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Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:55 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: McDonald - first work off the new router

Replies: 2

Views: 1991

Looks great, cnc is a great asset.

Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:53 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: What size router / engraver ?

Replies: 2

Views: 1645

It depends on what you want to do with it, I rushed out about 10 years ago and bought an axyz 4008, as that was the max I could afford. It got damaged on transporting it, slid out the back of the truck, so they swapped it for a 4010 which is 1.5 x 3.0m but I found it frustrating cutting down sheets ...

Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:46 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Fabricated signage: Rusty PVC

Replies: 1

Views: 1263

This is one of three, and then we will also fit lighting, but put the first up on Friday...

Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: pylon sign

Replies: 9

Views: 2985

Delivered and installed now.....

Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:42 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3d scanning

Replies: 4

Views: 1736

Hi Martin, yes its not exactly scan and rout, but for helping people make prototype models, reverse engineer, or models for theatre, tradeshows etc its a great timesaver, and added to the cost of the machine and over the life of the machine will be a smaller cost in the longrun. I also feel that I w...

Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:34 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: pylon sign

Replies: 9

Views: 2985

We have a steel frame on the back with 2 horizontal sections, can find a pic from another angle or post when it's painted. It's nearly 6m long , over 2m high and the frame and letters 500mm deep.

Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:23 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3d scanning

Replies: 4

Views: 1736

The scanner is attached to the spindle head, so I can scan the whole 2x3m or put something in the chuck of the 4th axis and rotate and scan, as in the picture, the software is all built into the router control system, the scanner is an industrial unit from Israel . This piece was scanned at 0.05mm ,...

Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:27 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3d scanning

Replies: 4

Views: 1736

3d scanning

Just getting the hang of the new scanner, once I got it set up, I tried with this old Stradivarius :)

Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:03 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Fabricated signage: Rusty PVC

Replies: 1

Views: 1263

Fabricated signage: Rusty PVC

This is nearly done few more details, and bolt it to its frame, it will be lit with swan neck black cowl lamps.

Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: pylon sign

Replies: 9

Views: 2985

fabricated signage: pylon sign

We just built this ready for painting and putting up next week, got our replacement router working hard just now. It will sit 8m up in the air.

Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:14 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: New Kimla 2100mm x 3100mm router arrived today

Replies: 4

Views: 2314

Finally after lots of work, we have it all up and running, just have to learn , the operating system in abit more detail, but have cut out some simple stuff already without problem.

Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:51 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: New Kimla 2100mm x 3100mm router arrived today

Replies: 4

Views: 2314

New Kimla 2100mm x 3100mm router arrived today

It was like Christmas for me today big time, after a couple of years of going over lots of options, last August ii made my mind up about what I was going to buy as I wanted to upgrade my 9 year old AXYZ. I think I have an amazing bit of kit now, so well made and made the way I want not what the sale...

Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:03 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Where to source a new print head

Replies: 7

Views: 2721

I had a print head problem with my soljet pro 3, all looked ok in test print, but when you went in the service menu you could see problems with one head, locally I couldn't get help for a few days, and need to print a 10m wall for a trade show. Called my ink supplier http://www.xl-ink.co.uk and he g...

Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:58 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Help Sourcing Print Consumables

Replies: 11

Views: 1645

I buy my ink and consumables from www.xl-ink.co.uk

Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:46 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: New laptop advice

Replies: 35

Views: 10103

I really like Lenovo (old IBM) I had bought dell precision m90's a few years ago, I changed to a Lenovo w700 17" with built in Wacom tablet, Pantone calibration etc, its been a really great tool, not the prettiest laptop but built like a tank. They don't make a 17" anymore. My daughter mov...

Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:51 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: AXYZ 4010 - For Sale

Replies: 2

Views: 1911

AXYZ 4010 - For Sale

I have ordered a new router which will be here end of march, or start of april. When that arrives I will sell my AXYZ, it was built jan 2004 and installed here during spring 2004. In 2008 I sent the spindle Elte 10hp back to the factory for bearings etc, I did that again early last year, great servi...

Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:51 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Spraycan Sunscreen

Replies: 7

Views: 1380

You want to try and find a manufacturer, we are lucky and have one on the same industrial estate. The stuff you find at the builders merchants if its white is often like 80 density, we try and use at least 150, often 200 density, which is a harder board and looks better. Have tried many hardcoats, t...

Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:27 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Lokal bakery also make homemade icecream

Replies: 6

Views: 1591

I have a few land rovers, I am stupid enough to think I need to fill my time with more things to do and have a land rover parts business as well. The 130 in the picture is a great tool, its in need of some company colours, it was green, and I wrapped it matt black, I have a 110 which was red is now ...

Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:01 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Lokal bakery also make homemade icecream

Replies: 6

Views: 1591

Lokal bakery also make homemade icecream

A few signs for a local bakery:

Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:39 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Partial wrap for driving school "R" Golf

Replies: 0

Views: 762

Partial wrap for driving school "R" Golf

We just had abit of fun, its a driving school I do lots of vehicles for and they bought an R Golf, so we made it stand out abit more.

Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:34 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Spraycan Sunscreen

Replies: 7

Views: 1380

Spraycan Sunscreen

I made this, its one of three I made for an aerosol manufacturer, this one was styrofoam coated with a hardcoat.

Sunscreen, I have loads of pictures on www.facebook.com/signcraftsweden

Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:14 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sign for TV Show

Replies: 1

Views: 830

Sign for TV Show

I made this out of junk/offcuts, for a TV show, it means "My life is a Joke" in english, they had a low budget, it worked out quite well.

Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:15 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Apple or PC new sign design computer?

Replies: 37

Views: 11675

The first computer I had was a little mac all in one , then an apple 2 digitising system, but as Gerber was PC based, I stayed with pc, the macs are lovely machines, but as others have said can do all run all machines including old edge etc with PC. I have an iPad which I think is the best piece of ...

Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:39 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Swan neck cowl lamps

Replies: 2

Views: 2740

Swan neck cowl lamps

I bought a few lamps a few years ago from UK the brass "pub type" lamps some brass and some black powder coated, need about 12 more, anybody know a good supplier, we paid about £26 each last time around. I think I bought them from Candela lighting last but can't remember, looking at their ...

Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:20 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 3D Dimensional Sign: Handmade by Gary

Replies: 15

Views: 2913

Great to build up some shop samples, I think a lot of us make the mistake of thinking we have no time for our own samples, but half an hour here and there, or running doubles of a similar sign or parts and you are up and running. That said one of my sample walls painted 2 years ago is still looking ...

Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Swash Bucklers - Current 3D Project

Replies: 11

Views: 3135

Great looking sign!

Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:10 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Dimensional Sign: Tipsy Moose Tavern

Replies: 12

Views: 2022

Great looking sign! I understand the thing about people often wanting a simple print etc, but to make other types of signage, make samples, or show what you can do, you'd be surprised About how you can up sell a sign project if the customer gets a grip of what you can do for them. Think you can sell...

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:59 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sculpture: Handjob

Replies: 24

Views: 3640

Thanks for the positive comments, here is a link to some of the construction pictures http://www.signcraft.se/hand3/hand3.htm Here is a link to them on site, I was there late saturday night sunday morning, we could separate the top and bottom hand as we had welded a structure inside, we also set a 6...

Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sculpture: Handjob

Replies: 24

Views: 3640

Sculpture: Handjob

We just finished building this for an awards ceremony that goes out live on TV tomorrow night, its been quite a challenge and many hours work. All built with styrofoam and then coated with epoxy, with a steel construction in the middle for support. http://www.signcraft.se/images/fhand1.jpg http://ww...

Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:45 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: sculpted signage: arnotts

Replies: 9

Views: 933

That's really nice work! :)

Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:11 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: do i buy the gerber edge?

Replies: 15

Views: 1932

I have a Gerber Edge, its a Edge 1 have just replaced the motherboard, otherwise I would have sold it, we recently bought a Roland Soljet Pro 3, the Edge has its uses, is much better on spot colours than inkjet, that said customers are happy with the output from the Soljet. I guess if you want to do...

Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:38 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: SEAL AS1600 Liquid Laminators

Replies: 3

Views: 1518

We have a Sallmetall hot/cold laminator, I believe that Seal bought Sallmetall. Some of the guys from Sallmetall went on to form Crest www.crest.nl who make really good top end machines and supply us with spares, maybe they can help you.

Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: hot wire to cut foam

Replies: 18

Views: 2540

Its made in sections, sprayed with styrospray, using a hopper gun, which is messy, and not very healthy, must use a full face mask, as the spray seeks out moisture and therefore makes your eyes very sore. (isocyanates) If you roll it, its no problem, but as someone else mentioned the "open"...

Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: hot wire to cut foam

Replies: 18

Views: 2540

We coated the foam with Styrospray 715 and painted it with Standox car paint :)

Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:08 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: who supplys router bits in the uk?

Replies: 7

Views: 4370

Call Sally at ITC always a great help, and as they are manufacturers, they will make or supply whatever you need. I think the AXYZ bits are Belin cutters from France, but not sure of that, Belin make very nice cutters, but I like the service from ITC.

Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: hot wire to cut foam

Replies: 18

Views: 2540

I ran a steel wire from the roof of our shop (5m) down to an electric fence handle, the one with an insulator and spring in, available from most agricultral type places, then made a hole in our bench connected a thin wire from the handle to a stabilo I had under the bench the spring held the tension...

Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Off to the Letterheads meet - Wales

Replies: 49

Views: 3966

Great meet great bunch of people, all came to an end too quickly....

Here's a link to some pics.....looking forward to Wisconsin next year! :)


Picture link

http://www.signcraft.se/wales/default.htm

Mon May 28, 2007 8:19 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Dimensional Signs from Greece..

Replies: 29

Views: 11852

We tried Signroc a few years ago, but found it to be a bit powdery, the density was not the same as other hdu's we were using, and it was available in just smaller sizes, like 700mm x 1500mm if memory serves me right. Have a chat with Bill Rae at Hartbrights http://www.hartbrights.co.uk or go in to ...

Mon May 28, 2007 6:00 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Dimensional Signs from Greece..

Replies: 29

Views: 11852

Hi there Peri, Good to see you around again, I got your mail, sign scandinavia would have been a waste of time for you. It seems like ages since we all meet up in Greece in 2005, you do really great work. I'm hoping to get over to Dave's meet in august. Martin, you used to able to buy signfoam from ...

Sun May 13, 2007 8:10 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What printer?

Replies: 32

Views: 5411

I have been through the same thoughts, as we have just bought a new printer, I have had a Gerber Edge a number of years. We looked first at the Versacam SP540 , and Mutoh valuejet, then the VP 540 the new version of the SP540, then we were told that the Sp,s were bad for printing banners, and that l...

Sun May 06, 2007 8:56 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is Avery 700 series an equal to Oracal 751?

Replies: 35

Views: 9598

15 years ago I was buying Ultramark and Mactac from the UK, I changed over to Avery and have been using that ever since, we used to use all Avery 800, but it lifted from the vehicles leaving the glue behind, which shows there was no problem with preparation, it also lifted when stacked, multilayered...

Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:25 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: any recommendations please im buying a cnc router?

Replies: 3

Views: 2325

I saw another post on the same topic below where the guy bought a Shop sabre. I have an Axyz 4010 5ft x 10ft with 10hp spindle, it fine I've had it 3 years now and had a few small issues with the rubber belts they use on the gantry, the teeth become misformed and then you have to change the belts. I...

Tue May 16, 2006 7:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: TickleTastic

Replies: 53

Views: 7581

Just add a link to some of my pics and a post I made at Steves site, we had a great time! It always goes so quickly! Met Rob there, seemed to just get a picture of him from behind, it was a fantastic week for us we really enjoyed ourselves with everybody we met both old and new faces, I met Peter, a...

Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:46 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Sandblasting - How to and where to get the equipment.

Replies: 16

Views: 7617

I have tried 3M Anchor, Aslan even tried something a few years ago, but found that Hartco is the best for us, it sticks the best, in colder weather, always had problems with Anchor here, and I was buying from a guy that supplies the stoneindustry. Also find that Hartco runs much better through the p...

Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:24 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Sandblasting - How to and where to get the equipment.

Replies: 16

Views: 7617

Russ reading through some of the posts it looks like a cabinet would be the best for you. When I started blasting eveybody advised against a small hobby setup, but like many in that position that was all I could afford....that said it wasn't long before I got proffessional equipment, your possibilit...

Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:03 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Sandblasting - How to and where to get the equipment.

Replies: 16

Views: 7617

Hi there, Many years ago I bought a crappy little TIP blaster pot with ceramic nozzles, you could drive it of a workshop compressor, I have a 6hp 200 litre compressor, and the nozzle size was under 2mm, it was all the compressor could do to keep up, you had to wait all the time for it to catch up......

Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: flat cut letters - can this be done using them?

Replies: 10

Views: 1221

We use 19mm pvc, and screw from backside, if you want distance we have used snapfix on pvc letters or we use the router to make holes that we then thread. Have just made 10mm thick letters in aluminium for Bang & Olufsen main shop here. Here is a sign made with 2mm aluminium cut in the shape of ...

Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Using double sided tapes externally?

Replies: 5

Views: 966

I would talk to your local 3M rep too, not all 3M tapes are the same, we tend to use several types here, they have a very good tape for aluminium to aluminium, very thin great adhesion, then there are thicker tapes which we use for aluminium and plexi, there are tapes that work really well with powd...

Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:11 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: looking to buy a CNC router which one should i go for?

Replies: 4

Views: 2727

I already posted under the other post that was mentioned. Think about the jobs you are going to be doing, and table size etc, compared to what your sheet sizes are from your supplier. Lots of plastics come in 3m x 2m or 1500mm x ? The axyz machine is 1500mm by whatever you order. Gerber have been se...

Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:19 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is clear application tape better than paper?

Replies: 12

Views: 3490

I only use clear have tried many find the german politape to be the best, works super fast and we do lots of multilayered work, also apply everything dry,

Don't stock paper tape at all.....been like that for 13 years, then we're all different.

Sat Oct 08, 2005 5:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Frog Juice Suppier Anyone ?

Replies: 7

Views: 1211

I used to get it direct from here, http://new.far-from-normal.com/company.html that was years ago, I've been using One Shot 4005 UV clear which smells and seems to work exactly the same, and can be bought in quarts or aerosol. I buy that from AS Handover in London who sell a great range of signwriti...

Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:01 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: anyone seen any CNC Routers that have caught their eye?

Replies: 26

Views: 13762

Southern Andy, I couldn't PM you, so as regards board sources, Hartbrights in Manchester normally have a container of Precision Board, they run 2 Gerber 408's, The main Corian Distributor in the UK can't find tel no just now sells SignFoam. Vink sell OBO board from germany and then you have a nice b...

Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:59 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: anyone seen any CNC Routers that have caught their eye?

Replies: 26

Views: 13762

Another thing to think about is the gantry height, I do make dimensional signs and work quite alot with styrofoam, and as it said the height above the table was 160mm I thought thats what I had, but with the vacumm table and then a thick sheet on the table I was limited in the length of tool I could...

Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:51 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: opinions please of KPMF vinyls ?

Replies: 31

Views: 6280

I remember in 92 buying a pallet of PMF vinyl as it was then, and vinyls have inproved loads since then, it was all 15" sprocket and came from Euromark which I believe was part of Metamark at that time. Never had a problem. It was great, but living here and ordering from the UK was a bit dodgy so I ...

Thu Sep 08, 2005 8:21 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: anyone seen any CNC Routers that have caught their eye?

Replies: 26

Views: 13762

I have had all Gerber software and equipment for years...but changed routes abit a few years ago by buying a T series Summa Sign Pro for sandblast resist. Then from sandblasting signs I wanted to get into routing, found myself looking at Gerber Dimension and Sabre's but thought it was overrated and ...

Wed Aug 10, 2005 8:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Letterheads meet in Greece pics

Replies: 6

Views: 958

Letterheads meet in Greece pics

Just got back from a great letterheads meet in Greece, alot of top names in the industry, some great work and alot of new friends. We had a brilliant time it just all went too fast. Met Damian who I think went to school with Robert....plus the rest of the scottish contingent. Those that are interest...

Wed May 11, 2005 10:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heat Guns...what is the best to go for?

Replies: 2

Views: 551

I don't know about heat guns for vinyl as we use our Bosch for that too, but for tinting, its recomended you use a non direct nozzle, (look in the end of the stanadard nozzle and there should be a plate to fan the heat out. For tinting a heatgun with the above feature and variable speed and temp is ...

Wed May 11, 2005 8:54 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: where can i get window tint & what do i do with it?

Replies: 7

Views: 1346

I don't know what suppliers you have home in the UK, but I use Johnson Window films, made in the USA with a 10 year guarantee, against cracking, fading etc etc. Nice quality film and good to work with, I personally wouldn't bother with a programme for cutting shapes, one they aren't going to fit on ...

Sun May 01, 2005 12:18 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Tangential cutter?

Replies: 29

Views: 6615

I also use a Summa T series plotter with Opus, also have Gerber machines, remember when I bought it I could have bought a Graphtec full width for about the same money or just a little more than the T750. Its the only true tangential friction cutter on the market, the Graphtec as somebody else says h...

Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sweden here we come

Replies: 23

Views: 1775

What pantone colours do you have? I think matching print colours with vinyl is a joke from the start, I thought pantone was a standard in the printing industry and based on printing on white. We've been given 2 shades of Avery red as having the same pantone as Vodafone red, but have the vinyl in you...

Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:44 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: gerber edge not working

Replies: 8

Views: 2099

Ask the same question at "edge talk" you should find somebody who has had a similar problem or can do a search....could it be a faulty power supply in the Edge and not anything more than that?

I have an Edge sorry can't help you more!

Edit: wrong link

Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:57 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Wanted Gerber plotter like HS15????

Replies: 0

Views: 262

Wanted Gerber plotter like HS15????

Anybody got a little Gerber plotter lying around they want to get rid of....

GS15 or HS 15 as long as its a sprocket plotter???

My old Sprint is causing a few problems, I only use it for contour cutting Edge stuff, so as long as it runs!

Sun Apr 03, 2005 9:14 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: multi-colour layering chisel effect

Replies: 14

Views: 1883

I do mulit layered jobs all the time, applying 100% dry and using Politape clear application tape....never have problems. I guess we all have our methods. :) I cut larger squares somtimes for help with alignment, but often find that different vinyls cut differently and that judging by eye is best, I...

Fri Mar 18, 2005 5:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what sizes of application tape are available and where?

Replies: 7

Views: 1393

I don't know suppliers in the UK but use clear tape here all the time, have tried loads thought I liked R tapes AT 60 but find that Politapes clear to be the best....thats just me, but I haven't bought papertape in years :)

Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:22 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Employment wanted - Dorset

Replies: 20

Views: 1547

Have you contacted Adrian at Signrite he up in the Shaftesbury area North Dorset, but he might have some tips for you. I was born in Devon but brought up in Dorset, lived just outside Weymouth in Broadwey, and once in Radipole, and over at Corfe Castle too. They're abit funny when it comes to grockl...

Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: who's workin in the snow tomorrow?

Replies: 37

Views: 2810

Up here its more like when doesn't it snow! Working up scaffolding with your beard sticking to the metalwork is always fun. Here are a few shots from a recent trip....and its still very white outside :) http://www.signcraft.se/images/sr1.jpg http://www.signcraft.se/images/sr2.jpg http://www.signcraf...

Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: window signage: philips

Replies: 19

Views: 2476

Nice job Rob!

I have done the same type of thing but sandblasted stainless steel both negatively and as a postive.

Gives a good effect which ever way you do it. :)

Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Font matching on van repairs !

Replies: 23

Views: 2797

Font Expert is quite a good little program it searches about 30,000fonts to find a match, not always a success but can save lots of time, and if this is something you run into alot or maydo in the future it might be something to look at.

www.fontexpert.com

Wed Dec 15, 2004 9:49 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone using Estimate software

Replies: 8

Views: 1870

I use Estimate bought it in 2001 "met" Mark Smith through another sign related site, I think its a great little package, a big help....the only drawback for me is that I can't change the language in the quote section, so that I can in my case have everything automatically print in Swedish, but they ...

Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Various

Replies: 8

Views: 944

Nice looking work! :)

Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:47 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: club vr4

Replies: 113

Views: 26709

Yes I do! small world, he started after me, see him from time to time when they are up this way, we've done quite a few tours together. He came by here earlier this year, we spent 3 months doing the Cure in 89, which was a fun tour, remember driving down from Budapest to Athens over the Corinthian c...

Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:25 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: club vr4

Replies: 113

Views: 26709

Peter, I worked for Edwin Shirley Trucking for many years came to Sweden first in the early 80's, met my wife (swede blonde blue eyes etc :) stereotype) while working for Springsteen in 85. EST did Abba in the 70's http://www.yourock-weroll.com This is a job for Benny Andersson but through people I ...

Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:03 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: club vr4

Replies: 113

Views: 26709

Dave i think you can give yourself a pat on the back! :) I think you've done a great job for a first attempt. You are in a good position to further your hobby, and maintain a good living at the same time from your regular job. I got started 12 years ago after talking to an old signwriter friend in H...

Fri Dec 10, 2004 8:36 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear Application Tape whats the good/bad points?

Replies: 19

Views: 4545

I think its interesting to read people thoughts good and bad!! :) Like I mentioned before I have tried many many types of clear, and had some of the problems people mention, but kept looking. We had a thick thick clear that worked on calendered vinyl but left a "pattern" in cast as it had a slight s...

Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:40 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Pacer or Axyz cnc router wanted

Replies: 24

Views: 2465

I can also give a thumbs up for AXYZ I have a 4010 (1520mm x 3050mm) with 10hp spindle Great value for money, I am routing 200 sheets (8x4) of mixed 20mm and 15mm birch ply and 15mm acrylic sheeting for a large stage floor and its racing through, problem free with 12mm Belin cutter. No regrets at bu...

Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:34 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear Application Tape whats the good/bad points?

Replies: 19

Views: 4545

I only use clear tape, for me multi layered jobs and larger vehicle jobs go really fast with clear tape....never use the hinge method or water with it. I have tried all I can find on the market, liked R-Tape AT60 but use Politape today and find that to be the best. I guess we're all different....but...

Wed Nov 10, 2004 8:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advertising on your own car?

Replies: 10

Views: 1164

Nothing wrong with a Volvo...leastways not in this neck of the woods...where every other car is a Volvo! :) I had a 945 as my private car and a Chevy pick up for work, the Volvo was not very discreet...but brought in quite abit of work, up here loads of "normal" cars are covered in vinyl. http://www...

Wed Oct 20, 2004 7:35 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: wanted cheap small cnc router

Replies: 2

Views: 501

I think Adrian at Signrite in Dorset was selling a small router/engraver?

I guess it depends on what you call cheap :)

Tue Oct 19, 2004 6:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couple of signs

Replies: 23

Views: 1845

Here's a link to a company that is next door to me here, they build their own huge machines today, and cover buildings etc in large images, and are one of the best known here, and are pretty well known internationally.

www.bigimage.se

Fri Sep 03, 2004 10:28 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how good is Clear Application Tape?

Replies: 16

Views: 2480

I have used only clear tapes for years tried most of them like transtec, and R-Tapes AT60 best.

Mon Aug 30, 2004 10:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: will i apply chrome vinyl wet or dry?

Replies: 18

Views: 3285

Nice looking job! well done :) I posted awhile back under a similar topic on chrome vinyl, we have 3m 7755-420 which here costs about £31 per meter, or R-tape who do transfertape bought a company called Coburn and sell a 5 year chrome silver, chrome gold or brushed ally for around a £10 per meter ht...

Tue Aug 17, 2004 9:02 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: shop signage: the monkland inn

Replies: 16

Views: 3160

I have Avery Silver gloss polyester here but it doesn't hold up using on vehicles in our climate. Have a mirror silver here from 3M that has an outside guarantee of 6 years. Have also recieved this morning a roll from R tape called Coburn 5 year outdoor metalised vinyl easy to cut and print on, and ...

Tue Aug 10, 2004 7:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: isopropanol

Replies: 10

Views: 2120

Just like to point out that what you buy from chemists is often "medical" quality isopropanol, very pure and ideal for cleaning...like heads on an Edge or suchlike. I then buy 5 litre containers (normally in a box of 6) of Vinyl prewash, from a chemical company here, (that supplies the same stuff re...

Mon Aug 02, 2004 9:00 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: ec electrical

Replies: 13

Views: 1750

Nice job Dewi, well done, thanks for posting the pics :)

Sat Jul 03, 2004 8:38 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Can anyone enlighten to pros or cons for signlab or omega?

Replies: 15

Views: 2793

I wouldn't go as far as to say Omega was junk! :) I have Signlab 6 and Omega and still use Omega everyday for everything, the Signlab I use on the router (don't have the thermal add on as yet). That said I have used Gerber software for 12 years so its the "devil you know" I don't know if Flexi drive...

Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for clear application tape

Replies: 12

Views: 1118

The only negative thing I have against the clear is that in cold or extreme temps like in a hot car it can go wavy on the top of the vinyl, is that what you mean by curling, thats a drag and something to think about if a customer is going to have it on the shelf awhile...I don't have many customers ...

Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for clear application tape

Replies: 12

Views: 1118

I guess I go against the grain here....but for years I have been using clear application tape never use paper, 99% of the time apply dry, have tried most, I use 2 main types one comes from Spandex here is very similar to R Tape's AT 60 which we also use, wouldn't change to paper if you paid me too. ...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:23 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Gerber Edge

Replies: 15

Views: 3142

Just so people understand Rodney, because posts or topics like this can become misleading, Rob is talking Edge, I believe your thermal machines are Roland? Correct me if I'm wrong. I was always under the impression Roland thermals were more expensive than Edge, I personally wouldn't compare a Roland...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:40 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Gerber Edge

Replies: 15

Views: 3142

I charge about £50 startup with every Edge job and then about £20 per meter per colour for decal work, up here it seems to work fine....I'm sure people will always dump prices to be "competitive". I bought it to speed up jobs I airbrushed on vinyl, got fed up with Deka Signair and Createx drying so ...

Fri Jun 25, 2004 12:17 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushing: pl taylor limited

Replies: 13

Views: 5289

great looking job there Terry! :)

Thu Jun 24, 2004 11:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Gerber Edge

Replies: 15

Views: 3142

I have an edge 1 and have no problems, bought it secondhand, but already had Gerber software and plotters. I print mainly spot colours and make good money with it. Don't see the point in getting in a Pi$$ing match against Versacamm or whatever else. Sure there are newer products on the market, you h...

Tue Jun 08, 2004 9:38 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Signlab/gerber edge help....please

Replies: 11

Views: 2103

As you already have Omega can you run the same job in Omega and get the same bad results? That would narrow things down abit to software or plotter. You say its all clean...sometimes if there is glue on the plotter sprockets and not on the Edge sprockets that can cause registration problems. Another...

Wed May 19, 2004 6:31 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: CNC Router

Replies: 1

Views: 478

Hi there! I went down the same route....looking for secondhand...you might well find one, the only thing I found here was a Gerber 404 with 7hp Perske spindle and vacuum table for about £18,000 its still for sale after a year or so. You might get lucky by calling the dealers and see if somebody is p...

Sat May 15, 2004 9:57 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there a book to demonstrate how to use signlab 6?

Replies: 9

Views: 1876

Try this site i have his cds for 5 & 6 well worth a couple of hundred dollars.

www.robivers.com

Sat May 15, 2004 10:27 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: does clear application tape make it easier to do vehicles?

Replies: 7

Views: 1522

I use R-tape too....I think the Clear is called AT60 have used only clear tape for years now....don't stock paper tape. What I might pay extra I save in application time, especially regularly doing multilayered jobs.

Thu May 06, 2004 6:53 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: window tint software

Replies: 7

Views: 2844

Not sure how it is in the UK.. Here we buy a roll of good quality Johnson Film 610mm or 508mm wide for around £200, you can do an average of 6 vehicles from a 30m roll at a minimum here of £250 + vat per vehicle, once you know what you are doing it goes fast, and you make money. I would much rather ...

Wed May 05, 2004 9:47 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: window tint software

Replies: 7

Views: 2844

I've been tinting cars a few years been on a couple of courses...never heard of software to help...but I too would be sceptical. Do a few vehicles it goes really fast, buy a 30m roll and work out what you make per roll? The only tools you need are a "good" adjustable hotair gun, stainless steel snap...

Wed May 05, 2004 9:14 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: wanted and willing to swap

Replies: 7

Views: 1098

I think asking for people to copy copyrighted artwork is wrong, howmany people on here complain if their sketch or logo is seen on a customers van copied by a competitor?? Although Corel Adobe etc etc is freely available through kazaa or Limewire etc, and pirated software is sold openly on e-bay. I ...

Sun May 02, 2004 2:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The car you drive.....

Replies: 57

Views: 3878

Talking of flames here are a few I put on a smart recently, not mine...its a guy that is a member of one of Swedens oldest Harley clubs...his winter car. http://www.signcraft.se/images/smart1.jpg and here http://www.signcraft.se/images/smart2.jpg and again http://www.signcraft.se/images/smart3.jpg

Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The car you drive.....

Replies: 57

Views: 3878

I'm confused too as I drive Chevrolet and Land-Rover :)

Thu Apr 29, 2004 9:13 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Impact Vehicle Library 2004 Edition

Replies: 22

Views: 3785

Hi Mike, I'm not familiar with Signblazer...that said if you have Impact Version 11 2004 you should have 2 CD's? On one CD you have eps, and plt files and on the other CD you have ai, and cdl files, ai and eps are industry standard vector files and should import into any vector based programme which...

Wed Apr 28, 2004 9:44 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: headstone

Replies: 35

Views: 11510

Small world I lived in Radipole and then Broadwey (The Old Manor)as a teenager, worked for the Foots biggish farmers, and worked extra behind the bar at the Somerset Pub by the station in Weymouth late 70's, when Curly was landlord, he lost his licence eventually we got busted so many times, for dru...

Tue Apr 27, 2004 8:41 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: need help tinting vehicle windows?

Replies: 8

Views: 1928

I use Johnson Films from the US have tried Zenith and SunGard but like Johnson the best, use a great silicon plough from Spehar, you can get them and help from http://www.tintwizardinc.com There are loads of tips and time saving techniques for dry shrinking etc etc, we're about to leave and fix logo...

Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:02 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: edge or verscamm

Replies: 12

Views: 2728

Eddie, I don't see how people compare Edge with Inkjet, there was a big debate on this awhile back. You have to look at your own neéds and your own market. I have always been suspect of "printed media" and manufacturers claims. Was working late last night with a screen salesman, helping him out, and...

Fri Apr 23, 2004 7:30 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: File Browser for vector files - AI - EPS etc

Replies: 3

Views: 1175

I have some vector art cd's that use Extensis Portfolio for showing thumbnails. works well.

You could try and see what they have www.extensis.com

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:38 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Signs : Illuminated & S/steel

Replies: 34

Views: 3252

Great looking work Nigel,

We just sort of bumped into each other at the Sign UK, would have been fun to have had more time and talk about some idéas and techniques.

Very impressive work.

Great that you took the time to share it, I for one really like seeing peoples work.

Tue Apr 06, 2004 6:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Boy Racer flames and the likes

Replies: 2

Views: 546

I have bought most of the stuff from www.auroragraphics.net you can call and talk to Dave Dorsey, he's a signmaker too, he might let you have an odd file to try out, I have them up to Vol 10.

Sun Apr 04, 2004 7:27 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Anybody got tips for the routing of 0.8mm stainless steel?

Replies: 8

Views: 3185

It was Terry Colley http://www.vintagesign.com that put me in touch with ITC and Sally, so I was picking her brains while I was there, going to talk to her next week and order some stuff. I met a few "new" faces...I stood next to Peter of Star Signs thinking I know you from somewhere....and then ask...

Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:37 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Anybody got tips for the routing of 0.8mm stainless steel?

Replies: 8

Views: 3185

Hi there, Not sure how to advise you, as I haven't cut stainless steel here in the shop with my router, we have a guy locally that can do that easily with waterjet cutting. Having said that, I was at Sign UK to talk to AXYS and look at different cutter manufacturers ITC do a 3 flute solid carbide sq...

Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign uk expo

Replies: 101

Views: 5575

Back in Stockholm!, Just thought I would post to say I had a really good time at Sign UK, would love to have seen less digital and more traditional, but then its not a Letterheads meet. I really enjoyed meeting people from different signgroups, its fun meeting up in real life, I met up with Dewi and...

Tue Mar 30, 2004 10:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign uk expo

Replies: 101

Views: 5575

I am getting up in about 4 hours thats if i ever get away from here (work), fly into Stansted arrive around 8am and then rented a car to drive up to NEC so all being well I'm there tomorrow and part of thursday before flying back thursday night...looking forward to meeting a few people from here. :)

Mon Mar 29, 2004 3:07 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Thank you...Dave Standen great service.

Replies: 3

Views: 1375

Thank you...Dave Standen great service.

Just wanted to post and say that I have been using Gerber, Duracoat and Signfoils in my Edge. I recently contacted Dave's company and asked for some help, at the end of last week a registered packet arrived with a cartridge, lots of info and a black sample roll. Seems like a really together outfit, ...

Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:02 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Does anyone have solution of the problem of .plt files?

Replies: 8

Views: 1773

I think I noticed it was harder in E6 to import Omega files, I now have E6 rev 1 build 13 and it seems to work, but with an extra set of dotted lines? Omega can export most it has I believe the same import export filter that Corel uses, and that in turn should be similar to Signlab? There used to be...

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:53 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there training available for signlab E6?

Replies: 17

Views: 4050

If you've never worked in Signlabs enviroment, which I hadn't, you have nothing to compare with, I never liked Corel gave up at Corel 4, thats not to say its probably great today. I read large bible type manuals for about 5 mins and then fall asleep, when you go to a trade show or have a technician ...

Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:46 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there training available for signlab E6?

Replies: 17

Views: 4050

I am coming over to Sign UK next week, wednesday, and maybe thursday, flight back thursday night, but want to talk to Stuart, and Chris at AXYS as well as catch up with a few familiar faces :) Was abit doubtful about buying Toolpath Studio to go back to Signlab 5, but will look abit closer to see th...

Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:24 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there training available for signlab E6?

Replies: 17

Views: 4050

Its abit like the devil you know! I have run Gerber GA and Omega here for 12 years, and a few years ago did a crossgrade here at Sign Scandinavia, keeping my old package but getting Signlab Colourmaster 5, Tony Winterbottom who worked for Cadlink at that time showed me all the "advantages" over the ...

Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: looking for images & suggestions.. anyone?

Replies: 18

Views: 1414

The original table was a 4008 1500mm x 2560mm I now have a 4010 which is 1500mm x 3050mm, I have a single Becker vacuum pump, I don't have the spec here at home but its about 9kw motor, not sure of the effect but things stick well! I ordered it with 10hp Elte spindle, lube system for cooling, s-mous...

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:45 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: looking for images & suggestions.. anyone?

Replies: 18

Views: 1414

The letterhead site has been a great help to me over the years...I first registered there in 96 on the original BB which changed to a UBB board in 98...time flies. Will try to find some extra time to repost my old images with new links. As for the router...I have had great support from AXYS, and the...

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: looking for images & suggestions.. anyone?

Replies: 18

Views: 1414

I am actually one of those guilty of leaving small red x's. I changed webhost before christmas, and lost my old site and links in the process. I was paying alot and had been for the last 6 years for a webhotel here with a Swedish company, but have now moved to a better and cheaper alternative. Have ...

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:28 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: how do i import eps & AI files into SignLab please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1747

Have had similar problems from not all Mac users but a couple, you don't say what happens when you try and open them. Make sure he saves "converting all text to curves" maybe try saving back to an older version of ai version 6.0 that always works with Gerber Omega. I have sometimes renamed a mac fil...

Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:49 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with Signlab File - Needs converting to AI

Replies: 11

Views: 2819

Glad it worked out...and was able to help! :)

Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Website critique....basics are done

Replies: 6

Views: 1104

Thanks for the positive comments....I have some more to add and fix , plus fix the little red crosses.

Joe I can take a closer pic, its printed on the Edge mounted on aluminium, and its from one of Mike Jacksons collection of old sign ornaments, I have bought all his CD's

Wed Feb 18, 2004 4:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Safe Working Practices

Replies: 10

Views: 989

I nearly (oh i swore !) myself a few years ago up an 8m extension ladder, with a aluminium sign 8x4, which I lifted up the backside of the ladder, about 6.5m up it was blowing and I had visions of becoming a crippled heap on the floor or worse still dead, since then I always use a skylift, or sugges...

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:57 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with Signlab File - Needs converting to AI

Replies: 11

Views: 2819

Got the file and converted it....my mail server is not reponding, will just restart machine and log on to adsl one more time....should have the file soon!

Edit:

Its gone....on its way!

Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:11 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with Signlab File - Needs converting to AI

Replies: 11

Views: 2819

I can try and help you?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 9:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Website critique....basics are done

Replies: 6

Views: 1104

Website critique....basics are done

Been struggling to find time and energy to get my website back...I changed webhost around Christmas time and decided the old site should die, it was a few years old. I forgot that I had a few pictures linked to posts here! Anyway I am not very familiar with Dreamweaver but have tried to put somethin...

Mon Feb 16, 2004 10:43 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: New router....trashed! Thanks to DHL

Replies: 4

Views: 2312

Yep...I called the terminal boss in Gothenburg...but they don't give a (oh i swore !)..their insurance is about £8 a kilo this weighs 1200kgs. The AXYZ distributor here in Sweden has full insurance and are claiming a new machine...I wont be signing any papers approving delivery of this one, and that...

Mon Feb 16, 2004 9:40 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: New router....trashed! Thanks to DHL

Replies: 4

Views: 2312

New router....trashed! Thanks to DHL

Last week after many years contemplating, I finally took delivery of a new router. This has been a long process, I was after a secondhand Gerber 404, but the Spandex people here in Sweden are totally useless when it comes to following up enquiries...and that then cast a shadow over what tech support...

Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:28 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Foam & Aluminium Sign

Replies: 12

Views: 1254

As High density polyurethane is a closed cell structure, it doesn't absorb moisture, crack, warp, check or rot, it can be painted with anything, its much easier to work with than wood, you don't have to match grains when making up panels. There are large differences with HDU in density and finish, s...

Sun Feb 08, 2004 11:47 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Foam & Aluminium Sign

Replies: 12

Views: 1254

Great looking sign!

I use alot of foam over here both for letters and for sandblasting.

Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:30 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: EDGE 2, Tips & advice needed?

Replies: 15

Views: 3175

I would echo George's comments, I had Gerber software and plotters previously so buying an Edge was just an add on to an existing system, previously to owning one, I bought in services from a company that ran 3 of them, just selling prints to other signmakers. I find that the registration thing is n...

Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:05 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: is there any good sources in the UK for used machines?

Replies: 9

Views: 3399

I think I have made up my mind....I have given the Gerber a miss, they want very nearly what I can buy a new 8x4 router for, and thats for a 4x4. Thats a machine thats 4 years old and worked 80% of its life according to its former owner, it had a replaced Perske 7hp Spindle a year ago. I have looked...

Thu Jan 15, 2004 7:06 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: is there any good sources in the UK for used machines?

Replies: 9

Views: 3399

Thanks for the comments....I know they've had the 404 since last may so maybe I can get a better deal there...and a smaller bed might be a better starting point. The multicamm dealer sold a used table 1400mm x 1400mm for about £10,000 just before christmas which was abit more in line with what I wan...

Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:10 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: is there any good sources in the UK for used machines?

Replies: 9

Views: 3399

I had always been a Gerber shop,plotters Edge and software, but 3 years ago bought a Summa T series plotter, and had looked at Gerber routers, and thought likewise abit pricey, but a reliable name. Rob, I looked the make you have, was a little confused by all the models, Craig its the same with Mult...

Wed Jan 14, 2004 10:33 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: is there any good sources in the UK for used machines?

Replies: 9

Views: 3399

is there any good sources in the UK for used machines?

I have been thinking for a long while about buying a router, have looked mainly at Gérber and previously MultiCamm, the local dealer has a Gerber Sabre 404 (small table), with 7hp Perske spindle, vacuum board, its about 3 years old and was traded for a Gerber 408. They want about £19,000 for it. I a...

Mon Jan 12, 2004 12:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any good books to read?

Replies: 11

Views: 1826

I guess it depends on what you want to use it for, some signmaking software has training cd's like Signlab, which are really useful, if you use Corel and a cut program there are many publications on Corel (I think you can cut direct from Corel with Roland plotters...not sure as I dont use Roland). I...

Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A Problem kinda sort of???

Replies: 6

Views: 1238

Goop, If I was doing this...I would first use transparent application tape as we do 99% of the time. Applying the oval form after weeding I would leave the weed border intact put on the application tape, mark the left or right vertical side with a stabilo and then the bottom horizontal I now have a ...

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chalkboards and whiteboards - What do you use?

Replies: 14

Views: 2423

I have to add even if its abit off topic....living over here for 14 years where everything is metric, its so much easier! and thats from someone who had learnt just imperial in school. You divide everything by 10, instead of miles per gallon it litres per swedish mile (10km). Liquid measurements are...

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Rapid-tac, Sign-Prep & Overlay. opinions please?

Replies: 12

Views: 3341

Am I missing something here? Why use an application fluid in cold weather? I can understand those that feel more confident using it in warmer or sunny conditions to give more chance to place or misplace. But here in our cold climate vinyl goes on a treat bubblefree etc in colder temperatures....I ha...

Mon Jan 05, 2004 9:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you use MDF ?

Replies: 24

Views: 7499

I haven't heard of Springwell....but thats not surprising, I forgot to mention that the Signfoam is 2" thick and was around £300-£350 a sheet there are big differences in HDU and it depends on how you are going to use it, it does not warp, check crack or rot, it is a closed cell structure and theref...

Mon Jan 05, 2004 7:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you use MDF ?

Replies: 24

Views: 7499

John Hartbrights in Manchester sell Precision Board, Bill Rae, and Corian Distributors (Corian) in the UK sell Signfoam, a 15lb density board 8x4 is about £350 Nobody sells it here anymore, and the £ is high against the kroner plus the freight, so we use 2 companies here in Sweden and glue smaller s...

Mon Jan 05, 2004 2:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you use MDF ?

Replies: 24

Views: 7499

I handcut letters and logos here, have a giant Jonsereds Bandsaw and Hegner scrollsaw (rolls-royce in scrollsaws). MDF is heavy going, I like to cut out letters in forex or similar its available up to 20mm and can be coated with most products, I have sandblasted MDF, get a nice effect, I also cut ou...

Mon Jan 05, 2004 12:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you use MDF ?

Replies: 24

Views: 7499

Dewi it sounds like you have ext mdf, when you look at the sides it looks like a sandwich although its impregnated right through. Medite or medex are exterior brand names, I got a brochure here from Willamette Europe on Technical recomendations and specific end users, its really informative on cutti...

Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: uksignboards.com - OLDSKOOL

Replies: 20

Views: 1776

Thats fun....made me laugh....:) funny hat!

Fri Jan 02, 2004 7:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi - new member

Replies: 20

Views: 2135

Thanks for explaining....living over here I had no idea about the other UK companies doing similar things...it just amused me.

Are you from Devon or moved there? I was born in Tavistock

Nice looking website :)

Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi - new member

Replies: 20

Views: 2135

Welcome to the site! and Happy New Year, The naming of companies like chemical equations seems to be gaining momentum. :) We started a company in the early 80's doing film and tour catering, sold it in 97, but they call themselves C2 like second variation http://www.couscous.se there is also a train...

Wed Dec 31, 2003 9:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Replies: 18

Views: 1370

Happy New Year to all , we're an hour ahead, (its not midnight yet)but I am banned from sitting in front of this, on this particular evening....the misses wants some attention!

Wed Dec 31, 2003 5:37 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how do i apply vinyl in the cold?

Replies: 8

Views: 2577

Funny thing the cold weather :) I did 21 shop windows last night standing on the roof of the land-rover, with lamps heatguns, and lots of winterclothing it was about -8, we told the shop owner that this was not a good idea, but up here we're never sure when it will be plus again, we covered the wind...

Sat Dec 20, 2003 3:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A small introduction...

Replies: 11

Views: 1353

I am sure you will be really welcome here!

Glad you found the site :)

Tue Dec 16, 2003 9:27 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Edge 2 LPT Problem

Replies: 5

Views: 1475

I have a Dell Precision Workstation, and asked Dell about extra LPT's at the time of purchase, but after talking with Spandex here came to the conclusion that a USB Dongle and Edge on LPT1,was best, and with that combo I have had no communication problems.

Tue Dec 16, 2003 7:54 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: can someone tell me more about airbrushing?

Replies: 16

Views: 7008

Clearing vinyl can be done with Frogjuice, not sure who sells it in the uk, or you can use One Shots 4005 speed dry uv clear which is very similar (if not same) to FJ. Handovers have all One Shot products, you can also use the 4005 as a vinyl primer before painting, if needs be.

Mon Dec 15, 2003 6:25 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Edge 2 LPT Problem

Replies: 5

Views: 1475

Bob might step in later and correct me, but I believe the Edge likes to run on LPT 1 can't you run your edge on that? and other devices on LPT 2 & 3. I have my Edge on LPT1 and my Omega dongle is USB. I think the Gerber software looks to LPT 1 as it used to look for Com 1 if you used a Gerber GD...

Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Birch Grove Cattery

Replies: 20

Views: 2123

Looks really great in real life much better than the sketch

Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:10 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: traditional signwriting sounds interesting should i do it?

Replies: 61

Views: 22093

Sammyr you make some good points but you come across at first a little bit differently....like just don't bother to learn an "old dying trade". I think that what gets alot of traditional brushfolk upset or defensive, is how they see what they took years to learn being turned on its head by masses of...

Tue Dec 09, 2003 9:00 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: can someone tell me more about airbrushing?

Replies: 16

Views: 7008

I have Iwata Custom Micron and Iwata Eclipse airbrushes, bought them direct from http://www.bearair.com I have the full range of createx autoair here but find you spend more time cleaning the airbrush than using it, it dries so fast, thats the downside with fast drying waterbased paints. I have a St...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Exhibition Stands

Replies: 18

Views: 2735

You can spray it with the same stuff they make bedliners with, and then paint it, met a guy in the summer from Italy that makes giant stuff along those lines, looked really great, obviously got to be a product that doesn't eat up the polystyrene, but makes it hard, and protects it from outdoor eleme...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Exhibition Stands

Replies: 18

Views: 2735

Lamby, Hartbrights signmakers in Manchester sell Precision board, from Coastal Enterprises in the US they have a container full of 8x4's 15 and 18lb density, sells for about £350+ per sheet. Corian Distributors Ltd sell Sign-Foam in the UK which is also priced at about the same. I use a board here w...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:06 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: traditional signwriting sounds interesting should i do it?

Replies: 61

Views: 22093

Sammyr....not sure about the "if you don't know it don't touch it bit" :) If I followed that line I would never had tried or suceeded with many things, I make signs not for making loads of money (made more in the music business) but because I really enjoy what I do. I agree with you about learning t...

Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:22 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: any advice please on design of new logo and van layout?

Replies: 25

Views: 5610

I like your first design and in the new batch the bottom left, its fun to watch you developing it. :)

Tue Dec 02, 2003 10:45 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signatures....or shop info

Replies: 8

Views: 836

Signatures....or shop info

I recently had a problem trying to contact Becky over his heatpress, pm's are OK if people are on line. Just read a post by Lorraine on posting things on her site. This is great, but she has no clickable link to her site, Becky has no numbers or shop info as a "Signature". This is the case with lots...

Tue Dec 02, 2003 8:50 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: traditional signwriting sounds interesting should i do it?

Replies: 61

Views: 22093

Hi there, Bill Stewart wrote a good book called "Signwork" which covers loads as far as traditional signwriting goes. Contact A.S Handover in London for brushes or lettering enamels, they also stock lots of other products and books that may be of interest. When I first moved from the UK to Sweden, I...

Fri Nov 28, 2003 11:12 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello

Replies: 16

Views: 2463

Hi Bill,

Welcome to the site!

Fri Nov 28, 2003 11:08 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Ivy Designs

Replies: 21

Views: 8910

Really great work thanks for sharing it with us, I really want to use mdf outside have medite in the shop just worried about it holding up, in this climate. Gray its Mike Jackson Golden Era Studios, I just bought his latest Americana CD its great. Mike Stevens is the guy that wrote the book "Masteri...

Tue Nov 25, 2003 6:47 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Another Heatpress For Sale

Replies: 5

Views: 776

Hi Kev,

Have tried to PM you, my access to profiles has stopped working?? have tried to PM Mike and Rob about that?? Maybe some bug here,

e-mail your phone number, I have a few questions,

info@signcraft.se

many thanks,

Henry

Mon Nov 24, 2003 9:45 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Export problem in Omega 2.0

Replies: 5

Views: 1265

A simple way around this!.....Omega exports all the info OK its the colour side of the programme that confuses things. If you want to export trouble free in ai or eps export colour jobs using the Edge spot colours, you will import vector files into Photoshop or Illustrator with the centres being col...

Sun Nov 16, 2003 11:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: can you speak a foreign language!

Replies: 16

Views: 1290

Hi Nicola, Funny thing languages :) People always think when I ring the UK that I speak good english! I then have to explain that being born Devon, living there for over 30 years and the benefit of an English public school education help somewhat. Actually today close friends up in Wales are always ...

Sat Nov 15, 2003 11:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web question?

Replies: 5

Views: 615

Thanks I will see if I can fix it :)

I am trying to learn Dreamweaver at the moment....and got the kids shouting and Åsa needs help its not that easy..

Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web question?

Replies: 5

Views: 615

Web question?

I moved my domain recently, and didn't realise the site content wasn't moved as well.....no big deal my site was 5 years old and in need of redoing. Thats what I am trying to do.... here's a question, I want this picture http://www.signcraft.se/images/newsite.gif to come up as you log on to http://w...

Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All

Replies: 18

Views: 2285

Welcome to the boards....there are alot of friendly and talented people here you can get help from.

Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 5996

nice looking truck!

Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:10 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what are the different materials available i can use?

Replies: 14

Views: 6558

Everybody has mentioned Forex and Foamalux and Dibond which is strong and versatile and great for outdoors but you can make loads of good looking exterior signs using aluminium sheets like those called Signicolor from Alcan or from Alumax Coated products (UK) Ltd in Corby Northants, not sure they se...

Thu Nov 13, 2003 1:40 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : Hughes Decorators

Replies: 12

Views: 2018

i just see a little red "x"

Thu Nov 13, 2003 9:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics : Ttorria

Replies: 10

Views: 1363

Great job Steve, looks like you had alot of fun.....and yes I went and looked at the website too. :)

Wed Nov 12, 2003 7:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sad!

Replies: 5

Views: 658

i'm here! Sometimes when you log on here you get a white page with
something like php critical error and the site wont open??

Wed Nov 12, 2003 9:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Competition Winners. Find out who won???

Replies: 31

Views: 6705

Great, finally get to see some designs, that's cracking winner well done Leeroy you deserve that, and well done to Adrian, Andie and Phill, wish I had had some time to play around too. Maybe on the next one....it was a real pressure getting my panel made for letterheads recently. ´There are never en...

Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:58 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: jill welsh

Replies: 8

Views: 5312

Thats lovely to see some of your work Jill, its great! :)
I'd love to get over to a meet sometime....have to see what the future holds.

Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you have done!!

Replies: 18

Views: 1703

No, I think if she had come back and been abit different in attitude I would have helped her out....spelling try that in another language :) I just made a 13m sign for a tyre shop, and showed them the drawing beforehand, which they accepted with my wrong spelling! Now one of their customers has said...

Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:54 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: l need to ..... clip art for plotter

Replies: 8

Views: 1955

Hi there, Just looked at your website....didn't understand alot..as with some of what you say here, but get the gist of what your after....you have been ripped off on e-bay? Sites where you can buy clip-art http://www.vectorart.com http://www.ocaenterprises.com http://www.auroragraphics.net http://w...

Sun Nov 09, 2003 7:05 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what are the different materials available i can use?

Replies: 14

Views: 6558

I hardly ever used Forex outdoors on a "permanent" sign, beacuse of the way it looks when it gets hot and when its cold up here it beacomes very brittle, that said I use alot of it for indoor signage. For outdoors I use 2mm aluminium, which I laminate with vinyl or paint if the primary colours that ...

Sun Nov 09, 2003 6:24 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 3D Resin Cast Letters : Applied to vehicle

Replies: 10

Views: 1678

Thats fun, how easy is it to make different styles or make leeters in cast resin, I built powerboats in the 70's :)

I am thinking about the dimensional signage I make now with HDU foam, and the cost of that, and add ons to my sandblasted signage.

Be interested to hear more,

Fri Nov 07, 2003 11:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Books...

Replies: 4

Views: 1078

Double post...problems posting this morning UK signboards dissappears !

Fri Nov 07, 2003 11:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Books...

Replies: 4

Views: 1078

Like Steve says :) In AS Handovers catalogue they have a listing of many books and some description, there are books by Bill Stewart (english) called Signwork, there is a book produced by ST Publications called Commercial Sign Techniques. Signcraft do a series of their own books on truck lettering, ...

Mon Nov 03, 2003 6:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: World record vinyl application?

Replies: 32

Views: 2835

I e-mailed the Scania factory here today, to check and see I wasn't spinning a yarn about the long trailers, they mailed me back to say their trailers are 21m is that about 69ft? Haven't found any pics and don't know what the decor looks like. ( I don't think its in one bit, but just thinking along ...

Mon Nov 03, 2003 8:15 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushing: dark knight

Replies: 4

Views: 3246

Great looking work....love to see some more :)

Fri Oct 31, 2003 5:31 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: letteville bakery

Replies: 3

Views: 3217

Thanks for the nice comments John, I had fun making it.

Maybe we could do something similar, here. There are alot of diverse talents here too.

Fri Oct 31, 2003 5:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: RAL? Pantone?

Replies: 12

Views: 10536

When it comes to paint does everyone use RAL in the UK or do you use the NCS system too? http://www.ncs.se/engelsk/main.asp?menu=3&main=meny3/trade/Page1.asp Thats what is used mainly here, but its still not easy to get matches from PMS to NCS without paying each time, they list alot of their pa...

Fri Oct 31, 2003 8:08 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: letteville bakery

Replies: 3

Views: 3217

hand carved signage: letteville bakery

Awhile ago I asked for some wheatsheaf clipart, and Timmy pointed me in the right direction, I used one of the pieces, but changed it around somewhat, and then made up this layout and sandblasted it. It was alot of fun, I myself got a really nice panel from Ray "Rapid" Rheaumes, So thanks ...

Fri Oct 31, 2003 7:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: World record vinyl application?

Replies: 32

Views: 2835

Good luck with the job Rob....rather you than me :) Standard trailers in the UK are 45ft (13.5m) artic max length is 16.5m combined....up here max length is 26m, I think Sweden run the largest truck trailer comnibations in Europe (60tons) as standard. The longest artic trailer I have seen are the sp...

Thu Oct 23, 2003 9:19 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there problems fitting in colder weather?

Replies: 17

Views: 4134

FB you made me laugh :) Funny you should mention the cold! Its a mild -3 here too today and snowy. I have no special tips apart from similar to whats already been said, I never apply wet to vehicles. Always try and do it indoors or borrow a neighbours building to get tractor units and trailers in , ...

Wed Oct 22, 2003 10:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New signmag Sign-Links

Replies: 8

Views: 1417

Why is Signcraft magazine so successful? Why haven't the other major Us publications come close Signs of the Times, or Sign Business. SignCraft profiles real sign people not industry sponsored articles, its full of great eyecandy, there are lots of tips and help for making great looking signage, its...

Wed Oct 22, 2003 9:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New signmag Sign-Links

Replies: 8

Views: 1417

I think a "quality" UK sign magazine would be great, you have some great people that could help, and be showcased, David Kynaston in North Wales, Brilliant Sign Co, Perry on the Isle of White, David Lewery, Terry Colley at Hartbrights in Manchester. to name a few, plus regulars here....Mike the Sign...

Tue Oct 21, 2003 10:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner for nightclub singer

Replies: 8

Views: 1277

You can buy banner material, and cut out paint mask and then paint it with screenink, this is what I tend to do if its going to be more permanent, most banner vinyls look crap after awhile, because they are only temporary, and its not worth using something like Avery Signflex on a banner. Here in Sw...

Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:39 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Thermal or Inkjet

Replies: 11

Views: 2800

Its all about what market you are going for, what set up you have today, and what you want to do. Rodney always writes well informed posts even if he thinks thermal days are numbered :) I had Gerber and Signlab software here as well as Gerber and Summa plotters, had no interest in getting into print...

Sat Oct 18, 2003 10:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Links to famous people

Replies: 22

Views: 5435

Before working in the music business, I went to the same school and year as Peter Scudamore (benedictine monastery boarding). My godfather is the husband of Judith Chalmers. My father was quite famous in his circles, Captain of HMS Endurance before and during the Falklands conflict, (they named a pi...

Sat Oct 18, 2003 9:46 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Gerber expert wanted

Replies: 4

Views: 1320

Omega can sometimes say unknown file format importing eps files from Corel or Illustrator. Open in Corel save as ai, convert text to curves, and make sure you save up as high as Illustrator 6 and it should open fine, you can try to open as print or cut colours. Any problems send the file to me and I...

Wed Oct 15, 2003 8:45 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: UKSB Members Vehicles

Replies: 35

Views: 5996

I tend to go along Steve's line of thinking Innocent. What's the old saying "variety is the spice of life" I would never want to go near a fleet of hundreds of vans....that's to much like working in a factory. I too gear myself on profit rather than turnover. I guess it depends on how many people yo...

Mon Oct 13, 2003 11:04 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : J Carr & Son

Replies: 10

Views: 1895

Very nice looking job there Steve....it worked out really well.

Tue Oct 07, 2003 8:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Makers Magazines

Replies: 6

Views: 1379

I get SignCraft, SignBusiness, Autographics also from the same stable as SignBusiness http://www.nbm.com, AMAL the Letterheads quarterley publication is very good for pictorial references. Bob Bond does Autoart if your in to pinstriping and vehicle graphics, Signs Of the Times another US trade journ...

Tue Oct 07, 2003 8:28 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Alternative ploters

Replies: 21

Views: 6183

Rob the Bombsight is made to take the place of a Gerber knifeholder so its shaped like that or a pen/pounce tool its plastic with a maginfting glass in it and you line up the start point of the knife in seconds, it might sound abit WW2 but it works well. I don't know if anybody else uses that type o...

Mon Oct 06, 2003 1:01 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Moving to XP

Replies: 19

Views: 4247

I believe that Summa plotters now run from USB as well or that was the case awhile after I bought mine which is now 3 years old.

Mon Oct 06, 2003 11:27 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Alternative ploters

Replies: 21

Views: 6183

Hi Rob, This was answering your post in the middle here which has disappeared while I wrote this! Its as Outline says not so much the plotter, more about whats built into the software. Of course a complete Gerber system has been best when using the Edge. But I think even Gerber are realising that in...

Mon Oct 06, 2003 9:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all!

Replies: 9

Views: 1489

Hej Nicklas! Välkommen :) You live in a very nice part of Sweden I was up there a year ago camping at Orsa Camping amongst others, took a picture from my wet and soggy tent of one of your signs saying "Lyx Camping" which was a joke as we felt like we pitched the tent in the middle of a lake. Niklas ...

Mon Oct 06, 2003 9:27 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Alternative ploters

Replies: 21

Views: 6183

While I am sure that Gerber's sprocketed Edge prints contourcut best in a Gerber sprocketed plotter, I mentioned in my post that Summa 's T-series friction fed, that we have here in the shop contour cuts perfectly....there wouldn't be much point in fitting an Optical positioning system on a plotter ...

Sun Oct 05, 2003 12:10 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Alternative ploters

Replies: 21

Views: 6183

I have a Gerber Edge and Summa T-series plotter; I have made the plotter cut Edge material, Summa's OPOS need's several small square registration marks in order to use OPOS as opposed to Gerbers crosshair bombsight. I do 99% of my contourcutting on our old Gerber Sprint though which leaves the Summa...

Fri Oct 03, 2003 11:34 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how does 651 compare with avery 700?

Replies: 6

Views: 2393

The old liner has blue Avery fascal on the back in blue always looked abit blurred compared to 800 series backing it said in small blue letters 600 series then 700 series. New 700 has a grey print on the back and just says Avery Graphics and a webaddress, and it says Avery PF (premium films) 700 in ...

Fri Oct 03, 2003 8:03 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how does 651 compare with avery 700?

Replies: 6

Views: 2393

Gray I have some Oracal 651 and 751 here just small amounts so I am not an "Oracal user", but do have about 250 rolls of Avery here, the local oracal guy says that 751 is like Avery 800 and is here about the same price. I would question this as Avery 800 is a cast vinyl and Oracal 651 and 751 are ca...

Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:37 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: help please with tinting vehicle windows?

Replies: 4

Views: 1747

On alot of modern cars on the back side windows on the inside you can push the rubber seal/scraper that fits next to the glass down with a squeegee alowing you enough room to trim to fit the window when its wound up. Cut on the outside with an opening of about 10mm, leave room on each side as Leeroy...

Thu Oct 02, 2003 6:25 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: White foil for the Edge!!!!!!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 4663

My experience with Signfoils on a truck was that it washed off the first time the truck was washed. The guy came back and said notice a difference? I said "no" as it was completley gone! That was signfoils TTR5552 so that sort of put me off, I have about 15 of their foils which I don't use much now....

Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Virus Warning

Replies: 15

Views: 1885

Just because you get a virus infected mail from a company you recognise doesn't mean they sent it to you, worms and viruses are very clever in seraching your system for certain words or symbols like @ and then building their own adresses or headings with what they find, at one time about a month ago...

Sun Sep 28, 2003 7:28 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice needed please on buying a new computer?

Replies: 7

Views: 2049

Hi Gray, I had always bought Gateway, and had great backup both on hardware and OEM software. AS Gateway pulled out of Europe, I wonderedwhere to turn next, called Dell and was assured I would get the same service from them, so 2 years ago I bought a Dell Precision Workstation, the dogs whatsits 2 y...

Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What were YOU before?

Replies: 37

Views: 4116

After school I wanted to go to Art college, had A-level art etc dad was against it, long hair and weed etc....learnt all about that anyway! I went to Agricultral College instead, loved working on the farm but no money, went in to Agri-contracting, then onto plant-hire, and then trucks. It was while ...

Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Good and sad trip to the UK

Replies: 8

Views: 1146

Hi John, The land-rover is for me, I have a Chevrolet pick-up which I have had awhile now but as its custom painted and they chuck shed loads of salt everywhere here in the winter, I had been using my old Volvo with a trailer in the winter months. Sold that and bought a Chrysler Voyager for the fami...

Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:35 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Good and sad trip to the UK

Replies: 8

Views: 1146

Good and sad trip to the UK

I am back in Stockholm now! Last wednesday (4.am) I took the £20 Ryanair flight to London then down to Wiltshire to pick up a land-rover then that evening up to Mid-Wales, thought about Timmy Mallett just up the road in LLandod, but time was very short, I drove up to Southport (Banks) thursday, and ...

Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:54 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Invoicing Software

Replies: 17

Views: 3350

Like Rising I tend to keep invoicing simple, specially doing it in another language. I bought Estimate sign estimating software a couple of years ago, and found it really helpful, its got some great features and help for finding your true costs, its written by signfolk for signfolk, its user friendl...

Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:42 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Which Website company?

Replies: 12

Views: 3217

I think this is a Scandinavian company but they seem to cater for the english market amongst others....they advertise at kazaa. But seem to offer quite alot at very low prices.

www.b-one.net

Thu Sep 04, 2003 7:19 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Frog Juice

Replies: 14

Views: 8019

I have been using Frog juice for years on my sandblasted signs was buying it from Butch "Superfrog" Anton's family at Far From Normal Supply Co. I also have One Shots 4005 Speed Dry UV clear which looks and smells exactly the same, we where buying quart tins for about $20 (frogjuice) but now buy One...

Mon Sep 01, 2003 10:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from aspiring sign writer!

Replies: 25

Views: 6547

Hi John, Welcome to the site! I just had a look at your site....you do some great work there. I am going to go back and look some more later. I have a book here Signwork by Bill Stewart ISBN 0-632-03365-7, thats a very good book for traditional work, then there is Mike Stevens Mastering Layout ISBN ...

Sat Aug 30, 2003 8:01 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: gerber gs 750

Replies: 1

Views: 1005

I have an S/750 which i use for pouncing as its better at that than the Summa, might have some manuals somewhere, but never used them myself, is there something specific you need help with?

Wed Aug 27, 2003 8:05 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: Fashions 4 All

Replies: 16

Views: 7595

Don't waste money on cheap saws! I wanted a really "deep throat" so bought a Hegner saw (german) but super quality. http://www.signcraft.se/images/hegner.jpg and as for blades jumping off bandsaws....I haven't experienced that, but can understand it happening, I bought an old Jonsereds Bandsaw its p...

Wed Aug 27, 2003 7:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any drawings or ideas for Workbenches / Tables?

Replies: 37

Views: 5795

I forgot about this post....just an update, I built new benches with a work height of 950mm (no more backache) and fitted both of them with 10 blue wheels the same quality that we had on filghtcases i.e they take 150kg each and so the tables are easy to move around as and when, also fitted with 4 wh...

Mon Aug 25, 2003 2:38 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vehicle Outlines

Replies: 10

Views: 3618

Tony, I think its a great idea to use Brians CD set, none of them are "complete" as they all cater for slightly different markets, I bought the Digital Auto library in 93, then Cadlinks V3, 4 and 5 and the Impacts CD's since V5, as well as Mr Clipart, I think they all compliment each other. Am I mis...

Sat Aug 23, 2003 8:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Virus

Replies: 4

Views: 1162

Virus

First we had the msblast.exe, around the glorious 12th (grouse thing) now its this new virus, last week I got literally hundreds of mails from addresses in the states mainly through the letterheads board. Today I came in to finish up a little job and got another 42 mails all with the same virus incl...

Sat Aug 23, 2003 8:04 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand carved signage: Fashions 4 All

Replies: 16

Views: 7595

Very nice looking job! :)

Thanks for the insight into how you put it together.

Thu Aug 21, 2003 4:29 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: shunters cafe bar

Replies: 23

Views: 8538

Nice job Steve, hope the customer goes for it.

Thu Aug 21, 2003 10:58 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: design suggestions please for this gardening sign?

Replies: 14

Views: 3246

I just wanted to qualify my comments from yesterday :) I opened the post and looked quickly and then minimised it, that's abit like how you would react seeing something driveby. I liked what you have done in both but thought the lower one would work better on a passing vehicle, the top one maybe on ...

Wed Aug 20, 2003 8:10 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: design suggestions please for this gardening sign?

Replies: 14

Views: 3246

Hi Steve, Opened the post and the top one looks abit "busy" the lower one is easier to read. One thing I would change on the lower one is the outer outline, I would set that colour as a "true" shadow, leaving the black around the top of the letters, making the definition a little sharper, but still ...

Wed Aug 20, 2003 8:24 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Opus Advice Please

Replies: 8

Views: 2186

I hope I wasn't misunderstood, I just pointed that out as I think entering a new area of this market, you can easily be bombarded by salesmen and product names etc, and I think its important that if a company has a product name its linked with their product and not a competitor.

Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:37 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Opus Advice Please

Replies: 8

Views: 2186

OPOS is a Summa optical device, and as far as I know nothing to do with Roland

Sat Aug 16, 2003 10:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 62

Views: 8770

Sorry Brian.....:) I used to live in Mid Wales, so sitting here in my sitting room outside of Stockholm last weekend, I felt like I could have just as easily been sitting in my old cottage in Wales doing the same thing. Sometimes get abit homesick here so watching UK TV makes you feel abit more at "...

Sat Aug 16, 2003 8:56 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 62

Views: 8770

Knebworth.....Martin I was there in the 70's watching the likes of Tubes, Zappa, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, it was where I first saw Edwin Shirley Trucking's yellow and purple trucks backstage and thought....that looks like a fun lifestyle...anyway after a few trips from Wales to our old yard next to We...

Thu Aug 14, 2003 4:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Many Happy returns to Rob Lambie for tomorrow...

Replies: 28

Views: 3828

Happy Birthday Rob! :)

Wed Aug 13, 2003 3:20 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Passwords, Security and other things

Replies: 12

Views: 3251

The blaster virus is not as bad as people make out....I took some time off recently and the Norton Live update lapsed during that time, I knew that and thought it would be OK.....Anyway yesterday when I renewed I saw that I had the virus msblast.exe. I went to Norton/Symantecs website and downloaded...

Sat Aug 09, 2003 1:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is the best general Application Tape

Replies: 22

Views: 5160

Still haven't had time to take any pics in action, but I can take some of the different types of Clear tape we have here and have ´tried, I think it amounts to about 6 brands with Polytape being the best (German I think). Or it could be the same as Keith has from Hexis. If I take some close pics you...

Thu Aug 07, 2003 8:32 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: S/steel halo lit letters : Mojitto

Replies: 8

Views: 1893

Nice job,

I too am interested in what goes into making the letters.

Thu Aug 07, 2003 12:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is the best general Application Tape

Replies: 22

Views: 5160

I never rely on vehicle outlines, although I think they are a great help in presentation etc and have 3 different versions/manufacturers. I measure a job when it comes in if it a vehicle, or large sign, mark everything with blue or white Stabilo, other colours particularly red leave stains. If its a...

Wed Jul 30, 2003 10:41 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: what printer would you recomend?

Replies: 29

Views: 9587

Most sign packages?? I don't know Signlab have just developed a Thermal module, I just bought (this year) a second Gerber Omega CP software package new for £400 so I don't think Software is a barrier, my Signlab was also under £1000 as a crossgrade. Poeple sell stuff all the time. You can contour cu...

Wed Jul 30, 2003 8:54 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: what printer would you recomend?

Replies: 29

Views: 9587

Not being protective or over sensitive to hard earned invested money :) How many inkjet fiascos have there been under the same period the Edge has been around? If you listened to the reps around here over the yaers you would have bought this machine then that,then something else. The Edge has been p...

Wed Jul 30, 2003 6:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: what printer would you recomend?

Replies: 29

Views: 9587

I would back up what Jon says, I already had Gerber software and plotters, and bought an Edge for abit of fun, to add abit more to vehicle layouts and print a few decals. It doesn't run everyday, but easily pays for itself and when it is running is literally like printing money. Gerber are offering ...

Wed Jul 30, 2003 6:39 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: More Plotter Advice Please

Replies: 9

Views: 2786

Sizewise I think you have to look at what you want to do. Most dealers who sell vinyl and machines will point you towards a 610mm machine because, they just split 1220 logs in two, and don't have too many sizes to deal with. We had Gerber plotters here before at 15" and 30" and found that 15" (375mm...

Tue Jul 29, 2003 12:51 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: What's the most effective antivirus on the market?

Replies: 14

Views: 4306

There are loads of anti-virus companies, I had Dr Solomon years ago untill they were bought up and became McAffe. At that time we changed to Norton Anti-virus, pay annually, and have their "live-update" which does what it says updates whenever you are on line. have caught many viruses but not been a...

Fri Jul 25, 2003 11:24 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is the best general Application Tape

Replies: 22

Views: 5160

I never use papertape, although I have Conform here if a customer wants it. We use Polytape FP Clear forb everything, I have tried many different types of clear tape but find this is the best. We buy it from Spandex here, it originates in Germany. I got into clear tape as we did so many multi layere...

Tue Jul 22, 2003 8:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New Member saying hello to you all

Replies: 11

Views: 1628

Hello Mark, Good looking logo and good job on the van/mpv....and welcome to the site, Its a great place to meet and talk shop, as well as being a good place for a few of us ex-pats to keep in touch "back home". Likewise my own pick-up and other vehicles, I have, have brought in loads of work through...

Sun Jul 20, 2003 8:11 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone know of a UK supplier for metalflake vinyl?

Replies: 9

Views: 2495

Metamark in the UK used to have some interesting speciality films.

Otherwise Arlons Calon 2 cast vinyls are available in a good range of metallic colours. I don't know who sells it in the UK, its a topend cast film though.

Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Some Beginners Advice Please

Replies: 15

Views: 2383

Just add as I think it was me that made reference to these 2 types in another recent post....although I agree with Fozzy, I don't think our T series Summa plotters are slow or much slower than a dragknife. They cut in a straight line at up to 1000mm a second, compared to our old Gerber tangential cu...

Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Gay Rainbow Bunting needed...

Replies: 9

Views: 1506

Over here it would be "bog standard" :) as bog means gay in Swedish!

Sun Jul 13, 2003 10:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How big is this market?

Replies: 18

Views: 2080

I guess its not about what you have, but how you use it. Anybody can buy the basic tools for cutting vinyl, as can anybody "design" logos with a PC. You can try and establish a business by being cheap, or working out of a shoebox, or you can attempt to build a business with a name for good quality w...

Sun Jul 13, 2003 1:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Looking to Learn New Skills !

Replies: 9

Views: 1551

Welcome Paul! I too think this is a great place to keep in touch with "home", and share info and help. You are up in the same area that my father lived , Low Farnham outside of Rothbury ( he died in 97, but is buried up there). Its really beautiful up there :) Equipment....there's loads to choose fr...

Fri Jul 11, 2003 9:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VAT ENQUIRY

Replies: 13

Views: 2143

As Becky said think about the voltage, you don't say what type of machine you are buying. If its something that requires servicing or backup, how will you be treated by the UK distributor/supplier? I think if I bought my Gerber bits and pieces direct from a US dealer, the Spandex people here in Swed...

Fri Jul 11, 2003 8:47 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what is the life span of chrome vinyl?

Replies: 27

Views: 7848

Great looking sign Rob :) The guy who's tiper truck I did knows that it will need redoing after a year or so and is prepared for that, its not much work on that particular job. Another little twist would be to do something like this below, I have done this a few times now, I made what I thought was ...

Thu Jul 10, 2003 11:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VAT ENQUIRY

Replies: 13

Views: 2143

I buy quite a few things from the states, and am not sure how things work in the UK, but here we pay duty of between 2-8% depending on what it is and then the vat (25%) on top. I recently imported a 30ft helium Zeppelin (Blimp) and paid about 2% duty, do you have a website in the UK for customs and ...
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