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Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safety, quality, Tricks and Lies

Replies: 14

Views: 2534

by the way just to clarify - that comment was aimed at Andy

Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safety, quality, Tricks and Lies

Replies: 14

Views: 2534

There's a rumor flying around (started by me right now) that you are putting yourself up for the leading Man

Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safety, quality, Tricks and Lies

Replies: 14

Views: 2534

I thought that was probably the case as i have read many of his articles in sign update magazine etc. He has made a name for himself and his company by overemphasizing issues on Health & Safety which is often the type of talk a committee or similar like to hear as they can focus on that as they ...

Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:51 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: versacamm cutting possibilities

Replies: 9

Views: 2079

We have printed on our sc540 direct to magnet without any problems , however whilst the results were reasonable we found the vinyl the magnet manufacturers use is not the best for digital printing, taken into account the additional risk (Roland say there is risk of head crash) then it is not worth t...

Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safety, quality, Tricks and Lies

Replies: 14

Views: 2534

My view is that if buyers do accept every part of it as gospel and dont have the knowledge to differentiate from one installation type to another and therefore the related H & S certification then they will simply insist on the lot. Which is a bit like insisting your GP is also a heart specialis...

Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safety, quality, Tricks and Lies

Replies: 14

Views: 2534

its quite a coincidence that the author happens to be managing director of a well know installation company whose staff just happen to have all the qualifications he insists upon in his book, What a stroke, get people to pay for the book and they will believe in the necessity of the qualifications l...

Sun Feb 25, 2007 4:22 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rulette - doublesided neon sign with chaser

Replies: 17

Views: 3239

that s brilliant, look forward to seeing the night view when it is working

cheers

Martin

Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:22 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Print driers

Replies: 15

Views: 2859

We have the bennes drier on a Roland 540 ex. we found a big improvement on drying time and no more stuck images on the take-up roller. generally the drying time problem only occurred with images where a lot of black was present. drier cost us circa £1050

Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:42 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: AutoCad & Cut Lines "CutContour"

Replies: 3

Views: 1108

we get files from one of our customer via autocad, and we have found you cannot trust the import process for dxf, typically the stroke does not import at the correct thickness. it is a good starting point for the file but it is worth importing into illustrator or similar and check it within there yo...

Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:11 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Versacamm with Colorip software PLEASE HELP

Replies: 16

Views: 3589

as Rodney said, it is almost certainly insufficient vinyl at the end of the piece which is causing this, you can get around it by sticking an extra piece of vinyl on your work piece to solve this but you do need that 300 mm

Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:38 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: looking for fascia lighting advice please?

Replies: 12

Views: 4479

still laughing at the joke, that will be going all round Manchester by tomorrow :clap2:

Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:15 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: looking for fascia lighting advice please?

Replies: 12

Views: 4479

Portland also produce different length brackets

Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: scaffold pole fixing

Replies: 9

Views: 1630

Glad you got sorted, it always feels better if you do the job properly and you don't get the customer coming back to you months later

Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: scaffold pole fixing

Replies: 9

Views: 1630

What about sign channel and 50mm clips they would fit a 49mm pole without any problems

Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:19 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Roller Blind Printing??

Replies: 6

Views: 2689

You can use heavy digital banner material, ie metamark 560 gsm this works perfectly. We did five of them for the Lowry in Manchester. Bought the poles and mechanisms from a manufacturer and assembled them ourselves. Don't go for a lighter material you get edge curl!

Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Travel costs

Replies: 17

Views: 1897

I agree with John it is important to separate travel from the actual job, otherwise you can be seen as too expensive when comparing notes with local sign-makers, who don't have to travel. The other key point is get the quote physically signed off by the buyer before commencing work, preferably with ...

Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Premises or not?

Replies: 9

Views: 1379

Hi Gerry ultimately if you don't take a risk then you never achieve anything... High footfall and a showroom can certainly help you expand your business. However, there is a lot more to taking on premises than the rent. Obviously you will have to equip and layout your showroom beyond your current eq...

Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:16 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Reflective Inks

Replies: 11

Views: 3047

try all print supplies in slough they do a reflective vinyl for taking eco inks.

use it quite a lot as it gives a considerable saving on three layers of reflective vinyl if you do traffic signs for private premises

Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:12 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: cana anyone tell me why i get a green line around shapes?

Replies: 4

Views: 2595

if all else fails use the preference manager to clear all your preferences, this sets you back to the factory default. I find one of the frustrating things about flexi is that it always defaults the the last setting so if some else uses your computer and changes a setting - ie the kerning on the fon...

Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:31 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: RIP Software

Replies: 9

Views: 1109

i would look at the print server as it is a small device designed to take the load of your computer so you can still use it,

they are not very expensive and typically plug into the paralell port of the printer

Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:12 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: scaffolders

Replies: 9

Views: 1430

I'm sure you will win :)

Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:41 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: scaffolders

Replies: 9

Views: 1430

Nice Job Cheryl

Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you fit on to palisade fencing?

Replies: 14

Views: 2744

I use sign channel to the rear with an aluminium back plate bolted to the channel to grip the fence rails. this gives a nice clean appearance to the front of the sign and is easily removed or repositioned Normally get the plate from cutting up old aluminium signs we have taken down, can use dibond b...

Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:42 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what are peoples thoughts on a warranty for Roland SC545ex?

Replies: 8

Views: 3273

Thanks Chris

how do you go about getting the workshop manual?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:21 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what are peoples thoughts on a warranty for Roland SC545ex?

Replies: 8

Views: 3273

Thanks Chris, i am fairly okay with most things, can strip a computer down put new mboards in etc without too many bits left over. How complex is the changing of print-heads / pumps and what does it cost for the components, are they readily available from Roland or do you have to wait a bit if not u...

Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:18 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what are peoples thoughts on a warranty for Roland SC545ex?

Replies: 8

Views: 3273

what are peoples thoughts on a warranty for Roland SC545ex?

We have the 545ex which has just run out of warranty.Roland are quoting anywhere between £1349 - £3149 vat per year for extended warranty. Does anybody have experience of the warranties versus long term reliability offer advise on which option to go for ? appreciate any comments / feedback Cheers Ma...

Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:10 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: RIP Software

Replies: 9

Views: 1109

We had (and still have sat in the stockroom) an Encad 750. You do need a RIP as windows will not allow you to use the full width of the paper printing directly via the windows printer driver. For basic requirements flexisign's production manager has a built in RIP and profiles for the encad printer....

Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:01 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flex Face Sign: Tile Centre

Replies: 24

Views: 3307

Thanks Mike, I shall have to remember them as an option for next time we do a flex face sign or large banner to a wall

Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:04 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Can anybody give any further input, advise with logo please?

Replies: 15

Views: 2425

Like your design, simple yet eye-catching - the best ones often are

Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:01 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flex Face Sign: Tile Centre

Replies: 24

Views: 3307

Brilliant work Mike am very impressed, quick question was the Crystal frame system purchased as extruded lengths that you can cut to size or is it only available as a made up kit, if extruded lengths what sort of price do they work out per metre etc?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wooden poster holders - Supplier needed

Replies: 4

Views: 755

why not talk to a picture frame moulding manufacture and see what there range is, i know this is supplied in extruded lengths just the same as any ally etc. simple job then to mitre it on your chop saw couple of corner clamps and away you go here's a site i googled http://www.renaissancemouldings.co...

Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:04 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is it possible to cut/slit a roll of vinyl?

Replies: 6

Views: 2107

Thanks for the thanks - we use them almost exclusively and always found them helpful

Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:08 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is it possible to cut/slit a roll of vinyl?

Replies: 6

Views: 2107

Try Metamark, I think they will slit to custom sizes for you, they do use slitters rather than lathes

cheers

Martin

Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: letting display systems

Replies: 2

Views: 1024

try midwest displays in shrewsbury 01743 465531

http://www.midwestdisplays.co.uk/


also Pinetree Enterprises (better option for bespoke systems) - 01420 520804

we use them a lot

Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:21 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: who ever did this ill shoot them!!

Replies: 22

Views: 2085

Maybe we should have a competition for the worst sign we come across Rob could supply a bottle of whiskey for the winner :lol1:

Thu Sep 21, 2006 3:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The Off Topic Post - Anything Go's

Replies: 1965

Views: 329363

really i always wondered who he was, i guessed he was ex F1 or similar to be able to give some of the F1 drivers a run for their money round the track

you have solved a deep mystery :)

Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The Off Topic Post - Anything Go's

Replies: 1965

Views: 329363

yeah apparently he was attempting 300 mph a lot of speed for a presenter. made me wonder if he is Stig who does the test drives on top gear?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:20 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Whisky Tanker

Replies: 22

Views: 2945

Oh that kind of business

Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:13 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Whisky Tanker

Replies: 22

Views: 2945

you cant beat hot love :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:26 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Whisky Tanker

Replies: 22

Views: 2945

I can’t drink whiskey due to pigging out on an entire bottle at the age of 14. However try flambéing bananas in it with a little butter. The mix caramelises and tastes delicious my better half calls it sex food :lol1:

Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Left Caps Lock on

Replies: 6

Views: 728

You can do this is you use outlook on HTML as it uses word as its editor and use have the change case function within word (go to format on the toolbar and select change case) i don't believe this functionality is in express. however if it happens often then you could always type in word, spell chec...

Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:04 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what do you think eastern imports/alibaba are like?

Replies: 55

Views: 22363

Micheal as my grandmother used to say "there is no such thing as a free lunch" "you get what you pay for etc". Nobody can sell a US40k machine for less than 1k and make a profit, We have a Roland 545 and my guess is they cost substantially more to manufacture. somewhere there is ...

Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:11 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: whats the best way of drilling holes in acrylic?

Replies: 11

Views: 4448

The best way to do it is with a glass / tile drill. I have experimented with all types and with a glass drill I can drill acrylic of any thickness 20mm from the edge at full pressure in one go without fear of cracking or even a splintered edge if you you go the this site they sell a full range at go...

Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The Off Topic Post - Anything Go's

Replies: 1965

Views: 329363

Hey while were prosecuting Mss Cherie Blair could we also do that fellow Prescott I'm sure he still has an assault charge outstanding in Wales somewhere

well if I thumped somebody in the face in front of TV camera i know I would have,

Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: new tory logo

Replies: 37

Views: 3620

I think so, anyway by and large i agree with what you are saying, anyway back to the accounts :(

Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: new tory logo

Replies: 37

Views: 3620

Now you come to mention it Shane I knew id seen that face before, i just assumed it was on a wanted poster

Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: new tory logo

Replies: 37

Views: 3620

sorry you were making me chuckle while i sit here and try and reconcile my accounts ready for VAT. i felt a bit of deja vu coming on cos last time i sat here reconciling the accounts the same conversation was going on
:lol1:

Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: new tory logo

Replies: 37

Views: 3620

Just wondered :D

Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: new tory logo

Replies: 37

Views: 3620

changing the subject slightly Brian but did you ever watch ground hog day? :lol1:

Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: new tory logo

Replies: 37

Views: 3620

I say bring back Maggie at least you knew where you stood with her as she was as honest as a politician even if you didn't agree with everything she did

Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Door signs - Occupied/Unoccupied sliding style sign supplier

Replies: 3

Views: 1408

try one to one engravers on 01604 644604

Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comments please on glass etch cracking windows?

Replies: 18

Views: 2998

I think the only person who could answer that would be a lawyer which I am not, I'm sure there must be some case law somewhere,

Apart from that I would consider it becomes a case of reasonable precautions etc and that is why we all carry business insurance and pay thru the nose for it too

Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:49 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: can i use a troughlights-uplighter, upside down?

Replies: 3

Views: 1548

Is it as wet skegy as it is is Manchester?

ref trough lights Portland lighting do them for up-lighting as part of their signlux range

Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:01 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comments please on glass etch cracking windows?

Replies: 18

Views: 2998

I would have personally said that the risk of somebody being injured is zero, ie we are talking about the glass cracking not falling out of its frame It is the falling out which causes the risk of injury to members of the public. The clients own building maintenance program then becomes responsible ...

Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:50 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comments please on glass etch cracking windows?

Replies: 18

Views: 2998

if I was you I would speak to Mike Stuart the MD or Karen Marshal the representative, they were both involved in this issue and in defence of them they handled it very responsibly and fairly. As to the latter question I would not turn away £950 of work I would tell them of the experience and warn th...

Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:17 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comments please on glass etch cracking windows?

Replies: 18

Views: 2998

Hi The metamark was the standard frosted. Their disclaimer is to the signmaker, ie 'we carry the can' not them. I believe that Oracle also have a similar disclaimer within their notes. the initial thought was the original glass was tight in the frame, but at the re-installation of the glass they ens...

Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:36 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comments please on glass etch cracking windows?

Replies: 18

Views: 2998

We have had the problem occur, twice on the same set of windows. First time round we put it down to coincidence, old glass / kids smashing etc. The customer had to have over a grands worth of glass replaced. Prior to redoing the windows we spoke to Metamark whose vinyl we had used. They were emphati...

Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:14 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand writing signage: slumberland

Replies: 21

Views: 11707

Thanks, he gave it up to turn professional as an artist which was his true passion, but since retiring he has started to do a bit of graining and marbling for recreation again, here is a small marble panel he did a year or so back

Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:00 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand writing signage: slumberland

Replies: 21

Views: 11707

he used to do all the Truman pubs in Kent, don't know if they are still around?

Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:58 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand writing signage: slumberland

Replies: 21

Views: 11707

Whilst i have done very little hand painted work, my Dad spent many years graining marbling and signwriting here is a photo of a couple of his jobs

Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Win £200 Cash!

Replies: 71

Views: 6868

Hi Rob

good luck on your journey down south

I absolutely love the van, how much does an outfit like that cost? better start saving my pennies

martin

Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:55 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: is a graphtec compatible hardware with illustrator?

Replies: 7

Views: 2259

We have Flexisign Pro and we find that for basic design it is much quicker than illustrator, also the production manager - which carries out the plotting is very feature rich and in my opinion well worth the money, it has functions such as the ability to stack jobs, stack jobs by colour, create auto...

Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:48 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what is the chrome edge to finish acrylic called?

Replies: 10

Views: 3282

Hi Richard, couple of thoughts, try Jag Supplies i know they do an edge trim but whether it Will be bend with a little heat I don't know, failing that what about a car accessories shop? i remember from years back you could get a trim that was used to edge the folds on mini cars Hillman imps and simi...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:02 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: o2

Replies: 18

Views: 5125

And did you do the design layout yourself Brian, or employ the services of a Graphic Designer? :lol1:

Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

Perhaps you should suggest a yet another remod of the logo and sell it to them for a one off fee of 16K complete with full title. After all from what you say it isn't as though the designer has started from scratch he has modified their existing logo that would be a win-win for all; the Designer has...

Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

if you then multiply that by the number of companies tendering in each trade (typically 3 - 5) its going to work out an expensive old do for them. Silly Sods I think I would look rather closely at my contract if I were them and see what 'use' really entails - maybe commercial use is not the same as ...

Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: self screwing self tapping self doing everything type screws

Replies: 14

Views: 2567

Matt We use them all the time, both with screw style head and bolt style head, they are also known as tek bolts so you might try asking for them if you have no joy on the other name. Useful tip when using the bolt style, put a little blue tak in the socket to hold the bolt in place while you start i...

Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

I guess we all remember the British Airways re-brand from the 80's? I would have loved to listen into a boardroom chat between BA & their Graphic Designers for that one :lol1:

Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

Yeah Graphic Designers aren't all bad Ramj, in truth I know some really good designers, both in terms of their quality, pricing and their knowledge of the practical side of turning it all into reality. But there are those who put a big grin on your face because they think they know it all and in rea...

Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

Don't get me started on the council, the only efficient service is their rates collection service. I'm two days late with my rates I get a summons. When i ring them and tell them its all down to Postman Pat they tell me i should post them earlier, don't I know that i should allow at least 7 days for...

Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

I like it best when they mention pantone (or PMS - which i thought was a condition of the fairer sex) and then turn up with cards 15 years old and you have to explain to them that unless their client is Tesco or similar, they will have to put up with the colours that 3m/ metamark / oracal gave them....

Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

Is that with or without the stetson ?? :)

Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

Oh that's weird - I wrote the short hand version of Mr Richard Turpin Esq and it came up with oh o swore - hmmm

Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:35 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

I agree, I try to charge the cost of a font back to the customer - don't always succeed, but she makes (oh i swore !) Turpin look like a member of the clergy

Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dear Jim ..

Replies: 35

Views: 2313

I feel your pain (as a graphic designer would say) the best bit is they take 3 months working with the designer on the 'design' and then expect the sign for the opening in 7 days time. And you spend an hour tidying up 'their ready to go' artwork so you can cut vinyl from it, and the stroke on the fo...

Sat Aug 26, 2006 10:27 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: After hrs pricing

Replies: 20

Views: 1723

as the saying goes, he wanted a cheap sign - and he got one ! a neighbouring business wanted a sign for less then £500 with stood off letters, I quoted him on a dibond one @ £ 650 pointing out why he should not use foam, he went with a 5 mm foam one from a competitor, his comment to me was i got it ...

Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:04 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Foam Cut Graphics: 11890 bling sign

Replies: 13

Views: 1985

It does quite have the same look and feel as the first photo - oh well back to my dreams (good job the better half doesn't read these or i would be in serious trouble) by the way which part of Ireland you from? my mothers family originate from Keady in Armagh half of them still there cheers Martin

Sat Aug 19, 2006 3:40 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Foam Cut Graphics: 11890 bling sign

Replies: 13

Views: 1985

yeah but just think if you could - well - think of the thhe ttttthe possibilities whoops i am beginning to stutter :oops:

Sat Aug 19, 2006 3:00 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Foam Cut Graphics: 11890 bling sign

Replies: 13

Views: 1985

If i provided the foam could you make me one of those girls? they do look rather lifelike :) :P

Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: looking for cheap cheap cheap banner material

Replies: 3

Views: 885

Hi Danny

why not use paper? all print supplies in Slough do a cheap 210 gsm which we use all the time, it has good wet tear strength we have left it out in the rain all day to test for a specific job, quality is good and it is cheap, grommet in each corner and away your go.

Martin

Mon Aug 07, 2006 7:48 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle Wraps: 4-motion

Replies: 13

Views: 3793

great work, likewise don't think you seem to need much training

regards

Martin

Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Local Authorities & their requirements? - Edinburgh

Replies: 10

Views: 1296

is it standard to require a permit for putting a tower up in Scotland? Never heard of having to do that down here, we just get on with it and smile at the traffic wardens; put plenty of cones down so pedestrians cant get in our way and smile at the older ones apologetically as we help them past gues...

Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Local Authorities & their requirements? - Edinburgh

Replies: 10

Views: 1296

why not abseil down the building and fit it hanging from ropes. you could put a bucket below for donations, never know may end up with another 500 ?

Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Learning what the competition charges locally

Replies: 4

Views: 958

I think most people buy signs so infrequently they don't know what a fair price really is, and it can very from place to place. If they are going to buy from the cheapest source than we don't generally chase that business. there are several factors involved in pricing one is accurately understanding...

Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Coping with recesses and vehicle wraps

Replies: 20

Views: 3093

I have never done a full wrap, but I saw a spandex demonstration last year, and the guy used a plastic straw which he laid under the vinyl so it gave a vent from the recess to the edge of the vinyl, when he had got all the air out he simply pulled the straw out and was left with very little air to r...

Mon Jul 10, 2006 3:49 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Encad VinylJet 36"

Replies: 4

Views: 1482

look for an old Roland machine or the mimaki's; try Applied Image Technology - Stuart Cole 07900 683412 I found him helpful in the past although i didn't buy from him, i know they frequently have second hand machines. also try local liquidation specialists, i am sure there will be a few knocking aro...

Mon Jul 10, 2006 3:29 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Encad VinylJet 36"

Replies: 4

Views: 1482

Hi Adam never had one although we did have the encad novajet 750 okay machine but did get a lot of carriage errors, very susceptible to dust on the data ribbon or the carriage bar. we had another branch who had the vinyljet, as i recall it was very very slow but i guess it depends what you want it f...

Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:41 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what front loading Sign Frame can i use?

Replies: 4

Views: 1987

If you use a standard panatrim frame with a front hanging strip you shouldn't have any problems. You need to make the dimensions of the acrylic approx 30mm less than the external dimensions of the frame so that you can slide it in then when it hangs the bottom is inside the bottom frame, ditto the w...

Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: CSCS card - could soon be compulsory to have one?

Replies: 82

Views: 23982

Hi all Couple of points: 1 with the potential importance of this subject and the need to get people voting and expressing views would it be worth having a link to the subject on the main page with a synopsis of what is about and the potential impact, that way it may get more participation than curre...

Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: CSCS card - could soon be compulsory to have one?

Replies: 82

Views: 23982

Phill wrote:Up until now, this topic has had 1735 views - and yet only 27 peopkle have voted on the subject. What's all that about :-?

Hi Phil

think i am a bit of a thicky cos when i hit the button at the top of the page nothing happens? :o :o

Tue Jun 27, 2006 2:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: CSCS card - could soon be compulsory to have one?

Replies: 82

Views: 23982

Kev thanks for the information will certainly follow that up. In terms of CSCS I think reading the debate, the real issue is the requirements of the NVQ, nobody has a problem with H&S What I fail to understand looking at the NVQ syllabus is the relevance of most of the curriculum to installation...

Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: CSCS card - could soon be compulsory to have one?

Replies: 82

Views: 23982

CSCA Cards

I could agree with you more, I am very concerned about the impact on our business. Does anybody know where the nearest colleges to Stockport are that hold the courses? Personally I don't think you will stop the spread of the card, anymore than you would have done ISO9001 and similar as too many larg...

Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help - How to price this job

Replies: 38

Views: 4207

I would charge a minimum of £25 but tell him that he can have some additional text in a 'standard font' provided it is from the same vinyl weeded at the same time - ie boat or car registration, private mooring etc, that way he gets perceived value without significant additional cost to yourselves. =...

Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Should we charge for proofs!

Replies: 28

Views: 3633

Maybe my initial mail was a bit flippant, I didnt 'merely tweak' the design, I sat with the customer and asked what it was they didnt like about their current design, spent time with them finding out what they really wanted and gave it to them. As it happened the design itself ended up quite differe...

Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Should we charge for proofs!

Replies: 28

Views: 3633

We two types of customers, account and non account, accounts are based on multiple business and trusted. Non - account pay a 50% deposit , before we do anything, if they dont want to pay that then they seriously dont want a sign, process is to provide approx price for the job based on discussion, su...

Sat May 20, 2006 2:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: reflective vinyl removal tips please?

Replies: 14

Views: 4678

reflective vinyl removal

we use a product called multisolve for getting the adhesive off, wipe it on, leave for a couple of minutes and it converts the adhesive to a goo which is easily removed with rags a a scraper blade company called Astral Chemical Solutions (manchester) 0800 975 6677 make it, it pongs but really works!...

Thu Apr 13, 2006 8:58 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Sign channel fixing

Replies: 5

Views: 3846

we tend to use the acrylic foam tape at £20 per roll rather than vhb at £80, most important thing to do is make sure it is applied in warm conditions and score the surface of the dibond and channel with cross hatching marks so you get a good adhesion. if it is going high up and are large panels we s...

Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:11 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Who supplies clear static cling material?

Replies: 25

Views: 4094

Hi Marcella

try All Print Supplies 01753 696977

they sell it by the roll (approx £100) both as white and clear, we use it a lot particularly the white, put it thru our Roland Soljet and bobs your uncle.

Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:29 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there a right side to applying vinyl to banners?

Replies: 23

Views: 3542

we use metamark banner though a roland 545 and we use either side, one side is more a matt finish the other a semi matt

no problems so far

Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:26 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Versacam how long before heads get blocked?

Replies: 7

Views: 3233

we have the sc545ex with max inks which is the bigger brother but same technology and it goes through an automated head cleaning process, brings itself out of standby mode every so often and cleans itself, (wish my stepson would learn to do the same!)

great printer though

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