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Shrink Wrapping

Dr. Shrink Buyer’s Guide

What is a mil?

A mil is a unit of measurement used to determine thickness. 1mil is equal to .001 (1/1000) inch. All of Dr. Shrink’s shrink wrap material is made with 100% virgin resin,
guaranteeing true mil thickness and consistency on each roll of shrink wrap.

7mil—is the standard thickness for shrink wrapping boats in snow load areas, for light construction jobs and for medium sized machinery that will be transported.
8mil/8.5mil—is an excellent thickness for covering large boats, shrink wrapping large building frames, and for wrapping large equipment with sharp protrusions for
transportation or storage.
9mil—is the thinnest mil thickness of our flame retardant shrink wrap. It is very durable and works well for making containments and wrapping scaffolding.
10mil—is a versatile thickness which is excellent for wrapping large sections of scaffolding, shrink wrapping large products for on deck ocean freight, and for covering odd
shaped machinery for storage or transportation.
12mil—is our thickest shrink wrap and is only available with Flame Retardant additives. All of our premium FR Shrink Wrap meets, or exceeds, NFPA 701 specifications for
extinguishing itself. Flame Retardant Shrink Wrap is required for some scaffolding jobs and always on government bids where people will be working under the material.

What Shrink Wrap Mil Thickness Is Right For You?

All of Dr. Shrink’s premium shrink wrap is made of 100% virgin resin materials with maximum UV inhibitors for long term outside usage. Dr. Shrink offers several mil thicknesses for different types of applications. All of Dr. Shrink’s wrap is recyclable using the REBAG® Recycling Bags. It is a #4 Low Density Polyethylene.

What Color Shrink Wrap is Right for You?

White shrink wrap is the color that works best for most shrink wrapping applications. White reflects heat and stays tight in all weather conditions which makes it an ideal
transportation cover. In addition, as the white reflects heat it keeps whatever is underneath the shrink wrap more of a constant temperature, thereby minimizing condensation and moisture build up. White shrink wrap comes in 7, 8, 8.5, & 10-ml thicknesses.

Blue shrink wrap is generally used in snow-load areas as it absorbs heat which helps any accumulated snow to slide off the shrink wrap covers. Its heat absorption capabilities make it a less than desirable product for warm climates where it can overheat the products under the covers. It will also “loosen up” in hot conditions which means it can move and chafe on itself and is not good for use as a transportation cover. Blue Shrink Wrap comes in 7, & 8-ml thicknesses.