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September 2020 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

September Notes from Mike.

As we flip the calendar over into September, many of us in the shrink wrap marine industry are gearing up for what is forecasting to be a busy season. The new boat sales market saw a big jump up to the tune of around 35%-40% this year, and this could be a good sign for all of you marine suppliers and shrink wrap installer companies.

I would like to remind all of our customers to reference your fall mailing promotion, which will save you 10% on your online shrink wrap orders. Just use FALL20 at checkout and your discount will be applied to all shrink wrap on your order (excludes accessories). This promotion is available to our wholesale and retail customers. This could also be a great time for you to sign up for our business pricing if you haven’t already. You can do that here:

We have been stocking up and our warehouse and crew are READY for your seasonal fall orders. Contact one of our world class customer service reps today or use our user-friendly website for all of your shrink wrap ordering:

Be well and stay healthy. As always, please let us know what we can do for you. Thank you for working with us.

-Mike Stenberg, President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.




Due to COVID-19 restrictions and keeping our employees and customers safe, there have been changes made to our Customer Pick-Up process. Absolutely no customers are currently allowed inside of our building or warehouse at any time, for any reason. We are still allowing customers to drive-up to pick up their orders- orders must be placed and paid in advance and you will need to call upon arrival. Our warehouse staff will load your truck or vehicle as long as the following criteria is met:

Dr. Shrink staff will load the material if:

  • The vehicle has a separate trunk, truck bed, or SUV rear gate.
  • The vehicle has ample space to load.
  • The space is cleared for the material prior to loading. (Note, if the space is cluttered or materials/items need to be moved, the customer will be asked to come back after they have made room for the materials)

Dr. Shrink staff will not load the material if:

  • There is insufficient space.
  • The space is not cleared.
  • The customer wants the product in the back/front seats of the vehicle

Customers are welcome to load their own material if they are physically able. Please make sure you reference the weight and dimensions of your shrink wrap rolls and other items to be able to accommodate your pick-up.

Information to note prior to pick-up:

  • Come to back of Dr. Shrink for pickup (shipping/receiving area)
  • Please park to the left of the orange tent – do not block loading dock area
  • Remain in your vehicle and call 800-968-5147 to let us know you are here for pickup

We are open for pickup Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm EST. We will also be open on Saturdays starting September 12th until November 21st from 9:00am-2:00pm EST. If you place an online order for Saturday pickup, the order must be placed Friday by 2:00pm EST.

The safety of our staff and customers is our top priority and we thank you for your understanding!

2020/2021 Dr. Shrink


We are thrilled to announce our new catalog is available for you to view online. Complete with new products and innovations for the upcoming year along with product tips and resources. View it online now, or give us a call to request a catalog and we will mail it to your door!

View our catalog online now!


This Labor Day we are really celebrating and we are waiving ALL labor charges on one heat tool repair- for one week only! Dust off those heat tools, primary and back-ups and let’s get them in top working condition for the upcoming marine season!

In order to qualify for the deal you MUST call us between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, 2020 and send in your heat tool. You MUST mention you saw this promotion – and we will take it from there.

*Limit one heat tool per customer for free labor promo*

A customer service rep will contact you with a repair quote before repair is started. Once you confirm the quote, repairs may take anywhere from 5-7 business days and then the heat tool will be shipped back to you.

We service all makes and models. Want to repair yourself?

Here is a complete list of repair parts.

Here is a video on how to install the Shrinkfast 998 Rebuild Kit.

Learn from the professionals at Dr. Shrink on how to shrink wrap your recreational boat or pontoon boat for storage. Already a pro at wrapping boats? These videos have some great tips and are excellent refreshers for the fall season!

Need a refresher on shrink wrapping your recreational boat? We have you covered with this quick tutorial. Complete with diagrams and how-to instruction.

If you have covered a recreational boat, a pontoon is similar, but with a few small differences. We take you through each of these points along with some insider tips.

Sailboats with their masts up are a whole new game when it comes to seasonal storage. Here we take you through all of the main points along with some key, time-saving tips along the way.

Campers are similar to other square objects, but a few differences include the strapping structure and best practices for securing for the duration of your storage season.

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August 2020 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

August Notes from Mike.

Happy August! As we head into the busy fall shrink wrap season, it might be a good idea to visit our online How-To / Training Section for quick reference guides and short videos on boat wrapping. Also, just a reminder to take advantage of the convenience of placing your orders on our website. You have the option of shipping on your own shipping accounts, checking out with your NET 30 terms, viewing past online orders, and payment methods can be securely saved to your account.

Our warehouse racks are stocked and we are ready to ship! If you are in Michigan and usually come to our location to pick up your orders, please make sure you read the section below on changes for customer pickups this year due to COVID-19.

Be well and stay healthy. As always, please let us know what we can do for you. Thank you for working with us.

-Mike Stenberg, President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.



Brightmark Pilots Recycling Program in Indiana

California-based Brightmark Energy has completed a pilot program for boat shrink wrap collection with a marine services dealer located near the company’s plastics-to-fuel plant in the Steuben County town of Ashley, Indiana. Brightmark says the project, supported by the Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District, aimed to divert the boat shrink wrap taken from boats in winter storage from going into the waste stream.

The company says that it can create a second use for the old shrink wrap by turning it into a fuel source for local vehicles and powerboats instead of it ending up in a landfill. With more than 11 million boats registered in the U.S., many of them need to be shrink wrapped in the winter months. With that amount of shrink wrap removed and then recycled properly, it would equal nearly 21,000 barrels of renewable fuel.

Dr. Shrink supplies the REBAG Recycling Kit, which is available to all customers throughout the continental United States, in addition to our annual Recycling Run throughout the state of Michigan. Thank you to everyone who properly recycles your shrink wrap covers every season. You are making a difference and we appreciate your effort to keep this material out of the landfill.

Read the full article on Brightmark’s program

Local/Customer PickUps

Due to COVID restrictions and keeping our employees and customers safe, there have been changes made to our Customer Pick-Up process. Absolutely no customers are currently allowed inside of our building or warehouse at any time, for any reason. We are still allowing customers to drive-up to pick up their orders. Customer pick-ups and ‘will-call’ orders will be allowed only if the following rules can be met:

  • All orders are called in advance and prepaid. Orders must be paid in advance via credit card or mailed check. No cash payment accepted on site.
  • Customers must remain in their vehicle at all times.
  • Customers will call upon arrival and let Dr. Shrink know what name they are picking up under.

Dr. Shrink staff will load the material if:

  • The vehicle has a separate trunk, truck bed, or SUV rear gate.
  • The vehicle has ample space to load.
  • The space is cleared for the material prior to loading.

Dr. Shrink staff will not load the material if:

  • There is insufficient space.
  • The space is not cleared.
  • The customer wants the product in the back/front seats of the vehicle

Customers are welcome to load their own material if they are physically able. Please make sure you reference the weight and dimensions of your shrink wrap rolls and other items to be able to accommodate your pick-up. Thank you for your understanding!

2020/2021 Fall Mailers!

Dr. Shrink has just completed mailing out our fall packets with new product information and online discount codes!

Don’t miss out on our fall special discount on ALL shrink wrap! 10% off shrink wrap online until September 15th, 2020 if you use promo code FALL20 at online checkout. *Offer is only valid on standard wholesale and retail pricing.*

*Offer is available online only*

Are you with a business? You could qualify for wholesale/business pricing on our website! Fill out our Business Price Request Form online. Your request will be received and review by the Dr. Shrink team quickly, and once approved you will receive a confirmation email and your online account will be granted business pricing.

Benefits of online ordering with Dr. Shrink account include:

  • Customers can ship on their own shipping accounts (FedEx, UPS, LTL Freight Carriers)
  • Customers can checkout with their Net 30 terms (if applicable)
  • All orders are saved to your account for easy referencing
  • Shipping/billing addresses are saved to your account for faster checkout
  • Payment methods are saved securely to your account
  • Online customers will be offered exclusive deals, discounts, and promos

Whether you need a single part, or a complete rebuild kit, Dr. Shrink has the repair parts you need to keep your heat tool in prime working condition. If you are in need of having your heat tool repaired, Dr. Shrink has a Heat Tool Technician on staff that can diagnose your heat tool’s problem and get it back up and running. Want to troubleshoot your heat tool issue over the phone or email and try to fix it yourself? Our Heat Tool Technician can answer all of your questions.

Need some incentive? Take 10% off all heat tool repair parts until September 15th, 2020 as long as you mention this promotion over the phone or use REPAIR10 at online checkout.

Learn from the professionals at Dr. Shrink on how to shrink wrap your recreational boat or pontoon boat for storage. Already a pro at wrapping boats? These videos have some great tips and are excellent refreshers for the fall season!

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April 2020 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

April Notes from Mike:

This month Dr. Shrink is celebrating 28 years in business! April is a great time to reflect upon how much we have grown in the past year and really evaluate what goals we have achieved, as well as look at the areas that need fine tuning. It’s also a time to look forward to the future and set NEW goals for a successful year ahead. I want to take this time to thank each customer, distributor, vendor, staff member, friend and family member for your loyal support and encouragement over the years. We simply wouldn’t be where we are today without you.

Don’t forget! With spring beginning to peek through, we have a couple great recycling options available. Our REBAG Program is offered throughout the Continental U.S. and if you’re a fellow Michigander, you can take advantage of our Recycling Run! For more information on these programs, visit our website:

Be well and stay healthy.

-Mike Stenberg, President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.



New Shrinkfast 998 and RapidShrink 100 Interactive Exploded View on Dr. + Website

We are excited to announce our new Exploded View diagrams for the Shrinkfast 998 Heat Tool and the Rapid Shrink 100. Take a look at these interactive diagrams on our website to easily view repair part names, part numbers, and prices. We know this handy tool is sure to help with all of your heat tool repair needs and questions.

All of the Dr. Shrink staff have recently completed an extensive training session on heat tool repair and troubleshooting. In addition to our full time Heat Tool Technician on staff, we are ready to answer any questions you may have!

Dr. Shrink and the specialists at Shrinkfast have teamed up to create a comprehensive repair and maintenance video. The video highlights all of the repair kit parts, how to clean and maintain your heat tool, and valuable tips along the way so you can keep your 998 in TOP WORKING CONDITION.

New SuperGrip Tape (DS-SUPERGRIP)

Dr. Shrink’s new SuperGrip tape is designed to be used on our premium shrink wrap for a long lasting, permanent bond and offers the strongest adhesion possible. This tape can be applied in wet/moist situations and works excellent on all applications requiring higher bond strength and longer life span!

SuperGrip tape provides unmatched adhesive power for the toughest of shrink wrap jobs. This is by far our strongest adhesive tape that we carry; it has a polyethylene film backing with rubber adhesive. *Please note there is a paper backing that needs to be removed prior to application.

Product Details

Our distributor in Japan, Yukikaze Shrink Wrap, has been thinking outside of the boat for quite some time now, since typhoons severely damaged the Tokyo region last fall. Here is some background information provided from the company on their recent roofing applications:

The source of severe damage to many roofs in the Tokyo region was due to typhoons in September and October of 2019. The areas impacted the worst were coastal areas of east and southeast Tokyo, within 100 miles. Approximately 29,000 houses lost power and some areas required up to a month for full utilities and rehabilitation. After the typhoon passed, roof damage was extensive and resulted in thousands of houses in need of repair. People took temporary measures by using plastic sheets, called “Blue Sheet” in Japan. The impacted areas were depopulated, many houses belonging to elderly people, and many of the households could not afford the labor and resources needed to properly repair the roofs. The houses that could not afford the temporary measures in time were subsequently ruined even more by heavy rains which caused inundations and flooding, resulting in an excess of mold.

The “Blue Sheet” tarps that were used for the temporary measures were not durable against the strong wind of the shoreline and lasted only one week, so there were some households that reapplied the sheet several times or some just ultimately gave up. Due to this, our distributor in Japan began to “think outside the boat.” The owners used to live in Florida, and they had experience in the US marine industry; they had knowledge of shrink wrap and the potential it has for disaster restoration and relief. They reached out to volunteer groups which work in typhoon-impacted areas and introduced the idea of using shrink wrap. The groups showed interests in the shrink wrap, so they were given several training sessions of know-hows on shrink wrap operations and implemented repair methods for the roofs.

There were donations from many countries, including Japan, that were sent to volunteer groups in each region. Yukikaze Shrink Wrap gave priority to implement shrink wrap for the houses of elderly people with the funds and the goodwill of volunteer members.

There are many wooden houses in Japan, so the shrink wrap that is used is flame retardant, and the thickness is mainly 9 mil and 12 mil. Also, Japanese houses have a unique roof structure, so it is common to install various operation methods that is best suited to each particular roof. Lastly, the “Blue sheet” that was applied on the house lasted only one week, but the shrink wrap that was applied is still vibrant even after four months have passed.

Great work by Yukikaze Shrink Wrap!

Thank you EVERYONE who donated during our blood drive on March 20th. We had 16 donations and were told that will mean we saved 32 lives! A big thank you to Versiti Blood Center of Michigan/MI Blood for the fantastic care, cleanliness, and professionalism. We appreciate everyone’s efforts.

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March 2020 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

March Notes from Mike:
As we make way to Spring, we encourage all of you to use our ReBag Recycling Kit– a recycling bag with prepaid shipping that works all throughout the continental US. If you are located in the state of Michigan, we also have our Recycling Run program available to you.

All of us at Dr. Shrink want to encourage our customers to recycle used shrink wrap, and making sure we are good stewards to the environment is important. Join me and the entire Dr. Shrink family and take the pledge to responsibly dispose of your used shrink wrap as you unwrap your watercraft in the next couple months and prepare for the upcoming boating season!

 -Mike Stenberg, President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.


St. Patrick’s Day Promo
Product Innovation Contest
Customer Stoplight
Recycling Run in Michigan
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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Dr. Shrink is offering up a little gift to enjoy a few libations that the Irish may even get excited about. All orders placed from today- Monday, 3/2 through Sunday, 3/22 will be eligible for a FREE Dr. Shrink Can Koozie.

All you need to do is add the Koozie to your cart, use promo “LUCKYME” at checkout, and we will send one with your order. If ordering over the phone, you must mention this promotion. 

Share your ideas with Dr. Shrink and you could win!

Our customers are the best in the shrink wrap industry. Over the past 28 years, Dr. Shrink has listened to our customer’s feedback and advice on how to improve efficiency for shrink wrap installers, whether that is by creating new products or redesigning current products.

We want to hear YOUR ideas for new products or inventions for the shrink wrap market! Do you have any ideas, new product inventions, new techniques in the shrink wrap industry?

All legitimate product ideas, inventions, and/or product revisions will receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card. The idea or invention we find the best will receive a $100.00 Amazon gift card!

Do you have any frustrations with any of our current products and have suggestions or thoughts on how we can improve them? Let us know those too! We are in the business to make you, our trusted installers, more efficient in your shrink wrap jobs. E-mail us by clicking the light bulb below.

A professionally wrapped 5th wheel camper complete with windows for the winter season in Montana. Thank you to our customer Kip for sending the photos of his recent shrink wrap application!

It’s that time of year again! With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of the warmer weather and removing those shrink wrap covers. Dr. Shrink wants to help – we have two different programs in place to make it an easy process for you. 

REBAG Recycling Kit:
The REBAG Recycling Kit works across the Continental US and comes in a complete kit that includes a 30″ x 50″ clear bag with cover removal directions printed on it, a closure device and a prepaid FedEx shipping label. All you have to do is remove all strapping, buckles, vents, zipper doors, etc. before stuffing the bag full of the plastic. Then just take the bag to a FedEx drop off location or give them a call to come pick it up. 

Recycling Run 2020:
For the 11th year, we’re partnering with Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) in an effort to recycle shrink wrap covers with our Recycling Run. The Michigan Recycling Coalition is also a partner this year and will be collecting the registration forms– EZ Fill bags are still to be purchased from Dr. Shrink. This program is only available throughout Michigan.  

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January 2020 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and have enjoyed the holiday season!

The Dr. Shrink crew had a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 20th at the Ramsdell Inn here in downtown Manistee. It was a great turnout and all of the kids enjoyed seeing Santa (some more than others!).

Dr. Shrink is coming into 2020 at full speed — be on the lookout for new products being announced within the next few months. Thank you for working with us; we are grateful and humbled to know that you choose Dr. Shrink to be your trusted shrink wrap supplier. Here’s to another great year!

Mike Stenberg
President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Need a sure – “fire” way to impress your guests for any upcoming holidays or parties? Take a look at how our distributor, Alfa Solution in Norway, heated things up with their holiday meal prep using propane fired heat tools! Great, fun video! — thank you for sharing Alfa Solution!

Since 1864, Marshall & Sterling Insurance has been the name synonymous with outstanding insurance, risk management, and customer service. Marshall & Sterling provides exceptional insurance coverage with unparalleled service and support for their valued clients.

Based out of Poughkeepsie, New York, Marshall & Sterling are very familiar with insurance for shrink wrap companies and installers.

If you have any shrink wrap insurance questions or would like a quote – we would highly recommend you contact Capt. Paul Kesick at 800-333-3766 or send him an email. You can visit them online here.

As another year in business concludes, we would love your feedback on Dr. Shrink products and service! Please take a couple minutes to fill out our Customer Survey to give us feedback, suggestions, advice and any other input so we can make 2020 our best year yet! As a thank you for your time, every participant who submits our survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card! Thank you in advance for your participation!

Manufacturing companies produce a diverse range of products that come in all types of different shapes and sizes. For companies producing large machinery, they face the challenge of properly storing and transporting the product without inflicting damage. This is when knowing how to fully-encapsulate an object with shrink wrap is beneficial.

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December 2019 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. With Thanksgiving being so late in the month this year, it’s hard to believe we are already into the start of December. The staff and I had a nice time over the weekend celebrating the marriage of our team member, Kelly (Buckingham) to Eric Vasquez– congratulations to the newlyweds! We will have several other celebrations this month, including our holiday Christmas party as well as a special visit from Santa Claus for the kids. It should be a great month full of festive events. As we close out 2019 this month, I would once again like to thank you for your business and loyalty over this past year. 2019 has been a fantastic year and I look forward for what is to come in 2020. I appreciate all of you and wish you all the best this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Mike Stenberg
President & CEO
Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Some of you may be aware that we have worked with our local animal shelter, Homeward Bound, on several different occasions over the years. One of the projects that we help them with is shrink wrapping the front and back of their building where the kennels are housed to protect the dogs from the wind and winter weather while they are outside.

As shown in the photos, 3/4″ woven cord strapping was run in between each of the beams to support the film. Once the strapping frame was finished, a roll of 12′ x 149′ 7mil white was used to create the “wall”. Around the sides and top, furring strips were rolled onto the film and then screwed into place to secure the film. At the bottom, the wrap was trimmed and then heat welded around a base made of the woven cord strapping to create the bottom. With the entire perimeter of the wall secure, the film was then shrunk down. Furring strips were then tacked to the preexisting beams on the outside of the wall to help limit the amount of movement from the wind. 

This is just another way to show that you can use shrink wrap for just about anything. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 800-968-5147 or email us. If you are interested in adopting an animal from Homeward Bound, you can visit their website or call 231-723-7387.

  1. Run strapping on bottom and across posts to support the film.

2. Attach film to furring strips and leave 12″ excess for heat weld.

3. Screw on furring strips to posts after film is shrunk for extra support.

New at shrink wrapping and not quite sure what mil-thickness to use, or what color? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a few tips on how to decipher what you should be using.

Color Differences

Mil Thickness Differences

The marine shrink wrap season is over — now what? Think “Outside the Boat” and make money year-round with shrink wrap! The opportunities to make shrink wrapping a year-round business are endless! Need somewhere to start? Browse through this list of feasible markets to expand into and get thinking on how you can make profit year-round in your area!

  • Storage Facilities
  • Boat/RV Dealerships
  • Marinas/Yacht Clubs
  • Ski Resorts
  • Transportation and Trucking Companies
  • Machinery Movers and Riggers
  • Railroads
  • Manufacturers—anything that can be weather damaged during storage or transportation is fair game.
  • General Contractors
  • Scaffolding Companies
  • Public/Municipal Works
  • Asbestos Removal Companies
  • Disaster Restoration & Relief
  • Insurance Companies
  • Roofing, Roofing Contractors, and Roof Repair Companies
  • Repossession Companies
  • HVAC Contractors
  • Modular Home/Trailer Companies/Portable Offices
  • Convention Centers
  • Bio-Hazard
  • Police Departments
  • Fire Departments
  • Auto Salvage
  • Christmas Tree Lots
  • Military Bases
  • Amusement & Water Parks
  • Farmers/Agriculture/Feed Stores
  • Horse Race Tracks, Baseball/Football/Soccer Fields, Golf Courses
  • Nurseries/Wineries
  • Forestry Service (campgrounds…)
  • Fence Companies

You may have noticed that our new website offers translation options! On the bottom of our homepage (or any page you are on) you will find a country flag icon with the language that is selected. There is a drop down available for a wide variety of languages to choose from. There is also a currency converter on the new website.

Please note the currency calculator and language translator are provided as a courtesy and not intended to be used as a 100% reliable resource. Languages are translated automatically and may contain errors that are not indicative of intended language’s text. All purchases made while currency is converted will be completed in USD (United States Dollar) and not the currency indicated. Please see the screenshot below where you can find the language translator drop down on our homepage. The currency converter can be found on the right-hand side of each page. These are wonderful tools for our international customers and worldwide distributors!

Latest Closeout Specials – When They’re Gone, They’re Gone.

Several Closeout and Refurbished Items Available! Click here to see them all.

Just a friendly reminder to everyone who is a part of our Customer Loyalty Rewards Program, your points will expire at the end of the year (December 31st, 2019). Make sure you redeem your points on any order before this date; they will not rollover into 2020! If you are not currently a member of our Customer Loyalty Rewards Program, please let us know you are interested and we can get you the program details with your Member Card! This program was made as our way of saying thank you for working with us. 

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November 2019 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

*To see the entire Newsletter, click here.

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween yesterday! Snow is in the forecast for next week in Manistee, MI. I’ve heard from several customers this season as they have expanded their mobile boat shrink wrapping services into including other outdoor items– ranging from patio furniture, outdoor kitchens, even swimming pools. Your customers’ items will be good as new when unwrapped in the spring because of the protection shrink wrap provides. We have had several people across the nation calling in asking for shrink wrap services in their area — are you a mobile shrink wrap company who would like to be included on our “Professional Shrink Wrap Installers” list? Please email us your company name, phone number, address, location(s) you are willing to travel for a job, and company website if possible. We will get your name on our sheet and refer customers to you! Thank you once again for working with us this season and letting Dr. Shrink be your trusted shrink wrap supplier. Do you have everything you need? We are still stocked up and ready to ship!

Mike Stenberg
President & CEO
Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Inside the November Newsletter:
Export Excellence Award – Farmer’s Almanac Winter Outlook – Tips & Tricks for Full Encapsulation – Halloween Party Photos – Residential Roofing Market – Weekly Bundle Sneak Peek


Dr. Shrink is proud to announce we received top honors as part of the International Boating Industry’s Export Excellence Award. This award was presented last month during IBEX – International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Tampa. Congratulations to all of the NMMA members who received awards and top honors– it is great to be connected and working in the same industry as all of these fantastic companies! For the full article, please click here.


The 2020 edition of the Farmers‘ Almanac predicts that two-thirds of the country will face a colder-than-normalwinter season. The worst of this year’s bitterly cold winter will affect the eastern parts of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians. The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country as well as the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Great Lakes.

No matter the weather– heavy equipment, large products, and other industrial items still need to be transported and shipped to their final destination, often on an open-bed trailer due to the size. Shrink wrap is your answer to this logistical problem causing weather damage to your product, as it protects all sizes and types of items from the elements. Be sure to read our section below regarding shrink wrap for full encapsulation. Don’t let the winter season and elements wreck havoc on your assets! Make shrink wrapping a year-round business.


While thinking of the upcoming winter forecast and discussing the shipping, transportation, and industrial markets– it will be helpful to see exactly how shrink wrap is applied for full encapsulation. Take a look below at the diagrams with clickable links to written instructions, or view our How-To Video for Full Encapsulation. Now is the time to tap into this market if you have been considering it! We are here to help you start. To see more pictures of how-to fully encapsulate, click here.

Photo One: Determine Base Roll Width Size: A+24″+24″ = Base Width Roll Size
24″ of additional shrink wrap material around the perimeter width of object

Photo Two: Determine Cover Roll Width Size: X+Y+Z = Cover Roll Width Size
At the widest point, measure from the base of object, up, over, and down the opposite side

Photo Three: Creating Your Seams, Encapsulating & Vent Placement
– Drape wrap over the object, create seams like you are wrapping a present, and trim away any excess wrap. Weld along these seams. After cover is completely shrunk, tape along the weld seams.
– Place vents in the upper 1/4 of the wrapped object to reduce moisture and condensation.

Need more training guides? Visit our website here.


Pumpkin Carving Fun!
Dr. Shrink was in the Halloween spirit with some pumpkin carving and games last weekend! We had some great big pumpkins, perfect for carving, fresh from Miller’s Produce here in Manistee. Take a look at the full photo album on our Facebook page.


These photos show shrink wrap being used as a temporary fix for a leaky roof until the entire roof could be repaired. Wood strips were used along the perimeter of the gutter line and the installer made his own lines with strapping to attach the shrink wrap to. Rope repel gear and an 80′ man-lift was used to shrink the job once attached. Photos courtesy of Jason Hebb and team in Delta, BC Canada. Great work and thank you for sharing your photos!

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February 2019 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

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Dr. Notes – News from Mike

“Hello all, winter is in full swing here with consistent below zero temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills this week. As extreme weather continues to hit the heart of the country, transport your materials with the greatest level of protection using our industrial strength shrink wrap. We have included a section in the newsletter regarding the Trucking and Transportation industry. Shrink wrap offers an easy, affordable, and custom solution to protect your equipment during transportation and storage.
I am excited and proud to announce that Dr. Shrink, Inc. has been awarded the first Global Star Award for 2019 from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The Global Star award is a new initiative designed to recognize NMMA members who exemplify export success in recreational boating. Dr. Shrink was recognized for its perseverance and commitment to growing a healthy balance between domestic and international sales.
Hope everyone stays safe and warm in this extreme weather across the nation. Please let us know what we can do for you.”
-Mike Stenberg
President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Trucking & Transportation

Manufacturers build and ship a variety of products that come in all types of different shapes and sizes. For those producing large machinery, they face the challenge of properly storing and transporting the product without inflicting damage. With all the hazards that come with the shipping process, including inclement weather conditions effecting the item, shrink wrap minimizes the possibility of damage more effectively than other methods such as tarps.
Protecting your goods through shrink wrap is an investment. With all of the ways a product is capable of receiving damage during the storage and shipment process, protecting it is a matter of loss prevention. Protecting your product is protecting your reputation and business as well.
Visit our website for product information, video tutorials and more. We offer world class customer service and support for all your shrink wrap needs. Call us today to see how we can help: (800) 968-5147.

Dr. Shrink Awarded NMMA First Global Star for 2019

The NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) recognizes a select group of members throughout the year who exemplify export success in recreational boating by presenting their Global Star award. This includes members that demonstrate a commitment to exporting, creating a healthy balance between domestic and international sales, and has built an understanding about why exporting is critical to the long term success of their company.
Dr. Shrink, Inc. has been named the first Global Star for 2019 by the NMMA. Dr. Shrink made our first export sale back in 1997 and has grown our global sales to account for almost 15% of our total annual gross revenue.
Click here to learn more about our export journey and to read the full article.

Worldwide Dr. Shrink Distributors

Dr. Shrink products cover the globe with the help of our worldwide distributors. If you are interested in purchasing through one of our trusted partners, please give us a call at 231-723-2685 to see if there is an international distributor near you.

Become a Rewards Card Member

Let Dr. Shrink help you save! Dr. Shrink’s Customer Loyalty Rewards program was implemented in order to show our customers just how much we appreciate your business. As a Rewards Cards holder, you can earn points on every purchase which can be accumulated throughout the year and then the points can be put towards another purchase of your choice. Your points must be used before the end of the fiscal year – Dec. 31st. Now is a great time to start stacking up those points! For every dollar that you spend, you will earn $0.01 in credit. Shipping charges are not eligible to earn rewards points.
If you have any questions or would like to join, just add the Dr. Shrink’s Customer Loyalty Rewards Card to your cart or mention when placing an order over the phone.


Dr. Shrink’s next Shrink Wrap U Class is coming up next month on Thursday, March 7th. It’s a one day training session designed to give you all the information that you’ll need to shrink wrap anything. Not only will you get hands-on training, but also all of the tools you’ll need for marketing your business in various industries.
Interested in attending? Space is limited, so sign up today and reserve your spot. Click here to find out more information.

Closeout Specials

It is a new year and we are going through our inventory and clearing out the excess! Our Closeout Items are a wide variety of shrink wrap that may have been returned, damaged, dirty or discolored. All sales are final. All rolls are sold as is. First come, first serve. Click here to see all the available sizes.

Featured Video: Dr. Shrink, Overview

Are you new to Dr. Shrink and our products? Here’s a quick video to become familiar with our company. Glad to have you as part of our team! Click here to see the whole video.

February Steals, Deals & Discounts
Quote of the Month:

“All products have been excellent. Your website makes me excited to make more money every time I get on it!” – Josh B. Huntingtown, MD Customer

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January 2019 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

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Dr. Notes – News from Mike

“Happy New Year from all of us at Dr. Shrink, Inc.! The preparation, organization and planning has begun for another great year ahead. I want to take a moment and thank each and every one of you for your continued patronage and loyalty to Dr. Shrink. We are grateful and humbled to know that you choose us to be your trusted shrink wrap supplier. Thank you for working with us. Here’s to 2019!”
-Mike Stenberg
President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Santa Claus Visit in Manistee

Dr. Shrink had a visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 21st at The Ramsdell Inn in downtown Manistee. It was a great turnout and lots of fun had by all. We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

New Products to Kick Off 2019

Dr. Shrink is now carrying two new products from the Kanberra Tea Tree line: Kanberra Gel® and Kanberra Premium Soap.
Kanberra Gel®  cleans the air, attacks mold and mildew, and neutralize odors in numerous applications. Kanberra Gel® keeps air fresh inside vehicles, campers, RVs, trailers, and boats. One of the biggest markets for Kanberra® is the marine industry. Customers worldwide have discovered the gel offers a revolutionary way to clean air and remove odors on marine vessels.
4oz Gel
When placed within the air handling units or an inconspicuous place in the cabin – the air is cleaner and odors are neutralized.

  • Proprietary formula containing a premium blend pure certified Australian Tea Tree Oil.
  • Forced and natural air flow activates the gel’s vapors throughout the craft.
  • 100% natural ingredients – safe around kids and pets.
  • Penetrates porous materials and provides long-lasting protection.

Kanberra Gel® protects:

  • Electronics Panel Components
  • Deck Storage Lockers
  • Rope Lockers
  • Bait Lockers
  • Interior Galleys
  • Chiller Systems & Fresh Air Make Up Units
  • Bilge Area
  • Black Water System Pipe work

Dampness and temperature fluctuations inside a vessel during storage (including heated storage) can create costly and time consuming problems. It is always imperative to properly ventilate any shrink wrap cover to eliminate mold and mildew from forming underneath the cover.  Including Kanberra Gel in the storage process is an added measure for the best protection. The gel will freeze when the temperature drops below degrees but goes right back to work upon thawing.
Kanberra Premium Soap gives you the healing power of Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil to deeply clean skin and remove tough odors.
Premium Soap

  • Cleans the air as you lather.
  • No perfumes or artificial scents.
  • Leaves hands clean, soft and odor free

Also, Dr. Shrink now carries Powerblanket Lite Propane Tank Heaters!
Powerblanket has changed the conventional method of transferring heat to propane tanks. This revolutionary design optimizes container pressure and increases cylinder efficiency. Powerblanket products provide a maintenance free heating solution, which eliminates the headache of maintaining critical temperatures. If heated properly, gas cylinders will last longer and be more effective. In turn, this saves time, hassle, and money.

  • Quickly heats cylinder to a preset 90º F / 32º C (± 10º F/5º C)
  • Provide an insulated full-wrap design
  • Increase flow rate performance and efficiency of gas cylinders
  • Saves money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Eliminate unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather
  • Certified by ETL to UL & CSA safety standards
  • Covers 20, 30 & 40-pound propane tanks


Dr. Shrink’s Year-Round Industries; Wrap Beyond the Boat!

The Marine/Recreation Industry is the most recognized shrink wrap industry, but it is also generally one of the most seasonal. The Agricultural Industry is also seasonal, leaving you a lot of time throughout the year to expand your shrink wrap business into other industries. There are several other opportunities to make your seasonal business into a year-round business.
The use of shrink wrap in Material Handling/Transportation is becoming increasingly popular. When shrink wrap is applied to an object and fully encapsulated, it can be made completely weatherproof and tamper resistant. This is an ideal business to add to your existing Marine/Recreation market when looking to expand your business rapidly.
The fastest growing year-round shrink wrap market is Industrial wrapping. It can yield great business as customers demand packaging solutions along with corrosion inhibiting protection. Dr. Shrink, Inc. has ‘Extreme’ 12-mil shrink wrap on hand for a multitude of applications.
The Construction Industry is another great option that can yield very high profit margins and is a ‘year-round’ shrink wrapping business. Many government and large building contracts require scaffolding wrap, and exterior containment. Shrink wrap is not only the best option, but is the most cost effective and durable material to be used. Available in our ‘Extreme’ 12-mil thickness and up to 60′ in width (with some flame retardant sizes available), the Dr. provides the best selection of film on the market today!
The Auto Salvage Industry offers year-round opportunities as well. Our premium shrink wrap and vehicle wrap work great for preserving vehicles. Whatever the need, Dr. Shrink, Inc. supplies a complete line of vehicle wrap for almost any circumstance and purpose.

Featured Video: Repairing a Shrinkfast 998 Heat Tool

The busy marine shrink wrap season has ended — time to inspect, maintain and/or repair your heat tool to make sure it is in proper working condition for your off-season or year-round shrink wrap application jobs.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to properly repair a Shrinkfast 998 Heat Tool.

January Steals, Deals & Discounts
Quote of the Month:

“Customer service is excellent! Every time I call, I am treated excellent. Products are by far the best on the market.”–  Ron P. North Royalton, OH Customer

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September 2018 Shrink Wrap News – from the Industry Leader, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

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Dr. Notes – News from Mike

“Hope everyone is having a great finish to their summer season. Our fall mailers have been mailed out, new product catalogs are here, and the early-buy shrink wrap discount is in full swing. If you did not receive a fall price sheet in the mail and would like one, please call us at 231-723-2685 or 800-968-5147 and we’ll make sure you are added to our list.
Remember that shrink wrap is used for more than just recreation boats, pontoon boats, and other marine related products. It’s widely used to weather protect outdoor patio furniture, outdoor kitchens, lawn and garden equipment, pools, and everything else that gets put away after the summer season. If you have questions on wrapping certain items, we are here to help. In the mean time, please see our Videos & Resources section below to get a better handle on shrink wrapping many of these items.
Hope everyone has a fantastic Labor Day weekend. Contact me anytime with questions or comments and thank you for working with us.”
-Mike Stenberg
President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.

Dr. Shrink Videos & Resources

For  Marine and Recreation applications, we typically recommend a 6 or 7-mil material. The 6-mil is our thinnest shrink wrap and is used for smaller items such as boats, shed frames, pallets, and machinery that will be stored rather than transported. Our 7-mil material is the standard thickness for shrink wrapping boats in snow load areas, light construction jobs, and medium sized machinery. We offer 3 different colors of shrink wrap, all of which are made for different applications.
White shrink wrap works best for the majority of shrink wrapping applications. It reflects the sun and stays tight in all weather conditions making it ideal for transportation. Because of its ability to reflect the sun, the temperature beneath the film stays more consistent, thereby minimizing condensation and moisture build up under the cover.
Blue shrink wrap is generally used in snow-load areas as the darker color helps absorb the heat from the sun.  The warmth of the wrap assists in melting any accumulated snow on the cover much faster than that of the white.  Because of this, your boat will not have to shoulder that additional weight for as long. On the flip-side; because this film easily absorbs heat it makes it a less viable option for warmer climates.  The heat build up under the blue shrink wrap in warmer conditions could potentially cause heat damage to its contents.  In addition, the possibility for ‘loosening’ of the film is higher in hot weather, which does not make it the ideal choice for transportation.
Clear shrink wrap is most commonly used to cover greenhouses, brokerage items, and even live-aboard boats. The advantage of using clear is that you can see through it.  The disadvantage, however, is that the sun penetrates the covers and can accentuate the buildup of moisture/sun damage under the cover. Care must be taken to properly ventilate clear covers in an effort to help prevent damage.
Questions on what size wrap to use, what color, or what mil thickness is right for you? Visit our designated website page here or call us at 800-968-5147.
Don’t forget our handy Boat Size & Venting Chart as well! Please contact us for any installation questions or training assistance!

DIY – Wrap It Up with Dr.+

Get it all wrapped up this year. The Dr. has you covered with a growing library of how-to videos. We cover a wide variety of shrink wrap applications from recreational boat wrapping, full encapsulations, RV campers, patio furniture, and sail boats with the mast up! Access the how-to videos on our training section of our website or our YouTube channel.
Are you more of a hands-on learner? Sign up for ShrinkWrap U, our one-day training course that is designed to give you all the information and training that you need to shrink wrap anything. Our next class is October 25th, 2018. Space is limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot!

Early Buy Discount! – Don’t Forget – Only 2 weeks left!

You MUST mention this discount when placing your order over the phone or use promo code FALL18 at online checkout. *Valid on standard Retail or Wholesale pricing only*

Water Slides!

Our friends down in Buchanan, Michigan have put our shrink wrap to good use with their “Thrill on the Hill”. This summer they closed Front Street which includes a big hill that just happens to help make a 500′ water slide.

Featured Video:

Check out the video here on How-To Shrink Wrap a Pontoon Boat for the upcoming winter storage season.

September Steals, Deals & Discounts
Quote of the Month –

“Very simple and hassle free! Always a pleasure calling the staff because they are so helpful with questions! Always very fast shipping!” – Travis H. Lakeville, MN Customer