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Mon May 03, 2010 5:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Off to Rome

Replies: 10

Views: 2040

Enjoy. :D

Sun May 02, 2010 11:26 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: urgent request for vinyl

Replies: 4

Views: 1038

Sorry Peter, you've caught us with low stocks.

I've only got a couple of metres of Doro blue reflective, plus loads of striping of various widths. :(

Sat May 01, 2010 11:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I don't really like heights, but ......

Replies: 19

Views: 2819

My log book is packed away in a box somewhere Yeah, my gear is all packed away too. :( Still maintain the licence though. :D I didn't have a fear of heights until the day I helped put an antenna on top of the control tower at Donington Park. That experience scared me, and now I leave that sort of t...

Sat May 01, 2010 2:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Apologies

Replies: 14

Views: 2737

Bugger. Missed it. :D

Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:53 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexisign & MAC OS 10.5

Replies: 21

Views: 12515

doubt if I will need a mac though, to create similar results.. Nah, I'm sure you can do it all in Signlab. Albeit at ten times the price. :D Seriously though, I'm not sure how TypeStyler stacks up as a stand-alone programme, or if it's even meant to be one, but when used in conjunction with Illustr...

Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:10 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexisign & MAC OS 10.5

Replies: 21

Views: 12515

why would that be an advantage for a mac? just asking, it looks like a good animation program, but how useful for signage? Animation? Are you looking at the right Typestyler? The one I mean is a brilliant tool for creating logos, layouts, and all the sort of text effects held so dear by users of Si...

Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:25 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexisign & MAC OS 10.5

Replies: 21

Views: 12515

John Wilson wrote:Because most signage software isn't available on the mac

But Typestyler isn't available for the PC. :D

Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Gas prices

Replies: 7

Views: 1391

So, perhaps ours isn't too far out of line then.

I went on a comparison site, although it was for domestic rather than commercial, and the savings on offer weren't worth the hassle of changing supplier.

Thanks for the info lads. :D

Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Waste Disposal in Wheelie Bins

Replies: 15

Views: 2067

The council empty trade bins around here. They are in competition with the private companies. We use 1100 litre bins and very occasionally the contents would stick, and the youngest of the bin men would have to clamber up to release it. They did it cheerfully enough though. If you have something a b...

Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Gas prices

Replies: 7

Views: 1391

Gas prices

I've done a search, and found plenty of threads on electricity prices, but can't see anything about gas. Received the letter this morning telling us that our contract ends soon, and want to see if I can find a better deal. It's been a cold winter I know, but can't help feeling that our bills have be...

Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm a dad - Again !

Replies: 22

Views: 2633

Many congratulations Gert and Yolanda.

Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:46 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: We're looking to buy a new laminator which one?

Replies: 3

Views: 1281

Nigel Pugh - Grafityp wrote:Mr Childs the EM stands for Easymount :wink: Vivid are the distributor.

Thank you for the clarification Mr. Pugh. :D

Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: We're looking to buy a new laminator which one?

Replies: 3

Views: 1281

Is the Vivid a re-badged Easymount?

We've got an EM-1400SH with which we have been very happy. Much better than the Seal we had previously.

Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:24 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Using narrow material on a wide laminator

Replies: 3

Views: 1179

Re: Using narrow material on a wide laminator

Am I likely to damage the rollers due to prolonged use of feeding through narrower materials? Nah. We do it all the time. :D As Peter says, put it through thew middle. With some laminators you have to do that anyway because the rollers are not perfectly straight. They are designed to be slightly th...

Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Northamnpton

Replies: 15

Views: 2132

Hi Colin.

We're at the top end of Northamptonshire. The civilised bit. :D

Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice, views on Cleaning Fluids please?

Replies: 19

Views: 3364

Oh yes, and the 70 % will give you a hangover. :D

Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Our New Van

Replies: 17

Views: 4961

Excellent. :D

Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice, views on Cleaning Fluids please?

Replies: 19

Views: 3364

Wot the man said above. :D

We use 99%.

Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: worrying prices for banners.

Replies: 22

Views: 3490

I looked at this from a slightly different angle. We all like to think that we are ace signmakers and that the quality of our product, our design skills, experience, expertise and professionalism is beyond reproach. Those perceived attributes make us think that we are worth a good profit margin on w...

Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Backing paper recycling

Replies: 20

Views: 6284

I can't find anyone who wants it either.

Best solution I could find is to compact it to minimise landfill. :(

Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Jury Service

Replies: 69

Views: 12155

Phill wrote:Is this pick on the Fentons week :-?

Sh!t. Are you still here?

Get down the courthouse. :-?

Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:27 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: More about laminating vehicle wrap vinyl.

Replies: 3

Views: 5069

It depends what you mean by "applied". If the vinyl is just laid on the van then, in most cases, it will come off. However, once it's squeegeed down properly, I wouldn't want it to move and would expect to have to replace it. Unless it's static cling of course. You need to speak with someo...

Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I won the Plotter

Replies: 34

Views: 4768

Well done Neil.

Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:40 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: More about laminating vehicle wrap vinyl.

Replies: 3

Views: 5069

Stuart, Lamination is only to protect print. No other reason. Or at least I've not found one in the last twenty years. A coloured vinyl doesn't need it because the colour goes all the way through and, if damage goes that far, then you're into body repairs anyway. On prints however, the colour is onl...

Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:17 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: window sticker

Replies: 40

Views: 6134

Lorraine and Dan......

Yes, you must use an optically clear laminate for this sort of thing.

And, yes, I found out the hard way too, but fortunately only on one vehicle. :D

Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:02 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: window sticker

Replies: 40

Views: 6134

Yes, you can see through Contravision, but it does obscure the view and I would not have thought it suitable for learner drivers who need all the help they can get.

Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: icelantic volcanic dust

Replies: 87

Views: 20391

Phill wrote:but I never suspected they would stoop this low to try and win over the voting public :-?

Oh, I see.

A bit like Vera Lynn starting a war to push her new single. :-?

Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Copyright infringement or not??

Replies: 2

Views: 941

Technically yes, but I doubt that you would get into trouble if you are making them for an authorised dealer. Watch the Vaillant one though. Their logo has recently (within the last month or two) changed. Not great differences, and perhaps hardly anyone would notice, but you might as well get it rig...

Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:42 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Oracal 970 RA

Replies: 12

Views: 6358

Wimps, the lot of you. :D

OK, the 970 might be a bit easier to apply, but Avery 900 is not difficult.

I would also hate to use a 100 micron material. To big a step from paint to vinyl. Like applying formica. :D

Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Jury Service

Replies: 69

Views: 12155

I can't help but think that Phill is getting an easy ride here.

Can some of you give Shane and I a hand please. :rofl:

Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:38 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Oracal 970 RA

Replies: 12

Views: 6358

Simon Polakof wrote:So which of avery's vinyl would you have used for this fitting then?

Avery 900 should do it.

Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Jury Service

Replies: 69

Views: 12155

A nice juicy fraud case.

Six months should cover it. :D

Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:17 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Thinking of getting into wrapping, advice please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3966

Hi Lee. And welcome to the board. As you've been told above, wrapping theory is not difficult, but it does require a LOT of practice and experience. Most of us started at the bottom with flat panel work and, as our skills improved, progressed on to simple curves, compound curves, part wraps and, onl...

Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: icelantic volcanic dust

Replies: 87

Views: 20391

Of course, you cannot predict a volcanic eruption with any accuracy, but there are figures going back centuries, and it is entirely possible to calculate the chances of one happening over any given future timescale. An insurance company does not know exactly what day your house is going to burn down...

Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: icelantic volcanic dust

Replies: 87

Views: 20391

In this morning's newspaper it says that some tourists might not be able to get home for ten days. :o Just been speaking to Martin Cole in Lanzarote and he says it is a nightmare. Every day is like Groundhog Day. He asks if we can all go outside at midday and blow hard in a north easterly direction....

Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:45 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: redoing my logo, some guidance needed i think.... take 2

Replies: 75

Views: 23011

Richard Martin wrote:at quick glance that reminded me of the vauxhall griffin logo

:yes1: me too. Sorry Glenn.

Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:03 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Film lam for vehicle wrap

Replies: 4

Views: 1701

Haven't you finished this job yet? :D

The laminate should match the print vinyl. Speak to whoever supplied that and ask their recommendation.

Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Martin Cole wrote: alas I am in Lanzarote.

Time to come home Martin.

The work is piling up for you.

Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:36 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: redoing my logo, some guidance needed i think.... take 2

Replies: 75

Views: 23011

had only seen one other vehicle done like it (homeserve funnily enough) You might only have seen one Homeserve van Hugh. But there's thousands of the buggers out there. Honest. Ask Matty. :D Still, that's not a valid reason for you not to use the concept, just try to get a different twist on it. :D...

Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:57 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: window sticker

Replies: 40

Views: 6134

I think that you might be being a bit rough on Matty here. Lots of things are easy to demonstrate, but difficult to put into words. If that wasn't the case then we wouldn't need wrapping courses - we only need read a book. We wouldn't need video tutorials either. If Matt says something is easy then,...

Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl ID Please

Replies: 7

Views: 1178

Ritrama is not our weapon of choice, but it's not bad stuff, and we do use some of it.

As the boys say, we get it from Doro.

Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:16 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: redoing my logo, some guidance needed i think.... take 2

Replies: 75

Views: 23011

The third one down does have potential, but I would worry that it has been overdone a bit.

Here's one of ours, and we have another couple of customers using similar.

Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Anybody seen anything of Rob.

He was flaked out in the hotel bar last time I saw him.

He looked so sweet that I didn't want to disturb him, and just went to bed and left him there. :D

Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Don't be getting ideas now lads!

Replies: 5

Views: 1180

Genius. :D

Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:22 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone help with jv33 and its maintenance?

Replies: 10

Views: 5008

Steve McAdie wrote:I get my swabs from here
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/sear ... &R=2482050

D'oh. :headbang2:

Never thought of them Steve.

My daughter works there so we can get her staff discount. :D

Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:54 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone help with jv33 and its maintenance?

Replies: 10

Views: 5008

Probably been asked many times before but do any of you have a handy link to the best place to buy the swabs and solution (not even sure what the right name for the cleaning solution!). Does cotton buds do for the swabs? I got a pack of what looks like long reach ones with the machine. You need lon...

Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Scotland

Replies: 14

Views: 2099

Hi Catherine.

I'm impressed.

Joined November 2003, and this is your first post.

I can't keep my mouth shut for that long. :D

:welcome:

Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:21 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone help with jv33 and its maintenance?

Replies: 10

Views: 5008

if its plugged in and the main switch is on it will wake up and do the necasary, front switch can be turned off If you print 24hrs a day then yes do a manual clean around the capping station, wiper atc. otherwise a weekly tidy is enough, John Childs is better placed to inform, but I think I am corr...

Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: G'day guys

Replies: 19

Views: 3333

Hi Phil. :wave3:

Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi from state of Illinois

Replies: 9

Views: 1510

Hi Andrew. :welcome:

Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do I quote for travel & fitting?

Replies: 7

Views: 1321

You do it the same as you do any other quote. Work out your costs. All of them, including car wear and tear, servicing and insurance etc etc. You can short cut this bit if you can find a list of running costs for different models of vehicle. The AA used to do one, but I'm not sure if they still do. ...

Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Show us your... BIKE

Replies: 77

Views: 13782

RayRosher wrote:So here's mine.

ST1100. The perfect bike.

Equally at home scratching around the lanes, or gobbling up the miles crossing Europe. :D

Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Billy Cook wrote:can you PM me the hotel details?

Google?

http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/britann ... lAod5noRvA

Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

I've done my share in the past, but I think my days of roughing it are over now. :D

Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Lorraine Clinch wrote:I have now been warned that the M6 is a giant parking lot at certain times,

Hi Lorraine.

No guarantees of course, but M6 congestion is usually from junction 4 towards Birmingham. You will be going in the opposite direction, and so might escape the worst of it.

Where were you on Saturday? :D

Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:43 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Rasterlink V Shiraz V6

Replies: 26

Views: 12460

Rasterlink is fine for just "open file, set profile, print" but Shiraz does at least have a very nice interface.. I think we'll have to disagree there Jon. I found the Shiraz interface too busy and unnecessarily complicated, and much prefer the simpler RasterLink one. That is important to...

Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:54 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Rasterlink V Shiraz V6

Replies: 26

Views: 12460

I don't know about the same features, but certainly RasterLink does several different types of tiling, although they call it panelling. I'm afraid I can't tell you any more than that because that's another feature we don't use. :D If something needs printing larger than the printer size then we tend...

Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:06 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Rasterlink V Shiraz V6

Replies: 26

Views: 12460

Richard, I believe that Shiraz has more features and control over output than RasterLink. The thing is that I didn't use any of them, so they were a bit pointless. For instance, control over output colour. My issue is consistency over a long period of time so, if colours need adjusting, I want to do...

Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:43 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Rasterlink V Shiraz V6

Replies: 26

Views: 12460

I am a big fan of the Mimaki Fine cut plug in for illustrator, If I set the register marks in illustrator before printing I cant see it making ay difference what Rip I use as the marks are on there already. I'm a big fan too Richard. And no, it doesn't matter which RIP you use. I went for three yea...

Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Have you all entered our competition for the amazing F1 Day that you can win for a wrapping on our stand Lovely thought Kate. Just two problems...... 1. I can't wrap a parcel. 2. I doubt I could get into a Formula One car. It's a nice offer though, but perhaps I'll leave this one to the youngsters....

Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

That's bad news Martin. You will be missed.

Along with a lot of others. :(

Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 2000mm wide vinyl?

Replies: 15

Views: 2119

Not very constructive, I know, sorry.

But wouldn't his boards be better painted?

Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:07 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: might go to ISA USA next year

Replies: 11

Views: 3438

Sounds like a better plan. Thank you Brian. It always seems to me that the major cost of this sort of gig is the getting there and back. Jill may not agree, being used to US prices, but to me the accommodation seems cheap, and the food is for nothing. So, once we're there, we might as well get as m...

Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:40 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: might go to ISA USA next year

Replies: 11

Views: 3438

How about this for a plan…….. Fly to Vegas. Rent an appropriate size vehicle. Hoover Dam Grand Canyon Skywalk thingy. Squeeze in a bit of Route 66. It's a bit of a hike, but Jenny and I don't mind doing the driving…… Tombstone. Back to Vegas. Did somebody say something about a sign related event? Ma...

Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:21 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: might go to ISA USA next year

Replies: 11

Views: 3438

Vegas on tax deductible expenses?

Starting to sound interesting. :D

Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Do we get what we pay for?

Replies: 20

Views: 3188

So far it seems to be confined to expensive cast materials Lynn. Well, I can understand the importers being happy with 25s because their stocking cost will be lower with the shorter rolls. Also, for all I know, perhaps the majority of their customers only order five or ten metres at a time, so the s...

Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Show us your... BIKE

Replies: 77

Views: 13782

Mike Grant wrote:and way back in 1978

I like that Mike.

A10?

Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:47 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: A3 Scanner (anyone use one?)

Replies: 10

Views: 3884

Re: A3 Scanner (anyone use one?)

David-Foster- wrote:Anyone have and use an A3 scanner?

Not me David. I've always managed fine with an A4.

Are you regularly doing something that needs A3?

Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Do we get what we pay for?

Replies: 20

Views: 3188

John is that cut or print vinyl ? Cut vinyl Lynn. Two that come to mind are:- Avery 900 used to be fifties, but that changed fairly recently, much to our inconvenience APA cast is a more recent discovery. If APA UK don't want to stock big rolls I can understand that, but I've got the rep coming rou...

Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Do we get what we pay for?

Replies: 20

Views: 3188

I've never actually measured a part roll, so can't comment on shortages. We used to get joined rolls from certain suppliers but I complained long and loud about it. Now we can still get them, but only after a phone call to check with us that the join isn't in an inconvenient place. With both these p...

Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Show us your... BIKE

Replies: 77

Views: 13782

And here's the other.

With a couple of "friends" :oops:

Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Show us your... BIKE

Replies: 77

Views: 13782

Here's one.

Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Co durham

Replies: 12

Views: 2138

Hello Michaela. :welcome:

Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Hugh Potter wrote:now what do i do?

You go to the NEC.

If he's anything of a son, then he'll understand.

If it was an 18th, or a 21st, or something special, then it might be different.

Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 00448452860000 telephone calls

Replies: 15

Views: 1887

Jillbeans wrote:...we call those lawyers or attorneys, Peter.:wink:

I've got another name for them. :D

Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:41 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Fixings signage to a freight container advice please?

Replies: 20

Views: 5791

so 135% then :wink: :lol1: Yeah, probably. But you can work it out. If you know what length your original logo should be when flat, just measure the depth of the corrugations, do a few sums, and you can work out how much the logo needs stretching in order to maintain the proper length. Simples. But...

Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:38 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Fixings signage to a freight container advice please?

Replies: 20

Views: 5791

Nice job Craig.


Steve, Rob's advice is good but, if your container has standard corrugations, then I'd be inclined to stretch horizontally by a bit more than 120%. Maybe as much as 150%, but probably somewhere in between those two figures.

Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:22 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Fixings signage to a freight container advice please?

Replies: 20

Views: 5791

I think you need to consider the environment in which containers operate because it is as harsh as you are likely to find anywhere, apart from the surface of the moon. Wind howling across the deck, salt spray constantly drenching the container, not to mention the rough way they are handled and store...

Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Finally, i have my own work place.

Replies: 21

Views: 8521

Nice one Ben.

Best of luck with it. :D

Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Cheryl Smith wrote:signboards get together not being organized this year then?

Looks not Cheryl.

But I'm sure that we'll amuse ourselves somehow. :D

Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Venice.....

Replies: 13

Views: 2154

Hi Rachel. And welcome. :D

Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Easter

Replies: 9

Views: 1546

I'm going clay pigeon shooting on Sunday. Something I've never tried before. I hope you enjoy it Phill. I should do it more often because I find it a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Loose off a few boxes of cartridges, then into the cafe for a good old fried breakfast, before returning to ...

Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Easter

Replies: 9

Views: 1546

And a happy Easter to you Marcella, and to everyone else.

Quiet here too. Lunch at my parents on Sunday, and probably a run out to http://www.countrymanfairs.co.uk/kelmar ... -game-fair on Monday.

Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: laminate straight away or wait for the print to de-gas?

Replies: 14

Views: 2726

Neil, Those are a "how long is a piece of string" question. You may get away with it if there isn't too much ink density, no excessive stretching, it's environment isn't too extreme, and other factors. As Shane intimates, we've all done it in an emergency, but it is to be avoided as much a...

Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is this an April Fool?

Replies: 8

Views: 1572

Peter Normington wrote:that is a conservative poster

That's not what the article says Peter.

Anyway, Ian nailed it. :D

Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: laminate straight away or wait for the print to de-gas?

Replies: 14

Views: 2726

jamie, i know where you are coming from mate and agree to an extent, but the majority of print-cut jobs our machine does is stickers and labels. very seldom do they require laminate. And that's why you and I disagree on print and cut. The vast majority of our work requires lamination and contour cu...

Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: laminate straight away or wait for the print to de-gas?

Replies: 14

Views: 2726

Totally agree with Jamie, although some really heavy coverage stuff we prefer to leave for forty eight hours. Matt, I think Philip means he is going to laminate wet, rather than apply to a vehicle. I guess because he'll be doing it by hand rather than with a laminator. Whilst I've got your attention...

Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:19 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Pathstyler pro plugin

Replies: 1

Views: 1509

Looks interesting Kevin.

I'll have a play with that over the weekend. :D

Thanks for the heads up.

Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is this an April Fool?

Replies: 8

Views: 1572

Yeah, I think that's a wind up.

They say that Saatchi and Saatchi are responsible for them, but S&S are doing the Conservatives advertising, and wouldn't be allowed to do both. Conflict of interest.

Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is this an April Fool?

Replies: 8

Views: 1572

Re: Is this an April Fool?

John Childs wrote:It is unlikely that she would receive the maximum fine for a first offence.

Just as a correction, it would appear that she didn't get the maximum penalty. For that offence it is actually a £20,000 fine, or two years in jail. :o

Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is this an April Fool?

Replies: 8

Views: 1572

Re: Is this an April Fool?

Phill wrote:I can't decide if this is for real or an April fool Joke

Who knows.

Although, if true, I would wonder whether there was more to it. It is unlikely that she would receive the maximum fine for a first offence.

Although nothing surprises me any more. :(

Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29767

I've never claimed 2wd was superior - that was Peter and John Oi Fenton!!! I never said two wheel drive was superior. Why would I be running around in a Range Rover if I thought that? All I said was that tyre type played a very large part in snow and mud performance. And that's as true for four whe...

Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:41 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Mail Program is sending .sit files

Replies: 13

Views: 4133

If he's using Apple Mail, there's a tick box for "PC friendly files".

Like you say Harry, it's gotta be at his end.

Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: To be or not to be...

Replies: 10

Views: 1415

Simon Polakof wrote:would it be okay with you if we took this conversation byt mail?

Or give me a call.

Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: To be or not to be...

Replies: 10

Views: 1415

Specialisation has worked for me. By concentrating on one thing, getting all the procedures right, so that all parts of the process are working at an optimum level, then you can produce your product better and cheaper than anyone else. Optimisation even extends to workshop layout. Get it all right a...

Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: quoting signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3264

Totally agree John, plus they look better and make better coffee! Actually Matt, our best tea maker is Danny, plus he looks better than some of the girls we've had working here. :D Physical power isn't an issue in this case because we are only looking for someone in the office to make the decals, n...

Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Rack...how to make one

Replies: 3

Views: 1301

Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: quoting signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3264

Will have to give it some consideration. Worth thinking about Gary. We once had one who was less than satisfactory but, in the main, our experience has been very good. Young lads need choosing with a lot of care. The right one can be full of energy, keen to learn, and be a great asset to your busin...

Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: quoting signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3264

When you feel the time has come to employ someone think about employing someone part time to start with, I know a number of signmakers who did that and it seemed to work out quite well for them. I think that's good advice. We're at the stage where we need someone to help out in the cutting room. Th...

Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: quoting signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3264

I'm glad that you're short of time after only three weeks in the business. That can't be bad. :D I can only tell you what I did in your circumstances, and that was to be out most of the day seeing customers and fitting vans, then spending all night making stuff. They were similar times then (recessi...

Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Dry apply etched vinyl

Replies: 19

Views: 5432

I didn't take a lot of notice but, when in Doro this morning, I glimpsed out of the corner of my eye something about dry apply etch.

Might be worth giving them a call.

Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Birthday Marcella!!!

Replies: 28

Views: 2488

Neil Davey wrote:Hope the cake is big enough for all the candles :wink:

Better keep a fire extinguisher handy. :D

Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:06 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My First van

Replies: 29

Views: 7182

It may be a trend, but I've never liked it. Some fonts aren't too bad, but there's a lot out there with different heights for letters and numbers. Helvetica and Myriad are a couple of examples. Now there may be some typographical reason for that, steeped in the mists of time, but to me they just loo...

Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:50 am

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: New A3 Mimaki flatbed Printer - WOW

Replies: 28

Views: 10395

Like Dave says, interesting thoughts Rob.

We had a meeting with a printer last night who has just had his monster UV flatbed installed, and I was surprised at the limitations.

For our line of work I think we'll be sticking with solvent for some time to come.

Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from north west London

Replies: 19

Views: 2222

Harry Cleary wrote:the inmates are fighting again but they will settle down after feeding time! :D

Well, after medication anyway. :D

Hi Paul. :D

Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:18 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: New A3 Mimaki flatbed Printer - WOW

Replies: 28

Views: 10395

I need to brush up on my Taiwanese. :D

Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Pantone to RAL please

Replies: 2

Views: 755

Well, according to my Pantone Bridge, PMS 208 is c16 m100 y35 k46.

RAL 4002 is quite a good match to PMS208. Little bit lighter maybe.

Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

We had another one yesterday. The job is printing some panels to go on one of those outside catering trailers you see at events. The customer has supplied panel sizes, which he assures us are within a couple of millimetres, but the designer tried to insist that we went to the trouble and expense of ...

Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:43 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: print and cut or separates

Replies: 25

Views: 6169

Ruairi O'Boyle wrote:The supplier assures me the both machines will work fine for print and cut

In that case, I don't know the difference.

I will say that our FXs are good solid reliable industrial quality machines.

Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:54 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with redrawing a shape

Replies: 16

Views: 5325

Illustrator again, but I'd use the scissor tool to cut the path, then just drop the node down a tad, then join.



Love the new avatar Jilly. Halloween was it? :D

Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:51 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: print and cut or separates

Replies: 25

Views: 6169

I don't know for sure, but suspect that the SX doesn't have the optical gubbins which you need for contour cutting.

Both mine are FXs. One 1370mm and one 760mm.

Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:58 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: print and cut or separates

Replies: 25

Views: 6169

Ruairi O'Boyle wrote:JV3 and separate cutter ordered.

I think you've made the right decision Ruari, although I think you meant JV33.

Like Peter, I had a JV3 and separate cutter. They certainly suited the type of work we do, and the way we work. Come the day we replaced with JV33 and another cutter.

Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I know you guys like this sort of thing...

Replies: 8

Views: 1446

It's been taken down now. Shame.

I liked the "tramp stamp" bit as well. :D

Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Surrey

Replies: 22

Views: 2390

Hi John.

So, the feller you bought the business from did a runner a bit swiftly then. Does that tell you something?

Only joking. Welcome to the forum. :D

Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent printers in small spaces

Replies: 6

Views: 1801

Phill wrote:Fumes never did me any harm :pink: *hair*

Obviously. :rofl:

Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:55 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent printers in small spaces

Replies: 6

Views: 1801

Fumes are not a problem as long as they are vented. An extractor fan is best, but a simple vent is adequate in most cases. The important thing, whichever you decide to do, is that either solution is installed close to the ground. This is because ink fumes are heavier than air, and sink towards the f...

Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:15 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Coreldraw and AppleMac

Replies: 27

Views: 6647

I'm not sure we're going to meet on this one John:) I think you're right there Alan. :D And I do appreciate that what an individual is used to plays a large part in their preference. I do worry a bit about Tim running both systems side by side because, when difficulties arise, the temptation is alw...

Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:13 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Coreldraw and AppleMac

Replies: 27

Views: 6647

Alan, I don't think that the superiority (that sounds a bit over the top, but I don't think that betterness is a proper word) of the Mac is obvious from a demo in a shop. It takes a bit of use before you suddenly realise how much easier everything is with a Mac. It starts with initial set-up, transf...

Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2009

Replies: 83

Views: 10362

Shane Drew wrote:how did I know you'd say that :lol1:

Probably 'cos you've seen the inside of my wine cellar. :cool:

Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Are you going Nik? I think I owe you a drink. :cool:

Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:26 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Coreldraw and AppleMac

Replies: 27

Views: 6647

I've never used Illustrator Jason......in what way is it superior to Corel? Glenn, I'm not going to get into a feature by feature comparison. You would need somebody who uses both alongside each other, and is a lot more familiar with both sides of the coin than me. I don't doubt that Corel is a goo...

Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:15 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Coreldraw and AppleMac

Replies: 27

Views: 6647

Jason Davies wrote:Just make the move to illustrator, an industry standard and far superior to Corel (just my opinion) (:) (:) (:)

:yes1:

Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: town council gripe

Replies: 6

Views: 1109

I'm not quite with you on this one Peter. My opinion is that insurance companies sell us a product in a competitive market, have to survive in the real world, and are subject to the same rules of business as the rest of us. I happily accept that some folks treat insurance companies as fair game, but...

Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2009

Replies: 83

Views: 10362

garyh wrote:he got a habit of buying everyone drinks on company at parties

I don't see the problem. :D

Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: town council gripe

Replies: 6

Views: 1109

Brian Little wrote: i just being silly :D .

You're being silly. That's the sort of thing that only private business has to do.

Public employees think that our customers have a legal obligation to pay whatever prices we demand. Because that's the way it works in their world.

Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:05 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Problems with a file

Replies: 3

Views: 1721

Paul-D wrote:drop me a mail harry and i will see what i can do with it for you....

And if that doesn't work, I'd be happy to have a look.

Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: town council gripe

Replies: 6

Views: 1109

I don't have a problem with the council tip. My twin strategies are:- 1. Send Jenny, or any other female who possesses the ability to cry on demand. 2. Send my old dad, who tells them that he's just been diagnosed with something terminal, and he's clearing out all his rubbish so that his children ar...

Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

I'll be there Wednesday.

Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Has anyone missed me?

Replies: 26

Views: 3389

Glad you're on the mend Mike. :o

Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My First van

Replies: 29

Views: 7182

Morning Gavin. I don't think any of us like "tel", but Jill is a little more sensitive than most! :D The thing is that it is entirely superfluous, so what's the point of putting it in front of what is obviously a telephone number. Sometimes the customer insists, but i always ask them if th...

Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:27 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Coreldraw and AppleMac

Replies: 27

Views: 6647

Nope. Corel stopped doing Mac versions about ten years ago. There's no answer for you really because although there are various ways a Mac can emulate a PC very nicely, it brings you back to the wonderful world of Windows. With the recent upsurge of Mac market share I wouldn't be surprised if Corel ...

Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Question for the Liverpudlians?

Replies: 15

Views: 2474

John Harding wrote:don't get your Catholic and Protestant mixed up

There's no mistaking Paddy's Wigwam. :D

Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

Well, we don't get it quite that bad Peter, although some customers (that's customers, not graphic designers) can sometimes be a little demanding.

We usually put up with it because of the volume of business we are chasing, and certainly wouldn't get involved in all that for three poxy little signs.

Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:30 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland VP540i - ordering today but need last minute advice

Replies: 12

Views: 2762

Colin Crow wrote: If you need a contact for the Mimaki speak to Emma at Isub digital


:yes1:

Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Question for the Liverpudlians?

Replies: 15

Views: 2474

Liver birds.

Deffo.

Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: has anyone used colour laser vinyl?

Replies: 14

Views: 10860

Oops.

Posted in wrong place. :oops:

Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland VP540i - ordering today but need last minute advice

Replies: 12

Views: 2762

Ruari, I guess it depends on the length of the prints you might be called upon to do, but we couldn't live without a take-up. There'd be print all over the floor with the inky sides sticking to each other. I dread to think how much waste we would generate. My comparison knowledge of the different pr...

Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: car manufacturers and their owners

Replies: 29

Views: 3208

So that's it then - Morgan Cars :D Ownership may have changed since I last looked, but the largest British car manufacturer used to be Manganese Bronze. They make London taxis. :-? sold to GEELY today http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/transport/article7066364.ece D'oh ...

Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:07 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: go to the customer or get them to leave the vehicle??

Replies: 26

Views: 7600

Would it then be okay to have a call out charge to deter customers from not bringing the vehicle to you?? I don't think that would work in my case. It would be a psychological problem for my customers What you can do though is to offer them a bit of discount to bring the van to you. After all, you ...

Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello to everyone

Replies: 7

Views: 1165

Hello Jason. :welcome:

Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:07 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: How exactly does a standalone cutter work

Replies: 18

Views: 6505

Just because someone may start a business with 100k won't make them any better or anymore succesful than someone who starts out with a thousand pounds but who may actually know what they are the doing. That's absolutely correct. It's absolutely impossible to generalise because some really serious p...

Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:47 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: go to the customer or get them to leave the vehicle??

Replies: 26

Views: 7600

I use to do the same. But when you do this for clients they always expect the same level of service and also expect you you to be at their beck and call. I found I made a rod for my own back. That's right, and I had exactly the same when I got my first premises. You won't change the routine with ex...

Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: car manufacturers and their owners

Replies: 29

Views: 3208

John Cooper wrote:So that's it then - Morgan Cars :D

Ownership may have changed since I last looked, but the largest British car manufacturer used to be Manganese Bronze.

They make London taxis. :-?

Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from Bahrain

Replies: 14

Views: 2564

Hi Ebrahim, and welcome. :D

Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:28 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: go to the customer or get them to leave the vehicle??

Replies: 26

Views: 7600

B

A if we have to, and travelling costs, and other on-site working expenses, are paid.

Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Norwich

Replies: 18

Views: 2168

Hi Mark. :D

Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Why do people buy signs?

Replies: 9

Views: 1197

Re: Why do people buy signs?

Phill wrote:Can you think of any other benefits that buying signs bring to your customers?

Not really.

I'm firmly convinced that the vast majority of signs go unread.

but don't tell my customers

Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: show us yours

Replies: 21

Views: 3051

Dave Rowland wrote:John T, I am glad someone recognized the place!

Oh, I recognised it but, as you were referring to it as home, I thought I'd better say nothing.

It'd be cheaper living at the Savoy mate! :D

Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: show us yours

Replies: 21

Views: 3051

Nice old building Derek. I much prefer that sort of thing to a modern tin box. Only a small part of mine is older, and only then dating back to the mid fifties when it started life as a transport cafe, but the floor tiles are brilliant and I doubt that i could get anything anywhere near as good done...

Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: show us yours

Replies: 21

Views: 3051

Here's me. :D

Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner install ideas (urgent)

Replies: 9

Views: 829

Well, what about fabricating some clamps to go around the pillars, then fixing a rigid pole between the clamps?

Or maybe you could work out a way of fixing a rigid pole to some of the banding used on plate and post type signs.

Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Which Sci Fi Character do you perv about?

Replies: 25

Views: 2636

:sigh:


.........

Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Google StreetView is very much LIVE

Replies: 27

Views: 3771

No doubt somebody will tell us that Google have missed their street, but it seems a thorough job to me. Tiny little roads around here, that I wouldn't have thought they'd bother with, are all in there.

Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Which Sci Fi Character do you perv about?

Replies: 25

Views: 2636

Steve McAdie wrote:Chewbacca, I've always got a ( oh i swore ).

Nah. I think Martin Cole has cornered the Chewbacca market.




Karl, Blake's Seven? Glynis Barber? Weak at the knees? Me?

Oh yes. :D

Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2009

Replies: 83

Views: 10362

Try this one Shaun.

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... 09&start=0

Search further and you will find other threads with photos of the festivities.



Have patience Glasshopper. :D

Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Facebook Virus

Replies: 10

Views: 1669

Well, the two computers nearest the camera look like mine, but that's where the resemblance ends.

Sorry lads. :D

Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2009

Replies: 83

Views: 10362

Peter Normington wrote:No reason you have to wait for Rob to book your ticket Dave :D

Especially as he told us that he's only coming up for the day. :D

Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:56 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from derbyshire

Replies: 9

Views: 1295

Hi James. :D

Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Font ownership question

Replies: 5

Views: 865

I'm with Andy. If you sold it to your customer, then it's his, and not yours. However, it might not be as simple as that, because the terms of the licence may not permit re-sale. I fact you have, in all likelihood, not even bought the font yourself, but merely a licence to use it. If you want to be ...

Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:34 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can I adjust the bi-directional on the print head

Replies: 3

Views: 1790

I think you mean the bit where the head goes off to measure the width of the vinyl.

If so, I wouldn't have thought you could do anything about that.

Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:36 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Hat's off to vinyl wrappers

Replies: 12

Views: 4136

be careful IPA can easily be watered down as it is clear. Good warning Rob. I think our stuff is ok though because I try to be careful where I buy. The chemical business is awash with thieves, villains and chancers. Those who take a generic substance, repackage into smaller containers, multiply the...

Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:39 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Hat's off to vinyl wrappers

Replies: 12

Views: 4136

IPA is available from quite a few sources on a well known auction site.

I can check the exact one we get ours from in the morning.

Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pro and cons of this Vinyl cutter set-up

Replies: 12

Views: 2677

This is what I meant Harry. No second bench anywhere. Added on edit: Oh, bugger. Can't read the words. Oh well…... The top one is what I think we are discussing. Middle is the way I did it when I started, with cutter sitting on the end of the bench. Bottom is the way we have one of our cutters set u...

Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can I source some correx please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1542

It's expensive if it's only 4mm.

I can't check what we pay until I go into the office, but it's nothing like that.

Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pro and cons of this Vinyl cutter set-up

Replies: 12

Views: 2677

My first set-up did exactly the same, with the vinyl coming off the cutter and straight across the weeding bench. It was forced on me to a certain extent due to a lack of space, but worked well for some years. I never had a problem with lack of gravity, but then my cutter only took 500mm wide vinyl....

Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Has anyone missed me?

Replies: 26

Views: 3389

PU55Y !!!!!






Sorry. Couldn't resist. :P

Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:29 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how to create a outline around whole object/image?

Replies: 10

Views: 2945

Adam Ross wrote:For some reason in corel the box tick box for exporting with a transparent background in not available

Oh dear.

I can't help then - you need a Corel guru.

I'm sure that one will be along shortly. :D

Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:10 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how to create a outline around whole object/image?

Replies: 10

Views: 2945

I would like to remove the white rectangular background from a circular jpg photo is this method suitable for that ? I guess it depends on the file. In Illustrator we just export the file as a jpeg with a transparent background and that leaves just the image. Do it all the time with jpegs lifted fr...

Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:06 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Architecture Plans request.

Replies: 10

Views: 2223

I remember my first job in an Architects Office plan printing with ammonia! The paper had a yellow coating, the drawing was on tracing paper, you ran it through a UV light exposing the plan, then run the yellow paper through the ammonia tray, then hang the prints up to dry! :lol1: We used the same ...

Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Facebook Virus

Replies: 10

Views: 1669

Peter Normington wrote:what do other do?

Use Macs. :P

You have got to be really class A stupid to let a virus into a Mac.

Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

The obscure font scam is brilliant, been aware of it for years, but we don't use it enough. I've got a beauty, one specified by a client some years ago, and costing £250.00 for one weight. I know that I should use it all the time, so that bodyshops and the like had no option but to come to us for re...

Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

If designing was so easy and profitable, what are we all doing making signs? That's an easy one Jeremy. Because I'm not a designer, and I don't pretend to be one. All I'm any good for is for transforming somebody else's ideas so that they work on vans efficiently. :D But the thing is that most of t...

Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

Instead of the rant, wouldn't it be a better idea to get to know your local designers? Our local designers aren't my problem Jeremy. We have a lovely young lady who, having been shown what we need, comes up with the goods every time. Other locals we find that we can talk to, and they help if they c...

Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

We have eps' that come in at 40mb that should around 100k how they get them that big is beyond me! Not to me it's not. We have had crappy 72dpi images sent to us and, when we ask if anything of a higher resolution is available, they just re-save the original crappy image at a higher res. So, instea...

Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

But how many times have you had vector artwork from designers that is a mess of strokes and masked off sections? All the time Jon because, again, they are stuck in their own little print world and have little understanding of other techniques. But at least that's only important if we are going to c...

Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: RAL or Pantone colour match help please!

Replies: 7

Views: 3127

They don't want to pay that's the trouble. Yeah, it's funny how they always seem to be prepared to pay big bucks for a fancy marketing agency to come up with these specifications, and then choke on their coffee when they find out the implications. I've lost count of the number of times I've seen th...

Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:17 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: RAL or Pantone colour match help please!

Replies: 7

Views: 3127

Gwaredd Steele wrote:Ooh, that 100 series is not cheap is it!!! :lol1:

Nope.

But if it's what they specify, then it's what they want and they must be prepared to pay the price. :D

Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 4979

What you say is fair and reasonable Mr. Normington, but my experience is that graphic designers generally just don't think of vans and signs when they are producing artwork for somebodies new corporate image, and therefore don't produce the right files. All they think of is business cards, letterhea...

Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Coventry

Replies: 10

Views: 2094

Hi Geoff. :D

Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2009

Replies: 83

Views: 10362

You need about a half hour for the show. I probably could get by with 15 minutes because I am not interested in machines. 4 hours in the show pub. 3 in the hotel pub. At least one overnight, and about 3 days to get rid of the hangover. Yay!!!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: Sounds about r...

Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:14 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Looking for fixings for a steel canopy.

Replies: 5

Views: 1992

Not sure exactly what you're going to fix too Harry, but would something like this fit the bill?

http://www.screwfix.com/prods/19219/Bol ... ur-1-4-x-6

Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VAT Returns on line

Replies: 10

Views: 1395

er - the same person whos responsible if the post office fail to deliver the mailed return variety :-? :roll: That's what I'm afraid of John. We recently started paying wages by bank transfer, to save the staff having to deposit their cheques every Friday, and maybe get faster access to their money...

Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: frosted window prices

Replies: 26

Views: 3577

It might be off topic, but I'd like to thank the tinting guys for the insight.

Anybody that comes in here wanting window tinting gets told to go see a specialist. :D

Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VAT Returns on line

Replies: 10

Views: 1395

One question.

Who will be responsible if the return doesn't get through on time because of a problem with web access or, more likely, HMRCs site crashing due to volume of transactions?

Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Photographers Beware

Replies: 22

Views: 5379

John Gregson wrote:Similar story, you can't even take family photo's now :evil:

See.

Give somebody a bit of power and they will always, always, ALWAYS, abuse it.

Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Photographers Beware

Replies: 22

Views: 5379

Being asked my name by the police whilst hanging from a ladder over the security fencing of an airport is to be expected, and not a problem. Being harassed whilst going about my reasonable lawful business, by people whose only power is conferred on them by a yellow jacket, is. Sure, none of us want ...

Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Beware Edge vinyl on Eblag

Replies: 4

Views: 961

Jillbeans wrote:I am guilty of buying used romance novels on eBay for the past 6 weeks or so but I gotta stop.

Ha!! Your dirty little secret is out now Jill. :D

Are you coming over for SignUK this year? I've got some hospitality that needs re-paying. :D

Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Photographers Beware

Replies: 22

Views: 5379

I'm with Phill.

Just 'cos they get a yellow coat with the job doesn't mean that they are entitled to disturb me going about my lawful business.

There are too many officious jobsworths in this country.

Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: RAL 4007 ?? please

Replies: 5

Views: 1018

Chris Wool wrote:any more before i make some stickers that say RAL4007 and stick them on the backing paper of some purple i have here.
and say look what i have found mr customer. :wink:

:praise1:

Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:46 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: **SOLD** - Roland Camm 1 Pro CX500 54" Vinyl Cutter

Replies: 21

Views: 5923

I have to agree with my learned colleagues.

Keep it. :D

Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:57 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printer Supplier Recomendations

Replies: 15

Views: 2921

Adam Ross wrote:Anyone got any advice on who to buy the printer from ?

I refer the Right Honourable gentleman to the answer I gave earlier. :D

Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2009

Replies: 83

Views: 10362

Karl Williams wrote:Your just to scared to stay over this time. :wink:

That's the thought that ran through my mind. :D

Stay over Dave. You'll be fine. We'll look after you. :P

Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:29 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Views on JV3-130SPII versus SP540v

Replies: 11

Views: 4039

I think it was SS2 ink Andy, but it's been a while.

Now on SS21 with a JV33.

Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:13 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Views on JV3-130SPII versus SP540v

Replies: 11

Views: 4039

The instruction I received on my old JV3 were a little different to Karl's. Our engineer said to clean it every day that it was used (five minute job) but that if the printer wasn't used then it could be left for four days. Sometimes it got left for a bit longer, but suffered no ill effects. That wa...

Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:54 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printer Supplier Recomendations

Replies: 15

Views: 2921

We've had impeccable service from I-Sub Digital.

Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: whats your weather like ?

Replies: 18

Views: 2341

Phill wrote:I think I might have to sleep in the unit as I might not be able to get home today :-?

You need a 4WD Audi. No problems then. :D

The weekends sprinkling of snow has all but disappeared, but it's grey and cold here. :D

Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ouch !!! The importance of PPE.

Replies: 24

Views: 4203

Phill wrote:I did a similar thing to my toe back in 1940 when I was captured by the Japanese in Singapore.

Nice try Phill, but Singapore didn't surrender until 1942. :D

Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Milky Solution On Window Graphics

Replies: 6

Views: 1187

Hang on a minute.

Doesn't the milky appearance happen straight away, then gradually disappear of it's own accord over a few days?

I know it's cold, but I would have expected it to be fine after five days. :-?

Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:11 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Kidderminster!

Replies: 5

Views: 1074

Hiya Steven. :welcome:

Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29767

Phill wrote:......And tell me Mr "expert" - wot about global warming then :P

You've got a lot to learn Phill.

It's only global warming when it's hot.

When it's cold it's climate change.

Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:41 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: External hard drive - options?

Replies: 12

Views: 3957

Phill wrote:Yeah but have you thought about what you're gonna do if the world gets hit by a gigantic meteorite...

...all your hard drive backups aren't gonna help you much then are they :-?

Yes. But until then.........

Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roll storage system

Replies: 8

Views: 1318

I looked at those (or something similar) at SignUK. They looked like good bits of kit, but I thought that they were a lot of money for what they are. We went with Dave's Clustarack in the end, although ours only hold half a dozen rolls in a single line. We don't use them for long term storage but we...

Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: RGB - what's the point?

Replies: 6

Views: 951

if you get an RGB from a client, then tell them it will be near that colour as those colours are really designed for the screen . That's more or less what I do Dave. It just doesn't seem very satisfactory, or professional. :( But, if it's the best we can do, I suppose that we're stuck with it.

Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: RGB - what's the point?

Replies: 6

Views: 951

Isn't it something to do with the larger colour gamut in rgb than is available in CMYK? Apparently if you use rgb to design in then you'll get much more vibrant colours when you go to print. That may well be the case Lee, and I can see that that would be a good thing if you are designing something ...

Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: RGB - what's the point?

Replies: 6

Views: 951

RGB - what's the point?

OK, maybe showing my ignorance here, but what is the point of RGB as a colour standard? Surely, for any given values, the appearance will vary depending on the type and condition of the screen it is viewed on. For example, any given colour will look different on your modern whizzbang flat screen gra...

Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Business Insurance

Replies: 5

Views: 856

They seem a little disorganised to me. Every year since I first spoke to them they've threatened to contact me before renewal date and give me a quote. They've never quite managed it though. Last time they rang a week after I'd renewed, and some years I never hear from them at all. Perhaps it's bein...

Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29767

More snow here.

We had a load on Thursday, which was thawing nicely up until yesterday, but then another load overnight.

I think I'll find something to do inside today. Maybe go into the garage and clean a bike 'cos it can't last forever.

Can it? :-?

Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Why can't I get a job like this?

Replies: 3

Views: 940

Brilliant. :D

Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Gold In Skeleton

Replies: 7

Views: 1003

Olympics?

Are they on again? :-?

Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2009

Replies: 83

Views: 10362

Peter Normington wrote:who's defo going?

Me. :bigwink:

Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:52 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: what is the best liquid laminate to use for vehicle wraps??

Replies: 3

Views: 1613

Jon Marshall wrote:Can I ask why do you want to use liquid as opposed to vinyl?

I was wondering the same.

Vehicles are a harsh environment for prints, and I prefer them to have the best protection.

Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How to remove vinyl adhesive??

Replies: 25

Views: 4924

but I only use it when all else fails. So do we, but it's not that dangerous if done carefully. Work on small areas at a time, and apply the petrol with a rag, rather than spray it on. NEVER do it indoors. Finally, petrol vapour being heavier than air, never do it in a confined space, and certainly...

Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:05 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How to remove vinyl adhesive??

Replies: 25

Views: 4924

I find that adhesives vary from material to material, and that what works well on one type of vinyl isn't so good on another. In my opinion it's best to have a range of weapons in your armoury, test them on each job, and use the one that works best. One that hasn't been mentioned is petrol. No, I do...

Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Extra Extra signmaker on lark rise to candleford

Replies: 3

Views: 771

Brian Little wrote:not to put a damper on it john but its all down to lighting and and lense filters

Nice try Brian, but you can't fool me.

You'll be telling me that there's no Santa Claus next. :D

Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:35 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from a young sign maker

Replies: 26

Views: 4505

Jason Xuereb wrote:the uksb under 30 club.

Membership = 3. :D

Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Extra Extra signmaker on lark rise to candleford

Replies: 3

Views: 771

I like the way the sun always shines on that programme.

Never seen a day's rain

That's why I watch it, waiting for a cloudy day. :D

Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Birthday Dave Rowland

Replies: 24

Views: 2267

Many happy returns Dave. :D

Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:25 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Business managing/Accounts Software.

Replies: 13

Views: 3619

Peter Dee wrote:You'll be upgrading to their new software no doubt as MYOB is discontinued I believe.

Well, yeah, OK. :D

We are currently running Account Edge Plus, but it's the same thing really.

It'll take me at least two years to get used to the name change. :D

Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:16 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Business managing/Accounts Software.

Replies: 13

Views: 3619

We've been using MYOB for about fourteen years.

That does it for us, but your requirements may be different, so you will need to check feature lists.

Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: buying a doming business

Replies: 3

Views: 668

It doesn't sound like it to me Jason. It depends on whether, as I suspect, that 60% is gross profit, or net. The way to value a business, any business, is to take the net profit, after ALL expenses, including your wages, and to see how that stacks up against what you could earn on that same money el...

Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:33 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Can you help to improve this Jpeg please?

Replies: 18

Views: 7417

Isn't this sort of thing what Vectorwise is for?

Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:16 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printer & Laminator recomendations?

Replies: 24

Views: 4639

Stuart, Cleaning on solvent machines was never a problem. It is not onerous, and we regard it as a cost of doing business in supplying the most robust prints to our clients. However, our JV33 uses a lot less ink in cleaning than did our previous JV3, so I would say that more modern machinery is more...

Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Superbowl XLII

Replies: 29

Views: 3881

Shane Drew wrote:John if the Poms like the underdog, you'll be wanting australia to win the cricket then?

There are limits. :D

Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Google Buzz

Replies: 2

Views: 673

Thanks Harry. I can safely ignore that then. :D

Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:38 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Google Buzz

Replies: 2

Views: 673

Google Buzz

Google Buzz has just appeared on my Gmail mailbox.

Anybody have any idea what that's all about?

Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: why is my vinyl pealing off after printing?

Replies: 10

Views: 1820

David Rogers wrote:
David Rogers wrote:it is genaerally recommended that you leave printed vinyl for several hiurs or overnight befire cuttiing into the printed areas.
That's what I get for using my phone to type the reply!!

I didn't want to say anything, but I thought the spelling wasn't up to your usual standard. :D

Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I knew it, I just knew it!

Replies: 3

Views: 678

Quiet day Harry? :D

Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: why is my vinyl pealing off after printing?

Replies: 10

Views: 1820

As Dave says, leave them for a while before cutting.

If the colour goes right to the edge, at least 24hours.

Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29767

Yeah, so ruffty tuffty that we're going on four wheels.

It's that Peter Mindham's fault. He made us do it. :D

Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29767

John Harding wrote:John im 5 mins from tunnel you and your friends are welcome to hang out here if your delayed

Oh, excellent, I didn't realise that you were so close.

It's only a quick R&P trip. Out Sunday lunchtime, and return Monday afternoon. We can camp out at your gaff for the duration. :P

Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29767

Heard on the news that the access road to the Channel Tunnel is blocked.

That's a bit of a bugger because I am booked to go through it on Sunday. Hope it's clear by then.

Eight inches of snow won't stop me, but abandoned cars in the way will. :(

Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Feels like christmas

Replies: 2

Views: 583

Congratulations Otto.

Life will never be the same. :D

Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from a young sign maker

Replies: 26

Views: 4505

Hi Robert. :welcome:

Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

Stuart Green wrote:sometimes its just better to ask and learn!!

Something my dad taught me: It's good to learn from your mistakes. It's even better to learn from somebody else's. :D

Anyways, I'm glad you've taken the advice on board.

Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hosting company NoUptime.com guarantees 100% Downtime

Replies: 12

Views: 1805

Peter Normington wrote:So isn't it against the law just to employ midgets?

I though it was against the law NOT to employ them.

At least if you read the blurb some of my public sector clients put out you could certainly get that impression. :D

Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:48 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Need urgent help with Mactac Color Match

Replies: 5

Views: 947

By the way Sher if you make time to post in the say hello forum - youll make more friends then :D :yes1: I don't have an Oracal 951 swatch, but the 851-804 is a very close match to MacTac 9829-01. I'd be happy to substitute. Unfortunately, neither of them are RAL1014. Although not a good match, I'd...

Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:31 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

matty goodwin wrote:Every time I post a reply 3 people have got in before me!

Keep up Matt. *rofl*

Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

I certainly see you point but surely if this forum is for established signmakers only then it should be subscription based only? That's a point that is often raised Matt. I can see the point in allowing a wider entry, partly as an attempt to educate newcomers into not devaluing our trade, but also ...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

can you honestly tell me how you could manufacture, print / plot apply, load into van, hire a helper and install all of this for £900. That's what I've been trying to make him understand Ian. Stuart is wildly underestimating the time this job will take him. But, hey ho, we've all done it. I know I ...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

then i guess £1900 would be about right as £1000.00 for materials, design time e.t.c 2 guys + scissor lift would be about £450. i could thn have £450 for myself. Your £450 is about 23% gross profit. If you are happy with that, then go for it. I don't reckon it's enough. And I still think you are un...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

Stuart Green wrote:the ground is quite flat and i would say about 25 feet high. IF I hired a cherry picker how much would you charge??

There's no way I would fit signs that high from ladders.

As for cherry picker, the same theory applies. Find out what it will cost you, and put a mark-up on it.

Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

also how much would you charge for this kind of thing?? i am looking at 150% mark up on top of material and £250 for the install. You've got to calculate your own price, dependant on your own costs, labour rate etc. But I would say that 150% mark-up is much too high. 50% would be plenty for me - th...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

by hire equipment i take it you mean i cant do this job with ladders and would need to hire a scissor lift?? Dunno Stuart. How high is it going to be? What's the ground like underneath? Perhaps what I should have said was that IF you need access equipment, then you could get it delivered direct. I ...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

Just trying to keep the work inhouse instead of subbing it out. I do appreciate that Stuart, but really you are better sending the file to Kestrel and letting them print direct to flexface material. That's what did with my last (the only one) flex face sign. Then Kestrel delivered it direct to my c...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:19 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Briston

Replies: 19

Views: 4732

One question about the back panel....what method do you use to cut it to the shape of the van panel ? Whatever the job we just use whatever method seems to be the quickest and easiest for the volumes involved. Ones and twos we would just print oversize and trim to shape on the van. High volumes we ...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to fit these signs

Replies: 36

Views: 4400

I would deffo use flex face for the 9000 x 3000 sign. For the rest an aluminium frame will be fine, although I won't use Panatrim under any circumstances. Much better to use a proper frame from the likes of http://www.kestrelsigns.com/signframe.htm Yes, they cost more to buy but, if you take off the...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:21 am

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Views & Advice on the Summa T160 Vinyl Cutter?

Replies: 8

Views: 4657

Maybe my experience isn't valid any more, but many years ago, when the early friction fed machines weren't up to doing long lengths, and drag knife machines couldn't get the quality, we bought a Summa T1010+ because it had the option of using friction or sprocketed vinyl, and tangential or drag cutt...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:37 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Briston

Replies: 19

Views: 4732

That's right Peter. What I actually tell them is that, on any vehicle, to choose one datum from which to take all measurements. In the case of the Trafic the bumper is straight, so makes a good place to use. Other vehicles may have better datum points. Oh for the old days, when Transits had gutters,...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:20 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Briston

Replies: 19

Views: 4732

Tim Painter wrote:My only comment is the back of the traffic's the lower text is aligned to the panel crease not to the rest of the upper text & the Badges.

Personal opinion but I think it looks better all being parallel.

I agree Tim, and I've told them time after time to measure up from the bumper.
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