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Old 02-15-2008, 12:13 PM
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Friend of mine wants to shrink wrap his smaller boat with shrink wrap removed from a larger boat,to save the cost of material. Not sure if that is a good idea,thinking that heating it again would weaken it. Anybody done it?
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To the best of my knowlege which is way limited you could not heat it again to futher shrink it.
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I had a buddy who did it. Reused the wrap from a 26 on a 21. It tended to burn through more, but it worked. Had to patch a couple of places. I would call you cheap, but it probably makes better sense than a dumpster.
That was his theory when my friend did it. He was recycling, not being ghetto.
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Once shrinked the wrap becomes very sensitive to reheating again... The wrap doesn't always shink evenly so you get thin spots and when you reheat they become HOLES...

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BTW, they do sell recycled shrink wrap...
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The wrap doesn't always shink evenly so you get thin spots and when you reheat they become HOLES...
Yep. That's what happened. But with a few patches, technically it was a success.
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Here's some info about shrink wrap recycling in NJ.

http://www.nj.gov/transportation/air...resources.shtm
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You have to first use the expansion gun...and they get expensive. Call & get a price on one.
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You have to first use the expansion gun...and they get expensive. Call & get a price on one.
Do you happen to have the number for the expansion gun place?
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We have used our heavy .006 (?) shrink wrap twice many times. It holds up well even when towing. If a spot gets thin, you just don't heat the wrap the 2nd time in the same area.
The biggest problem is keeping it clean between uses. If it gets dirt on it and you re-use, you now have dirt up against the finish.
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