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Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:59 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec CE6000 Plus vs. FC series

Replies: 9

Views: 359

Graphtec CE6000 Plus vs. FC series

Hi, I'm looking to get a new vinyl cutter 24" wide (it's all I need). I'm oscillating between CE6000 Plus and FC series. Pricewise, FC is double the price of CE6000 Plus. What I know about FC: - supposed to be professional series - has cross cut function - it's a little faster But is it really ...

Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: MACal 8200pro (matte) suppliers?

Replies: 3

Views: 594

Re: MACal 8200pro (matte) suppliers?

Patrick Donaghey wrote:GMPI IN DUBLIN they got it for me try them 40% cheaper per roll too

Cheers Patrick but they don’t stock 8200 series nor export to UK.

Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:19 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: MACal 8200pro (matte) suppliers?

Replies: 3

Views: 594

MACal 8200pro (matte) suppliers?

Hi, Could you please suggest some MACal 8200pro suppliers, not necessarily in the UK but ideal. Pyramid no longer stocks Turquoise and Petrol, two colours that I use frequently. They said these colours are discontinued and they can't get them. AllPrint seems to charge about double per meter and they...

Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:32 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Service stickers material and longevity advice...

Replies: 9

Views: 672

Re: Service stickers material and longevity advice...

Thanks for all your advice. George, I appreciate your explanation of the "correct" service sticker making process. The fact is that these stickers are not doing what they are supposed to, which is why the customer is asking for an alternative. They are washing off in the elements, and the...

Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:04 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Service stickers material and longevity advice...

Replies: 9

Views: 672

Re: Service stickers material and longevity advice...

Hi I have been asked to print and cut a run of service stickers by a customer who has been having trouble with his current ones. The types of machinery these will be used on are all kinds of farming implements and motorcycles. They will get some harsh treatment, including jet washing. These will ne...

Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Low energy vs High energy substrate

Replies: 1

Views: 782

Low energy vs High energy substrate

Morning,

Perhaps a silly question but I have never understood these two specifications.

So which boards are low energy and which are high energy?

And what does the term “energy” mean in this case? When you look at a substrate how do you know if it’s low or high?

Thank you

Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300v head problems, looking for an engineer near to Tamworth...

Replies: 27

Views: 1704

Re: SP300v head problems, looking for an engineer near to Tamworth...

Hi Dan, Did you buy it from the famous auction site? If yes, what’s the seller’s ID? Or at least fiest for characters. Coincidentally I was looking at the same machines SP or VP series and they where described the same. But a bit of research on the seller on internet revealed similar user experience...

Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Having an issue with the laminator

Replies: 6

Views: 1133

Re: Having an issue with the laminator

Afternoon all Hope you're having a better day than me. Trying to load my laminator for a job that needs doing this afternoon and I'm having issues. Normally when I load it, I pull it over the top roller giving myself about 10 inches to play with, I then use my slitter to trim the backing paper allo...

Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Data protection concerns

Replies: 7

Views: 1298

Re: New Data protection concerns

I will ask all my customers if i want to use their job on facebook from now on but... how will i stand with all the stuff thats already on my page? Do i need to now contact everyone to ask permission to use? You should judge it one by one. If you’ve done a van for Mr P D (the plumber 3 doors down t...

Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Data protection concerns

Replies: 7

Views: 1298

Re: New Data protection concerns

You have to ask permission from your client to publish the pictures and is their right to say NO. Many big companies do not allow printers and media agencies to advertise their work. Some will not even let you put their logo on your website. But many will let you use the work in a brochure that you ...

Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:01 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Anyone having a Zund? I need ZCC v2

Replies: 0

Views: 733

Anyone having a Zund? I need ZCC v2

Morning,

Anyone having a Zund here?

I need the software installer for ZCC v2.x.x. We currently have v1 and Zund is charging a fortune to upgrade. Yes, the basic software that runs the machine is not free to upgrade.

Thank you!

Thu May 17, 2018 8:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: 2nd hand solvent printer checkpoints

Replies: 4

Views: 851

Re: 2nd hand solvent printer checkpoints

I know is dead slow but I don't need speed right now, I just need to have it here so I can print myself and perform tests. Once I get the demand, I'll go pro.

Thu May 17, 2018 1:04 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: 2nd hand solvent printer checkpoints

Replies: 4

Views: 851

2nd hand solvent printer checkpoints

Hi, I’m looking to buy a 2nd hand solvent printer, my first ever printer. I buy it to test a niche business so I’m looking at 24-30 inches for now. If things go well, I’ll get a new bigger one next day. I tend to go with Roland and BN-20 seems to be cheaper and easy to find as opposed to 300 series....

Wed May 16, 2018 7:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Protecting Aluminium Signage

Replies: 3

Views: 947

Re: Protecting Aluminium Signage

All I can think of is: 1. Print on white vinyl, mount on aluminium, apply optically clear mounting film on top and put a 1-2mm perspex on top. This method didn’t work for us. Dust, mounting film wrinkles etc. 2. So we did it the other way round. Print the image reversed on clear vinyl. Mount white v...

Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What brand for window frosting?

Replies: 29

Views: 2419

Re: What brand for window frosting?

Metamark M7 or Mac GlassDecor (APS, Pyramid Display), both worked well, wet application.

Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:32 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: RIP-like software for cutter?

Replies: 4

Views: 1003

Re: RIP-like software for cutter?

Signlab It doesn't do it all "just as you said" but does in its own ways. the one crucial factor you will require to make this all possible, is your cutter needs to be roll to roll with a take-up system. if its not, then your only going to get runs of about 5 metres and the cutter trackin...

Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:00 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: RIP-like software for cutter?

Replies: 4

Views: 1003

RIP-like software for cutter?

Hi, I was wondering if there is any software available for cutters that can do what a RIP do for printers: - add multiple items, various sizes, to the queue - set a number of copies per item - nesting based on roll width (or sheet size), ideally with a possibility to add weeding frame and space betw...

Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help locating a Rose Gold Vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 1863

Re: Help locating a Rose Gold Vinyl

Bob Scullion wrote:Morning All

Can any one point me in the right direction to locate a rose gold coloured vinyl please?

I'm struggling to find anything other than craft shop stuff in small quantities.

Thanks

Bob


Dorotape does chrome rose gold double sided if this is the vinyl you're after: dorotape.co.uk

Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Getting van details from reg number

Replies: 9

Views: 1956

Re: Getting van details from reg number

Hey guys Is there any way to get the van spec from a reg number? I'm wanting to find out if it's a short or long wheelbase and if it has a standard roof or high roof etc. Before you say ask your client, half the time I'm not even sure they know it's a van. I know you can type in the reg number onli...

Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safe Contractor certificate or membership of another SSiP

Replies: 0

Views: 1192

Safe Contractor certificate or membership of another SSiP

Good afternoon, Do you hold a Safe Contractor certificate or proof of membership of another SSiP organisation? Any advise how and where to get one quickly and what does involve? We need to do an install inside a shopping center and they ask for this but it's first time when I hear of it. We have a l...

Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Alternative to Masking Tape, advice please?

Replies: 17

Views: 2393

Re: alternative to masking tape....

Hey all is there an alternative to using masking take, I've done some etch window graphics today, and because of the glass is cold the masking tape won't stick to the glass. Thanks Gary :lol: :lol: :lol: I remember very well my similar moment when a whole thing fell off the glass because the maskin...

Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Speciality vinyl recognition please

Replies: 5

Views: 1578

Re: Speciality vinyl recognition please

Ritrama and KPMF both do glitter vinyl. MDP supplies both.

Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall covering options for printed graphics

Replies: 7

Views: 1694

Re: Wall covering options for printed graphics

Hi All, Just got back from quoting for a beauty salon who have requested for some photographic imagery to be blown up and applied to the wall. My first thought and obvious option is printed wall paper, for which I recommended. She was adamant she didn't want wall paper and said she's been quoted fo...

Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:48 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Recommendations on reliable entry level 8x4 CNC Machine

Replies: 19

Views: 4916

Re: Recommendations on reliable entry level 8x4 CNC Machine

Hi We are looking to add a CNC cutter to compliment our 2500x1300mm flatbed printer, I have no experience with CNC's so looking for recommendations on machines and suppliers. We can't go all bells and whistles right now but something reliable and accurate that we could possibly add to as required. ...

Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help please to identify material

Replies: 2

Views: 1156

Re: Help please to identify material

Jamie Wood wrote:Could be Visiprint. I think Antalis sell it.


Spot on, many thanks for your help. :thumbsup:

Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help please to identify material

Replies: 2

Views: 1156

Help please to identify material

Morning all, I have been supplied with a sample but I don't know what the material is called. It's a optically clear film 130-140 microns and is like cling film. It goes on the window dry, very easy and smooth and once is on you can barely see it. The sample is not printed but it has some cut vinyl ...

Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:01 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Edges curling on sovent-printed kiss cut vinyl

Replies: 9

Views: 2747

Edges curling on sovent-printed kiss cut vinyl

Morning, We've printed last night some vinyl, kiss-cut it but now I can see the edges are curling. What you see is the vinyl printed, cut and weeded on its own backing paper. The white background is the backing paper and not a wall or other substrate. We have a Roland and we use genuine eco-sol. Thi...

Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Pricing for stickers advice please?

Replies: 16

Views: 3415

Re: Pricing for stickers advice please?

Not sure if minaki or the rip your using has a perforation feature but when I make stickers I lay them out on a sheet approx a4 or a3 then add a perf line around the outside edge. Versaworks reads this and perfs them which allows them to easily be separated into sheets. Doesn't mean you can't charg...

Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Considering Printing, Which Printer?

Replies: 24

Views: 5867

Re: Considering Printing, Which Printer?

David Hammond wrote:Your plotter doesn't have ARMS, so print & cut would be extremely inaccurate.


Are you sure? http://graphteccorp.com/imaging/ce6000/index.html
The ARMS is very accurate. I cut prints with no stroke/bleed at all and didn't miss a micron. Really impressed!

Re: Signs point to a bright future for Lancashire company after major contract wins.

Is that how you use a caliper? I thought it's the other way round to measure the depth... You can measure from that end to check step lengths, but she is 90 degrees out . . . . :wink: She was meant to measure the thickness (depth) of the board so she can set the height of the print head on that fla...

Re: Signs point to a bright future for Lancashire company after major contract wins.

Is that how you use a caliper?
I thought it's the other way round to measure the depth...

Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:55 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: DeTape 450 Removable Vinyl Lifting

Replies: 4

Views: 1887

Re: DeTape 450 Removable Vinyl Lifting

Oh, what a coincidence. I have received an email from one of my buyers that their gold stickers bought in January 2017 are peeling off although the pink ones are fine. Both were produced on deTape 450 from MDP. I am currently talking to them but they say it seems to be an installation error because ...

Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:10 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Replies: 19

Views: 4470

Re: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Hugh, computer hardware is the same for any operating system, you don't need a new CPU, its the windows software that is a problem, that comes in either 32 bit or 64 bit versions. You just need to install a windows 64 bit operating system rather than a 32 bit operating system. Your computer shop gu...

Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:17 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Replies: 19

Views: 4470

Re: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

If your software is highly dependent on Windows, then go for a PC. Or get a Mac+Adobe to do the work and keep the PC for RIP and odd Corel stuff if it's still running decent. It's not worth the hassle with Bootcamp or Parallel on Mac because they cost money and in a few years will not support your s...

Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Problem cutting Laminated Vinyl (Image stretch)

Replies: 9

Views: 3003

Re: Problem cutting Laminated Vinyl (Image stretch)

Hi, Im new to the forum and fairly new to Wide Format as well. I hope someone can help!! I am printing some graphics to go in a school and am having a major problem with cutting after printing and Laminating the media. Our printer is a Mimaki CJV300 - 160 The media is Avery Supertac Vinyl and Avery...

Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:47 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: New Fibreglass Spoiler - Would it need to be primered?

Replies: 2

Views: 1637

Re: New Fibreglass Spoiler - Would it need to be primered?

Quick question, Customer called me today, hes ordered a new fibreglass spoiler for his car. Would this need to be primered before being wrapped? I've asked him to bring it into me once he gets it to have a look at it anyways but just wondering if it will need to be done. Thanks Usually, brand new s...

Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Re: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Very interesting post this. Metamark actually suggests using a primer before fitting their Walltex materials. Partly for repositioning & also to increase bond strength among other things. DécorMark Application Guidelines - Self Adhesive.pdf I presume this would apply to any wall materials, viny...

Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Re: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Chris Wilson wrote:Just tried the Avery MPI 2006 on a wall we are having trouble with. No luck.

Try one of these, sure will work: StreetWrap vinyl or MAcTac WW300. AllPrintSupplies do samples, get some and do a test. Worked for me. Make sure you take no liability for damages, these are genuinely high tack vinyls.

Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Re: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

I think I'm getting there, I have just tested the StreetWrap vinyl and also the MAcTac WW300. They both seem to work well although I believe the StreetWrap is getting a better grip. I have also tried Metamark Metamark MDP-H. It seems a bit better than MD3 but nothing near the above ones. Also, I mad...

Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting small text and detail for sandblasting stencils.

Replies: 5

Views: 2342

Re: Cutting small text and detail for sandblasting stencils.

Hi all, I'm just getting into sandblasting and need to cut quite small (5mm ish) text and fine detail using regular sign vinyl which works great as a sandblasting mask. I'm using a GCC puma which cuts great normally but struggles with the small stuff. To be fair it does have a cheapy blade in it. I...

Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When you want to strangle the competition

Replies: 19

Views: 4927

Re: When you want to strangle the competition

Sorry Monday rant. Sent the lad out to price a window graphic, in fact it turned out to be 1 door window. 900mm X 1200mm. 4 shoe manufacturer logos, files supplied. An arrow with some more text to direct customers to another door. Then fully frosted. Priced it at £75+ vat. The customer emailed to s...

Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:24 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC engineer required to replace conveyor belt

Replies: 2

Views: 1254

Re: CNC engineer required to replace conveyor belt

Robert Lambie wrote:Have you tried Pete at PWSE?
http://www.pwse-ltd.co.uk

i dont know all the machines he covers but does a range and does parts too.


Good finding, thank you. I have sent him an enquiry.

Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:21 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC engineer required to replace conveyor belt

Replies: 2

Views: 1254

CNC engineer required to replace conveyor belt

Morning,

We require an engineer to replace a conveyor belt on our Zund 3200.
He must supply the belt as well, warranty required for this work.

Anyone around or anyone knows a good company that maintain CNCs?

Cheers

Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Designing with Stock images

Replies: 8

Views: 2164

Re: Designing with Stock images

As above, design with low res watermarked images, get confirmation, get the ( or some) money and last, buy the images.

Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:26 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How to scale a design to 1:20

Replies: 4

Views: 1395

Re: How to scale a design to 1:20

[quote="Ewan Chrystal"]Can't get my head round this one on a Monday morning. I have to produce a 1:20 scale drawing of a shopfront for local planning. I have the full size design open in flexisign. How do i make it 1:20?[/quote] Divide either width or height by that factor, in your case 20...

Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Re: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Just found out what paint it was used to paint the wall:
https://www.duluxdecoratorcentre.co.uk/ ... oft-sheen#

Now, I am passing this over to the vinyl manufacturer to see what they say.

Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Re: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Hugh Potter wrote:just wondering what the customers face will look like when you do the test and rip a load of non voc paint off the wall!!!!!


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Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:37 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Re: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Take a look at this http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1193340O/install-prep-for-low-voc-painted-walls.pdf And here's the video: [BBvideo 500,303:2b0jzatg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozVGLrYXKKU[/BBvideo:2b0jzatg] My only concern is the IPA might smear the wall, especially the colored ones, and...

Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Re: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Phill Fenton wrote:How long had the walls been painted? Allow at least a week to ensure the paint has finished outgassing

Job 1 - almost a year.
Job 2- 2 months (office, damn hot in there, it could be fully dry in 1 day).

Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Replies: 21

Views: 7094

Is the VOC free paint the new enemy for wall graphics?

Hi, We had 2 jobs that failed recently because what we believe it is low VOC or Zero VOC paint. (Volatile Organic Compounds). 1. Wallpaper, full coverage, finished in the evening, next day in the morning was all down on the floor. 2. Cut vinyl decal applied to the wall, few days later, all peeling o...

Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:02 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec blade holder snapped

Replies: 10

Views: 2551

Re: Graphtec blade holder snapped

I heard back from the supplier where I bought the machine (still under warranty) and they said that Graphtec will replace it free of charge because it was part of a batch of faulty blade holders.

What a great service!

Otherwise, it's a consumable item not covered by warranty.

Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:24 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec blade holder snapped

Replies: 10

Views: 2551

Re: Graphtec balde holder snapped

David Hammond wrote:Chuck it in the bin, and get some smart knives from Edward Mathias.


I have actually requested a trial from them to see how they work.

But in the meantime I managed to bodge it up with a soldering iron. It works fine so I can do bits and pieces until I get a new one.

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Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:20 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec blade holder snapped

Replies: 10

Views: 2551

Graphtec blade holder snapped

Hi, The blade holder of my Graphtec CE6000-60 has just snapped and I find this very weird. I haven't had many vinyl cutters but I've never heard of this before. The blade holder came with the new machine about 18 months ago and I only used it to cut standard sign vinyl. I have never cut thick vinyl,...

Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fire engine serching for rear sticker

Replies: 16

Views: 3491

Re: Fire engine serching for rear sticker

You're welcome.
TinEye is the best reverse image search engine I ever found and used. And it's a life saver.

Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fire engine serching for rear sticker

Replies: 16

Views: 3491

Re: Fire engine serching for rear sticker

I used TinEye to do a reversed image search and I found them here https://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/keeping-sa ... pictogram/

All vector.

Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Replies: 12

Views: 3124

Re: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Do you leave any gap between the dibond sheets when you do this kind of job?
I have experienced in the past and issue, the boards expanded next day and they were bowing out.
Or do you use certain dibond?

Thank you

Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:20 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printer hesitating, advice needed please?

Replies: 1

Views: 1320

Re: Printer hesitating, advice needed please?

Hi All, Wondering if you any of you have had a similar issue/know of a resolution. We have an Epson Surecolour printer and every now and then it will spontaneously decide to hesitate during printing. We run Onyx Rip on a separate PC, it's connected to the printer via ethernet cable and is set to on...

Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

Replies: 25

Views: 5856

Re: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

This is an important lesson to learn as a sign fitter. Unfortunately, sometimes it happens too late and it might cost you. Years ago I have installed some cut vinyl on a massive window panel. After few weeks I went back to remove it. Hours later my manager got a phone call saying I have ruined the g...

Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:07 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router opinions Gerber axyz etc

Replies: 2

Views: 1263

Re: Router opinions Gerber axyz etc

We've got a Zund here. Let me know if you might consider it so I can share some views about it.

Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Contour cutting correx by hand...

Replies: 6

Views: 1543

Re: Contour cutting correx by hand...

Cutting them with a dragging blade might not deliver good results, it depends how complex the shapes are. The reason is the partition between the grooves that sometimes might force your blade to a different direction than the one you want to cut. The best results will be routing them. I can't give y...

Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Optically Clear Film Suppliers

Replies: 8

Views: 2155

Re: Optically Clear Film Suppliers

Hi Guys, Interested in seeing who everyone is using for optically clear film..? Need something Solvent and UV printable We used to import this directly and are coming to the end of our supplies and weighing up options of just buying from a UK supplier. Many Thanks Metamark does clear vinyl and work...

Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Holes and smears on new Ritrama vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 2600

Re: Holes and smears on new Ritrama vinyl

Hi all, I wonder if anybody else is experiencing this - my supplier tells me there are no other reports but I get this all the time and it's annoying and costly. I buy 50m rolls of Ritrama matt vinyl and see this particularly in the BLACK but it happens in other colours too. Maybe 3-10 times per ro...

Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Kent/Devon/Cornwall jobs or businesses?

Replies: 6

Views: 1360

Re: Kent/Devon/Cornwall jobs or businesses?

You forgot Dorset in the list! :tongue: Just a point - West Country / Devon / Cornwall areas, is you will notice a huge wage difference to London. But everything else is waaaaaay better! Far more relaxed, and defo' not grim in the winter! Oh, sure I forgot Dorset. :) I am aware of the wage differen...

Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Kent/Devon/Cornwall jobs or businesses?

Replies: 6

Views: 1360

Re: Kent/Devon/Cornwall jobs or businesses?

Are you running your own business or do you work for somebody, George? Simon Hi Simon, I currently work for a company here in London so I am concerned if there a many companies over there that can provide me a job? However, I am ready at any point to start myself one, I have all I need to start but...

Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Kent/Devon/Cornwall jobs or businesses?

Replies: 6

Views: 1360

Kent/Devon/Cornwall jobs or businesses?

Hi all, I live and work in London, plenty jobs, plenty work. But me and my family (wife and 3yr son) are thinking to move somewhere nicer like Kent/Devon or Cornwall. I was just wondering if any of you can advise whether these areas can offer me a job or I can find any work should I decide to start ...

Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Does vinyl have a grain or am I mad?

Replies: 11

Views: 3568

Re: Does vinyl have a grain or am I mad?

Stupid question but does vinyl have a sort of grain? Reason for the question is that I do a lot of very small fiddly stuff for stencils and when weeding I get better results if I turn the vinyl on it's side, or sometimes upside down, it's as if there's a grain in the vinyl. Or could it have somethi...

Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Will static cling film work on boat exteriors?

Replies: 5

Views: 2067

Re: Will static cling film work on boat exteriors?

Been asked to make some SOLD stickers for a boat dealer. I obviously want something that wont leave residue and ideally can be re used. Would static cling work for this? It would be applied to the exterior of boats after they are sold so i would imagine will need to stay on for a week or two at a t...

Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New member, looking for advice on vinyl package

Replies: 11

Views: 4320

Re: New member, looking for advice on vinyl package

Barney, would you be able to test the machine properly to make sure it works fine? Cutting fine graphics, good tracking, accuracy etc? To me £500 is quite a lot for an old machine like that with no warranty so why don't you buy a new Graphtec CE6000-60 for just over £1k (without stand, you can buy t...

Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Supplier recomendation for KPMF 70000 series vinyl

Replies: 4

Views: 1552

Re: Supplier recomendation for KPMF 70000 series vinyl

I haven't found cheaper than MDP.

Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice needed Applying etch vinyl to windows?

Replies: 10

Views: 4465

Re: Advice needed Applying etch vinyl to windows?

It will come down to how experienced you are doing this type of installation. Personally, regardless to the size of the panel / window i would do it DRY always. zero application fluid required regardless to the vinyl etch used. It is 10 times faster and less chance of fails from the media. If you t...

Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice needed Applying etch vinyl to windows?

Replies: 10

Views: 4465

Re: Advice needed Applying etch vinyl to windows?

I always do it wet. I have done a 3.5x1m panel with cut out letters in the middle, same as yours, just bigger. The way I have done was: (we were 2 people) - I produces the frosting 100mm longer (3.6m). - I used the extra 100mm to attach it dry to the frame of the window. This will secure the vinyl i...

Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Meeting my potential first employee tomorrow

Replies: 20

Views: 3700

Re: Meeting my potential first employee tomorrow

Well they arrived at 10.30 and i have to blame the coordinator as she had it down for mid morning despite me saying 10am. Anyway, I'll probably give the boy a shot. He's pretty clueless when it comes to software and doesn't know what he wants to do in the future. He got an A in art and Graphic comm...

Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Replies: 38

Views: 11167

Re: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Can anyone suggest how much the insurance cost you for a standard transit van? I am being told by directors that I cannot have a van because the insurance is over £3k per year and it's cheaper if I hire one every time I need it. But this is a real pain for me, I can't work like that, I waste so much...

Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on a Sign Fitters Wages, views please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1835

Re: Sign Fitters Wages help pls

Personally, I do not see a fixed rate based on years in trade. Essential point here, I had this in my mind but I missed to write it here. I have the same issue George, I have a guy with over 10yrs experience but has continually refused to learn to drive, we are a 2 man team at the moment and he is ...

Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just fitted daylight bulbs

Replies: 3

Views: 1780

Re: Just fitted daylight bulbs

Been meaning to do this for a while as my office has very little daylight and with winter on the way can be a very dark place. I'm amazed at the difference in colour http://www.uksignboards.com/mobile-gallery/5bc7323084696b11dbf35f1ce4ac5548.jpg What bulbs did you use Ewan? I found some of being to...

Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:57 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on a Sign Fitters Wages, views please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1835

Re: Sign Fitters Wages help pls

Hi All need some advice on sign fitters wages, someone that has 3 to 5 years experience, can fit most type of signs and graphics, what kind of money are they paid, average week 40hrs. A upto 15k per year B upto 18k per year C upto 20k per year D upto 23k per year E upto 25k per year F over this Jus...

Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Marketing advice please? what do you do?

Replies: 12

Views: 4168

Re: Marketing advice please? what do you do?

You can also invest in some brochures with your work and post them to companies that you target. You can also phone them: "Hello, I am a sign maker/printer, just down the road!" Also, walking on high streets and drop a leaflet to shops that might need your work can get you face to face wit...

Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Quickest way to paint wooden dowels?

Replies: 3

Views: 946

Re: Quickest way to paint wooden dowels?

Thanks all, wrapped didn't work well so I tried a few spray paints and one did the job.

Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:24 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: RasterLink 6 very slow to connect to server

Replies: 6

Views: 2149

Re: RasterLink 6 very slow to connect to server

Thanks George, I'm a Mac man so wouldn't know where to start with the PC, might have to get a tech guy in to take a look. :awkward: Thanks Give us a bit more details, maybe we can work it out here. How does the PC connect to the Mac server? Is it mapped as a network drive, do you use a User/Passwor...

Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Quickest way to paint wooden dowels?

Replies: 3

Views: 946

Quickest way to paint wooden dowels?

hello, I need 300 wooden dowels 5-6mm diameter, 500mm long, black. I found only natural colour, I tried to use wood stain but 1 coat is not enough, it's hard wood, and I have no time for 2 coats. I also found PVC rods but apparently they are not very rigid, I have to put a small flag on top and stic...

Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:02 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: RasterLink 6 very slow to connect to server

Replies: 6

Views: 2149

Re: RasterLink 6 very slow to connect to server

If accessing the PC then it's quick, only slow accessing Server which is why I think it could be a permissions issue? I would not say Permissions, that wouldn't let you access it at all. I would look into the way that PC is logging in to access the server. You said "...once passed "File O...

Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:52 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: RasterLink 6 very slow to connect to server

Replies: 6

Views: 2149

Re: RasterLink 6 very slow to connect to server

Hi All RasterLink is new to us but is running on a top spec PC, this only happens in RasterLink but it takes up to 5 minutes sometimes to open folders, once passed "File Open" it is quick if you keep opening folders as it opens but if left for a few minutes then it takes minutes again to ...

Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bus Window Blockout vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 2174

Re: Bus Window Blockout vinyl

Got a customer that would like me to cover the inside of his bus windows with a matt black vinyl so people inside the bus can't see out. The windows currently have a tint film on the inside so just wondering if anyone could see any potential problems applying a vinyl over the top of it rather than ...

Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:17 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Hey Kev, which branch have you been in touch with?
Because I am in London, I contacted Northampton branch.

Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:25 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

why there is no 'proper' supplier of Orcal in the UK? You will find that Europoint was the first official supplier of Oracal in the UK and still holds the widest range. That's good to know, let's see what they can do for me. I have never paid attention to Europint simply because their website is co...

Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

complete opposite from me, I wont use a website to order unless its household items or gadgets. :lol: I also dont think trade suppliers should have an easy access price list for joe blogs to see what we are all paying. which is a growing issue within our industry. YES, once you have a proper tradin...

Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:31 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Hi George, We buy oracal from Europoint Manchester and also from Sign + Digital Ireland - they stock most oracal vinyls. I second Europoint. You will get a better stock holding from them too. http://www.europoint.co Thank you, I have spoken to them, expect some prices today. I hate Europoint becaus...

Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Colin Crabb wrote:Try this product code: 75145 - £1.38 metre showing on my screen once logged in.

I am just waiting for my account to be activated. As a visitor, I see that at £3.42/m. :shocked:

Thank you so much for this info, I was not aware of this trick. Cheers :claps:

Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Mines showing up as 1260mm wide matt (defo' matt) £3.95 per metre /630mm matt @ £1.38 metre for 641 series ..... don't look at the 'standard' prices there a LONG way out, contact them & set up an account. Ah, I did not know that, I just looked as is, see attached image. Thanks for that, I will ...

Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Colin Crabb wrote:Antalis stocks 641 & 631 Matt - oddly no 638 series.

Thanks Colin, I know that but I think you didn't read the last bit: 'at a decent price' :smiles:
£4.88/m at 630mm width? I'm too posh for that. And 'g' I believe means Gloss anyway.

Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4860

Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Good afternoon, Of course, this topis has been discussed quite a few times before but I still find very hard to source Oracal vinyl in the UK. Precisely, I am looking for Oracal 641/631/638 series MATTE and I can barely find one or two suppliers that only have Gloss or only have a few colours in sto...

Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Replies: 38

Views: 11167

Re: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Lee Reeves wrote:How about the new sprinter

Too expensive for a van without doors.

Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Replies: 38

Views: 11167

Re: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Simon Worrall wrote:And everybody else who has one waves at you as you go past!

Simon, I am confused. Is this how they do it?

Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Replies: 38

Views: 11167

Re: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Iain Pearson wrote:George, I've had both, give me a call. 07881627231

Wouldn't be an option to make few quick points here?
I am thinking, other may find this post useful.

Thanks

Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Replies: 38

Views: 11167

Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Hi all, We need to buy a new/used van and I am looking for thoughts. So far I looked at Ford Transit Custom and VW Transporter, both will fit our needs. Budget is 18-24k, whether that's for an used van or a new van. Anyone can make some pros and cons, suggestions etc? I wonder about maintenance cost...

Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:45 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Setting blade depth

Replies: 10

Views: 3026

Re:Setting blade depth (title too short)

Not even sure I can fond my graphtec manual but I did take a look at the roland one from the course i went on recently and i've set my blade how they tell me and to get it to cut I need to set the force to 300gf. I'll just have to extend the blade more and lower the force. Thanks The manual must be...

Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:02 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What Paper Should I Use to Print Posters? Epson 9800.

Replies: 7

Views: 2002

Re: What Paper Should I Use to Print Posters? Epson 9800.

Colin Crabb wrote:As above, use a coated media satin or gloss both for a quality finish & to prevent wrinkles.

Oce (Canon) IJM263 (260gsm) is cheap but good


I'd say 260gsm is too much for a poster. Never had issues with 190gsm.

Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:56 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Setting blade depth

Replies: 10

Views: 3026

Re : Setting blade depth

Hey guys, So I've been using smart blades ever since I can remember, I now think I want to try the original blades. I was always told to set the blade depth to half a credit card size. I now understand that you need to set the depth for each vinyl so that it only cuts through the vinyl layer but sc...

Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:44 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What Paper Should I Use to Print Posters? Epson 9800.

Replies: 7

Views: 2002

Re: What Paper Should I Use to Print Posters? Epson 9800.

Hi again guys We use roll media on our Epson 9800 printer. We've been asked to print some posters and I know from experience that printing on some of the paper we received with the printer is a BIG no no - it ends up all wrinkled due to the ink. I believe the paper is probably cheap proofing paper!...

Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:08 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How to create sequential numbering stickers

Replies: 24

Views: 5582

Re: How to create sequential numbering stickers

Hi Jon, I don't think any of your software can do that without an intensive work. But I know you can do that in a breeze with InDesign because it's a pagination software. One tutorial is here but there are tons of others on Google. http://indesignsecrets.com/making-numbered-tickets.php. Not sure if ...

Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:54 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: New user of VS540i VersaCamm - used machine - advice needed

Replies: 7

Views: 1927

Re: New user of VS540i VersaCamm - used machine - advice needed

Hi Marius,

Sorry, I am a bit off topic, I don't have the answer to your problems but I have a question to you.

Can you please advise me what media did you use on Epson 7890 to make interior wall decals?
Did you laminate them?

Many thanks,
George

Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:20 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Drop shadow Design help please

Replies: 13

Views: 3258

Re: Drop shadow Design help please

Not the most straight forward but a quick and DIRTY way is: Create the text, outline it then add Drop Shadow (Effect>Stylize>Drop Shadow). Set Opacity to 100% and Blur to zero. Offset it as much as you like. When all done do Object>Expand Appearance. Now the shadow is a separate object. Select your ...

Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:40 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: How do you maintain your Graphtec vinyl cutter?

Replies: 4

Views: 1589

Re: How do you maintain your Graphtec vinyl cutter?

Don't oil it... Could you explain why please? I am just curious. Thanks Oil does several things if put where it ought not be. thins down any grease, doesn't stay on the bearing surfaces, attracts dirt & grit. you absolutely CAN use a general purpose (3'n'1 / sewing machine) oil it if you regula...

Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:27 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: How do you maintain your Graphtec vinyl cutter?

Replies: 4

Views: 1589

Re: How do you maintain your Graphtec vinyl cutter?

DavidRogers wrote:Don't oil it...


Could you explain why please? I am just curious.

Thanks

Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:23 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: How do you maintain your Graphtec vinyl cutter?

Replies: 4

Views: 1589

How do you maintain your Graphtec vinyl cutter?

Morning, I was wondering what sort of maintenance you do to your Graphtec vinyl cutter? (excluding blades and cutting strip). I believe the cutter's gears sounds like they need some grease. However the manual indicates to NOT lubricate the cutter because it will get damaged. Not sure if they want to...

Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Application Paper - How to make it perfect!

Replies: 8

Views: 2969

Re: Application Paper - How to make it perfect!

For large vinyls I use a laminator. For small stuff I use an against the grain method. That is rather than apply the tape to the vinyl I unroll the tape down on the table (glue up) and apply the vinyl to the tape, just lay it flat all the way. Do not flip it at this point. Grab the squeegee and rub ...

Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice sourcing a Colour swatch please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1949

Re: Advice sourcing a Colour swatch please?

I've got free swatches from Metamark and MDP Supplies.
Which supplier you use? Some suppliers do not offer free swatches, you have to pay for them.

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

Well I sent an email off to my customer today explaining the difficulty in gaining safe access, and as some of my chums on the UKSB were being less than helpful with their suggestions, I was unable to offer a supply and fit service. The building next door has signs on the atrium though (which is wh...

Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:30 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Squeegee sharpening New concept to me

Replies: 9

Views: 2563

Re: Squeegee sharpening New concept to me

Del Blanchard wrote: Maybe some of you have different ways of doing this?

Yeah! I only have one squeegee. It is sharpened and rounded near to perfect in a daily basis. :D :D :D

Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:25 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl with nothing printed on the back

Replies: 2

Views: 1493

Re: Vinyl with nothing printed on the back

I've got one small customer who keeps insisting on supplying his own vinyl for me to cut, he thinks he's saving a lot of money! I keep telling him otherwise but he still buys this stuff, probably from ebay. Question is, the vinyl hasn't got any names on it, nothing at all, just plain white backing ...

Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:52 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Mirror gold Polyester film advice / source needed please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2328

Re: Mirror gold Poliester film

Hi All, we have mirror gold in stock, but it is silver on the reverse, does anyone know of a film that is bright gold on front and the back? It is for interior signage, and they want it all to go on the back of perspex, mirror cut? Any help greatly appreciated. cheers Dan Avery has gold double side...

Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:45 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Purchasing an Apple MAC, Help and advice please?

Replies: 36

Views: 9849

Re: Advice on buying a MAC

I've got a 27" imac at home. Don't see what the fuss is about. Even the Finder is poor compared to explorer. Just a few of very productive features of Finder: - tabs - quick preview for almost any file format (tap the space bar) - quick preview of all open windows (sort of Aero but not that po...

Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Rose Gold Chrome vinyl. Where to buy?

Replies: 4

Views: 2766

Re: Rose Gold Chrome vinyl. Where to buy?

David McCarroll wrote:Hi George,

As far as I'm led to believe, this is a standard chrome that has a separate rose laminate over it but this may have changed.

You might be right but where to get it though? Do you know who sell that rose laminate?

Thanks

Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:38 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Purchasing an Apple MAC, Help and advice please?

Replies: 36

Views: 9849

Re: Advice on buying a MAC

I don't get it. How is a Mac outperforming a PC? They are all Intel based now and the Macs are always behind current PC spec for similar money. Plus I can't work on one screen anymore. I have flexi on one screen, illustrator/PS/browser on the other. How much is a Mac with an extra screen? Oh, Jon! ...

Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Rose Gold Chrome vinyl. Where to buy?

Replies: 4

Views: 2766

Rose Gold Chrome vinyl. Where to buy?

Anyone knows where to buy rose gold chrome vinyl?
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Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:14 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Purchasing an Apple MAC, Help and advice please?

Replies: 36

Views: 9849

Re: Advice on buying a MAC

Robert Walker wrote:Also a PC cN run mac of osX

I would never try this shortcut on a production environment. You better stay Windows.

Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:04 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Purchasing an Apple MAC, Help and advice please?

Replies: 36

Views: 9849

Re: Advice on buying a MAC

Having a Mac built to your specs will cost you a fortune and if your new designer is not fancy to Mac (although he should be) then you need a plan. What are you going to do with your expensive Mac? Is anyone there fancy to swap his "lovely" PC with a posh Mac? I bought an iMac from Apple R...

Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

Replies: 10

Views: 2201

Re: Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

what water based printer are you using? I have an HPZ2100 here which when laminated is absolutely fine for builders boards, temp signage., mag signs, pavement boards etc, the s/a vinyl costs a couple of quid a mtr plus your laminate, however... I have never been able to print & cut from the sam...

Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:50 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

Replies: 7

Views: 2170

Re: Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

I do just a research, I am not in a hurry. i just wanted to know if does exist any cheaper.

Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

Replies: 7

Views: 2170

Re: Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

I produce plain decals on monomeric vinyl, cheapest Ritrama M300 so I need an equivalent but glitter.
At the moment I pay around £5-6/lm for glitter.

Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

Replies: 10

Views: 2201

Re: Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

I've got the cutter but I am pretty sure I read somewhere they can be printed on water-based and laminated but I don;t know what media to use. It should be a sort of vinyl but for water-based printers.

Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

Replies: 10

Views: 2201

Re: Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

Watch on youtube.com


I was looking at this. Is that solvent printer? I can't identify it.

Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

Replies: 7

Views: 2170

Re: Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

I could not find any cheap stuff.
I do not mean to be good. I do party stickers so as long as they last a night it's good.

Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

Replies: 10

Views: 2201

Wall PRINTED stickers. How are they made?

One more question for today amigos! Does anyone know how the wall PRINTED stickers are made? I believe they are printed on water-based inkjet printers and then laminated but what media do they use? Printing solvent on vinyl is not an option because it's toxic and I would not sleep in that room. hors...

Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

Replies: 7

Views: 2170

Cheap glitter/sparkling vinyl. Does exist?

Hello mates, I use glitter vinyl on a regular basis for small temporary decals and I use vinyl like KPMF and Ritrama Gemstones. The problem is this vinyl is expensive and over killing for what I need, it's double cast. Does anyone know if a cheap alternative exist? I could not find any on google. Ma...

Tue May 24, 2016 4:46 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graptec plotter using USB instead of RS232 Serial

Replies: 2

Views: 1385

Re: Graptec plotter using USB instead of RS232 Serial

Hi Ian, I believe the Serial-USB adapter does not translate correctly the data but it can be any other reason it does not work. You need to investigate what type of data does your cutter expect to receive (language, version etc.) then you need to make sure your adapter output same language and same ...

Wed May 04, 2016 3:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Metamark poor packaging

Replies: 5

Views: 1079

Re: Metamark poor packaging

Same here. Sometimes they arrive safe but most of the time the box is smashed more or less.

Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:28 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Cutting Master Pausing

Replies: 11

Views: 3558

Re: Cutting Master Pausing

Dear all, I have noticed the same issue on my iMac (see my configuration on my post above). However I have fix it. The trick is to tell CM3 to send all job(s) in one go to the cutter rather than streaming. I have done a print screen on Windows as I am away from iMac but it's the same on Mac. This wo...

Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:51 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: To fix or not to fix? GCC Jaguar IV-61

Replies: 4

Views: 1878

Re: To fix or not to fix? GCC Jaguar IV-61

Those seem to be the drivers (ICs) for the motors so I suspect something is burnt between the hot IC and the motor or the IC itself is toasted and needs replaced. You need to find an electronist fancy to fix that, it does not seem a severe issue but again it's hard to fix electronics looking at pict...

Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:17 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: To fix or not to fix? GCC Jaguar IV-61

Replies: 4

Views: 1878

Re: To fix or not to fix? GCC Jaguar IV-61

Short answer: Fix it! If a Chinese cutter costs as much as a main board for a GCC than it is a reason. I had a Chinese cutter (Liyu) and it was just terrible: inaccurate, the blade was scratching the vinyl, loosing settings, noisy and slow due to step-by-step motor and others. I paid £325 for it as ...

Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Fixing Method

Replies: 3

Views: 1164

Re: Sign Fixing Method

I don't think the banner will be a 3 years solution. As you said, people will lean against it, bash it with objects etc. One option would be to apply composite panels to get a nice flat and hard surface. Then apply laminated vinyl. Of course, in 3 years time the vinyl can get scratched, ripped off, ...

Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Phone and broadband? Who do you use?

Replies: 7

Views: 2240

Re: Phone and broadband? Who do you use?

TalkTalk works for me, had 1 or 2 issue but solved. Trouble is they are not allowed to touch the BT infrastructure, they have to open ticket with openreach. So your final net is still BT and they are just nightmare. But your reason is not technical support or customer service so you shuold be fine w...

Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:18 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Replies: 8

Views: 2878

Re: Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Morning, I have tried already such a tool but the collet feels very hard steel and the easy out tool does not get any grip on it. I have to go to ScrewFix to buy that tool. The one I have is from Maplin and does not get any grip. I also tend to believe something went wrong inside, maybe the collet h...

Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:52 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Replies: 8

Views: 2878

Re: Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Hi Kev, Sorry for late answer, I did a trip to Luton. See image attached. The collet has thread inside to connect with the shaft. The shaft is not broken. Cheers Just looked at pics again presuming you have a snapped collet in the head, are the normally just push fit screw in etc, may have an idea h...

Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:27 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Replies: 8

Views: 2878

Re: Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Hi Kev,

Sorry, forgot to attach the photo. See above.
We are based in Camden/London NW1

Ta
Kevin Flowers wrote:George
post up some pictures, was previously an engineer and whilst sign making maintained my own router can fix most machinery. Where are you located

Kev

Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:36 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Replies: 8

Views: 2878

Help! Zund engineer or similar urgent required

Hello, I am looking for a Zund engineer or any mechanical engineer to fix a router tool for us. It is quite urgent. Basically the collet of our Zund router tool snapped inside, see photo. I have contacted Zund UK but they said they can't do it, no tools blah blah blah and offered us a new one to buy...

Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone recognise these hanging strips?

Replies: 2

Views: 1009

Re: Does anyone recognise these hanging strips?

Hi Dave, I ussualy manage to save the hangers from old prints, apply new DST strips and they are like new. Just peel the print off gentle, don't get scared if it feels forever stuck. First inch is hard to peel. When you peel the print off just make sure you don't bend too much the hanger or it will ...

Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Application tape for manifestation

Replies: 16

Views: 2853

Re: Application tape for manifestation

We use ImagePerfect Medium tac paper app tape and is just fine.
I apply both dry or wet with signgeer application fluid.

When apply wet, if you have small or intricate design you need to move quite quickly and precise. If the fluid gets between tape and vinyl it starts going wrong.

Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

Replies: 10

Views: 1836

Re: How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

Hi, I have installed these letters today. I used some constrction adhesive but the letters were sliding down under their weight so I had to put 2-3 blobs of No Nails as well for instant hold. It went pretty good considering the back of the letters was wonky. Let's see how long they will stay up. Che...

Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

Replies: 10

Views: 1836

Re: How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

The letters should have had flush bridges at the back so you can fit some really strong VHB tape, having them sat down like this causes problems. Are you not able to ask the manufacturer of the letters to sit the bridges flush? Yes, I agree with that but this is what happens when sales get involved...

Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

Replies: 10

Views: 1836

Re: How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

Iain Pearson wrote:how many letters are there George, and what is the cap height ?

Hi Iain,

There are 17 letters (2 words in row) and the hight of each letter is 160mm.

Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

Replies: 10

Views: 1836

How to install 3D metal letters without drilling?

Hello, I have to install 3D metal letters on a wooden posh panel. These letters are meant to be attached with some fixings but the client does not want any holes into the wooden panel. I was thinking to use double-sided tape but the back of the letters are not flat, the edge of the letter is 1-2mm h...

Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dark Grey Matt Vinyl with 7 year Durability?

Replies: 4

Views: 1075

Re: Dark Grey Matt Vinyl with 7 year Durability?

What about Oracal 651 073 matt? Seems very close to M7 Nimbus Grey, at least on the screen
I think Oracal has the biggest range in terms of shades for matt vinyl so have a look.

Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dark Grey Matt Vinyl with 7 year Durability?

Replies: 4

Views: 1075

Re: Dark Grey Matt Vinyl with 7 year Durability?

Metamark M7 (7 years)?
It's unlikely someone will need that vinyl for such a long term.

http://www.metamark.co.uk/pages_sv/7series.htm

Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: L shape freestanding structure (cheap and easy)?

Replies: 5

Views: 1503

Re: L shape freestanding structure (cheap and easy)?

George Here in NZ you can get foamex (called Signex here) in 3660x1500mm sheets. Id be surprised if you couldnt find it in the UK as well. Simon Good point Simon, thank you. Google cannot find something like this in the UK but I will make few phone calls to check with our suppliers. if you have a w...

Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: L shape freestanding structure (cheap and easy)?

Replies: 5

Views: 1503

L shape freestanding structure (cheap and easy)?

Hi, We have to do a freestanding L shape structure that will be covered in graphics, indoor. Height: 3300mm Width 1: 2400mm Width 2: 3660mm We could make a MDF/plywood structure and apply vinyl but this seems overkilling because it is only required for 1 day event. Plus it involves a lot of carpentr...

Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:47 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: files back up problem

Replies: 23

Views: 6639

Re: files back up problem

hi we currently use a big hard drive to save our jobs on. we design on 4 computers, then we save to a hd, we then open up the file to either print or cut the files on a computer which runs the machine. all computers are networked so we can access the share center from any computer we are now experi...

Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice hanging signs with fishing wire

Replies: 5

Views: 1256

Re: Advice hanging signs with fishing wire

Thank you, Hugh!
That knot is much easier and faster than what I do. I have a job next week, I will give it a try.

Have a good weekend

Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:08 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: New Cutter Plotter - Advise a deals

Replies: 6

Views: 2332

Re: New Cutter Plotter - Advise a deals

After expanding our business into producing signs in-house a year ago, to dip our toe in the water, we started with a CP vinyl cutter, its time to upgrade to something better with a more precision. Looking at a Graphtec CE6000-60, any advise and anyone know of dealers offering good deals. Thanks Hi...

Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice hanging signs with fishing wire

Replies: 5

Views: 1256

Re: Advice hanging signs with fishing wire

Hi,

Yes, I mean fishing line/nylon.

What sort of knots do you do, Hugh? I do what is called "easy fishing knot" (google it) but, as I said, the troubles start when I have to make adjustments, most of the time meaning to put a new string.

Cheers

Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice hanging signs with fishing wire

Replies: 5

Views: 1256

Advice hanging signs with fishing wire

Good afternoon, I rarely have jobs that involve hanging stuff with fishing wire so I always do knots but it's a real pain if you need to put something level or if the customer wants that a little bit higher. Few days ago I have seen a guy using a crimp tool and what looked like some sleeves. I looke...

Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:27 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Windows 7 not accepting the driver signature

Replies: 2

Views: 1427

Re: Windows 7 not accepting the driver signature

Hi Trying to install a Summa D140r driver to windows 7 machine. I am getting an error 52 code, windows cannot verify the digital signature for the driver etc. Anyone had this problem, these are the latest drivers which have come with the machine ( downloaded from Summa Be.) and know how I can work ...

Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:55 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Memory. Is it important?

Replies: 13

Views: 3113

Re: Cutter Memory. Is it important?

Hi George.... Its a Sable SB60 with 500kb of memory, but it says that it can cut 3m tracked ? This is the issue. 500kB is almost nothing, complex paths or long paths means large files that will overload cutter's memory. It says it can cut 3m tracked but what that means? Straight lines, intricate de...

Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:20 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Memory. Is it important?

Replies: 13

Views: 3113

Re: Cutter Memory. Is it important?

Hello....quick question. Is cutter memory important, tell you why. My brother bought a Gcc sable cutter and it is ok cutting small decals. But as soon as he goes to cut anything large or intrecit it cuts about half it and then just stops....would this be to do with the memory of the cutter. Or does...

Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How do you manage workflow?

Replies: 11

Views: 2928

Re: How do you manage workflow?

Clarity is a brilliant software...if you can afford it. However, there is a fair workaround. Producteev (https://www.producteev.com) is a very good online task manager. You can create categories (eg. qoutation, design, production, installation, delivery etc.) so you can create a job and then move it...

Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for a printable paper/media that is waterproof

Replies: 6

Views: 1353

Re: Looking for a printable paper/media that is waterproof

We use grey-back roll-up/pop-up media in a regular basis for outdoor A boards. It works like a charm. Of course, print with solvent.

Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is the best adhesive for Foamex? Advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1323

Re: What is the best adhesive for Foamex? Advice please?

I successfully used Super Glue from pound shop.
You could buy bigger bottles of Super Glue from hardware shops.

Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:29 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: What website hosting / design site to use, advice please?

Replies: 7

Views: 3695

Re: What website hosting / design site to use, advice please

want to set up a basic website Looked at Wix and some others Just really want a site Any one recommend any or just what I should be looking for in a site Cheers :D I use TSO for domain and hosting. Not affiliated in any way with them, just cheap and reliable. I recommend WordPress as a platform for...

Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:22 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Cutting Master Pausing

Replies: 11

Views: 3558

Re: Cutting Master Pausing

I don't think is the cable otherwise the cutter will slow/pause in any condition, even when CM is left in front. It seems to be a sfotware glitch. I would reinstall the Graphtec software again. It could be a bug on CM3 vs your OS. Try remove CM3 and install CM2 to eliminate this posibility. Or it co...

Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How to apply gold/silver mirror vinyl on glass? Any advice?

Replies: 4

Views: 1776

Re: How to apply gold/silver mirror vinyl on glass? Any advi

Why can't you use water and what size are the snowflakes .? The vinyl has water-based adhesive. Size between 300-800mm diameter. Also, last year during same perios, I have done a similar job and I used application fluid. Terrible mistake! I put the vinyl up in 20 minutes and spent 4 hours to remove...

Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex Signs - Complaint Justified

Replies: 9

Views: 2083

Re: Foamex Signs - Complaint Justified

Or you can take them back and cut all as precise as possible. But this could cause another issue: they will say all boards are smaller with 3-4mm.

I would ask them to see a proof of discount they have applied though.

Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How to apply gold/silver mirror vinyl on glass? Any advice?

Replies: 4

Views: 1776

Re: How to apply gold/silver mirror vinyl on glass? Any advi

Thanks Gil, I would never think to that.
It is not accepted for this job but it is an useful trick for further jobs.

Cheers

Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:20 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How to apply gold/silver mirror vinyl on glass? Any advice?

Replies: 4

Views: 1776

How to apply gold/silver mirror vinyl on glass? Any advice?

Hi, I have to do a job tonight, snowflakes on the shop window, on the outside. The vinyl is Avery silver and gold mirror on both sides. Trouble is this vinyl has to be applied dry. Any advice please how should I install this kind of vinyl? Every time I get small bubles that never go away. It is impo...

Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Replies: 10

Views: 2678

Re: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Here's my suggestion.. I think the tunnelling may have occurred as a conseqence of heat. If you allow a small expansion border around the perimeter (i.e do not fit the vinyl edge to edge in the pane) the tunnnelling will be avoided in future This is another issue, Behind the glass there is a "...

Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:01 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Replies: 10

Views: 2678

Re: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

David Hammond wrote:I think 3164 is a water based adhesive, so applying wet might affect the adhesive, so it's got less grab.

Just got a reply from Oracal Germany saying indeed the vinyl has water-based adhesive, therefore no wet application is recommended at all.

Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Replies: 10

Views: 2678

Re: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Simon Worrall wrote:How exactly did you clean the glass, George?

After I removed the previous vinyl, the glass was very clean but I gave it an extra wipe with water and a drop of soap, mainly around the edges.

Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Replies: 10

Views: 2678

Re: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

I think 3164 is a water based adhesive, so applying wet might affect the adhesive, so it's got less grab. Hmmm... I think you are right, it's water-based. I've been told it can be wet applied so I assumed is solvent adhesive. But let me tell you something, I stayed around it about 2 hours to make s...

Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Replies: 10

Views: 2678

Re: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Hi Phill,

This vinyl has been installed in London yesterday before noon and last night I got the pictures with the disaster.

I believe the sun hits the window afternoon but we all now the sun is not that strong in this country.

Phew...

Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:23 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Replies: 10

Views: 2678

Help please! Vinyl on the window, wrinkles next day

Hi guys, I have applied printed vinyl on a shop window twice in 2 weeks and all I get is wrinckles just next day. I can't figure out why. 1st application - Avery mpi 3601 printed on UV Arizona 460 (due to 1800mm width) and applied wet with application fluid from Signgeer. All nice and flat and next ...

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