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Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:32 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Cuts getting deeper with sp300i

Replies: 17

Views: 6584

Hi Chris

Tha'ts the technical term for them...lol I have been trying to think of the name all night. But do have a look at them you might be surprised!

Cheers

Alex

Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:55 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Cuts getting deeper with sp300i

Replies: 17

Views: 6584

Hi Chris I use Edward Mathias blades that are preset and you cannot deepen them. I am afraid this is a known problem with Versacamms. The pounce mechanism is very lazy and needs the up and down excersise to keep it moving freely. Hence the row of 100's of '8s' cutting without the blade in it keeps t...

Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:27 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Cuts getting deeper with sp300i

Replies: 17

Views: 6584

Hi Chris Its apparently a common fault with Versacamms the blade clips the first foot plate closest to where the print head docks. If you remove the plate you can see fine scratches where the blade sometimes clips it. I was advised to do as described above by Harry at Edward Mathias and have not had...

Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:20 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Cuts getting deeper with sp300i

Replies: 17

Views: 6584

Hi All Right first of all check to see if the blade has not clipped the first guide foot as this will instantly blunt the blade (you can tell if there is a fine scratch in the metal foot. If it has remove the guide, clean and cover in small section of white vinyl ( this will be your tell tale if it ...

Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what glue to stick 50mm H metal letters on painted wall

Replies: 8

Views: 1159

Hi William Try UHU,Bostick or similar clear glue used for modeling. We used that for years bonding brass,bronze and S/Steel letters to most surfaces. You need to squash the nozzle down to a flat shape so only a little glue comes out. Then before you stick the letter to the wall tack off the glue by ...

Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:34 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Clarity Software advice?

Replies: 13

Views: 3549

Hi All We have run Clarity now for a about 4 years and find it save us a huge amount of time estimating jobs as long as you spend some time setting it up properly. It will save you a lot of time producing quotes, delivery notes invoices etc. I could not work without it now. The only problem I have w...

Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hi all new here and hoping to make to make some buddies!!

Replies: 14

Views: 2080

Hi Stuart As per most things this works in an ideal world but as everyone on here knows it rarely works that way. You will here all the excuses under the sun especially when it comes to giving your regular clients credit. We all know that 30 days turns into a lost cheque book or all of a sudden ther...

Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:19 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi Benno

Can I ask the bubble free material you used?

Kind regards

Alex

Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi All

So to gain some idea of how good or bad bubble free wraps are who has had success with it?

I am sure by my posts you can put me in the NO SUCCESS section..lol

Cheers

Alex

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi Peter They all guarantee their material until there is a problem and then you will hear did you clean the vehicle and with what cleaner, heat it in properly was the van recently painted did you install the vinyl at the correct temperature did the prints out-gas properly is your laminator set prop...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hi all new here and hoping to make to make some buddies!!

Replies: 14

Views: 2080

Hi Stuart Why do you have to do the designs before you get the job. Work out a rough price list for your services. ie a simple panatrim frame and foamex panels at 3m x 1m would cost you say £100+VAT in materials. Work out how much you need to make a decent profit to supply & fit and regardless o...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi Peter You may be right with materials moving on but this was done within the last 3 months and I used a very well known brand with the matching laminate. I have used their non bubble free version of the same material and have done several part wraps and have had no problems since. As they say onc...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi All Peter is right in saying the glue coverage is 100% but because of the indented surface you never get 100% adhesion. The reps have since quoted me 70% adhesion on flat surfaces at the very best so have a guess how much adhesion you get in recessed areas. STAY AWAY FROM IT ON WRAPS!!!! It cost ...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi Peter

I do not want to name the brand as I feel they all have the same flaw and I have used their non bubble free wrapping material and found it to be flawless in its application and its ability to stay put when heated in.

Kind regards

Alex

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:08 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi Peter The glue is 100% coverage in little tiny pyramid shapes which does not completely adhere to the vehicle. I have pulled sections off mate and you can see where the glue has not touched the vehicle. As you say everyone to their own but from bitter experience I would not touch it with a bargep...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:58 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi Peter I works like a pyramid. The point of the glue sticks but the rest of the area fails to. I fully wrapped a vehicle at the beginning of the year. It popped out within 2 weeks. The customer asked me to remove all the vinyl and I stripped the whole vehicle in less that 40 minutes. I pulled a co...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:52 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi Phill

This is correct 70% glue coverage without any stretching I reckon you would be down to less than 40% in certain areas

Stay clear of bubble free on vehicle wraps it will end up costing you.

Kind regards

Alex

Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5053

Hi All I have to agree with Rob on this one. I have learned to my cost (£2000 to be exact) that bubble free has only 70% adhesion at best even when fitted correctly. I had a major wrap fail due to the bubble free wrapping material not staying into the simplest of recesses. We had one of the top guys...

Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:37 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Full colour printed lightbox panels

Replies: 9

Views: 3695

Hi Phil

The Signlab RIP has the abiity to do more than 1 head pass and I can set it to do up to 4. Are you running 7.1?

Kind regards

Alex

Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Need help sourcing a brush aluminium effect board.

Replies: 7

Views: 895

Hi Rob

can you not get a local metalwork company to put the sheet through rollers to curve if for you. It will look better than the vinyl version and last longer.

Kind regards

Alex

Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help Locating Polystyrene Supplier please?

Replies: 15

Views: 1897

Hi Peter

Im not that old...lol

Its only used to support the panel we also had benches in work with built up sides with an internal recess 120mm deep and 300 - 400mm wide which you could use to cut lettering out you had to move the panel around but it worked fine.

Kind regards

Alex

Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help Locating Polystyrene Supplier please?

Replies: 15

Views: 1897

Hi Mark Ah Yes the joys of hand cutting fascias for those of us without CNC routers. I have spend too much time over the years stencil cutting my own fascias and now leave it in the very capable hands of people like T Signs in Margate. This leaves me more time to do more profitable work in house. Bu...

Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:29 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: How do i print a double sided banner?

Replies: 8

Views: 2622

Hi Mate

The Hexis blackout D/Sided banner material is thick enough to just cut and eyelet. they are promotional so are not used that often

Kind regards Alex

Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:31 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: One way vision Material

Replies: 5

Views: 1156

Hi Fred

I do not think you will have a problem with that material on most back windows. I have done a few in the past and have not had any come back. Are you laminating?

Kind regards

Alex

Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:04 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: How do i print a double sided banner?

Replies: 8

Views: 2622

Hi All

Hexis do a double sided block out banner which is printable both sides. I used it recently to do a couple of heavy duty flags and it worked really well on the Versacamm.

Kind regards

Alex

Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:46 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: van graphics: nottingham trade frames

Replies: 17

Views: 3235

Hi Karl Looks good mate! Do you print & cut the lettering as well or did you get the closest match in cut vinyl? Either way it looks good to me. We seem to print/cut/laminate more lettering these days to match peoples artwork. I am also finding my colour range of vinyl shrinking by the week as w...

Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:28 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: advise please on doing first ever wrap?

Replies: 28

Views: 8182

Hi Myles Have you checked the material out as the William smith website lists scotch cal 40 as a mid range calendered digital vinyl which I do not believe is going to be much use when wrapping a vehicle. Typical Applications For flat glass, metal, paint & rigid plastic surfaces. Suitable for fle...

Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: car graphics: wildcat racing

Replies: 3

Views: 1197

Hi Terry

That looks awesome!

Is that your design or did you have something to copy. Either way I love it

Kind regards

Alex

Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:02 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: porsche

Replies: 22

Views: 5104

hi Alan Interesting! I hope for everyones sake you are wrong on that one...lol. I did one wrap on a smart car about 6-7 years ago and that is still going strong with the KPMF vehicle wrap. I have also done a few part wraps with the Hexis easy apply which must have been 6-8 months ago and have not ha...

Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: which landline phone supplier do you use?

Replies: 12

Views: 1407

Hi John VOIP Explained Definition: Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, is the technology used to transmit voice conversations over an internal or external data network using IP packets (digital form); without loss in functionality, reliability or quality; and in compliance with the International ...

Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: porsche

Replies: 22

Views: 5104

Thanks for all the comments everyone. t does seem that from some of your comments that wrapping has lost its wow factor already and the cowboys have kicked the backside out of it. I suppose if i thought about it would i have taken this on as a one off job without all the other work involved with thi...

Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:07 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with colourcamm printing problem please?

Replies: 15

Views: 3621

Hi Chris

Ok maybe I just feel old today..lol

Alex

Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:02 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with colourcamm printing problem please?

Replies: 15

Views: 3621

Hi Chris

I started in this trade in 1985 straight from school. God knows what I would do if i had to leave. I have not got a clue about anything else..lol

Cheers

Alex

Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:47 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with colourcamm printing problem please?

Replies: 15

Views: 3621

Ooops Chris

Im showing my age then... :oops:

Kind regards

Alex

Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:37 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with colourcamm printing problem please?

Replies: 15

Views: 3621

Hi Stacey

Its been a while since i used one of these but i do vaguely remember something to do with the dpi output being linked to print size...but as i say its been a while so i could be barking up the wrong tree!

Kind regards

Alex

Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:33 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: porsche

Replies: 22

Views: 5104

Hi Neil Could not agree more mate no point in being a busy fool!. I like to think there is not a lot we would not take on but we know our limits and there are only 2 of us...ll Its just nice having a challenge now and then. But you are right in that you do have to be realistic. Many thanks for the k...

Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: porsche

Replies: 22

Views: 5104

Hi Neil

This i going to sound really sad but i find doing this type of work very relaxing. I think we spend so much time doing the day to day work that when something like this comes up you have to enjoy it.

Kind regards

Alex

Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:04 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: porsche

Replies: 22

Views: 5104

Hi Neil For me yes..lol This is part of a job that involved vinyl graphics on 3 of his business vehicles,the Porsche and their main shop sign which included built up letters & logos fully LED lit. Total job was somewhere between £6000 and £8000+VAT. You will excuse me if i do not give an exact t...

Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What vinyl can i use for indoor use?

Replies: 2

Views: 666

Hi Jo-Ann

I would have thought Hexis E3000 Ecotac would suit as its a 5 year indoor/outdoor vinyl although with only 36 colours I would normally use the Suptac gloss range or the Oracle 751 for most of my vinyl usage.

Kind regards

Alex

Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:29 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: porsche

Replies: 22

Views: 5104

Hi Peter The only vinyl we could use was purchased from Hexis. part of their KPMF range (Many thanks to Mark Monksfield of Hexis for all his running about with samples). All the other samples we tried lost opacity when stretched over the front & rear wings and you could see the silver through th...

Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:58 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: porsche

Replies: 22

Views: 5104

vehicle wrapping: porsche

Hi All

Do not get time to post on here very often but i thought this one deserved a bit of an outing.

Let me know what you think... good or bad..lol

Kind regards

Alex

Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: how would i bend the vinyl around a motorcycle?

Replies: 14

Views: 3548

Hi Diablo

Not really my thing graphics on motorbikes but I would have thought a decent wrapping vinyl or cast would solve you problems. You may have to wrap the graphic first and then cut to shape on the bike.

Kind regards

Alex

Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:13 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how to change neon glass tubes?

Replies: 4

Views: 1949

Hi Neil

Should be a lot easier than my explaination....lol. Just make sure its switched off while you work and that the silicon covers are replaced on the electrodes when you put in the new section so no bare wire is showing.

Good Luck

Alex

Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what can i do about copycats & copyright please?

Replies: 15

Views: 1924

Hi Pryam I know this has been covered in other posts so can I suggest not giving people printed designs unless a deposit has been given to you. This man walked in to your shop with another persons design you should have realised they he would probably be going to do the same to you. And before you s...

Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:58 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how to change neon glass tubes?

Replies: 4

Views: 1949

Hi Neil 1st thing is the high voltages involved. Switch everything off and remove the transformer cover. Properly test the low voltage side to make sure it is off. If you are not sure do not mess about with this get an expert to do it for you!!. Hopefully the broken neon section has a silicon cover ...

Sun May 25, 2008 9:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello All!! Christina from SE London

Replies: 29

Views: 3227

Hi Christina/Richard

We are based in Peckham near Millwall FC. If you ever in the area and need a cuppa feel free to pop in..lol

Kind regards

Alex

Sun May 25, 2008 9:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What van do you have?

Replies: 13

Views: 1444

Hi Rick

We have a LWB Citroen Relay TDi. Has worked really well for us for 4 years and they are reasonably cheap. Will take a 3m x 2m panel at a slight angle.

Best wishes

Alex

Wed May 21, 2008 10:03 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: has anyone bought a mutoh valuejet from spandex?

Replies: 53

Views: 22229

Hi Peter Could not agree more but I pride my company on the level of service I provide to all of my customers including my local rivals..lol. At the end of the day whats the point of me providing a crap service all i would end up with is a poor image on here and locally. I know you are not having a ...

Wed May 21, 2008 9:44 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: has anyone bought a mutoh valuejet from spandex?

Replies: 53

Views: 22229

Hi Karl

I would have to say that the level of service on our warranty has been second to none from Roland. We have needed their services only once for a mechanical problem and we have had a service via the warranty but on the two vists their service engineers have been excellent.

Alex

Wed May 21, 2008 9:38 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: has anyone bought a mutoh valuejet from spandex?

Replies: 53

Views: 22229

hi Karen That really is strange to me I do work for quite a few sign companies and also have them doing work for us. We rarely tread on each others toes as we seem to all have our own customer base. Most of my work is TV based for the BBC and our repeat customers so we rarely come into contact with ...

Wed May 21, 2008 9:27 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: has anyone bought a mutoh valuejet from spandex?

Replies: 53

Views: 22229

Hi Karen

Someone on here surely can help and get some trade work for themselves. seems strange I have a great working relationship with almost all the sign companies in my local area of south east London.

Kind regards

Alex

Wed May 21, 2008 9:20 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: has anyone bought a mutoh valuejet from spandex?

Replies: 53

Views: 22229

Hi Karen

Rather than turning work away would you not be better finding someone on here close enough who could help you out with some trade priced work?

At least you would keep your customers happy!

Alex

Wed May 21, 2008 9:17 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: has anyone bought a mutoh valuejet from spandex?

Replies: 53

Views: 22229

Hi Karen I agree with Rob give them a very short timescale to replace either your money or machine put it in writing to them as the machine seems unfit for use. I know you do not want to hear this but the Versacamm is brilliant machine and I would highly recommend one. Give them hell...lol Alex

Wed May 21, 2008 8:52 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: has anyone bought a mutoh valuejet from spandex?

Replies: 53

Views: 22229

Hi Karen Was it new when you bought it or is it a second hand. I do not know that machine but my Versacamm drops ink dots when the wipers are dirty as these wipe the side of the head as it starts its travel across media. Does it have a clear encoder strip across where the head runs along as this can...

Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone else heard from Reverand John Smith?

Replies: 66

Views: 24391

Dear Mr Phil

Can i possibly have the remaining banners on a call off basis...

You will probably have scam emails sent from all over Africa now and you will be sorry then :wink: :D

Yow will probably be struck down with a plague of Locusts

Best wishes

Alex

Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Budjet Banner Needed !!

Replies: 9

Views: 1574

Hi Steve I think over time most of the cheaper banner materials degrade and an oily silicon comes through the banner to the surface which needs to be cleaned off before you get a good adhesion. I don't use the 651 series but i would think you would not have any problems with it after a good cleaning...

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Budjet Banner Needed !!

Replies: 9

Views: 1574

hi steve

banana banner hold standard oracal 751 perfectly well as long as you meths the banner over first to get rid of any surface grease.

best wishes

alex

Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:46 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone help print ultramarine on jv3 please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3063

Hi all

Can you not get an PANTONE to CMYK chart and match the vinyl to the PANTONE reference and just adjust with the CMYK values!. It may need a little tweaking but you should be able to get a reasonable result.

Kind regards

Alex

Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from London

Replies: 11

Views: 2002

Hi Brad

I take it you mean Isam at White Villa?. As i said feel free to pop in if you need anything although it might be worth a call first as we are sometimes out an about installing signs. There are only 2 of us.

Best Wishes
Alex

Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from London

Replies: 11

Views: 2002

Hi Brad

Nice to hear from somebody just around the corner. We are based in Peckham by Millwall FC. If you ever need anything feel free to pop in. (mod-edit) please read board rules

Kind regards

Alex Wilson
(mod-edit)

Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Versacamm print/laminate/cut

Replies: 38

Views: 8659

Hi All

I had exactly the same problem with my Versacamm and it took an engineer 2 hours to sort out. It is due to the scan & feed % settings not being adjusted properly and once sorted has been no problems since.

Best wishes
Alex

Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:47 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: what can I do with my used versacamm cartridges?

Replies: 41

Views: 11771

Hi All Very funny comment about the pink river visions of camp fish swimming about :lol1: I know nobody is silly enough to start opening these (I hope) but if you look at the yellow cartridge (not any other colour for some reason) it has a Cancer warning on it. I have been told it is to do with the ...

Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:56 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone help with ink waste problem on mimaki?

Replies: 13

Views: 5108

Hi John As you say it depends on what you are printing. Most of my digital work is short or medium term TV work for BBC's Spooks ad Hustle with some smaller independent film makers so not a problem with the Versacamm. Also I only mentioned the Versacamm as Jonno is struggling with not having enough ...

Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:01 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone help with ink waste problem on mimaki?

Replies: 13

Views: 5108

Aah the joys of owning a Versacamm!! I think it has only wasted about 200ml in 6 months. We just switch it on when needed and it does a quick head clean and its ready to go. Why did you not consider this machine when getting into digi work? It seems to be the ideal start up machine if you are not ge...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:35 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Firemans Switch when and where to use ( UK )

Replies: 21

Views: 10322

Hi All I always install a fireman switch as standard on neon signs but one of my old customers had an exterior neon sign installed by someone else years ago with the old Tunewell type transformers with the lid on the top. (All lids now if removed cut the power to the sign if I am correct) The lid on...

Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:21 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sign Trays

Replies: 37

Views: 12876

If you need a good glue for making up the trays try Ravi or Raj on 01895811422 they also supply D/sided tapes as well. let them know Alex from Falcon Graphics gave you their number.

Best wishes
Alex

Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Light weight sign material required

Replies: 47

Views: 4630

Hi Warren The arms on all awnings are designed to take the wind pressure exerted on the extended canopy. Any extra wind pressure which your panel will add to could cause the arms to fail and you will be held responsible for any liability problems. I would speak to Stuart at Caribbean Blinds and he m...

Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PC600 Problem

Replies: 2

Views: 938

Its a cartridge alignment problem and can be easily solved but you will need a manual. I had the same problem on my PC60 and had to call out an engineer but if you look at some of the old posts on this site you might find some help. It is just a matter of knowing which buttons to press on power up t...

Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is Yell.com worth while?

Replies: 18

Views: 2573

Hi Lee

I would choose Yell.com & Yellow pages every time. I have tried Thompsons, BT phone book & Kelly search and would not give you the time of day for any of them.

Best wishes

Alex

Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:38 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Art Canvas Recomendation

Replies: 23

Views: 4132

Hi All

Try Hexis I have had some good prints off my Versacamm with their media.

Best wishes
Alex

Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Council Regulations

Replies: 22

Views: 2965

Just a quick add on to my previous post. Technically any sign over 1m square needs planning consent from the relevant planning department. And as a signage professionals it is our responsibility to inform the customers of the regulations for planning which also covers us in the event of problems ari...

Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:00 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what way can i layout this van differently?

Replies: 4

Views: 1199

Hi Rich

Yes I thought I had seen it! Good luck with the design mate it looks good and hopefully we got the price right and you get the job.

Look forward to seeing the pics

Alex

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Council Regulations

Replies: 22

Views: 2965

Hi Warren With regards to materials you can design with whatever materials you like but getting permission for it is another matter. Usually councils will approve designs & materials that blend in with the architectural design of the building also you will have more luck getting permission for b...

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:33 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what way can i layout this van differently?

Replies: 4

Views: 1199

I like the design Richard but it looks strangely familiar and I cannot remember where from. Are they a big company? Anyway I would look to charge somewhere between £280-£340+VAT

Best wishes

Alex

Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Accept credit cards

Replies: 18

Views: 2682

Hi Dave & Rob

Just out of curiosity what was the company that did that to you as we are based in Peckham South London

Cheers

Alex

Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bird Flu ... should we worry?

Replies: 58

Views: 4586

Surely you can't go wrong with a Pot Noodle?

Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A Moan about suppliers!!

Replies: 65

Views: 3180

Over the years we have tried most of the main sheet material suppliers Amari, Silwoods & NE Plastics but they have all let us down badly in the past. Cox Plastics have kept up a superb service throughout and long may it continue. Europoint have also provided a good level of service for our vinyl...

Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I don't get it!

Replies: 39

Views: 2960

I have posted only a few messages on this board even though I have been around since Rob started it many years ago. Without all his (and others) extreme hard work there would not be this site for our questions to be answered and help to be offered. Which was in reality why the boards started. We sho...

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:54 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Halo Lighting Colour - Whats the best?

Replies: 19

Views: 7487

If you use clear polycorbonate back trays just rough them up all over with a fine wet & dry sandpaper and hey presto no unsightly spots of light as the tiny scratches diffuse the concentration of light

Best wishes

Alex
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Mon Nov 28, 2005 12:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Board Question

Replies: 12

Views: 2539

We have used the SMP lengths of frames for several jobs now including an illuminated oval and it is a very good product. They suggest using a 3M D/sided tape to fix to the substrate but we also use a 2 pack glue just to be sure of a good bond. It mitres nicely and has a slightly rounded lip which ma...

Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fluffing customers!

Replies: 39

Views: 4920

Hi Rob We have been really busy now for a quite some time so I cannot complain the only reason I have not been on here is my phone line at home plays up and I have not been able to get broadband working. I do look in from time to time at work but do not have much time to post replys. Anyway hopefull...

Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fluffing customers!

Replies: 39

Views: 4920

Hi Lorraine

Seems I am the only one brave enough to give you an idea of what we would charge.

Supply & fit everything you quoted £1240.00+VAT

Kind regards

Alex
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Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: wall fixings for banner poles ?

Replies: 12

Views: 2220

We fitted a 3m x 1m banner system from banner box a few years ago with chemical fixings into a fairly soft red brick after a similar unit fitted with rawlbolts was blown down in bad weather. (not fitted by us :D ) Chemical fix gives you a much more solid fixing than rawlbolts. You would need to allo...

Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:35 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: just taken delivery of our Graphtec CE3000

Replies: 3

Views: 1873

When we first started our company in 2000 we purchased a CE2000-120 Graphtec plotter and it is still churning out work to date. The machine has paid for itself many times over and touch wood will still be making money well into the future. Enjoy the machine it is a true workhorse Best wishes Alex

Thu Feb 26, 2004 11:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Paint Colour vinyl is it the same as Euro standard colour?

Replies: 10

Views: 2298

The RAL reference is mainly used by powder coaters so if you have one close then they should be able to shoe you a colour chart!

Thu Jan 29, 2004 11:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A major step forward

Replies: 19

Views: 1953

Enjoy the freedom that being you own boss gives you if you love this trade then you will want to make a success of it. (You won't want to go back to working for someone again thats for sure!) Watch out for the people who owe you. Don't let them take advantage. They will try especially when you are b...

Thu Jan 29, 2004 10:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is it busy?

Replies: 13

Views: 1772

Well that is good to hear. I am even going to be working on Sunday :evil: now that can't be right. I am hoping to complete a 5.9m casette awning and fascia with stand off letters & lighting for a customer in Sunningdale this weekend and a nice set of pink halo lit neon letters next week so hopef...

Thu Jan 29, 2004 10:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 4335

Yellow pages works! We are a small company (3 of us) and we spend £6500 every year with yellow pages and although recommendation & repeat work is probably 75% of our workload you still have to get the work from somwhere to start the repeat work. Today i quoted for a £10,000+ job from City Yellow...

Thu Jan 29, 2004 12:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is it busy?

Replies: 13

Views: 1772

We have picked up three big orders from new customers via recommendation/seen work we have done and most of the rest has been repeat so why am I spending nearly £7000 on advertising with yellow pages :-? . Only joking yellow pages is the only thing we advertise in that I would recommend :D

Thu Jan 29, 2004 12:21 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is it busy?

Replies: 13

Views: 1772

Is it busy?

January, as long as I can remember (19 years) in the sign trade is generally a quiet time of year but this January we have invoiced twice as much as we do on any good month during the year :lol: . This is busiest we have been since starting up four years ago so what I would like to know is it a Lond...

Mon Jan 26, 2004 9:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: stopping gaps between sheets ?

Replies: 10

Views: 1871

If you must use foamex then cut some 2" strips 4 " smaller than the height of your sheet and glue them to the back vertically every foot or so to stiffen up the foamex and hopefilly stop the suck out effect

Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:51 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Printed Sign

Replies: 0

Views: 620

Printed Sign

Just a follow up to a previous post where we were having a problem with the ribbons coming out of cartridge. We have printed this 3m x 2m site board using Dave's Print One ribbons and the customer was over the moon. I will send back those ribbons we have had problems with but other than that they ar...

Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:01 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with Print One carteridges

Replies: 3

Views: 1698

Cheers Simon We did that sign and window graphics quite a while ago the neon was put in at a later date by someone else! We have done two other shops for the same people fairly nearby one is TAN XS and the other one is a gym called PULSE on the corner in Wallington which is two 30ft stencil cut stai...

Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:45 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with Print One carteridges

Replies: 3

Views: 1698

Help with Print One carteridges

I am hoping Dave can help me with this one. I have recently ordered 40 CMYK cartridges and today we have had five of them get trapped as they have gone past the print head and foam roller causing the used portion to sag and get trapped as the head goes past. This is giving missed print areas and unu...

Tue Sep 23, 2003 10:46 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: is there vandal resistant signs available and do they work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5508

Hi Neil

Sadly the main image with the grafitti name tag was designed by the local kids who use the park so as you can imagine this has become a very frustrating project. And to make matters worse i wasted all those colorcamm cartridges :cry:

Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:07 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: is there vandal resistant signs available and do they work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5508

is there vandal resistant signs available and do they work?

OK people get the brain cells going on this one. I recently was asked to provide a digitally printed panel & post sign free standing on two posts. The top panel A1 size was a full print of a BMX rider on a ramp and the second panel contained all the rules for the park as supplied by Bexley counc...

Wed Sep 10, 2003 12:13 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 Cartridges

Replies: 12

Views: 4280

You can get the white cartridges from Victory Design but be careful what you print on I tried it on europoints clear vinyl 571 series but it would not take. I did manage to get it to print on the new avery 700 series but i only had blue in stock so I am waiting for the clear to come in tomorrow. I w...

Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:43 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 Cartridges

Replies: 12

Views: 4280

PC60 Cartridges

Hi all Not been about for a while but its nice to see things are still busy here! After talking with Rob last year we bought a second hand PC60 which is now really earning its money and turning out some really good prints but i now have over 100 dead cartridges which i purchased mostly from Victory ...

Wed Apr 30, 2003 11:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is Foamex my best choice??

Replies: 6

Views: 2032

I would shy away from screwing foamex to matal doors which will absorb heat during the day expanding the foamex with the inevitable buckling between the fixings (unless he likes wavy signs). Do yourself a favour and get a sheet of 3mm alucolor from Europoint and get it cut to size i think to members...

Thu Apr 24, 2003 9:05 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: can i re-use perspex for a lightbox?

Replies: 7

Views: 3521

Sorry if i did not get the point about the hanging strips over correctly but if you overlap the hanging strip from one panel onto the next panel by about 75mm you can then put a screw or preferably a tapped bolt into the next panel via the hanging strip thus creating one completely joined fascia whi...

Thu Apr 24, 2003 12:25 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: can i re-use perspex for a lightbox?

Replies: 7

Views: 3521

basically its a strip of perspex about 10mm deep by the thickness of the perspex (5mm) which is bonded to the back of perspex sheet all along the top edge so the sheet of perspex hangs in the lightbox rather than sitting along the bottom of the box (which can cause the sheet to sag on big panels) It...

Wed Apr 23, 2003 11:30 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: can i re-use perspex for a lightbox?

Replies: 7

Views: 3521

I would advise against just butting up the joints of a panel you will see light down the joint. rebate the edge half way through the thickness of the perspex (5mm sheet 2.5mm rebate) you would also be advised to glue some hanging strips to the top of the panels to avoid panels blowing out. If you al...

Mon Apr 07, 2003 9:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Illuminated Menu boxes

Replies: 1

Views: 833

Try Cox Plastics they do a nice illuminated exterior one for £200+VATi

Thu Mar 06, 2003 10:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Perspex..............WHY?

Replies: 6

Views: 2004

and not forgetting that Perspex guarantee their material for 10 years

Fri Feb 28, 2003 12:50 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how do i fix a raised aluminium sign to a wall?

Replies: 14

Views: 5083

Hi Rob Yeah ive been looking in most days but its been so busy recently that i don't get much time to post replies. With regards to F.K Moore the are based in Margate or Broadstairs i'm not quite sure but i have a catalogue in work so I will post details over the weekend. They are mainly a glass fix...

Fri Feb 28, 2003 12:02 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how do i fix a raised aluminium sign to a wall?

Replies: 14

Views: 5083

Hi all

Just a quick note on these mirror screws from B&Q if you want a trase supplier try F.K Moore I bought 400 today for £48+VAT a lot cheaper than B&Q. They supply lots of fixings useful to the sign trade.

Mon Apr 29, 2002 10:54 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Porsche outline

Replies: 1

Views: 1309

Porsche outline

Can anyone help me out with the front view of a Porsche 911 turbo as one of my customers wants a full size image of one coming out of his shop window

Many thanks. :D

Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: removing glue left from vinyl. How do you do it?

Replies: 8

Views: 8268

Try AutoGlym tar & glue remover for vehicles you can get it from most car accessory shops. Its a bit expensive but it works very quickly on old glue marks.

Wed Apr 03, 2002 12:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic:

Replies: 7

Views: 2774

We use a company in Bromley, Kent called S&N signs contact Graham on 020 8460 8777 he does repairs or complete projects.

Sun Mar 24, 2002 9:47 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic:

Replies: 19

Views: 9139

Sorry i havent been around for a while but its been a pretty rough month but for what its worth this is what we do. Replace all tubes and starters (even if they are working) clean the fascia panel inside and out then visually check over the wiring for any damage. I did one on friday and the old wiri...

Mon Jan 21, 2002 8:20 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic:

Replies: 2

Views: 1394

Try Grafityp UK they do a little brochure you might find interesting. Contact them on 01827 300500 or free fax 0800 318075

Thu Jan 17, 2002 8:53 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Need advice on water jet cutting please?

Replies: 9

Views: 4254

Yes lasers do polish perspex edges i have had a few sets done before. And it also cuts foamex letters covered in vinyl quite well also. This can be quite handy if you require a certain colour letter that isnt available in perspex colour range.

Thu Jan 17, 2002 1:00 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic:

Replies: 5

Views: 1976

I think you might find that the brake light on the back of the kangoo was'nt on the previous version disk either! I may be wrong but i think i have had that same problem a couple of years ago

Wed Jan 16, 2002 10:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic:

Replies: 2

Views: 1440

We went through the same thing last year. January & febuary 2001 were so quiet, and as it was our first year in business we were a bit worried so we had a load of flyers printed and delivered them to high street shops & businesses. It brought in some good customers that we get repeat work of...

Tue Jan 15, 2002 12:20 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic:

Replies: 5

Views: 1976

I suppose it depends on how much you want to spend on the software and how much work you expect to be doing. We have just purchased signlab e6 1 full(£1500) & 1 designer copy(£750 which you cannot cut from) Signlab is an excellent tool to work with. If it is within your budget i highly reccomend...

Wed Jan 09, 2002 11:00 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic:

Replies: 14

Views: 5088

We purchased a CE-2000 1220mm plotter after the sign show and it is a great machine. It tracks well and even when pushed to its width limit it hasnt given us any trouble. The only fault we could find is the tape with the guidelines came off the top really easily and we have had to get another one fr...

Tue Dec 11, 2001 11:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic:

Replies: 6

Views: 5319

Well if you lot aint got nothing better to do then pop down to London and give us a hand. At the moment there are not enough hours in the day...lol At this rate we might have to put Christmas back a week. But you know how it is come January we will have nothing better to do than make tea. Oh well th...

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