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  • Looking for Alternative to expensive Shrink-wrap torch/gun

    Anyone ever used anything other than a $500-1000 shrink-wrap gun to shrink ?? Bought some shrink-wrap on clearance but Im not looking to spend big bucks on a gun.Was told the cheapie torch sold at Harbor freight worked well but it was from an unreliable source.Anyone??

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/SHRINKIT-RI...8AAOSwiS9d3xJr

    here you go, $750 gun for $220
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    • #3
      You can use a hair drier but it would be slow...

      We shrink 10 mil Poly sheeting for ocean shipments using yur typical heat gun used in electronic assembly, i.e. heat shrink tubing

      Any of these would work

      https://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Pa...s/N-5yc1vZc2fe
      Last edited by dingbat; December 4th, 2019, 12:19 PM.
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      • #4
        The heat gun wont work when wrapping a boat or it just wont work the boat cover type of shrink-wrap.I tried a while back to just tighten up a small section with no luch at all.Needs a torch to do it right.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by crazy charlie View Post
          The heat gun wont work when wrapping a boat or it just wont work the boat cover type of shrink-wrap.I tried a while back to just tighten up a small section with no luch at all.Needs a torch to do it right.
          Then use one of these
          https://www.harborfreight.com/propan...ter-91037.html
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          • #6

            Yep dingbat,thats the cheapie I was referencing. Just dont know if thats gonna shrink or burn up my boat

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            • #7
              When messing with a flame like you're going to need to shrink as much film as you're talking about to do a boat, I would say your boat is going to be at risk. That said, I used a Harbor Freight torch to do my first one this season after having watched it done a couple times by guys that were pretty good at it. They burned holes/overheated the film just like I did! Job went well for the most part. My best advice would be to not try doing it in anything but near calm conditions. Wind makes things too unpredictable, will test your patience, and that's when you overheat the material.....

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              • #8
                Thats the gun I was referring to,so if you say it works.....for $35 I will give it a shot

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                • #9
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                  I would suggest you practice.

                  Try it on a couple of old bikes, a wagon, or a couple metal garbage cans.

                  Do NOT try wrapping the wooden picnic table, or the wife car.
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