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Thu Sep 08, 2005 12:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Home Brew Application Fluid

Replies: 27

Views: 3105

When we do wet apply (Sorry Rob) our home brew mix is 10% iso, half a teaspoon of baby shampoo to 2 litres of water. Works for us.

Cheers
Johnny

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:34 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

Hi Guys thanks for all of the replies, Chris I have used the clear you mentioned and had no problems, trouble is its not available here in NZ anymore. I was pretty keen to use the Viponds but I am advised you need to use a Didgiclear primer first (Bit of a pain). The temperature is warmer than when ...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:55 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

The guy that prints them says he has not changed the inks in a while. It looks like there is no answer. It just @#$^ me off that it has only just started happening.
Thanks again.
Johnny

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:41 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

Sorry Robert missed your reply.
All of the prints that have failed have by coincidence been on flat surfaces, the one in the picture is on glass.
Johnny

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:35 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

It appears to be only be where it is printed. The clear we use is supplied by one of the Verscamm agents here in NZ so it should be compatible as he is aware this is what we are using it for. We do handle the prints very carefully but I have no guarantees the printer is doing the same. Thanks for yo...

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:18 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

Its coming off after the print is applied and the app tape removed. There is no reaction when we spray the vinyl and the clear is touch dry in about 15 - 20 minutes depending on the temp.
Cheers
Johnny

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:09 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

Thanks Chris
I know that a laminator is the cure all, but we do not have one (as of yet) and this problem has only just started appearing. I was hoping that someone might have an idea as to why? contamination at the print end? etc.
Thanks
Johnny

Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:16 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

Thanks Robert. The "mottled" bit is where the clear has come off, this is also pulling off the print. We laid this up with app tape to put it on and its only pulled the clear up in the one patch.
Make sense?
Cheers
Johnny

Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminate Failure...Help!!

Replies: 16

Views: 3225

Laminate Failure...Help!!

We have prints run for us on a Versacamm. We have used liquid laminates without any problem until the last couple of weeks. The print is on Orajet 3551 with a screen-printing varnish as the over lam. We spray it on and it has worked fine for the last 6 months. The varnish supplier thought it may be ...

Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:19 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: ive had a glass etch ftting disaster help please?

Replies: 40

Views: 6725

Like most shops we install a heap of etch films. If its small, dry and large we use wet apply. We have had too many failures with large areas trying to dry apply. We make up a "sharp" mix of application fluid (10% iso and only a few drops of baby shampoo) this allows the vinyl to go down quickly, we...

Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tips for good time management?

Replies: 8

Views: 968

We use job slips for any work that comes into the shop. Its very basic, "Who" , "Who for" (graphics, workshop etc) date in, due date. We also have a job board to help keep track. The most important tool I use is a software based calender, not too sure if I can post the link. Its basically an appoint...

Sun Jul 10, 2005 9:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where to buy a "Small" Print/Cutter ?

Replies: 17

Views: 2027

You used to be able to get a Roland PC12(thermal machine 300mm wide?), they appear to still be available in New Zealand. Use the search function there have been some postings here. Don't know what they are like.
Just a thought.
Johnny

Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: application tips please for apa truck vinyl?

Replies: 9

Views: 1540

Just my 2 cents. When we first used APA truck film we were advised to use a meths/water mix to apply it, "Helps with adhesion" and also our supplier would not guarantee it staying on a curtain that was over 2 years old due to the lack of plasticizers in the curtain. This was all about 3 years ago so...

Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Trouble in London

Replies: 97

Views: 6949

My thoughts are with all of you effected. My Dad was a London lad and I spent lots of years there, feel like my old home town has been attacked. The fear is now the fall out from this could be nasty. As mentioned in previous posts, the emergency services are the hero's of the moment.
Johnny

Wed Jul 06, 2005 10:28 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is reflective a dry only applied vinyl?

Replies: 19

Views: 2219

Hi Steve We have been advised to only dry apply reflectives due to them having a layer of aluminium in the vinyl, this stops the vinyl "breathing" allowing the moisture and or air to escape. Most other vinyls will allow air and moisture through. We use a mixture of wet and dry for most applications,...

Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:23 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What's wrong? I can't view pictures on this site!

Replies: 4

Views: 879

I was having the same trouble and as Peter has said its a firewall problem. I run a similar firewall to Zone Alarm and it is in the privacy settings. Hope this helps. Cheers.
Johnny

Wed Jun 08, 2005 9:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Don't you just love employees!

Replies: 49

Views: 3955

We have all the same problems, you hit the nail on the head Nik, no pride and respect. Just turned 8am here and no staff as of yet. It got down to -4 overnight so there is bound to be an excuse or two about the cold. Oh what fun to be an employer.
Johnny

Mon May 30, 2005 9:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: UK Signmakers Price Guide

Replies: 19

Views: 1940

The New Zealand Sign Industry Pricing Guide was released here about a year ago by the New Zealand Sign and Display Association. Its based on average prices across the country. You made a great point Jill unified pricing has to be good for all of us. If anyone wants a copy contact Brian Fairchild the...

Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:16 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i stop getting wrinkles in anti-graffiti vinyl?

Replies: 4

Views: 772

Thanks for the help.

The Orafol material sounds like the answer. The problem is its a compound curve and needs to conform.

Thanks again.

Johnny

Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:03 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i stop getting wrinkles in anti-graffiti vinyl?

Replies: 4

Views: 772

Sent the last job away late yesterday. I will see if I can track it down and post a snap.

The clear is like polyester and does not conform, you end up with a sharp crease that you can't get rid off.

Cheers

Johnny

Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:34 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i stop getting wrinkles in anti-graffiti vinyl?

Replies: 4

Views: 772

how can i stop getting wrinkles in anti-graffiti vinyl?

We use a clear film (anti graffiti film) over window vision on the rear windows of vehicles to protect them and stop moisture from sitting in the holes that limits viewing from inside. My question is does anyone have a good way of doing this without getting wrinkles in it. I don't know if this is a ...

Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: employing a trainee !!!!!!!

Replies: 9

Views: 1010

Rip into it. One of the better decisions we made was to take on trainees. Finding the perfect worker is a bit tricky. We start them out on 2 half days a week and see how it goes. We get them to do most of the nasty work, removing vinyl, weeding small text etc. you usually know within a month if they...

Thu Mar 24, 2005 12:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: easter

Replies: 25

Views: 1426

We are actually closing for the whole weekend (very rare) I hope to go fishing if the weather holds and probably play with my kids and have a few quiet ones. Happy Easter to all.. Johnny :D

Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anbody suggest a paint that can be applied to vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3371

We use a product 305s Vinyl binders made by Dupont, it can be mixed to any colour (metallics etc.) Originally used for spraying dashboards, kick panels etc. Clean down the vinyl with IPA mask and spray. It also works great on banners etc. It is mixed pre-thinned and ready to spray. The following lin...

Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello

Replies: 17

Views: 1508

Hi Guys thanks for all of the replies. As to connections with Scotland apart from the odd single malt not many. Used to do some work in Scotland (different industry) in Bridge of Allan and Stirling but my Dad is originally a Londoner. As to the work we do, we offer the dying art of traditional sign ...

Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello

Replies: 17

Views: 1508

Hello

Hi, my names Johnny and my business partner and I run a sign shop in the central South Island of New Zealand. Love the information available on the site and look forward to helping when I can. Cheers.

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