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Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Opinions on wrapping with Oracal 970RA

Replies: 8

Views: 323

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: 1247

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: 323

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

Replies: 30

Views: 794

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

Replies: 30

Views: 794

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: 1829

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

Replies: 30

Views: 794

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

Replies: 30

Views: 794

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

Replies: 30

Views: 794

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: 1280

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: 206

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: 373

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: 751

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: 751

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: 751

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: 364

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: 1153

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: 1153

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: 491

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: 415

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: 1153

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: 345

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: 1247

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: 291

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: 415

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: 415

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: 1698

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: 1698

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: 1698

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: 610

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: 323

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: 610

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: 610

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: 610

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: 610

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: 610

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: 1302

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: 572

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: 572

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: 348

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: 348

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: 348

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: 824

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: 612

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: 405

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: 1095

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: 405

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: 405

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: 298

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: 298

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: 298

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: 5866

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: 455

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: 455

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: 1260

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: 6

Views: 535

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: 1095

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: 450

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: 347

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: 495

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: 492

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: 1044

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: 354

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: 1044

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: 1044

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: 1044

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: 1044

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: 1044

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: 399

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: 399

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.

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...

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: 399

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: 648

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: 389

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: 389

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: 797

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: 434

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: 797

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: 420

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: 358

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: 358

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: 656

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: 295

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: 295

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: 295

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: 514

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: 514

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: 452

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: 1007

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: 608

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: 486

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: 486

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: 486

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: 486

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: 486

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: 486

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: 486

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: 1054

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: 582

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: 582

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: 1792

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: 1792

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: 1189

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: 471

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: 1189

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: 1189

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: 1189

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 525

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: 1472

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: 920

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: 920

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: 801

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: 1044

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: 942

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: 683

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: 833

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: 1025

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: 68

Views: 11376

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: 1571

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: 819

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: 819

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: 819

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: 1514

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: 1514

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: 918

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: 918

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: 585

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: 585

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: 918

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: 918

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.

Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vink UK taking over the world of signs?

Replies: 4

Views: 1235

Re: Vink UK taking over the world of signs

They own Europoint too. It does boggle the mind, that you can have Amari reps coming in competing against Europoint, both owned VINK. I've quizzed Andy, our rep about this, both are run independently. It may be a good thing for us the buyer as they sell the same products, meaning they can only compe...

Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:37 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Heating up workshop in the winter

Replies: 9

Views: 952

Re: Heating up workshop in the winter

It's an oil fired heater, that's all.

If they ask it's manually started.

Our broker's seen the thing, got audited off the insurer and all was OK.

I learnt in the RN, only answer the question they ask :lol:

Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:26 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Heating up workshop in the winter

Replies: 9

Views: 952

Re: Heating up workshop in the winter

Fine, because it's a fixed installation.

The don't like mobile heaters, such as propane space heaters.

Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:21 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Heating up workshop in the winter

Replies: 9

Views: 952

Re: Heating up workshop in the winter

See if you can get yourself one of these:

Burns all kinds of oil, from heating oil, diesel. We've a similar one in ourwork shop, can get it 20+ degrees all day long.

https://www.sipuk.co.uk/sip-hp145-hiton ... 6-btu.html

Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:43 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping over a panel weld/joint - Advice

Replies: 5

Views: 625

Re: Wrapping over a panel weld/joint - Advice

Cheers, sounds like cutting is the safer option. Customer seemed happy with it cut on the previous signage, so we'll do the same. Their marketing person seems switched on, and has given us a little creative licence to adapt things to assist with fitting & durability. There's 17 vehicles in total...

Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 11376

Re: Customer of the Year award

Stiff competition in that industry.

Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:25 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping over a panel weld/joint - Advice

Replies: 5

Views: 625

Wrapping over a panel weld/joint - Advice

Got a fleet job at the moment, just discussing the best way to handle the weld down the side of the van. The attached visual shows where we're apply the graphic, the branding we've removed had the vinyl slit either side of the weld. We'll be using Oracal 970... it would look better without a white l...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 11376

Re: Customer of the Year award

Thought I'd get a late entry in, before it's too late. Sent this proof for some bollard sleeves to the customer - "They're great! Go ahead" :thumbsup: Produce the job, customer collects them, and then we receive the phone call. "Ere mate, the text's the wrong way on these signs, you g...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vehicle graphics details and information, whats your opinion?

Replies: 8

Views: 1060

Re: Vehicle graphics details and information, whats your opinion?

When we wrapped our Caddy, we just plastered the logo on top of a partial wrap. One of our customers at the time, and old school printer, pointed out how poor a design it was, "it should list what you do" and that I'd spent too much time concentrating on using expensive materials (3m 1080 ...

Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: just when you had thought you had seen it all

Replies: 9

Views: 1138

Re: just when you had thought you had seen it all

30% deposit, the rest on the drip, interest free.

They should be FCA registered if offering credit to consumers.

I'm in no rush to start offering pay weekly :lol:

Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: DG Media Profiles For Roland Versaworks

Replies: 8

Views: 581

Re: DG Media Profiles For Roland Versaworks

If in doubt use the metamark MD5 profile :wink:

Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:04 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Hats off... to whoever wrapped this beast!

Replies: 5

Views: 928

Re: Hats off ...

Just looked at it on the tablet screen.

That rear wheel arch :claps:

Proper job, some attention to detail, and hours of work there. I'm out too, I don't have the patience.

Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:23 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Hats off... to whoever wrapped this beast!

Replies: 5

Views: 928

Re: Hats off ...

Looks a tidy job.

What's the reason you wouldn't wrap one? Just the size of it?

Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:19 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

Replies: 7

Views: 1123

Re: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

I googled it, and they're available to buy, but I'm sure a man of your abilities could knock something similar up using composite panels. Or have them hanging on sliders, similar to sliding wardrobe doors. I've seen something like that in Ikea, thought it was quite a smart way, as they all slide beh...

Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

Replies: 7

Views: 1123

Re: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

How about one of those wall mounted poster displays you see in music shops with all the band posters you can buy?

Or similar thing, folds flat against a wall.

Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design Advice - Number of revisions

Replies: 3

Views: 746

Re: Design Advice - Number of revisions

We try and gauge the customer. We do our damndest to get a deposit regardless... we need to draw the line somewhere at times. Today's example was 250 letterheads, that we were going round & round in circles with, not enough money in the job to warrant the time. We've kitted out our meeting room,...

Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design Advice - Number of revisions

Replies: 3

Views: 746

Design Advice - Number of revisions

Always looking to improve how we do things, a few jobs have highlighted where we're loosing time & money. 99% of the time, we can accurately guess the time it'll take to design a job from the initial discussions with the customer, most know what they want. Then there are those who can drag it ou...

Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Special techniques for applying matt black

Replies: 5

Views: 812

Re: Special techniques for applying matt black

We've wrapped a van with a dead matt, it's like chalk board vinyl. Heat gun on any smooth, or shiney marks removed them.

Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laminator Roll Covers

Replies: 3

Views: 836

Re: Laminator Roll Covers

As Denise says send them off to get recovered, although you may find it cheaper to buy a new machine. We've had our laminator 8 years, no slices, only imperfection was where a scalpel handle went through but that's faded now you can't see it. We only use a vinylguard/snitty on the laminator, come in...

Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1366

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

I need to look into this charging for washing vehicles.

At what point, and how do you tell them?

Being in a delightful part of Manchester, I'm sure some won't like being hit with that out of the blue.

Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1366

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Kevin's right.

Stand firm, unless they're a customer worth trying to keep.

If he leaves a bad review, you can respond saying that he was present throughout the installation, and he left in the vehicle happy with the job. Once he's left your unit, it's not your responsibility.

Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1366

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Vehicle check sheet all the way! We have 3 part NCR sets printed up, and overprint the outline on them. We keep the top copy, the customer gets a copy when they drop it off, and get's another copy when it's collected. Your current situation though, it's his word against yours. What's to say the dama...

Re: new email scam even provided photos of van

Just received this email... sounds fishy. -- Dear Sir/Madame, My name is Kevin Cooks with Elite Interior Designer LLC. We are interested in ordering flyers for my sister chocolate company in the Island.I want you to get back to me with the total cost plus VAT only picked up from your store for the a...

Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tight for space in our unit, what do you offer customers?

Replies: 10

Views: 1051

Re: Tight for space!

That's brilliant. I've a friend who's just fully restored one, very nice it is too.

I thought we were tight on space, with my dad's classic Lotus Elan 2 + 2, inside a 3x2m marquee in the unit getting resprayed. Be glad when it's done and dusted, the unit will feel enromous again.

Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Re: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

We got these nailed to T now.

Whilst the steamers warm up, caramel wheel over the small text, then straight on with the steamers to get the bulk done.

Looking about 90mins from start to rinsing them down :thumbsup:

Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Re: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Steamer works brilliantly for the larger parts, caramel wheel for the small text.

Wazz over with some Tar & Glue, for the little residue thats left, followed by some rather nasty, but highly effective traffic film remover, jet wash it off, and you'd never know it had been signed up.

Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Re: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

It worked like a charm :thumbsup:

The time saved, has been spent removing the vinyl from the roof they forgot to mention :rollseyes:

Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Re: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

The rest of the vehicle's are stripped really easily, just the panel infill on the back that's being troublesome. We've priced accordingly, but I don't think my patience, or my fingers can handle 10 more vans :lol: Stripped a little cherry picker this morning and it worked a treat, just picked up th...

Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Re: Wall paper Steamer to remove vinyl tips

Chris Wool wrote:also i can say that they glow a nice bright orange just before they go bang through running out of water


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'll be sure to remember that :yikes:

Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Re: Wall paper Steamer to remove vinyl tips

Will see what happens tomorrow. Fingers crossed I don't spend as long on the back panel as I did on the two sides :lol:

Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sublimation printer profile, advice needed please?

Replies: 2

Views: 656

Re: Sublimation printer profile

Are they RGB or CMYK images.

Against my usual advice, sawgrass suggests using RGB.

Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Re: Wall paper Steamer to remove vinyl tips

My old man suggested an infra red heater, like what bodyshops use... nothing to do with him painting his car at mo too :lol:

I think it's a case of getting heat into the panel, so it holds the heat longer.

Will give it a go if the steamers fail tomorrow :thumbsup:

Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 1296

Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

We're currently working through a fleet of vans that are going through a rebrand, all's good with the exception of the rear panels on 11 vans. We're quite adapt at getting it off, however the rear panels are flood coated with what I suspect is a cast vinyl. Vinyl removing fluid works slowly, but onl...

Re: New measures to combat late payments have been unveiled by the small business minister.

Simple solution, payment (or at least a deposit) up front.

I struggle to understand why on earth you wouldn't. IF you agree terms, at least stick to them.

Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A time for reflection - rememberance

Replies: 13

Views: 1055

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

Love it Hugh! :claps:

Were they printed on Black reflective?

Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: My visit to Europoint (Manchester)

Replies: 1

Views: 915

My visit to Europoint (Manchester)

We've quoted on a large job, and rang our rep at Europoint to get some prices. It's been a while since we've seen each other, a quick chat on the phone putting the world to rights and discussing the industry, I'm invited to have a look around their depot. Being at a loose end, and with Andy in the o...

Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:11 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Take-Up Unit Stopped Working

Replies: 4

Views: 421

Re: Take-Up Unit Stopped Working

From memory and it's long time since I ran a Roland, is there an option in Versaworks to disable to takeup on a job?

Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:59 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Can someone help short term with some print work

Replies: 4

Views: 585

Re: Can someone help short term with some print work

We can help with the monomeric if you want.

I'll hold off saying we can do the poly, as we use MDI, and there's a question mark over that I beleive. :rollseyes:

Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:15 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A time for reflection - rememberance

Replies: 13

Views: 1055

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

We will be remembering my, Great, Great, Great uncle Clifford Hall.

KIA 27th Feb 1917, aged 19.

A distant relative found quite a lot out about him & his family.

Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:36 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Replies: 8

Views: 820

Re: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Saw this on Facebook Hugh, it looks great :thumbsup: Agree on the stress factor, it's not all roses being your own boss at times. Respect for taking the job on. :claps: Whilst we can wrap, we tend to stick to partial wraps as we found we can make more doing those than full wraps. BTW we tried the 97...

Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Moving from avery 700 to M7-100?

Replies: 10

Views: 1049

Re: Moving from avery 700 to M7-100?

We primarily use the M7, and had no complaints.

Our rep said try warming it with a heat gun. If I get 5mins I'll take a pic of the red & grey we ordered where it's more a satin than a gloss finish.

Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Cheers Neil,

I think we could have improved the design a little, making the logo a tad bigger, and the storage/transport a little wider.

Customer's happy so we're pleased.

Impressed with how the Oramask stuck to the curtains, it worked a treat. Not in a rush to do another one :lol:

Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:21 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Moving from avery 700 to M7-100?

Replies: 10

Views: 1049

Re: Moving from avery 700 to M7-100?

Our day to day vinyl is M7 & M7A. Cuts well, weeds well, no issues installing. Only thing we occasionally notice is the finish of the film. We've a light grey in & its not as glossy as the swatch or the other colours, got a Red last week that was similar. The other thing we occasionally find...

Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 1121

Re: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

No we're not :lol: Definitely a sidecar was my previous drivers new outfit. So long as it stays behind us I'll be even happier :lol:

Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Time Lapse video of the installation, light was pretty rubbish, and the camera died before we got the black on. [BBvideo 500,303:32ocl8dq]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atz63hV6_D8[/BBvideo:32ocl8dq] Photo of the finished truck, 3 colours layered to create the 100 year laurel on the curtain. Chuffe...

Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Done the job today. First thing to note is, it took much longer than we anticipated. Being our first go at it probably slowed us down a bit. Lots of masking required. In future I think we'll use APA truck vinyl. On this occasion though, the size of the design, plus the fact we already had a roll of ...

Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

Replies: 17

Views: 1393

Re: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

Quite impressed with the Vion and how it printed.

We use the LG monomeric, tend to get it from Pyramid as they're local to us, competiviely priced too :thumbsup:

Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 1121

Re: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Got some 7510 from Europoint.

Here's the finished article out on track.

Re: new email scam even provided photos of van

I think the scam goes along the lines of, he needs to pay delivery for the van to you, he pays you, you pay the 'shipper'... of course the shipper doesn't exist, and the money finds it way to the scammer, I'm guessing the money comes from a stolen card or compromised bank account.

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:47 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

Replies: 17

Views: 1393

Re: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

Let me know, I've still not opened my sample roll :lol:

Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

Replies: 17

Views: 1393

Re: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

William Smiths, do a Vion monomeric vinyl, with air release.

I have a sample here, but not unboxed it yet so cannot say what it's like.

There's Metamarks MD3A, but will likely be more expensive than the LG.

Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:08 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Snap frame lightbox sheets

Replies: 7

Views: 687

Re: Snapframe lightbox sheets

I'm assuming they're led illuminated Rob, not standard frames, but reading the original post it's not clear.

Trouble i have with ukpos is they sell to anyone at the same price, and actively promote it too. They've started doing print too, so aren't a 'trade' supplier, and are more the competition.

Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:56 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Snap frame lightbox sheets

Replies: 7

Views: 687

Re: Snapframe lightbox sheets

The frames are from Signwaves.

We print onto back lit polyester, disperses the light nicely. May need to do two passes to get a nice solid colour when illuminated :thumbsup:

Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Please recommend midlands and London based install crews

Replies: 2

Views: 816

Re: Please recommend midlands and London based install crews

We've used Iain Pearson, a member on the boards, to do an installation for us down in London.

Very happy with his communication & service, we couldn't have handled it any better ourselves. :thumbsup:

Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Keencut Javelin an composite

Replies: 2

Views: 793

Re: Keencut Javelin an composite

I don't have the Javelin, but the Evo.

We use it to score one side then crack it, only do it with off cuts, if it's a big job we still order in pre cut.

What we find is you get a little lip, where the blade's cut the aluminium.

Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Perspex Lightboxes - Supplier

Replies: 2

Views: 740

Re: Perspex Lightboxes - Supplier

Try Northern sign cases.

Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex Outdoor Usage - How Long Lasting

Replies: 8

Views: 1223

Re: Foamex Outdoor Usage - How Long Lasting

I'm with Rob too. Regardless of the substrate, it takes the same amount of time to design, print, mount, trim. We had a prime example of a customer who wanted a sticker for their van, we quoted on cut vinyl, they ended up going else where, and ended up with a huge printed sticker, larger than the pa...

Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: idrww.com - is this another scam?

Replies: 6

Views: 998

Re: idrww.com - is this another scam

It does sound a little fishy. If you don't already, check your credit report. You can get it for free using someone like Noddle, it should show you any accounts & credit cards linked to you. Or ring the number on their website, rather the number on the letter. It may be that they're chasing a de...

Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Got a week's reprieve as the dealership hasn't ordered the new curtains, they assumed we were supplying them... he even trundled off to check our quotation, which of course didn't mention us supplying the curtains :lol: Tail between his legs, and having to fork out for a new set of curtains for our ...

Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Cheers Neil & everyone else. Day of reckoning today we're off to do our first curtain job at lunch. Quite looking forward to it, we've hatched a plan how we'll do it to ensure the ink has time to dry before the next layer goes on, and make sure we're not waiting around, will take a few pictures ...

Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Neil, did you use application tape over the mask to apply the lettering?

In my mind I'm assuming yes, but in the post you linked too it doesn't show it, and I know the Oramask isn't very sticky at all, probably less so on a curtain side.

Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

I doubt insurance will cover you if you willingly hand the keys over.

Bit like if you leave your van key on your desk and someone walks in and picks it up... something like not taking reasonable care. Different if they force entry.

Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

Yes, let's hope that the dark underworld don't frequent the forum :blushing:

Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

We had our alarm serviced, and they didn't shut the fire exit properly. Of course the alarm went off, and they rang my dad, he looked on the cameras, thought it was all OK and it had just not being polling properly... he even opened up the next morning and didn't notice the error flashing on the scr...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

That's a possibility, unless they're busy and don't answer? The chances of someone nicking a van this was are nearing zero, it seem's easy, and not impossible. Wasn't there someone on the boards who had someone come and pick their van up, ask for the key to get their wallet out the van, and drive of...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

Don't need the chitty, only the 4 numbers, which could be text or emailed, scribbled in a postit note. Granted in your scenario the key for the van will be last thing on their mind. But is better to have something than not? You could forget to lock your unit up one evening and not get robbed... but ...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

I probably do. We had two brand spanking new Caddy Maxi vans in yesterday, and I just dished the keys out to two guy's, on their word that they worked for the company. Granted you'd have to know there's a vehicle worth knicking in for signage. Could pop in under the guise of wanting a quote, needing...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

We're going to try the following: Printed off some cards, each with a 4 digit random number, drilled a hole in them. When the customer drops off their key, we exchange the key for a card, an identical card goes onto their key. Whoever picks up the vehicle must know the 4 digit number, don't even nee...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1651

A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

So here's a thought I've had a few times. Scenario: Customer drops of a van with you, leaves you the keys, and goes off doing their thing. Later in the day one of their collegues calls in to collect the completed van. The vehicle's checked over, the keys are handed over, and they're on their way. I'...

Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:52 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Bonnet and roof wrap on an estate

Replies: 5

Views: 587

Re: Bonnet and roof wrap on an estate

I'd say you'd be looking 2-3 hours. Bonnet should be sorted pretty quick. Roof takes a while due to aerial and possibly having to tuck the material behind the windscreen rubber. I always make a template of around the aerial using masking tape which I then precut on the bench before application. Be ...

Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printable Flag Material

Replies: 7

Views: 899

Re: Printable Flag Material

I think Meramark have discontinued their flag material.

We enquired last year.

Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Insurance company recommendations please?

Replies: 6

Views: 689

Re: Insurance company recommendations please?

We use a broker too, similar sketch to Hugh, but without the daft caveats. Drive customers vehicles, insured in the unit, our two vans are insured fully comp, social, domestic & business use. Cash on the premises, cash in transit, cash not in the safe, the we have public & employee liability...

Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Thank's Neil. I've considered APA truck vinyl, but I only need a small amount of Gold & Black, and they've advised they sell their material in 5m increments (understandable), we've a roll of paint mask in stock, and it's cheaper to buy in a small tin of ink. Once it arrives, we're going to do so...

Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3131

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Very helpful thread, we've our first curtain job booked in a week on Friday. Found Apollo Inks very helpful, interested to read your comment about not overlaying inks due to reactivation of the ink below. Is it a case of punching out the above colours from the colour below? We've a drop shadow on ou...

Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign fitters required for 3- 4 days work. Recommendations please?

Replies: 5

Views: 984

Re: Sign fitters required for 3- 4 days work. Recommendations please?

There's MIDA Sign Services in Manchester.

We usually deal with Jimmy there 0161 830 0600, they've done a few bits for us over the years. :thumbsup:

Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can we have moan section on this website?

Replies: 53

Views: 4385

Re: Can we have moan section on this website?

So the customer we do the programmes for, decided to get a 'volunteer' to produce the artwork this month... It's the day of the match and we've not seen any artwork, next match is weekend and that's going to be unlikely too after yesterdays shinanigans with deliveries not arriving we're running a da...

Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Replies: 22

Views: 1859

Re: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Sorry to hear this Ewan.

As Rob says, you're in a beautiful but remote part of the country, and I'm sure that brings it's own challenges.

Wishing you the best of luck for the future.

Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What to do about a non responsive client

Replies: 5

Views: 1115

Re: What to do about a non responsive client

I did email Rob asking if he could move the thread, and I was going to say the same thing as Hugh... saves me typing it out!

Send your invoice and persue it fully! :thumbsup:

Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:10 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Replies: 18

Views: 1037

Re: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Yes, but mine tries to the scan the next mark in the correct position, but it's as if the origin is reset so that the mark is out of bounds. :bangshead:

Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:03 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Replies: 18

Views: 1037

Re: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Just rub it in why dont you :lol:

I'm going to reinstall our Graphtec plotter in VPM using the HPGL rather than GPGL language see if that helps any. It's got me stumped.

Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:10 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Replies: 18

Views: 1037

Re: Signlab VPM - Copies/Workflow

I dont have prefeed setting on my machine.

It bugs me a little it wont read the next mark to cut.

Do you print the directional markers so you know which way to load the media?

Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Replies: 17

Views: 2078

Re: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Sound's like you know my long lost Nigerian relative, who left me all his billions in his will...

Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Replies: 17

Views: 2078

Re: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Second time we've had this e-mail. Thanks for the reminder Phil. Give away's were, the poor English, and the fact the e-mail it was sent from doesn't match the e-mail in the signature. :wink: We pride ourselves on customer service so still replied. Copy of their original e-mail and our reply, may be...

Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:13 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Replies: 18

Views: 1037

Re: Signlab VPM - Copies/Workflow

I dont design in signlab but print from VPM. We can import the file, select copies, and enter the number. Rip the file, then you can tell the VPM to print x copies of the rip file, with x number. It's all done down the bottom where you select the media size. As for it reading the next reg mark, I st...

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:57 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Epson 9700 Cyan Printhead issue

Replies: 2

Views: 355

Epson 9700 Cyan Printhead issue

We picked up a hardly used Epson 9700 last year, and it's been a great little workhorse for printing posters. Although last job we tried to print the cyan head was barely printing. Normal Cleans, Power Cleans, don't do anything, infact fail before they complete. I've removed the cartridge and it fee...

Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1723

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Yes, it sounds straight forward but here's the snag. You want it Tuesday, it's currently 5:30 on Thursday. We would need to order in the vinyl, which now will probably arrive Monday, as soon as it arrives will need cutting, weeding, taping up, then possibly shipping out. We've gone from it being 560...

Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Exhibition Panels Gas Off

Replies: 4

Views: 645

Re: Exhibition Panels Gas Off

Stick the laminate on, it will help application if nothing else. If possible try and wrap around the edges of the boards, so should it shrink it isn't obvious. If you're mounting them up then cut them, you may find it curls at the edges. They supplied the A/W late, which IMHO isn't your problem, and...

Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:09 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Replies: 20

Views: 1723

Re: Cut vinyl lettering - an indictation of cost please

Depends how they are pricing it. 15mm is quite small, plotting the text could be slow, and weeding out will be a tedious, slow process, so should attract a premium. Some people will give you a price per meter, others will charge material + Time. Some vinyl suppliers have minimum order volumes or amo...

Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:28 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Huge Spelling mistake on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aeroplane.

Replies: 11

Views: 1565

Re: Huge Spelling mistake on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aeroplane.

Oh come on, admit it, we've all done it... Haven't we?

We designed it.
Customer approved it.
Printed it.
Customer was delighted with it
Other companies on our estate loved it.

It was the customer's wife who spotted it :bangshead:

Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:42 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Pricing for stickers advice please?

Replies: 16

Views: 3168

Re: Pricing for stickers advice please?

Funny how this thread would appear today... just quoted on 1250 tiny labels.

Clarity struggled with it a little, so went back old school to £45 PLM, and got the job.

I should have left it at clarity's price as I now have 1250 tiny stickers to weed :puppyeyes:

Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bent acrylic panels required

Replies: 5

Views: 990

Re: Bent acrylic panels required

I would think Floreeda could do that if it's not too small a panel to bend.

http://www.floreeda.com/

Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design approval sign-off sheet, what do you use for customers?

Replies: 5

Views: 1373

Re: Design approval sign off sheet

We send a 2 page PDF, the first page makes it perfectly clear what they should be checking! Otherwise they tend to just look at the image and say it's fine.

2nd page contains the proof and spec.

I'm happy with an e-mail explicitly saying they're happy with it.

Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 1121

Re: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Gone with the 7510, which should be more than suitable for what we're doing.

Customer can't wait they've seen a photoshop mock up of the design, we've just got to turn it into reality. :lol:

Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Avery 800 fail over lorry panels

Replies: 5

Views: 1105

Re: Avery 800 fail over lorry panels

Did you feed it in, or stretch it in?

Personally I'd have fed the vinyl like you would if it were a polymeric, so there's as little tension as possible in the film.

I've done a few Tractor Units, the vinyl usually fairs quite well considering the abuse they get.

Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 1121

Re: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Yes not being stretched, we can cut where needs be, as it only has to look 'good in the photo's' :thumbsup:

What code is the oracal you recommend?

Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:52 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 1121

fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

We've painted a fairing for a sidecar ( don't ask how we ended up painting) Customer wants some day glow yellow vinyl on it, which isn't a problem, just not something we use much of. What marerial do you suggest? A Cast would probably be better, or a decent poly, but ideally not to thick like on the...

Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Install of sign tray in difficult location. Advise needed?

Replies: 6

Views: 1113

Re: Install of sign tray in difficult location.

Or if you can't get above the sign we've used the following method, where and internal sign went right up the ceiling (excuse my crap diagram) Screws into the ceiling, leaving 10mm + head out. Put some key hole shaped holes in the top. Push up and pull forward into the narrow part of the key hole sl...

Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:21 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice with pricing a part wrap job

Replies: 14

Views: 979

Re: Advice with pricing a part wrap job

Job's like Phil's shown are brilliant. Nice eye catching design, looks expensive, but you're using standard vinyl, and usually a doddle to fit (look at Phil's not gone over the bump strip). It's a level up from just cut vinyl, but you can charge a premium, and may just make more money doing those :w...

Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Digital Vinyl & Laminates - What do you use

Replies: 19

Views: 3097

Re: Digital Vinyl & Laminates - What do you use

Maybe I have the answer on the MDi as I have been told that it's been found by 2 competitor suppliers that MDi is a MONOMERIC FILM!!!! openly advertised as a POLYMERIC...….Expect any mention of POLYMERIC to be pulled Kind of makes a mockery of Metamark's statement "Trust is a powerful thing&qu...

Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Crop marks on large banners

Replies: 8

Views: 1054

Re: Crop marks on large banners

It does put a small crease in the material but nothing major :thumbsup:

Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Crop marks on large banners

Replies: 8

Views: 1054

Re: Crop marks on large banners

Do you not hem the banners? We print without bleed and crops (add a stroke if it's white bg) then when we print, print margin marks off set 28mm from the image. Trim to the margin marks, tape and fold the hem. Large banners we fold in half, or quarters and trim on the keen cut in one go... doesn't m...
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