Question about Mylar and PVC sleeves being compatible...

Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by killswitch95, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. killswitch95

    killswitch95 New Member

    So in regards to my previous post here: obviously yes I will need some Mylar sleeves, but I happen to like the semi rigid nature of the PVC sleeves I have and have noticed that it seems most mylar sleeves are thin and very flexible, something I don't really like...

    So my question is: Provided I do it right, could I store the banknote in the Mylar to protect it, and put the banknote/Mylar in the semi-rigid PVC to protect the Mylar and give it some rigidity?

    And if possible I have another question, if the Mylar sleeve is well big enough for the note but just a tad too big to fit in the rigid holder can I trim it to still protect the notes surface, but fit in the rigid holder?

    Because what I am looking at getting is the Pack of 10 Lighthouse Premium Mylar #160 US Small Modern Dollar Bill Sleeves ( and from reading the description it seems as though they open at the top and sides and act as a sort of sheet that folds in two places like one would fold a piece of paper into a third of its original size, so the idea of open sides is putting me off...

    If it's not an option then can anyone point me to a pack of Mylar sleeves that are open on the long end, but not the sides or bottom? As I've been looking but cannot seem to find them, or I overlook them, Keep in mind that I am on a bit of a budget and a small pack of 10 to 20 would be best...
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  3. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    Get mylar sleeves for the bills and go to Walmart or someplace ( maybe your kitchen cabinets) and find some food storage quality plastic container with a seal lid that the mylar can fit into, or perhaps several shapes/sizes. Paranoid collectors ( most are) can use plastic zip locks for a batch of mylar /bills for even more atmospheric protection. Jim
  4. Dave M

    Dave M Francophiliac

    Take a look at Denly's for Mylar sleeves that are open only on one side. Typically I put mine through a paper cutter to make them just a bit larger than the banknote, so I end up with two sides (top+right) that are open, and the other two sealed. I leave a bit of space on the side for a label, too.

  5. killswitch95

    killswitch95 New Member

    Okay, so even though I already have some of these semi-rigid PVC protectors, don't put the Mylar in them because they will still damage the notes, so instead get a food quality plastic bag or container?
  6. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

  7. mpcusa

    mpcusa "Official C.T. TROLL SWEEPER"

    My best advice is to store in Mylar and then put it in to a rigid sleeve
    Of your choosing, as long as the material contacting the actual note
    Is Mylar you will be ok :) , PVC holders will break down over time, and
    Yellow, harden and then crack so using them as the actual contact
    Point for your note isnt the best idea.
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