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Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Romoving 15 year+ frosting from windows

Replies: 13

Views: 815

Re: Romoving 15 year+ frosting from windows

I've just done five windows (1.5x2.5m) and a door. Three of the windows get a couple of hours direct sun, the door and two of the windows, strong sunlight for much of the day. Followed the 3M cookie method, using fairy and water. draped over with bubble wrap. After 4 hours, was able to get strips ab...

Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:48 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1108

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Human vision is particualrly sensitive to subtle shifts in shades of neutral tones, which can be the slightest deviation from neutral in the magenta to green or yellow to blue, or cyan to red axes. Changes in substrate white points, laminates, inks will all have a clearly visible effect, as will tem...

Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Daylight tubes for our sign room

Replies: 1

Views: 675

Re: Daylight tubes for our sign room

If you want to get really serious, then these are what we use in our print room http://www.graphictec.co.uk/Overhead_Colour_Viewing_Luminaires_s/1918.htm We're predominantly fine art printing, but a lot of what we do has cross overs with sign making. I wouldn't dream of buying these if I didn't have...

Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New Member introduction. hope its in the right place.

Replies: 14

Views: 1233

Re: New Member introduction. hope its in the right place.

Hello Andrew,

Just about to get one as well - in a similar boat, so don't feel alone.

Great thing about this board - seemingly silly questions are the ones you don't ask.

Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:57 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Replies: 3

Views: 610

Re: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

As per Neil, it depends on the level of conservation wanted, and the budget available. I'd suggest that you ask the museum how long they would like to preserve the original artifacts, and then suggest they seek advice from an expert - most likely a larger museum, or a professional conservator. If th...

Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Thanks, I look forward to seeing if I can afford to go top notch. Most likely, all design will be done in illustrator, as most of the staff who'll be generating files are reasonably experienced with Adobe SW, and we're not looking at complex designs (yet...) Martin, did you mean metamark M7? Can't f...

Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Thanks Steff, is the D60 a tangential cutter, and would I be looking at separate RIP software?

And Martin, thank you - Mactac M7 will be my first material.

I guess I'm after a Transit, rather than one of these

Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Thanks Chris, I'll claim sticker shock reduced my ability to read. I've always preferred to buy once, rather than cheap.

Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Thanks Steff, are the Suma's wildly better than the Graphtec, for what we're after - this won't be running every day. A lot of the text we'll be working with will be nearer 25 - 100mm high, but I have a colleague who likes small text, so I'll let her learn how to weed small letters (fortunately, hou...

Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:15 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

So, again thank you for advice so far. Looking to get something like a CE6000-60, for a couple of usages, mostly lettering. I imagine that the size of text we could go down to would be dependent on the font, and grade of vinyl used - probably nothing smaller than 10mm high, to go onto glass, painted...

Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:55 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

For the first time in months, I've not had to turn on the aircon this morning.

Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

This is a trade supplier - six miles down the road, so we usually get the graphics biked over. I understand rush fees happen, but only on the text panel this time. We didn't even specify precise shade of grey, nor brand of vinyl - had assumed that a mid to dark grey vinyl would be a stock item for a...

Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Fair enough - it was first thing this morning when we contacted them - Other elements were quoted at total £100 plus vat, which is on a par with what we've been charged previously.

File as PDF from indesign

Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Keep upping the price until the job goes away.

Anyone interested in this - needed for Tuesday, and there are some additional larger text elements - on top, as well as a couple of lines, same vinyl in reverse for front door (72pt lettering)

Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:28 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1968

Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Our usual supplier of cut vinyl letter for an internal gallery wall, is not available. We're after MAcal – 8988 – 16 Graphite, 85 words (560 characters) around 15mm high, Century Gothic, works out around 500x700mm, plus an Arts Council logo. This is going inside gallery, for six weeks. New supplier ...

Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl not sticking to painted wall surface

Replies: 16

Views: 2709

Re: Vinyl not sticking to painted wall surface

I've some samples of Canvastex, and a similar generic on the wall in my print room (paint is Munsell N7 - high quality eco matt), and they're kind of losing their grip. They went up a year after the wall was painted, but not 3M'd, so, I'd still go for the surface prep, for anything I wasn't wanting ...

Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl not sticking to painted wall surface

Replies: 16

Views: 2709

Re: Vinyl not sticking to painted wall surface

there was a 3M (I think) demo on here somewhere which while I thought was a bit OTT, but basically using a water / Iso mix you wipe the wall down etc. Hung a show in our gallery a couple of weeks ago, with large sections of Canon repositional matt vinyl, matt eco friendly paint on the walls. Sectio...

Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Another big one falls Sign 2000

Replies: 10

Views: 2475

Re: Another big one falls Sign 2000

A fantastic bit of kit, gone to a good home, at a bargain price. On our rev.D, I've had excellent results using a 2033 patch chart, but without the automated table, it's a pain to profile each combination of paper laminate and substrate, though it is worth it. There's a discussion here http://forum....

Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting IP 2408 Heavy Poster Paper

Replies: 7

Views: 1644

Re: Cutting IP 2408 Heavy Poster Paper

I was rather hoping that someone would say there was a way to get a cutter to trim heavy paper - we print photographic exhibitions and other work on a Canon 8400 aqueous, and I would love to get a machine in to trim prints, so we could cost effectively offer smaller prints than our base A3 size. We ...

Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help needed to identify substrate

Replies: 9

Views: 2401

Re: help needed to identify substrate

If the edges are very sharp when cut with a knife, then you may be looking at GatorBoard.

Very dense and hard for a foam board. I last got some from http://www.johnpurcell.net/

Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: London Kapa Mount suppliers who are likely to carry stock?

Replies: 3

Views: 817

Re: London Kapa Mount suppliers who are likely to carry stock?

Thanks James - Hoping for a good news phone call from the supplier in the morning - other wise, will give you a shout.

Much appreciated!

Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: London Kapa Mount suppliers who are likely to carry stock?

Replies: 3

Views: 817

London Kapa Mount suppliers who are likely to carry stock?

We've just been let down by our supplier of 1000x1400, 5mm Kapamount - apparently they have a new order picking system that has gone Totally Incapable of Taking Stock - Unfulfilled Purchases, and prevents goods coming coming from Leicester, out to southeast branch. In rather desperate need of a box ...

Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: London Supplier of UHB tape urgently needed - help please?

Replies: 2

Views: 763

Re: London Supplier of UHB tape urgently needed - help pleas

Thanks Jon.

Managed to borrow some 3M bond tape from a mounting company in Farringdon - The lovely people at A Bliss came to our rescue.
If you ever need a fine art mounting service, all sorts of options, look them up - no connection with them, other than a happy competitor!

Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: London Supplier of UHB tape urgently needed - help please?

Replies: 2

Views: 763

London Supplier of UHB tape urgently needed - help please?

Why is it always at the weekend, when jobs due out on Monday Morning, you discover that the five rolls of adhesive needed to finish a job have the adhesive qualities of a live slug?

Anyone know of a (south) London based suppler of UHB tape?

Tue May 26, 2015 9:30 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: reverse printing photos and laying on acrylic

Replies: 3

Views: 1971

Re: reverse printing photos and laying on acrylic

Generally reverse face is printed to a glossy photopaper, and attached to the back of the perspex using an optically clear mounting film (drytac facemount adhesive (really horribly expensive)). You'll want to be working in the most dust free space imaginable! Then mounted to a sheet of either DiBond...

Fri May 01, 2015 5:25 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: RIPs and Profiles - advice needed, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1746

Re: RIPs and Profiles

I suspect that your RIP lets you import custom profiles. Depending on the number of media you use, one option would be to purchase something like the http://www.colormunki.com/product/show?is_designer_type=true designer version of the x-rite colormunki product. Allows you to profile printers (RGB an...

Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:42 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Monitor advice (Accurate colour display) needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3022

I'm a great fan of the Eizo Coloredge screens for critical work. Couple the screen with an eyeone display pro from x-rite and you're good to start going (unless you spring for one of the self calibrating units) http://www.nativedigital.com/xrite-i1-display-pro/ Assuming your workflow is predominantl...

Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Matt black removable vinyl for temporary indoor use

Replies: 3

Views: 1212

Thanks Chris/Chris,

Will get a sample of the metamark, as well as Avery 500. The more I look at this, the more I think that we should break the mould and go for a high key cinema feel.

Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Matt black removable vinyl for temporary indoor use

Replies: 3

Views: 1212

Matt black removable vinyl for temporary indoor use

I'm looking for some urgent advice about internal vinyl for a gallery. The walls are normally painted white, but need to be black for a two week period, whilst a projection is shown. I'm looking for recommendations for a matt black vinyl that would be relatively easy to hang, and will not take the c...

Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How safe is cutting vinyl?

Replies: 14

Views: 3152

Kaye Elsender wrote:It was on some kind of mother and baby site about not putting vinyl decals in baby's rooms because of the toxins it can produce.


The sort that would go mad if they ever googled "Dihydrogen Monoxide FAQ"

Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:09 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating a 4.2 meter print...Help!

Replies: 29

Views: 4386

Not sure if this will help, but we've had real problems in the past with inexpensive "foamex" PVC - the material fits within the manufacturer's spec of +/-10% - the difference of 1mm in thickness across the width of an eight foot sheet caused every laminator run to fail. These days, I'll o...

Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: KeenCut Blade Supplier

Replies: 2

Views: 969

Lion Picture supplies are pretty good for these sorts of things - I believe these are the blades you are looking for: http://www.lionpic.co.uk/product/KEENCUT-CA50-032-Graphik-Blades--100,33205,0.aspx How do you find the Evo2? I'm tempted to upgrade our Javelin just to get the one handed lift/close ...

Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: just about had enough of Robert Horne / paperlinx.

Replies: 17

Views: 3964

RHG, delivery & packaging

Credit to RHG, with the exception of no longer supplying 3A composite products, they've been one of my best (on account) suppliers. Deliveries on time, to our (central Brixton side road) address, with The Best Packaging of materials. Haven't yet needed to restock since they became paperlinks, but ho...

Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:17 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: disabling the printers colour management

Replies: 7

Views: 1621

yep, that is colorsync recogninsing that you've got Photoshop managing colour, and so it is not offering any colour management options in the Canon print dialogue. "At the moment no matter what profile I use the print is still the same, very dark. I have only had this problem since buying the m...

Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise with laminating foamex?

Replies: 5

Views: 1581

I have to say I never noticed fluctuations in thickness With the Forex, I'd agree -a remarkably consistent product. Unfortunately Amari don't seem to be able to sell enough of the Non print version, to make it worth carrying. So far, all the alternatives I've tried have up to ± 10% from the 5mm (an...

Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise with laminating foamex?

Replies: 5

Views: 1581

We've backed off on the pressure (jet mounter has L&R wheels - roller down, then up a quarter - half turn, so rollers are just resting on the substrate). Setting works great on kappa mount, and on the f-lux when going "down the long edge", but not along the length of the material. Will...

Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise with laminating foamex?

Replies: 5

Views: 1581

can anyone advise with laminating foamex?

does any one know where I can get 3050 (or larger) black 5mm Forex - we have a dozen 900 x1500 prints to mount to PVC for a photographic exhibition. We've had sheets cut down from 3050x2050. of Non Forex PVC, but this is not sufficiently consistent in thickness, to run through the laminator - the PV...

Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:14 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: new laminator required...which one

Replies: 9

Views: 2534

Use a Drytac Hotpress roller laminator day in, day out. We use the JM44 and it works well. Would like a single wheel adjustment, would be nice, and heated rollers, even more so. I believe that the latest version of the 44" (or next size up) allows for both of my wishes. Being on a first floor w...

Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Building a light box/table

Replies: 11

Views: 2743

This is something we've been planning - a backlit board for presenting prints to aluminium, where we have (if we're luck) a 2mm bleed on a 36" print. We are welcoming the heat of fluorescents in the winter, but were unsure of specification of glass, to use to cut on. Any suggestions - we're loo...

Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:44 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Just Purchased an Epson Stylus Pro 9800. Any Tips?

Replies: 18

Views: 5134

Afraid the first I'd heard of it was today... seems to work with the DTP-20 photospectrometer for creating and validating proofs and profiles (a device that was discontinued 5 years ago). Depending on which version you have, it may give costings - certainly should allow you to control the ink laydow...

Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:43 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Just Purchased an Epson Stylus Pro 9800. Any Tips?

Replies: 18

Views: 5134

We have run a 9800 for the last 6 years, through the ImagePrint Rip (we're still on V6, and have a G4 dedicated to running it). Nice things about imageprint is that it allows you to run MK and PK without a costly swap over, and comes with a whole raft of first class profiles. Nasty thing is it costs...

Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:12 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: High quality Grand format Art printing / mounting

Replies: 7

Views: 1466

Again, thanks Dave for a wake up re delivery, seeing how tricky it can be to get perfect sheets of 8x4 dibond from suppliers. And Martin, in one piece is the way the artist has always presented the work. Tbh, I suspect he would not accept the work in sections. John, looks like an interesting option,...

Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: High quality Grand format Art printing / mounting

Replies: 7

Views: 1466

Thanks Dave, yes, to me, anything taller than I am is Big (including printers); am I not supposed to ask about Big here...? I'm assuming (very much open to correction) that UV direct to substrate is reasonably durable (I'm picturing hoardings on Regent Street), and that there are some seriously high...

Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: High quality Grand format Art printing / mounting

Replies: 7

Views: 1466

High quality Grand format Art printing / mounting

Our core market is photographic art printing, using a Canon ipf8300 and mounting to either 2mm aluminium or DiBond, often with a drytac cold laminate on the face for aesthetic and protective reasons. A regular client (artist) is looking to get some of his images printed up for the interior of a rest...

Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sealing edge of laminated prints mounted on composite

Replies: 2

Views: 515

We are using a 9800 from Epson.
For some reason, I had in my mind, the need for some exotic signmaking tape. but, thinking about it, the use of the laminate added after the event would work, flattened down by a final trip through the laminator.

Thankyou. Have I missed anything?

Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Keencut Excalibur 5000 or SteelTrak ST165???

Replies: 26

Views: 8663

I have an Excalibur 500 and as much as I like it I struggle to get a dead square cut on 10mm foamboard. Mine is fairly old though. Alan D never really got it 100% but blade quality is very important and have thrown new ones away many times. Keencut did say that we might see better results using nor...

Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sealing edge of laminated prints mounted on composite

Replies: 2

Views: 515

Sealing edge of laminated prints mounted on composite

We've been asked to produce some exterior photo art, that will be mounted on composite (3mm DiBond) with a graffiti resistant laminate, and held in place with an exterior, lockable frame. On small pieces, we have wrapped the laminate around the edge of the prints, but for this job, I'm thinking abou...

Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Keencut Excalibur 5000 or SteelTrak ST165???

Replies: 26

Views: 8663

We have the big steeltrak, and put in a couple of hours work out on it most days. WRT the vertically challenged, there is a pull down handle that allows my 5'8" assistant to cut from the very top. works well, but sometimes gets in the way, if you forget to fold it back. Changing from the Stanle...

Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:29 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Monitor and printer Calibration devices Advice please

Replies: 4

Views: 2117

You might consider the Xrite ColorMunki (awful name) as an all in one package. The design version will allow you to work with CMYK printers as well as RGB (which the R1800 pretends to be). It is based on the technology used in the EyeOne devices, but with simplified software and hardware. It should ...

Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:30 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Advice from camera buffs please?

Replies: 20

Views: 7633

A dedicated film scanner will do a better job than any of the consumer flat bed scanners. Try finding a second user Nikon Coolscan 4000, or even better, a 5000. Either of these will take a bulk loader for twenty or so mounted 35mm frames. The 5000 certainly has digital ice (dust and scratch remover)...

Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bubbles, Bubbles and more flippin Bubbles......

Replies: 12

Views: 1710

Method that works with our JetMounter JM44: cut five bits of substrate - 4"x10" raise (manual, cold) top roller, insert five bits evenly spaced across the nip, then bring down roller, until you feel it bite raise left and right wheels, around a quarter to an eigth turn, until you feel the ...

Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Brixton

Replies: 8

Views: 914

Hello from Brixton

Hello from sunny south London. I've been involved with photography from a service side for the last 12 years. Recently started mounting photographers exhibition work onto DiBond and Aluminium, Hello, and thanks in advance, Richard mod-edit please use relevant forum for questions/info etc

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