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There are 3 reasons why your stretch film is breaking or ripping.

  1. Your stretch film’s thickness is incorrect. Be sure to ensure you’re using the right thickness. You may want to look into using a 90 gauge or 120 gauge.
  2. There could be a nick in your roll. Unravel the roll until you pass the nick. Then proceed.
  3. You may be pulling it too hard. Stretch film has a memory and it will pull back and tighten.
  4. Your boxes or shipment may have sharp edges. It may be causing it to rip.

You can check out our full line of stretch film here.

Video Transcript

Hi everyone, Ricky Chu from Chu’s Packaging Supplies here. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to wrap your pallet or product to ship and your stretch film keeps ripping. We’re going to help you figure out why so you can get back to shipping as soon as possible. First thing to look at is whether you’re using the right thickness of stretch film.

All stretch films are very durable, even the lower gauge or lower micron ones, but if you’re wrapping very heavy products, you might want to look at something like a 90 gauge or 120 gauge. It might cost you a little more per case, but you’ll use less per shipment and you might end up saving some money in the long run.

Next check to see if there’s a little nick in your roll. If you happen to drop the roll and there’s a nick right there, every time you hit that nick, it’s going to rip. So what you’re going to want to do is unwrap your stretch film until you get past that nick and you can start using it again. Another factor is that you might be pulling your stretch film too hard.

The way these stretch films are designed, there’s a memory. So after you wrap your pallet it pulls back and it tightens. So you don’t have to yank on it really hard like you’re at a gym cable machine. It’ll do its own work. So if you’re pulling it too hard, there’s a high chance that you’re gonna rip it.

The last thing you can look at is if your shipment has any sharp edges, that includes the corners of boxes and pallets. But any uneven shipments or unboxed products that have sharp edges. You’re going to want to look at that because as durable as stretch film is it can still poke. And once it pokes is going to rip. If you have something like that, you might want to consider looking at blown film, which is more puncture resistant than the cast film.

We have both product lines in stock. If you want more information on all our stretch films, please visit our website at

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