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Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:27 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Rally Car

Replies: 19

Views: 4078

Got your pm Harry, just waiting for Rob to sort out so I can reply to you! I have images of the side and roof for the mk2 if that's any help?

Nigel

Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: SEXIEST member on UKSB is......

Replies: 227

Views: 51137

Shane Drew wrote:We are more important than work Nigel... remember that :lol1:


cheers Shane, nice to be back! I'll try and stick about if I can :wink:

Nigel

Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:59 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: is changing from corel 12 to x3 worth it?

Replies: 14

Views: 3117

Nope, don't think so mate. I noticed that there were some issues with the original version and importing/exporting AI/EPS files. For example if you tried to import multiple eps files in one go that it didn't work. But it seems to work fine after that service pack installation. I know it's pretty mem...

Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:46 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: is changing from corel 12 to x3 worth it?

Replies: 14

Views: 3117

Do you find it painfully slow sometimes, Shane? Even creating a new blank page seems to take ages. Andy, I did the upgrade a few months ago and x3 does have some little glitches but most are sorted by the current service pack download from Corel. On the whole it's pretty stable and certainly has so...

Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: SEXIEST member on UKSB is......

Replies: 227

Views: 51137

...well, it's a long(ish) story but it involved a sexy young vet named Nicole. But I've been really hectic with work too and guess there wasn't enough hours in the days for everything.
Good to see lots of familiar faces though now I've remembered my log in details :D

Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: SEXIEST member on UKSB is......

Replies: 227

Views: 51137

...why hasn't anyone mentioned me? :(



Just cos i've not been round for a while I guess :wink:

Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: gives new meaning to ..what tha''

Replies: 19

Views: 1601

getting on/off must be interesting....

Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: CUSTOMERS ARTWORK - WHAT DO YOU DO?

Replies: 15

Views: 2228

Andy Gorman wrote:It's funny really; I try to use the one-off expensive fonts whenever I can to stop you buggers copying, ...


Next time i get one of those weird looking fonts that I have nothing like I'll blame you then Andy :lol1:

N

Sun Sep 18, 2005 1:19 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Another tip - how to engrave metals without an engraver

Replies: 26

Views: 18090

can i heat it using a a glass fish tank heater ? obviously ionly submeging the glass section of it ! common sense tells me this is ok as of course the dish i made of glas .... doh ! :o Good idea... I was going to stick it in the microwave :-? That would take a while to heat up though wouldn't it wi...

Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:16 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Another tip - how to engrave metals without an engraver

Replies: 26

Views: 18090

Thanks Rodney, I'll maybe knock one up from some titanium then :lol1:

Nigel

Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:50 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Another tip - how to engrave metals without an engraver

Replies: 26

Views: 18090

I'll second that Rodney - would be cool if you could find time to write it up as a demo with a couple of pics maybe ? I'd love to have a bash at doing my own engraving and filling on metals - seems one of the frustrating things about having a laser and not being able to do them. I was thinking about...

Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:45 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What software for a Gerber Edge?

Replies: 14

Views: 4162

I use the Gerber Omega too but personally I hate the software :evil: It came with my edge 2 but I stick with using CorelDraw and export it to Omega just to set foil colours/cut lines etc. I think the Omega software is pretty pricey - into four figures I'm fairly sure and you need to use a dongle wit...

Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Applying to a roughcast wall?

Replies: 46

Views: 7334

Re: Applying to a roughcast wall?

Is this priced ok also 6 1mx700mm sign attached to a fence dibond with fullcolour image to front 1 1mx700mm sign installed on roughcast wall dibond with fullcolour image to front face £2700 installed. John Am I reading this right John... are you saying six signs 1000x700mm and one 1000x700mm ? or i...

Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: does anyone supply skin tone vinyl?

Replies: 13

Views: 1791

Iain, Mactac's new 9800 pro range (5-8yr) has some very pale pastel colours which might be some help :wink:

Nigel

Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:58 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i get an edgelit perspex sign please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2803

I think Kings Plastics do them too - 0117 922 6382

Nigel

Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how do i clean perspex?

Replies: 11

Views: 1713

Only looks like a small panel Dex, why not save yourself the grief and just sell them a new panel complete ?
Failing this, I use either white spirit or Rapidtac adhesive remover but as the others have said, be careful of polished edges causing crazing.

Nigel

Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heavy duty fixing onto cladding?

Replies: 17

Views: 1756

Andy, you need to use longer fixings like Rob says if it's going to be heavy because you want to fix into the purlins rather than just the thin cladding. You need to have the longer ones to make sure they reach from the "peak" to the "trough" of the corrugations and still have enough to go into the ...

Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:35 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Greece

Replies: 23

Views: 4041

Looks great Darren, you sure picked a tricky looking job for a first one :wink: The fitting looks top quality as well, so well done :D


Nigel

Sat Jul 09, 2005 10:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: where can i get Matt Black Long Term Vinyl?

Replies: 3

Views: 754

Avery 900SC 12yr cast film is available in matt black too.

Nigel

Sat Jul 09, 2005 9:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Employers liability Insurance

Replies: 25

Views: 1991

I think the site you want is http://www.nfumutual.co.uk/ :D

Nige

Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Employers liability Insurance

Replies: 25

Views: 1991

My previous bank or the Post Office were fond of losing them! ...Guess I must be either lucky or too trusting eh ? Mind you I have posted them every cheque I've had for the last 2 years or so and none have gone astray yet :wink: Funny how it's always the cheques that are coming to me that get "lost...

Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Employers liability Insurance

Replies: 25

Views: 1991

Didn't look that carefully at the Abbey account Andy - can't you post cheques to them though ? I do that with my B.O.S. account as 95% of my customers pay by cheque anyway.

Nigel

Fri Jul 08, 2005 10:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Employers liability Insurance

Replies: 25

Views: 1991

Working from home has been a problem for me too with getting adaquate insurance cover - I now have a Norwich Union "Home Work" policy which covers business and residential contents and buildings etc plus I have a separate combined policy for employers/public liability which is through a broker and i...

Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: advice please on weeding very small lettering?

Replies: 8

Views: 1317

I would say from my experience that Avery 800 doesn't weed all that well but 700PF weeds extremely well so that might be a start. Also could you not print these on clear vinyl instead ? ...and as autosign says, the serifs will lift given the slightest provocation so with all the hard work they might...

Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:06 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: another question regarding engraving machines

Replies: 6

Views: 1962

Hi Britchenko, I think it was Rodneys invaluable expertise again if you check here - http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=2905

Nigel

Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 3M Gold Squeegee

Replies: 5

Views: 526

Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: fixing flat cut acrylic to ceramic tiles

Replies: 3

Views: 520

Hey Dan that sounds like a nightmare job ! I had to do some internal stuff like that into marble clad walls and it was a git to drill aswell. I used some 20mm clear acrylic rod which I cut into small equal lengths and then applied 3M VHB tape to one end and bonded it to the letters with Fusion adhes...

Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings

Replies: 11

Views: 943

Welcome on board Matt :D Sure you will find a whole mine of fantastic info on here ! Plus the Gold access will be invaluable too.

Nigel

Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: pantone ral

Replies: 3

Views: 545

Just looked in my book and there doesn't seem to be anything close at all - I guess there maybe more to choose from but not in my booklet :-?

Nigel

Fri Jul 01, 2005 9:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How did you get your best customer?

Replies: 9

Views: 666

YP for me too, though it's difficult to be sure who is my "best" customer overall. I did ring a screen printer once to get a job priced up and that led to me doing shed loads of signage work for them as they had fallen out with their last supplier. They've used me for 5yrs or more now so I guess tha...

Fri Jul 01, 2005 9:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello to one and all!

Replies: 19

Views: 2107

:welcome: Chris - as the others said, tell us a little more if you like !

Nigel

Fri Jul 01, 2005 7:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: what do you use ??

Replies: 53

Views: 2568

Tweezers for me too - I had a pair come with my first plotter and they were so good I kept them for 10 years until one of my employees "lost" them in the bin (:) I can't get on with a scalpel for weeding (how do you pick up little centres of letters if they are only a couple of mil accross ?) but I ...

Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:09 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Does anyone supply heat transfer paper?

Replies: 6

Views: 1241

I've got a roll of that film from Spandex which I've only used a few meters of. Seems to work pretty well with my edge 2 although not as good a print quality as you would get on vinyl it is more than good enough for the job really. I hardly ever use this stuff so if anyones interested in it send me ...

Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: how much trash

Replies: 25

Views: 1670

...know what you mean mate :D .We have just started getting the gerber gauge I think but I rarely use their foils now so I'm not sure. It would be nice if the other manufacturers would follow suit :-?

Nigel

Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: how much trash

Replies: 25

Views: 1670

....anyone with a Gerber Edge must know about waste :-? It's so easy to mess up material with this machine ! Last week I just finished a 25m print run of 3000 labels and set up the plotter to cut, no probs so far. I thought I'd go out and leave it to finish to avoid the annoying noise - came back to...

Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:04 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: How long does it take to remove a wrap?

Replies: 24

Views: 7494

I'm with Peter on this one ! Sounds like a potential nightmare to me - depends on what size the vans are too. If they were only Partner vans its a lot better than if they are lwb spinters :-?
If you can get an hourly rate agreed then I might consider it but otherwise I'd stay away from it !

Nigel

Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: "Chalkart" signage: sunny's restaurant

Replies: 14

Views: 1905

...looks great Billy :thumbsup: . What materials did you use for the boards ? Is it all a digi print ?

Nigel

Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Question - what would you do - difficult customer?

Replies: 16

Views: 1632

In that case I'd definitely tell them to take a hike if it were me - specially with their payment track record :evil: I used to feel really bad when I was running the risk of loosing a customer through my own actions but not any more. There are too many idiots out there who will take the P if you le...

Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Question - what would you do - difficult customer?

Replies: 16

Views: 1632

Lee, that's just taking the P too much ! Call their bluff and say no to free replacements (:) or if you really want you could do my favorite and compromise on say half price. But you have to ask yourself do you want a customer who treats you like that and doesn't pay you for months anyway ? Nigel

Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My accountant NERALY got scammed

Replies: 6

Views: 819

Thanks for the warning Rodney, it's all too easy to get drawn into these scams and it's only by making others aware that we can try to make it more difficult for the scumbags (:)

Nigel

Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: d** d** Frog

Replies: 36

Views: 2865

I believe you Nik :wink: ...don't know how you can have done it but well done for causing the annoying thing some virtual pain :D

Nigel

Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: d** d** Frog

Replies: 36

Views: 2865

niknaxpc wrote:hi lj :P


i liked this one though..best score is 75 which i think can be beaten :wink:


nik


Did you really manage to get that on that silly frog game Nik ? I can't get over 41 ! Mind you it's quite satisfying making him bounce along the ground getting all cut and bruised :D

Nigel

Thu May 26, 2005 8:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All

Replies: 19

Views: 1526

Hi and welcome Andy - good to have someone with so much experience on the site.

Nigel

Thu May 26, 2005 6:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Tall and thin Pavement / AFrame

Replies: 2

Views: 470

Rotosign - just had one like that off them !

http://www.rotosigns.com/topswinger.html

Nigel

Wed May 25, 2005 9:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dan Display - difficult to get hold of ?!

Replies: 16

Views: 1257

I used Dan about 5 years ago for a big job and they were ok but a bit of a funny company to deal with :-? I think they are fairly expensive too. I've also more recently used http://www.menubox.co.uk/ who were cheaper and seem to do virtually the same stuff - think there might be a link going on some...

Tue May 24, 2005 9:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: diamond grade cutting query needed please?

Replies: 6

Views: 979

Don't think you'll cut it with any normal roll fed plotter Brian. I think you can cut it on heavy duty flat bed machines but I'd not risk knackering your plotter if i were you !

Nigel

Sun May 22, 2005 9:13 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: fendermenders

Replies: 10

Views: 4353

Looks cool Jill :D You should have done that as a demo !

Nige

Sun May 22, 2005 7:27 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: whats the cheapest way to cut foamex?

Replies: 12

Views: 7515

Stu,

As Rob says, a knife is the best way. Saw will obviously do the job but makes a real mess unless you've got an extraction vacuum. Better still, just get the supplier to cut larger sections for you - thats what I do :D

Nigel

Sun May 22, 2005 7:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: susspended glass signs

Replies: 2

Views: 600

Sat May 21, 2005 10:56 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

Thanks for posting those Dewi, just having a look at them tonight makes me feel tired all over again :D In answer to the polish question, yes you can polish it up really nice with any non abrasive car polish - Autoglym super resin works good. Got another bumper and bonnet :roll: to do on Monday for ...

Sat May 21, 2005 10:23 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: thank you to uksb for helping me finda new laser engraver

Replies: 4

Views: 1668

I'm sure you'll discover all sorts of things you can do with it Mark. I still find new ones all the time and I've had mine for 5 years ! If you didn't already know, http://www.Identify.co.uk in Bristol have a really good new range of stuff you can engrave/cut - some cool looking things I thought any...

Mon May 16, 2005 8:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: blaze master

Replies: 13

Views: 921

Re: This one was harder than it looks :(

dsi wrote:Thankfully. the owner would not accept my price as he said I was too cheap compared to the previous sign shop.


...that makes a refreshing change mate :D Must have been an insurance job was it ? Either way looks like you made a really good job of it :thumbsup:

Nigel

Fri May 13, 2005 3:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: THANK YOU ALL!!

Replies: 24

Views: 2219

Good luck to you guys, I'm sure you'll make a go of it especially having the signboards as a resource at your disposal :wink:

Nigel

Thu May 12, 2005 9:45 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone convert this file please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1406

Yeah, sorry it's my mistake, I was mixing PPT with PPP :oops:

Nigel

Thu May 12, 2005 9:05 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone convert this file please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1406

:thanks2: I will send it over right away :D

Nigel

Thu May 12, 2005 8:51 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone convert this file please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1406

Anyone convert this file please?

I have been sent two .PPP files by a customer as artwork - I think this may be a powerpoint {EDIT or Serif Page plus file} and I can't open it so I need it converted to something normal !

If you can please drop me a PM with your e-mail address.

Thanks,

Nigel

Thu May 12, 2005 8:30 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

Thanks for the comments everyone :D any parts give particular bother nigel? any joy with the vinyl? :wink: Well I'd say the worst bit was the rear bumper but that's probably a combination of being tired, cold(no heating) and it being a really awkward shape ! Both me and Emmett managed to burn holes ...

Thu May 12, 2005 12:28 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

Hi Chris, there were three of us (but one was Dewi :wink: ) and yes the paint was a problem because the car owner was ther watching us at the start and was keen to tell us that it had just been painted 3 days ago :roll: So we had to be VERY careful with the trimming etc.

Nigel

Thu May 12, 2005 10:30 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

..and yes before someone points it out we did miss the boot lid on purpose ! No tools to remove the rear wing and badge and so we left to get some sleep and someone else can do that bit !!

sure Dewi will have plenty of pics when he wakes up enough :wink:

Nigel

Thu May 12, 2005 10:28 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

:sleep3: .... feeling a little jaded after a night of vinyl fitting (got into bed at 5am) but here is a taste of the nights work !

now where's my coffee......

Nigel

Tue May 03, 2005 9:30 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

! DATE CORRECTION !

Sorry for any confusion but just read the e-mail properly and discovered it was supposed to be Wednesday the 15th which aint right so checked with customer and it's Wednesday 11th May now :roll:

Nigel

Tue May 03, 2005 9:08 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

Nigel, I see this as a nice little earner for you, but still wonder why they don't just spray the cars? I know the owner of the 550 wanted to stay with the original colour, but after its been smashed around on the track, any new bits will still have to be sprayed. Are they nuts, or just got more mo...

Tue May 03, 2005 8:19 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

You're welcome to pop by if you like Lynn, especially if you bring food :D we tend to get so involved that meal times pass by without stopping ! I think I might have to take some serious supplies of caffine this time as I can see us working a little late on this one. Leave Dewi's arms out of it, I d...

Tue May 03, 2005 7:47 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

You're more than welcome Rob if you want to ! Bring a squeegie just in case though eh ? We might have a tricky bit to do and need a proper pro on the job :wink:

Nige

Tue May 03, 2005 7:37 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

Dewi wrote:Who's it being wrapped for, the Russians again? :o


Nah, not this one, It's someone new this time - not got the sponsor details through yet - I only heard about it an hour or so ago !

N

Tue May 03, 2005 7:29 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

how far down is silverstone anyway :-? It's just off the M40 near Banbury (about 1 hour or so south from me) but a bit of a long way from Scotland :wink: Did you get your private jet ordered yet ? I'll use the Avery 900sc again I think - they actually wanted metallic black but I can only find reall...

Tue May 03, 2005 7:18 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

Ramj wrote:hehe, you should sell tickets, or at least video some of it.


....don't suggest that, I'll get very nervous and start putting creases and bubbles all over :wink:

Nigel

Tue May 03, 2005 7:14 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

Just looked at the calendar and it's a Sunday :roll: looks like the bill just gone up a bit. I'm going to finalise it tomorrow hopefully - they did suggest starting in the evening on the 15th and working through the night but I don't know about that :sleep3: :-?
Nigel

Tue May 03, 2005 6:44 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Replies: 54

Views: 16346

vehicle wrapping: ferrari

Well aren't I the lucky one ? Following on from mine, Dewi's and Emmetts efforts with the Red>Blue 550 conversion I've now got to go to Silverstone on the 15th to change the colour of a Ferrari 360 to black :D Do you fancy another bash Dewi ??! The curves look somewhat easier and of course there are...

Tue May 03, 2005 6:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: supplier of avery vinyl needed please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1023

Cox plastics are the best in my experience - they keep a huge range in stock.

Nigel

Mon May 02, 2005 3:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 2cv ad

Replies: 13

Views: 725

...fantastic work by someone - really funny :lol1: :lol1:

Mon May 02, 2005 3:44 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

What ever happened about the bumper thing that happened during Sign UK week? Did they manage it? Well they did have a go themselves and I gather it took them about 5hours and ended up being done in about 8 sections :D Don't think they wanted me to see it because they ripped it all off so I could re...

Sun May 01, 2005 10:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

I'll cope with a repair on a front wing or door ok - they were the easiest parts I think :D Got a few days until the Silverstone race next outing.

Just found this image in the FIA site, doesn't look too bad :-?

Nigel

Sun May 01, 2005 10:17 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

oh well, I'll wait to get a phone call about repairing the panels then I guess ! You can check some images on www.cirtekgt.com by the way Dewi.
Hope it didn't get too damaged though Lynn, I don't ever want to have to do another one of those bonnets :roll:

Nigel

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: having problems sourcing a light blue reflective vinyl?

Replies: 7

Views: 956

Interesting to know that thanks resh ! They are only a short distance from me and I've never heard of them. But looking at their site it seems that they do keepa transparent range from Ritrama.

Welcome to the boards by the way :welcome:

Nigel

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: having problems sourcing a light blue reflective vinyl?

Replies: 7

Views: 956

Jem's answer is the best option - that's what the hexis transparent films were really designed for. Trouble is they were discontinuing that range last time I spoke to them so may not have much/any left by now :-?

Nigel

Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone recommend me a vinyl supplier ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2743

Mike, Is your problem company one that has purple as their corporate colour ? I use Cox plastics for 80% of my vinyl (Avery700PF) and they have never made a mistake yet. A pretty good record I think for any supplier :D I also use Amari for Mactac and Hexis, Grafityp, Spandex or Metamark for addition...

Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:12 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

Dont suppose anyone can tell us where we can find them platform ladders seen in the photos? :D Chris :D The deck and tressels were hired from HSS pretty cheap and the multi steps I think you can get for about £100 from B&Q, Screwfix etc. Thanks for your comments everyone :D Glad it's all done !...

Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: flat cut text-mounting advise

Replies: 3

Views: 591

I'm sure that would be fine mate as long as you don't want then to be stood proud of the box of course. I'd have thought that you would be safe enough to screw through the box too using short screws 3/8" or so - it can't be that close to the inside workings but its up to you !

Nigel

Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:58 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

Neil, I was pretty pleased with the fit considering I'd never seen the trailer and was going on someone elses sizes (never a good idea, especially on this scale!) If you look at the original proof picture it's nothing like the same trailer really and the actual one ended up being an extra 2' longer ...

Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

Well done Nigel, Do the colours represent a countries flag or is it just the choice of the guy with loads a money! Peter ...tis a very good question Peter ! I asked the race team director what colour to use for the mid blue stripe and he said well it's the colour of the blue in the Russian Flag ! I...

Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:22 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

cannot even see the joins!! :wink: nik Funny you should say that, I was a little disapointed that the joints were a little more visible than I would like because the Avery 700pf film is quite transparent so the dark blue paint does have an effect on the shade. Guess I'm just a perfectionist though ...

Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:16 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: express removals

Replies: 13

Views: 1956

Well done mate, They look great ! Sorry to hear about your Wiseman nightmare though - at least you got it noticed after only the first one eh ?

Nigel

Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:56 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

and the finished result... :D

Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

The result of todays efforts ! We had great weather and so it was quite enjoyable but still a long day all in all. All applied dry using Avery700pf film. Dewi, you know I told you they had the F550 bumper to be redone ? Well they never did it themselves and I've now got four spares to do and a door ...

Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:56 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: What is the best way to fix acrylic panels?

Replies: 12

Views: 4929

I'd go for double sided tape because it's easier to do the job on site, no waiting for it to dry etc. You can get stuff sent next day from most sign suppliers but http://www.dorotape.co.uk/ are pretty good as tapes are made by them in Germany so they know their products well.

Nigel

Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: laser level opinions please?

Replies: 20

Views: 2661

Often thought of that myself for use on lorries/trailers etc especially if you are fitting long stripes etc...the main problem with that idea is that you have to have the van parked on dead level ground or else your graphics will be nice and straight but at an odd angle :D

Nigel

Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am i mad?

Replies: 17

Views: 1136

:yes1:

Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: WELL HELLO EVERYONE

Replies: 16

Views: 1439

:welcome:

Can you tell us any more about what you do ??

Nigel

Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sweden here we come

Replies: 23

Views: 1895

.... I've just been and tryed it with the Avery Pantone range and it's not too bad at all to be honest. If it's a strong colour then it does look a bit washed out because of the thin layer of pigment but lighter ones are fine.
Just so you know !!

Nigel

Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sweden here we come

Replies: 23

Views: 1895

Brian, I think you will find that the Avery Pantone vinyl is not all that good for use on a light box because it has only a surface layer of colour and is white on the back - I rekon this will make it a bit dodgy looking when back lit, worth checking into :wink: Depending on the PMS you need to matc...

Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:46 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Installing 1500mm letters to cladding - ideas?

Replies: 8

Views: 3453

Nice idea Alan :thumbsup: I'd never have thought of trying that way but it sounds like it would work well.
Good diagram too !

Nigel

Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i laminate 2 year chrome vinyl with 7 year clear?

Replies: 25

Views: 2977

Dewi, you are going to have fun with that :D Why don't you just use a 5yr chrome instead and save yourself the hassel ? The first problem will be that you will find that you get a much reduced "mirrored" effect and can see the texture of the adhesive/laminate vinyl. The next problem is as you say if...

Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:33 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

Yes Dewi it's for the Ferarri - and yes I have the Emmett to help. I've got to get it done during the day on Thursday but I have to fit it on site at Mallory Park so there's a couple of hours travelling out of the day before I start :roll: It's all the cutting and taping up I'm more concerned about ...

Mon Apr 18, 2005 4:46 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

Only two pairs of hands this week and only one until Wednesday :-? so preparation of that lot is going to be a bit of a rush to say the least !
Just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope it's not too windy :D

Nigel

Mon Apr 18, 2005 4:01 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3328

vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Sometimes I wonder why I just keep saying "yes" to these jobs :-? Customer asked me to supply and fit these graphics on Thursday morning but can't give me the dimensions acuratley till Tuesday morning :roll: Still it's only 65m of 1230mm wide vinyl I've got to cut weed and tape up in time ! Can't de...

Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:53 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Installing 1500mm letters to cladding - ideas?

Replies: 8

Views: 3453

Dibond is very dificult to counter sink, as soon as you get through the ali you can go straight through the plastic, and to do so could compromise its strength. If the letters are 1500 high I would not countersink I'd have to disagree there Peter, I know exactly what you mean but if your using 4mm ...

Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting Super ABS Plastic

Replies: 5

Views: 796

Hi Vince, it stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene I believe ! It's a bit like solid pvc but not as brittle. I'm not sure what the "Super" bit means to be honest but I'd guess it's higher impact resistance ??

Nigel

Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: fixings for self standing sign

Replies: 3

Views: 632

Yes, as martin said, www.ashbytrade.co.uk will do a banding clip which is like a big jubilee clip and fits the channel.

Nigel

Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: was this the right thing to do?

Replies: 26

Views: 1894

You lot obviously have the courage of your convictions much more than I would ! I would have told the guy that he already knew the rough price and since I'd already done the design come to a compromise at say £70 or so (no doubt he would have had to pay postage on the ones from the mag on top) . I h...

Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting Super ABS Plastic

Replies: 5

Views: 796

I think you'd be better sawing it if you can't score and break as Mike suggested. Fine TCT toothed circular saw works on most sheet plastics fine. Better still get the supplier to cut it to size for you :wink:

Nigel

Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: track system signs

Replies: 6

Views: 782

sounds like a job for www.ashbytrade.co.uk to me :wink:

Nigel

Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:37 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Installing 1500mm letters to cladding - ideas?

Replies: 8

Views: 3453

Hi Rich, Personally I would drill the face and countersink then cover with a little disc of vinyl. I'm guessing that 1500mm letters will be fitted a fair distance from the viewer? I guarantee that you will not see the fixings from more than about 10 feet :o I did some similar to this and didn't want...

Sat Apr 16, 2005 9:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VectorWise

Replies: 2

Views: 404

Have to agree mate - I sent Andrew a nasty really complex bitmap of some guys building a steel framed building recently and he worked wonders with it. Now it's ready to be cut in vinyl at 6ft high on the customers' vans. Well done Vectorwise :thumbup2: would recommend anyone else with dodgy artwork ...

Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Get rich quick!!!! maybe...

Replies: 14

Views: 908

I'd have to say I'm with Shane on this one - Yes it makes no difference if they eat the little fella or not to me but I know people who would be genuinely upset by reading that and then feeling that by not giving money that they were going to be in some part responsible for the rabbits demise ! The ...

Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:22 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: help with design to go on sign tray please?

Replies: 24

Views: 2971

That's not a Corel file anyway - don't know what a CDL file is though !

Nigel

Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:13 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: victorian kitchen

Replies: 28

Views: 7796

That's fantastic Andrew, wish I could do some of that quality work :wink:
Keep up the great jobs !

Nigel

Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what looks like watermarks around vinyl lettering?

Replies: 4

Views: 807

No problem as long as the vinyl doesn't have a water based adhesive - most don't. You may find you just have to squeegie a bit harder to remove more water (specially round the text which traps the water in the gaps at the edges). It can take a few weeks for all the water to dry so dont panic yet ! N...

Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK 2005

Replies: 259

Views: 27280

...glad I managed to see at least Dewi and Andy ! Sorry I missed all the others - pressures of work prevailed :roll:

Nigel

Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:20 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what looks like watermarks around vinyl lettering?

Replies: 4

Views: 807

Jon, do you mean you applied the flood coat over the top of your text ? If so, you will always get a thin silvery line around the text because of the thickness of the vinyl your text is made from. I've had customers comment that this actually makes a nice effect ! Theres no way round it anyway :wink...

Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: not on my pavement mate !!

Replies: 23

Views: 1594

Hey I hope it's only a local thing - I'm off to fitting job in Soho tomorrow and have already had to add £5 congestion charge, £20 parking and £125 travelling to the bill !


Start a campaign in the local paper and see if you can get support to knock it on the head :wink:

Nigel

Wed Apr 13, 2005 10:07 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: how does everyone wrap around curved vehicles?

Replies: 6

Views: 2181

I'd have to say that you really need to know the basic techniques before you start to have a bash. If you don't then you may well struggle and waste a lot of material whilst never really working out the "best" method. Having said that, if you can spend a bit of time watching a pro carefully and alre...

Wed Apr 13, 2005 9:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: not on my pavement mate !!

Replies: 23

Views: 1594

...agree with Phil - that's well out of order (:)
I'd be kicking up a right fuss about that, as you say if you are blocking the whole pavement or something then maybe, but that's ridiculous !

Nigel

Tue Apr 12, 2005 7:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: will 10mm PVC bevel in the sun?

Replies: 8

Views: 1159

....dont think you mean "bevel" do you :-? How big is the billboard ? I would tend to say it's probably a mistake, better to use dibond or equiv. but obviously cost would be an issue.

Nigel

Sun Apr 10, 2005 3:07 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: van graphics: aqua cleaners

Replies: 6

Views: 749

van graphics: aqua cleaners

...fairly ordinary I know but I thought I'd post them anyway :wink:
Nigel

Sun Apr 10, 2005 3:04 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: The Bridge

Replies: 9

Views: 1610

fabricated signage: The Bridge

Here's a couple of signs I did last week. 10mm silicone green acrylic with 5mm black acrylic text fitted with stainless stand-off fixings.
From the "less is more" school of thinking :D

Nigel

Sat Apr 09, 2005 10:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Annoying artwork conversion

Replies: 14

Views: 2601

Sounds like a corel issue Mike - I would try exporting your design as a jpeg and make sure the largest dimension is less than 10000 pixels (this is the limit of the export for corel) That should not resize any parts of your image. Or you could select it all and convert to a bitmap in corel first if ...

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:39 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: spiderman

Replies: 21

Views: 7678

Looks great stephen, the only thing I would say is that the text gets a little lost over the image - could do with a white "glow" or something similar to give it a bit of a lift.
How did you go on with using a copyrighted image like that and where did you get the artwork ?

Nigel

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Chrome vinyl supplier required please?

Replies: 26

Views: 6542

...wow it's the chrome vinyl topic back again! Anyway you'll find that hexis do a 5year outdoor chrome pvc film and I think metamark do one too from memory. The Hexis stuff is about 11-12 quid a meter for 610 width I think no minimum order qty.It will be good when europoint can get the a conformable...

Sat Apr 09, 2005 4:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: snowing

Replies: 28

Views: 1641

....Hope you had a great one Carrie - wish I could go back to that age sometimes :wink: so enjoy it while you can :D

All the best,
Nigel

Fri Apr 08, 2005 6:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: pantone colour vinyls supplier please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1135

Avery do a range and will also make ANY pantone colour you like as long as you order a minimum qty - not sure but I think it's only 50 or 100m. I think some other manufacturers may do a few - possibly Ritrama ? EDIT - Just checked Ritrama do a range of 47 colours http://www.ritrama.com/rtm-it/produc...

Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is my pricing structure working?

Replies: 13

Views: 1154

Adding on to the points others have made - I would work out almost exactly the same as you did dtg but having the total I then add about 10-15% extra for profit/contingency - sometimes I dont if it is a particularly price sensitive job or if it sounds too expensive :D . Other than that you seem to h...

Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: PRICING HELP FOR ESTATE AGENT SIGNS!!

Replies: 5

Views: 938

thats just what I was going to say Rob :-? It's the sort of job you just dont need unless you are really desparate for something to do with your time :D
I'd give it a miss if I were you - leave that one to people who do them in volume.

Nigel

Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK 2005

Replies: 259

Views: 27280

I'll be doing my best to get there on Wednesday (it is still Wed 2pm at Signworld stand isn' it ? :-? ) and time permitting would like to come and have a beer or two with who ever's going to be there. Work looks pretty frantic at the moment but hope to be able to get a free slot somehow !

Nigel

Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK 2005

Replies: 259

Views: 27280

... ooh that sounds interesting :wink: at least it was a dream and not a nightmare :lol1:

Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK 2005

Replies: 259

Views: 27280

Jillbeans wrote:I don't know why,
but last night, I dreamed I was staying with Nigel!
And I'm not even going to Sign UK.
:oops:
Love....Jill


You're welcome to sleep over at mine any time Jill :wink:
Did you dream any more details ?!!

Nigel

Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:14 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how do i fix dibond to wall without drilling holes?

Replies: 14

Views: 6919

..... or you could make a feature of the fixings and use some of the stainless stand-off fixings which come through the face but are pretty trendy at the moment. Just a thought :wink:

Nigel

Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: easter

Replies: 25

Views: 1420

I'm finished until Wednesday now :D Well that's the plan but more than likely I'll be doing what Carrie's doing. Just keep my head down and the phones turned off so the customers think I'm not here :wink: I really need to have a change over of operating system on a couple of pc's which sounds most u...

Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:13 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: whos the best suppliers of lighting channel?

Replies: 4

Views: 2684

....could be, if so I use these http://www.portlandlighting.co.uk/pages/signlux.html
they seem competetive and the product is good. If not let us know what it is you are after in more detail.

Nigel

Fri Mar 18, 2005 12:07 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 20x10 Flexi-face Lightbox installed & Complete

Replies: 26

Views: 5200

...just being a little picky but the illumination does look a little uneven on the finished pic - Most of the flex face ones I've seen always amaze me by how well diffused the lighing is in such a thin face material. I guess you cant use led's for lighting this size of sign just yet :D ! How long do...

Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:44 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: whos the best suppliers of lighting channel?

Replies: 4

Views: 2684

I'd answer but I don't know what do you mean by "lighting channel" ??

Nigel

Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Boy oh boy im an idiot!

Replies: 30

Views: 3633

ouch that has to really hurt ! :yikes: Your fingers must be a mess bigG :D on the couple of occasions I've done a bad one with a scalpel I never got the feeling back in the tip of my finger (sorry Rob but it's true :-? ) I think once you sever the nerves they don't seem to knit together again very w...

Tue Mar 15, 2005 8:32 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how i can make bendy plates?

Replies: 8

Views: 3515

James is right - polycarbonate is the way to go on these. The other materials are too brittle. But you should bear in mind that polycarb is not wonderful at uv resistance, there are special varieties which are so choose one of these to be safe. The standard lexan etc will be fine but goes a kind of ...

Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: d burton decorator

Replies: 25

Views: 4042

Looks great Neil, really like it :D
It's well balanced, clean, easily readable and stylish.

Nigel

Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: rat fink

Replies: 10

Views: 1219

That looks really cool Jill :thumbsup: great skills :D

Nigel

Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removable Vinyl or suggestions to go on Limo.

Replies: 9

Views: 1262

Roy, I have used standard vinyl on clear self cling before but it's a git to put down and as soon as it shrinks at all it will go all wrinkled up :-?
I've also printed this on my edge and it seems to be no problem at all though you cant use duracoat cartridges for some reason.

Nigel

Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:35 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone suggest a design for my business card please?

Replies: 14

Views: 2481

Generally I like it Marek :lol1: I personally would change the "vinyl graphics" wording to something else because it reads a little odd the have two words the same "graphics" :-? Maybe the "D" over the blue might benefit from a thin white outline ?? But on the whole it looks nice :cool: Nigel

Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 1200 mm Round Light Box Supplier required

Replies: 4

Views: 654

Be a little carefull with the circlit boxes with regard to tube lining and even bright illumination. I had to replace the two single tubes they fitted with white neon because the customer complained (which was justified).
Just a note of caution :wink:

Nigel

Sat Mar 12, 2005 1:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: where has the members area gone?

Replies: 8

Views: 725

I missed it too to be honest - but only because I have the Forum page set as my favorite rather than the site home if that makes sense :-?

Nigel

Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removable Vinyl or suggestions to go on Limo.

Replies: 9

Views: 1262

Roy, reusable and vinyl don't generally go together too well :-? but he might get a few uses out of self cling material. If you use removable vinyl it will only get stretched/distorted when removed and pick up bits all over the back in no time - not too practical! To be honest though I would have th...

Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Engraving forum ?

Replies: 27

Views: 1890

Sounds like a pretty good idea to me also - I only do laser engaving but have thought about mechanical machines too. Be interesting to have somewhere to discuss jobs etc.

Nigel

Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anbody suggest a paint that can be applied to vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3253

I used some Holts acrylic car spray paint to create a shaded effect on my van graphics four years ago and they still look exactly the same as the day i did them - no lamination and no curling :D Just spray from a decent distance and apply in light coats. Trouble is that you have to live with the sta...

Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:41 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: boat graphics: barlo plastics

Replies: 9

Views: 1451

Wow, that looks really cool Andrew :D Brass coated titanium sounds like it was pretty damn special and expensive ! What did you use to fix the letters, i didnt quite get your description :-? I guess they were pretty heavy and having to stand the worst of the sea elements can throw at it must be abou...

Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:33 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

Thanks for the comments Guys/Girls :D Glad we did it but also wouldn't want to do one every week either ! We used Avery900sc vinyl which is really good at conforming round impossible looking shapes although it is quite thin and so if you push it too far you get noticable discoloration. The bonnet wa...

Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:53 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

Thanks guys, I was pretty pleased with it to be honest - Looking forward to seeing some decent images.
I forgot to say thanks for Dewi giving up the day to day shop work to come and help out - we'd still be there now doing it if it wasn't for his help :D
Nigel

Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:57 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

Phew, we've just finished this job and the general opinion was that it went pretty well apart from the damn bonnet which took hours and hours :cry: It's taken three of us (well two and Dewi :wink: ) two days to fit which is fortunately exactly what I had allowed for the job ! Anyway Dewi's got about...

Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:48 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

We're both done in now so off to the pub for some grub and a pint (drink1) Hope it all gets done tomorrow ok ready for the press photo shoot on Friday !

Nigel

Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:39 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

Hi Marek, well we started this job today actually ! First of two days allocated for the work and it was hampered a little by the bonnet louvres - see pic !!
Will post more when completed tomorrow :D

Nigel

Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:07 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: does any one know any cheap vinyl suppliers out there?

Replies: 4

Views: 1026

Re: vinyl suppliers

hi guys & girls, does any one know any cheap vinyl suppliers out there!! please let me know with details (hot) Most suppliers/manufacturers do "cheap" vinyl ranges but I wouldn't recommend using the stuff unless you are only doing temporary signage etc. I don't know if you are familiar with the...

Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Accurate straight edges

Replies: 16

Views: 2011

If you need them for sign boards ect yes get them done on a router as Nigel said but once flame polished wouldn't this then loose the machined straight edge? Yes, you would loose the acurate 90 degree sharp corners but you also loose the slight tool marks left by the router bit giving a smoother su...

Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Accurate straight edges

Replies: 16

Views: 2011

John, dont know what you need these for so I cant really think what else to suggest unless you fill in some more info. If you get the acrylic cut on a decent saw then this will give you a pretty clean edge anyway but if you want a perfect edge then you will need to get it routered and flame or diamo...

Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello - new member

Replies: 17

Views: 1292

Welcome on board Chris - ANOTHER Scottish signmaker ! must be getting crowded up there :wink:
You'll find this an invaluable source of info even with your experience and I'm sure you can share some with others too :D

Nigel

Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Vehicle Insurance invalid when signwritten

Replies: 16

Views: 1458

I think the point Graeme was making is more that if you have some "low key" signage on a car or 4x4 etc which you use on a SD&P basis that you might not be insured if you have not declared the graphics as a mod. This could be a problem for lots of people who have only one vehicle which is shared...

Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Accountants for year end accounts?

Replies: 10

Views: 821

I agree, a good accountant is very valuable and can save you a lot of money in tax but I guess if you really know what you are doing and have the time to fill out the necessary forms then you could save the fee :-? Personally I pay about £800 p.a. for the accountant to deal with all the stuff I don'...

Fri Mar 04, 2005 8:29 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone tell me how you weld in Adobe please?

Replies: 17

Views: 3143

Hi Marcella, I would suggest saving it as the lowest version it will let you, ver 4/5/6 or something like that - ignor any errors about effects not being supported and upload it to the forum for us to look at along with a JPG file of the original so we can see what it looks like in your CS. Sure we ...

Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:17 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: printing illustrator artwork

Replies: 13

Views: 2166

Hi Frank, I don't really use Illustrator much myself but I think it has a fairly low resolution setting as standard for the "work in progress" and you have to force it to render the bitmaps/effects as a higher res. I could be barking up the wrong tree :roll: but I personally would get round the prob...

Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: colour matching a pantone colour

Replies: 2

Views: 600

Steve, mactac's nearest match is 9849-00 dark green but avery 711 forest green is closer match. Hope that helps !

Nigel

Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home or Shop - opinions please

Replies: 24

Views: 1823

I also work from home but have built a studio/workshop which is joined to the main house. It's great to cut the costs of rent, utilities,insurance etc this way but it does mean that as Jill, Big G and others have said it's a little bit of an issue having strangers turn up at odd times. As others hav...

Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: vinyl on blubber

Replies: 12

Views: 628

Dave's right Peter you must apply dry in this sort of job I reckon - plus don't forget to cut a small hole for them to breath through if you go for the whole wrap. You will probably find that even a conformable film will struggle to stretch over the flippers so you may need to make a descrete joint ...

Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: applying vinyl on top ofanother one, will i get bubbles?

Replies: 12

Views: 1743

Agree with Dewi and Nik on this one - just add one point though. If you use a darker colour to back off with and apply it dry then you will get some "silvering" effect which shows the squeegie marks from where you applied uneven pressure(you still get it with lighter colours but it's not so noticabl...

Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:22 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

Thanks for the info Kevin, I've been down to see the car in question today and it actually looks not as bad as I thought it would be :D Except they then told me that they have two spare bumpers and a spare bonnet which also need wrapping :roll: I'm going to work out a price and I had a similar kind ...

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:11 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

Yep, thats why I thought of you mate ! Have you been on that wrapping course yet btw ?
I'll keep you posted and see what it's like in the flesh eh :wink:

Nigel

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:57 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

...sounds interesting idea Peter, I'm guessing that I'd be doing myself out of the job by suggesting going that route though :-? Customer might say ok that sounds great where do I go to get it sprayed and I'm not involved anymore - not that that might be a bad thing ! Anyway, I thought if it becomes...

Tue Mar 01, 2005 10:04 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

What's that stuff then Peter - I thought it was what you put on top of fibre glass !

Nigel

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:16 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

.....yeah thanks mate ! I was thinking of maybe three people for two days ?? Not sure about pricing this one but I will have a look at the car tomorrow and see if it scares me too much :lol1:

Nigel

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:01 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

Replies: 62

Views: 20973

vehicle wrapping: racing ferrari

....after our little test fitting on a porsche last year I thought this might be a fun project to have a bash at :o Doesn't look too bad you're thinking eh ? Well that's what I thought until they told me the car's red :wink: Cant be painted because the customer won't allow their prize Ferrari 550 to...

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: looking for price for chrome vinyl & brushed aluminium

Replies: 11

Views: 2034

Hexis do a 5year outdoor durable chrome too - think it's about £11-12 p.m. at 610mm called HD5005. They do a carbon fibre look a like film too I'm pretty sure.

Nigel

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stencil

Replies: 7

Views: 915

I've done a few of these and used 2 or 3mm clear polycarb which is great at resisting the solvents in the spray paint and also not being easily damaged. I get a local supplier to route them out for me for a small fee !

Nigel

Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What do you use to clean and prep van's before sticking?

Replies: 26

Views: 2230

I use Avery surface cleaner which works great and can also be used to clean small amounts of glue off too.
It's a little expensive but i think it's the best stuff i have used so far.

Nigel

Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:21 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Print from a Gerber Edge?

Replies: 5

Views: 1331

Without seeing it I'd say the artwork for that would be about £15+vat assuming the font was one I had. Fitting depends on where/what to etc. I charge £25 per hour for fitting and allow extra for any travel time to get on site. Obviously a job like that will only take 5 min to fit but you need to all...

Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:59 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help please with graphic layout?

Replies: 15

Views: 2360

....think you are asking too much of the current technology there Frank. As far as I know there isn't a printer capable of backing a full colour print in white that will print at 2m wide in one piece and contour cut aswell ! Plus why would you want a 4 square metre bedsheet sized piece of vinyl to h...

Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:49 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help please with graphic layout?

Replies: 15

Views: 2360

This is what I mean.... use white backing as shown by the 3 large pink bits plus the little icons and it's a really easy assembly job to do when your on site. Dont know if you need the thin line on the left but thats easily added if you do - no real registration issues and it should look fine. Just ...

Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:38 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help please with graphic layout?

Replies: 15

Views: 2360

I'd still say it's not a problem to do as Rob suggested and get it printed on clear with a contour cut round the clear parts then back it in white where you need to. It's only a couple of large solid areas of white on the right and for the header/footer etc then you only need to cut the white backin...

Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Price for sign

Replies: 13

Views: 1435

Hi Wilbert, I'm with the others on this too :D I would use 3 or 4mm dibond aluminium laminate which you can get in sheets 10'x4' so would be ideal for this size sign. I guess the board would cost about £85 ish and the vinyl £10 so with assembly and fitting I would charge it out at maybe £250-275+vat...

Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:18 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: reverse print window graphic

Replies: 7

Views: 1445

You can't post images in this forum Frank (see the list at the bottom right of the screen) - but I would do as Rob suggested I think because I don't think you will find a printer that will do what you are asking.

Nigel

Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:13 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Window graphics: vw golf

Replies: 7

Views: 1028

....thanks guys :D I had to be "clean and classy" to fit in with the VW corporate image style so hence the understated design. I would have done that Dave but obviously I had the black reverse cut and it was a friday night going dark etc etc and I just wanted the job done and dusted - know the feeli...

Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:01 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Window graphics: vw golf

Replies: 7

Views: 1028

Window graphics: vw golf

Just thought I'd post a little job I did a few weeks a go - all done with mactac 8900 removable vinyl and applied dry on the inside. Each window is 10'x15' overall. Bit of a rushed job fitting and putting the white vinyl on before the "coming very very soon" text by mistake didn't go down well :cry:...

Mon Feb 14, 2005 10:45 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Print from a Gerber Edge?

Replies: 5

Views: 1331

If theres no artwork to be done then about £20-25 for me too.

Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Business broadband

Replies: 15

Views: 1412

I switched to http://www.pipex.net 18months ago and use their 512k service which is all I can get out where I am ! Costs £19.99 a month but I pay anually. It has been faultless ever since - never slow and always available. They were one of the first uk isp's and so have the knowledge and infrastruct...

Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cutting Round those door handles.

Replies: 14

Views: 1053

...talking about cutting round filler caps, I've found that you can use either an old CD or preferably a clear one which often come as part of the packaging on spindle packs. Covers about the correct radius for most caps and if you adjust the position a little as you cut round then you can vary the ...

Wed Jan 26, 2005 1:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: delivery costs

Replies: 8

Views: 1184

I use Business Post and they seem pretty good (in my area at least!) but I think it's a bit of a lottery who you go with in the carrier business. If you're sending stuff like 8'x4' sheets you will need to pack extremely well to avoid damage in transit in my experience. If it's a one off then for fra...

Wed Jan 26, 2005 10:38 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: anti virus software

Replies: 29

Views: 5245

Thanks for the link Peter, it's a useful test to try ! I was pretty impressed to get this message after testing mine - "Your Internet port 139 does not appear to exist! One or more ports on this system are operating in FULL STEALTH MODE! Standard Internet behavior requires port connection attempts t...

Sat Jan 22, 2005 12:11 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wind damaged pavement signs

Replies: 11

Views: 854

glad to hear i'm not the only on who's had probs anyway :roll: I guess the moral is you get what you pay for. Having said that a-display have launched a new version of that sign with the pivots on the sides of the panel and not the top edge - did one this week and it seemed better made. thank anyway...

Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Does such a process Vinyl Thermal Print exist?

Replies: 4

Views: 993

....do you mean printing thermally like with the gerber edge ? or am I getting the wrong end of the stick ? :D

Nigel

Fri Jan 21, 2005 9:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wind damaged pavement signs

Replies: 11

Views: 854

...thanks guys, i think you're probably right :-? but trouble is almost all my customers who want pavement signs seem to think they will cost about 50 quid and be light enough for a small child to lift with one hand !! I will try and come to an agreement with this particular customer and see what sh...

Thu Jan 20, 2005 10:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wind damaged pavement signs

Replies: 11

Views: 854

Wind damaged pavement signs

Hi all, Just had another call from a customer complaining about wind damaged panels on this type of pavement sign http://www.spandex.co.uk/prod_sign_sys.asp?ProdID=60 I normally use a company called A-display for these but recent weather has meant a spate of calls complaining of the panels getting b...

Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:13 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: SOFTWHERE WANTED STIKA FOR SALE

Replies: 7

Views: 1791

Hi Geo, I was looking for some new software to drive my Mutoh plotter recently after an upgrade to windows xp left my old tried and trusted Signscript software out of action! I mainly design in CorelDraw and just use the driver program to cut the files. Anyway to cut a long story short, if you are r...

Sat Jan 15, 2005 12:01 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: does anyone know a stockist of holographic mixed vinyl?

Replies: 16

Views: 2520

...you're probably right about that Rob, but I think there are a few other suppliers of general "speciality" films too. You could try either www.hexis.co.uk or www.metamark.co.uk - they both do a range of various ones.

Nigel

Thu Jan 13, 2005 8:28 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A-Board: Raceprep

Replies: 15

Views: 1247

Nice simple design mate :D Did you mean to cut the guys head off :wink:

Nigel

Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Correx Boards

Replies: 9

Views: 1029

I think Cammy means that you might use a laminator to apply printed vinyl to the correx nik :wink:
My opinion would be to get a price for prints direct to the correx aswell - I use http://www.jkndigital.co.uk/ quite often and they should be able to sort it out easily for you.

Nigel

Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:08 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: why can i not export from scanner into signscript?

Replies: 2

Views: 1410

Hi Boab, If you are running the Signscript program I use (from Leewood developments originally) then you can't export any bitmaps to it because it is purely a vector driver program for the plotter. You will need to trace the scanned image either by hand or using Corel Trace before exporting the file...

Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:59 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: constructive comments on van layout please?

Replies: 25

Views: 6820

They both look great Carrie and Ian :D I think you should be ok for 2-3 years outdoor life with the etch film Carrie. Ian, how did you deal with the registration of sucha thin outline with the frosted film by the way ? Are the two butted up and the reflective applied as a roll stripe ? Well done bot...

Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:26 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: chrome

Replies: 14

Views: 8478

That looks great Ian, like Chris I was wondering what make of vinyl you used for that job? How did you find it as far as scratching with the squeegie while fitting into recesses ?
Must be a bit sole destroying knowing it was all going to be stripped off afterwards !

Nigel

Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: where can i buy a vinyl called x-film please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1270

If you have no joy there then you can get transparent vinyl from www.hexis.co.uk aswell.

Nigel

Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Music to fit to

Replies: 21

Views: 1578

I'm not quite as old because I recognise two of their names but wouldnt know them if they came to my door !...there again I guess the chances of metallica calling on me are fairly small :-? I listen to a mixture of radio2 and local radio stations personally but the ad's do get on my nerves a bit. I'...

Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:28 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone use(d) Co-cut software ?

Replies: 8

Views: 2223

Thanks Ian, thats good to know - I only want a simple driver really with some simple tools like scale,mirror, etc. Signscript which I was using was perfect for me really but it would be nice to cut straight from Corel if it's reliable and easy to use. Chris, I run a Mutoh Sc1300 as my main machine a...

Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Big warehouse signage

Replies: 5

Views: 534

Personally I'd make them out of 3mm dibond/reynobond and use countersunk screws through the face of the letters into the cladding. Than put little circles of matching vinyl over the heads to hide them. At that height no one will see, I guarantee it, because I've done it before. Plus it means you don...

Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:36 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: cananyone suggest a cheap supplier for slimline light boxes?

Replies: 9

Views: 5216

Thanks AGAIN Dan :thumbup2: don't know where you keep finding all these but your doing a good job !!
My only spec is to have 4 or 8 ultra slimline single sided lightboxes A2 sized. I've got to fix them to wire suspension cables but that's easy enough.

Nigel

Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:28 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone use(d) Co-cut software ?

Replies: 8

Views: 2223

Anyone use(d) Co-cut software ?

I've just upgraded to XP and discovered that I'm having problems with my trusty little plotter driver program signscript not being totally compatable. I don't want to start using a "proper" sign making package because I've had 13years practice on Corel ! So I have been looking round for an alternati...

Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:39 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: cananyone suggest a cheap supplier for slimline light boxes?

Replies: 9

Views: 5216

Thanks again Dan but their even more expensive :cry: So far I have these prices for an A2 sized ones - Ashby - £112 Edmonds - £165 Fast Displays - £210 (exc discount) Discount Displays - £269 So unless anyone knows of any others it looks like it'll be ashby that gets the order ! Thanks, Nigel

Wed Jan 05, 2005 5:36 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: cananyone suggest a cheap supplier for slimline light boxes?

Replies: 9

Views: 5216

Dan, that sounds like a fair price for your box, I just checked with my normal supplier and their price was £265+vat and carriage but the list is out of date I think. Thanks for the link cabriofx but even with their Jan sale 20% off still makes an A2 size one more expensive than the public price on ...

Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:35 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: cananyone suggest a cheap supplier for slimline light boxes?

Replies: 9

Views: 5216

cananyone suggest a cheap supplier for slimline light boxes?

Can anyone suggest a cheap supplier for slimline light boxes (probably needs to be an edgelit type) My customer has seen them on this http://www.edmonds.co.uk/signage-lightboxes.html#Lightboxes site but they seem pretty cheap and I don't know if I can get them at a competetive trade price elsewhere....

Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: rumours

Replies: 30

Views: 4331

They look great Rob, I know what you mean about the HQ problems - I saw another sign company locally do big built up s/s letters mounted on a dark blue powder coated alu tray and they used white neon but it still looks crap ! I kind of learnt from their mistakes not to use a dark or reflective backg...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:06 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4296

Well perseverance pays off and at last I've found the answer :dance1: If anyones interested this is how you change the icons from previews to nice little "pencil" logos !! To remove the thumbnail display, do the following: 1. Go to the Add\Remove Programs in the Control Panel. 2. Select CorelDRAW 12...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:51 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4296

Lee, thanks for the idea but I've got the same issue on two pc's and a laptop :-? I wouldn't call it a "problem" really, it's just a feature I don't really want !
thanks anyway, Nigel

Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:46 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: rumours

Replies: 30

Views: 4331

Well I guess you can see a little bright patch rather than a defined dot - but thats down to the reflectivety of the back panel I guess. Plus I kept the gap between the letters and the panel pretty small (6-7mm) so that would help too. I used the mat side of the dibond for this job and it wasn't too...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:00 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4296

At least I know I'm not alone now :D - thanks Chris ! I'm sure it's a corel12 feature where it reads the file and generates a thumbnail which it then passes to windows to use as an icon for the file. I just can't find any reference to it in the help files though (hot) Debbee, I know what you mean bu...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:56 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4296

Aha that sounds like the thing I thought !! then I looked and found it's not on my version :roll: What version of Corel/Windows do you use andy ? cos I looked at my old ver10 win98 machine and it's not on that one either. I'm getting pee'd of now with xp already ! Debbee, if I go to change the view ...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:32 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4296

It's the Corel Draw Icons on the desktop and anywhere else too if you look in explorer etc which are shown as little versions of the file itself (thumbnails rather than icons). I'm using corel12 - there must be a way to switch this feature off ??! Is is a corel thing or a windows xp thing ? Help ! N...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:20 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4296

Thanks mate, I did find that option and it hasn't helped with the icons problem though :roll:

Anybody else know......?

Nigel

Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:21 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4296

can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Well one of the jobs i did over the break was to upgrade two of my pc's to windows xp from 98se and it only took me three days to get it all up and running with the network and everything on :roll: Anyway my question is that all the desktop icons that represent CorelDraw files are now showing little...

Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:01 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Do you know any suppliers who have wood patterned vinyl

Replies: 10

Views: 2132

Hi and welcome to the site Breny :D I think Shanes right mate, the only company I saw doing this stuff recently was http://www.grafityp.co.uk (it was in a recentish flyer but cant see it on the site :-? ) but i think they were running it out after it stock was gone. Also I don't ever remember there ...

Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello, Great Site!

Replies: 19

Views: 1868

...another welcome from me too :welcome: :D
Sure you'll fit in just fine round here Rob (hyphens) with that sense of humor :wink:
So do you actually work for yourself or for a company ?

Nigel

Sat Jan 01, 2005 10:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hangover anyone?

Replies: 8

Views: 581

I guess probably about a 2. I'll be ok once I've downed some more coffee and paracetamol - give me till lunchtime and I'll fine I hope - HAPPY NEW YEAR :D
Nigel

Sat Jan 01, 2005 3:21 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 2005!

Replies: 14

Views: 1090

Wishing you alll a very happy and prosperous 2005 !

Nigel :D

Fri Dec 31, 2004 2:01 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: who supplies backing strips & clamps for road signs?

Replies: 18

Views: 9039

Mike's right actually Stephen :-? see this link -
http://cms.3m.com/cms/GB/en/2-37/cRFzeFX/view.jhtml

Although vhb may not be suited in every circumstance it does offer a viable alternative to rivets and obviously a totally smooth face finish.

Nigel

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:16 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: advice on applying black oracal 751 on polycarb or acrylic?

Replies: 17

Views: 3043

It sounds like you've got it pretty sorted now Daz, but just a thought for what it's worth... You could use a mask vinyl over the clear areas on the reverse of your lexan and then paint the black on and then remove the masks ? You might find it easier over large areas than solid vinyl. The only thin...

Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Need as many to reply to this as possible.

Replies: 35

Views: 4014

....all seems to be working fine to me Rob :D

Nigel

Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Many thanks to Rob

Replies: 22

Views: 1663

Well said guys/gals :thumbup2: Keep up the good work Rob, sure it's tough going on your time but we all really appreciate it :wink:

Have a good Christmas / New Year, I'm off for a few days to sunny cornwall now so catch you soon :D

Nigel
:uksbrules:

Wed Dec 22, 2004 7:11 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Printed Van Graphics: Martines

Replies: 16

Views: 1857

As the others have said, it looks great Terry :thumbup2: I ended up cutting so many of those Partner/Berlingo rear panels to shape by hand I spent some time drawing up an accurate one just plotted it out on paper and kept tweeking it till it fitted perfect - now its really easy to do in future. Keep...

Sun Dec 19, 2004 1:37 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Award: De Ver Elite

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Thanks everyone - it was a pain in the neck to get it to this stage in the time they gave me (2weeks start to finish) and it will be nice to send it out the door on Monday morning :D Never used Corian before this but it seems like a pretty cool material - sounds like it would be pretty expensive for...

Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:56 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Award: De Ver Elite

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Just buy me a pint and I'll not be starting and pub brawls (drink1) Dave, the blanks (colour chosen by customer) are Corian and I had them machined out by a specialist manufacturer. I laser engraved the text into them myself and paint filled for contrast. The Oval logo is 3mm polished stainless with...

Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:34 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Award: De Ver Elite

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

...it's a natural talent :lol1:

I used to be ambidextrous when I was younger - could be something to do with it !!

Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:25 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Award: De Ver Elite

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Award: De Ver Elite

Hey look I even got my paint brush out for this job :wink: it's not often I do that - not quite up to your standards though Jill :-?

This was my last job of the year and I just finished it tonight - phew ! Now I can start to write my Christmas cards !

Nigel

Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:16 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Neon Sign & Post Sign:

Replies: 17

Views: 3380

You are truly a multi talented multilingual signmaker :D Once you get that wrapping sorted there will be no stopping the Dewi empire growing !

Nigel

Wed Dec 15, 2004 5:42 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Neon Sign & Post Sign:

Replies: 17

Views: 3380

thanks for your comments people :D I'll try and post some more stuff when i get through the ridiculous pile of work i have atm ! Bob, the "clarks" sign is all aluminium from ashby trade supplies and it comes in kit form. Posts/finials/front panel trays and rear panel trays. The front panel trays hav...

Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:11 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Various

Replies: 8

Views: 1048

Actually this one was for the guy that runs the "Rock Direct" outfit near me. No relation to the "proper" race one we did before ! And a heck of a lot easier to apply too :lol1: Andy, I dont really try to "sell up" it just seems to be that I get a reasonable variety of work sometimes - I do do dull ...

Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:17 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Neon Sign & Post Sign:

Replies: 17

Views: 3380

I keep thinking that that makeup shop looks like a american diner or something ! It didn't take much thought on my part, customer just wanted the shop to be more visible from further down the shopping area and I suggested a bit of neon would do the trick :) then they wanted it all done and installed...

Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:11 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Various

Replies: 8

Views: 1048

thanks guys... yes Rob it was Avery900sc for the light blue section on the vito van - all in one piece (just squeezed it out of my plotter !) by some bizare coincidence i just turned on the telly and see that they are showing the canonball 800 next on itv1 at 00:50 which is the race which I did the ...

Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Various

Replies: 8

Views: 1048

Vehicle Graphics: Various

A few of the recent vehicle graphic fittings I've done and thought I'd share :D check out that cool plate on the porsche :wink:
Nigel

Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:42 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Neon Sign & Post Sign:

Replies: 17

Views: 3380

Neon Sign & Post Sign:

Had a bit of a rushed job which Craig from Elite Signs helped me out with by supplying the neon and fittings in a very short time :D cheers mate ! Aluminium frame with dibond panels and circular light box (backlit with white neon too) and pink/blue neon strip highlights. Just got in from fitting it ...

Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:15 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: supplier please of wall swing signs?

Replies: 5

Views: 3248

Bob, Solid PVC is not the same as Foam PVC etc, it's a much more dense plastic and heavier too. Polycarb is about the same weight but virtually indestructible material. If you're going to use it for a swing sign then weight is important because otherwise it will swing about like crazy in the wind an...

Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:33 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: supplier please of wall swing signs?

Replies: 5

Views: 3248

Bob, I'm not sure what this Le Board stuff is like but the only 3mm sheet materials I could suggest that you could do that with would be either dibond/reynobond, solid pvc or polycarb. At the size you mentioned I think all would be up to the job although the pvc is the cheapest. Hope that's some hel...

Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm a newbie (Chester)

Replies: 3

Views: 560

Welcome to the site mark, sure you will pick up loads of useful info and maybe even the odd lead here :D I've got a small laser engraver which is invaluable for all types of work - i would recommend you look at getting one in your business. Rodney Gold on the site uses them to real good effect . Nigel

Tue Dec 07, 2004 12:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Window Graphics: Ave it Cut

Replies: 44

Views: 7452

That looks great Dewi :thumbsup: you obviously put a lot of time into it and i bet they loved it ! The porsche vinyl we used was avery 900 super conformable (sc) but i guess a little bit of the success of the job might have been to do with my "its going on and thats it" kind of attitude ! It is a bi...

Sun Dec 05, 2004 11:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: how do you advertise your business??????

Replies: 29

Views: 2107

... you get up early on Sundays don't you mate ! :sleep3:

well done for finding the thread though :wink:

Sat Dec 04, 2004 10:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: how do you advertise your business??????

Replies: 29

Views: 2107

yeah youre right mate, i think it's come up once or twice on the boards :wink: I use yp and word of mouth only - both generate a mixture of small and decent leads. But word of mouth leads are much easier to convert into jobs so i always try and leave everyone feeling like they've been well treated !...

Sat Dec 04, 2004 7:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: wood vs alu signs

Replies: 10

Views: 862

.... sounds like a job for ashby to me http://www.ashbytrade.co.uk is that where you got your prices from already ? £120 inc vat and carriage doesn't sound too bad to me but i guess it depends if you are having the poles powder coated etc. but it's on a par with what i'd expect to pay i think. I wou...

Sat Dec 04, 2004 7:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello there

Replies: 8

Views: 989

Hi Justin, and welcome from me too :wink:

Sure you will find loads of great stuff and helpful people here.... just ask away if you want to know stuff !

p.s. don't forget to to upload a picy so that Dewi doesn't start on one of his rants :lol1:

Nigel

Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: saying hello all!

Replies: 9

Views: 909

good to have you on to the site Mark, as Dewi said it would be nice to know a little about you/your business :D

:welcome: from Nigel

Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: panatrim onto corrugated

Replies: 14

Views: 1756

yeah but how do you get them down peter :D ?

I use these fixings a lot http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro ... 5&id=19050 and they seem pretty good especially if you use the special magnetic holder in the cordless.

Nigel

Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Window Graphics: Hairworks

Replies: 5

Views: 774

I hate to be the one to tell you this mate but I think you've put the lettering on the pi$$ a little :D








No really it looks eye catching enough to me - i thought i had the monopoly on doing hair shops though !

Nigel

Mon Nov 29, 2004 11:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs removed: How do you make it look like it had none??

Replies: 15

Views: 2191

Yes mate, as the others said, a mild solvent to remove any adhesive if the vinyl has shrunk and left a glue outline. Then t-cut or equiv is a must if they've been on there for any length of time. Sure it removes some paint, but thats how it works :) and you normally need to even up the amount of shi...

Mon Nov 29, 2004 9:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Corrian Plinths

Replies: 2

Views: 434

Thats a good idea mate, I'll send him a message and see if he can help or not :D

Nigel

Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Corrian Plinths

Replies: 2

Views: 434

Corrian Plinths

Hi all, just wondered if anyone knows of a supplier (or themselves) who can supply routed corrian (or similar) plinths for an award job I have to do ?

Thanks :thumbsup:

Nigel

Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:49 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Halo type thing......

Replies: 30

Views: 5977

Thats very good mate ! I saw a similar effect at SignUK a few years ago and didn't take enough notice of how exactly it was achieved but now you have worked it out thats a great help :D I guess you could add a fifth layer of transparent colour to the back of the clear to give you a different coloure...

Sat Nov 27, 2004 10:31 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Spray laminate

Replies: 2

Views: 882

there was some info on this thread too that may help :) http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... uice#45392

Nigel

Fri Nov 26, 2004 8:35 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: is there such a thing as a vertical banner holder?

Replies: 21

Views: 8241

If you do that job Dewi, make sure you fit the brackets with heavy duty wall fixings not just big screws and wall plugs. I'd suggest using the metal expanding wall fixing bolts because there is so much force on the brackets in the wind !

Fri Nov 26, 2004 8:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: chalkboards

Replies: 3

Views: 533

Rod, you can find some info more info on this thread http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... highlight=
Sheets are available from Cox or Amari Plastics.

Nigel
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