I would not seal a record into a plastic cover. I do cover my good-condition sleeves with plastic
but they are top-open to the air. I figure, perhaps incorrectly, that the sleeve can then keep
ambient temp and moisture and thus less likely to grow mold or have some sort of breakdown from
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "D. Blake Werts" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] speaking of LP storage...
>I apologize. I need to clarify.
> I am asking about the sleeves ("bag") that are used to store the LP jacket
> with the actual record inside the jacket (or outside the jacket but still in
> the "bag" to prevent damage to the cardboard LP covers). I didn't mean to
> start a discussion about the inner record sleeves. Sorry...
> D. Blake Werts
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 7:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] speaking of LP storage...
>> I can vouch that some plastic inner sleeves leach some sort of nasty
> residue onto LPs. For instance,
>> a while back I bought a load of original-pressing Pablo records from the
> late 70's thru mid 80's,
>> still wrapped in plastic. Most had paper inner sleeves but the Pablo
> Digital issues had
>> plastic-lined inner sleeves. In a few cases, not all cases though, the
> plastic inner sleeve was
>> firmly attached to the record. I could carefully peel it off but there was
> a residue that did not
>> come off with VPI treatment, including with a liquid containing
> isopropynol. The net result was
>> noisy surfaces, not groove distortion but really noisy surfaces. I can't
> understand why some of
>> those records had this problem but not others. All were from the same
> defunct record shop and all
>> had been warehoused under similar conditions.
>> Plastics -- unstable chemistry by definition.
>> As a result of this experience, I avoid replacing inner sleeves with
> plastic. I handle my records
>> carefully and store them carefully and have not had any issues using
> smooth paper inner sleeves.
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 6:21 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] speaking of LP storage...
>> > D. Blake Werts wrote:
>> >> This talk about the storage of CDs and LPs has me thinking... Are
> there any
>> >> known issues with the storage of LPs in "plastic" bags? I have been
>> >> some of the nice re-sealable sleeves made available through Far West
>> >> Supply (polypropylene?) and wondered if I will be causing damage in the
>> >> term with these?
>> >> Any advice or experience that you can offer?
>> >> Thanks Much!
>> >> D. Blake Werts
>> > It depends on the plastic.
>> > We 'spoke' some time ago about plasticizer leaching out of some plastics
> to clog the LP grooves.
>> > Even a light coating is lethal and it cannot be removed without etching
> the vinyl. I've several
>> > old European EMIs that died that unfortunate death.
>> > Mike
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