FEP 2:1 Heat Shrink

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Zeus heat shrink provides an ideal method for the application of a tight and protective jacketing to items that will be subjected to extremes of heat, corrosion, shock, moisture, and other harsh environmental conditions. Heat shrinkable tubing extends the life of the protected components and helps to sustain their performance. Zeus heat shrinks have a high presence in the aerospace, electrical, chemical, optical, medical, and automotive fields.

FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) heat shrink tubing is chosen particularly for its lower shrink temperature compared to other heat shrinks like PTFE. FEP has greater flexibility, optical clarity, and high lubricity in comparison to PFA. FEP heat shrink is commonly chosen for its lower cost and for applications where large heat shrink ratios are not needed.

Zeus heat shrink tubing is provided in its expanded state. With the brief application of heat, the heat shrink tubing molds itself snugly around the most intricate and irregular shapes to form a completely sealed covering. Zeus 2:1 FEP heat shrink provides the greatest shrinkable capacity of any of our FEP heat shrink products. Sources of heat and methods of heating are optional. Please contact your Zeus Technical Account Manager for guidance on selecting the best heat option for you.

Shrink Ratios and Recovery

Heat shrink ratio refers to the final diameter of the heat shrinkable material after being allowed to shrink fully unrestrained compared to the original diameter of the pre-shrunk material. After heat shrinking is complete, the material is considered to be in its “recovered” or “recovery” state. Thus, final dimensions for heat shrink usually refer to recovered or fully shrunk dimensions.

As an example, for a heat shrinkable material with a 2:1 heat shrink ratio, the final diameter of the fully shrunk material will be reduced to 1/2 of the pre-shrunk diameter. Or, put another way, the original diameter of the pre-shrunk material will be 2× the diameter of the fully shrunk (recovered) material; the ratio of their diameters, pre-shrunk:recovered, will be 2:1.

Note that heat shrink is typically applied over a material or component to encapsulate it; thus, in practical application, it is restrained from being shrunk completely.

Heat shrink ratio is a fundamental consideration for every application based on the degree of non-uniformity of the items or components to be covered. More irregularly shaped parts will require greater heat shrink ratios of the covering material to achieve more complete or thorough encapsulation. Conversely, more uniform parts such as cylinders or wires would require smaller heat shrink ratios for complete coverage. Consideration should also be given to tapered parts: While appearing to be more or less uniform in shape, the degree of taper should be taken into account when selecting heat shrink and its shrink ratio.

Zeus FEP heat shrink tubing is available with 1.3:1; 1.6:1; and 2:1 shrink ratios and can be selected based on American Wire Gauge (AWG) or fractional sizes. This heat shrinkable material possesses all of the same high standards and characteristics of FEP. We can also provide custom micro-miniature dimensions and other tailored specifications and tolerances upon request.

Heat Shrinking Guidelines for FEP Heat Shrink Tubing

Always assure good ventilation in the immediate work area before beginning the heat shrink process. (Caution: Fumes can cause nausea and dizziness).

  1. FEP heat shrink tubing requires approximately 420 °F ± 50 °F (215 °C ± 10 °C) to initiate shrinkage. While this is a liberally safe range, these temperatures are approximate. Actual shrink temperatures may vary based on dimensions and wall thickness of the tubing, methods of application, and other factors. Zeus is happy to provide samples to test in your application and help you determine the best material to use.
  2. The mandrel (part) to be covered by FEP heat shrink must be able to tolerate the range of the heat shrink temperature.
  3. Parts or mandrels may act as a heat sink. Therefore, Zeus recommends preheating larger diameter mandrels and other parts.
  4. FEP heat shrink needs only a small degree of recovery. You may experience some slight longitudinal change depending on the amount of recovery. Contact Zeus if longitudinal change is a concern.
  5. Heating and cooling should be even on all sides for best results. Uneven heating or cooling tends to split the side still in the “gel” state while the other side is in the hard or crystalline state, particularly upon recovery.
    Note: Shrinking starts when the FEP is brought up to the “gel” state but completes its recovery during the cooling cycle. In its gel state the tubing becomes crystal clear and glassy in appearance.
  6. Ovens are the most reliable way to recover heat shrink products due to their ability to ensure even heating and reduce the risk of overheating the material (which can lead to brittleness and cracking). If a heat gun is to be used, please contact our team our team or call toll-free in the US 1-800-526-3842 or +1-803-268-9500 internationally for tips on proper heat application to achieve the most uniform recovery.

Standards and Specifications

Color: Supplied in “natural” unpigmented state unless otherwise specified. Custom Pantone colors or Zeus standard colors available upon request.


    Encapsulation – For general purpose protection and covering of critical components, FEP heat shrink may be the best choice for your application regarding cost, heat shrink temperatures, and other features which are comparable to more expensive products. FEP 2:1 heat shrink provides the largest shrinkage capacity of our FEP heat shrinks offering coverage of the largest range of component shapes. FEP heat shrink is routinely used to cover items such as medical instruments, temperature probes, roll covers, lighting, hoses, wires and cables, to name but a few. FEP heat shrink’s transparency allows covered components to remain observable during use while remaining protected from heat, chemicals, moisture, and temperatures.

    Insulation – FEP’s attractive dielectric properties make is a good choice for encapsulating and insulating electrical components including batteries (lithium and alkaline) and solenoids. FEP heat shrink’s heat tolerance allows it to continue to perform at temperatures commonly encountered in these environments and more.

    Wire Harness – FEP heat shrink’s excellent dielectric properties make is a good choice for covering wires and cables and can even support splicing. Once covered, FEP heat shrink also serves as insulation allowing it to be used even where bare wire is concerned.


    Biocompatible – FEP has a proven history of use within medical devices. For more information on FEP’s biocompatibility, contact us today.

    Chemically Resistant – FEP heat shrink is impervious to nearly all common solvents whether they are acids, bases, or hydrocarbons.

    Excellent Dielectric Strength – FEP heat shrink possesses exceptional dielectric strength and thus doubles as additional insulating material when used with electrical components.

    Excellent UV Transmission Ratings – FEP’s UV ratings mean that it can stand up to prolonged UV exposure and not degrade or breakdown. The ability of our FEP heat shrink to withstand this type of UV exposure means that it can be used under sterilizing UV light as well as outdoors.

    Flame Resistant – The non-flammable nature of this product makes it a good choice for environments where there is high heat or the possibility of flame exposure.

    Low Absorption of Solvents – Consistent with FEP’s negligible chemical activity, our FEP heat shrink has extremely low absorption of solvents.

    Many Preferred Traits Over PTFE – FEP heat shrink has a lower gas and vapor permeability than PTFE and is less expensive; it is also more flexible than PTFE and possesses greater optical clarity.

    More Lubricious Than PFA – FEP has a lower coefficient of friction than PFA which means it has a highly lubricious surface.

    Optical Clarity – The transparency of our FEP heat shrink assures that your covered parts remain visible yet protected allowing you to monitor the integrity of covered parts or wire splices.

    Sterilizable – FEP heat shrink’s temperature tolerance and physical properties allow it to easily tolerate Gamma, ETO, e-beam, and autoclave sterilization protocols.

  • Standards and Specifications

    Color: Supplied in “natural” unpigmented state unless otherwise specified. Custom Pantone colors or Zeus standard colors available upon request.

    Expanded ID Recovered ID Wall (thickness)
    nominal tolerance (±)
    in. mm in. mm in. mm in. mm
    0.034 0.864 0.0170 0.432 0.010 0.254 0.0020 0.051
    0.075 1.905 0.0375 0.953 0.010 0.254 0.0020 0.051
    0.125 3.175 0.0630 1.600 0.010 0.254 0.0020 0.051
    0.190 4.826 0.0950 2.413 0.013 0.330 0.0025 0.064
    0.290 7.366 0.1450 3.683 0.013 0.330 0.0025 0.064
    0.385 9.779 0.1925 4.890 0.013 0.330 0.0025 0.064