Thoughts on Mylar storage bags poll

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Do you use Mylar, Poly or no bags for storage in portfolios or flat files

Poll ended at Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:30 pm

I use 4 mil bags in my portfolio or flat file
17
34%
I use 2 mil poly bags in my portfolio or flat file
12
24%
I don't use bags
9
18%
Thinking about using them in the future
12
24%
 
Total votes : 50

Postby ChefFerrari on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:30 pm

Just wondered what people use for storage and if you do use storage bags for the posters.
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Postby Kdh12 on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:33 pm

I voted but would have picked "don't use them but thinking about"
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Postby ChefFerrari on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:35 pm

Kdh12 wrote:I voted but would have picked "don't use them but thinking about"


Just added that option vote again !!!
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Postby Grateful69Phish on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:37 pm

2 mil- maybe a 4 mil on a serious poster that will be around for a while

Started using 4 mils but those bags were adding a lot of weight to my current storage method

The main reason I use bags is to ensure no dirt, fingerprints during handling and digging in the stacks :lol: so those thick azz 4 mils don't seem necessary.
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Postby jjbehren on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:38 pm

4 mil, with acid free backing boards for the really valuable stuff.
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Postby GR8Dane on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:41 pm

Grateful69Phish wrote:2 mil- maybe a 4 mil on a serious poster that will be around for a while

Started using 4 mils but those bags were adding a lot of weight to my current storage method

The main reason I use bags is to ensure no dirt, fingerprints during handling and digging in the stacks :lol: so those thick azz 4 mils don't seem necessary.



Same as dis guy!
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Postby IWish on Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:04 pm

Use 2mm mylar sleeves w/foam backboard. Once I get a flatfile it gets too full, I'll remove the backboards. I hear the mylar sleeves allow the prints to slide around in the flatfile. (?) Someone recommended glassine sheets.
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Postby willg on Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:39 pm

Use 4mm poly bags from bags unlimited. Tried the 2mm on my first order but felt they were way to flimsy, will never buy them again. Every 10 prints or so I put foam core backing in a bag to prevent waviness and keep the surface flat.
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Postby Rick_a_c on Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:50 pm

I always try to use 4 mil, but Bags Unltd doesn't have anything thicker than 2 mil for some sizes, so I use 2 mil when I must. For some reason, I think that some sizes come in a 3 mil thickness, too. I like the added protection from my bumblin' fumblin' ways, so I'm not as comfortable with the protection of the 2 mil, but I've never done damage to a poster that's in a 2 mil bag.

Also, I always use acid free backings. I plae a backing in the bag, and it holds 2 prints. Each print is between the backing and one side of the bag.

Something someone said above leads me to a question: Will some posters bleed or leach onto another if you place 2 posters back-to-back in the same bag without an acid-free backing separating them? It's a question I've wondered about from time to time but never asked about before.
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Postby Baker on Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:56 pm

Right now I have everything In those Krystal Seal bags, but for the good stuff I will soon be upgrading to mylar and boards.
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Postby rockbridge on Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:54 pm

Pretty much just like Rick- 4 mil with acid free backings and prints on each side. Rick, I am curious what size sleeve/print you need/have that they don't have 4 mil for? I would love to save vertical storage space and dollars by not using the acid free backers
in every sleeve, but have also been worried about the problem of the prints potentially leaching.
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Postby Rick_a_c on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:48 pm

One size bag I like is the 20.25"x30" bags for 20x29 backings. This is a perfect size for posters like the typical Malleus art as well as many others. This size is only offered in a 2 mil. Another is the 18.24"x26" bag for 18x24 posters... a very common size of poster. These used to be offered in a thicker option but not any more.
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Postby electrachrome on Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:42 am

I started out using 4mil bags, but after I got over 100 prints I ran out and never bothered with them again. I've since swapped out many of the prints that were originally bagged for my more valuable ones. one thing i don't like is handling a stack of bagged prints. they tend to be slippery and once I nearly had a whole pile of them slide off a table. mostly I just keep similarly sized prints stacked together without anything in between.
right now my collection is kinda out of hand. I have six 18"x24" and two 24"x36" portfolios, 2 archival storage boxes (one is 30"x40") and a flatfile stuffed to the gills.
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Postby jjbehren on Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:45 am

electrachrome wrote:I started out using 4mil bags, but after I got over 100 prints I ran out and never bothered with them again. I've since swapped out many of the prints that were originally bagged for my more valuable ones. one thing i don't like is handling a stack of bagged prints. they tend to be slippery and once I nearly had a whole pile of them slide off a table. mostly I just keep similarly sized prints stacked together without anything in between.
right now my collection is kinda out of hand. I have six 18"x24" and two 24"x36" portfolios, 2 archival storage boxes (one is 30"x40") and a flatfile stuffed to the gills.


I need to get me some of them big archival storage boxes for under my bed.
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Postby electrachrome on Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:00 am

jjbehren wrote:I need to get me some of them big archival storage boxes for under my bed.

I started off with one of these (20"x28")
http://www.gaylord.com/adblock.asp?abid=17700

and then I got the big Solander box years later for the oversized stuff.
I think it may have been custom order size. probably around $300.
http://www.gaylord.com/adblock.asp?abid=13921
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