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Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Truck curtain digital vinyl, recommendation please

Replies: 1

Views: 95

Re: Truck curtain digital vinyl, recommendation please

thanks but this can be deleted, found the thread I was looking for!

Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:37 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Truck curtain digital vinyl, recommendation please

Replies: 1

Views: 95

Truck curtain digital vinyl, recommendation please

Hi all, as per title, I need to quote for half a dozen vans, one is a curtain side Luton, what digital film are people using please?

Thanks in advance.
Hugh

Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:28 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl not weeding properly, advice needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 481

Re: Vinyl not weeding

I'm sure temperature and even humidity play parts in this, I've been cutting around 40m of etch and 551 over the past few days with no issues... today...!!

Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl not weeding properly, advice needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 481

Re: Vinyl not weeding

Just been going through the same issue, oracle 551, smart-knife blade just a few days in (only cut 551 so far), started on 80g (Summa D140), 10mtrs in and struggling now, upped to 90, still troublesome, 95.. 100g now and ok, ridiculous!! Brand new, clean roll, blade has touched nothing, swapped out ...

Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:41 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Replies: 5

Views: 186

Re: Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Click the menu (bottom/left) and start typing UPDATES. Select Windows Updates from the pop-up menu. Then Advanced Options. You can set different times or turn it off there. Hi Neil, thank you, I saw that box earlier but can't see an actual "off button", I've turned them off for 35 days bu...

Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:11 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Replies: 5

Views: 186

Turning off auto updating in win 10 pro...

Hi all, trying to get some much need artwork completed for some big (to me!) projects, for the third night on the run, 10pro has restarted when I’ve gone to check printer or nipped out to the loo.. come back to find it shutting down and anything not saved to that point lost... it’s infuriating. Can ...

Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Specialist Vinyl with glitter effect

Replies: 4

Views: 214

Re: Specialist Vinyl with glitter effect

Hexis skintac 20,000 do a sparkly and very sparkly black.

Avery wrap films have some stunning sparkly / glitter films but the price :shocked:

Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Orajet 3350 Chrome and Gold Digital print

Replies: 7

Views: 244

Re: Orajet 3350 Chrome and Gold Digital print

I have some samples here that I'm certain came from Antalis, I've printed on the rose gold to reasonable effect on the latex, I've not pushed any boundaries but for the labels I made (to be domed) it was good enough.

Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:00 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Extra Large Format Printer Required

Replies: 10

Views: 616

Re: Extra Large Format Printer Required

Well I didn’t know that [UPWARDS BLACK ARROW]️

Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:58 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Storage of Data (customers work) suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 968

Re: Storage of Data (customers work) suggestions

Hey Guys, Resurrecting this thread rather than start a new.. I'm now back to the point where I want to find a smarter way of working with files and so on, I work from home a fair bit in the evenings when I have a lot of artwork or bigger quotes to get done.. it's becoming a chore to keep backing up ...

Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:24 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Iridescent vinyl suggestions of suppliers

Replies: 7

Views: 197

Re: Iridescent vinyl suggestions of suppliers

Gill Harrison wrote:Sorry admin but no one probably realises that we have a similar product and can do FOC samples,
Go to page 54
https://www.williamsmith.co.uk/downloads/7019


Well who knew!! interesting!

Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Iridescent vinyl suggestions of suppliers

Replies: 7

Views: 197

Re: Iridescent vinyl suggestions of suppliers

Rainbow Chrome,

pretty sure Coburns was a brand I used, possibly from eurpooint, thoguht try the usuals, spandex etc.

If you're talking about a wrap film the you're on the money already!

Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:28 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Extra Large Format Printer Required

Replies: 10

Views: 616

Re: Extra Large Format Printer Required

Hi Warren,
Try Kushy Face, James from 101 is there and they've helped me out a lot on a current job, they may be able to help you..

Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:27 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Awesome Vehicle Roof Rack for Sheet and boards.

Replies: 7

Views: 393

Re: Awesome Vehicle Roof Rack for Sheet and boards.

I’ve been considering getting another van, even though I’ve made a system to out 8x4 securely in the truck, been thinking of a smaller van (Vito/custom size) and this might just be the deciding factor!!

Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: File conversion companies

Replies: 6

Views: 253

Re: File conversion companies

UAS (unique art services), there are others but these guys are quick, economic, and don't bombard me with emails every couple of days!

Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Replies: 6

Views: 343

Re: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Hey All,

Still looking... those recommended so far have been screen to flat surfaces rather than garment screeners..

thanks,
Hugh

Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Damned good wrap this... what do you think?

Replies: 9

Views: 446

Re: Damned good wrap this..

Richard Urquhart wrote:It’s brilliant but 3 door handles


I spotted that too, weird but, I guess most won't notice it!

Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Damned good wrap this... what do you think?

Replies: 9

Views: 446

Damned good wrap this... what do you think?

Hats off to whoever did this!!



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Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Replies: 6

Views: 343

Re: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Chris Windebank wrote:been working with Graham at Sovereign based in Wales, excelent trade work, does advertise in the trade mags


Thanks Chris,

Have just emailed them.

H

Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Replies: 6

Views: 343

Re: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Thanks Pane, will try them tomorrow.
H

Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Replies: 6

Views: 343

please recommend a trade screen printer!

Hi all,

As per the title, I'm looking for a trade screen printer, I've email the only two I had on my books with no response, need to get some prices out asap.

Kind regards,
Hugh

Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:15 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP Latex L26500, where to buy carts...

Replies: 4

Views: 255

Re: HP Latex L26500, where to buy carts...

I've just been told that HP are to discontinue consummables for the 26500 soon, don't know how true that is but it looks like they want us to buy a new printer.... :rollseyes: I can't imagine they would do that, they still make bits for the previous first generation latex... I'm sure. If they were ...

Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:35 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: New HP Printers with onboard media trimming in XY directions.

Replies: 5

Views: 290

Re: New HP Printers with onboard media trimming in XY directions.

would be awesome for those correx site boards too, I've just done around 70 600x400 with an unlaminated 3yr mono on them... literally just finished them, this would've saved a good couple of hours trimming up!

Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:10 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP Latex L26500, where to buy carts...

Replies: 4

Views: 255

HP Latex L26500, where to buy carts...

Hey all, currently buying my L26500 ink carts (HP792) from Perfect Colours.. I’ve no complaints on the service etc. but I’ve just had an email saying the carts will now be £110 + vat each, just wondering where else I can try for a better price. You’d think with the amount of generic cheap latex 3rd ...

Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for Oracal 651 supplier

Replies: 6

Views: 265

Re: Looking for Oracal 651 supplier

I've used spandex ever since RH went. Nobodys pricing has ever tempted me away, though I always use 551 as the go to...

Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

Replies: 6

Views: 259

Re: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

that's cool Rob,

Do you know if it's affected by the heat in a latex at all?

Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

Replies: 6

Views: 259

Re: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

I did this using some 1.5mm (?) phosoluminescent solid pvc sheet. printed onto clear and just laminated it on! I'm certain I bought the panels through a former incarnation of europoint but when I last tried to get some they didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I'm fairly certain it was an or...

Re: Inview Visual Communications - Trade supplier going into administration?

Can you not escalate to send the bailiffs in? It's what I've had to do and if they aren't paying a CCJ then you can move it forward. I don't know how administration works but if they're still very solvent and making good money I don't think they can go into admin', I assumed admin'n was when the com...

Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:26 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Ricoh Pro L4160 not performing

Replies: 5

Views: 298

Re: Ricoh Pro L4160 not performing

Eddie Watson wrote:Hi Hugh
Funny you should mention (Stafford) Atlantic Tech Services, the people who I bought it from.
No, there is nothing left for them to try really, apart from giving back our money.

Thanks


Ah..............

Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:45 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Ricoh Pro L4160 not performing

Replies: 5

Views: 298

Re: Ricoh Pro L4160 not performing

I wish I had some answers for you Eddie, I'm pretty sure anything I suggest will have been covered by yourself or an engineer already.. it sucks when things aren't working as you think they should. Stafford (Atlantic Tech) on here is often very helpful with advice, I think they deal with some latex ...

Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:18 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Ricoh Pro L4160 not performing

Replies: 5

Views: 298

Re: Ricoh Pro L4160 not performing

HI Eddie, Welcome to the forums! I'm currently on HP latex and while I cannot help you on this, I was looking at Ricoh as a possible replacement later this year, so will follow this topic with interest. Have you had the suppliers engineer out to check things? I'm sure you have but that would be my f...

Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Static electricity discharge

Replies: 10

Views: 459

Re: Static electricity discharge

this has had me chuckling as I remember the history lessons in the 'new block' in my school days, modern plastic seats and nylon carpet square flooring... rub your feet back and forth fast, lift them from the floor and touch your mate anywhere on bare skin and watch them jump, not only was the crack...

Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:02 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: trying to resize impact vehicle outline in illustrator

Replies: 7

Views: 377

Re: trying to resize impact vehicle outline in illustrator

I can’t really help as I rarely use ai CS, could it be page size / desktop / workspace size not letting it scale up?

Lee, full scale is always easier to quote from, and saves any errors (like not scaling when sending to rip!) later.

Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New Member introduction. hope its in the right place.

Replies: 13

Views: 645

Re: New Member introduction. hope its in the right place.

Welcome to the forums Andrew!


#notaclueaboutflexi

Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Replies: 7

Views: 257

Re: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Thanks Dave,
I'll work out what she wants it to say and get back to you!

Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Replies: 7

Views: 257

Re: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

David Hammond wrote:I have some of the rail and slider with end caps in the workshop. Used about 30cm of a 3m length.


where did you buy that from? I only need a small one, may point her to ebay :-(

Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Replies: 7

Views: 257

Re: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Chris Windebank wrote:Simplex do these I am sure

https://www.simplexltd.com/



Thanks Chris,

I've used Simplex before and can't fault their signs, I just never know if I'm going to get what I think is a good price or if I should sit next to the defib machine before opening the email!!!!

Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Replies: 7

Views: 257

Supplier of 'in/out' type blank sliders??

Hi All,

A customer has requested I supply a couple of sliders with "occupied / whatever" on them, can these be bought in blanks from anywhere?



thanks in advance,
Hugh

Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:42 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Summa cutter plotter pens

Replies: 8

Views: 312

Re: Summa cutter plotter pens

I found an old school Berol handwriting pen with a bit of tape went in snug and worked! I think that’s what it was anyway, years ago now!

Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:39 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Old versions of Adobe Illustrator - What to do with them?

Replies: 4

Views: 228

Re: Old versions of Adobe Illustrator - What to do with them?

Hi Guys We've been in Adobe Cloud for some time now and doing a bit of a clean out found all the old software disks from older versions (ie: CS5 & CS6 etc) Does anybody know what can be done with these? Are the licenses still valid and I can sell them or because they are old and were once regis...

Re: Pixmax Cutter, will this do as a temporary plotter, advice please?

I'm buying second hand and most sellers are reluctant to send by courier here. I'm still undecided what to do! :awkward: ah, maybe buy one where someone local can collect and then ship it to you? I always keep the boxes / packing from large buys like a new cutter but I guess most just discard them!

Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:17 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Pixmax Cutter, will this do as a temporary plotter, advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 261

Re: Pixmax Cutter, will this do as a temporary plotter, advice please?

I'm uncertain why a reputable supplier of Summa cutters won't ship to you in Spain, have you tried some of the UK sellers, like Perfect Colours? there are others of course, you'll find them on this forum with a search or three. I bought my first Summa cutter (new) on ebay 15 yrs ago, it came by cour...

Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:14 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: keyboard is typing characters instead of letters in coreldraw 17

Replies: 4

Views: 249

Re: keyboard is typing characters instead of letters in coreldraw 17

George Elsmore wrote:Hi All when I am editing text in coreldraw 17 it types an O with an upside down v above it and also I can add apostrphies it add other characters help please

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nó idéá whát cóúl'd b'e cáusing thát. Sóúnds r'eáll'y ánnóyin'g thoúgh!

Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:37 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will this print registration idea work?

Replies: 11

Views: 478

Re: Will this idea works?

depending on the size of the graphic, I usually just cut a piece of white (for the lam) that is jsut a bit smaller than the reg marks, then the machine can accurately read them still.

Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:19 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Air release, Repositionable / Removable Texture Feel Vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 402

Re: Air release, Repositionable / Removable Texture Feel Vinyl

flat surfaces or are we talking curvy wrap material being required?

If it's flat, you could print onto whatever and use a textures laminate, metamark do them (wallart I think) as do hexis I believe.

Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Hi Tac Printable advice please!

Replies: 9

Views: 325

Re: Hi Tac Printable advice please!

I've been using Hexis high tack with no issues. Just ordered some MD5 high tack to try out, should be good for low energy plastics etc.

Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:48 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 1105

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

My understanding on the Flat Rate scheme, is that you can't reclaim the VAT on purchases? So you cannot reclaim the VAT on your materials, rent, utilities, etc. You then invoice the jobs, with 20% VAT, but only pay the % they stipulate (perhaps 15%) and you get to keep the 5%? So you're paying the ...

Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Impact Vehicle Library 2019

Replies: 10

Views: 748

Re: Impact Vehicle Library 2019

Alex Crosbie wrote:Have you tried giving them a call? They’re always very helpful whenever I’ve had to call them.

They’ll usually send you any new outlines if they draw them after you’ve bought the disk


Only if you specifically ask for them. I've never been sent a file just because it's been added!

Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Replies: 8

Views: 658

Re: Merry Christmas

Same to you and everyone else on here!

I've a few more days yet, the xmas at home before a few days shooting and new year in Devon with the out-laws :smiles:

Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:32 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3M 1080 M229 Matte Copper Metallic - gloss alternative?

Replies: 2

Views: 226

Re: 3M 1080 M229 Matte Copper Metallic - gloss alternative?

Thanks Joe, the 3m is quite different to those you've mentioned but thanks for taking the time to answer.

regards,
H

Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3M 1080 M229 Matte Copper Metallic - gloss alternative?

Replies: 2

Views: 226

3M 1080 M229 Matte Copper Metallic - gloss alternative?

Hi all, as per the title, my customer loves the 1080-M229 Matte Copper Metallic, but they want it in a gloss. Does anyone know of an extremely close match in any other wrap / vinyl swatch? I'm not actually wrapping with it, just a couple of 1.8m high letters on a newly painted transporter, so I coul...

Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:44 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Digital Wallpaper Material, advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 638

Re: Wallpaper Material

Hexis do a pre-pasted, I’ve yet to install it because I don’t want the mess!!

Currently have large wall graphics in the office using Metamark and Avery self adhesive, not sure I’d use anything pre-pasted #messy!

Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 1033

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Howdy Pardners, for this reason I largely avoid high street installs, my local high street has narrow and uneven footpaths which make working off anything but a ladder impossible or impractical at best. Scaffolding is often not a sensible answer as the working height of the old end of town facias is...

Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

Replies: 10

Views: 1035

Re: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

was it a hair salon or barbers? They're the worst as you can't clear the mist off quick enough, if it's cold outside your own breath with be your enemy! I've done it using lots of Isprop to clean and then held in place using 2" clear parcel tape (not the brown stuff) and squeegee it down, usua...

Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Optically clear A4 s/adhesive pockets... where to buy?

Replies: 2

Views: 361

Optically clear A4 s/adhesive pockets... where to buy?

As per the title, I have a couple of signs to make for a customer, one being a reverse printed window graphic with 6 A4 pockets in so they can easily replace menu's, notices as required.. I thought I still had some in stock form a couple of years back but, for the life of me cannot find them, or rem...

Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

Replies: 10

Views: 1035

Re: Fitting window graphics when the window is cold

was it a hair salon or barbers? They're the worst as you can't clear the mist off quick enough, if it's cold outside your own breath with be your enemy! I've done it using lots of Isprop to clean and then held in place using 2" clear parcel tape (not the brown stuff) and squeegee it down, usual...

Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:00 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Hats off... to whoever wrapped this beast!

Replies: 5

Views: 783

Re: Hats off ...

Over £3k in materials but that sounds more like cost at £50ish or more per mtr, plus fitting , I’d say at least £8k.

That kind of chameleon tvr style paint would probably cost more.. though I suspect it’d last longer!

Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:30 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Hats off... to whoever wrapped this beast!

Replies: 5

Views: 783

Re: Hats off ...

Morning David, look at it!!! Every door has beading around.. lots of doors, small gutter over each, slide out pods, inside locker drawers, all wrapped straight onto bare aluminium (new built body), I only realised it was a wrap when I went to lift and reapply a domed chrome decal and it lifted a bit...

Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Hats off... to whoever wrapped this beast!

Replies: 5

Views: 783

Hats off... to whoever wrapped this beast!

Hats off to whoever it was that wrapped this beastie!!
Avery supreme colorflow no less. I just did a few small bits on it and turned down any oppo to do future wraps, not for all the tea in China!
IMG_6537.JPG

Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design Advice - Number of revisions

Replies: 3

Views: 491

Re: Design Advice - Number of revisions

I’d rather spend an hour with a walk-in that 20mins on a web enquiry!

I know what you mean about wasting fine in small orders, I try to ensure they know right away what the design fees are!

Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:36 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

Replies: 7

Views: 769

Re: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

How about one of those wall mounted poster displays you see in music shops with all the band posters you can buy? Or similar thing, folds flat against a wall. That crossed my mind actually, not sure where I’d get one though? I could print onto an 8x4 composite and put on an outside wall.. !! Phill,...

Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design Advice - Number of revisions

Replies: 3

Views: 491

Re: Design Advice - Number of revisions

saying you'll do something and implementing it are very different things! I know everyone says don't do a thing without a deposit but I think that's a little hard to do. Joe Bloggs the builder may well have £500 in his pocket with your name on, if you don't give him a rough idea of what he can have,...

Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:45 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

Replies: 7

Views: 769

Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

Chaps and Chapesses, Afternoon! Ok, for a long time I have had a CMYK and a pantone to CMYK chart, both 1220x1220 printed, mounted on foam and fixed to the walll, I recently got rid in favour of wallpapering a large section. the idea being that as the chart is printed onto my preferred vinyl, using ...

Re: Sheeting the walls of my Office Unit to then apply graphics, help & advice needed?

Hugh Did you plaster the boards as well or just paint the boards directly knowing you were going to apply the graphics? Just painted them initially, it's a dividing wall between us and my landlord. the matt emulsion was just to make it look brighter until I decided what to do! The print behind the ...

Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1031

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Phill Fenton wrote:And I thought I was the grumpy one :awkward:


I learned from the best Phill!!!

Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1031

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

ps David, Look at it this way, instead of simply wiping down the vehicle and applying graphics, a dirty van usually means at least an hour to find the car wash stuff, get out the hose and wash the vehicle.. then you've the inconvenience of having all the graphics that are taped and ready to go being...

Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1031

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

I need to look into this charging for washing vehicles. At what point, and how do you tell them? Being in a delightful part of Manchester, I'm sure some won't like being hit with that out of the blue. I ask (politely inform) customers to thoroughly wash the vehicles with hot soapy water and rinse b...

Re: Sheeting the walls of my Office Unit to then apply graphics, help & advice needed?

These are done straight onto our plain white painted (Matt emulsion) plasterboard stud walls.. mix is Avery and Metamark wallpapers..

Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1031

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

I agree with David and Kevin, Stand firm, if he stood over your shoulder the whole time and left happy, then I can't see there's any problem. I only generally do checks on new or expensive vehicles that are clearly in good nick, customers are required to wash the vehicle thoroughly before bringing i...

Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tight for space in our unit, what do you offer customers?

Replies: 10

Views: 841

Re: Tight for space!

feels like this place sometimes!! Just be sure that you're insured ./ covered for vehicles left inside the unit overnight! My customers have the option to leav it inside but I do tell them it's not insured in the building.. my liability covers me for damaging while working on, and my motor trade wh...

Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tight for space in our unit, what do you offer customers?

Replies: 10

Views: 841

Re: Tight for space!

feels like this place sometimes!! Just be sure that you're insured ./ covered for vehicles left inside the unit overnight! My customers have the option to leav it inside but I do tell them it's not insured in the building.. my liability covers me for damaging while working on, and my motor trade whi...

Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 953

Re: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Sounds good David,

Another tip.. as long as the customers isn't a painters van full of thinners, or some such combustible, put a heater in the back of the van and leave it half an hour, longer if it's panelled out, nice and toasty for bot removal and fitting!

Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

Replies: 19

Views: 953

Re: Vinyl removal help, Wallpaper Steamer or something else?

I've not tried the steamer method, wish I'd had it on a couple of toyota warranty roof wraps of late... 3hrs removal and 60 mins to fit new!

Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:54 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A time for reflection - rememberance

Replies: 13

Views: 886

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

Very nice, I didn't know you could weld aluminium, can a normal MIG welder do this and what type of stuff do you need? pretty sure you need a TIG welder for Ali, don't think mig works as it relies on electrical current. the soldiers I made were just old composite signs I'd taken down from an arena ...

Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A time for reflection - rememberance

Replies: 13

Views: 886

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

David Hammond wrote:Love it Hugh! :claps:

Were they printed on Black reflective?


Not this time David, I nearly did but opted to use white reflective, by day the design has a smokey filter over it so it’s fairly dark.

Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:12 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A time for reflection - rememberance

Replies: 13

Views: 886

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

Made these reflective silent soldiers..

IMG_6458.JPG

Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:19 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Can someone help short term with some print work

Replies: 4

Views: 497

Re: Can someone help short term with some print work

Hi Martin,
I can do it on Metamark Md100, a 3yr mono.

also carry MD5 + lam if you need poly. If the file is ready to go I can print today and ship tomorrow.. Assuming David isn't already helping.

01323 818181

Re: new email scam even provided photos of van

I had the same, I told him to skip the bullshit and asked where I should send him my money to

Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:03 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printing Black Ink, Ink drying / pooling issues. Help needed please?

Replies: 7

Views: 673

Re: Printing Black Ink, Ink drying / pooling issues. Help needed please?

I’ve had the same issue on customer supplied cmyk.. all four channels at 100% “because it looked blacker on their screen”!!
Check it’s 100% on K only.

Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:22 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Replies: 8

Views: 623

Re: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

That was the biggest issue Phill, I was already busy when I naively agreed to squeeze it in and try to meet their deadlines, i did most of my other work but ultimately had to take it to some colleagues who luckily had a slot become available through vehicles being delayed on the continent! trying to...

Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:33 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Replies: 8

Views: 623

Re: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Hope you managed to turn a profit on it in the end, very frustrating when a project gets away from you no matter what the reasons are! I think we still made reasonable money as a % of cost, but the stress levels.. not sure there's a cost you can attribute to that! However, the lessons learned are j...

Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Replies: 8

Views: 623

Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Those who are Facebook friends will have seen this a couple of weeks ago but for those who haven’t.. Total nightmare of a job!! Initially taking the job on at fairly short notice.. and working to a relatively short deadline, it soon went from easy to very difficult and unrealistic. Spent a lot of ti...

Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Garment film failure at heat press stage..

Replies: 7

Views: 708

Re: Garment film failure at heat press stage..

Most of it is peeling off with a bit of work- not that I have time to waste on it! Heat press is fine, 30+ yr old Adkins press .. laser gun says temps fine. The sister film used is not bother, only have this tat as I bought it with an order from Ralawise. Suspect just lint from manufacturing or ware...

Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Garment film failure at heat press stage..

Replies: 7

Views: 708

Garment film failure at heat press stage..

Hi all, Anyone seen this before? Just cost me about 4mtrs of film and £40 of wages for this.. not to mention potential re-ordering garments. Xpres easy peel (something like that) awdi hoodie.. Seems like an unusual amount of fluff on the garment is preventing the vinyl from adhering.. followed destr...

Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:34 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing Technical Line Drawings Material Advise

Replies: 3

Views: 444

Re: Printing Technical Line Drawings Material Advise

I buy in a 220g poster paper from either colourbyte or or Plot It, one or the other, in 1500 wide, costs a few quid a mtr with delivery. works fine on my latex.

Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:32 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 804

Re: Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

Iain Pearson wrote:I told you to swerve that job . . . [emoji15]


stable. bolted, horse. :smiles:

Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:07 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 804

Re: Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

It may or may not have something to do with the paint, uncertain. Having spoken to other though, it appears they give the paint more prep than typical rags and chemicals.. will update..

Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:07 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 804

Re: oracle 970ra failing in recesses...advice please?

Possibly temperature Rob, however.. even though it was half in/out the workshop, it was still 20*c at midnight!

Most of it is fine, just these recesses, I’ve used 970 lot and never had issue but this .. arghh.

Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:05 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 804

Re: oracle 970ra failing in recesses...advice please?

Thanks guys!
Gil, messaged you!
H

Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:18 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 804

Oracal 970 Rapid Air failing in recesses. Advice please?

Hey all, :bangshead: :bangshead: :bangshead: using new stock of oracle 970RA colour change wrap and it's failing in recesses.. particularly the wheel arches and even around edges of the main side panel (61 plate LWB h-roof sprinter), everything had been cleaned and cleaned as per and a final clean w...

Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where can I get local Maps for wall graphics

Replies: 4

Views: 579

Re: Where can I get local Maps for wall graphics

I've just printed some maps (ordnance survey style) for a local large farm estate office, they were supplied to them by the estate agent, we're pretty rural and I know that estate agent sells a lot of land so probably have an account with the land registry or OS, I would guess your customer needs to...

Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Ritrama Easy Apply Regular Etched Window Vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 546

Re: Ritrama Easy Apply Regular Etched Window Vinyl

how tight are you rolling it? I never roll larger decals on a core, too small, let them loosely unroll to naturally fill a 150mm sq box, like that the vinyl comes in..

Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: R Tape Conform 4050RLA Paper Application Tape / Postage

Replies: 4

Views: 507

Re: R Tape Conform 4050RLA Paper Application Tape / Postage

Whilst I found it a bit of a pain, I did an insurance job a while back that involved around 30 pieces of vinyl... or maybe it was the toyota dealership job I did on a GT85 factory decal kit? !!! Either way, they cut up the pieces square, then applied tape.. leaving about 25mm extra each end and fold...

Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:59 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Just got the... I have the artwork, call can you price?

Replies: 8

Views: 694

Re: Got the I have the artwork call can you price

If your paying staff to wrap it you need €1200+. If it’s a one man band he probably could do it for €700 but has very little out of it & when he gets busy for being cheap has no margin to pay staff. Or else it will be like many wraps I see when done cheap vinyl used & all the grooves cut ou...

Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:14 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: can you recommend a wrap installer?

Replies: 6

Views: 471

Re: can you recommend a wrap installer?

Any chance you could give me a ring please Iain? have to ring the shop as no mob here..

Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:03 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: can you recommend a wrap installer?

Replies: 6

Views: 471

Re: can you recommend a wrap installer?

Thank you for trying Martyn, much appreciated!

Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:51 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: can you recommend a wrap installer?

Replies: 6

Views: 471

can you recommend a wrap installer?

Hey all.
Looking for recommendations for a wrap installer or someone who can wrap and spare some time.. preferably someone you have used (or you) and are happy wth their work, don't think I'll get this van done on my own by friday night!

thanks
Hugh

Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:09 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: hi-top LWB sprinter wrap, how much material?

Replies: 4

Views: 458

Re: hi-top LWB sprinter wrap, how much material?

Have charged fairly, still not cheap and making good margins, four days when I’m already ten behind won’t hurt eh?!’

Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:01 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: hi-top LWB sprinter wrap, how much material?

Replies: 4

Views: 458

Re: hi-top LWB sprinter wrap, how much material?

yup, thought as much, I ordered an extra 5mtrs (two drops) only to be told they want the roof doing too.. :yikes: I can't even get on to the roof!! Seriously now.. if anyone wants a bit of work this week, days, evenings, all night, get in touch asap as this is currently like DIY SOS with just one gu...

Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: hi-top LWB sprinter wrap, how much material?

Replies: 4

Views: 458

hi-top LWB sprinter wrap, how much material?

Hi all,

just done a quick working out on a colour change wrap for a lwb hi-top 61 plate sprinter that's arriving imminently... I've not wrapped anything this big and it's coming in at around 37m of material, does that sound about right?

Thanks H

Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Insurance company recommendations please?

Replies: 6

Views: 567

Re: Insurance company recommendations please?

Can anyone recommend any good reliable insurers ideally that know the graphics industry? Thanks in advance Rich I've nothng against Sign Elite but they came nowhere close to what I pay through my broker, I have commercial combined with (I think axa) that's tailored to me, also a motortrade policy w...

Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:08 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

Replies: 10

Views: 1191

Re: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

Student versions of Draw don't support macros but if yours is a full version the gms folder should be in the draw folder. I seem to remember coming accross this before so I just created a GMS folder and put the file in it. Close Draw first though. Explore the features this macro has and I think it ...

Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:06 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

Replies: 10

Views: 1191

Re: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

Image

Can’t see it!!

Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:03 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

Replies: 10

Views: 1191

Re: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

Q1.0

Where is the GMS folder? :blushing:

Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:59 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

Replies: 10

Views: 1191

Re: Weed boarder macro available for Corel Draw

I'm going to have a look / a go, expect many questions!!!!

Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:55 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Huge Spelling mistake on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aeroplane.

Replies: 11

Views: 1293

Re: Huge Spelling mistake on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aeroplane.

Oh come on, admit it, we've all done it... Haven't we? We designed it. Customer approved it. Printed it. Customer was delighted with it Other companies on our estate loved it. It was the customer's wife who spotted it :bangshead: Wives are the bain of my life... customers wives I mean, Either their...

Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:37 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Vehicle outlines - alternative to Impact?

Replies: 5

Views: 532

Re: Vehicle outlines - alternative to Impact?

Totally understand what you mean Darren, while the product does 99% of what i usually need, and I refer to it almost daily, I often cannot find the correct truck configuration, often I just do it by measuring them and using a photo..

Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Replies: 22

Views: 1571

Re: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Jean Oakley wrote:sorry to see you go Hugh, youve contributed alot to this forum over the years, good luck for the future x



Not me!! not yet anyways I hope!! I have to admit that september has been the worst month for about 2 years but that's what the overdraft is for!!

Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Replies: 22

Views: 1571

Re: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Sorry to hear this Ewan,
as others have said, it must've been a hard decision.. one I'm sure many of us have considered at one time or another due to the often feast or famine nature of working alone.

All the best for the future.

H

Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What to do about a non responsive client

Replies: 5

Views: 812

Re: What to do about a non responsive client

I did PM you on this as we couldn't respond in the previous thread (you posted in the wrong forum!) if I were you I would simply invoice them for the completed job - referring to the fact that the website is ready to go live, and has been for some time, as per their requests. Explain that the invoic...

Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:27 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Horse Lorry Wrap - Color Change

Replies: 7

Views: 648

Re: Horse Lorry Wrap - Color Change

Hexis skintac hx20000 is another good option.

Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:38 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Storing print media, advice and views please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1222

Re: Storing print media, advice and views please?

I keep the expensive stuff in bags too, I recently saw an online demo where they said to run 500mm through every time before printing.. on reflective wrap at £40pm+ I’m not gonna waste an inch!! [img]http://www.uksignboards.com/mobile-gallery/ce7643b1adb01758f384ecdeed67441d.jpg[/img][img]http://www...

Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:52 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Storing print media, advice and views please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1222

Re: Storing print media, advice and views please?

I have racks like this.. I’ve plans to further improve them...

[img]http://www.uksignboards.com/mobile-gallery/c9675703102eae6f2214dbeb42efb0ba.jpg[/img]

Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design Proof for customer, help and advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1344

Re: Design Proof for customer, help and advice please?

I have something similar.. also terms on the bottom stating that use of the layout / image without permission will result in an hourly charge for the design, consultation etc. Plus a wedge for transfer of copyright to the customer.

Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommended Trade Banner Printing supplier please?

Replies: 6

Views: 862

Re: Recommended Trade Banner Printing

I print my own up to 1.4 x 3m, after that they go to Venture!

Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:18 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Silent / Quiet cutter, advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1789

Re: Silent / Quiet cutter, advice please?

How noisy is your cutter? I can’t imagine it’s any louder than a TV and certainly my quieter than most w/machines and dishwashers.

Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer not paying what would you do?

Replies: 24

Views: 3668

Re: Customer not paying what would you do?

Great news, Perseverance pays off in these cases, these people generally rely on their debtors giving up!

Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fading graphics to body colour

Replies: 9

Views: 1137

Re: Fading graphics to body colour

wrap all or wrap to the nearest gap. ie. the vehicle you've done above, fade it out to the leading edge of the door and stop there,

Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:45 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Wall covering: To laminate or not?

Replies: 8

Views: 751

Re: Wall covering: To laminate or not?

Hi Hugh Did you use the overlap method or did you splice the joins? What is the result over time? The customer really wants it spliced... I've only done a couple of jobs (but supplied quite a few more) , I always overlap, as does my trade colleague who buys from me, this is for self adhesive. My un...

Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:34 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrap film adhesion fail, advice on problem please?

Replies: 9

Views: 976

Re: Wrap film adhesion fail, advice on problem please?

Can't say I've had vinyl fail, other than one attempt to apply some lettering to a matt black wrapped that turned out to be almost 60°C - even after 10mins out of the sun!! I have really struggled with the last batch of oracal application tape though, just won't stick to anything, bought a cheaper s...

Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:53 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Finally got round to wrapping our van!

Replies: 6

Views: 901

Re: Finally got round to wrapping our van!

looks good!!
I find any major busy main road is a good place to park up, or near the entrance of a large industrial estate. Just don't park in the high st. You'll end up with all those naff "fifty quid shop signs"!

Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:43 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Cutting Pressures - jump from 25g to 99g

Replies: 4

Views: 572

Re: Cutting Pressures - jump from 25g to 99g

Just curious.. I have the same cutter, what are you cutting at 25g? I’ve never cut anything under 55!!

Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:39 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Wall covering: To laminate or not?

Replies: 8

Views: 751

Re: Wall covering: To laminate or not?

I wallpapered our 'dog room' using the avery canvas finish vinyl / paper. self ashesive and pretty high tack. I had to scrub something unpleasant off of it the other day, and I mean reallllly scrub, I was very surprised at how resistant to abrasion it was! unlaminated (air would get trapped anyway?)...

Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:36 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Using spare LED lights to illuminate your printer.

Replies: 12

Views: 1411

Re: Spare LEDs to illuminate printer

You need to ensure your LEDs are giving off the full spectrum of white light as many don't. e.g some are warm (red end of the spectrum) some are cold (blue end). I'ts always best to check colours in natural daylight Thats a good point, I only installed lights to check the quality of the print / dif...

Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fines - are they the new tax?

Replies: 12

Views: 1088

Re: Fines - are they the new tax?

technically we all need waste carrying licences, even though it's our own waste when returning from an install. I got stopped once for a vosa vehicle check and there was some bod going on about waste licences, I argued that the two aluminium trays and handful of composite panels were not waste as th...

Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: MOT Blue, CMYK values required

Replies: 3

Views: 864

MOT Blue, CMYK values required

As per the title, I'm looking for the CMYK values for the MOT blue.

thanks in advance,
Hugh

Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:11 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Using spare LED lights to illuminate your printer.

Replies: 12

Views: 1411

Re: Spare LEDs to illuminate printer

:-)

[img]http://www.uksignboards.com/mobile-gallery/98c54f57c7a17f6326465cd30a24c583.jpg[/img]

Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All its been a while just thought id say hello

Replies: 11

Views: 1108

Re: Hi All its been a while just thought id say hello

Well done for running such an amazing site all these years Rob . It certainly is an extremely valuable resource for my business. I have had many questions answered which has helped my business to thrive. In the early days there was no social media, so a lot of the input was in the off topic pages p...

Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Removing old application tape, advice needed please?

Replies: 17

Views: 1758

Re: Removing old application tape, advice needed please?

Carl Jackson wrote:
Hugh Potter wrote:How did you get on?

Sorry Hugh, it’s been a chaotic couple of months. See recitification method above!! [emoji37]


My god, that's horrendous, I#ve never had this situation arise, except on very old stored graphics, what a nightmare for you!

Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:17 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Whats considered low, medium, high usage fora printer

Replies: 4

Views: 578

Re: Whats considered low, medium, high usage fora printer

I do maybe 50-80 mtrs a week of mixed media a week, not much really.

When looking for a latex I looked at 2yr old printers with tens of thousands of mtrs on them, I bought my 4yr old with just 1800m2 on it!!!

Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: customer asking for a quote with a final layout supplied

Replies: 10

Views: 1540

Re: customer asking for a quote with a final layout supplied

These days if it happens I suggest to them that unless they own the copyright for that design / layout, ie. purchased it from the people who designed it, that neither I, or any other sign maker should be quoting on that design. I offer to do an alternative design if they're not happy with it but sti...

Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:16 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: white ink garment printing.. recommendations please..

Replies: 5

Views: 571

Re: white ink garment printing.. recommendations please..

Stafford Cox wrote:Mo at P&P on here does t-shirt printing and a nice guy too. ‭01622 831750‬.


Thanks Stafford,
I know Mo well!! I do plenty of garments in house but am unable to do screen, have a price now anyway, thanks all.

Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signage with lots of white space.

Replies: 7

Views: 1161

Re: Signage with lots of white space.

Hi Matt, I presume this is exterior? Is the sign suspended within a frame of being fixed? If it is being suspended in a frame then you could potentially use 4mm foamex, but I would certainly cover it entirely as foamex (especially the generic cheap stuff we tend to buy these days,) will be filthy fr...

Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Disclaimer when fitting vinyl to car bodywork

Replies: 7

Views: 1123

Re: Disclaimer when fitting vinyl to car bodywork

More likely the rest of the paint has faded and the bit under where the vinyl was is still fresh...It should polish up ok it could be vice-versa too.. have had it once where I removed vinyl.. it had been fitted at some point onto an everyday transporter camper van, then another owner had obviously ...

Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:08 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Exporting .PDF's for the RIP Software

Replies: 6

Views: 794

Re: Exporting .PDF's for the RIP Software

Is your corel installed on hdd or solid state? I noticed that after installing corel (for faster opeing etc.) on my 1gb solid state, that it saves things really slowly, I'm sure this is because it uses disc space to 'work', I'll move it when I get a minute. Sometimes I get the odd file that is a tot...

Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:18 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: white ink garment printing.. recommendations please..

Replies: 5

Views: 571

Re: white ink garment printing.. recommendations please..

Thanks Chris, I hadn't, no.

Kevin, Had totally forgotten that! I've messaged you through your website.

H

Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: When the customer does the rounds..

Replies: 5

Views: 960

Re: When the customer does the rounds..

I'l often get 2-3 quotes for bigger jobs but a dozen? and for a cheap job anyway? it'll cost them more in time running around!

Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:51 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: white ink garment printing.. recommendations please..

Replies: 5

Views: 571

white ink garment printing.. recommendations please..

Hi all, have had no luck in the sub-con forum so asking here now for recommendations, Local customer of mine needs 30 black tee's for a pre-event, promotional shoot next weekend.. I can't print white and these aren't suitable for textile vinyl. Either looking for someone to print the lot for me at a...

Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Street Signage... trade supplier required please

Replies: 8

Views: 994

Re: Street Signage... trade supplier required please

David Hammond wrote:I know PFI Sign Solutions/GB Signs in Trafford Park do a lot of Road Name Signs, they're pressed metal signs and stove enamelled.


Thanks David,
I’ll try them tomorrow.

H

Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Street Signage... trade supplier required please

Replies: 8

Views: 994

Re: Street Signage... trade supplier required please

David McCarroll wrote:Hugh, I would have def thought this would be a job for William Smiths. Hope this helps.


Sadly not, only aluminium with rails. Needs to meet the council spec’s..

Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Street Signage... trade supplier required please

Replies: 8

Views: 994

Street Signage... trade supplier required please

Hey guys, Trying to put together some prices for a local developer who's at the stage where the need the street signage in about 2 weeks ago!!! I've quoted for aluminium with 3M reflective print to face etc. but, my local council have specified : aluminium plate, BS colour with white letters, high f...

Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Avery supplying labels direct, really, Avery?

Replies: 9

Views: 1412

Re: Avery................................... really Avery?

trouble is, we all have our own areas of business and as such, we have to put mark-upson materials etc. in order to be profitable and cover all the overheads... It wouldn't bother me if they sold the products with a healthy mark-up on them but they don't, devaluing the product price and reducing our...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Avery supplying labels direct, really, Avery?

Replies: 9

Views: 1412

Re: Avery................................... really Avery?

Found out that Tradeprint also do the same, a client of mine told me they use them so basically just cut me out the loop. that's very disappointing if they do, I use tradeprint a lot, no point bothering if they're dealing with the public at the same prices. I'd sooner support a true trade only supp...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Avery supplying labels direct, really, Avery?

Replies: 9

Views: 1412

Avery supplying labels direct, really, Avery?

Forget it, not worth moaning about!! ok, for those that messaged me asking what.... avery.co.uk/stickers - came up on my facebook feed.. I guess Avery labels is different to Avery Dennison, I don't know, hence why I deleted my original post.. If they are linked in any way, I think it pretty low that...

Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Data protection concerns

Replies: 7

Views: 1106

Re: New Data protection concerns

I'm with Phill too. I post photo's on facebook and instagram of jobs we do but, I do also have a shred of common sense.. I do a lot of printing for a handful of other local sign makers, brushies and print shops (banners, posters, stickers to wrap, etc. etc.), I obviously don't post photo's of that w...

Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:46 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Roland EJ640 printing short

Replies: 10

Views: 761

Re: Roland ej640 printing short

Hi Hugh, my heart is broke with our designers making the print the exact size of the board eg 2440x1220. They are both expert photographers and can merge 10 images together to make 1, yet can't seem to add bleed to an 8x4 sheet! Width is perfect just length an issue. Feed calibration has been menti...

Re: How to approach this job, trailer covered with blank blue banner material?

I'm not sure a sticker would last very long before getting damaged when the curtain is opened up. May be a better option to get a heavy duty banner printed (or proper curtain) with the eyelets in the specified locations so it effectively replaces the curtain. One upside of this, is that the customer...

Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: solar window films.. in-house or sub?

Replies: 3

Views: 760

Re: solar window films.. in-house or sub?

thank you Martyn,

I'll keep that in mind!

H

Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: solar window films.. in-house or sub?

Replies: 3

Views: 760

Re: solar window films.. in-house or sub?

Panic ye not.. it seems they want privacy from one 'orangery' to the outside patio that adjoins another function room, looks like a frosting job!

Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: solar window films.. in-house or sub?

Replies: 3

Views: 760

solar window films.. in-house or sub?

Hi all,

One of my regulars (large 4* Georgian hotel) is enquiring about window film, I presume some kind of solar film, is this something I should look at doing myself, or should I sub someone in to do it - or even pass it up?

TIA
Hugh

Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Public liability insurance costings

Replies: 2

Views: 807

Public liability insurance costings

Hi Dan, I pay in the region of £1600 a year max, that’s £5m PL, combined commercial insurance which covers everything and tools whether in house/van/site, working at height, with heat guns and more.. that’s around the £700 mark. Will vary on your equipment /insured value. I also have a motor trade r...

Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: reusable stencils for skips, advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1132

Re: reusable stencils for skips

been through this a number of times... magnetic just get ripped to shreds in no time. solid composite, ali or steel that are fret / routered / plsma or waterjet cut don't conform to the very soon bashed up skips that are repainted, resulting in overspray / blow-through, cut vinyl stickers A, don't l...

Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:15 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Roland EJ640 printing short

Replies: 10

Views: 761

Re: Roland ej640 printing short

I can only relate this to a similar experience I had early on with printing.. without thinking I was creating a page size the same as my media width, this meant that the rip was reducing the size slightly to fit it on the media, other than thinking "I'm sure this looked bigger on my proof"...

Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how to discard the banner packing tube?

Replies: 6

Views: 1048

Re: how to discard the banner packing tube?

some good ideas there Rob,

just a bit of a shame that I just sent about 40 tubes to the recyclers!!

Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:51 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Replies: 16

Views: 1294

Re: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Hi Hugh, Yea. For me anyway. Tried dropping you a email at the time but never got one back. Thought you had maybe got them. Sorry Chris, just searched and can't find an email form you but thanks for trying! I can at least now see their website again! Will go back to them as they were very good. A r...

Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:51 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printable vinyl for sticking to rubber lorry mud flap!?

Replies: 7

Views: 739

Re: Printable vinyl for sticking to rubber lorry mud flap!?

As David above says.. Hexis do the tyre vinyl, was looking at it yesterday thinking I should mention it!

https://online.hexis.co.uk/Product-Deta ... ew-Digital

Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:49 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Replies: 16

Views: 1294

Re: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

I’m still searching for the magic key on the keyboard that you press to make a thumbnail jpg file into a fully vectored eps, anyone know where it is? My customers swear blind I have one I have a forward button to unique art services.. get used more than anything else. Are they still working? last t...

Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:54 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Replies: 16

Views: 1294

Re: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

I’ve done similar myself Pane, though I got paid. Had one recently who sent a shocking logo for a feather flag, I advised that it needed redrawing for another £40 due to quality concerns, cost would include a pdf sent of new logo for their future use.. my offer was declined. Flag delivered direct to...

Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how to discard the banner packing tube?

Replies: 6

Views: 1048

Re: how to discard the banner packing tube?

give it to the first customer to order a few banners, protective packaging!

Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:40 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Replies: 16

Views: 1294

Re: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Personally, No, I have turned down a No of jobs recently, which when completed have all looked as I suspected!! One job.. get this.. customer turns up in a huge 70's caddilac in fresh primer, he wrapped chrome gold, I told him it would be around £3k in materials (for a seamless finish) before labour...

Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help : How to print & cut using separate machines?

Replies: 5

Views: 1025

Re: Help : How to print & cut using separate machines?

With onyx you should be able to skip some of the steps mentioned above, I design in corel, then add a 100% cutcontour (100% magenta roland colour profile, spot colour outline), when designing you'll need to ensure your page size will fit into your opus cutter (your D120) so I'd guess around 1100mm p...

Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:17 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP Latex Media - wallpaper, backlit etc.

Replies: 11

Views: 2217

Re: HP Latex Media - wallpaper, backlit etc.

Hi all you gorgeous Latex owners... I would like to make a few comparisons on prices for the genuine HP vinyls and films (wallpapers, textile, backlit, etc.) as I'm interested in trying a few of these out. Could you please who you buy these materials from? I've tried a couple of my usual suspects b...

Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 2581

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Just to add my 10p to this. We used the meta mark today and I thought it was quite good. But then we don’t do this everyday. Quite easy to work worth. But then I’ve never tried the top end vinyls. ] Nice, looks like I just missed out on getting a bargain bundle in, realised today was the 1st and th...

Thu May 31, 2018 10:10 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Few jobs from my old job, how i miss it.

Replies: 4

Views: 731

Re: Few jobs from my old job, how i miss it.

Nice!

Agree with Martin - love the rough stone look.

Sat May 26, 2018 11:52 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted sign in mid Wales

Replies: 11

Views: 1513

Re: Hand painted sign in mid Wales

very nice indeed Neil!

Thu May 24, 2018 3:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

Replies: 13

Views: 1537

Re: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

to be fair, is it really a bad thing? We all get emails from companies we either do not want to, or no longer wish to. I've used this as a great way to thin out dozens of automated emails from companies I've not used in years, from those who send out too much, from those I never wanted to hear from ...

Thu May 24, 2018 1:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier for custom stand-off lettering and shapes and fixings

Replies: 4

Views: 979

Re: Supplier for custom stand-off lettering and shapes and fixings

based on a recommendation from another member here, I tried Signshapes.com, very happy with the pricing and service.

Wed May 23, 2018 7:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Facebook advertising is it worth it?

Replies: 3

Views: 604

Re: Facebook advertising is it worth it?

I do a few sponsored adverts, not often and not for a while.. I would target those I felt we’re potential customers.. business owners / directors / self employed. Sports coaches / clubs etc. For the hair skin And barbers you’d have to go more in depth and target the age groups / sex you are looking ...

Wed May 23, 2018 2:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

Replies: 13

Views: 1537

Re: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

Derek Heron wrote:
Neil Davey wrote:I've been ignoring it to Phill, I think I'll wait till I get fined £17,000,000 as was mentioned on the radio earlier!! :yikes:

phils public liability should cover the fine :smiles:


With a whopping £3.75 of PL cover, Phill has been served just fine like that since 1873 !!

Tue May 22, 2018 2:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Replies: 20

Views: 2214

Re: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Very eye-catching Kevin!

Mon May 21, 2018 6:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Replies: 20

Views: 2214

Re: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Something to consider... I used to run around with various estate cars and people carriers (a necessity being a single parent!) in my first 5yrs, often turning up at jobs loaded to the gunnels, roofrack straining under ladders, trestles, tray signs etc.. I just felt it didn't look overly professiona...

Sat May 19, 2018 11:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What factors do you use to price job

Replies: 6

Views: 1498

Re: What factors do you use to price job

Hi Daniel,

I'll email you, don't want to give everything away on a public area. .

Sat May 19, 2018 11:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Replies: 20

Views: 2214

Re: A versatile vehicle for sign company

My LWB vivaro (Black with blacked rear windows and side window on door) has removable rear seats and no bulkhead, suited me for many years as a dual purpose vehicle, kids have flown the next now so don't need the extra seats, recently sold them but they still came in handy from time to time. I also ...

Fri May 18, 2018 12:14 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing onto reflective?

Replies: 30

Views: 2701

Re: Printing onto reflective?

Justin,
The black would illuminate to a degree but not to the extent that the red / yellow would.

See the photo of my van, that’s printed on reflective white, the black areas are printed and don’t light up much at all.

Thu May 17, 2018 1:51 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing onto reflective?

Replies: 30

Views: 2701

Re: Printing onto reflective?

Martyn, I miseread your original question!! I thought you asked "can you print onto black reflective", not "can you print black onto reflective"! As others have said, Orafol 5600 comes in black (hexis do the orafol films too). consider that reflective is also hard to remove.. ign...

Re: One-of-a-kind film, Arlon IllumiNITE Wrap, is redefining wrapping with reflective films

Ah ok, a technicality! I think the £m 780 has the controltac adhesive but, I am keen to give this a go as an alternative to 3m, I guess it comes down to price.

Re: One-of-a-kind film, Arlon IllumiNITE Wrap, is redefining wrapping with reflective films

Not sure ‘one-of-a-kind’ holds fast, the vastly expensive 3M 780mc on my racks are testament to that, however, I’m certainly keen to try it and see if it loads better into my latex without fingers appearing from the edges - as 3m does! ..

Thu May 17, 2018 7:35 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing onto reflective?

Replies: 30

Views: 2701

Printing onto reflective?

Simply.. yes, I did it on a previous van layout, reg marks are the hard bit! If I recall.. a weed box and cut file were made, then manually sent to cut using the corner of the weed box as a start point.. long time ago now and a colleague printed it for me! Black reflective reflects a whitish light s...

Tue May 15, 2018 3:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Public Liability insurance, views and opinions?

Replies: 7

Views: 1008

Re: Public Liability insurance

I had this working in a local marina on a yacht, I had to sign in, PAY for a permit to work within the marina, then prove PL, luckily I'd recently renewed it so had an email to hand, I don't recall if at the time I had £2m cover but they wanted £6m, I phoned my broker and got £5m cover for about ano...

Mon May 14, 2018 1:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What factors do you use to price job

Replies: 6

Views: 1498

Re: What factors do you use to price job

You need to work out your operating costs, ie. overheads, include bills, rent, lighting, insurances, etc etc, staff / your wages and so on. then divide that by your working week, I divide it by 25hrs as, while I'm here much longer, a lot of time is spent following up on jobs, site visits, customer p...

Thu May 10, 2018 5:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 2581

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Thanks Kevin,

I have a couple of big jobs coming up (potentially more than a roll on each vehicle :shocked: ) and want to be sure to choose the right film, from a cost perspective and quality. bit of a headache inducing choice out there!

Thu May 10, 2018 9:23 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 2581

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

According to Victory the list price is £1047, I’ve never used it but I’m told it’s nowhere near as good as their 1105. I’m going to order a bundle to try soon, I’ll post how we find it compared to the 3M ij180 Just spoken to a couple of suppliers who reckon the 1104/1105 ea both use the same adhesi...

Wed May 09, 2018 10:29 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP L25500 Printing Banner Material

Replies: 15

Views: 1615

Re: HP L25500 Printing Banner Material

On the 26500 I’ve been using a 510gsm from pyramid display. Used it with no issue for over a year now. Fire retardant, more on a roll and cheaper than the 550. Speak to Kevin at pyramid and ask for the same as Hugh from Dragon Signs in Sussex. I found the 550gsm I had from Spandex was hard to get th...

Sat May 05, 2018 7:22 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Removing old application tape, advice needed please?

Replies: 17

Views: 1758

Re: Removing old app tape nightmare!

How did you get on?

Thu May 03, 2018 10:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Brilliant addition to our laminator

Replies: 3

Views: 778

Re: Brilliant addition to our laminator

Good fix!!

I enquired after spare mandrels and I think they’re around £200 with vat. Like you I get rather fed up switching. My SH1400 has space for four spare mandrels plus the one loaded, in time I’ll add a couple more!

Thu May 03, 2018 2:13 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP L25500 Printing Banner Material

Replies: 15

Views: 1615

Re: HP L25500 Printing Banner Material

Hi Hugh, (& anyone else with the HP 26500) Just wondering if you get any issues regarding scratch resistance on banners? I'm finding anything that's not laminated after printing seems prone to scratching fairly easily. I know this is something the newer generation latex machines have addressed ...

Wed May 02, 2018 10:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Insurance for my sign company

Replies: 7

Views: 1175

Re: Insurance for my sign company

Think I pay about a grand for combined PL and equipment etc etc. Axa I think.
Then about £700 for motor trade policy.

Speak to an independent broker.

Wed May 02, 2018 10:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1165

Re: MBX vinyl removal tool

The only people who should use these tools - in my opinion, are car detailers who have the ability and tools to re-polish all the burn marks out of the paint agent finished going at it. I still just tell my customers that I’ll do it as quick as I can at £40ph plus cost for whatever chemicals and rag...

Wed May 02, 2018 3:28 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 2581

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

is the Avery mpi1104 more a wrap film then? it's on offer at around £800 + vat, what's it's normal price?

Tue May 01, 2018 1:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Digital screen protection suggestions

Replies: 7

Views: 989

Re: Digital screen protection suggestions

Myles Brewer wrote::lol: :lol: Clear shuttering ply it is then :thumbsup: Why didn't I think of that? I do think 18mm might be a bit OTT though!!

.


yup, just hang it in place with sky hooks, make sure you fix them up with a left handed hammer mind.

Tue May 01, 2018 1:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 2581

Re: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Thanks guys, I thought it a little cheap for a true wrap film. I'll probably swerve this time.

You say flatish pannels only but in their advertising they're wrapping formula race cars?!

Tue May 01, 2018 9:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Digital screen protection suggestions

Replies: 7

Views: 989

Re: Digital screen protection suggestions

18mm shuttering ply ought to do the job!

Tue May 01, 2018 9:35 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

Replies: 28

Views: 2581

Metamark MDX / MDXB wrap film offer..

I see Metamark have an offer on the above vinyls at £395 a bundle, Does anyone here use it regularly?

As a wrap film, how does this compare with the likes of avery, arlon, 3m etc??

Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Replies: 77

Views: 17604

Re: Favourite....................................

Daniel Evans wrote:
Hugh Potter wrote:
Simon Worrall wrote:Put the apostrophes in the right place. :smiles:


Apostrophe's ? :lol:


Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there should be an Apostrophe in Apostrophe's.

I think you may have that wrong Hugh lol


apostrophi? apostrophi's? :lol:

Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:11 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Replies: 77

Views: 17604

Re: Favourite "Top Tips" for signmakers

Simon Worrall wrote:Put the apostrophes in the right place. :smiles:


Apostrophe's ? :lol:

Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting aluminium composite board, advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1371

Re: Cutting aly comp board

smaller bits I will do as mentioned above and use a knife / snap, cut right through to the other side before snapping for best result. always cut on the rear of what will be the face too, the side you cut will have a large sharp ridge to get rid of, the face uncut / snapped wil have a smooth finish....

Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bonnet stripes on Mini

Replies: 6

Views: 990

Re: Bonnet stripes on Mini

Hey guys Need to do some bonnet stripes on a mini, it’s the one with the scoop. Are these easy to do? Not seen the job and it’s an accident repair that needs to be done last minute, are these just 2 stripes or are they 2 stripes with a small gap then thin lines. depends on the mini and whether they...

Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Replies: 5

Views: 722

Re: 3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Thanks Lee, spandex too expensive, waiting for an updated price from WS, will give victory a call later!

Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: printed door mats required

Replies: 5

Views: 1050

Re: printed door mats required

Thanks Daniel, might be a necessity going by lead times I’ve had so far!

Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:21 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Replies: 5

Views: 722

Re: 3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Thanks Stefan!

Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: printed door mats required

Replies: 5

Views: 1050

printed door mats required

Hi all,

Looking for a supplier of printed door mats, have been chatting to a 'cold emailer' who emailed at the right time but I think they're expensive and would like to compare..

thanks in advance
Hugh

Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:59 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Replies: 5

Views: 722

Re: 3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Any idea's folks? I only know of Smiths for 3m..

thanks,
Hugh

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:37 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Replies: 5

Views: 722

3m scotchlite 780c reflective - who sells it?

Looking to buy a half roll of this film, very expensive so would like to see if there’s any other suppliers I can compare William Smiths with.

I like to use WS where possible but do feel I don’t get very good pricing from them at times.

Thanks
Hugh

Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Replies: 38

Views: 3251

Re: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Kevin Flowers wrote:UKSignboards the membership that just keeps on giving :lol: :lol: :lol:


Indeed!!

Though I will add, Rob wasn't there for the sex change, he went in for his fourth 6 inch leg stretch :lol: :lol:

Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:07 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Replies: 38

Views: 3251

Re: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year Nice one, so your really going ahead with the Sex change Hugh? :lol: :wink: Yup, I took your advice on the best clinics and chose (coincidentally) the same clinic you used, I even got a disco...

Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Replies: 38

Views: 3251

Re: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

gutted, was really looking forward to a day out, just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year :puppyeyes:

Hope you all enjoy..
Hugh

Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Botley, Southampton

Replies: 4

Views: 703

Re: Hello from Botley, Southampton

Welcome John,

I'm not as old as Martin so don't remember hand cut letters but as he says, nice into!

Hugh

Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective vinyl wider than 1220?

Replies: 4

Views: 727

Re: Reflective vinyl wider than 1220?

I have loads of 5400/5600 in stock, usually from spandex, not aware of it being available in 1500 but if they can get it I’ll buy a roll..

Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective vinyl wider than 1220?

Replies: 4

Views: 727

Re: Reflective vinyl wider than 1220?

That would be useful if it was!! I’ll look into it!

Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective vinyl wider than 1220?

Replies: 4

Views: 727

Reflective vinyl wider than 1220?

Does anyone make a reflective film at 1500 wide? I’ve a few reflective prints to make and will have loads of waste as each panel is just over half the width of a 1220 roll!

If someone does a 1500 roll it would be ideal!!

Just curious!

Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Replies: 20

Views: 3508

Re: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Thanks Kev. Chris, I can’t understand why it would bounce back on three different emails, I even initially replied using their own email to me. Ive used my pc and this AM my iPhone from a different router ip!! I’ve emailed vectorsart.co but not had any response yet.. thought these places ran 24/7!! ...

Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Replies: 20

Views: 3508

Re: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

This is killing me.. have emailed the on art@ and accounts@ from three different email addresses.. all bounced back regardless of file size sent.

Anyone with a fast and price comparable alternative please?

Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Replies: 20

Views: 3508

Re: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Hi Hugh, I used them this weekend but emailed the accounts@ email. Hope this helps David, While it hadn’t bounced back, could Rgds Hughyou confirm the whole address you used please? I’ve still had no answer and beginning to panic!!! Thanks H Just had a email from them yesterday with fridays job. ar...

Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Replies: 20

Views: 3508

Re: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

David McCarroll wrote:Hi Hugh,

I used them this weekend but emailed the accounts@ email.

Hope this helps


David,
While it hadn’t bounced back, could you confirm the whole address you used please? I’ve still had no answer and beginning to panic!!!

Thanks
H

Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Replies: 20

Views: 3508

Re: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

David McCarroll wrote:Hi Hugh,

I used them this weekend but emailed the accounts@ email.

Hope this helps



thanks David,

I'll try that!

Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Replies: 20

Views: 3508

Re: Vectorising service recommendation please.. vectoriwise?

Good people.... Unique art services seem to have vanished, emails returned, website 'under construction' etc.

can anyone please recommend a similar alternative as I need an image vectorised over the weekend!

thanks,
HUgh

Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:17 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Smoothing edges on graphics

Replies: 3

Views: 742

Re: Smoothing edges on graphics

if you're used to coreldraw then just upgrade to a newer version. used it for 12yrs now, since CDR12.

Re: Worlds first colour 3D Printer with 10 million colours, the Mimaki 3DUJ 553 +VIDEO

I wonder if they'll have one at Sign Uk? would be keen to see one (if not the price tag?!) in action. At the 50x50x30cm max sixe I'm guessing you could create life size busts, animals etc. No need to have tiddles stuffed and mounted when you can just have it printed... though I think having a life s...

Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Magnetic Composite Board - ACM, supplier needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1433

Re: Magnetic boarding like ACM

bugger, looking for some of this as we speak, just put an order in with perspex distribution today too!

Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:41 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing onto reflective?

Replies: 30

Views: 2701

Re: Printing onto reflective?

Myles Brewer wrote:
Hugh Potter wrote:Printed, bugger contouring all that [emoji23]

Ha Ha! The joys of owning a printer hey!! I have to say since I got mine I seem to be getting very lazy with sign vinyl & print most things unless it has to be cut.


It does get like that! Any more than two colours and it’s printed!!

Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:54 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing onto reflective?

Replies: 30

Views: 2701

Re: Printing onto reflective?

Printed, bugger contouring all that [emoji23]

Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:38 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing onto reflective?

Replies: 30

Views: 2701

Printing onto reflective?

Just seen your other post Myles.. 100% magenta on oralite 5400..
Not as dark as it looks in the first photo.


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Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:22 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing onto reflective?

Replies: 30

Views: 2701

Re: Printing onto reflective?

Hi Myles, Yes, usually just lam with a 3yr mono if short term or a 5/7yr poly if longer term, don’t recall any issues. Haven’t applied vinyl over it but often print black, still allows light through but much less than lighter colour, works a treat!! I also make my own ad boards in indoor arenas refl...

Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vehicle grade magnetic film - supplier

Replies: 11

Views: 1332

Re: Vehicle grade magnetic film - supplier

I think I buy mine from Lift Hold & Separate, no idea why, just always have, 15m roll every couple of months so not a big seller of them but..

Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:02 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap are you using ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2102

Re: What printable wrap are you using ?

personally only used Arlon SLX and DXP.

Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: we have all had that one customer

Replies: 13

Views: 1597

Re: we have all had that one customer

No simple answer is there? As David says, you can try a pre-inspection which they sign, but many of my customers drop the vans off early or later and post the keys in the secure box, meaning I don't see them. I do much the same as you when a customer turns up with a manky vehicle and just clean off ...

Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2075

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Dan Osterbery wrote:Hope it had cw handlebars and mushroom grips too! Sounds like a great bike


Now we're talking - mushroom grips and cw's!!! though I ended up with (can't recall the brand) a set of bars with double crossbars.. easier to balance your little brother on like ET!!

Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2075

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Lol!!! 7 hours a week that was my first job delivering news papers...£12.00 a week...just to live that job! ha, me too, except I had a huge sunday round in my old home town, all the odds and ends that didn't fit on other rounds, 06:30 to 11am and about 9 miles on my old bmx carrying two huge bags s...

Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2075

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Is wouldn’t recommend it to be honest!! I sold more in 7 hours sat on my desk than my sales guy did doing 4500 miles and giving me expenses for nearly 800 in fuel! If you have someone bringing you accounts than it probably worth it but if they are building new accounts it can take time and be frust...

Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:21 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 4D Carbon wrap problems. What went wrong.

Replies: 3

Views: 740

Re: 4D Carbon wrap problems. What went wrong.

From what I’ve seen if teckwrap films they’re pretty good but some the films do have limitations with regards to memory, type of use, low energy surface, type of heat etc, pretty sure they’d recommend fitting in at least 18•c, vehicle body just too cold! I’m no expert, not even close but wouldn’t ev...

Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Replies: 21

Views: 2075

Re: Sales positions, advice needed please?

Reckon I'm in the wrong job :lol: :lol:

Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:41 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printed media width - which do you use

Replies: 5

Views: 884

Re: Printed media width - which do you use

I can print 61" but other than cheap 3yr avery mono for 10x5 indoor advertising boards, Banner, and poster paper I stick to 54" materials - mainly because my cutter and laminator and 1400!

Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Best material for a road work sign

Replies: 2

Views: 877

Re: Best material for a road work sign

I use Zintec, a kind of heavy coated steel. I buy mine and the frames through Building Equipment Supplies, Bells Yew Green, near Tunbridge Wells.

zintec can come in white, red or yellow reflective.

Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:32 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Richard Urquhart wrote:Personal pref I guess, wrap cut is very cost effective but not a clean enough cut line for us.


I found the wrapcut, if applied properly can give a very good finish, better than the finishline I used, just easier to get around tight corners with finishline.

Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:07 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Didn’t know they did it, will speak to them next time order.

Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:04 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

I think for near £30 a roll, finish line should leave a nicer finish! I bought two (one to replace what I used and one for stock), may see if I can return one and pay extra for design line, but that’s £38+!!

Where do you buy it Rich?

Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:12 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Richard Urquhart wrote:Was it 3m design line Mate, with the red inner ? I have used 25 plus rolls and never has it cut like that, as above I always make sure it’s applied well before removing the filament?


hi Rich,
Was the 3M finish line, not design line. Borrowed it from a local sign maker when my wrap cut ran out!
H

Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:18 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Hi guys, The car had been in my workshop all day, while -5 outside I was sweating buckets inside wearing a t-shirt in 22+ degrees (all or nothing heater!), The cut line while not heated into place, was firmly applied with thumb first and then felt squeegee, vinyl applied over as per and heated well,...

Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:44 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Daniel Evans wrote:That’s shocking. Did you heat the vinyl and push it down after applying the tape?


yes, to the letter!

Re: 3M Scotchcal 780mc Reflective - had loading issues on latex or otherwise ?

Hmm, not sure what would cause that, I have vague recollections of a corner of something catching and lifting once but it went back down and stayed. Likely to be more an issue on the real dark colours, extra few degrees helps cure better if possible, otherwise it can stay ‘greasy’ fir a while.

Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:30 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

I struggled a bit with design line, used it on the green Up wrap.. wasn’t convinced it was any better than wrapcut regarding finish or strength..
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Re: 3M Scotchcal 780mc Reflective - had loading issues on latex or otherwise ?

I can’t say I’ve noticed it. On heavy ink loads (dark blues etc) I leave it to dry a couple of hours as sometimes it doesn’t appear to be fully so, no problems.

Print on oracle a lot and can’t say I’ve noticed it, usually just a 3yr Avery 3000 clear mono to lam it.

Re: Educating customers... Finally found a use for the spare monitor..

Yes, that’s it, I’ve seen a few of his where he seems to make hard work of it but loved these full videos showing the sort of stuff you have to do to complete something from start to finish!

Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:40 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4123

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Hi Shane, welcome. I did have a few panel templates but to be honest, still prefer to flood the whole panel with an oversized print and trim using knifeless tape. I found that on big panels, on the odd occasion that the panel applied a few mm out of square, it was more noticable than having trimmed ...

Educating customers... Finally found a use for the spare monitor..

When I recently upgraded my pc I bought it with a huge cad graphics card (quadro 5000) and four monitors. I’ve been using it for a while with three but couldn’t decide what to do with the fourth.. until now.. While looking at some wrap videos on YouTube I found a rather difficult Dodge Challenger fr...

Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:10 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: info req'd... Graphtec Cutting Pro FC4100 series

Replies: 7

Views: 827

Re: info req'd... Graphtec Cutting Pro FC4100 series

Thanks for all the replies everyone, said friend seems to have found a no name bit of software that has him cutting all he needs to!
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