For anyone considering this, it's not bad to do, but there is a learning curve.
Things I learned:
- Take the time to get the wrap as flat and tight as possible before applying heat. The creases in loose wrap make it hard to heat the plastic evenly (i.e. I burnt a couple small holes in the stuff).
- You do not need the tensioning tool. A couple Truckers hitches do a perfect job tightening the strapping.
- A helper would have made things so much easier. I did this on my own and I could not fold the plastic into position. When I tried to make pleats or fit the plastic, I could not pull it tight when laying it on the frame or I would have pulled it off the frame. If I had someone to pull the opposite side while I tucked the plastic under the strapping the panels would have been flat and made the heat shrinking process much, much easier.
- Propane tanks don't like the cold. I froze mine up three times and had to run the heater in the car to get the gas going again.
- Buy the 'Preservation Tape'. It's a tape that will not leave a residue when removed in the spring. It would have made things easier when attaching the wrap to the rigging and mast. I just folded the 6" shrinkwrap tape onto itself and wrapped it around things, but it was a waste of time and the cost would have been the same as using preservation tape.
- Use 6" shrinkwrap tape. It allows you to hit it with the heat gun (to activate the adhesive) without warming the plastic beside it.
Anyway, here's how it turned out: