Don't you hate it that the polymer note in the folder goes wavy almost immediately when you have it removed out of the folder?
Right up to 1996, all notes (NPA folders, joint ventured commemorative
sets etc) were all issued in a special folder protected by a plastic
sleeve. The note is placed in the sleeve in such a manner that the
bottom edge is usually stuck to the glue that hold the sleeves together.
It is common knowledge that if you try to remove the note from the
sleeve by force, the edge on the note will almost goes wavy or crimps
immediately. The wave created on the edge is very unique and it looks
more like tiny little equal steps like a flat staircase or it looks like
those white keys on a piano. This only affect approximately 5mm deep
from the edge of the note. I believe this was due to some chemical
reactions between the glue and the plastic note. Once that happened,
there is no way you can fixed this. The only way to avoid such problem
was to remove the note from the folder immediately when it was first issued or if
you were lucky, the note was not touching any of the glue on the sleeve.
You can just leave the note in the original folder, however if you still want to have it removed, follow these simple steps:
1) Remove the note gently from the folder. Do not forcefully rip it out like you are tearing a sheet of plastic. This will only stretch the edge of the polymer note;
2) Immediately place the note in a single banknote sleeve or holder;
3) Sandwich the note with say two strong cardboard. I find using rulers the best. Place bulldog clips over the wavy edge along the note. The cardboard or rulers are to protect the note from any damages or indented marks created from the clips;
4) Leave the note and just wait. Depending on how wavy the the edge is, you may have to leave it as long as you can. In my case, I sometime leave it for months or even longer;
5) If you have previously removed the note and did nothing, this method may not work, as the wave may have already settled in.
All folder notes issued since 1997 do not have this problem. It should
be noted that this does not have any effect on any of the paper folder
notes issued in any given year. Try it. If it works, great. If not, you still have your money with you LOL! If you know a better way to over come
this common problem, please do share it with me.