wrap vs. Canvas Covers

The first cool days of fall are a reminder that the end of boat season is coming. For boaters in much of North America, that means winterizing and storing your boat, which includes securely covering your boat to protect it from the elements. The most effective ways to cover your boat are with a custom canvas cover or with marine shrink wrap. Each has its own pros and cons. Read More

DIY Boat Shrink Wrapping

Shrink wrapping your boat yourself is a great way to save a considerable amount of money over time. Shrink wrapping is something that the average DIYer can take on! There is still some cost associated with the equipment needed to wrap your boat, but in the long run, the savings add up.

The marine shrink wrap material itself is something you will have to pay for every time, as it is a single-use product. You will need to pick out your shrink wrap thickness according to the climate where the boat is stored, and whether you might move the boat while it is wrapped. Read More

White vs. Blue Shrink Wrap for Boats

The color of the marine shrink wrap you choose can have an impact on its performance. White shrink wrap is the most commonly used in wrapping boats for storage and shipping. It doesn’t absorb heat like darker colors and will tolerate warmer temperatures without loosening up. The light color also reduces condensation and moisture buildup within the wrap. Read More

What Are Different Shrink Wrap Thicknesses?

There are different thicknesses of shrink wrap as well. It is measured in mils, with 1 mil being equal to .001 of an inch, or 1/1000th of an inch. Shrink wrap varies from 6 mil to 12 mil with different uses for each thickness:

  • 6 mil is the thinnest wrap recommended for boats. It’s not meant to be transported and should be used only for storage.
  • 7 mil is the typical thickness used for shrink-wrapping small and mid-sized boats and can stand up to snow load areas. It should not be used if your boat will be trailered long distances at highway speeds.
  • 8 mil can still be used for larger boats, boats with sharp protrusions and large voids, and boats that will be transported at highway speeds.
  • 12 mil is as thick as it gets. This thickness is available with flame retardant traits.

Shrink Wrap Heat Guns

The process of boat shrink wrapping involves wrapping your boat in a low-density polyethylene sheet or film and shrinking it to conform to your boat's hull using heat. Low-density polyethylene was first produced in 1933 by Imperial Chemical Industries and has since been used to protect millions of goods for shipping and transportation. The heat source used to shrink the shrink wrap is typically a propane-fired heat gun such as the Rapid Shrink 100 or Shrinkfast 998. Read More

Shrink Wrap Vents and Doors

Since boat shrink wrap doesn’t “breathe” like other materials, moisture can be trapped inside, causing mold and mildew to form. In order to increase airflow, install one or more vents in your shrink wrapping. Installing vents is easier than it sounds; they simply stick or melt to the wrap material. Read More

Pros and Cons of Shrink Wrapping

Although shrink wrapping is great for most boats, it is important to cover the alternatives. The most popular alternative is a custom-made canvas boat cover. A quality cover is more expensive upfront than even a professional shrink-wrapping job, but it can provide years and years of service, while shrink wrapping is an annual expense. A very low-budget alternative is simply using tarps to cover your boat. But tarps are difficult to attach securely and don’t hold up well to wind and snow. Read More

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