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  • Shrink Wrap - Leave it On or Tear it Off?

    I've heard but never experienced that leaving the shrink wrap on an album cover can cause the Lp inside to warp. Is this true? If so, is it better to remove all shrink wrap from Lps for long term storage?
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  • #2
    They were once wrapped tighter than any condom you wore.
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    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Excuse me. Did #2 and #3 get switched?

  • #3
    Remove the shrink wrap.
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    • #4
      I remove it, if I don't its going to rip /tear on its own.
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      • #5
        It's never really been an issue for me. I still have some from the 70's with the shrink still on them. Mostly I remove it though.
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        • #6
          I think it looks cool to still be in the original shrink. Plus it protects the cover. I just worry if it can actually cause warping of the disc.
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          • Johnny Vinyl
            Johnny Vinyl commented
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            Agree. It does protect the cover. And back then I wasn't into adding outer sleeves, so it helped.

          • JCOConnell
            JCOConnell commented
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            The only thing was, you couldn't leave the shrink on gatefold covers or you wouldn't be able to open them up. Today, my records that are still in original shrink are also in an added outer sleeve for extra protection.

          • Johnny Vinyl
            Johnny Vinyl commented
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            Yeah...I've done the same thing. To remove them now would seem like I'm taking away a bit of history.

        • #7
          I just take it off. I buy albums to play.

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          • #8
            I take it off not sure if the it warps the records myth is true or false we need myth busters. Friend of mine had a house fire now that warps records

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            • #9
              Shrink wrap is trash that's meant to be taken off and thrown away. It's more fragile than the ego of a millennial.
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              • #10
                At the very least, gatefolds and 2LP albums (especially those pesky 45RPMs now a days), the shrink needs to come off. Others are a toss up. I'm starting to buy covers for all my outer jackets, so using the shrink as a protection becomes less important. It looks nicer too having all the albums in the same outer sleeves. Not that expensive. Music Direct has a 100 pack for around $30.

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                • #11
                  Sleeves are the bomb. When they get old and cloudy, throw them away in the same place you tossed the shrink wrap-the garbage.
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                  • #12
                    Always remove a as well as those horrid stickers that can ruin an album if not removed quickly.

                    Then clean the record and put into an inner sleeve.

                    Then put into an outer sleeve.

                    They are then as new as you bought them for the rest of their life.

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                    • JCOConnell
                      JCOConnell commented
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                      Sometimes I actually like the hype sticker that comes on the original shrink wrap. In that case, I save it with scissors and scotch tape it to the new outer sleeve.

                  • #13
                    Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
                    I've heard but never experienced that leaving the shrink wrap on an album cover can cause the Lp inside to warp. Is this true? If so, is it better to remove all shrink wrap from Lps for long term storage?
                    I'd surmise it was actually a problem in the Dynawarp days. On the other hand, were the records warped before they went into the jacket or warped after? Somehow I think quite a few were warped before going into the record jacket. Certainly plenty of Classic Records came warped and they weren't shrink wrapped either.

                    Today's thicker records may be another story but then again, I just put the in outer sleeves. QRP, MMJ, ORG and a few other already come with a reusable outer sleeve.
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