Looking for sleeve recommendation from Bags Unlimited

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Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:33 pm

I'm looking into a couple sleeve options for storing my screen prints. Both are acid-free and archival:

https://www.bagsunlimited.com/product/3 ... ter-sleeve

https://www.bagsunlimited.com/product/3 ... il-no-flap

Has anyone purchased one of these and can provide a recommendation? There's a significant price difference between the two and as far as I understand it, the difference comes down to how rigid the plastic is.

How many prints can a sleeve hold? I'm hoping I can fit at least 2 or 3 in - each separated by a sheet of glassine. I don't plan on using a backing board (unless convinced otherwise) as I don't want to take up space that could be used by prints.

Any suggestions or recommendations are appreciated!
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Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:32 pm

The first bag you posted is like most of the bags you see smaller prints shipped in. The thin, pliable stuff.

The second bag is definitely much more rigid and protective. It would be difficult to put an edge ding in a print stored in these kind of bags, they are pretty solid. They have a strong static charge between the sheets that keeps the print from moving around much. You could probably fit 2 prints int here nicely,3 if they aren't the entire size of the bag.
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Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:17 pm

I use the 4 mil polyethylene sleeves and believe they work great. The sleeves are not rigid, but do feel thick. I could not justify the price difference to the polyester, and I keep my filled sleeves in one of the Blue-Gray storage boxes that they sell. I think you could fit two posters per sleeve.

PS: Scroll down on the link to see Bags Unlimited's description of the difference between polyester and polyethylene: https://www.bagsunlimited.com/topic/tips
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