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Shrink Wrap Wire Temp.

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by shayla, May 15, 2019.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Switched from shrink wrapping to plastic sleeves when we bought the shop, but a fella's come in who wants it done. It's been years since I did one, and can't recall what temp to set the wire. It's an old United, with a dial that goes up to 10. Can call tomorrow, but does anyone know? Whoever used it last must have had it way too hot, as the wire burned right through the Teflon tape.
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  2. alacrity8

    alacrity8 MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I believe that dial is a timer, not a temperature gauge.
    The Teflon Tape needs to be replaced from time to time, but it should work fine even if bit burnt.
    I usually set the dial to 8 (seconds).

    It's the heat gun that is tricky to get right.
    The temperature and distance matter, and that seems to be a feel thing.
  3. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    Thanks for your note. Much appreciated. I called the number on the back of our ancient machine on Friday, and the guy she passed me to said this same thing. (Time, not temp, on the dial). Agreed about the heat gun. Before switching to plastic sleeves for our print bins, I shrink-wrapped a bunch of things over the years, and it's easy to pop a hole. I switched because I'd rather not breathe plastic fumes.
  4. CB Art & Framing

    CB Art & Framing SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    A note. If you have the bar type sealer, tear from the back, it works better.
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  5. alacrity8

    alacrity8 MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Shrink Wrap is meant for packaging.
    It is not very good at making art look good.
    If I am wrapping 10 items, I will fail about 10 times.
    If I am only wrapping 1 item, I will likely fail 3-4 times.
    It can never look good enough, and I do not know when to quit.

    I pretty much only use it for a few customers who want to fix an old "Museum Mount", and for large items.
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