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Mon May 17, 2004 11:15 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle raphics: bob the plasterer

Replies: 6

Views: 1240

Steve, missed you on the other post , so Hi and welcome. Variety, that's one of the great things about the sign business. Just one little crit. it may be an optical illusion but the spacing on the secondry copy looks a bit off, especially the i and n look a little close , and also can you make your ...

Thu May 06, 2004 11:51 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushing: dts timber supplies

Replies: 20

Views: 8444

Have just painted two logos on vinyl with one shot and household gloss on the larger areas using one shot reducer and a drop of hardener. tried the snatch test after one day and had no problems. the only time I have had a problem , I couldn't remember if I prepped the vinyl or not

Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:04 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Sign : Walsh Butchers

Replies: 13

Views: 2771

sorry to nitpick but ,if you draw two imaginary lines at the end of the scrolls, try to keep your lettering uprights parallel to them, helps give the illusion that the lettering is on the scroll. Yes you are a signmaker but like the rest of us will keep on learning and making mistakes for a long tim...

Sun Mar 21, 2004 9:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Welcome to new members, the sign show and other issues

Replies: 15

Views: 2195

Joe, thanks will give it a go, I don't do any carving so will try the 1-5 method. Pete

Sat Mar 20, 2004 9:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Welcome to new members, the sign show and other issues

Replies: 15

Views: 2195

Joe, Always interested in new techniques, signwriting by its nature is never a quick job, but knowing a fast alternative is always useful, Pete

Fri Mar 19, 2004 12:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Welcome to new members, the sign show and other issues

Replies: 15

Views: 2195

Joe, I will try both methods next time, I didn't intend to put down your method, sorry if it sounded that way, I feel that the squeeky method would tell when the size is first ready, useful if you're in a hurry,the gravity system would probably take a little longer thus giving a better gild.

Sun Mar 14, 2004 8:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Welcome to new members, the sign show and other issues

Replies: 15

Views: 2195

Welcome to new members, the sign show and other issues

Has the site name changed? wasn't it called uksigngroup, thanks for telling me. Anyway welcome any new members since I've been away, some nice carving there Joe, I wish I had 45 years to learn how to do it. Since I've been away we've had an issue, a young chap called Fred, I might suggest he gets a ...

Wed Jan 28, 2004 7:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Action to be taken on pavement signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3816

Martin , he must have very long arms .Could be a solution in some cases, cheers. Pete

Sat Jan 24, 2004 10:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Action to be taken on pavement signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3816

Thanks all for your comments/suggestions,I won't say I'm glad to see it happening elsewhere.The dilemma of course is whether to tell the customers of the chance that their board might be kidnapped.Alan I took a walk round town today and spotted other "hazards" such as council funded benches, childre...

Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Action to be taken on pavement signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3816

Action to be taken on pavement signs

"Businesses in Whitby are being warned that pavement advertising signs are illegal and will be removed by the county council" Story in tonights local rag. "Officials say the signs: are hazardous to blind, partially sighted, infirm or disabled people. could cause a person to trip or pose a hazard to ...

Thu Jan 08, 2004 7:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Timber A boards

Replies: 18

Views: 3917

Yeh, suppose your right they don't take too long, the first one I made had the board fully rebated into the legs with mortice and tenon joints etc. worked up a much quicker design now.I find people really appreciate it if you put a small handle on the top, or it its a large one a suitcase handle on ...

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Timber A boards

Replies: 18

Views: 3917

Steve, when you say £70.00 to make Two 'A' boards I take it you're not including labour, I reckon on about £100.00 to make and paint one board,obviously a little less if you're making more than one at a time,and with signwriting sell for about £200.00- £260.00 each depending on content. By the way d...

Wed Dec 17, 2003 12:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just to say "Hello"

Replies: 15

Views: 2072

Hi Steve and welcome. Blimey the last time I went to a grasstrack meeting (about 1980) on my "motorcycle combination" we thought we'd have a go on the way home and ended up straddled accross a large ditch with my mate suspended in mid air in the chair.
Pete

Mon Dec 01, 2003 11:20 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Ivy Designs

Replies: 21

Views: 9851

John, I agree about the acrylic paints,I try not to use them unless it's an absolute screamer.I like to use ply because even after a good sanding down,I actually go down to 600 or 800 wet and dry you still do get a little grain coming through, just enough to give it a little character,though I also ...

Sat Nov 29, 2003 7:31 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Ivy Designs

Replies: 21

Views: 9851

John, you say aluminium primer gives better protection, is this because Medite needs better protection or is it as good /or better than exterior ply? I know a chap who uses standard mdf and applys linseed oil to the edges before priming with oil based primer, seems to work for him. Brian, unfortunat...

Thu Nov 27, 2003 9:38 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Ivy Designs

Replies: 21

Views: 9851

To change tack slightly, the last four shops to open in Whitby have been a variation on -helvetica, lower case, open spacing, small on a plain background - is this a national trend? .I'm doing one next week and thinking "so why exactly do you want it Painted"?

Wed Nov 26, 2003 7:50 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Ivy Designs

Replies: 21

Views: 9851

Excellent stuff although a little toooo ornate for me, Is he local to you Steve? must keep you on your toes.

Wed Nov 26, 2003 12:26 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: fosnights of valencia

Replies: 10

Views: 5203

I agree..nice job Jill. Interesting what you say about outlining,not exactly a "beginning brusher" but I still find outlining the most time consuming of all the lettering embelishments.I quite often use paint on vinyl for vehicles (successfully),though I did forget to degrease the vinyl on a job rec...

Tue Sep 02, 2003 7:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from aspiring sign writer!

Replies: 25

Views: 7400

John, certainly give me a call.01947 604423,you'll probably get my beautiful assistant(wife Jo) or 07775774323.Jo actually painted one of the pub signs on the website,she tends to do anything with people or animals .Unfortunately the Vincent isn't mine,I've never progressed any further than Triumphs...

Mon Sep 01, 2003 8:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from aspiring sign writer!

Replies: 25

Views: 7400

John, welcome to the site.Wow some cracking work.Can,t really add much,from a signwriting point of view I think Henry and Steve have most things covered.There was a course at Hammersmith and West London College in Shepherds Bush up until a couple of years ago,run by Bruce Barber, and I think there w...

Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10460

Phil, weren't Deaf School the ones with the tartan clad vicar on keyboards? sorry I don't remember "Conquest".Tom Waites would be my preference, though I've just bought Ry Cooder playing some rather groovy twangy guitar.Pete

Wed May 07, 2003 10:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me which gold looks the closest to gold leaf

Replies: 21

Views: 5502

I thought screen printing was just something you had to do at college? On anything but a perfect surface doesn't it bleed into the grain,I tried using a vinyl mask to apply the size with Mike the sign but had this problem as they're usually oiled or waxed rather thn varnished. And yes Gray , Signgol...

Fri May 02, 2003 11:24 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me which gold looks the closest to gold leaf

Replies: 21

Views: 5502

Gray,at last years sign show on the Signgold stand they had some excellent sample boards from the States where they had used Signgold in conjunction with paint( for outlines,shadows,graphics etc)I thought the two complimented each other very well. Alan I too update several honours boards with both p...

Sat Apr 26, 2003 1:46 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: Boston Artstore

Replies: 20

Views: 5970

Stuart,WBP I believe is Weather and Boil proof ?I always try to frame boards,or at least lip them with a strip of hardwood of the same thickness,if it is an irregular shape I would run filler round the edges like Adrian.I don't use Weathershield because I find I can't get as good a finish as I can u...

Fri Apr 25, 2003 6:33 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: Boston Artstore

Replies: 20

Views: 5970

Steve, lovely job as per usual.I recently came up with the same solution where the customer wanted a copper kettle and a coffee cup on the front of a sign,I had them turned and cut them in half,I'll post some pics soon, I'm just waiting for them to be added to my website,thats how you do it ,isn't i...

Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Swing boards and A Boards traditional

Replies: 8

Views: 1888

I won't make any comment about Yorkshire women.As space is a little tight in Whitby I usually suggest something a little smaller,to catch the unsuspecting sightseer just below the belt

Tue Apr 15, 2003 12:27 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: How many fonts do I offer customers??

Replies: 11

Views: 2603

In olden days (PC)a signwriter would have to hand maybe a dozen letter styles,a formal and an informal version of each ,ie.two Romans,two Scripts,Sans Serifs ,Gothics, One Strokes and a couple of his own fancy designs.This is the sort of range I try to show a customer to get a feel for their likes a...

Tue Apr 15, 2003 12:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Swing boards and A Boards traditional

Replies: 8

Views: 1888

They look a little lighter in weight than the ones I make,but I can't make them for that price.

Sat Jan 04, 2003 1:28 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Pavement Sign: Chalkboard Sign

Replies: 6

Views: 2069

Theeere Great ! Terry, even as a SIGNPAINTER I'm always in awe of people with the confidence and freedom in their art to do chalk boards

Sat Dec 14, 2002 10:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: need source for CHISELLED/3D FONTS

Replies: 5

Views: 1650

Dave,don't get me wrong, a few people on this site probably do as I seem to have a habit of bringing topics to an abrupt end,but I have nothing against vinyl,I have always used pencil,pen or brush since my early days as a Technical Illustrator and I don't think my strengths lie in the design side so...

Fri Dec 13, 2002 8:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: F F F F F F Flipping freezing!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4075

My workshop is no more than a garage and" this week I've mostly been going outside" to warm up.

Wed Dec 11, 2002 9:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: need source for CHISELLED/3D FONTS

Replies: 5

Views: 1650

I seem to remember a "step -by- step" on the Letterheads site on how to bevel/chisel lettering,I assume this means you can do it to whatever typeface you want ,I don't know?Personally if I want a chiselled effect I just mix up a tint and a shade of the letter colour and paint em on.

Sat Dec 07, 2002 9:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bumber Stickers - Just For a Laugh

Replies: 41

Views: 8801

"The liver is evil and must be punished"

Mon Nov 25, 2002 9:16 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: busch lager

Replies: 16

Views: 6723

Steve,great, it's all becoming clear.My technical notes tell you to paint on asphaltam varnish before laying the vinyl ,then after blasting remove the vinyl leaving the varnish as a mask,maybe Brian or Paul can shed some light on that?Also I understand you only need a very lightg blasting,could you ...

Mon Nov 25, 2002 11:04 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: busch lager

Replies: 16

Views: 6723

Steve -Beautiful!!!-On a whim I bought some chipping glue but on reading the technical notes that went with it chickened out,As Mike says would be interested to see how You went about it.

Thu Nov 21, 2002 11:44 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushed signs advice needed please?

Replies: 35

Views: 14178

Paul, thanks for the info on spray guns ,I'll have a look at them.If it's a fixing job in Whitby give me a shout if you need a hand, as long as I don't have to go up ladders,Mike can tell you about me and ladders.Also my wife insists that I admit to some of the work on the website as being hers,chee...

Thu Nov 21, 2002 2:10 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushed signs advice needed please?

Replies: 35

Views: 14178

Mick,when I'm spraying onto ply I finish the board as I would if I were lettering it,ie 1coat primer,2 coats undercoat,2 coats gloss(all oil based),I find that when you sprayingyou don't really get a great deal of paint on the job.I use 1 Shot,or plain old dulux,can't get on with quick drying acryli...

Thu Nov 07, 2002 10:34 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: If you're ever stuck for inspiration!

Replies: 5

Views: 3346

WOW!! great to see some different shapes,a lot of swing signs,funnily enough on my way home tonight I noticed SIX unused swing sign brackets in one street,is ther some new law about swing signs or is it just because it's so damn windy up here?

Thu Oct 31, 2002 1:00 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: help wanted with pictorial english signbooks?

Replies: 7

Views: 4068

I posted this in the wrong place so here we go again.Not really a sign book but-A NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS-by Bill Evans andAndrew Lawson,ISBN 0-85965-165-7.Loads of pictures of British shop fronts from 1900s-1970s

Thu Oct 31, 2002 12:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just registered...Time to say Hi

Replies: 16

Views: 3383

Maybe one cold Whitby winter we'll pack up our brushes , come over and paint our way round visiting friends and relatives,can you still do that?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 11:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just registered...Time to say Hi

Replies: 16

Views: 3383

HI Leeroy,welcome,I've got a friend in Australia perhaps you know him.Would that be the Nulabar(is that how you pronounce it?I'm affraid my geography's dreadfull) that Grays talking about?This friend told of how he rode accross it and since then its always been a dream of mine.

Fri Oct 25, 2002 10:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: sorry a bit late

Replies: 1

Views: 1193

sorry a bit late

I don't use the computer every day so tend to miss a lot of topics,I think Tim asked if you could make the new posts a bit longer,anyway I digress.Reply to Henry's request for english sign books,whilst not exactly a sign book "A NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS" byBill Evans and Andrew Lawson(ISBN 0-85965-165-...

Wed Oct 16, 2002 8:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Please HELP...

Replies: 25

Views: 5501

Looking at the photo Mike ,can't you just use you fingernails.As for your other post I've been dying for a chance to throw in your 3.8 law,ah well he who hesitates....

Sat Sep 28, 2002 10:04 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: what way to shade left or right?

Replies: 14

Views: 5835

As a southerner up north I' just confused.But I trained as a Technical Illustrator originally and it is general practice to assume that the sun is coming from the left hand side of the draughtsman and its kind of stuck ,most of the time.But being right handed I would probably put a high-light on the...

Tue Sep 24, 2002 10:15 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i get a small neon sign?

Replies: 10

Views: 4110

I try to stick to" hand painted wooden signs",that's what I do,it say's so on my bus.card, in my advert,on my 'a' board.Another chap came in the other day looking for something a bit different from his nasty old "hand painted wooden sign".what can you say?

Mon Sep 23, 2002 10:31 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i get a small neon sign?

Replies: 10

Views: 4110

neon;schmeeon

Kevin; thanks again,he's now talking about a digital sign that you can change the message etc. and christmas lights around the b&b all year round,I think I'll wash my hands of this one.Thanks again again.Pete.

Mon Sep 16, 2002 9:33 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i get a small neon sign?

Replies: 10

Views: 4110

small neon

Thanks Paul and Joe.It turns out the guy was asking on behalf of his son who was'nt around so I just passed on the number ,He's only up here at weekends ,if he has'nt had any luck by next weekend I'll get him to call you Paul .AS for the sideburns I was hoping to get a part on "Heartbeat"

Sat Sep 14, 2002 9:51 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i get a small neon sign?

Replies: 10

Views: 4110

Small neon sign Thanks!

Kevin ;Thanks I'll give them a call-Pete

Fri Sep 13, 2002 7:08 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i get a small neon sign?

Replies: 10

Views: 4110

where can i get a small neon sign?

Do any of you actually make neon signs?.A chap came in today,wants a neon "vacancy /no vacancy"sign.I don,t know how that will go down in quaint old Whitby but I said I'd ask around.

Thu Aug 22, 2002 11:31 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: CS Joinery

Replies: 15

Views: 4397

Tim,and you told me you struggle with the design side.I particularly like the use(not use )of colour / tones. I must pop in for that cup of tea sometime

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi!

Replies: 12

Views: 2144

reply

Mike ,I will be in your neck of the woods on Friday, will call in.Gray-it's currently home to the HMS Bark Endeavour just sailed round from your end of town.You should come to Whitby, great scenery, great fish and chips,great beer and great signs,even the fish and chip shops have gold leaf on thir w...

Wed Jul 24, 2002 12:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi!

Replies: 12

Views: 2144

thanks again

Thanks for the welcome Robert and Gray! You may have read this already I'm not sure if I'm replying correctly. Got to go now will talk soon.

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi!

Replies: 12

Views: 2144

hi!

My name is Pete and I'm an alcoholic-sorry wrong group "Mike the sign" suggested I get in touch.I've just moved to Whitby from Oxfordshire, where I was fortunate to be a close neighbour of Mikes, and I'm a bit lonely up here.I am what the Americans call a "Brush man"and relatively new to the game an...

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