Shipping a car hood is not as difficult as it sounds if you can just follow a few simple steps and choose a carrier who will suit your needs. Most carriers will assist you when it comes to packaging a shipment of this size; however, it is a good idea to do what you can yourself to save you time and money.
Things You'll Need
- Protective surface (bubble wrap, felt, etc)
- Shrink wrap
- String or banding machine
Locate a pallet. Begin by collecting a pallet that is about the same size as the car hood. Since all car hoods are different shapes and sizes this may be the most difficult part of the process. Pallets can be found at any store after they unload a shipment. After you have found a pallet that is close to or larger than the hood position the pallet so that the fork lift holes are facing you.
Protect the hood. After positioning the pallet correctly, place felt or any type of soft padding on the top of the pallet. Placing protective felt or plastic will serve two purposes. First, this will help protect the hood from scratches. Most hoods are shipped out before painted, but if it is already painted this will be even more crucial to your process. Secondly, most protective surfaces such as bubble wrap or felt will help the hood to stay in place and not move around during the ride to the final destination.
Level the hood. Make sure that the hood is level on the pallet. If the hood is unlevel it could cause shifting or slipping around during transit. Next, place more of the protective surface of your choice over the top of the hood. If using bubble wrap make sure that you not only cover the top of the hood but get coverage along the edges as well.
Secure the pallet. Securing the pallet can be done a couple of different ways. Most carriers will have a banding machine that is easily placed in two places over the top of the hood and under the pallet. This will be the most secure way to ship the hood. Another option is to use string or rope to tie it down. After securing the hood, shrink wrap the pallet which will allow another layer of protection.