In winter, shrinking can be applied to many activities, not only boats
Boat wrapping that allows you to store your boat for winter can be applied to many other equipment, regardless of their size. This way you can protect all your belongings from the rigors of winter, at a lower cost and without cluttering your garage.
The tools for boat wrapping
For wrapping, you need heat-shrinkable film, a hot air gun or a flame blow torch, and polypropylene strapping. The strip, packed in coils, comes in the form of a flat cord that helps you shape your structure before wrapping your object in the film. You can use it for strapping your project, as well as for fixing elements together.
For very large objects, use several widths of film. In this case you need to start wrapping by welding the different strips together, before heating the surface. Use the sheet to keep the wefts stable before proceeding with the heat.
Choose the thermal blowtorch that corresponds to your usage. If you need to wrap a very large boat, for example, you might use a powerful shrink gun that uses an independent propane gas cylinder, connected by a hose of at least 10 meters, to give you enough room to maneuver.
Wrap boats, but also motor homes, caravans, trailers, etc.
Boat wrapping is used to protect your boat from bad weather in winter. It involves wrapping your boat in a shrink wrap film, then heating it with a shrink gun. The film shrinks and hardens to form a protective shell.
Wrapping can be adapted to all your vehicles: motorhome, caravan, trailer, quad, motorcycle, canoe, lawn tractor, etc. Instead of cluttering up your garage, you can leave them outside for the winter without worrying about the weather.
For boats, caravans or any other very large object, you must take some precautions to avoid condensation and humidity inside, while preventing pests (insects, rodents, etc.) from entering. .
Specific accessories are available for this purpose. Use small ventilation grilles to create a slight airflow that will prevent condensation and the resulting damage from moisture. These vents have fine screens that prevent wind-borne plant debris and pests from entering your property.
You can also create access points if you wish to enter your boat or motor home. There are zippered doors that you cut out after you have done your wrapping.
Wrapping for garden furniture
Garden furniture is designed to stay outside, but the bad weather of winter deteriorates it prematurely, while you’re not using it. You can store it safely in your garage, but you may need room for your car, as well as firewood or pellets if you use a stove or fireplace for heating.
You can wrap anything you want with a heat shrink film. If you want to protect your garden table, for example, use protective foil to protect the surface before stacking the chairs on top of it and securing them together with polypropylene strapping. The objective is to form a compact cluster, before surrounding it with film. After that, all you have to do is use your heat gun to create the protective shell. You can then leave your table in the garden perfectly protected.
Wrapping is applied to all objects that do not tolerate winter well.