Long term protection of record covers

When it comes to outer plastic sleeves for vinyl records, there are a variety of options available. The best type of outer plastic sleeve depends on your personal preference and specific needs.

Here are some options to consider:

  1. Polyethylene (PE) Sleeves: These sleeves are thin, lightweight, and affordable. They are a popular choice for protecting records from dust and scratches, and come in a variety of sizes to fit different record jackets.

  2. Polypropylene (PP) Sleeves: These sleeves are slightly thicker than PE sleeves and offer more protection against wear and tear. They are also acid-free and archival quality, making them a good choice for long-term storage.

  3. Mylar Sleeves: These sleeves are the thickest and most durable option. They offer excellent protection against scratches, dust, and other types of damage. Mylar sleeves are also acid-free and archival quality, making them a great option for long-term storage.

  4. PVC Sleeves: *** DON'T USE THEM ***
    Although PVC sleeves are a popular choice due to their clarity and low cost, they are not recommended for long-term storage as they are not acid-free and can damage records over time.

When choosing an outer plastic sleeve for your vinyl records, it's important to consider factors such as thickness, clarity, and archival quality. Ultimately, the best choice will depend on your personal preferences and needs.