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Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 21

Views: 771

Re: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Yes, and some of those cars don't say it's a commercial card, it just looks like a Visa card. Not sure if you can negotiate a better rate on those?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 21

Views: 771

Re: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

We signed up for an account with Square. If we were to get rid of our terminal, we'd save a small, but noticeable sum each month. It's OK for payments over the phone, and we can send links that enables them to pay by card online rather than ring up. I'm not convinced about customers being comfortabl...

Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:57 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Corel Draw 2019 - Grouping by colour?

Replies: 7

Views: 168

Re: Corel Draw 2019 - Grouping by colour?

If you get stuck send it over as an EPS, it's easy to do in illustrator. Or if you have it yourself. Ungroup it all, release any clipping paths. Select 1st colour. Select-> Same -> Fill colour. Then group it all together. Also easy to convert to CMYK File -> Edit Colours -> Convert to CMYK. If you e...

Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Storefront window vinyl - outside or inside?

Replies: 7

Views: 344

Re: Storefront window vinyl - outside or inside?

Printed, or coloured cad film? If printed, just print on a clear vinyl, mirror the image, and then flood coat with a white vinyl (make sure it's not a grey back vinyl) Cut vinyl lettering, just mirror it and cut as usual. Whether to fit inside or out, one thing to consider is what's inside the shop,...

Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:14 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Replies: 6

Views: 357

Re: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Left the machine overnight, turned it on this morning and would you look at that.

Cost, some ink, and a few quid in the swear jar.

Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:52 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Replies: 6

Views: 357

Re: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

So then, after much commotion managed to get ink back through the line. Few test prints done no issue, printed a few live jobs, no issue. Still not received the quote from the engineer, so I could have been 1 day already without a machine. Might change the caps as they've never been done, and wont h...

Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:23 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Replies: 6

Views: 357

Re: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

My thoughts exactly Phil, you'd at least come out prepared to swap a head, but go over the thing first. Not just turn round and say it's the head. Check the O ring, and tightened up the pipes to the heads, just priming the ink system now. Did a test print knowing there was air in the system, and it ...

Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:02 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Replies: 6

Views: 357

Re: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Thought it would be something less serious.

The machines seems popular in the states, found a forum there where someone has the same issue. Sounds like an o ring, on the ink line to the head has perished and drawing air into the damper.

Will have a look tomorrow morning

Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:31 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Replies: 6

Views: 357

Symptoms of a duff printhead?

Our trusty OKI has suddenly sprung a problem. Speaking to an engineer today over the phone they've suggested it's the printhead. I had a printhead fail on our Epson, when it went, no amount of cleaning, priming would help. Where the OKI is intermittent. Printing a full roll yesterday, about 10m in, ...

Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

We stock MD5, and a cheap Mono, Orajet 3164. Matching gloss laminate for the MD5, and a gloss & Matt for the 3164. Looking at job we did the other day, using MD5, we actually made more money on two cars, than we do on some larger vans. Especially when you weigh up the time and effort in some job...

Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

We'll continue as we are, Poly for anything external/long term, and cheap mono for anything short term, cheap as chips.

Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Not so much penny pinching. The 50x unlaminated stickers I will print tomorrow, doesnt warrant a poly. Customer wont pay for a poly, doesnt care what its printed on. We supply 1000's to this one customer, and make a nice margin. The monomeric vinyl is perfectly adequate for that job. a decent mono m...

Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

You're right Kevin, and that's the mentality I tend to take. Just seems a bit wasteful if 95% of the work we do, we could use MD3, rather than MD5. Bit like using a cast film for cut lettering on a flat panel, when a half decent polymeric will likely be more than sufficient. Would a customer be unha...

Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Quite surprised that it was reputable company who would use MD3, where we'd use MD5.

I'd be interesting seeing what the long term difference was between the two?

Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

I'm going to do some number crunching tonight.

The plan is not be the cheapest, but reasonably priced. Make it very clear from the start what is included.

We can but try.

Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Extending the distance from the computer to CE6000 vinyl cutter

Replies: 6

Views: 213

Re: Extending the distance from the computer to CE6000 vinyl cutter

You can get USB extension cables. We've done that in the past.

From memory, it can cause some issues with the speed the data is transferred to the device.

There are some 'print server' devices, which turn a USB device into a IP, but depends if the software you're using will recognise it.

Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

I'm looking at changing the way we price vans, and giving a fixed price for a set level of graphics.

Some vehicles we'll make more, some we make less. I could continue as we are and offer a cheaper option using what we stock, as Hugh says, without warranty.

Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Same here, I'm just thinking a decent quality Monomeric (MD3) will handle 99% of the work we're using MD5 for.

We've always pushed the quality of the materials, but it seems many don't care, and it boils down to price.

This part of a bigger rethink we're having internally.

Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 712

Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Having spoken to another sign company last week, I'm starting to wonder if we're over specifying some jobs. We keep a stock of 3164, which is used for the cheap as chips flat panel signs, correx boards, and really short term stuff, where lifespans not that important. Our go to for vehicles & eve...

Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:41 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec CE6000 Plus vs. FC series

Replies: 9

Views: 391

Re: Graphtec CE6000 Plus vs. FC series

All depends what you're plans are, if you do upgrade, look for one with a registration system, so you can print and cut in the future, and make sure it can feed 1370 media, even if it can't cut the full width. :thumbsup:

Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:43 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec CE6000 Plus vs. FC series

Replies: 9

Views: 391

Re: Graphtec CE6000 Plus vs. FC series

We have the FC8600. As David says, you won't run either machine flat out, so the speed advantage in negligible. Build quality are probably similar, in that they're graphtec and last well. The CE has lower maximum pressure, unless you're cutting really thick, heavy materials, regularly then I doubt y...

Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:45 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cut lines within script font using illustrator

Replies: 7

Views: 318

Re: Cut lines within script font using illustrator

It does loads, trouble is, we probably only us a very small % of it :puppyeyes:

Re: Inview Visual Communications - Trade supplier going into administration?

If they don't want to pay, they won't. Its that simple. What you see on TV about the HCEO's is only the stuff they want you to see. Not where they've made their 4 visits and send the claimant the bill for £75+VAT. Sure some will pay, to continue trading, and not have the CCJ. Some will drag it out t...

Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:42 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cut lines within script font using illustrator

Replies: 7

Views: 318

Re: Cut lines within script font using illustrator

You'll need to convert the font to outlines before you can unite the paths.

If you're using Cutting Master there's an option to AutoWeld in there too, but personally we always unite/weld in Illustrator using the pathfinder tools.

Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:12 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Can I wrap on a newly painted and baked vehicle?

Replies: 5

Views: 419

Re: Can I wrap on a newly painted and baked vehicle?

I've always been under the impression that it should be left a few weeks. You'll probably get the vinyl down fine, the problem will possibly occur when it comes to removing it. We rebranded a fleet of vehicles, and when we removed the vinyl from one, it pulled the paint away, the customer was adaman...

Re: Inview Visual Communications - Trade supplier going into administration?

Hi I have just received a request for a trade signage quotation from this company, so they are defiantly still trading. John It costs money to issue a winding up petition and gives you no more chance of recovering what you're owed. I'm not saying we're perfect, we've had our fingers burnt in the pa...

Re: VIDEO: Sign maker takes vigilante action against a customer he claims has not paid him!

I notice the original sign that the first one covered isn't there now, and it was placed over the fascia?

Wonder who took it down?

Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 22

Views: 1927

Re: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Given them too many choices IMHO, and unless really necessary we try and avoid printing a solid colour. Show them the swatches, here's what colours are available, pick one. We don't show them all the swatched, just the ones that are suitable for the application, then if they're still not happy, star...

Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 22

Views: 1927

Re: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

The OKI's can print fluorescent/neon colours, with a spot ink a bit like the white inks are, not sure on the durability or lifespan.

Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do you determine whether to print or cut vinyl

Replies: 7

Views: 538

Re: how do you determine whether to print or cut vinyl

Mixed bag here. I dont think you can really achieve the density, vibrancy of some solids printing them against a cad vinyl. We're doing a van Thursday, blue & green. A little overlay, but most of it is flat, and the customer wants a bright green. Cut vinyl. We've printed small, simple 1 colour t...

Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:09 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Architectural Drawings media?

Replies: 10

Views: 542

Re: Architectural Drawings media?

Well just tried it out as we've still rolls of 90gsm drafting paper from when we had the Epson, and it works a treat.

No excuses now, we can print plans again :lol:

Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:36 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Getting the most from your ink...

Replies: 9

Views: 633

Re: Getting the most from your ink...

On the eco sol max 2 inks, when we run a Roland, we used to shave a couple of mm off the tab on the cartridge that indicated to the machine it was empty. Although we only ever did this when it was necessary, ie: urgent job and the ink's not arrived. I wouldn't make a habit of doing it regularly as t...

Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:09 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Architectural Drawings media?

Replies: 10

Views: 542

Re: Architectural Drawings media?

I'm going to test that out tomorrow, we've turned a few away lately as the local Staples has shut up shop.

Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:51 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Architectural Drawings media?

Replies: 10

Views: 542

Re: Architectural Drawings media?

Needs to be a 90gsm, but you may find that it cockles with the heat from the heater bed.

Aqueous is the way forward, quicker & cheaper.

Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chasing customers for info so work can start

Replies: 8

Views: 669

Re: Chasing customers for info so work can start

Everything in writing. We're currently putting together a more formal client brief. Sick of dealing with customers, who waste hours of your time, "can you change that to red, can you change it to green, can you change it to purple", before we start any design, get a budget, get a deposit, ...

Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone dilute their IPA?

Replies: 7

Views: 569

Re: Does anyone dilute their IPA?

Same here got 25L, I'll keep it neat :thumbsup:

Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Quality systems have their place but are they worthy?

Replies: 9

Views: 595

Re: Quality systems have their place but are they worthy?

Our customer was adamant we needed to complete it. There was an online questionnaire that required us to upload a copy of our plan. I explained we're a small company, and what we supply isn't very likely to cripple their multinational company, but they were having non of it. So I filled in their que...

Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Quality systems have their place but are they worthy?

Replies: 9

Views: 595

Re: Quality systems have their place but are they worthy?

They never went to the moon. Therefore the quality systems are pointless.

But yes we've been asked for the same sort of questions, but to fit some stickers to a wall... I had to produce a brexit mitigation plan for a customer, who we print a couple of A1 posters for.

Re: Sign maker takes vigilante action against a customer he claims has not paid him!

I remember when I started off, my cousin who ran it before me was owed some money. My uncle threatened them, if it wasn't paid by Friday, 9am Monday morning it'll be taken down. 9am Monday morning he arrived at the shop to find it's already gone :lol: Perhaps she's taken the sign down to prevent the...

Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone dilute their IPA?

Replies: 7

Views: 569

Does anyone dilute their IPA?

Got some 99% IPA.

Just wondering if anyone dilutes it, or just uses it neat?

Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dealing with late payments

Replies: 16

Views: 690

Re: Dealing with late payments

We are now getting asked for signage that’s paid for in monthly instalments. Who’s the idiot who started that game :bangshead: That's nearly as good as the person I heard telling their partner to buy them an engagement ring on finance. Great way to start a marriage. How they finance their sign/busi...

Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dealing with late payments

Replies: 16

Views: 690

Re: Dealing with late payments

Send them the pro-forma for the two new vans. If they question it, point out they've repeatedly paid late and you will no longer be providing credit facilities to them, but are happy to continue to provide their signage. We reduced the amount of credit accounts we had, and haven't looked back. The o...

Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Blackburn's Metals never again

Replies: 14

Views: 1189

Re: Blackburn's Metals never again

Not at all Kevin, I know there are companies who promise everything but deliver nothing. We keep customers expectations realistic regards leads times. The frustrating thing is, I explained the situation, and that we needed it Thursday, explicitly asking will be it delivered Thursday, and I was assur...

Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Blackburn's Metals never again

Replies: 14

Views: 1189

Re: Blackburn's Metals never again

We usually do give ourselves a buffer, but this was a quick fix for the customer who speced the job wrong.

Time was of the essence.

I'm sure they won't miss our business and I'll not miss dealing with them.

Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:31 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Blackburn's Metals never again

Replies: 14

Views: 1189

Re: Blackburn's Metals never again

We use the Haydock branch.

My suspicions are they didn't process the order and just fobbed us off.

They clearly couldn't give a damn about it.

Are they now part of the Vink Group who own Europoint, Amari etc?

Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Blackburn's Metals never again

Replies: 14

Views: 1189

Blackburn's Metals never again

We did a job for a good customer of ours, that was going into a national trust property. Problem arose when the customer specified the wrong material and the custom made stands their joiner had made didn't stop the panels from bending. Requiring a quick fix, we spoke to a local fabrications who coul...

Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:41 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

Replies: 12

Views: 916

Re: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

:blushing: sorry Although I'm curious as to how some are wrong and others aren't? Were they printed & cut, separately to the flat vinyl? They changed their mind about having printed flags, they were originally just cut along with the lettering, however I stupidly forgot to mirror them when prin...

Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:20 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

Replies: 12

Views: 916

Re: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

:blushing: sorry

Although I'm curious as to how some are wrong and others aren't?

Were they printed & cut, separately to the flat vinyl?

Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:18 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

Replies: 12

Views: 916

Re: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

Ahhh that explains it, not many windows on them submarines.

Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

Replies: 12

Views: 916

Re: First post for awhile frosted window graphics

Very nice work.

My only observation, is the union flag appears to be upside down :lol: Although doesn't seem to affect them all?

But that's just my ex navy eye nitt picking :tongue:

Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work flow management system?

Replies: 16

Views: 801

Re: Work flow management system?

I'm confident you'll make more than the £100 it costs... you have to embrace it though.

As soon as you deviate from the 'workflow' that's when things get a little messy :thumbsup:

Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:32 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Delivery company for sheet signs

Replies: 5

Views: 406

Re: Delivery company for sheet signs

We have sent large panels (not full sheets) out using DPD local, there is a freight option, costs about £30. On top of that, you really need to package it up so it can survive a fall from the moon, and that's not cheap either. We've also subbed out print to companies who are more local and can deliv...

Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rules on Ltd company, when do you need to use 'Ltd'

Replies: 5

Views: 459

Re: Rules on Ltd company, when do you need to use 'Ltd'

It's covered by the companies act 2006, which is full off waffle, but take a read here: https://www.limitedcompanyhelp.com/display-your-company-name/ By not disclosing the fact you're a limited company, you could be held personally liable for a debt. Eg: you send a purchase order by email, go bust. ...

Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stationery Printers particularly NCR Pads

Replies: 12

Views: 572

Re: Stationery Printers particularly NCR Pads

No problem... now don't be sending loads so our jobs get held up!

Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Moving to another new unit, help needed with layout

Replies: 4

Views: 465

Re: Moving to another new unit, help needed with layout

Almost identical to how our unit was before we knocked through into next door. Our production rooms pretty much still the same. We can walk around our 1500x3000mm workbench. Depending on your printer, you may be able to get it closer to the wall, we have about 2ft behind it, with the rolls of media ...

Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:56 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Setting up a pdf which drops into illustrator with outlines

Replies: 12

Views: 1186

Re: Setting up a pdf which drops into illustrator with outlines

If you're just adding a cut path, another way is to rasterise the pdf as a JPG, then autotrace the jpg in illustrator. Merge all the paths so you get a solid shape/block outline shape, and use that as a cut path, you can position it over their PDF on its own layer. I usually expand it 2-3mm so there...

Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer complaint Damaged Paintwork on install

Replies: 14

Views: 849

Re: Customer complaint Damaged Paintwork on install

Knifeless tape it's the way forward, and whilst not the cheapest does save issues like this. We make a bit of a judgement call, if it's a wreck of a van, we'll lightly cut it with a scalpel, using a new blade. We've had a customer return claiming we cracked their windscreen... unlikely but hard to p...

Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:21 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Setting up a pdf which drops into illustrator with outlines

Replies: 12

Views: 1186

Re: Setting up a pdf which drops into illustrator with outlines

We've done it ourselves quite regularly however, you don't want to fall into the trap of giving a price, and then spending hours messing around with poor quality files. Ssome customers don't send print ready artwork. Or send an image they've nicked off google images and expect it to blow up and make...

Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:45 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Setting up a pdf which drops into illustrator with outlines

Replies: 12

Views: 1186

Re: Setting up a pdf which drops into illustrator with outlines

Why do you need to open the pdf in illustrator? If the customer is supplying 'print ready' artwork, you tell them how to supply it. If they can't... send it back, or charge them to fix it. If they're send files to use in artwork, charge for it. Give them the option use your crappy image for £x or ha...

Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

It works. Met a customer who wanted to use the existing frames. When I visited site and met them, they weren't frames but angle for fixing trays. They also wanted stand off letters on one wall. They were a not for profit organisation, so I put two options. Use their existing rails and put trays up.....

Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stationery Printers particularly NCR Pads

Replies: 12

Views: 572

Re: Stationery Printers particularly NCR Pads

Sent you an email with their details :thumbsup:

Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stationery Printers particularly NCR Pads

Replies: 12

Views: 572

Re: Stationery Printers particularly NCR Pads

We use a local 2colour printer, can beat most of the online 'trade' prices, always a top job. As for service, turned 500 books round in a day. :lol:

Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work flow management system?

Replies: 16

Views: 801

Re: Work flow management system?

That's the predicament we're facing, and I think it's the same regardless of what system you choose.

You can probably extract the data, but it's not easily usable. :shake:

Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone know a supplier of ACP hoarding grade BLACK

Replies: 4

Views: 414

Re: ANyone know a supplier of ACP hoarding grade BLACK

I don't know of a hoarding grade, Europoint do their Skybond, in a 'Lite' version with thinner (.2mm?) skin.

Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work flow management system?

Replies: 16

Views: 801

Re: Work flow management system?

We use Clarity. At the time ShopVox wasn't an option, if I was looking now, I'd be leaning heavily towards ShopVox. Can't knock clarity, it does what it says, and it's helped us enormously. Why would I choose ShopVox against clarity? ⋅ More Features off the shelf (no extra bolt ons) ⋅...

Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work flow management system?

Replies: 16

Views: 801

Re: Work flow management system?

Trello as an online "tcard" system to monitor job progression from enquiry through to completion.

Google calendar for managing day to day stuff, get an email each morning with tasks to do, and get notifications by email 24hr before, and notifications on phone 1hr before.

Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Will this Metamark MD5A wrap fail? And how to avoid / fix fail?

Replies: 17

Views: 957

Re: Will this Metamark MD5A wrap fail? And how to avoid / fix fail?

You did it as an example as to why your customers should pay for the right material [emoji6] [emoji6]

Not that I've used that excuse.

Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Will this Metamark MD5A wrap fail? And how to avoid / fix fail?

Replies: 17

Views: 957

Re: Will this Metamark MD5A wrap fail? And how to avoid / fix fail?

That's not a waste of SLX... I like the design. :thumbsup:

I doubt it will stay in place.

Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chevron kit unknown material ID Help please

Replies: 10

Views: 737

Re: Chevron kit unknown material ID Help please

Good, if only all customers were like that :thumbsup:

Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chevron kit unknown material ID Help please

Replies: 10

Views: 737

Re: Chevron kit unknown material ID Help please

I hope you're still billing them.

We've fallen foul of trying to help out, and getting bitten which is why we don't do anything until a deposit is paid, or a purchase order received.

If its urgent it's up to them to sort it quicker.

Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:33 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Strange lines appear on prints

Replies: 32

Views: 1902

Re: Strange lines appear on prints

Don't know Mutoh machines.

But if it only does it when running Bi-Directional (putting ink down as the head moves left & right) it may be worth calibrating the printer for BiDirectional.

Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bizarre request from client

Replies: 6

Views: 692

Re: Bizarre request from client

I remember James at Kushy had a video of his son running about with one on: kushyface.co.uk

Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: HELP!! Trade Supplier for large Canvas prints required asap

Replies: 3

Views: 580

Re: HELP!! Trade Supplier for large Canvas prints required asap

What size?

You can order the stretcher bars in pairs. I've done it in the past, not really our main business, only really do them of our corporate customers, where they'll gladly pay for it. :thumbsup:

Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

Replies: 17

Views: 1140

Re: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

Come on Richard I'm curious. We have colour coded triggers, and made a nice hanger for them. I'll share a pic tomorrow when I get in

Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

Replies: 17

Views: 1140

Re: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

I'll ask next time they pop in.

What surface cleaner do you use, after the G101?

Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

Replies: 17

Views: 1140

Re: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

Not come across preptone, is it a T&G remover or general purpose panel wipe?

Used some G101 on a car, and it didn't stick to well, think I may have made it a bit strong, wiped over the other panels with IPA and all was good.

Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:32 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Digital Vinyl for MDF recommendations

Replies: 4

Views: 307

Digital Vinyl for MDF recommendations

Quoting a large job at the moment, which involves mounting print to MDF panels.

I'm guessing a Hightack vinyl is the way forward, but looking for suggestions as to which brand?

MDPH?
3164HT?

I'm guessing we'll still be best to prime each panel with a PVA solution?

Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fellow Sign company has pinched image of our work

Replies: 2

Views: 793

Re: Fellow Sign company has pinched image of our work

Yes had this happen to me, took the chap to court, and was awarded a judgment for £1651.40p. Yet to be paid as the HCEO's aren't all they're cracked up to be. It's possible, but weight up whether you'd actually get anything from them... the threat is usually sufficient though. Our experience: https:...

Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: aluminium name pate holder extrusion

Replies: 3

Views: 511

Re: aluminium name pate holder extrusion

Spandex do something similar. Used it to make siding door signs.

Fri May 31, 2019 10:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

Not particularly happy where they're fitting these signs on our estate.

Why would I want the sign above the large roller door, and not above the pedestrian entrance to reception? :rollseyes:

Thu May 30, 2019 7:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

We did a cafe's sign 12months ago.

Lad rocked up and paid 50% upfront weeks after we quoted it.

Months later, he turned up and paid the balance in cash, and gave us the OK to produce it.

Produced and fitted within a few days.

It's at the end of our road... never opened.

Possibly a laundry.

Thu May 30, 2019 7:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

Yes we have a name for bumping the prices up on those customers. Had an email this morning "Lwb transit pictures name website types of work sides and back of van" expecting a price from that. We've put together an email explaining why we need more information, to create an accurate quote a...

Thu May 30, 2019 5:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

That's getting nicked! I'm starting to think someone it just taking the pi$$ now :lol: Met a fella Friday for some signs, he wanted cheapest price, quoted our cheapest price he's happy. Happy with the proof. Now asks for some 'special material or finish'... there's no need for any special material, ...

Thu May 30, 2019 11:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

Latest news from the landlord, as the new signs should have been fitted earlier this week. One of the tenants has emailed asking where they are. The company they're using, have been and done several surveys, but can't fit the signs until the landlord has arranged for their contractors to remove the ...

Wed May 29, 2019 8:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

Exactly, you know how you want your business to appear. Modern? Professional? Traditional? High class? Cheap as chips? With those handful of examples, you can already start to imagine the colours and style of a design, the font, whether it needs to be loud, or subtle. "Cheap" doesn't give ...

Wed May 29, 2019 5:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

Had one today given their marching orders. Got sent a brief, a logo that wasn't the correct one, agreed a budget, explained what was available for that, they're happy. Today get bombarded with low quality images, a list of services as long as my arm, now the rear doors need covering with this image....

Wed May 29, 2019 5:19 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: CE5000-60 LCD display needed

Replies: 4

Views: 356

Re: CE5000-60 LCD display needed

There is a windows programme by graphtec that allows you to control the plotter remotely, move the pen, set and change conditions.

Cant remember its name though.

Wed May 29, 2019 10:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heads Up - Domain Name Scam Call

Replies: 14

Views: 1652

Heads Up - Domain Name Scam Call

Received a call today from 01229 314719. The claimed to be calling "existing customers", and wish to speak to the person who registers the domain name we have. The being me, I amused them for a while. They were calling some company (can't remember the name), about domain registered with xx...

Wed May 29, 2019 8:28 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Black wrap with print, best method of producing, ideas please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1287

Re: black wrap with print ideas

Sorry Luke id attached some but hadn't noticed they were too big, here they are, you might notice the misspelling of Disks :shocked: but it was fixed just before it went out the door :lol: Another good reason to apply vinyl on top of a wrap :wink: Nice job, did you remove the rear lights, and the p...

Wed May 29, 2019 8:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

For the extra time, I think on some jobs we'll pop a couple of options together to cover a broader range of budgets. What I find more annoying is those who ring up asking for a price, for a sign/van, and expect a fixed price there and then. You ask their budget to be met with 'cheap as possible', an...

Tue May 28, 2019 6:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

Yes I'm not lowering myself to selling rubbish.

But there are ways to reduce costs, and doesn't take much longer once one option is priced up.

What quotes we do convert we make decent money on, just need to convert more.

Tue May 28, 2019 6:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

Re: How many options do you quote?

On this order, £1k isn't a huge amount. They were looking for the cheapest price, but we're not talking cowboy cheap. They're reputable companies who quoted. The trouble I've come across is, they've cut some of fat off the quote. They've not included the panels to go in the frames? Over 14 units, th...

Tue May 28, 2019 5:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 26

Views: 1498

How many options do you quote?

Missed out on a large order on an industrial estate because the client got quoted £1000 less than ours. That'll probably be because the cheaper quote was for smaller dimensions than our brief, and missed off the blank panels for each frame. We also quoted on colour matching the frames and some fret ...

Tue May 28, 2019 9:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

Replies: 17

Views: 1140

Re: What glue remover do you use? Looking for a replacement

Tardis tar & glue remover from Autosmart for us.

Buy 25l drum of the stuff, and decant into a spray bottle :thumbsup:

Also use G101 from them too, as a general purpose panel wipe :thumbsup:

Fri May 10, 2019 6:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: And the Customer of the Year Award goes to...

Replies: 69

Views: 15842

Re: And the Customer of the Year Award goes to...

I don't want to peak too early for the 2019 award, but this one is brilliant. We applied some 'M Sport' decals to a customers car, he'd had it repaired and ordered the genuine kit from BMW for us to fit. He came back today with some M sport caliper stickers to pop on his newly painted calipers. &quo...

Thu May 02, 2019 10:11 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: backing up and storing fonts

Replies: 5

Views: 813

Re: backing up and storing fonts

When you add the fonts into the library in Suitcase, you tell suitcase where the font is.

All our fonts are stored in a 'fonts' folder on the server, so all the computers can access them, it would then just be a case of backing up the fonts folder.

Any new fonts get added into the fonts folder.

Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:40 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

Replies: 8

Views: 811

Re: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

Coverstyl' J5 is gloss black. Can't see a gloss black in Di-Noc. Coverstyl' is like a thick vinyl, has air channels, and surprisingly good to work with. It comes in 1220mm width. Depends how thick it needs to be, and as you say timescale. If you can get away with 3mm thick, then gloss black composit...

Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:14 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: A supplier for cast vinyl - Cutting text / shapes etc

Replies: 4

Views: 434

Re: A supplier for cast vinyl - Cutting text / shapes etc

Didn't even know about the 951 range :thumbsup: Learn something every new everyday

Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: A supplier for cast vinyl - Cutting text / shapes etc

Replies: 4

Views: 434

Re: A supplier for cast vinyl - Cutting text / shapes etc

Oracal 751 - Europoint stock it.

Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

Replies: 8

Views: 811

Re: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

CoverStyl' or 3M's DiNoc from William smiths, will fit the bill nicely.

Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:43 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Panelling graphics ready for part vehicle wrap

Replies: 5

Views: 492

Re: Panelling graphics ready for part vehicle wrap

One go is fine, but won't leave much to wrap around the doors when you slit it. I'd put the text on top. If the curves drop a little, you won't know, and you can pop the logo and text on perfectly straight on top. Plus you can be 100% sure it's not going to hit handles, or anything. Easier to cut th...

Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:56 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Panelling graphics ready for part vehicle wrap

Replies: 5

Views: 492

Re: Panelling graphics ready for part vehicle wrap

You can loose one join at the door, and do the same on the other side. You may be able to do it if there's a sliding door on the opposite side too. Depending on the size of the van, you could run panels 1&2 as one horizontal part, and put the join low down, where the plastic trim is, print anoth...

Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Opinions on wrapping with Oracal 970RA

Replies: 8

Views: 915

Re: Opinions on wrapping with Oracal 970RA

Yes we've used the RA, which has the air channels, but the adhesive isn't prepositional like the 1080 & Supreme, although I've heard that is changing.

Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

Replies: 17

Views: 2137

Re: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

My eyes!!!!! How do I delete the original post? [emoji23]

Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Opinions on wrapping with Oracal 970RA

Replies: 8

Views: 915

Re: Opinions on wrapping with Oracal 970RA

We did a fleet of vans using 970.

Whilst it doesn't have the controltac, or prepositional adhesive like Avery or 3m, I was impressed with it, and it worked well.

That said, I do believe the 970 is now available with a slideable adhesive, similar to the SLX.

Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 2355

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

I've specified Hexis a few times, only to call and place the order to find they had no stock, and long lead times.

Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 2355

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

They market it as CC (Cylinder Cast) and they also do a small range of coloured wrap films MD-CC. It's ok, reminds me a bit of the Mactac tuning film.

An alternative may be Hexis, who do a true cast wrap film.

Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pop Up Gazebo? advice for a portable workshop please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2409

Re: Pop Up Gazebo? advice for a portable workshop please?

When racing we've used all the pop up tents going, and all aren't really strong enough. The Gala Tent we use now is bang on, takes a bit of time to set up, but well worth it for the weekend. However, I could probably fit some jobs in the time it'd take to errect. We also have a small MX-247 3x3 pop ...

Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 2355

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

I'd not worry to much about the joins they're inevitable.

Should be possible if you do vertical drops, you can work the air out of the recess, use knifeless tape for the cutting.

Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 2355

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

I wont lie there was a few tantrums thrown doing that one :lol: But hadn't been at it long when we tried this one The flat parts are OK, it's just really thin. Depending on the amount of coverage and the design, I'd be tempted to take the hit on the cost of the 3m, rather than struggle working with ...

Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 2355

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

We wrapped this logo using 751 years ago.

From memory it grabbed like hell on initial contact, but we still see it bobbing around doesn't appear to have failed.

Have you checked out their 970 range for a colour?

Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Replies: 21

Views: 1986

Re: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Didn't bother going. Felt the same as you guys the last few times. We bought a new plotter there a few years ago, but I knew what I wanted before we went. The price was good, but worth the journey? Could probably have done it from the office over email. When we first went loads of demo's, it had an ...

Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: recommendations for supplier of rubber stamps please?

Replies: 4

Views: 681

Re: recommendations for supplier of rubber stamps please?

Kerhshaws Rubber Stamps, speak to Dean.

Ignore the prices on their website you'll get a generous trade discount. Usually turn up the next day too.

Never had a problem with them, and their quality. :thumbsup:

Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign shop planning

Replies: 4

Views: 655

Re: Sign shop planning

Part B B1 Business - Offices (other than those that fall within A2), research and development of products and processes, light industry appropriate in a residential area. B2 General industrial - Use for industrial process other than one falling within class B1 (excluding incineration purposes, chem...

Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Static Cling vinyl for parking permits

Replies: 9

Views: 1106

Re: Static Cling vinyl for parking permits

In the past I've used A media, from Amari. But they're probably all much the same.

Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Static Cling vinyl for parking permits

Replies: 9

Views: 1106

Re: Static Cling vinyl for parking permits

Reverse print on removable clear, and flood with white.

Not sure if it will work with clear cling.

Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:58 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Static Cling vinyl for parking permits

Replies: 9

Views: 1106

Re: Static Cling vinyl for parking permits

We've always printed onto white. Can't say we've had ink transfer. It may happen, and they may be covering their backsides.

Quoted a job last week, where a customer printed cling on a UV machine and it didn't stick.

Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:39 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand lettering on nylon - which paint / ink to use ?

Replies: 2

Views: 992

Re: Hand lettering on nylon - which paint / ink to use ?

Screen ink & paint mask. I painted my name on two sets of race leathers last week using the ink we used for curtain sides.

I gave the stencil a bit of warmth with a heart gun, made the ink a little thicker, and it didn't really bleed in the grain of the leather.

Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:12 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1496

Re: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Kevin Mahoney wrote:That’s it, not posting any pictures of my unit now.
You’re all far too tidy & organised for my liking.
My lads have just been skinned for the last 10 minutes after showing them how a tidy workshop looks like. Guess what they’re doing tomorrow?
Go easy on them, you want to see what's not in shot!

Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:35 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1496

Re: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

We had some DIY wooden racks, but it didn't utilise the space very well. I liked the signgeer rack, but was a little expensive. My old man suggested some twin slot rails screwed to the wall, and improvise some thing to hang the rolls off. Better still is the flexible book ends, they slot in and the ...

Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with 2 part signs, advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1024

Re: Help with 2 part signs

I've had the same issue in the past, if it's critical I tend to get it printed directly to board. Does the overlap align before you mount them if you lay them on the bench? You could try turning the heater down on the machine, that helped for us. If they're laminated too much tension could stretch i...

Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large Display Stand - Standees

Replies: 5

Views: 890

Re: Large Display Stand - Standees

Thanks for the link Andrew.

Just ordered a box of these, as you say surprising cheap per unit, but boxed in 25's. They're ideal for the job we're doing at the moment, and better solution that the way we've done them in the past. :thumbsup:

Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:26 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1496

Re: Vinyl racks / storage..........................

Watching with interest, as we have the same issue.

I really like the look of this system, but not the price. :lol:

signgeer.com

Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Print a gradient on outdoor signage

Replies: 3

Views: 809

Re: Print a gradient on outdoor signage

I can barely see a gradient on my phone. If it was noticable, and if I felt a solid background would look better, I would email the customer and explain why. (Not show them, otherwise before you know it, you're making all sorts of changes!) It is then their choice, you gave your opinion, and they ch...

Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

Replies: 17

Views: 2137

Don't judge a customer by their cover.

We're probably all guilty of it. Customer pops in, and you immediately dismiss them, a time waster, wanting something for nothing. Sometimes that may be true. However, a pleasant surprise, when what at first looks like the local drug dealer comes in, they come across as stoned. Naturally it didn't g...

Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: ID Cards, anyone have a supplier

Replies: 3

Views: 443

Re: ID Cards, anyone have a supplier

If it's low volumes, you can dye sub them using metal ID badges.

Somewhere like Company Cards will be able to sort you out too.

Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large Display Stand - Standees

Replies: 5

Views: 890

Re: Large Display Stand - Standees

Tape two 1inch wide strips of 10mm smart x, down the back, 10mm apart to create a channel for the triangle to fit in to. Bit of decent double sided tape helps down the channel too. :thumbsup:

Re: Drytac Jetmounter JM54 or EasyMount EM1400 - used laminator check list

For me, I'd go with Easymount.

Once the rolls are set on the spindles, it's a doddle to switch between laminates, they're stored under the machine, the take up unit is worth it too...

Oh and pushed it over once in the workshop, it hit the concrete floor, and it still works faultlessly. :lol:

Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large Display Stand - Standees

Replies: 5

Views: 890

Re: Large Display Stand - Standees

We've made a few of these, using something like smart-x, Stadt? board.

Just make the triangle support for the back.

Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 2189

Re: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Good on you Kevin, business man 1st, signmaker 2nd. If I could get people into our unit, I'd do the same, but because we're tucked away on an estate most enquiries are email or phone. Good idea showing some of the work with prices, "oooh for £100 more I can have that" it works. I need to s...

Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:41 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 2189

Re: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

When we expanded into the unit next door, we used the office space there to create a space where we can sit down with customers and design with them. It's not been used once. We struggle getting people into do that. I find it strange you can make more money doing a few cheaper vans, than spending th...

Re: Drytac Jetmounter JM54 or EasyMount EM1400 - used laminator check list

Go with the easymount. The discolouration on the rollers insn't really an issue... it's the condition of them that is more important, any dings & chips in the rollers, or flat spots if they've been left touching for any duration, will transfer into the laminate. I wouldn't go for the 1370mm wide...

Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:48 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 2189

Re: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Love the GPC & HMS vans :thumbsup:

I'm with Martyn, tell us your sales secrets!

Although I think with such a high standard of work in your portfolio, most customers will realise you're not going to be doing the £50 signage. :claps:

Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 1290

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

We use Google to host our e-mail, but we use outlook on the PC to access it, which is utter ( oh i swore ).

Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Time for a website I think. Advice needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 507

Re: Time for a website I think. Advice needed please?

Personally I would steer clear of the likes of Wix, 1&1, or any other 'site builder', as you're tied into using them. Purchase your own hosting, again steer clear from the big boys (goDaddy, 1&1) and find a smaller, independent company. Probably cost marginally more, but you should receive b...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 1290

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Yes running Gsuite at the moment, but always used Outlook for the email. It's so bloody cluttered though, we'll stick with using the web based version of gmail. Don't get me wrong, if we're busy, I take the laptop home and catch up on quotes etc in the evening, but at least I have all the stuff I ne...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 1290

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

To be fair most of our work is B2B, we get few e-mails outside of office hours, most of our customers are established companies, of varying sizes. Whenever we get messages through social media, or vague emails late of an evening, we very rarely get the job. I think because they're smaller companies,...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 1290

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

I've turned notifications off this morning. I've had several emails about this missing parcel. It's Sunday I cannot tell them anymore than they already know. The courier is closed, I'm out doing my weekly shop, seeing family. I need to get myself more organised with email. The webmail version of Gma...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 1290

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

I turned off the message us button on our Facebook page, firstly because they tended to message us at unlockable hours, secondly they all seemed to be time wasters. Currently have a customer fretting because the urgent parcel that we shipped Friday for a pre-10:30 Saturday delivery hasn't arrived. T...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 1290

Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Just after some thoughts on this. We have a unit we work from, and our hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm. Technology being as it is, I have email on my phone, and have access to the work calendar on there too. However, I'm now considering removing the work email from device to leave work at work. ...

Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What's the one tool you couldn't live without?

Replies: 18

Views: 1941

Re: What's the one tool you couldn't live without?

Yes the body knives are fantastic, ours get used almost daily.

I've just purchased two of the Stanley cubes :thumbsup: I've looked at similar in the past but always been put off by the price.

Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you prepare and fit these grpahics

Replies: 8

Views: 1120

Re: How would you prepare and fit these grpahics

I think Robert was saying no to MD5 and stick with SLX due the bit in the photo, that I've no clue where it is on the car :lol:

Remember to give the SLX time for the adhesive to bond to the vehicle properly.

Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you prepare and fit these grpahics

Replies: 8

Views: 1120

Re: How would you prepare and fit these grpahics

As Martin says, swoosh then the text. I sometimes print drops, depending on design, so the door is one piece, the back separate, it reduces material. SLX may be overkill, as there's no deep recesses, SLX is a doddle to fit, but I don't think you'd struggle using something like MD5A. Perhaps use SLX ...

Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roland, Versaworks Software, tiling question. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 837

Re: Versaworks tiling question

Trouble with Matt is they'll probably be wiping it down, with the oil spitting on it. Matt will just streak.

Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roland, Versaworks Software, tiling question. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 837

Re: Versaworks tiling question

Nice Job well done :claps:

Not easy being gloss with those spot lights, it would show any blemishes. :thumbsup:

Re: Does anyone else struggle with getting design charges from customers?

You could apply a jagged filter in illustrator.

Regardless of what we do to make it harder to copy, once someone has seen the idea, it's quicker to recreate than to generate something new.

As they say on TV, I'm out! Pay for the design, or go elsewhere. Once you've paid for it do as you please.

Re: Does anyone else struggle with getting design charges from customers?

We rasterise the vector artwork in Illustrator with a raterised watermark on top, and then PDF if.

Still doesn't stop it being copied. Our new approach is to charge for such services :thumbsup:

Re: Does anyone else struggle with getting design charges from customers?

Stuart thanks for the link. I've popped a similar FAQ's page up on our site. Spotted a van the other day on the way to work, the design looked familiar but we didn't fit it. A quick search on Google, and a local van dealership has it's own sign company now. Also noticed they've poached an existing c...

Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roland, Versaworks Software, tiling question. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 837

Re: Versaworks tiling question

I don't think it matters. As either the left hand edge of the drop overlaps the right hand edge of the drop you've fitted or vice versa. The right hand edge of the drop, overlaps the left hand edge you've fitted. We usually check alignment on the bench before we fit, and Mark the overlaps with penci...

Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Job organisation in workshop

Replies: 8

Views: 1407

Re: Job organisation in workshop

+1 Trello. We have it on a large screen in the office, with another one showing our google calendar. Trello shows our job status, calendar what days jobs need doing. We have the same problem Phill, if we don't Mark a job as delivered or confirmed in Clarity it can skip through the net. Technology ca...

Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:47 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: FENTON - some of our recent work

Replies: 5

Views: 953

Re: Fenton - some of our recent work

A nice mixture Phill :claps:

What did you use to wrap the counter and tops?

Looking to do my kitchen at home as we are looking to sell and needs a little refresh.

Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: HAMMOND - Recent work 2018/2019

Replies: 6

Views: 659

Re: Hammond - Recent work 2018/2019

Cheers, I kept meaning to do it. I'll see if I can find other pics of them, we did that many I should have a few more of the different colours.

Couple of those jobs a year would be nice :lol:

Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Constructive criticism regarding wrapping

Replies: 17

Views: 1810

Re: Constructive criticism regarding wrapping

We stick mainly to commercial, partial wraps, rather than full wraps, especially on cars. We can make more doing a partial wrap, than what some of the local 'wrappers' do on a full wrap. As some have already pointed out, the time involved stripping & cleaning, before even applying the vinyl. The...

Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:53 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: HAMMOND - Recent work 2018/2019

Replies: 6

Views: 659

Re: Hammond - Recent work 2018/2019

I can't take credit for the design, their marketing department supplied the artwork. We just sized it, and made it suitable for the plotter.

The extra width on our plotter paid for itself as we cut all the shapes from 970RA, and just fitted it, no need for knifeless tape.

Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:11 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: HAMMOND - Recent work 2018/2019

Replies: 6

Views: 659

HAMMOND - Recent work 2018/2019

We had a busy end to 2018, undertaking a full fleet re-brand. We were first tasked with removing the existing partial wraps from 17 vehicles, in 3 weeks. The deadline was non negotiable. Investing in two steamers made light work of it and we were doing 3 a day. Then work our way through their fleet ...

Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:44 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Network printer connection help required

Replies: 10

Views: 534

Re: Network printer connection help required

Yes.

If the IP is currently say 192.168.0.50, just manually set it to that.

Same in the rip.

It will just prevent the IP for the printer being allocated to another device and it throwing it all to pot.

Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:46 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Network printer connection help required

Replies: 10

Views: 534

Re: Network printer connection help required

Great news Myles.

I would set the printer with a static IP. As with DCHP it may change on occasion and could cause some problems if the rip it set up to talk to a set IP.

I may be talking rubbish, but we set all our servers and printers, plotters up with static IP addresses so they don't change.

Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:12 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Network printer connection help required

Replies: 10

Views: 534

Re: Network printer connection help required

At a guess, I would say the new router is using a different IP pool. Your old router may have had the address 192.168.0.1 and allocated devices IP addresses 192.168.0.x Your new one may be different, as most computers will use any IP allocated by the router they will work. Your printer is likely set...

Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:26 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

Replies: 55

Views: 6835

Re: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

We warrant vehicle graphics we install using Metamark 7 Series, for 3 years.

I've had 1 failure, and that was due to the snow, it only happened on the rear screen of the vehicle.

Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Wall Fixing Channel required

Replies: 4

Views: 930

Re: Sign Wall Fixing Channel required

Just the ticket!

The amazon link looks more like what we're after :thumbsup: Never knew it as 'french cleat' :thumbsup:

Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Wall Fixing Channel required

Replies: 4

Views: 930

Sign Wall Fixing Channel required

We've a customer looking at having a panel fitted internally to a wall. They've described how existing ones are fitted to the wall, and I know what it is, but for the life of me, we can't find a supplier, nor do we know what it's called to search for it. Any one point me in the right direction with ...

Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl not weeding properly, advice needed please?

Replies: 28

Views: 1882

Re: Vinyl not weeding

Funny that. I noticed the pressure on our Graphtec was up to 16, I don't think we usually have it that high to cut normal film (551 or M7) Yesterday I binned a job, because the pressure was too high, and the backing paper was sticking to the back of the letters, but it only happened on the blue, the...

Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:02 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Arlon DPF 6100XLP- how is it, views and opinions?

Replies: 20

Views: 2483

Re: Arlon DPF 6100XLP- how is it, views and opinions?

If it's like their SLX, I describe the adhesive on that like self cling. Very low tack, dry adhesive. It does build up a bond over time though.

Nice film, prints well. Wish we could use more of it to be fair :thumbsup:

Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:10 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Storage of Data (customers work) suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 1317

Re: Storage of Data (customers work) suggestions

We've been running our Dell Poweredge II server since 2014, running Ubuntu (linux) server. Working from home, we use OpenVPN to connect directly to the server and it's as if I'm connected to the local network, albeit a little slower as the office internet is dire. It's sufficient to copy of required...

Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:03 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Scratched vehicle after removing vinyl graphics, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 704

Re: Scratched vehicle

Well done on vehicle checks, foolish not to. We have a small disclaimer when the sign the vehicle in, that we are no responsible for damage during removal. It's held up well when we genuinely did pull the paint off a rear door. As Phill says, how can he price they weren't there before. If you had re...

Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:49 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: m2 printing prices. markups with various materials

Replies: 2

Views: 533

Re: m2 printing prices. markups with various materials

With Phill on this one. Buying something for £1.00 and selling for £2.00 doesn't always mean you've made £1.00 profit. There's various ways of working out prices, but I always suggest looking at your costs first. We tend to do the following: Design Time (Hourly Rate) Material + your chosen mark Prin...

Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:07 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab 8 Can't Install Full Version

Replies: 2

Views: 915

Re: Signlab 8 Can't Install Full Version

Same with Signlab 9, the USB is the key for the software.

I had an issue re-installing Signlab 9, turned out there was an issue with their server, it may be worth contacting their support team by email. You'll need the number that is printed on the dongle.

Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Clip Channels to Board - which way round?

Replies: 3

Views: 962

Re: Clip Channels to Board - which way round?

Yes, mount to the board, then add the channel.

Probably work out cheaper too.

Always worth popping a couple of rivets regardless of the size... I just don't trust VHB... Despite doing our own tests.

Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 1751

Re: help required weeding small text

Bit more trial and error whilst I had time. Despite the test cut on the plotter being fine, upping the pressure and lowering the speed has helped, on the slightly larger text, (it's still tiny), the smaller of it all is still a bit fiddly but weeding better. Still going to give the reverse weeding a...

Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:40 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Hello UKSB, from Gateshead.

Replies: 7

Views: 595

Re: Hello UKSB, from Gateshead.

Welcome! I hope you have your popcorn ready now you've asked about CRM/MIS systems :lol: :lol: :lol: We run Clarity, another option is ShopVox. Whichever option you choose, you'll need to take some time setting it up, calculating costs, entering costs, and configuring it to work, and calculate the p...

Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 1751

Re: help required weeding small text

First thing I did was swap the blade, the did a test cut, but it's still being a swine.

I've cut it again, weeded out the middles, and will try the way Martin suggested. :thumbsup:

Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 1751

Re: help required weeding small text

No I picked up a new roll the other day from Europoint.

It's 10mm tall, but is very fine, I think they've used a light font for the text.

Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 1751

Re: help required weeding small text

I'll have an experiment today with that. It does ring a bell but I've never actually done it myself. :thumbsup:

Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 1751

Re: help required weeding small text

Will give it a go.

We used M7A, which was alright, but started using 551 as we can get it locally.

I've never messed with the offset.

Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 1751

help required weeding small text

Stuggling with this at the moment, so any tips welcome. Cutting some white 551, and weeding out the text, about 10mm, is an absolute nightmare. I've popped a new blade in, tangential mode is on, but still being a nuisance, the larger text is fine. It's going onto a van Friday, under some larger full...

Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 601

Re: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

Drop me an email or PM. It's a doddle if it's the type I think it is with our set up.

Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:09 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 601

Re: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

I wouldn't entertain them in a large format.

We would run it on our Xerox and guillotine them down.

Re: Customer "oh yes, by the way, there is a sticker I need you to take off!"

Working outside in what looks like very cold temperatures will work against you.

I found a steamer to be awesome at removing stubborn vinyl , it gets heat into the panel, rather than just warming the surface.

Still very annoying when the 'forget' to tell you about it though.

Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

Replies: 9

Views: 1577

Re: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

It was the same in the navy. We had a "processing room" that contained cabinet after cabinet of computers to process the data for our sonar & tactical systems. It was all 1980's tech, all custom built, spares were carried but if you didn't have it you were buggered. I tested the latest...

Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

Replies: 9

Views: 1577

Re: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

We've just taken the plunge and upgraded our studio systems, moved from iMac's, onto windows based PC's. Hardware is cheaper, you can pick up a 250gb SD, i7 processor, 16gb RAM, PC for less than £600... compare that with a mac. If any of the hardware breaks, it's pretty standard gear, I can pick up ...

Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 601

Re: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

We've one customer who can order 1000's of these at a time.

Bit of trial and error, but a longer cut. and short perforation. Easier to pop out, and also much quicker to cut.

Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: White board laminate, source recommendations please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1172

Re: White board laminate

You might be able to but the pens, eraser and holder as a set from a local stationery company.

Something like this?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Q-Connect-AWPE ... 9131388685

Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:38 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle storage - what's your longest?

Replies: 4

Views: 654

Re: Vehicle storage - what's your longest?

Returning customer, so unlike us no deposit, we just squeezed it in for them. We have both keys so they can't drive it until we give them the keys. Think we'll do the same, tweak our t&cs, as we're insured whilst the vehicle is in our possession, on & off the premises. I think we'll specific...

Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:14 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle storage - what's your longest?

Replies: 4

Views: 654

Vehicle storage - what's your longest?

What's the longest you've had a customer leave their vehicle with you once completed? We have the luxury of being able to get most vehicles in our unit. Some customers drop off the day before, some will collect the next day, with 99% of the time is fine. Got one in the unit that's been there over a ...

Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trimming aids - what is everyone using and why?

Replies: 11

Views: 1338

Re: Trimming aids - what is everyone using and why?

We score dibond too, then use the cutter to clamp it down and snap it on the edge. A decent, flat workbench is a must for it to work to it's best. As said best thing we've bought that isn't a printer... my ex went ape when she found out how much I spent on it... strangely the cutter has lasted longe...

Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:03 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: New HP Printers with onboard media trimming in XY directions.

Replies: 5

Views: 662

Re: New HP Printers with onboard media trimming in XY directions.

Must be similar to the Fotoba cutters, where it prints registration marks to align the cutter.

I wonder though if it'll cut different size jobs automatically, say you print 10 A1's, and 20 A2's at the side of them?

Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trimming aids - what is everyone using and why?

Replies: 11

Views: 1338

Re: Trimming aids - what is everyone using and why?

Same here, Evo E2.

We went for the 2.8m so we can cut 8x4ft boards, roller banner graphics all in one hit. :thumbsup:

Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Internal modular directory signs

Replies: 2

Views: 850

Re: Internal modular directory signs

Ashby Knect system, found them to be competitive.

Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating cast coloured vinyl, advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 643

Re: Laminating cast coloured vinyl

Why does it need to be cast?

There may be a Matt polymeric available? Hexis have a wide choice of colours, as do metamark.

Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating cast coloured vinyl, advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 643

Re: Laminating cast coloured vinyl

You should really match the laminate.

Cast with cast, poly with poly, mono with mono.

Or you'll find that the laminate shrinks faster than the vinyl, creating a bit of a mess. It may take years to happen.

You should be ok laminating it with a higher quality, e.g. Mono with Poly, Poly with Cast.

Re: Inview Visual Communications - Trade supplier going into administration?

Speaking from experience, you're pi$$ing in the wind. They've a rack of CCJ's against them, I would assume most would have tried enforcement, with bailiffs or HCEO's, of which non show as settled. This would indicate to me that they've no assets to recover, so it's pointless going down that route. T...

Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:47 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Software for running plotters

Replies: 8

Views: 941

Re: Software for running plotters

I've no experience of any of that software, but have you installed the driver for the plotter onto the computer?

That may be why it's not showing the connection on the software.

Had similar niggles when we moved from OSX to windows a few weeks ago.

Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:58 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Can't install Signlab 9.1

Replies: 3

Views: 474

Re: Can't install Signlab 9.1

Back up and running.

Signlab sent over the required packages, and I'm back installed.

Issue with the plotter was that the resolution defaults to the wrong number, should be 254. :thumbsup:

Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:34 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Can't install Signlab 9.1

Replies: 3

Views: 474

Re: Can't install Signlab 9.1

I've had to e-mail their support team, seems their server is down, hence why I can't download the packages to install the devices.

Awaiting them to manually send me the current files, and I should be able to get back up and running.

Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:55 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Can't install Signlab 9.1

Replies: 3

Views: 474

Can't install Signlab 9.1

Our installation of Signlab 9.1 went belly up yesterday, after a power cut. I've uninstalled the software, and tried to do a fresh install, but when I come to add the printer or cutter, I can't. It wont find the drivers on the DVD's provided, and when I choose the internet it throws an error: Window...

Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Replies: 7

Views: 955

Re: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Spandex, email me the size, I should have enough if you want some. I'll get a photo of it if I can find it.

Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Replies: 7

Views: 955

Re: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

I have some of the rail and slider with end caps in the workshop. Used about 30cm of a 3m length.

Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:45 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Summa cutter plotter pens

Replies: 8

Views: 700

Re: Summa cutter plotter pens

Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 14

Views: 1439

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

Welcome to the boards.

I've been using graphtec plotters for 8 years. You'll not go far wrong with them. Lots of advice and help on these board, I'm still learning things now. :thumbsup:

Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:24 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Old versions of Adobe Illustrator - What to do with them?

Replies: 6

Views: 971

Re: Old versions of Adobe Illustrator - What to do with them?

Your too late, we have just upgrade to CC, I hate we now have to pay £80 a month, when 8 years ago I paid a one off fee of £600.

Someone will buy it.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:07 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Replies: 12

Views: 786

Re: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

User error!

Once you've clicked send, you can click done, and voila! you're back using Illustrator whilst the plotter plots.

We're now up and running, with the exception of a few fonts that aren't compatible with Windows from Mac.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:45 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Replies: 12

Views: 786

Re: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Ahhhh found another little gripe.

Whilst Poll Size works, when cutting using CM4, you can't then use Illustrator whilst it's cutting.

I'm stuck sat here with CM4 on top of the screen, unable to do anything else in illustrator whilst it cuts :bangshead:

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:16 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Replies: 12

Views: 786

Re: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Done as the document from Graphtec said.

Added the plotter in CM4, using the IP/TCP option, rather than selecting the driver that is installed, and we're able to poll size.

We're all up and running on Windows :awkward: Let's see how that goes.

Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:19 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Replies: 12

Views: 786

Re: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Yes switched it from Auto to GL same outcome.

Will try TCP IP thing tomorrow

Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:46 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Replies: 12

Views: 786

Re: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Never gave the firewall a thought. We've switched from Mac OSX to windows, so there will be some bit's I'm not sure about. I did find the attached PDF, which says when setting up the plotter select TCP/IP rather than the driver that is installed... I'm sure I used the plotter driver, will experiment...

Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:41 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Replies: 12

Views: 786

Re: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

It has built in Ethernet, all machines are wired connections no Wi-Fi. Can't see anything in the manual saying it won't work over the LAN.

Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:57 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Replies: 12

Views: 786

FC8600 & Cutting Master 4 Poll size issue

Anyone else experience this issue? Just upgraded the computers to Windows 10, Adobe CC,and cutting master 4. Connecting to our FC8600 over Ethernet. It works, and cuts, the only thing that doesn't work is the poll size... a bit of a inconvenience, as we use the origin function on the plotter quite f...

Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 64inch Printer UV / Solvent, recommendations please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1646

Re: New 64inch Printer UV / Solvent

We purchased a Seiko Colourpainter about 3 years ago. I was set on upgrading to another Roland, however when we popped down for a demo, the Seiko blew us away. Speed, quality, the density of the ink, the build quality*. Over 3 years we've had no problems. Relatively maintenance free. * OK the opitca...

Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:29 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

Replies: 11

Views: 881

Re: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

3 days to do some van signage? :yikes:

We could probably get away with standard MD5 95% of the time, but stock Metascape as I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

We've tried alternative brands, but seem to always come back to Metamark.

Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:12 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

Replies: 11

Views: 881

Re: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

We use MD-I AB, but are looking to switch back to MD5A. We printed some graphics and laminated them with matching lam. Part of a fleet job, so had some in the workshop. When fitting I noticed it looked like the vinyl had shrunk 0.5mm but not the laminate, very small amount so applied them. Customer ...

Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Magnetic Composite Board - ACM, supplier needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 2284

Re: Magnetic boarding like ACM

Try pyramid display, sure I have had it from them.

Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Magnetic Composite Board - ACM, supplier needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 2284

Re: Magnetic boarding like ACM

I've a roll of ferous material like in Phils link.

My preference would be to use a ferous composite over the film, as I've found the self adhesive ferro sheet not as attractive (ooo errr) as the composite.

Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

Replies: 16

Views: 1757

Re: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

My thoughts exactly, and I'm with Martin, when I go shopping I'm always doing the maths on the special offers and comparing them to those not on offer. I think putting a realistic price, and it genuinely being the lowest I'm willing to do a job like that for it fair game. Sure the competition can se...

Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Hi Tac Printable advice please!

Replies: 9

Views: 765

Re: Hi Tac Printable advice please!

If in doubt Arlon DPF8000, but make sure you don't get roped into removing :lol: We're just testing some on an external concrete floor with anti slip laminate.

Usual hightack we used is MDP-H, we've also used WW300 for wall graphics.

Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

Replies: 16

Views: 1757

Re: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

We've a lot of competition locally, but we don't really market ourselves at the 'cheap end of the market, but we do need to increase sales too. Giving a from price kind of sets the benchmark. The company in question appears to have very good reviews, I suppose if you're good at sales you can get ups...

Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

Replies: 16

Views: 1757

Re: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

I do indeed :thumbsup:

I still haven't got around to finalising ours, always something else getting in the way.

I'm considering making a slimmed down version to put on the website, with some keen prices... then upsell from there.

Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

Replies: 16

Views: 1757

Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

I'm finally getting around to finishing our price guide for van signage after cutting it down to the minimum and taking some inspiration from another company who publish a guide on their website. One thing I did notice was the prices advertised are alarmingly cheap... a small van, 1 colour, is adver...

Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

MTD Submission Pro - https://www.dcsoftware.co.uk/MTDfVAT Free until March 2020, then it's £20 P/A You can export you VAT return from Sage as an excel file, then import the excel file into the software to do the submission :thumbsup: It's currently running in Demo Mode until MTD goes live, so you ca...

Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

There is bridging software that will make sage MTD compliant no need for their subscription :wink:

Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

My understanding on the Flat Rate scheme, is that you can't reclaim the VAT on purchases? So you cannot reclaim the VAT on your materials, rent, utilities, etc. You then invoice the jobs, with 20% VAT, but only pay the % they stipulate (perhaps 15%) and you get to keep the 5%? So you're paying the G...

Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

We're on the standard scheme, doing cash accounting. It's no so much HMRC, it's the fact I'm now forced to pay a subscription... I may have found a free bridging software that will work around it. I've never been a fan of SaaS, and whilst everyone sings about the regular updates, I can recall one up...

Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

So why do I have to pay, so HMRC can spy on us?

I ain't doing it.

I'm not updating my software, or paying a subscription, I will post HMRC a cheque each quarter showing willing in paying what is due, but I refuse to have additional costs imposed on me.

Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

50c is a desktop version with a sync to the cloud... they do have a full cloud version.

Either way why do I need to pay a subscription to submit a tax return?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Here's my gripe with MTD. We use a desktop version of Sage, that has provided the ability to submit VAT returns as standard for the 8 years I have used it. The basic version we use costs about £100, and we update every 2-3 years... there's very few new features that make it worth upgrading more regu...

Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Truck vinyl for PVC curtain sides, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 827

Re: Truck vinyl for PVC curtain sides

We recently did some curtains. Weighed up APA & painting.Opted to paint, with hindsight vinyl may have been quicker. APA truck vinyl's adhesive reacts with the PVC in the curtain forming the bond, so it needs to be as close to 100% PVC as possible. From memory APA only sell vinyl in 5m increments.

Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 2032

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

We use sage essentials, not a fan of subscription's for my accounts package.

I think any accounts software takes a little bit of learning to understand how to use it effectively.

Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:05 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rogers: Some recent work:- Dec 2018

Replies: 10

Views: 1195

Re: Rogers...some recent work Dec 2018

DavidRogers wrote:Red and green customer spec...had to make it look like a mock up I was handed.


I guessed as much, as painful as it can be, the customer is always right :rollseyes:

I need to experiment with the wood effects. Over xmas & new year I'll see what photos I can find to share

Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:31 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rogers: Some recent work:- Dec 2018

Replies: 10

Views: 1195

Re: Rogers...some recent work Dec 2018

Agree Colin, David is a regular poster of his work, and I enjoy looking at his work. Even the 'simple' jobs look great, colour & design wise :claps: I like the flamin chicken van, the subtle text behind the logo. It works with the blue sport stripes, I assume out of David's control. My only thin...

Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Replies: 8

Views: 1037

Re: Merry Christmas

We've had a manic December, with a fleet job in, whilst trying to keep everything else moving.

Closing Friday, for a well deserved break, back on the 2nd, although will probably pop in to tidy the place when I get board wating toffees on the couch.

Have a great Christmas and a prosperous 2019!

Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Impact Vehicle Library 2019

Replies: 10

Views: 1437

Re: Impact Vehicle Library 2019

Did you buy from impact directly?

What version does it say on the cover of the booklet?

There was someone passing the old disc off as a current disc, promising updates, but can't deliver.

I always buy direct from impact, no issues, and they supplied us a new outline we needed when I upgraded.

Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:31 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: How to approach this job?

Replies: 18

Views: 1205

Re: How to approach this job?

Perhaps an easy dot material, but I'm not 100% sure on glass, if condensation formed behind it, it may loose adhesion.

Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:42 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Question about wrapping - Can my music stands be wrapped

Replies: 5

Views: 1016

Re: Question about wrapping - Can my music stands be wrapped

You may struggle to wrap the edges if it's like correx. If it's more solid like foamex, probably more luck, but you'll probably end up doing the edges in pieces. There's a material called Stadur which is like a denser, more robust version of featherlight/foamcore, which you can get edging strips for.

Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:29 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Summa Cutters for sale and some other bits

Replies: 6

Views: 1055

Re: Summa Cutters for sale and some other bits

Is the 9800 water based ink?

Ours has died, been toying with replacing it.

Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade printer for Direct to composite please...

Replies: 4

Views: 1337

Re: Trade printer for Direct to composite please...

We use Mida as they're local(ish) to us.

Printed two panels for me last week, I was dubious as I've seen direct print go a dull, Matt finish, but was blown away my the vibrancy of the magenta print, absolutely spot on :thumbsup:

Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: And the Customer of the Year Award goes to...

Replies: 69

Views: 15842

Re: And the Customer of the Year Award goes to...

No Den, I think he's right there. That's obviously that wide, by about this high. Just under you know standard size :rollseyes:

Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: anyone have any experience with a vinyl removal liquid?

Replies: 8

Views: 1947

Re: anyone have any experience with a vinyl removal liquid?

We stripped a fleet of 17 vans with partial wraps, including the roofs, in what I think was Oracal 970,the back door recessed panels were flooded in possibly 751. We picked up two wall paper strippers from Screwfix, absolutely flew through them, we were stripping 3-4 vans a day :thumbsup: These are ...

Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1182

Re: Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

That looks fab Kevin :thumbsup: Think that may be the way forward Rob, we used them with some large foamex panels, had the same issue with them flexing. The plastic T bar sounds like a tidier solution to making a triangle strut, I suppose it'll need to be quite thick still. Any idea who supplies it?

Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1182

Re: Freestanding composite display

Roller banner, or the pegasus stand would be too light & flimsy, going in a retail shop, it's kind of acting as a security partition too.

Had the boards printed direct, as the logo spans 2 sheets :puppyeyes:

Bit of bodge this get something sorted.

Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1182

Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

Something has got lost in translation with the customer. They were looking for a freestanding display/divider, 8x7ft. I suggest a fabric display but with polishing metal they didn't want that due the fine dust, and it getting dirty. Brief was it needs to light and durable. Composite ticks the box, m...

Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 2133

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

I agree with you Rob. If you did apply for the licence, there's a few hundred quid on the price compared to a cowboy outfit, who just chance it.. 99% of our customers would laugh their socks off. The other consideration is how long it takes to get said paperwork? Will they cross reference your appli...

Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 2133

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

You were probably unlucky to get caught.

Do you now start doing it 100% by the book, and charge accordingly?
Or
Carry on chancing it? Maybe get told to stop once every blue moon?

Why would ladders be ok, but not a mobile tower?

Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

Replies: 12

Views: 1270

Re: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

Excellent, looking to use it for the same purpose :thumbsup:

Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

Replies: 12

Views: 1270

Re: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

Sorry for hijacking the thread :blushing:

Interesting, I may need to revisit this. What type of work are you using it on?

Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:11 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice producing fleet graphics

Replies: 3

Views: 902

Re: Advice producing fleet graphics

Some aren't taped up as it's a partial wrap.

I've written on them where they're for with a water based pen, saves time when fitting. I tend to box all the vinyl into kits for each vehicle.

I may make a spreadsheet with the number of parts we need, and keep a tally chart.

Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:59 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice producing fleet graphics

Replies: 3

Views: 902

Advice producing fleet graphics

We've produced fleet graphics before, but more straight forward that this job. Simple stuff, I know we need X number of logos, and X number of phone numbers etc. Got a fleet now, 17 vans, split between 3 models. (11, 4, 2), further complicated because the designs split too. Same design, just the col...

Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

Replies: 12

Views: 1270

Re: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

How do you find the 3651?

I've heard good things about it, I think we tried it, I can't remember why we didn't stick with it, I vaguely recall it was to do with the spec sheet.

Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

Replies: 12

Views: 1270

Re: Anyone using Vion 5100 Material

We started using MDi, but with the question mark over it's suitability, and our own recent observations, we're looking at alternatives.

We're on a roll of Avery MPI28014, which I'm quite impressed with.

Can't comment on the brightness of compared to MD5.
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