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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.”
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!
10% OFF ALL SHRINK WRAP UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
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*
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.
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