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Getting the best quality from your vinyl album or binder

  1. Always remember you need to allow your packaging materials acclimate to room temperature. So, when you restock, give your product time to rest before you put it to work. If you are having trouble maintaining a steady stream of stock, try calling your Polyline sales rep for help. They can find order patterns you may have missed or they may be able to find a good solution to keep your supplies at a steady level.
  2. Protect your vinyl packaging from sunlight and other sources of UV light. Vinyl is sensitive to UV rays, so prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause white vinyl to turn beige over time. (We like to think it gives them character.) You can prevent vinyl from tanning, by protecting your product from sunlight and other sources of UV light. If you are using vinyl binders or albums for archival purposes, you may want to opt for a darker color.
  3. Look for vinyl cases with a thick vinyl overlay, as opposed to a thin poly one. This way, if your vinyl packing is exposed to changes in temperature, the overlay is expanding and contracting at the same (or similar) rate as the rest of the package, preventing wrinkles.
  4. Look for vinyl packages that allow you to use a single-sheet insert, instead of three separate sheets. This will save you time and money. Ask for a sample of the product before you make your purchase. Some manufacturers place a strip of paper in the binding to keep the overlay from becoming adhered to the rest of the binder. Other manufacturers use different techniques. (Some of these techniques work; others don’t.) The easiest way to check if you’ll be able to use a single-sheet insert is to turn your vinyl binder (or album) over and open it all the way. If the overlay along the spine pops up, it will allow a single-sheet insert.

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