Bubble wrap for cars

It’s a bummer to put the car away for any reason but it’s great knowing that the car is as protected as it can be. As most of us do not have a Jay Lenno garage under our hand we need to find an alternative solution when it comes to our prize possession vehicle.

So can I bubble wrap my car? It’s more like putting it into a bubble. The CarCapsule bubble is a must have for anyone that wants to wrap their stored car and keep it clean and worry-free from dirt, leaves, bugs, trash, raindrops, leaking roof, and anything in general, its a physical protection combined with a fan that warns off the  moisture and humidity out of bubble keeping your car rust free and dry. Nothing, not even a cover, touches the car. Only air. What could be better for a prized vehicle?

TIP: If you actually want to wrap your car with bubble wrap you can find 700ft of it here

CarCapsule CC16F 16' Indoor bubble

Why do you need to protect your car while in storage?

After spending weeks researching different solution I summarize my needs to the following:

  1. Rodents

Whether you are living on a small farm or your car is in a city garage there are a lot of mice and other creatures that are looking to take over our car. We all have stories of occasional rodent nibbling on the wires or getting into the interior and making a mess of the seats. Nests in our mufflers or spiders webbing everything etc.

  1. Humidity, Moisture, and RUST

Unless you are deep in the desert you surely need to battle humidity.  Condensation on your cars can drive you nuts even though they are stored in your home secured parking. The equation is clear, water around the car equals rust which leads to paint problems and corrosion. On top of that, there is a mold risk. This pain in the butt attacks seats, vinyl parts, and other soft areas and force you to thoroughly clean it out.

I will say it again: Damp environment is the worst risk when storing stuff in a close space and specifically for vehicles.  Even if you feel that everything is fine after a few days rust and other issues might appear in a later stage.

TIP: If you don’t really suffer from the obvious signs it doesn’t mean that you are safe. A humidity gauge is something always handy to have around.

  1. Dust & Debris

It is enough to just open the door while the wind is blowing or a window for some fresh air and dirt and dust, will find their way in. A garage is a working environment, we open the door, we get in and out constantly cutting, welding, painting etc. Can’t help making a mess in a working area.

  1. Scratches (ahhhhh!!!)

Scratched silver car door

Fancy colored cars are cool (did I hear yellow?), but its a hell of a challenge keeping that mirror finish on the dark paint. Any little scratch will be like a spotlight. Most of us  share the garage with kids’ bicycle, people getting in and out taking tools and stuff or an occasional baseball that fly in by mistake, Conventional car covers do leave small scratches on the clear coat that I have to deal with each time I pull the car out to drive

Anyway, you don’t want a regular car cover sitting on the paint for months.

Bubble wrapped vintage black car

Will the car bubble help me with all of that?

In short: YES.

It is an excellent means of storing your car out of the elements for a lengthy period of time. 120-millimeter fans are used to keep the PVC cover inflated, those extra fast fans run continuously making sure to keep the dome up and the humidity out. That is exactly how it is able to continuously exchange the air 4 to 5 times an hour which completely eliminate moisture. The flowing air is filtered, keeping dust and other particles out of the bubble.

Variations in temperature don’t affect the bubbles either. It was reported to hold successfully on humid areas as well as extreme cold  Inside the car remains nice and dry and stays that way as the air slowly exchanges through leakage in the zipper.

And… You get to look at the car during storage.

What about electricity failures?

No worries here, it deflates and rests on the car until the power comes back on and then it inflates.

How do I know what size of CarCapsule bubble I need to order?

The vendor’s instructions are fairly simple. Measure the length from bumper to bumper and just take the net size. For example, you will need the 16ft version if your bumper to bumper measurements are 15ft plus change.

Currently, they have versions from 14foot to 22foot (and an 8foot version for motorcycles)

TIP : I would recommend ordering a little wider (if you have storage room) to be able to walk around inside while inflated to access vehicle.

Tight size would probably work but it would be difficult to walk around it to zip it shut. if you are already short on space in the garage then a car capsule will most likely be a waste. Either clear some space or think on another idea for storage protection.

 

Will it work for outdoor storage?

There are more rigid versions of the product that were designed to hold the challenges of putting cars in the open (just think about protecting it from hail). According to the vendor heavier materials, UV and cold crack protection, two stronger fans and few more additions will allow those cover to defend your piece against the outside world challenges.

Outdoor storage wrap from carcapsule

How about setting it up?

First time setting up takes a good half hour to 45 minutes, however, once you know what you’re doing it can be done in about 10 to 15 minutes with two people. Try to have someone else helping you in the setup process, not that it is mandatory but it will make it faster and easier. Another tip is to avoid doing the first installation on a cold day. Like any flexible plastic, the capsule will get hard and hard to manipulate.

All in all, It was very simple and straightforward to set up and use.

Conclusion

If you have a classic car and live somewhere you can’t or don’t drive it year round then this should be the first thing you buy after you get the car titled.

In my view, it is probably the best storage option I’ve seen yet for longer-term storage.

What is DampRid?

Don’t you hate this little musty smell you get when you enter your basement? Have you got moisture in the air around you? Well, you probably need DampRid.  Just leave it in the humid space and you will easily get rid of the excess moisture from the air.

DampRid is a portfolio fo solutions aims to attract and trap moisture from the air.  By reducing the humidity DampRid prevents damage to goods (mainly from the mold) and musty odors which are common in close spaces. The main ingredient is a salt names calcium chloride which is all natural, refillable and disposable. 

Its role is to help keep the moisture level below 60 percent.

Why do you need to decrease moisture in the air?

Mold is a harmful fungus that grows into our home from too much moisture. Mold can be easily found in wet areas like bathroom, attics, and basements. They can grow in places like leaking roofs, pipes, windows or walls. By keeping your room with minimum moisture, you will be able to prevent this mold from growing into your rooms.

Heavily molded room

DampRid can be purchased in fragrance-free or different pleasurable scents to make a room fresh and free from that musty smell. I believe that anyone in a humid-risk area needs to keep it in the basement, closet, laundry room, office, kitchen, garage, storage unit, gym locker or even in the car.

TIP: If you don’t really suffer from the obvious signs it doesn’t mean that you are safe. A humidity gauge is something always handy to have around.

Hygrometer Indoor Thermometer Humidity Gauge with Jumbo Touchscreen and Backlight Temperature Humidity Monitor

DampRid ingredients:

There is only one simple ingredient used in DampRid. DampRid consists of a non-toxic mineral called calcium chloride which is in the shape of large crystals of salt. It is very similar to rock salt and can be commonly found anywhere. You can use it for melting snow or hard ice and is widely used in products like de-icers. People usually toss this mineral in swimming pools and aquariums in order to balance the chemical level of the water as well. Calcium chloride is also sometimes used in canned food products like tofu or canned vegetables to firm them up. Although the use of this mineral in foods is somewhat debatable, I recommend you not to consume it because it is not safe. The method of calcium chloride is also used by doctors for the treatment of some diseases. The ingredient inside DampRid does not have any bad odor and is safe to use.

The main benefits of it are:

  • Replaceable and refillable.
  • Disposable
  • Highly effective dehumidifier.

Is DampRid toxic?

According to my extensive online research DampRid does not emit any fumes, vapor or gas of any type, so it is not toxic or harmful for the environment. It is an all-natural product and will not provide any irritation.

not toxic

Even though the mineral used in DampRid is all natural, it should be placed in a position that is out of reach for children and pets. The contents should be avoided to be in contact with eyes or skin and should not be consumed in any case. If in contact with eyes, immediately wash. Remove any contact lenses and thoroughly rinse with cold water. If in contact with skin, wash with soap. In case of continuing irritation, seek medical assistance. If the contents are ingested, seek immediate medical help. However, the manufacturers say that children might put it in their mouths but will not swallow it due to the bad taste.

The product is covered with a tight lid, so it does not permit the calcium chloride to fall out, but to stay cautious, it is best to keep it on an out of reach spot for the kids and pets. Calcium chloride can cause esophagus or burns in the mouth. It can also cause vomiting, stomach ache, low blood pressure, weakness, mental disturbances, irregular heart rate, and even coma if swallowed. It is recommended not to put DampRid on metal or leather surfaces as it can easily damage these materials.

Nothing new here, just be on the guard same way as you do with the rest of the risky semi materials we deal with

DampRid vs. dehumidifier:

Damprid vs dehumidifier comparison

Dehumidifier and the DampRid serve different purposes. Yes, they both reduce moisture from the room but all in all, have different functions.

The dehumidifier

Takes out humidity from the rooms that are extremely hot. It sucks out excess moisture depending on the size and quality, but at the same time will cost you more. A dehumidifier will usually cost from $30 to $200 or above according to the brand you purchase. It will also run on electricity which is an added expense. According to a dehumidifier brand called Pingi, an averagely sized dehumidifier will use power that will cost over $150 per year if used for more than 10 hours a day.  Dehumidifiers are heavy and often have wheels for comfortable support. They cover up big space and are often noisy. Some usually give out fresh air and can serve as an air conditioner which further lessens the humidity in the room. The also usually come with a humidistat that can be adjusted to the level of moisture in the place.

A bucket of DampRid

Is used for smaller rooms with mildly humid environments. It sucks out the moisture and collects it later to be disposed of. It is disposable and costs around $10 which makes it cheap and easy to use. The DampRid is an entirely natural process of taking out moisture from the environment and is non-toxic as well. It has crystalline calcium chloride that is a great and effective way to remove any moisture in the room. The pouches in the product are refillable or disposable. The product can be hanged or kept anywhere as it does not require a plug or electricity to work. It also does not consume power which saves you the trouble of adding further expense to your bills. This is ideal for closed spaces like closets, storerooms or places where a dehumidifier will probably not fit; you can easily hang or put it. It is also great for nooks or bathrooms where the chances of growth for mold is predictable.

The advantage of using DampRid over a dehumidifier:

Price

The advantage of using this product is that it is disposable. It is twenty times less expensive than a dehumidifier and costs around $10. For small or compact places, this is ideal to use, especially for mildly humid environments. DampRid will not use electricity as compared to a dehumidifier and thus will not make an addition to your electricity bills.

Easy to use

The fact that the DampRid is disposable makes it convenient. You do not have to find a plug to switch it in or clean its moisture bucket. Just take the lid off and put in anywhere you like. After it reaches its full limit throw it away and put a new one.

Versatility

Because the DampRid does not need to be plugged in, this makes the product versatile. You can easily put it in a storage unit, car or truck for use.

To sum up the comparison I would say that if you have one very expensive vintage car in a non-air-conditioned garage you should probably go with the dehumidifier. For the rest of the simple cases, DampRid will most likely do the work

Important tips to remember when using DampRid:

While using it home:

  • DampRid is not only for taking out moisture, but it can also be used for preventing foul odors from places like closets, bathrooms, mudrooms, garage, storerooms, etc. Special DampRid products are available that have pleasing scents that help the room stay fresh.
  • Moisture and humidity can quickly ruin your things and clothes. The DampRid helps to protect your valuable stuff. It is recommended not to use this product in safe boxes.
  • In the case of the high humid environment, the DampRid will need to be replaced more often.
  • When the bucket is full, pour the contents out and refill with new crystalline calcium chloride pouches or refillable packets.
  • The product does not absorb liquid as it is, it absorbs moisture from the air.
  • If any of your product is wet, like cellophane or other electronic product, you can put the product inside the DampRid and close its lid tight. It will absorb all moisture from the product

On the boat:

  • You will have to replace the DampRid buckets more often on a boat because of high humidity and moisture levels. Obviously, it cannot be used for absorbing water, only for moisture absorption from the air.

For RV and campers:

  • Whether if the RV is on the road or in storage, DampRid can be a useful product to keep it protected from moisture damage.
  • You can put it anywhere, the kitchen, bathroom, living room or anywhere else.These are the immediate suspects to get damaged or molds due to high levels of humidity.
  • It is essential to keep the bucket of DampRid in a place where it would not tip or fall. So that the absorbed moisture does not fall out or in case of leakage it does not spill all over.

In the car:

  • The DampRid prevents any moisture or odor collecting in your vehicle. Just place it under the seat of your car and let it work as a moisture absorber or solely for odor prevention.
  • It is even more effective when all windows and the sunroof is closed. You can keep it even when your car is not in use.
  • When kept under the seat, your car will be more fresh and scented from the inside.

Shrink wrap your shoes – the complete guide

Sneakers are fun and are also a type of investment that often comes at a high price. Designer converse come at various brands like Nike, Testoni, Adidas, and Air Jordan, and these even come in limited editions. You surely want to protect these expensive shoes in an effective method that would prevent them from decaying.

An effective method for the protection of sneakers is to  ‘shrink wrapping’ them. It is a method that safeguards them from any contact to oxygen and wraps them in a way that could extend their life. Sneaker shrink extends the life of the sneakers and keeps them from ruin, even if packed for a long time. The installation of shrink wrappers on boots is easy and could be done by anyone.

Why shrink wrapping shoes?

Sneakers can be easily worn out. Gravity, aridity, and humidity can take away their charm and newness, making their sole yellow and shape deformed. The lines and creases can turn permanent, so they need some sort of support and coverage to keep uptight and new. The shrink wrapping does not require much effort and needs only two things to be sealed: the plastic wrap and heat. With just wrapping your shoes with heat will make them waterproof, weatherproof and tamperproof. You can wrap shoes of any size, and the wrapper can be recycled as well! It is cheap and does not cause any damage or leave marks on the boots.

Shrink wrappers offer the following benefits:

  • Protection:

Sneaker shrink gives less exposure to oxygen which keeps the material from yellowing and discoloration. Yellowing often happens to shoes with icy soles; they are prone to yellowing even if durable. Plastic packaging and heat shrinking secures them from the environment and serves as an excellent anti-oxidant. The heat applied to saran wrap allows it to become a very tight seal which adequately protects the shoe. It protects from dust, moisture or dirt and even UV rays.

  • Durability:

The plastic that saran wrap is made from is very durable, unlike other plastics. It is difficult to puncture or tear because of being very tight. Over time, heat wrap does not weaken or brittle when exposed to various environments. Once heated and sealed, it will not loosen.

  • Affordability:

Heat wrapping plastic or saran wrap is very cheap compared to other packaging materials. It minimizes space and so is used less too. It does not require additional packaging materials to store with it either.

  • Convenience:

The easy part about heat wrapping is that it can be used for any size. It neither requires much skill nor many people.

  • Tampering:

Once applied, shrink wrap holds the converse in place and does not allow any air to pass through it. But even if the wrapping gets slightly dented or tampered, it can be noticed immediately. Some types of shoe cover plastic also change color if affected and that way you can quickly determine whether the wrapping is tightly sealed or not. The plastic will also show if it has been stretched or opened, you can detect easily if someone else has been touching or using them.

limited edition sneakers

How can I DIY shrink my Nike/Adidas/air Jordan shoes?

Sneaker shrinking is an easy task and requires little effort. It can be handled by a single person and takes almost two to three minutes for a tight, sealed look.

What do you need :

  1. Silica gel
  2. Plastic wraps
  3. Heat gun
  4. Stickers or stamps

Shrink wrappers can be commonly available in the market or even online. They usually come in a standard ‘one size for all’ bag or a sheet film/ saran wrap.

Step by step:

  1. Before sealing the shoes completely, put silica gel packs inside the shoes to store them in their original state and save them from crumbling.
  2. You can start by covering the sheet wrapper around the shoe or putting it in the plastic bag.
  3. Close open end(s) temporarily with easy peel off the tape and make sure the corner/ pointed side of the bag is at the tip of the shoe.
  4. Use a good quality heat gun or hair dryer with good heat flow; turn it on to the maximum heat level and heat dry all over the sheet wrapped shoe.
  5. The sheet wrap will quickly stick to the shoe. Blow-dry until all parts of the sheet are held to the shoe and make it an airtight packing.
  6. While heat drying, do not rest the heated air flow too long on the converse otherwise it would affect the boot as well.
  7. Store in a cool, dry place with zero sunlight.

How do you store/preserve sneakers?

You have a collection of sneakers, and you are looking for various ways to protect them. It takes a few responsibilities to care of expensive sneakers, and their storage is most important. Throwing them on the floor when you enter your home is the worst habit for these shoes which will ruin them in no time. That is why a handful of ways are present to preserve or store boots properly for their care.

The first thing that you could do is save the original shoe boxes that the sneakers come in. The box is your sneaker’s home, and it needs to be kept in a comfortable, safe place. It is easier to distinguish the many pairs of shoes in their boxes and that way they stay organized. It is okay to write on the shoe boxes to save yourself from confusion. Displaying sneakers openly on racks might look pretty this method isn’t healthy for the shoes’ life as it may lead to discoloration and yellowing.

Light is a sneaker shoe’s worst enemy

Heat and moisture aren’t also on good terms with them. If you do not adequately protect your sneakers from them, they will ultimately start to decay and turn to dust after time. Sheet wrapping helps in this part. Its sole purpose is to keep away from oxygen and dirt and let the shoe stay in its form. Wrap the shoe in plastic sheet wrapping for a sealed and air tight packaging; some greater quality sheet wrappers have a UV protective material that protects the shoe from harsh sunlight rays.

Customized wooden sneaker boxes are being introduced in the market that is large enough to store 16 pairs of sneakers in it. The box has an extra sliding compartment in it with the top chamber above. The wooden boxes are stylish and safe for the converse. It is best first to wrap the shoes in sheet wrappers and then to store them in the box. That is how you can fully guarantee the shoes’ safety.

Do you have an extensive collection of converse? Then you need to take them seriously and perhaps find a storage facility. You can rent out storage areas as small as 5′ x 5′. Storage facilities are climate controlled and will prevent any sunlight from reaching the shoes.

Shoes can be easily kept in walk-in closets, but it is essential to keep a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will preserve your sneakers by sucking out the moisture and dampness. The dampness plays a big hand in yellowing and air bubbles etc. It is preferred to keep converse in the dark places with cold temperature.

Does it affect the shoes in any way when it’s wrapped like that for an extended period of time?

Converse are usually made of rubber or a synthetic substitutes with a flexible sole. If you are planning to store your sneakers in shrink wrapping plastic for a long time, then they should be opened up once in a while to breathe. Keep the shoes away from sunlight at any cost and store them in the dark, cold places; pretty much like the basement, or even your closet could work. If you are planning on keeping your shoes packed up for a long time then do store them with silica gel packs inside the shoe; otherwise, they will dry up and crumble. If storing in boxes, do not stack the boxes too high because we all know that the temperature rises upward.

air Jordan boxes

Take your boots out of the sheet wrap every once a month to let them breathe. Let them sit for a day or two and then put them back in sealed wrapping again and store in cold storage.

Avoid packing the converse with the paper that comes in the box because it is slightly acidic and will turn the sneakers yellow if stored for a long time with it. Silica gel packs are more useful for protection, and they must be kept inside the shoe before you seal wrap them.

Can I shrink wrap any shoe?

Only converse should be heat wrapped. Avoid seal wrapping shoes that have leather material because will harden if not let out to breathe. Shoes that are made of rubber or synthetic materials (like sneakers) shoes be tightly seal wrapped in sheet wrappers. They are more useful for protection and can be stored for a long time.