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DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

I am pretty handy but never did shrink wrapping. Is it easy enough or should I pay the $200 to have it done?
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Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

my marina does not allow DIY shrinkwrap for fear you will burn up your boat and the rest of the boats in the near vicinity. FWIW
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Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

A couple of years ago a guy in our marina seriously burned his hand trying to save a buck and shrink-wrap his own boat.

The marina does not allow you to do your own.

$200 seems like a good deal - we pay about $350.00

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Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

It is not too hard a job if you have the right tools. Trying to shrink with DIY burners can be tricky and result in lots of holes to be patched. As well, as was stated you may not be allowed to do it.

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I did my 42' boat, mast up in one day with my wife and one friend. I found it fairly easy.
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Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

It is easy. The key is not to do it on a windy day. The plastic can burn if you stay in one spot too long or you are too close. If it is windy, the burning plastic can spread quickly. Also, it seems to have an invisible flame(on clear) so the only way you can see it burning is watching the hole get bigger.

$200 is a great price. You can save money by buying a roll of film and sharing the cost of the gun.

I have done my own 40ft. boat for the last 3 years. I taught myself after watching some of the videos at Dr. Shrink.

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Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Well anything is allowed where I am and I am a welder so never get burned. That said, with $200 being a good price, and I can already see wrestiling with a big piece of plastic, plus the same guy did a fine job last year. I am going the pay to have someone else do it route. Thanks for helping me make an informed decision.
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Well anything is allowed where I am and I am a welder so never get burned. That said, with $200 being a good price, and I can already see wrestiling with a big piece of plastic, plus the same guy did a fine job last year. I am going the pay to have someone else do it route. Thanks for helping me make an informed decision.
if $200 is a good deal, how about this for an option...

Pay the $200 for someone else to do it and see if they will show you how it's done, or maybe pay a little extra for the teaching. Then you'll know how they do it and be able to do it yourself.

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Re: DIY shrinkwrapping, easy? Pain?

Does the $200 including making the stuff go away in the spring? I think there are better ways to save a buck on boat projects. I would pay.


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