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Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:48 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summa D120se sticks on first cut

Replies: 10

Views: 2867

Re: Summa D120se sticks on first cut

Be interested to see that fix Neil, got an old D60 that had the same problem, I refused to throw it in the skip, but didn’t have time to solve the problem, just bought a newer model. Be great to resurrect it.

Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond and Foamex cutting

Replies: 13

Views: 376

Re: Dibond and Foamex cutting

We bought a festool composite milling machine a couple of years ago along with the vacuum & 4.5mtr guide rail. Phenomenal piece of equipment & gives a factory edge. I’m buying the circular saw now to cut as well as v groove. Not cheap, but German so just works properly

Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:28 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Illuminite legal on UK roads

Replies: 3

Views: 175

Re: Illuminite legal on UK roads

I’ve been told by 3M that it’s not legal for chapter 8, & you’re not supposed to have white reflective on the rear of the vehicle or red at the front.

Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade Supplier of Short Run Embroidery

Replies: 11

Views: 254

Re: Trade Supplier of Short Run Embroidery

Swings & roundabouts in my experience. The smaller runs are a bit of a ball ache as they’re not worth the set up, large jobs don’t have much margin as they tend to go to the lowest bidder which usually won’t be a sign maker doing it as a sideline. Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the year when ...

Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade Supplier of Short Run Embroidery

Replies: 11

Views: 254

Re: Trade Supplier of Short Run Embroidery

We had a similar problem, we were always at the back of the queue with the embroiderer, quality was never mind blowing so we ended up buying a twin head machine & regretted it ever since. A lot of work for very little return. I don’t really have much to do with the clothing side of the business,...

Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: UV laminate for fluorescent yellow vinyl

Replies: 9

Views: 453

Re: UV laminate for fluorescent yellow vinyl

Don’t think a laminate will offer much in the way of extending the colour of fluorescent material to be honest, the 3M diamond grade stuff is a 10 year product so I’m led to believe

Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:47 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Kevin Mahoney: A couple of our recent work efforts, hope you like!

Replies: 3

Views: 355

Kevin Mahoney: A couple of our recent work efforts, hope you like!

Kevin Mahoney: A couple of our recent work efforts, hope you like!

Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:37 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Ford Kuga Door Handles removal help please

Replies: 2

Views: 317

Re: Ford Kuga Door Handles removal help please

I think it’s the way all manufacturers are doing handles now Simon. We started wrapping a Ford Courier yesterday that had them. I was pleased to find that we could also unbolt the wing mirrors without removing the door cards, only to find about an inch of loose cable. Door cards off after lots of sw...

Fri May 31, 2019 11:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printing onto Brushed Aluminium composite

Replies: 4

Views: 270

Printing onto Brushed Aluminium composite

We’ve done quite a bit like this Dan, good results, & some nice watermark effects look tidy

Thu May 30, 2019 7:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 24

Views: 920

Re: How many options do you quote?

Nail bars usually turn into coffee shops after 6 months, then vape shops 6 weeks after that, disposables we call them at ours.

Thu May 30, 2019 1:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 24

Views: 920

Re: How many options do you quote?

Yep, same here. Maybe the extra mile we go is worth the small increase in priceImage

Wed May 29, 2019 6:24 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mutoh ValueJet 1304 Vertical Banding

Replies: 6

Views: 300

Re: Mutoh ValueJet 1304 Vertical Banding

What’s the nozzle test print looking like?

Wed May 29, 2019 6:18 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mutoh ValueJet 1304 Vertical Banding

Replies: 6

Views: 300

Re: Mutoh ValueJet 1304 Vertical Banding

Encoder strip cleaned?

Wed May 29, 2019 5:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 24

Views: 920

Re: How many options do you quote?

It’s quite tricky to explain to a new client that they are in charge of the operation as they (or at least they should) know their business better than anyone else. If you’ve ever spent any time with a web designer doing your website, you immediately know how your customer feels putting their busine...

Wed May 29, 2019 1:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 24

Views: 920

Re: How many options do you quote?

Whenever I’m asked how much is it to sign up a van, I return the question ‘how much is a car? How much is a house?’ Gets the point across really quickly & they fill out the brief a bit more

Tue May 28, 2019 6:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 24

Views: 920

Re: How many options do you quote?

I find quoting too time consuming to offer too many options, but do try & communicate that there are multiple ways of reaching a similar effect. It might be worth putting together some dummy jobs with options & prices, ie: panatrim frame & cost with coloured frame & cost, & then ...

Tue May 28, 2019 5:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many options do you quote?

Replies: 24

Views: 920

Re: How many options do you quote?

I would ask the question up front David. Are they looking for the cheapest job or the best job they can have with the available budget? If I’m told that they are going with the cheapest quote then I hold my hands up & say I probably won’t be the cheapest. It saves loads of time when you put them...

Re: CNC Letter fallen off shop facia

Ask Cherwell to send you a roll of the inch wide black foam tape (green carrier) that they supply to me, that stuff has never let me down. Had a piece of 10mm foam stuck on the wall at my old unit for 10 years, still there now.

Re: CNC Letter fallen off shop facia

Maybe wasn’t quite dry enough or tape not making a good contact with the surface. What sort of tape did they use? As for the your client, I’m sure they will understand mate, the measure of a good business is how they deal with problems. Could happen to everyone. Just let them know you’re on the case...

CNC Letter fallen off shop facia

What type of surface & tape was it Dan? If it was only a couple of weeks ago, matching up a new one from Cherwell won’t be a problem, this type of thing can happen, I’ve dealt with them for years, excellent company to deal with.

Fri May 10, 2019 3:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign making in different countries

Replies: 10

Views: 603

Re: Sign making in different countries

Bingo! Nice one Gordon,
Any tips on wrinkles & infidelity?

Fri May 10, 2019 1:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign making in different countries

Replies: 10

Views: 603

Re: Sign making in different countries

Sounds like your a fan of "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" Kevin? I'm amazed someone hasn't punched him by now! Not a fan of him to be honest David. The problems he solves are bloody obvious to anyone with half a clue. ‘Let’s decorate, cheer the chef up & get some new signs up’ Hardly ro...

Fri May 10, 2019 9:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting contra vision to vehicle windows

Replies: 7

Views: 387

Re: Fitting contra vision to vehicle windows

Can also be done in reverse on the inside if you have access. You won’t be cursed by the window cleaner & you’ll get better lifespan.

Fri May 10, 2019 7:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting contra vision to vehicle windows

Replies: 7

Views: 387

Re: Fitting contra vision to vehicle windows

If it’s a flat glass job you could just use a laminated polymeric with uniform vertical or horizontal lines cut through it rather than contravision. Not much difference in appearance from a few feet away & internal visibility is better as the gaps are clear glass not laminate.

Fri May 10, 2019 7:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign making in different countries

Replies: 10

Views: 603

Re: Sign making in different countries

I can’t imagine anybody goes to the states for culture & sophistication but I get your point, tasteful signage is pretty much non existent over there, it’s so commercialised that even great quality signs become invisible because there’s so much around. They also don’t replace tired old signs unt...

Thu May 09, 2019 9:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign making in different countries

Replies: 10

Views: 603

Re: Sign making in different countries

I too have noticed that over the years while holidaying in Portugal, Spain and Majorca. Little or no stand out jobs you would stop to admire. Florida had some good stuff though. Dont know the reason to be honest What I’ve seen in Florida is either Absolutely breathtaking signage or the worst rubbis...

Thu May 09, 2019 1:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What are options to print on inside of the windows?

Replies: 5

Views: 390

Re: What are options to print on inside of the windows?

We do this now & again, just cover the registration marks with some app tape before laminating with white, trim out the tape & cut as usual. I don’t use static cling much but I think it’s available in white as well as clear

Sun May 05, 2019 5:12 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Porsche Cayman side graphics

Replies: 8

Views: 455

Re: Porsche Cayman side graphics

I don’t think it’s a font, more a Porsche diy job. Lucinda handwriting is somewhere near

Fri May 03, 2019 9:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Outdoor signs - laid flat. Which material?

Replies: 4

Views: 470

Re: Outdoor signs - laid flat. Which material?

Hi Barlow. I would be inclined to reverse print a good quality polymeric vinyl as David suggested, & apply to a clear polycarbonate panel, should be pretty bulletproof.

Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:34 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Hyundai R5 Easter Wrap

Replies: 1

Views: 364

Re: Hyundai R5 Easter Wrap

Nicely done mate, nothing like a deadline to make things interesting. That front wing looks a b#####

Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

Replies: 8

Views: 610

Re: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

Fitting a gloss black vinyl seems to be a lot of effort for no real return here in my opinion. You will be limited to width for a start, no matter what material you go for, so a join is inevitable. Doesn’t matter what your level of ability is, no gloss vinyl on mdf will get near the quality of gloss...

Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

Replies: 8

Views: 610

Re: Black Glossy Vinyl-wrap for MDF??

Will black dibond be any use with the join at the bottom?

Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:37 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Panelling graphics ready for part vehicle wrap

Replies: 5

Views: 320

Re: Panelling graphics ready for part vehicle wrap

I’d want to do that in one go, text & all, if you need that little fillet at the rear of the wheel arch it will be barely noticeable. What material are going for?

Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of projecting lightbox type signs

Replies: 3

Views: 414

Re: Supplier of projecting lightbox type signs

Ashby do similar to that, decent prices as well

Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: ISA Sign Expo Las Vegas

Replies: 6

Views: 554

Re: ISA Sign Expo Las Vegas

Fat Elvis is a sight to behold. Like Jabba the Hut with Rhinestones

Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: ISA Sign Expo Las Vegas

Replies: 6

Views: 554

Re: ISA Sign Expo Las Vegas

Green with envy Warren. I was in Vegas in October last year, weirdest place on the planet, loved it

Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Manufacturer of Reflective Grey or Reflective Silver

Replies: 4

Views: 309

Re: Manufacturer of Reflective Grey or Reflective Silver

I would say a silver vinyl next to a reflective white are pretty much indistinguishable in daylight, if you want a greyer appearance then overlay a transparent printed grey as David recommended.

Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for recommendations of banner welders?

Replies: 7

Views: 500

Re: Looking for recommendations of banner welders?

I roll my banners up to do each side, no damage to any of the ones we produce & we’ve done some monsters

Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for recommendations of banner welders?

Replies: 7

Views: 500

Re: Looking for recommendations of banner welders?

Mines quite old mate, an old reconditioned Acme machine. Got it as a second user, chap called Mark who deals in them. Try him on 07971 678158. He’s based near Wolverhampton.

Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Romoving 15 year+ frosting from windows

Replies: 13

Views: 813

Re: Romoving 15 year+ frosting from windows

Simon Worrall wrote:
Neil Danley wrote:
Jon Marshall wrote:Kumclean!?


**sniggers**

Oh grow up! :shake:

Available at all Ann Summers stores?

Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for recommendations of banner welders?

Replies: 7

Views: 500

Re: Looking for recommendations of banner welders?

Bought one of the Chinese copies off Fleabay, didn’t have the patience to mess around after 2 days of playing. It only ever warmed up the workshop but never worked successfully. I ended up buying a high frequency welder, worth every penny

Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:41 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Thanks for the compliments everyone.

Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:01 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

I generally use JUIP2503A50 from Spandex as an everyday vinyl, it handles anything up to but not including a single step return. No problem with door handle scoops either. It’s not their cheapest film but in the grand scheme of things it allows a little more creativity with vehicle livery, I used to...

Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 37

Views: 1788

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

Maybe worth looking at this as an option Dan. We wrapped this van today in a soft polymeric from Spandex. A bit grabby to fit but half the price of wrap & apparently designed for single step recesses. Seems ok so far...

Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 17

Views: 1672

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

Remember to delete your browser search history Phill, you don’t want the next user to get the wrong idea

Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 17

Views: 1672

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

The thought of anyone being butt naked anywhere near a horse is a prisonable offence down our way Phill

Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 37

Views: 1788

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

Can kind of see why they want so much money for the stuff, I bet that’s a few quids worth of kit

Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 37

Views: 1788

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

A new one on me too, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of information out there on manufacturing processes, either it’s a very closely guarded secret or its far too complicated for mere mortals to understand. I’m led to believe That if it starts life as a liquid & is cast into its final shap...

Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 37

Views: 1788

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

They market it as a wrap film as long as it’s flat-ish, a glorified MD5 in my opinion. I don’t think they call it a cast but apparently it shares some of the cast manufacturing process. My experience of using it although limited, I wasn’t tempted into buying another roll. It’s a soft polymeric, neve...

Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 37

Views: 1788

Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

Not a bad shout Simon. How does that work if I laminated the 751 into mdx? Different materials, both cast, that would work wouldn't it and be a more cost effective solution especially as I have the mdx in-stock. Also where would you out join lines? Careful there, I’m not sure MDX is a true cast, I ...

Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:16 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Recovering Heads on a SP 300

Replies: 8

Views: 291

Re: Recovering Heads on a SP 300

Worth the effort, been told a couple of times that mine needed new heads. Too pig headed to fork out for new unless it blows up

Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:10 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Recovering Heads on a SP 300

Replies: 8

Views: 291

Re: Recovering Heads on a SP 300

Worth the effort, been told a couple of times that mine needed new heads. Too pig headed to fork out for new unless it blows up

Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:43 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Recovering Heads on a SP 300

Replies: 8

Views: 291

Re: Recovering Heads on a SP 300

Will be a lot of work to recover the heads if they’ve both dried out, I’ve done it a couple of times. You will need to clamp off the pipes from the caps & soak again & again. In the end, I removed the dampers while the heads were capped off removed the power cable & routed the pipes from...

Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:06 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Just a mist of water on that one Simon, I’m not a fan of air release

Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:42 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

A bit trigger happy with the phone, we’d wrapped the bumper in black, was inside having cameras & sensors fitted at the time. Not getting involved with bolting it back on with all that tech on board. I’d want a flux capacitor fitted for that kind of money

Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:03 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Thanks Robert, that was full coverage front to back up to the waistline, contour cut above on the tall trees, eyes watered when I found out the guy bought the van new, then spent £51,000 for the conversion!

Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:27 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Pyramid specifies am Avery & Mactac material for each side, took a Saturday & Sunday morning.

Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:51 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Gray printing purple, advice needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 338

Re: Gray printing purple, advice needed please?

Not familiar with Corel but it may have similar features to illustrator like edit colours, convert to grayscale, this gives a much better grey as it strips all colour from your image.

Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:17 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Thanks for the comments everyone.No felt tip fairies involved in any of that stuff Myriam, all designed in house, the best part of the job in my opinion

Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:34 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Thanks Hugh, will post some more later

Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:45 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: A few recent jobs

I get that now & again, no idea why I’m struggling to upload. Maybe an Apple issue?

Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: A few recent jobs

Thanks Pane, we cut that by hand actually, quicker than setting up as a print & cut. Can never remember the code but we used the best polymeric that Spandex stock. It’s a brilliant material to work with

Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:29 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: A few recent jobs

Thanks Joe, clear cast

Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:20 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Re: A few recent jobs............

Solved, it’s the damned phone

Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 2886

Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

This is a variety of some recent work that I have done...

Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:47 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Dealings with Atlantic Tech Services

Replies: 25

Views: 1476

Re: Dealings with Atlantic Tech Services

If the head is goosed it would be worth pumping a syringe full of flush into the inlet while it’s capped off, pack plenty of tissue in there to avoid the mess, worked perfectly for me with a printer that had been stood idle for a while. Soak overnight with flush & power the flush through the fau...

Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:35 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland XC540 - Marble color issue

Replies: 6

Views: 272

Re: Roland XC540 - Marble color issue

I would try SG high gloss pvc grey glue, density control only

Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:29 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland XC540 - Marble color issue

Replies: 6

Views: 272

Re: Roland XC540 - Marble color issue

Profile you’re using?

Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:17 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland XC540 - Marble color issue

Replies: 6

Views: 272

Re: Roland XC540 - Marble color issue

What rip are you using?

Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Replies: 21

Views: 1599

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...

Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Temperature reducing window film

Replies: 6

Views: 562

Re: Temperature reducing window film

I would agree with Chris. The film generally goes on the inside and bounces the suns heat back out through the glass, in effect, super heating it. Laminated glass will struggle to cope with this & can crack in extreme heat. Toughened glass handles heat better but if you don’t know what it is, yo...

Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Temperature reducing window film

Replies: 6

Views: 562

Re: Temperature reducing window film

Hi Pane, I’ve used a thermal block window film in the past, do you know if the glass is laminated or plate?

Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Replies: 19

Views: 1481

Re: West Lothian Council are harming my business

The unscrupulous will never be tempted into playing ball though, if they can’t sneak their waste into domestic waste sites without a permit, it will get dumped in a lay by somewhere so the cost will be met by us & a very hefty one at that. I don’t have a problem with an official checking the was...

Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:44 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Replies: 7

Views: 613

Re: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Illustrator is unlikely to have any features like that, it’s predominantly a design program but I’ve found the best tool for nesting material is generally the one sat staring at the screen. I’ve been trying to find shortcuts for all the tedious parts of the job for years but not had much luck so far

Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Replies: 19

Views: 1481

Re: West Lothian Council are harming my business

I think it’s because if they charged for it here, it would often get dumped in a lay by or backstreet somewhere. The local council usually end up footing the bill for cleaning it & up the cost just gets passed down the line to the taxpayer. Interesting system you have Simon, I like the idea of e...

Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 17

Views: 1672

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

Sorry but I'm not buying it. 9 times out of 10 a scruff's a scruff, and a gentleman's a gentleman. I can usually sniff out the bad guys :lol: (That's probably why they keep on picking on me to do jury service :awkward: ) I don’t mind the scruffs to be honest Phill, got plenty of solid gentlemen tha...

Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:35 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1323

Re: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Only joking mate, I get customers say the same & bang my head when they can’t grasp that upside down is exactly the same!

Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Optically clear vinyl, advice needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 692

Re: Optically clear vinyl, advice needed please?

How about a reverse printed clear acrylic panel backed up with some 3mm mirror acrylic? You could print direct to acrylic or clear vinyl but optically clear is still never as good as you hope it will be Kevin this customer has a mirror inside a fancy frame. So only option to the apply something dir...

Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:38 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1323

Re: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Patrick Donaghey wrote:Yes Barry thats an ebay special for a job which i had to lay vinyl text over and the customer wanted seamless chevrons and yes you have to buy 2 seperate rolls one for left and right

Can’t you just turn it upside down?[emoji850]

Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:58 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1323

Re: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Can’t find an are in my workshop that doesn’t look like a Syrian backstreet

Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:42 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1323

Re: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

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?

Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Replies: 19

Views: 1481

Re: West Lothian Council are harming my business

This is what happens when unemployable busybodies get into positions of power. If you don’t understand any logic or common sense, local government can find an office for you somewhere.

Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Replies: 19

Views: 1481

Re: West Lothian Council are harming my business

This might vary from council to council but here in Worcestershire, you need a permit with reg no. for every commercial vehicle that you wish to use to dispose of any domestic waste. The permits are free (at the moment) & you are entitled to 12 per year. Waste is checked by the site operators up...

Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:19 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Optically clear vinyl, advice needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 692

Re: Optically clear vinyl, advice needed please?

How about a reverse printed clear acrylic panel backed up with some 3mm mirror acrylic? You could print direct to acrylic or clear vinyl but optically clear is still never as good as you hope it will be

Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banners- do you ever laminate?

Replies: 7

Views: 780

Re: Banners- do you ever laminate?

Even worse is when some clown walks into the unit with some old banners he got from somewhere and asks if you can re-letter them. I kid you not, they walk amongst us :rollseyes: We still get that one occasionally, 15 year old vinyl to be removed before changing a date or time. Funny how my quoting ...

Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banners- do you ever laminate?

Replies: 7

Views: 780

Re: Banners- do you ever laminate?

I second Chris, if you sell everlasting banners, why should a client ever go the extra & buy a quality long term sign? I always ask how long they expect the required sign to last, any longer than a year & they get a laminated print onto composite & get charged for it.

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

Would suggest buying a 1600 wide, might not need it now but will save going through the same process when you upgrade your printer

Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear heavy grip vinyl for panel cover

Replies: 4

Views: 413

Re: Clear heavy grip vinyl for panel cover

MDP do a laminate for motocross graphics, available by the metre. Sticks like s***

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

Sorry to hijack, but we are in the market for a new laminator, and wondered if anyone has any recommendations. Needs to be 1600 wide. We currently have a Seal 62 Base, but it's starting to show it's age now. Cheers, Jamie I have the Easymount 1620 cold laminator, good bit of kit for the money. Stil...

Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 23

Views: 1122

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

I’ve had that one for a couple of years, had the drytac one before that, was pretty good but a bit shoddy in construction. The Easymount one is a better quality build

Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:15 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

Re: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

I think maybe some previous projects in their chosen price range, then some higher priced work as an alternative. Never do artwork to send out to a new client, will take much longer as you’re designing blind. You won’t know if you’re on the right track or designing something way off the mark. A seri...

Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Panels Falling off Wall - Self Adhesive Tape

Replies: 5

Views: 726

Re: Panels Falling off Wall - Self Adhesive Tape

Is the wall freshly painted?
Possibly a VOC free paint which is a bit of a nightmare for sticking to.
PVA all the way for me

Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:46 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

Re: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Up sell is the byword of the day. As we generally have little or no input from the client, I created folders containing previous work in batches corresponding to their budget. Once they see them, & the ones in a higher bracket, the budget then becomes a lot more flexible. God I’m sounding like a...

Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help with Tourist Signs...

Replies: 2

Views: 323

Re: Help with Tourist Signs...

I would use a diamond grade reflective with a clear vinyl print on top

Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:33 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Hi David, I am more than willing to do the fifty quidders as you definitely make more money doing a row of cheaper jobs than spending a day on one van (could do with a few simple jobs now tbh) I ask what their budget is first, I tell them I don’t mind if it’s fifty quid as they get fifty quids worth...

Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:22 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

Re: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Thanks for the positive comments all. If I’m honest, I usually tell a potential client up front that it’s really rare to leave my place with what you originally asked for. I also tell them that as well as attracting attention for their business it also gets new customers for me so get your money out...

Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner Frame on Posts, to plant in ground

Replies: 8

Views: 626

Re: Banner Frame on Posts, to plant in ground

VKF Renzal is worth a shout, look in their outdoor section

Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:33 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1106

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

I always managed to get green or blue, never a true grey

Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:09 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1106

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Not used Corel, but I’ve wrestled with grey for years. A while back I found a solution in illustrator ( I believe quite similar to Corel ) I selected the shape & went to edit colour & selected ‘convert to greyscale’ . Been printing greys quite well for months now. Up until then, if I created...

Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:19 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1106

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

What design software are you using Hugh?

Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

Re: Mahoney - a few recent jobs

Many thanks Hugh.

Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Expansion on a 10mm foamalux board

Replies: 5

Views: 866

Re: Expansion on a 10mm foamalux board

I second Phill’s recommendation, black foam will suck the heat in, much safer to use composite trays. You’ll save time on the installation as well I reckon

Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:13 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

Re: Mahoney - a few recent jobs

A few more while I’m sat waiting for the wife in Dorothy Perkins...
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Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

Mahoney - a few recent jobs

Not a big fan of that one either to be honest, customer supplied the artwork & put me right in my place when I suggested a rethink. Internally illuminated signs are actually forbidden up our way, don’t do many. I did like doing the one above it though, Metal built ups with red leds inside, looks...

Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:04 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: FENTON - some of our recent work

Replies: 5

Views: 771

Re: Fenton - some of our recent work

Good stuff Phill, don’t know about you but I’m finding the back door only jobs are flying off the shelves.

Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:54 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 1929

MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

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Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl not weeding properly, advice needed please?

Replies: 28

Views: 1519

Re: Vinyl not weeding properly, advice needed please?

Would this maybe have something to do with M7 lettering peeling off in icy conditions as mentioned in a separate post?

Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

Replies: 55

Views: 6371

Re: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

I personally won’t use a polymeric for cut text anymore, for the difference in cost, Avery & Oracal cast wins for me for peace of mind. I haven’t used Metamark for years now & have had no real problems like this since switching.

Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thick letters for external use 18 to 25mm

Replies: 9

Views: 1179

Re: Thick letters for external use 18 to 25mm

I’ve used a company called Indasol for a material called sign blok, it was similar to a dense version of oasis that flower arrangers use. Comes in 50 & 75mm thicknesses

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:46 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 486

Re: Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl

Xpres do a pretty decent one as well

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:16 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Graphics to be applied to Tarmac

Replies: 3

Views: 564

Re: Vinyl Graphics to be applied to Tarmac

It was a Mactac product, not much in the way of lifespan if I remember correctly

Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:01 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Eco Sol Max Inks

Replies: 4

Views: 567

Re: Roland Eco Sol Max Inks

I’ve been running Nazdar inks in all my Rolands for years. Never had any issues, get through litres of it every year. Give Stuart a call at SL print supplies, he’s a good guy & wont steer you wrong. He’ll give you a warranty on all wet parts.

Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 69

Views: 15213

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

‘It’s exactly the same as my last van’...... but we didn’t do your last van?

Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 69

Views: 15213

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

“I don’t have a tape measure but I can give you the registration number” that one cracks me up, they often think we have a database with all their vehicles details on.

Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:58 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: My New function for laminators, what do you think?

Replies: 10

Views: 1681

Re: My New function for laminators, what do you think?

I’ll be having a go at this over the break Chris, could be a massive time saver. Thanks for posting this, I’m always getting ragged for being some kind of mad scientist because I try different ideas out. Not all of them work but when they do it’s a great feeling

Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:32 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: My New function for laminators, what do you think?

Replies: 10

Views: 1681

Re: New function for laminators

Great idea, weeded over five thousand laminated labels today, wish I’d seen this post earlier. Saw a weeding machine a while back, very similar in principal to a laminator.

Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1074

Re: Freestanding composite display

Maybe an Ali angle frame, mdf base, cable kit to secure the top to the ceiling? Made some cheap freestanding monoliths for a customer on a very small budget

Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 1900

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Just sounded out a mate of mine who runs a large scaffolding company. He reckons the council wins every time. Our council charges £50 for a weekly permit which isn’t too greedy, sounds like your local council have got a staff party coming up

Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 1900

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Absolutely ridiculous state of affairs. It would appear that you’ve been caught between two very different sets of rules, one from the HSE which will just about let you use a ladder for changing a light bulb & nothing else, & a local authority which can smell an earner like a relative at a f...

Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

Replies: 10

Views: 1559

Re: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

Martin Lemiesz wrote:We use Karcher vacs but all they do is remove moisture from windows rest have to be done mamually no steam cleaning element there I'm afraid.


Apologies, got the brand wrong, not Karcher, it’s an Ovation hand held steam cleaner. I don’t think it vacuums the window though

Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

Replies: 10

Views: 1559

Re: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

Has anyone tried using one of those Karcher window vacs for this type of install. It’s technically steam cleaning the glass & drying straight after, might be worth £50 on a punt unless anyone else has already tried it?

Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Print Head Joy, this worked a treat!

Replies: 4

Views: 1183

Re: Print Head Joy, this worked a treat!

Hi Paul. I never replaced anything except 2 wipers. I cleaned the lines with flush till clear (clear Tygon tube) Cleaned the caps as I didn’t have any spares but the main thing was the firm push of flush through the head. Not something I’d recommend unless the machine is well & truly goosed or y...

Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Print Head Joy, this worked a treat!

Replies: 4

Views: 1183

Print Head Joy, this worked a treat!

Just thought I’d post a good news event instead of my usual bellyaching. My old pro 3 has been giving me s**t results Ever since the temperature dropped drastically recently ( I must admit the weather change never crossed my mind) After a few test print photo exchanges with the engineer, the diagnos...

Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:28 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Heating up workshop in the winter

Replies: 9

Views: 1088

Re: Heating up workshop in the winter

I think I need an afternoon off to look into this then. If some are willing to cover these I’d save a small fortune in Winter

Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:26 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Heating up workshop in the winter

Replies: 9

Views: 1088

Re: Heating up workshop in the winter

What does your insurer think of that David? Mine shot me down instantly when I said flame, electric only is all I would get cover for. Should I be looking at another insurer?

Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printed Etch; Should I Laminate?

Replies: 2

Views: 586

Re: Printed Etch; Should I Laminate?

Chris Windebank wrote:Hi Chris,
for vibrancy and longivity I prefer to reverse print on clear and then back up in frost.


I second that method, much better results than printing onto frosting, the frost is the laminate

Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 69

Views: 15213

Re: Customer of the Year award

I blame H&S and modern medical advances for the increase in stupidity amongst the general population. For centuries the more idiotic amongst us tended to live shorter lives which meant their genes were gradually being filtered out of the gene pool. With the advent of Health and Safety and moder...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 69

Views: 15213

Re: Customer of the Year award

These are the same people who spend 30 seconds pulling on a door that says push. Had one a few years ago who brought in a toughened glass hanging sign for lettering. That on its own made me a little uncomfortable but I was the asked to do an elaborate letter B on both sides of a clear piece of glass...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 69

Views: 15213

Re: Customer of the Year award

A few years ago a guy came in looking for two HONDA decals to go on each side of the fuel tank on a Honda trike he'd been doing up. Came back in to collect and take them away. Later in the day he called in to say one of them was cut wrong when he put them on - could I make another one for him. &quo...

Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 9

Views: 1362

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

Can’t be much of that type of work kicking around that neck of the woods, I don’t think I’d be very keen to go down the financing route. If you can’t afford our services we wish you well in your search for cheaper suppliers. NEXT!

Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: DIY Vinyl Application Table

Replies: 3

Views: 888

Re: DIY Vinyl Application Table

Brilliant idea, I can lose a member of staff with one of those

Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 14

Views: 1623

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

I think an offer of a discount is accepting responsibility for the damage, I would stand firm & see what the response is. He can’t prove you did it no more than you can prove you didn’t. If he were a regular client who spends well throughout the year, maybe worth a compromise but not for a chanc...

Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 10

Views: 1220

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

I do indeed Phill, the roof never worked on any I’ve seen over 12 months old, it’s donor car was far more reliable. Wouldn’t get anywhere near as much attention though!

Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear print v Static cling. views and opinions on a solution please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1034

Re: Clear print v Static cling. views and opinions on a solution please?

I would offer her a clear acrylic panel hung on wires. Leave a white square or rectangle in for prices, she can do them with a dry wipe pen whenever she wants

Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 10

Views: 1220

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

Phill Fenton wrote:No idea what this is - but the owner reckons it won some french 24hr endurance race back in 1969 :awkward:


It’s a Nova kit car. Believe it or not, that’s a VW Beetle under there! Haven’t seen one for donkeys

Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1545

Re: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

[emoji850] been there a few times. Never order blades on a Monday morning.

Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1545

Re: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

Speak to Harry, tell him what you want to do & he’ll see you right

Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1545

Re: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

Edward Mathias do a purpose made router bit with a 3mm flat on it, should make the fold a lot less resistant to pulling out. My own preference is to do a straightforward 90 degree corner reinforced with a corner bracket made from 40 x40 aluminum angle. We finish with a rivet in the corners & the...

Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:50 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Just got the... I have the artwork, call can you price?

Replies: 8

Views: 971

Re: Got the I have the artwork call can you price

I dislike this kind of customer, they take somebody’s time & idea & hawk it round to save a few quid. I usually tell them I won’t do it as they are technically shoplifting

Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fret cut illuminated tray reccomendations

Replies: 3

Views: 905

Re: Fret cut illuminated tray reccomendations

Cherwell or Tuvisio (they’ve recently merged I believe), had a few done by them. Not the cheapest I’ve seen but good quality work

Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

Afraid that’s a circular saw job, the milling machine will just do the v groove, would still use the guide rail though, I wouldn’t risk damaging the v groove blade with a plunge cut, not at £400 each

Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 17

Views: 2269

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

We’re getting into dangerous territory here chaps. Any post I get involved in always ends up miles away from topic, my apologies. The wife is a Goddess (if you ever read this Emily)

Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 17

Views: 2269

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

Just find someone you don’t like & buy them a house, you’ll save years

Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:50 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 17

Views: 2269

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

I’d be keen to see this footage to be honest, my monitor is actually a 40” tv with no webcam, would be a genius piece of software design if they can get that to work.

Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

Replies: 38

Views: 3210

Re: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

Chris Wilson wrote:Yea rubber matt looks quite thin. I would keep both. Best to glue them down so they can’t move.


I’d agree, my xpress has a dense sponge pad at the base, I would be inclined to test it loose & then find a heat resistant adhesive & fix permanently

Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 17

Views: 2269

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

Just deleted over 200 emails received over the weekend. No scam this time, no trickery or sly tactics, just a blatant demand for £8000 in bitcoin payments. Apparently, I have had some malicious software installed on my pc when I supposedly visited a ‘recreational website’. The webcam has apparently ...

Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

Replies: 38

Views: 3210

Re: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

I had a brainwave the other week. Doesn’t happen too often, but we have always been a belt & braces sign company. My idea was to buy a cheap mug press & when Joe Bloggs the plumber buys his new van, he calls me up to book some time to sit with me & design his new livery. So I put him in...

Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

Replies: 38

Views: 3210

Re: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

I had a brainwave the other week. Doesn’t happen too often, but we have always been a belt & braces sign company. My idea was to buy a cheap mug press & when Joe Bloggs the plumber buys his new van, he calls me up to book some time to sit with me & design his new livery. So I put him in ...

Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

Replies: 38

Views: 3210

Re: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

My tongue was firmly in cheek with my last comment, but I’ve done clothing for years & always dismissed it as a waste of my time but looked a bit closer at the numbers the other week & it does have some real legs in it. I still won’t do it personally but the Royal we certainly will. I’m find...

Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

Replies: 38

Views: 3210

Re: Heat Presses, help and advice please?

If this press is the signzworld one I’d have to say for under £200 it’s worth a punt. They are based about 10 miles from my house & although I rarely buy anything from eBay, I went there in person to buy a mug press a couple of weeks ago. Mainly because I can go back ugly if it was tat, have to ...

Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice on removal of 25 year old stickers?

Replies: 5

Views: 1053

Re: Advice on removal of 25 year old stickers?

Phone around a few body shops to see if they have one you can try, it will cost you a few beers to see if it works, they wear down quite quickly so when you buy (I think you can get them on Amazon) you can get a better idea how many you’ll need

Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Weighted banner hanging from Crane, advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1412

Re: Weighted banner hanging from Crane, advice please?

I would agree with Robert’s suggestion of a blimp, double sided & better visibility than a mesh banner with only sky behind it, could look a bit washed out, but with ropes would be fairly safe. I think the scaffold pole weight is terrifying to be honest, sounds like a massive lawsuit waiting to ...

Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice on removal of 25 year old stickers?

Replies: 5

Views: 1053

Re: Remove 25 year old stickers

Maybe a toffee wheel attachment in your drill will work better than solvents, I recently bought an MBX vinyl tool, makes a mess but saved plenty of time

Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:35 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Latex Printed Canvas Finishing

Replies: 14

Views: 1225

Re: Latex Printed Canvas Finishing

It works fine on solvent, can’t imagine any reason why it wouldn’t work on latex. Worth a try though, it’s not expensive

Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:13 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Latex Printed Canvas Finishing

Replies: 14

Views: 1225

Re: Latex Printed Canvas Finishing

You can get it from Victory design as a brush on or aerosol, not sure if it’s useable on latex. I’ve only ever used it once years ago on a couple of projecting banners. Took days to dry but once up on the wall, they lasted for donkeys years.

Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: The next step, man cave to a premises. Advice appreciated?

Replies: 14

Views: 1491

Re: The next step, man cave to a premises. Advice appreciated?

I would avoid sharing a unit at all costs if possible. If you can afford to take it on alone, paddle your own canoe. If your builder mate has a change of circumstances it’s unlikely that he’ll be considering you & your finances when the bills come in. It would be like a partnership without the b...

Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Acrylic poster holders- where to buy

Replies: 4

Views: 952

Re: Acrylic poster holders- where to buy

hobdays, auto correct is so irritating

Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Replies: 21

Views: 2142

Re: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Works gone bananas I’m afraid, fully booked till beginning of August, only have Sundays off as it is

Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: reusable stencils for skips, advice please?

Replies: 11

Views: 1677

Re: reusable stencils for skips

Done more than a few in acm for a skip company, used a stencil font & they work fine if they are careful with them

Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:04 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Replies: 16

Views: 1579

Re: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

I’m still searching for the magic key on the keyboard that you press to make a thumbnail jpg file into a fully vectored eps, anyone know where it is? My customers swear blind I have one

Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:02 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Replies: 16

Views: 1579

Re: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

To be fair, you can advise until you’re blue in the face, if he goes ahead against your superior marketing knowledge, it’s his money & his business he’s playing with. If you have a full order book, respectfully decline, if you don’t, get signed proofs & take his money. We get quite precious ...

Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:17 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: illuminated shop fascia sign print

Replies: 7

Views: 951

Re: illuminated shop fascia sign print

I’m assuming he’s printing the whole panel, so I would use a translucent white rather than standard white vinyl. Works fine for us

Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:29 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: illuminated shop fascia sign print

Replies: 7

Views: 951

Re: illuminated shop fascia sign print

Hi Shane.
Personally, I’d use a translucent white, seems to diffuse the light better. Metamark do a good one.

Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Contravision Help

Replies: 6

Views: 1046

Re: Contravision Help

Tell them to get some blackout blinds mate, that’s what contravision does when the light source switches from outside to inside

Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:54 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Replies: 11

Views: 1583

Re: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

I never overlap vinyl for this very reason, if I have to do a drop shadow on the plotter & not printed, it’s always cut as a knock out & butt joined. Ball ache but I think it’s worth the effort

Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex or Composite for shop front

Replies: 7

Views: 1214

Re: Foamex or Composite for shop front

I had an inquiry from a neighbour for a comppsite sign and he told me I was four times the price of someone else, I could only explain to him the difference between the 0.1 skin and 0.3 on the fabrication panel. Turned out the cheap guy was fitting flat panels to the building we were doing folded p...

Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Replies: 35

Views: 2625

Re: Honest latex opinions welcomed

This is the sort of feedback I feared even though most latex owners are really happy with their machines. I’ll maybe stick with solvent as we don’t need instantly dried & useable prints & would always leave to outgas even if given a cast iron guarantee that it wasn’t necessary. Thank you all...

Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Replies: 21

Views: 2142

Re: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

It includes onyx, full set of inks, delivery, install, training & an optional 1 day at Epson academy in Hemel Heampstead from Sedo ltd

Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Replies: 21

Views: 2142

Re: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Jamie Wood wrote:Any indication on price?


Had a quote for £13499 + vat yesterday

Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Replies: 21

Views: 2142

Re: Epson 80600 test prints......

Got to be happy with that kind of quality mate, I’ll book a demo, had a quote for one today

Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: My new toy! Epson 80600 i love it..

Replies: 9

Views: 1294

Re: My new toy! Epson 80600 i love it..

Have to see it now, Roland shipped a box of potential replacement parts for my repair today. One part was incorrect but Andy my engineer did some sort of mission impossible got it back online. I now have 4 printers fully working but one eye on the next move. Possibly the Epson with the Summa flatbed...

Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: My new toy! Epson 80600 i love it..

Replies: 9

Views: 1294

Re: My new toy! Epson 80600 i love it..

Been told great things about this printer by my engineer this morning

Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mimaki printer Tec required- help

Replies: 6

Views: 956

Re: Mimaki printer Tec required- help

He’s at mine tomorrow morning

Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mimaki printer Tec required- help

Replies: 6

Views: 956

Re: Mimaki printer Tec required- help

Hi Denise, Andy Malcolm from ADM services is a good guy, lives in Derby but drives pretty much everywhere

Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:03 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Epson Surecolor solvent printer range

Replies: 6

Views: 855

Re: Epson Surecolor solvent printer range

I'm just not convinced by the 6hr out gassing, I suspect it is much the same as car manufacturers and their MPG figures. In a controlled environment, that suites their objective... I am happy to be proven wrong. 6hr or 24hr wouldn't make much difference to us. We work 8-4, if I print something at 1...

Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Replies: 35

Views: 2625

Re: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Same here, just nice to have the option as & when necessary

Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Replies: 35

Views: 2625

Re: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Many thanks Colin, kicking off with a definite yes vote. The price of the 54” is very cheap, but I know I would always regret not buying a 64” which is double the price. What are ink costs like?

Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Replies: 35

Views: 2625

Re: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Most of our work is vehicle livery so yes, outgassing is a problem but I generally give plenty of drying time. The client is made aware of our 48 hour drying policy so not massively difficult. My worry is colour matching & consistency against years worth of solvent print. All the Roland machines...

Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Honest latex opinions welcomed

Replies: 35

Views: 2625

Honest latex opinions welcomed

Hi everyone. After having my Roland XR640 for around 3 years now, it’s developed a fault with the wiper mechanism which is beyond my knowledge which is largely concerned with versacamms. Engineer is coming tomorrow to sort hopefully but I’ve been contacted by a supplier suggesting I trade in for a h...

Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: PPL PRS back on the scene

Replies: 12

Views: 2349

Re: PPL PRS back on the scene

Had a call from them today, even asked if I had hold music on the phones. Time bandits the lot of em.

Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

I muscled in to wrap the bonnet just to try it out, not massively different to 3M but does whiten out a bit when stretched ( may be a profile issue, I just used a generic one ) but I have to say overall, very impressed with it, my lad stopped his gripes quite quickly which is unusual when testing ou...

Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Thanks Kevin, I have a couple of big jobs coming up (potentially more than a roll on each vehicle :shocked: ) and want to be sure to choose the right film, from a cost perspective and quality. bit of a headache inducing choice out there! Quick update: Fitting MPi 1105 today, printed really well. 2 ...

Thu May 31, 2018 6:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cheapest Signs in Scotland !

Replies: 2

Views: 978

Re: Cheapest Signs in Scotland !

Wonder if this was one of his

Thu May 31, 2018 4:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Font ID please for Sanctuary job

Replies: 6

Views: 969

Re: Font ID please for Sanctuary job

I always like a challenge, bit of a font geek at heart. I used to do a fair bit of accident repair work, I feel the pain, especially when asked to do it same day as the client is picking it up this afternoon & it’s been in the body shop for a month

Thu May 31, 2018 3:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Font ID please for Sanctuary job

Replies: 6

Views: 969

Re: Font ID please for Sanctuary job

Just a tip but I usually do a quick search on the clients website when I struggle to Id a font. I search for downloads & there’s nearly always a downloadable pdf containing the clients logo vectorised & ready to use

Sun May 27, 2018 12:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rogers. General signs Feb-may 2018

Replies: 14

Views: 1725

Re: Rogers. General signs Feb-may 2018

Some really nice projects there David. Do you treat the edges of foam lettering with anything? I’ve avoiding using foam of late as the edges blacken quite badly. I usually compromise with a 10mm acrylic but don’t really get the depth I’m after. The guy who does our cnc work has suggested pva on foam...

Fri May 25, 2018 6:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

Replies: 13

Views: 1834

Re: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

More jobs for the boys in Brussels I’m afraid. There will be some redundant department in the EU that have been given something else to do rather than let go. Most of the irrelevant marketing emails I get will have an unsubscribe button on them, couple of minutes in the morning & they’re all gon...

Tue May 22, 2018 2:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Replies: 20

Views: 2530

Re: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Not to my tastes of course, I’m far too grown up but the young uns like it

Tue May 22, 2018 2:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Replies: 20

Views: 2530

Re: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Something to consider... I used to run around with various estate cars and people carriers (a necessity being a single parent!) in my first 5yrs, often turning up at jobs loaded to the gunnels, roofrack straining under ladders, trestles, tray signs etc.. I just felt it didn't look overly profession...

Mon May 21, 2018 6:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Replies: 20

Views: 2530

Re: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Something to consider... I used to run around with various estate cars and people carriers (a necessity being a single parent!) in my first 5yrs, often turning up at jobs loaded to the gunnels, roofrack straining under ladders, trestles, tray signs etc.. I just felt it didn't look overly profession...

Thu May 17, 2018 6:48 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Purchasing a new printer, Please help..

Replies: 11

Views: 1377

Re: Purchasing a new printer, Please help..

Vistech Technical Services have a cracking printer for sale. Roland's flagship XR-640: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162894492671?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Nearly new, less than half price and comes with a warranty. Price for purchasing outside of eBay is £10,999 plus del...

Wed May 16, 2018 12:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

A lot cheaper than the 70 grand we’ve been quoted for a cnc, but yes, they know how to charge alright. If it had been £500 I might have just bought it, but at their prices, I called out their demo guy to show us it working at our place with our materials. I don’t have any regrets about it truthfully...

Wed May 16, 2018 12:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

https://www.ffx.co.uk/tools/product/Makita-Ca5000Xj-2-0088381699846-240V-Aluminium-Groove-Cutter-In-Makpac these do the rails too, all in about £500 not bought one yet but tempted Looks very similar to the Festool one we have, rude not to have a punt at that price. Festool stuff is designed for pro...

Tue May 15, 2018 7:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Protecting Aluminium Signage

Replies: 3

Views: 928

Re: Protecting Aluminium Signage

Maybe reverse print on clear laminated white & fit to polycarbonate?

Tue May 15, 2018 12:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

We route over the return & chop the corner our with shears. Nice neat mitre with a rivet

Sun May 13, 2018 6:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

We usually do 50mm returns so made a couple of spacers from acm so don’t need to measure them unless it’s a different size tray. Just butt the guide rail against the spacers & you have an equal cut all the way round. If it’s a big tray we order sheets cut to size including the 100mm needed for t...

Sun May 13, 2018 6:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

Get one of these riveters Denise. No effort required.

Sun May 13, 2018 6:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

Hi Daniel. Just searched it on Festool uk site. https://www.festool.co.uk/products/routing/aluminium-composite-milling-machines/574390---pf-1200-e-plus-alucobond-gb#Overview . You may have a Festool dealer near you. I’ve got three near me who were as much use as a box of rubber spanners. I found a d...

Sun May 13, 2018 7:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

It wasn’t the cost so much as the turnaround times that sent us down the diy route. We had Festool come out & demo their dibond milling machine & we ordered one immediately. Fantastic tool & took no time to pay for itself.

Thu May 10, 2018 10:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advertising truck/van, whats your views on this?

Replies: 12

Views: 1471

Re: Advertising truck/van, whats your views on this?

Hi Daniel, there’s a video on our website under latest projects. www.signhereworcester.com

Thu May 10, 2018 8:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advertising truck/van, whats your views on this?

Replies: 12

Views: 1471

Re: Advertising truck/van, whats your views on this?

We built ours on a scrap caravan chassis. Made a framework from angle iron & covered in acm. New trailer mudguards & looked a treat. Had loads of calls from people wanting to use it but they wanted permission to leave it unattended around the city which I was unable to offer. I did make a fe...

Thu May 10, 2018 2:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

Only just started using tuvisio, also a very helpful outfit.

Thu May 10, 2018 1:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advertising truck/van, whats your views on this?

Replies: 12

Views: 1471

Re: Advertising truck/van

We built one a couple of years ago using an old touring caravan chassis. The idea was to rent it out with banners bungee tied to it. Our town council despise them & jumped on clients almost within hours threatening all sorts of action. Even if it’s on private property there were all sorts of leg...

Thu May 10, 2018 1:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

Before we started making our own, couldn’t fault Cherwell trays.
Not as cheap as making our own but really good quality & great corners

Thu May 10, 2018 1:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite Tray, Help sourcing a Trade Supplier?

Replies: 26

Views: 3223

Re: Aluminium Composite Tray Suppliers

Before we started making our own, couldn’t fault Cherwell trays.
Not as cheap as making our own but really good quality & great corners

Thu May 10, 2018 9:29 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Ordering a bundle of 1105 this morning so will post the results soon. Suppliers really only have customer feedback to go on & rarely have any handling or fitting experience. My supplier was told by a client who switched from 1105 to 1104 very briefly & reported that 1105 was his preferred fi...

Thu May 03, 2018 9:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1287

Re: MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Got a reflective removal job coming up which I’ve been trying to dodge. It’s that that prompted me buying it so glad it works better on that as heat guns on that stuff don’t help much

Wed May 02, 2018 7:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1287

Re: MBX vinyl removal tool

Ok for small thin lettering, disks wear down quite quickly & makes a dreadful mess. Did the truck outside thankfully so didn’t need to clean up. Would have taken much longer if I had to sweep up after. Still, on the bright side, I’m told it usually costs a lot more than £300 to get covered in ru...

Wed May 02, 2018 7:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1287

Re: MBX vinyl removal tool

Must say I was gutted. £300 to get covered in dust & save zero time. Maybe the old way is actually the most practical if a little soul destroying

Wed May 02, 2018 7:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1287

MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Just had a first go with the MBX vinyl remover after a quick trial at the sign show. I bought it with a view to speeding up the livery removal of a large fleet we look after, many of the older vehicles are being auctioned off & the client wants us to remove the old vinyl when installing on the n...

Wed May 02, 2018 3:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade Supplier for illuminated projecting signs

Replies: 3

Views: 989

Re: Trade Supplier for illuminated projecting signs

Ashby do something fairly close

Wed May 02, 2018 3:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

According to Victory the list price is £1047, I’ve never used it but I’m told it’s nowhere near as good as their 1105. I’m going to order a bundle to try soon, I’ll post how we find it compared to the 3M ij180

Tue May 01, 2018 2:09 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Absolutely fine for that, guaranteed till as long as it takes for you to get back in the van

Tue May 01, 2018 11:58 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

£210 for 25 mtr bundle 1370mm, £395 for 50 mtr bundle during May

Tue May 01, 2018 10:21 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

I do find that you can spend forever explaining the different material choices to a client & all they hear is white noise, they will still end up on your doorstep wanting you to put it right when it fails, so polymeric gets relief cut when a recess is involved or they can opt for a cast wrap &am...

Tue May 01, 2018 9:53 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 3143

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Hybrid material, their MD5 used to be capable of pretty much anything MDX could do to a point, not a proper wrap film if you ask me, hence the price difference

Tue May 01, 2018 9:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Digital screen protection suggestions

Replies: 7

Views: 1062

Re: Digital screen protection suggestions

Is it available in clear nowadays?

Tue May 01, 2018 6:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Digital screen protection suggestions

Replies: 7

Views: 1062

Re: Digital screen protection suggestions

Depending on the thickness of the screen, I’d maybe look at acrylic with 100mm panel supports at the base & some ceiling hangers to spread the load could work ok, be easy enough to undo to allow access for cleaning etc, have a look at e-shop fittings (hobdays) or supply them with a long reach fe...

Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bigger unit, bigger jobs

Replies: 2

Views: 781

Re: Bigger unit, bigger jobs

Let me guess, they want it wrapped in carbon & chrome

Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Replies: 38

Views: 3828

Re: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Might nip up there at the back end of the day if I can get away from the office, still kicking the tyres on a cnc

Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Another Font ID please any ideas?

Replies: 6

Views: 1022

Re: Another Font ID please any ideas?

Compacta light, just tried it, dead on

Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Another Font ID please any ideas?

Replies: 6

Views: 1022

Re: Another Font ID please any ideas?

Maybe compacta ? Will have a look when I’m back at the unit

Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Another Font ID please any ideas?

Replies: 6

Views: 1022

Re: Another Font ID please any ideas?

Hi Jean. It’s called gogobig

Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Replies: 77

Views: 19998

Re: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Somebody who looked a lot like me did this only yesterday

Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:51 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark digital vinyl issues

Replies: 7

Views: 1378

Re: Metamark digital vinyl issues

We have always used Roland printers, nazdar ink, out gas print for 48 hours before laminating & know the limits of a good quality polymeric, I personally think MD5 had changed in the way it was being manufactured but that aside, if failures were becoming more common, we had to find an alternativ...

Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:34 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark digital vinyl issues

Replies: 7

Views: 1378

Re: Metamark digital vinyl issues

Had similar issues with MD5 around the time they launched the MDX material. They had a sample of the material back & the response was ‘there is no issue with the material, we can only assume that it was installed incorrectly ‘ . We switched to image perfect instantly, never looked back. You coul...

Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Group 101 - In voluntary liquidation?

Replies: 16

Views: 2916

Re: Group 101 voluntary liquidation??

I spoke with James not long ago about a cnc he posted on here for sale, seemed a nice guy & I sympathise with their predicament. As a customer it’s never good to be left high & dry by a supplier but when a business is having trouble I would only imagine your every waking hour would be spent ...

Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fabricated trays trade supplier - aluminium

Replies: 4

Views: 986

Re: Fabricated trays trade supplier - aluminium

Before we started making trays in house we used Cherwell. Excellent quality trays & a decent company to work with.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:42 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2500

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

Just checked, they say meters not yards. I think an eu directive pushed suppliers into metric some time ago.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:30 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2500

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

You may be right Simon, I remember a conversation with another rep a few years ago that said the same. I ask for ij180, they ask 25 or 50 meters. I’ll double check as it’s a good point.

Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:59 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2500

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

What sort of bundle costs are involved with all these brands?
We get pretty reasonable rates for the 3M (according to our rep anyway, but they all say that) but not pressed for any comparisons recently, I pay around £840 for a 50mtr bundle of ij180 so not sure if there’s a big saving or not?

Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:17 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2500

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

Is there a printable one available?
Used their color change which is really good, don’t think I’ve tried their digital version

Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:41 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2500

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

We use 3m IJ180, but don't get a really good print out or Seiko on it. Going to a William Smiths demo day tomorrow for the Arlon wrap film, they claim rivals 3m. They had a very skillful Eastern European guy demonstrating the Arlon film at spandex. Really opened my eyes about the wrapping process &...

Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:14 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2500

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

Hugh Potter wrote:personally only used Arlon SLX and DXP.

Is that the new one they’ve developed Hugh?
Went to a spandex day trialing a new wrap, was interesting stuff but nothing like we’re used to

Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2344

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Was too short for the chopper as I was only 10, my mongoose was top of the line until they brought out the pro class one with holes drilled in the rims between every spoke. Drilled mine out & lost 3 back teeth when I went up a kerb on the way to school

Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:58 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2500

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

Would recommend 3M ij180, stays where you put it

Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: we have all had that one customer

Replies: 13

Views: 1756

Re: we have all had that one customer

Had a customer on Friday, had a signage order from us 9 months ago along with 20 polo shirts. Not paid the bill & doesn’t answer his phone. I’m not really a chaser as we never have time but got the hump recently when I saw my balance sheet so going at it now. Went into his shop to see him face t...

Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:03 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Droplets of ink problem help please

Replies: 5

Views: 805

Re: Droplets of ink problem help please

Had this on my 540v recently & found a build up of fluff stuck to the side of the head. I’d be inclined to change the cheap bits first, if it’s not cured then look at the pump but I’ve never had a pump fail, think that would be unlikely

Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: we have all had that one customer

Replies: 13

Views: 1756

Re: we have all had that one customer

I always ask to see the actual van whether in the flesh or a photo, if it’s somebody in the office, they generally don’t know the difference between a transit & a double decker bus. This issue that John has is a tricky one to advise after the horse has bolted, sounds like a try on to me, dig you...

Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2344

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

When can I start?

Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2344

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Hang on a minute...
Didn’t this post start life as a sales salary question?
Must say I much prefer the 1980s time traveling theme

Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2344

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

CW’s! Saved up for 6 months to buy those for my mongoose then had my bike nicked 2 days after I put them on, gutted

Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:26 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 5664

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Christ on a bike, I feel like sending 3M a bill just for the time taken to watch the video, this guy needs to buy a plotter.

Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:18 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 4D Carbon wrap problems. What went wrong.

Replies: 3

Views: 973

Re: 4D Carbon wrap problems. What went wrong.

I rarely agree to fit customer supplied material & I certainly wouldn’t give a warranty with it. There are a thousand ways for wraps to fail so I always give myself a fighting chance. Firstly, vehicle comes to us clean & we clean again to be sure. We don’t fit on the same day if it’s cold ou...

Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2344

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

£4.50 per hour, use of the company bicycle at weekends, half day Christmas & boxing day
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