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Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:43 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Whistler Brushes, need some more please help?

Replies: 6

Views: 292

Re: Whistler Brushes, need some more please help?

James. You could try these folk. I don't see Whistler on their website, but they have it on their price list so may be worthwhile speaking to them.
Stuart R. Stevenson price list.

Neil

Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:58 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Replies: 5

Views: 195

Re: Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Ah I see that now, Hugh. I'm sure there used to be an option to turn them off. Have you tried the setting for More Warnings when Restarting. There may be options at that time to defer the restart time. I think earlier versions gave you that option.

Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:24 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Replies: 5

Views: 195

Re: Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Click the menu (bottom/left) and start typing UPDATES. Select Windows Updates from the pop-up menu. Then Advanced Options. You can set different times or turn it off there.

Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:56 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Static electricity discharge

Replies: 10

Views: 472

Re: Static electricity discharge

Just stop wearing the silk underwear guys! :lol:

Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:25 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Can't install Signlab 9.1

Replies: 3

Views: 187

Re: Can't install Signlab 9.1

I'd call Cadlink. I've always found them to be very helpful in cases like this.

Neil

Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Oak Plinth - Sign Blank Supplier Urgently Required

Replies: 4

Views: 575

Re: Oak Plinth - Sign Blank Supplier Urgently Required

As Martin says ... You could make one from 19mm ply (marine ply for exterior use) with a flush oak frame, mitered at the corners and wide enough for the inside edge to be covered by the plaque. You can route an ogee or chamfer edge along the oak for appearance sake. Glued and screwed from the sides ...

Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:18 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: keyboard is typing characters instead of letters in coreldraw 17

Replies: 4

Views: 265

Re: keyboard is typing characters instead of letters in coreldraw 17

George, it's character encoding that controls what characters are output for each key. Not to be confused with different fonts. It sounds like you have changed the default encoding for the system or you have opened a drawing which was originally created using a different encoding. Here's a page that...

Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:01 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Replies: 3

Views: 375

Re: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Whatever you decide to use, test it on an area as far out of sight as possible. It's very likely that the old paint will be incompatible with any solvent based lacquer or varnish and you could end up destroying it rather than conserving it. If they are to be stored inside, then water based acrylic m...

Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10564

Re: Customer of the Year award

Do you know, we did a drawing for an extra long wheel base Iveco van for a local tree stump grinding company. The guy was absolutely insistent that he didn't want the graphics applied directly to the van but to alupanel and this screwed/riveted to the vehicle All the way around (about 500mm high !)...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10564

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 glas...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10564

Re: Customer of the Year award

Again a similar thing happened to me but on this occasion it was the shop owner that phoned me up to complain that the arrow was pointing in the wrong direction on the double sided A board I had made for her. Is it pointing in the wrong direction on both sides I asked? She thought for a moment then...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10564

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. "...

Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Special techniques for applying matt black

Replies: 5

Views: 631

Re: Special techniques for applying matt black

Would using a slip sheet be practical?

Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:49 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser Engraver... What sort of machine to go for?

Replies: 8

Views: 831

Re: Laser Engraver... What sort of machine to go for?

I used to work for Gravograph. They are the best for engraving machines by far but are expensive. Ive had a LS100 EX for the past 7 years and its a beast. HPC Ive found customer service was poor for materials so would not buy a laser from them, in my opinion, but that might of changed. Trotec laser...

Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:07 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser Engraver... What sort of machine to go for?

Replies: 8

Views: 831

Re: Laser Engraver... What sort of machine to go for?

I used to work for Gravograph. They are the best for engraving machines by far but are expensive. Ive had a LS100 EX for the past 7 years and its a beast. HPC Ive found customer service was poor for materials so would not buy a laser from them, in my opinion, but that might of changed. Trotec laser...

Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:24 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A time for reflection - rememberance

Replies: 13

Views: 893

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

Well done Colin. An admirable sentiment!

Re: Affordable portable Robot CNC Router able to mill, cut & engrave up to 8x4ft. +VIDEO

Of the two, the Goliath seems to me to be the one most likely to succeed. The problems already mentioned (swarth causing slippage of the wheels - and would the wheels have enough grip anyway?) appear to have been addressed by the use of sensors to accurately sense it's position and to auto correct ...

Re: Affordable portable Robot CNC Router able to mill, cut & engrave up to 8x4ft. +VIDEO

Phil P Davies wrote:Be handy for installing a sunroof in a car without the owner knowing about it....


Now that's what I call lateral thinking! :lol:

Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:46 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router cut composite - ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 751

Re: Router cut composite - ideas?

Good stuff Michael.

Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:38 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router cut composite - ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 751

Re: Router cut composite - ideas?

It's difficult to see in the photo but it looks like the core isn't cut very clean either. It looks a little lumpy? Perhaps the wrong type of cutter, intended for drilling, so only the bottom edges will be sharpened to cut? If it *IS* the proper cutter for the job perhaps it's a duff cutter. I've ne...

Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:27 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router cut composite - ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 751

Re: Router cut composite - ideas?

The cut looks very rough to me as if the cutter is blunt. Is it a tungsten carbide cutter mill? If the example in the photo was cut in a clockwise direction, it looks as if the cutter may not be clearing the swarf quickly enough and is pushing swarf in front of the cutter which, when being expelled ...

Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:15 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router cut composite - ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 751

Re: Router cut composite - ideas?

Have you tried slowing the travel speed?
Are you cutting through in one pass?
Have you tried a two pass with the first pass just through the metal layer?
Have you tried a down cutting spiral?

Just few things I'd be thinking off.

Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:26 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Replies: 12

Views: 1508

Re: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Nice one Neil. Nice clean job with all the pointing to contend with.

Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:28 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

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

Replies: 8

Views: 697

Re: Got the... I have the artwork, call can you price?

Put your company name in watermark diagonally across the artwork until you've been suitably recompensed. After so many years in the business I think you get a 'nose' for clients that are likely to do the rounds using your artwork, and I've done this many times in these cases. If they have any consci...

Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 19

Views: 1122

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

Simon Worrall wrote:From their point of view we could just be a scammer that is pretending to be a signwriter!


LOL. There's probably some of those around too! :shocked:

Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:13 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Unabale to achieve same colour when printing

Replies: 4

Views: 425

Re: Unabale to achieve same colour when printing

Is it CMYK colour set in Corel, and You're printing in RGB, or vice versa?

Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: APC Anyone know what font they use?

Replies: 8

Views: 766

Re: APC Anyone know what font they use?

I can't check at the moment but Universe family have the tapered strokes where they meet at acute angles.

Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting signs on corrugated asbestos cladding

Replies: 3

Views: 891

Re: Fitting signs on corrugated asbestos cladding

Asbestos sheet/cement board is pretty safe and the lowest level of hazard where asbestos is concerned as long as it's left in that form. Having said that I wouldn't want to drill or saw it as that would release dust particles into the air. I can't see what harm a good modern adhesive would have on i...

Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 2065

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

I'd have stuck a couple of boards under the (short) leg, but I suppose this is frowned upon these days. :rollseyes:

Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large sign Support - Recommendations

Replies: 6

Views: 1077

Re: Large sign Support - Recommendations

You could also consider using larger diameter steel poles. We've used 200mm dia steel poles for very large signs. Concrete bases - formed as trenches at 90 deg to the face of the sign. You could throw some re-bar in there too to make sure. It also depends on what material you are using for the sign ...

Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Replies: 17

Views: 1777

Re: What happened to this sign?

Even cheap vinyl wont shrink that much... /snip ... The problem is down to "Out-Gassing" of the ink! Look at how the vinyl has bunched around the black fixing. the laminate is bunched around the south west side of the fixing showing that the shrinkage pull is from south west towards north...

Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fines - are they the new tax?

Replies: 12

Views: 1092

Re: Fines - are they the new tax?

Unbelievable! Civil disobedience may not be far away!

Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Applying vinyl to cork board, advice needed please?

Replies: 4

Views: 865

Re: Applying vinyl to cork board, advice needed please?

If it's a smooth cork surface, you could try spraying the surface with a clear matt lacquer (you can get it in rattle cans) to seal the surface. It may be that the vinyl will then stick to the surface.

Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When signmakers pull together

Replies: 6

Views: 1058

Re: When signmakers pull together

A heart warming story Denise. Excellent result! Well done to yourselves and the others.

Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Data protection concerns

Replies: 7

Views: 1107

Re: New Data protection concerns

I have to say I'm with Phill on this. A huge over reaction! As I understand GDPR, the main issue is the gathering, storage and/or propagation of personal information, that could be used to identify an *individual*. I could be wrong of course as my head's still spinning from reading up on it. Also it...

Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: reusable stencils for skips, advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1133

Re: reusable stencils for skips

I've made them in both magnetic sheet and composite. Both have been successful for each customer. I'd agree with Hugh that the magnetic ones are fairly fragile, but I have customers who are careful with them and they last them years. The composite ones I've made seem to satisfy the customer too as t...

Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:48 am

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Cutting twice despite using flexicut software and rasterink CJV 30-60

Replies: 3

Views: 393

Re: Cutting twice despite using flexicut software and rasterink CJV 30-60

Would it have anything to do with applying an outline *and* a fill in CorelDraw? I know this sort of thing used to be a problem. The solution was to use *either* an outline *or* a fill in the original graphics, but not both. Maybe worth a test.

Neil

Wed May 30, 2018 7:55 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Computer issue with cutting vinyl, advice needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 686

Re: Computer issue with cutting vinyl, advice needed please?

Look in the settings for your cutting software. You should find a setting something like "Send to spooler" or "Cut direct". Set it to Send to spooler.

Fri May 25, 2018 4:53 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted sign in mid Wales

Replies: 11

Views: 1516

Re: Hand painted sign in mid Wales

Nice Job Neil :thumbsup:

Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:09 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Replies: 77

Views: 17641

Re: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Hugh Potter wrote:
Simon Worrall wrote:Put the apostrophes in the right place. :smiles:


Apostrophe's ? :lol:


That apostrophe's wrong! :lol:

Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which Connectors for fitting composite to railings

Replies: 6

Views: 1105

Re: Which Connectors for fitting composite to railings

On the same idea as Neil you can get universal exhaust bracket which will fit that size tube and is made of a stronger still That's much better Kevin. It's what I had in mind but couldn't think what to call them. Much stronger and vandal resistant. Keeps the panel centred on the tube(s) too so make...

Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which Connectors for fitting composite to railings

Replies: 6

Views: 1105

Re: Which Connectors for fitting composite to railings

I'd look at cable/conduit clips. Will depend on the railing diameter but worth a search. These come in up to 31mm dia https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/0623805/?grossPrice=Y&cm_mmc=UK-PLA-DS3A-_-google-_-PLA_UK_EN_Cables_And_Wires-_-Cable_Accessories_And_Ties_And_Tools%7CCable_Clips_And_Cl...

Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Replies: 77

Views: 17641

Re: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Philip Houston wrote:You can use a 1m ruler and a couple of magnets to create a level line to measure from.
I use this method all the time.


I've used a strip of magnetic vinyl as a straight edge/datum in the past. Cut to 70mm or so wide.

Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Replies: 12

Views: 1543

Re: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Phill Fenton wrote:/snip/
I would have thought that sticking vinyl prints onto a wall would represent no greater a risk than painting or wall papering said corridor?

Anyone else had issues with internal signage?


I would have thought the same Phill. Out of interest, what do they use in the Underground signage?

Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: UK company re Cast Brass sign

Replies: 7

Views: 1236

Re: UK company re Cast Brass sign

Katie Asken wrote:Hi Jean,

Signs Of The Times do cast signage. Maybe they can help - although I'd be a bit weary about brass being used on a boat as not really suitable for external use use.

enquiries@sott.co.uk

http://www.sott.co.uk

Katie


Why would brass not be suitable for external use?

Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:04 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Traditional signwriting, Blairgowrie Scotland

Replies: 12

Views: 1656

Re: traditional signwriting blairgowrie

Nice work Brian. It's good to see the craft being kept alive.

Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:13 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Best way to show customers product designs?

Replies: 4

Views: 849

Re: Best way to show customers product designs?

Could you create an online 'shop' using something like opencart. No prices and I'm sure you could disable the add to cart button. In effect it just becomes a catalogue? You can get a plugin for OpenCart that disables/removes all the 'purchase' elements, links, buttons, cart/checkout etc. As David s...

Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dimensions - different definitions apparently

Replies: 4

Views: 1038

Re: Dimensions - different definitions apparently

Cartesian coordinates - x, y, z. x = across (width) y = height z = depth I've always understood that x is expressed first, followed by y and finally z (if 3D). So if the height/width words were left out, that's how I would interpret it. But when producing spec for clients I always use 'width/height'...

Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:58 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: King Colorcore PVC sheet material UK

Replies: 3

Views: 1108

Re: King Colorcore PVC sheet material UK

Haven't come across it by name but, is it not a just brand of flexible engraving laminate?

Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:40 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Davey: A few Hand painted sign projects

Replies: 13

Views: 2939

Re: A few Hand painted sign projects

Lots of nice stuff there, Neil.

Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help to Source Panel Joins

Replies: 5

Views: 2413

Re: Help to Source Panel Joins

We used to use these too but not for years as we don't do that sort of thing now. They are called PANALOCKs and I think we got them from Universal Components (Universal Aluminium Systems). I imagine the Panatrim suppliers will have them or could point you in the right direction. If you're stuck we s...

Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:56 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Super speed stitching and finishing from Group101 +VIDEO

Replies: 4

Views: 1604

Re: Super speed stitching and finishing from Group101 +VIDEO

Good video!

What I'm amazed at is how it manages to keep the edge straight with, seemingly, very little guidance or control from the operator. Magic!

Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier recommendations for laser cut stainless steel panels?

Replies: 1

Views: 1060

Supplier recommendations for laser cut stainless steel panels?

Hi Folks, Can anybody point me in the right direction to have a couple of stainless steel plates supplied. 485mm x 122mm and would be thin (0.7mm thk) and cut to shape. The ones I've had before were laser cut to shape c/w screw holes lasered - very nice job from Blackburns. Unfortunately due to thei...

Mon May 15, 2017 8:45 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: the kirkstyle pub dunning

Replies: 13

Views: 2692

Re: the kirkstyle pub dunning

Brian Little wrote:Thanks neil I like that one shot gold nearest product I've used to gold leaf in my opinion

I've got a couple of tins of it sitting there but never actually used it on a proper job. How well does it last over time?

Mon May 15, 2017 8:23 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: the kirkstyle pub dunning

Replies: 13

Views: 2692

Re: the kirkstyle pub dunning

Nice clean job Brian!

Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:17 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: A time lapse of gold leaf signs

Replies: 6

Views: 1480

Re: A time lapse of gold leaf signs

Nice work Simon. Good luck with the new enterprise! :thumbsup:

Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for pop rivet caps?

Replies: 1

Views: 1281

Supplier for pop rivet caps?

Morning folks, Can anybody recommend a supplier for pop/blind rivet caps, please, who don't charge ridiculous prices for a small jiffy bag. I've just tried to buy a packet of 500 of these - price £18.00 http://www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/caps-plugs/plastic-nut-bolt-screw-cover-caps/rivet-caps/r...

Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When you want to strangle the competition

Replies: 19

Views: 4523

Re: When you want to strangle the competition

Not worth worrying or getting upset about. Anyone under pricing to that extent won't remain in business very long. Busy fools... While it doesn't bother me Phill the problem with people under pricing, being busy fools & going out of business quickly is that there is always another one waiting t...

Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for steel stakes for tree plaques etc?

Replies: 3

Views: 1163

Re: Supplier for steel stakes for tree plaques etc?

I've used these from mastergrave.... http://www.mastergrave.co.uk/catalogue/detail.php?product_ID=1063&product_Category_ID=262 Thanks Michael. I did come across these a while ago. I thought they were fairly expensive for what I need - often for temporary use. A simple flat bar bent at 45 deg an...

Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for steel stakes for tree plaques etc?

Replies: 3

Views: 1163

Supplier for steel stakes for tree plaques etc?

I normally make these myself but would be interested to hear if there is anybody supplying these steel stakes - off the shelf - for fixing to the backs of ground/tree plaques etc.

Cheers - Neil

Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: PPL (Standing up for Music Rights) raises it's ugly head again

Replies: 39

Views: 8668

Re: PPL (Standing up for Music Rights) raises it's ugly head again

Phill Fenton wrote:They still expect a small business working from home to pay their licence fee. It's legalised extortion.


Phill, when they first began calling me, perhaps eight or ten years ago their main argument was that customers wold hear it. Is it still that way or do they include staff nowadays?

Neil

Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing an error, stand off letters on a tray

Replies: 9

Views: 2206

Re: Fixing an error, stand off letters on a tray

This is a not uncommon problem with stand off lettering - particularly when drilling into a roughcast wall where the drill will not always follow it's intended path and ends up being out by a few mm which puts a lot of stain on the cups and studs when the lettering is pushed into place - in some ca...

Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing an error, stand off letters on a tray

Replies: 9

Views: 2206

Re: Fixing an error, stand off letters on a tray

I suppose it depends what the locators are glued onto the back of the letters with, but if they can be removed then that's the way I'd go. Remove the studs. Then put a bead of BlueTac on the heads of new locators and place them in the cups (already screwed to the signboard) but not as deep as they c...

Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: PPL (Standing up for Music Rights) raises it's ugly head again

Replies: 39

Views: 8668

Re: PPL (Standing up for Music Rights) raises it's ugly head again

After a gap of a few years, I have once again been phoned by PPL in an attempt to get me to pay a music license for my business. Despite the fact I don't play music they continued to harass me on a daily basis a few years ago. This only stopped when I registered my telephone number with the TPS (Te...

Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:23 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Pearson: Some of our recent work 2016/17

Replies: 15

Views: 3260

Re: Some of our recent work 2016/17

Nice work there Iain. I like Ground Control, but all of them excellent interesting design!

Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Treating plywood for external sign

Replies: 18

Views: 3157

Re: Treating plywood for external sign

Hi guys It's for a Bowls club so It need's to look a little traditional hence going down the wood route. Stephen, you mentioned there are loads of edging available, care to add a link? I can't find any other than the one I posted Thanks Dan Daniel - you can get GRP sign blanks moulded with edging l...

Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Treating plywood for external sign

Replies: 18

Views: 3157

Re: Treating plywood for external sign

For an 8' x 4' backing board I wouldn't use anything less than 12mm (half inch) ply. Have you considered using sign channel instead of the ply? I meant to mention this too Niel, but then thought he maybe using a U-Shape trim to enclose both sheets right around the edge. actually this being the case...

Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Treating plywood for external sign

Replies: 18

Views: 3157

Re: Treating plywood for external sign

For an 8' x 4' backing board I wouldn't use anything less than 12mm (half inch) ply. Have you considered using sign channel instead of the ply?

Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Raging, made this sign wrong

Replies: 17

Views: 3178

Re: Raging, made this sign wrong

I once created two HONDA stickers to go on the sides of the fuel tank on a Honda quad. The guy picked them up and paid. Next day he came back in complaining that one of them was wrong. He explained "on one side of the tank the 'H' was next to the handlebars but on the other side the 'A' was nex...

Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Replies: 77

Views: 17641

Re: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Not a tip, but an adage I thought very true.

"It's strange how much you need to know until you know how little you know"

Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:11 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Experian telephone Call - genuine or not?

Replies: 11

Views: 2525

Re: Experian telephone Call - genuine or not?

Haven't had one from them, but plenty others purporting to be updating their records, carrying out surveys, etc. etc. Whether they are genuinely the businesses they say they are or not, IMO they are data mining with intent to profile you and either sell on the data or use it for purposes way beyond ...

Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signwriting the back of a tipper

Replies: 6

Views: 1265

Re: Signwriting the back of a tipper

Everything Kevin says... plus no mater how good d/s tape you use, it'll only be as good as the grip the paint has on the bodywork. I wouldn't be comfortable with composite. We've made panels for the sides of coaches from solid aluminium. We didn't fit them, and the only advice we gave the client was...

Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:19 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted Walldog project is done.

Replies: 11

Views: 3082

Re: Hand painted Walldog project is done.

Nice and crisp, Duncan. Excellent!

Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Down at A&E, only gone and cut myself.

Replies: 15

Views: 2430

Re: Down at A&E, only gone and cut myself.

Always cut towards your friend! :lol:

Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Table Saw Recommendations please?

Replies: 12

Views: 2322

Re: Table Saw Recommendations please?

Neil we owe you a pint! :thumbsup: We had a sheet of MDF which we've made a saw guide from. Our circular saw has depth control for the blade, so we're using the off cut of MDF as a base to prevent them flopping about, and without cutting through the MDF. A new 40t balde and we're away! Way to go! :...

Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Table Saw Recommendations please?

Replies: 12

Views: 2322

Re: Table Saw Recommendations please?

No argument, Festool is great kit and a joy to work with. For anybody who doesn't want to splash out Festool prices, you can make a Sawboard very easily, quickly and for a few quid, to use with your existing saw. I've used them for many years - very effective and accurate too. http://wiki.diyfaq.org...

Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Spotted on the way home today

Replies: 4

Views: 1107

Re: Spotted on the way home today

Neil Somers wrote:No job too small !


Hu! Didn't even look at that. Don't hire me for proof reading! :blushing:

Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Spotted on the way home today

Replies: 4

Views: 1107

Re: Spotted on the way home today

I'm stumped! (pardon the pun) - can't see anything wrong with it :awkward:

Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Table Saw Recommendations please?

Replies: 12

Views: 2322

Re: Table Saw Recommendations

Depends on the size of boards you're cutting but if it's mainly 2.4M x 1.2M then a max width of 600mm fence would do you. If you're making a panel wider than 600mm then you'd turn it around and cut the waste off. Also if you're expecting to be cutting long lengths, a roller table/fence is handy You ...

Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello to all from new member!

Replies: 7

Views: 28007

Re: Hello to all from new member!

Hi Samuel. Welcome to UKSB

Neil

Re: Is the Micro Business Sign maker slowly being legislated out of existence?

Phill Fenton wrote:I wonder if leaving the EU will result in less regulation in the industry?


You would think it should, but will it?

Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade supplier for ceramic photo plaques for memorials?

Replies: 2

Views: 756

Re: Trade supplier for ceramic photo plaques for memorials?

Dan Osterbery wrote:if you don't have any luck in UK, I know someone here in Spain that produces them. Happy to help if needed!

cheers

Dan

Thanks Dan. Good of you to offer. I'm talking to a couple of companies here right now, but wouldn't hurt to speak to your contact there too.
Cheers - Neil


Cheers Dan!

Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade supplier for ceramic photo plaques for memorials?

Replies: 2

Views: 756

Trade supplier for ceramic photo plaques for memorials?

Morning Folks,

Anybody here know of a trade supplier for those ceramic photo plaques to go on memorial stones?

I'm not liking for raw materials, but for a supplier that will produce the finished object on a one off basis.

Many thanks,
Neil

Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Replies: 8

Views: 1448

Re: What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Neil are you keying it up or using a primer cleaner etc, hot glue again depends on the bond it can make to the surface. Like Dave said a construction adhesive will probably bond it, I always use Bostik Simson Isr70-08 & primer/cleaner called Prep M Kev Yes, I'd always key and clean - normally w...

Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:11 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Replies: 8

Views: 1448

Re: What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Thanks Kev - will check with them.

There's a bewildering range of brands and types out there all claiming to be used for Corian. I tried one last week and it was rubbish - pulled apart leaving a clean separation.

What about hot gun glues. Any of these worth considering?

Cheers - Neil

Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Replies: 8

Views: 1448

Re: What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Thanks David,

Yes that's the way we're going. I just hoped there would be a quick one tube alternative.

Cheers,
Neil

Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Replies: 8

Views: 1448

What adhesive to use for Corian/Solid Surface

Hi Folks, I need to find a glue to use to permanently stick Corian to Corian (on the flat) or other solid surface brands, for use outdoor. I've found a few on the net but just wondered if anybody here has been using an adhesive they could recommend. There are specialised glues for this but they need...

Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on how to gain safe access to roof windows for vinyl application?

Replies: 24

Views: 4401

Re: Advice on how to gain safe access to roof windows for vinyl application?

Looks like you're going to have to resort to the time honoured device - strategically placed of course!

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Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: sliding in out signs

Replies: 7

Views: 1162

Re: sliding in out signs

We've also used Spandex Slatz in the past. Quite tidy.
http://www.spandex.com/UK/Sign_Systems/ ... index.aspx

Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: When is "next Friday"

Replies: 18

Views: 4621

Re: When is "next Friday"

David Hammond wrote:But if the train had already pulled into the station, would it he say "this train"??


Yes, of course because he would be referring to the present, not the future.

Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tiling three large vinyl strips

Replies: 8

Views: 2208

Re: Tiling three large vinyl strips

Looking good, Simon. Very smart. :thumbup2:

Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: When is "next Friday"

Replies: 18

Views: 4621

Re: When is "next Friday"

Sooooooo...

If you arrived at the railway station and asked the station master which train to take for Hogwarts, and he told you to take the NEXT train that pulls into the station... Would you wait for the second train or would you take the first????? :D

Tue May 31, 2016 10:34 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tiling three large vinyl strips

Replies: 8

Views: 2208

Re: Tiling three large vinyl strips

I don't get involved with this sort of work, so this is simply something that springs to mind. If you go for the overlap method, then it might be worthwhile considering which direction the overlap comes from in relation to the strongest light source. If there is a strong light source such as big win...

Sat May 28, 2016 9:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Why do so many sign vans have rubbish graphics ?

Replies: 8

Views: 1437

Re: Why do so many sign vans have rubbish graphics ?

The shoemaker's bairns are always last to get shod! :D

Fri May 27, 2016 4:04 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Mimaki JV-33 USB & main board issue

Replies: 21

Views: 5054

Re: Mimaki JV-33 USB & main board issue

If you have a parallel connection each end you'll probably find it much more forgiving than serial. Been there - done that...

Neil

Wed May 25, 2016 10:24 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Any tips on removing cheap wrap film?

Replies: 33

Views: 8506

Re: Any tips on removing cheap wrap film?

Hi I've previously pointed a space heater in to the rear of the van this warms the panels completely from the inside and allows you to work unheeded. This creates an even heat over the entire panel, even works with ply wood panels in place but takes longer to war the panels. Sure no one needs to be...

Mon May 23, 2016 2:29 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Any tips on removing cheap wrap film?

Replies: 33

Views: 8506

Re: Any tips on removing cheap wrap film?

Jon Marshall wrote:Good, but you'd go through a lot of wheels removing a wrap.


You'd need the same sort of thing but like a drive through car wash! :thumbup2:

Thu May 19, 2016 9:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Always check your spelling

Replies: 5

Views: 1608

Re: Always check your spelling

Robert Lambie wrote:We missed a whole word on a van once...

Professional Wallpaper Stripper
we had...
Professional Stripper.

Customer joked about it when he came back, said the phones been ringing non-stop.


Freudian slip :lol1:

Tue May 17, 2016 1:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: First day off the fags

Replies: 4

Views: 1552

Re: First day off the fags

I stopped smoking when my son was born 24 years ago. But unlike Neil I had to remove all temptation. Every now and then I would have a lapse and go out and buy a packet - but everytime after I'd finished one cigarette I would destroy all the rest to stop me being tempted to have another... cost me ...

Tue May 17, 2016 10:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: First day off the fags

Replies: 4

Views: 1552

Re: First day off the fags

I stopped 20 od years ago. I kept a full packet never opened in my pocket for weeks/months. Each time I got 'panicky' I told myself, it's OK, I have some in my pocket so I can wait half an hour and have one then. By that time I'd be distracted, and on it went. I never did open that packet. My thinki...

Wed May 04, 2016 6:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you check accreditations for logos?

Replies: 15

Views: 2441

Re: Do you check accreditations for logos?

I don't think it's our job to verify anything the client gives us, tells us or askes for specifically. We'll be checking passports and marriage licences next :roll: . If you want to cover your back then perhaps get the client to sign a disclaimer of sorts.

Neil

Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Converting a font to a stencil font

Replies: 4

Views: 1164

Re: Converting a font to a stencil font

You can get font editors that would help you do that sort of thing - some of them free.
https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=ttf+font+editor

Neil

Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:13 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: font id help please

Replies: 2

Views: 1739

Re: font id help please

Looks like Cooper Black to me but it's difficult to see the finer detail in the photograph.

Neil

Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Post Foundation and removal of existing posts

Replies: 4

Views: 936

Re: Post Foundation and removal of existing posts

Normally done that way when the base is installed at an earlier date, sometimes by a different (heavy) squad. Then the sign erectors can come along later when the base is hardened and slot the sign posts into the empty tubes and fill up with mortar/concrete. Depending on the size of your new posts, ...

Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:23 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: working out an area.. in X5

Replies: 15

Views: 3076

Re: working out an area.. in X5

I'm on XP on two machines too. Simply for older machine drivers. And it works fine, so hey ho! :) Windows 7 on another machine which I think may be M$s most stable OS yet (in my experence). No intention to upgrade if I don't need to.

Neil

Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Replies: 16

Views: 2199

Re: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Hi Neil Full Postcode is KW3 6BJ its coming up right for me but wouldn't surprise me with some of the shipping systems suppliers use if it did come up as Orkney. It would probably be cheaper to have everything delivered to someone in Aberdeen and then hire a van to drive down to get it, would also ...

Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Replies: 16

Views: 2199

Re: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Hi Neil Yes im finding it with some and not others, really strange some suppliers don't quiver at it and yet others talk like your on another planet and they have to organise Nasa to get the goods to you LOL. Just waiting on Europoint to return my email and then ill start on some of the other names...

Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Replies: 16

Views: 2199

Re: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Kevin Busby wrote:Nice one thanks Neil I certainly will.

If your passing anytime your more than welcome to stop by for a cuppa.

Kev


Yea will do. M&H are fine and do go right up north, but you may still incur fairly hefty charges. Anything beyond Inverness is considered offshore! :shake:

Neil

Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Replies: 16

Views: 2199

Re: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Aye you're well up there Kevin! :) I'm in Tain but most of my work is engraving so I seldom use foam or any 8x4 sheets these days. Robert Horn in their day used to run their own transport up here and I think probably up to Wick too but nobody now as far as I know. I did speak to Amari a while back a...

Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Replies: 16

Views: 2199

Re: Supplier help, foam board and dibond to the Highlands

Kevin - where are you? Check with Amari again as I think they used to deliver to Inverness.

Neil

Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Paint drying time before adding Vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 1292

Re: New Paint drying time before adding Vinyl

As Kevin says, it's more a case of the paint keying that prevents the paint peeling off. One thing I've found when peeling carrier tape off dodgy surfaces is to completely soak it with a spray bottle until it's saturated and it'll almost fall off.

Neil

Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When is a sign not a sign? - When it's a fascia

Replies: 2

Views: 947

Re: When is a sign not a sign? - When it's a fascia

I would say it looks like building renovation sort of work. That first floor above looks particularly dodgy to me and I personally wouldn't want to remove anything below it on the understanding it was simply to fit a sign. I would expect it to be done by a builder/joiner business, possibly with the ...

Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:39 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

Replies: 8

Views: 1964

Re: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

i havent saw a layout yet, but i had in my head. 80 odd names with table names, text could get pretty small. likely to be a script font? so not sure how the fine detail would hold down to the mirror as a mask so when etch cream etc was applied would it be sharp, the lass had saw some etch vinyls i ...

Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I think that I was fair with my response??

Replies: 19

Views: 5471

Re: I think I was fair!!

Just sad!

Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:41 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My last job tomorrow

Replies: 15

Views: 3550

Re: My last job tomorrow

Many happy retirement days, Steve. Hope you don't miss it too much :wink:

Neil

Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:22 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Vehicle preparation for traditional signwriting advice?

Replies: 14

Views: 3756

Re: Vehicle prep for traditional signwriting

Thanks Neil You have confirmed what I thought. No job in mind, just something I've wondered about. I did one of the last C & G Signwork courses in the early nineties which taught traditional techniques. The first job I could get though was working with vinyl and I ended up doing that all the ti...

Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:58 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Vehicle preparation for traditional signwriting advice?

Replies: 14

Views: 3756

Re: Vehicle prep for traditional signwriting

Chris - I haven't done any vehicles in years so I don't know if the modern paint has changed that much, but I wouldn't think so. Clean thoroughly/degrease/de-wax/wash. Once you've cleaned and dried it, it should be squeaky clean - literally! That's it - no need to abrade. In fact I would think that ...

Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: advice please -joining perspex on a light box

Replies: 9

Views: 1477

Re: advice please -joining perspex on a light box

I have some lying around if you're stuck, Hugh.

Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:44 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: corel to signlab

Replies: 6

Views: 1438

Re: corel to signlab

If it's vectors only, I use DXF. One thing to check is that the shapes are either FILLED ONLY or OUTLINE ONLY otherwise you could end up with two outlines and the cutter will cut twice.

Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: When is "next Friday"

Replies: 18

Views: 4621

Re: When is "next Friday"

Next Friday is the NEXT one that comes along no matter what week it's in. :)

Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anyone help with this font please

Replies: 7

Views: 1469

Re: Can anyone help with this font please

Looks like one of the Futura family.

Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with problem customer.

Replies: 21

Views: 3592

Re: Help with problem customer.

Neil I've also heard (anecdotally) from garages that they don't have the legal right to withhold the customer's car until payment is received. No idea if that is indeed the case or not.[/quote] I think the opposite is true (at least in Scotland) you are entitled to hold onto the vehicle and not rel...

Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with problem customer.

Replies: 21

Views: 3592

Re: Help with problem customer.

I agree with David - take a DEPOSIT. First thing it does is covers you for some of the cost, but it also puts them in a position where they want to get what they have already paid for - as soon as possible. And the only way the are going to get that is by having the job completed. Unless they have ...

Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with problem customer.

Replies: 21

Views: 3592

Re: Help with problem customer.

Phill Fenton wrote:I use a team of enforcers called the R&R debt collection agency. They will ensure you get paid in return for taking a small percentage of your profits. Nice guys and very presentable


Do R&R do the gardening work as well. That's a tidy looking estate!

Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with problem customer.

Replies: 21

Views: 3592

Re: Help with problem customer.

I agree with David - take a DEPOSIT. First thing it does is covers you for some of the cost, but it also puts them in a position where they want to get what they have already paid for - as soon as possible. And the only way the are going to get that is by having the job completed. Unless they have a...

Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 4002

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

Neil, Stuart, Shaun and Kev... thanks very much for the feedback again. I have sussed the extension conflictions for my browser which is two CRM plugins that i am test running. 1, I have had one a while and never had a problem. 2, I installed another to test a few weeks back. Now the issue is appea...

Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 4002

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

Rob isn't a plugin or extension you have enabled in chrome thats causing the issue (antivirus,PDF or word reader etc) Kev :appl: :praise1: :thumbup2: Kev, You are the man! :P now all i need to do is work out what bloody extension is causing the problem as i turned them all off, had about 6 running....

Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 4002

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

OK on Chrome (Version 47.0.2526.106 m) which seems to be the latest version.

Also Ok on MSIE v11.o9600 and Firefox v43.0.3

Neil

Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Replies: 20

Views: 2073

Re: How to drill into a shop fascia?

How about trying a glass TCT bit with maybe not too much pressure on the hammer until you see how it goes.

Neil

Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas to you all

Replies: 12

Views: 2605

Re: Merry Christmas to you all

Merry Christmas to you all and all good health and fortune in the year to come.

<< cheers - clink! >>
Neil

Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:06 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: How do I convert RGB files to CMYK in Signlab 8.1 - help?

Replies: 2

Views: 1398

Re: How do I convert RGB files to CMYK in Signlab 8.1 - help

Steve - I don't use Signlab these days but from memory, try this ... Double-click the colour(s) you're using or want to change in the colour pallet - do you have an option to change it to CMYK? If so, you'll still need to select the appropriate shade when changed to CMYK as it won't be the same as i...

Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:35 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1920

Re: Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? H

Vince Francis wrote:Try First Class Signs & Engraving in Liverpool 0151 290 2330


Thanks Vince. Have had a quote from them now.

Cheers - Neil

Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:05 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1920

Re: Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? H

Gary Birch wrote:Strange, I haven had small plaques from them, unless they are size restricted. My back up is Culzean Engraving, more expensive but still good

Cheers

Gary


Thanks Gary - have just spoken to them.

Cheers - Neil

Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:57 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1920

Re: Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? H

Not sure if trade only but we have used Pantograph Services in Leeds several times now without issue Cheers Gary Yes, Pantograph Services was the first people I spoke to, very able and helpful guys but they don't do stainless. I could probably do it myself but I'd need to spend time and materials o...

Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:14 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1920

Sourcing a trade only supplier of stainless engraving? Help?

Hi folks,

Any recommendations for a trade (preferably) service for stainless steel engraving. Not laser - needs to be solid sunk.

Cheers,
Neil

Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:33 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Removing traditional brush paint - advice needed, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1431

Re: Removing traditional brush paint - advice needed, please

I suppose it depends on how good a coat and how many it has had. Also what paint was used, but generally the only really successful way would be to rub it down and repaint the panel/s. Meths won't make a dent on it in my experience. If the underlying paint is baked then believe it or not I've manage...

Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl suitable for a RIB Rescue Boat?

Replies: 8

Views: 1590

Re: Vinyl suitable for a RIB

I would try Wm Smith for advice on this because it could be a 3M product. alternatively, on an inflatable, i would only use ink stencilled on using a roller. you will get the ink from Apollo Inks. cheap and easy done. I'd second the stencil/ink as Rob says, but maybe check with the suppliers/manufa...

Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:08 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Sword striper advice needed, please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2678

Re: Sword striper advice

Yea I know what you mean by a loaded liner sagging with the weight. When you say you've been trimming it, do you mean along the curved edge?

Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:39 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Sword striper advice needed, please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2678

Re: Sword striper advice

Lovely traditional work there Pete! Now you're convert, what would you say was the main feature that changed your mind?

Cheers - Neil

Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Flood coating Correx with Screen Print Ink - help please?

Replies: 3

Views: 980

Re: Flood coating Correx with Screen Print Ink

We've done this years ago for a one-off job. I don't recall exactly what we used (could have been polyplast) but I think you need a primer for polyprop or nothing will stick.

We spoke to Sericol at the time and they were very helpful.

Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Applying vinyl to an MDF table - Do I need to treat the MDF?

Replies: 8

Views: 2948

Re: Applying vinyl to an MDF table

If you're looking for it to go off fast, you could use sanding sealer. Either meths or cellulose based. You'll need to be quick with the brush though as it will go off very fast. I haven't sprayed it but I guess you could. I've sealed many chipboard work areas (in the days before MDF) very successfu...

Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VAT on Water Utilities

Replies: 4

Views: 1453

Re: VAT on Water Utilities

I suggest you ring your water supplier and ask for a VAT declaration form. The answer I just got was that if you make a profit on the water you use then you are required to pay VAT. I don't really use water in the process of making a sign but of course it would be a part of the day to day expenses ...

Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is Sign World magazine still available?

Replies: 0

Views: 1171

Is Sign World magazine still available?

Subject says it all really. Is Sign World magazine still published?

Cheers - Neil

Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Latest engraved pieces

Replies: 3

Views: 1298

Re: Latest engraved pieces

Nice work there Andy - every one of them. Where do you get your backing plinths from, or do you make them yourself?

Neil

Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rock and Roll Illuminated Burger Bar signage project

Replies: 11

Views: 2860

Re: Rock and Roll Illuminated Burger Bar signage project

Both jobs...fantastic... that's what you call a proper sign. Love the side profile picture of the Rock n roll sign and agree with all the comments. Strange how the fairground letters are all in vogue at the moment. Perhaps it's because if anybody knows how to engage their clientele and sell to them...

Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:30 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rock and Roll Illuminated Burger Bar signage project

Replies: 11

Views: 2860

Re: Rock and Roll Illuminated Burger Bar signage project

That is nice work. I have even seen these type of letters for sale in furniture stores. I saw a wooden one appr 5 feet tall selling for 400 pounds. The thing I like about retro is that it is cheerful. The streets around here look pretty bland and bleak with all the tray signs and foamex letters. It...

Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:24 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl that sticks to polcarb HDFE material

Replies: 5

Views: 1603

Re: Vinyl that sticks to polcarb HDFE material

I'm sure we used to get a stabiliser to use on polypropylene. I think it was essentially a screen printers stabiliser. I've only used it a couple of times (yonks ago) to get paint to stick to polypropylene and it did work at the time. I'd imagine you could spray the panels and get the vinyl to stick...

Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do Robert Horne have a telephone number?

Replies: 2

Views: 954

Re: Do Robert Horne have a telephone number?

Chris Windebank wrote:only have europoint in Northampton, might be worth calling them to get the number
01604 494115


Thanks Chris - will do just that.

Cheers - Neil

Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do Robert Horne have a telephone number?

Replies: 2

Views: 954

Do Robert Horne have a telephone number?

Hi folks,

Anybody know if Robert Horne/PaperlinX have a telephone number in Glasgow?

Or who else supply sheet materials - composite, foam etc. and send out in Scotland?


Cheers - Neil

Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:23 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Sword striper advice needed, please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2678

Re: Sword striper advice

Peter - I'd speak to Handovers themselves to see what they recommend. I normally use quill liners too but have used the sword liners in the past just to try them out. My preference is still the quills but I probably didn't practice enough with the swords. I found them a bit loose when new, so they p...

Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plexiglas Supplier Please

Replies: 7

Views: 1261

Re: Plexiglas Supplier Please

Don't suppose this will be much good to you Warren, but maybe help you to trace it. The last I heard of plexiglass supplier in this country (I think it's a USA product?) was VT Plastics, and I think they were taken over by Amari Plastics many moons ago. I think I have a colour swatch/samples still l...

Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for rivets and caps?

Replies: 5

Views: 1351

Re: Supplier for rivets and caps?

For anybody else hunting for these, I've got them from Signgeer.
http://www.signgeer.com/product/stemfix ... or-500-597

Cheers - Neil

Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for rivets and caps?

Replies: 5

Views: 1351

Re: Supplier for rivets and caps?

I used to buy these from Ashby but theirs is plastic coated and if your a little harsh when using the rivet gun the plastic cap snapped and left exposed aluminium. meant drilling out and starting again. that said, it did look good and neat. i reverted to the metal painted ones same as garry has pos...

Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for rivets and caps?

Replies: 5

Views: 1351

Re: Supplier for rivets and caps?

Thanks for the link Garry. I may just get some of these in for future use. The job I need the plastic caps for is to match an existing installation, so nothing else will do in this case. I've found one supplier but still waiting for them to arrive to see if they will fit the rivets properly. Cheers ...

Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for rivets and caps?

Replies: 5

Views: 1351

Supplier for rivets and caps?

Hi guys,

Who are the recommended suppliers for blind (pop) rivets and plastic caps these days? I used to get them from Tofco but they don't do that sort of stuff nowadays. The main this is to get the rivets and caps from the same supplier to guarantee they fit together properly.

Cheers,
Neil

Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:15 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Does Eurosign rigid laminate still exist?

Replies: 0

Views: 1314

Does Eurosign rigid laminate still exist?

Hi Folks, Anybody know if Eurosign rigid laminate still exists and if so who supplies it? I know of, and use a few other makes, but I have some Eurosign cuttings here - from way back when - and they seem to be significantly more rigid and the surface is definitely harder. I generally use ABET these ...

Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:50 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Signwritten containers.

Replies: 6

Views: 1927

Re: Signwritten containers.

A cracking good job there Simon. I never did enjoy writing on corrugated surfaces unless they were fairly shallow.

Neil

Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:54 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Distressed Painting

Replies: 9

Views: 3776

Re: Distressed Painting

Nice job John and very convincing. A good choice of typeface for the era too! :thumbup2:

Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:33 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Signwriter's Dream

Replies: 6

Views: 3063

Re: Signwriter's Dream

Simon Worrall wrote:And when is this event happening, Duncan? :roll:

Simon.


Simon, there's a link to the event website at the top of the post. - here's the URL http://www.letterheads40.com/

Neil

Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:30 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Signwriter's Dream

Replies: 6

Views: 3063

Re: Signwriter's Dream

Would love to be there too Duncan. Problem is I'd probably want to do every workshop! :D

Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:35 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Boat Signwriting - my work.

Replies: 23

Views: 8928

Re: great

great do lefties always drop shadow to the left? or does the sun rise in the east where the lefties live....... Don't know the answer to that One thing for sure with all brushies is that the shadow goes underneath and not at the top I'm correct am I?..............am I? :-? John - For me it's always...

Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:43 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Boat Signwriting - my work.

Replies: 23

Views: 8928

Re: great

great do lefties always drop shadow to the left? or does the sun rise in the east where the lefties live....... Don't know the answer to that One thing for sure with all brushies is that the shadow goes underneath and not at the top I'm correct am I?..............am I? :-? John - For me it's always...

Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:00 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Boat Signwriting - my work.

Replies: 23

Views: 8928

Mike Grant wrote:Another lefty here as well... :D I had some hair back then as well. :wink:


Wrecked my back working hours bent double like that.

Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:57 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Boat Signwriting - my work.

Replies: 23

Views: 8928

Nice work Brian. Makes me want to go and get the brushes out again. I'm right handed but always did my shadows to the left just like yours.

Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendations for hire of unveiling curtains

Replies: 7

Views: 2227

If you have a local props maker in your area or local theatre, you are looking for a small tab track, centre opening, or google tab track they are simple to make up. Thanks Graham. We've decided to have a couple of sets made ourselves, but I'm going to go and look that up right now. I thought these...

Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendations for hire of unveiling curtains

Replies: 7

Views: 2227

Could you not make some yourself rather than Hire them? Wouldn't have thought they would be that expensive to manufacture, then you could advertise them for hire once you have used them :lol1: :lol1: Could do that Martin, in fact we've already discussed it and it may well happen this time. In the m...

Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendations for hire of unveiling curtains

Replies: 7

Views: 2227

Recommendations for hire of unveiling curtains

Hi Guys,

Looking for a hire supplier for unveiling curtains. Wall mounted or on stands. I've found a few on the net, but would welcome hearing from personal experience.

We used to get a loan of them from a local club but it's closed up nobody knows where they've gone.

Many thanks,

Neil

Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Where to download the toolbar from?

Replies: 8

Views: 1864

Hi John. I only have a bog standard membership so I'm used to being blocked from areas. But somebody such as yourself with a Gold membership I would have thought would have access to almost everything. So seems the permissions must be messed up. :(

Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Where to download the toolbar from?

Replies: 8

Views: 1864

Chris, thanks for that, but Rob's link on that page won't permit me access :-?

Rob: seems a bit bizarre that I have permission to use the toolbar, but not to download it?

Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Where to download the toolbar from?

Replies: 8

Views: 1864

Where to download the toolbar from?

As the subject says - where do we download the toolbar from?

Cheers,
Neil

Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from the States!

Replies: 4

Views: 1509

Morning Andy - welcome to the boards! :D

Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello All, from Portsmouth

Replies: 8

Views: 1756

Hi Brian - welcome to UKSB :)

Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: painting forex primer for waterbased paint

Replies: 5

Views: 1367

Automotive suppliers or vehicle sprayers use a clear primer when painting plastic panels and trim. I've used it in the past but can't remember exactly what I put on top of it. It worked for us but I suspect it was oil based top cot. Your water based will probably be acrylic, and I really couldn't sa...

Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: painting forex primer for waterbased paint

Replies: 5

Views: 1367

Maybe you could get a screen ink matched close enough?

Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Dorset

Replies: 9

Views: 1838

Hi Stuart - welcome to UKSB :)

Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:10 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Attaching hooks to dibond for swinging signs

Replies: 5

Views: 2205

Bore two large holes or slots?

Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:04 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Love it when a customer clean's their vehicle...

Replies: 16

Views: 7397

Oil dispersant detergent? I think you should be able to get some stuff like made by Gunk for the automotive industry. EDIT: Maybe something like this. You get it in spray foam as well. http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_161497_langId_-1_...

Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exhibition Signs (Velcro back)

Replies: 11

Views: 1896

Yes, what Steve says. When we had a number the same size to do, we used to make a frame - similar to a hinged screen printing frame - to stretch the fabric across. Just stretched enough to lay normally but gets rid of any lurks. Also simple this way to keep it all straight. Lay the board under the f...

Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exhibition Signs (Velcro back)

Replies: 11

Views: 1896

I'm sure there will be others but we used to use a fabric called Nyloop. Came in a range of colours too.

Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:37 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Cream colour opening screen Corel 6

Replies: 5

Views: 1804

Peter - Try looking for Colour Management then. In my version (v12) it's under Tools/Colour Management. You should be able to select different colour profiles from a drop-down list there.

Neil

Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:58 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: monitor colour profile

Replies: 1

Views: 1042

Peter: I've just replied to your previous post.

Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:38 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Cream colour opening screen Corel 6

Replies: 5

Views: 1804

Peter - I'm not on v6 so can't be sure, but it may just be a config setting. If you take a look at Tools/Options/Page/Background you should see an option to have a background colour there. The options in your version may be different but should be in there somewhere.

Neil

Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:36 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Using Hyperlinks in a PDF

Replies: 6

Views: 1928

Seems that suggestion I posted last week not work Harry. I'm on v12 here so guessing a bit! I was too busy at the time to give it a go myself, so just tried now. Seems that the entire object (text sentence/para etc) or graphic object acts as the link. So it seems you can't select an individual word ...

Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: magnetic sign pricing help

Replies: 17

Views: 4590

First thing I'd check is that the van isn't made from aluminium

Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:34 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Using Hyperlinks in a PDF

Replies: 6

Views: 1928

Harry, I don't use X3 - I'm still on 12, but try this... If you type up the text. Then using the text tool, select the word(s) you want to become the link, and right-click over it - select Properties from the pop-up menu. You should get the properties tool panel. One of the tabs on the panel is for ...

Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:04 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versaworks screen resolution question

Replies: 7

Views: 1596

That's sad! I don't use Versaworks so can't comment on it. Is the resolution OK with other graphic apps?

Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Underground detection devices

Replies: 4

Views: 1024

Two bent welding rods. :wink:

Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Office renovations update...

Replies: 12

Views: 2815

Excellent makeover Duncan! It's a lesson to me just how our office presentation can transform our image. I'd do something the same if could just find the energy! :D

Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello, and oh no! i need help

Replies: 6

Views: 1553

Morning Gary - welcome to UKSB! :D

Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Gary from Kent

Replies: 15

Views: 2946

Morning Gary - welcome to the boards :)

Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Ireland

Replies: 8

Views: 1698

Morning Andy - welcome to the boards! :)

Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from sunderland

Replies: 7

Views: 1494

Hi Coneil - welcome to the boards :)

Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to make small flat cut letters?

Replies: 8

Views: 1410

First thought would be a laser. I don't know what job it would make of foam, but would make a nice job on Perspex.

Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:44 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: McDonald, Assortment of vehicles and shops

Replies: 12

Views: 4020

Cracking work there! That must be the fanciest forklift I ever did see! :)

Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:27 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laser level or spirit level?

Replies: 13

Views: 3264

If the van has difficult lines I use magnets with string between them or even an old tape measure and measure up from the sill. I also carry a strip of composite board with magnetic under to use for the same purpose This can be used as a datum line to start work Chris, Have you tried magnetic vinyl...

Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:55 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laser level or spirit level?

Replies: 13

Views: 3264

For what it's worth I've never used a level for anything but the most demanding situations where it's impractical to use a tape. I've tried it - chalked it out and stood back, but scrapped it in favour of the tape and eye. Especially on vehicles, I think it has to suit the flow of the vehicle design...

Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:42 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Letterheads Meet Kent, England 2014, Going?

Replies: 3

Views: 2158

Done. Would be good to meet up with some of you guys to 'chew the fat'. :D

Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Piaseczno, Poland

Replies: 10

Views: 1767

Hi Emil - welcome to UKSB (from Scotland) :)

Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from stockport

Replies: 10

Views: 2114

Morning Vince - welcome to the board :)

Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Thorning: signage assortment

Replies: 9

Views: 2979

Super design/wraps there Peter!

Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Essex

Replies: 8

Views: 2102

Hi Rob - welcome to UKSB

Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:31 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: I hope I am not the only one here who makes mistakes...

Replies: 12

Views: 2858

John O'Sullivan wrote:hey simon,wish we had your volume of buisness youve made more mistakes than we've had jobs!! :D :D :D how unfair is that :-? :-?



:lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:14 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Problems after downloading a macro.

Replies: 9

Views: 2309

Pretty much what Martin says - but...

Have you tried uninstalling the macro in Corel?
Has it affected the speed of any other applications apart from Corel (when Corel is closed - important!)?

Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Wigan!

Replies: 5

Views: 1444

Hi Chris - welcome to UKSB :)

Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:00 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: cutting polished stainless steel

Replies: 6

Views: 2185

Kevin Flowers wrote:Andrew
link may help you, just found them on the net but looks like its the type of thing you need

http://www.jetcutit.com/water-jet-cutting-metals.php


Just amazes me how you can do that with water!

Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Devon!

Replies: 8

Views: 1773

Hi Mark - welcome to UKSB :)

Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:30 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Question about saving a document.

Replies: 7

Views: 2380

I'm guessing they're talking about page size rather than file size?

I'd just resize the pages I think. I'd imagine they want the font sizes retained? but images would need to be resized. You'll probably end up with more actual pages in the finished doc if the font size is retained.

Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:42 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Why am i getting washed out colours?

Replies: 4

Views: 1787

Michael - I don't use x5 so can't be sure but here's a few things to check. I notice you're using fountain fills. Check that all the elements (colours) across the fill are in CMYK Is the black you're using CMYK? When you export to PDF are you selecting (in the settings) Output as CMYK and do you hav...

Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello New to the forum from Corby.

Replies: 10

Views: 2257

Hi Stephen - welcome to UKSB

Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello - finally got here!

Replies: 18

Views: 3242

Hi Mike - welcome to UKSB :)

Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:49 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: a little tinkering needed, help required please

Replies: 7

Views: 2518

One eye round (circle) - the other a dash (winking) maybe at a slant. Need to play with it ..

Neil

Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: looking for supplier national trust type outdoor info plynth

Replies: 2

Views: 888

Derek - from your description it's probably Duralite. Encapsulated GRP.
http://www.pryorsign.co.uk/duralite.html

Neil

Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesive for Foamex to Plywood/MDF

Replies: 8

Views: 2312

I'd probably go for Evo-stik - used as it says on the tin. Probably best to lightly key both the board and the Foamex with rough sandpaper and dust off well with a damp cloth and isopropyl or something similar.
If for exterior use, seal the edges.

Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New to the forum, from Surrey

Replies: 9

Views: 2264

Hi Jonny - it's good to hear what you're up to there. Welcome to UKSB.

Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newcomer from Nottingham

Replies: 8

Views: 1831

Hi Matt - welcome to UKSB :)

Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Translation website reccomendations

Replies: 8

Views: 1676

Garry it's a minefield. Automated translations are OK for getting the gist of a message but can be entirely incorrect too (same words can have different meanings etc...). A computer process doesn't know in what context you are using the word(s). The problem is they are a literal translation which do...

Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from darlinghurst nsw

Replies: 5

Views: 1320

Morning Adrian - welcome to UKSB :D

Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Nottingham

Replies: 9

Views: 2112

Hi David - welcome to UKSB :)

Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newbie from Leicestershire

Replies: 8

Views: 1984

Hi Pete - welcome to UKSB :)

Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Broken locators, opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1597

Nasty - and surprising! Big letters? sufficient locaters for windage/movement? Usual supplier? Have they changed their maker/brand? Used the studs and cups from the same manufacturer? Screws - pan head or csk? (correct size - not too large head?) Assuming they were located on a vertical surface. Oth...

Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:04 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Hugh Potter - Some recent work...

Replies: 11

Views: 4138

No critique from me, Hugh. All very sharp and clean work. Also shows your breadth of product/service types - a good all rounder!

Like your own van - smart! :)

Neil

Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:37 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: raster to vector line software

Replies: 16

Views: 6491

Harry Cleary wrote:Which one did you use to do that James?


Harry - I think that would have been Halftoner, but they're both good. Very small apps and don't need installing (single exe files), so it's easy to try both. Drag and drop an image onto them and set a few parameters.

Neil

Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:52 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: raster to vector line software

Replies: 16

Views: 6491

Excellent - result! nice resolution too! :D

Neil

Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:34 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: raster to vector line software

Replies: 16

Views: 6491

James - take a look here. I know the process you're describing but can't remember what it's called or where to get it. Done using horizontal strips if I remember correctly?

This is a similar approach and may do it for you.
http://jasondorie.com/page_cnc.html

Neil

Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:32 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How to draw a golf course map?

Replies: 19

Views: 6053

Either an OS map and scan/manual trace the course, or as you say, possibly Google maps or Google Earth screenshot and again, trace manually. I'd be tempted to put this to them as a separate job from which they would have the finished course artwork/vectors that they could then use for future alterna...

Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:38 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: BBC website video of a traditional fairground signwriter

Replies: 3

Views: 2095

BBC website video of a traditional fairground signwriter

A nice video here of a traditional fairground signwriter. Well worth a watch.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23313762

Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello once more

Replies: 11

Views: 2212

Morning Paul - welcome back!

Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Suggestions for Installation of Granite Sign

Replies: 10

Views: 2368

I'd speak to monumental masons. I think they may have scissor type clamps that grab the slab from the top edge (maybe two or three of them) especially for this sort of use.

Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign of a rough neighbourhood

Replies: 2

Views: 1312

I'm speechless!!!!

Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trusted Trader

Replies: 7

Views: 1934

Looked at it here and deemed it to be pointless as no customer selects a sign company on the basis of 'oooh, sticker on the window to say they MUST be good'. How can trading standards quantify a 'trusted / good' company (other than by knowing every detail of your finances apparently)...and do busin...

Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Surrey

Replies: 11

Views: 2726

Hi Iain - welcome to UKSB :)

Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from Plymouth

Replies: 7

Views: 1904

Hi Roy - welcome to UKSB :)

Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:07 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: design work: potter

Replies: 4

Views: 2024

Excellent work High. Well worth spending time helping her along with the technicalities of the software. Essentially design is all about the concept and I'd guess she's got it. Nice to see the young ones coming up with their own work - impressive!

Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:15 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: smith vehicle wrapping: assortment

Replies: 12

Views: 3407

Great work Cheryl. I love that panther on the bonnet!!!! :D

Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:43 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Node joining help please

Replies: 7

Views: 2285

Good man! You'd think it would be more intuitive, wouldn't you :D

Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:20 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Node joining help please

Replies: 7

Views: 2285

Mike - try this:

Select both parts with the Pick tool
Combine the two shapes (Ctrl + L)
Now using the shape tool select the two nodes you want to join
Click the Join Two Nodes button.

Works for me...

Neil

Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Northamptonshire!

Replies: 10

Views: 2238

Hi James - welcome to UKSB :)

Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Show Off - Various work

Replies: 7

Views: 2110

Some nice clean and original looking stuff there John - very nice.

Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs able to withstand 50C

Replies: 8

Views: 1523

Probably worth looking into phenolic sheet. Formica, traffolyte spec would be good to look into for that use. We used to use quite a bit of melamine (?) faced phenolic. Not sure where to get it nowadays - we used to get from a company called Vulcascot (I think?), but I'm sure I heard they went out o...

Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Northern Ireland

Replies: 10

Views: 2096

Hi David - welcome to UKSB :D

Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Quick heads up for you guys

Replies: 5

Views: 1359

Hopefully you got paid in full. :roll:

Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:07 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is there vinyl that can be driven on

Replies: 12

Views: 2622

Paint.

Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from the beautiful Plymouth

Replies: 9

Views: 2098

Morning Lee - welcome to the boards :)

Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:22 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Joining correx boards

Replies: 6

Views: 2998

Sounds like what I'd go for too. Probably goes without saying but I'd split the panels evenly so the joint is in the middle/vertically in line with the flutes. Would clear tape on the front of the joint work?

Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:26 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Walldogs meet in Kewanee Illinois last weekend.

Replies: 9

Views: 4118

All cracking stuff, Jill. I like the one with the plane flying into the skyscape (is that a real word? :D ) I'd like to see the entire finished work for that one.
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