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Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 651

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

This has made me look at what I stock... aside from some older stock that will do for charity jobs until it runs out, I keep a stock of.. 3M IJ180 wrap & lam (usually purchased when on offer) 3M 780MC reflective wrap (bought for one regular who pays up front) Metamark: MDX polymeric wrap & l...

Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 9

Views: 322

Re: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Phill Fenton wrote:Quite right Hugh - I'd have done the same. You can't be too careful these days, we're surrounded by sharks.



Just find it ... well, I don't know.. incredulous that they'd ask for such information.

Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 9

Views: 322

Re: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

I have contacted Elavon directly regarding this email, incredibly they are telling me that the email is genuine and that they require the information to update records.. I politely told Carol-Ann that I won't be supplying what is essentially enough info to obtain credit cards and open businesses / a...

Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 9

Views: 322

Re: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

David Stevenson wrote:Any chance you'd send them to me too?
Looking to buy s laser cutter ;-)



Can't be right, can it?!!

Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 651

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

the difference between my economy MD100 (for site boards, ad boards, cheap stickers etc.) and my premium polymeric MD5 is about £200 a bundle!

I stock both because i couldn't justify putting £8 a mtr film on correx when £3 a mtr will do!

Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 9

Views: 322

Re: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Andy Thorne wrote:I would say it looks like a scam. More so if you have just cut and pasted it as the e-mail address to send it to has some of the letters transposed to look like an Evalon e-mail but probably isn't!


My mistake.. the company is Elavon, not Evalon as i suggested, though they can still whistle for it!

Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 9

Views: 322

Re: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

ps, I've emailed and told them as much... I know they have my name and email but come on...!!

Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Replies: 9

Views: 322

Card Payments, new CCD thing?? Evalon

Had a phone call from Evalon who are my card payment processing company, foreign guy as expected and said they need company information to update things regarding new money laundering nonsense, however, upon receipt of the email they're asking for the following... We kindly request that you email th...

Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 651

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

I've tried in the past to make a set of prices suitable for different sized vans but, thr problem everytime is tat someone will say "oh, I like that one there but I wan't to change that this and the other, and basically everything else while we're at it", thus is becomes a bespoke quote ag...

Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

Replies: 23

Views: 651

Re: Mono or Polymeric vinyls as your go to media?

I'm on MD% for vehicles, if the customers request anything cheaper we simply tell them it's not guaranteed against shrinking etc. MD100 for cheap panels, MDL100 for contour cut decals (doesn't distort with the latex heat like MD100), MD5HB for hi tack, MDX for cheap wrap, 3M or Arlon for longer term...

Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Very dodgy enquiry, please read!

Replies: 1

Views: 277

Very dodgy enquiry, please read!

Just a heads up... received an email from the following email address this am... (tpml@hotmail.co.uk) asking me for pricing on the attached. English and spelling all good so I replied and mentioned that there was no attachment... back came a link to a one drive folder... except hovering over to see ...

Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:01 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

Replies: 5

Views: 349

Re: Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

email it over Hugh, can take a quick look Thank you for the offer Chris, The customer has accepted the artwork without the drop shadow, they never knew about it anyway! I had a 'name in lights' type of font and wanted a glow in front of the lights, just keeps crashing.. I did come in to a "res...

Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:21 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

Replies: 5

Views: 349

Re: Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

thanks Colin,

Any idea where I do that? Or why it's suiciding itself every time I try to add dropshadow?

Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:35 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

Replies: 5

Views: 349

Re: Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

Argh, every time I try to use drop shadow, and then change colour of the shadow, it crashes.. any ideas?

No doubt it's doing this because they're pushing the latest version hard!

Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:45 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

Replies: 5

Views: 349

Corel 2017, increasing memory usage

Hi All,

how do I increase memory usage / disk usage on corel 2017? continuoulsly crashing when trying to add a drop shadow.. suspect it's the customers artwork but want to try increasing first.

Win 10 pro.

thanks,
Hugh

Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:42 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Architectural Drawings media?

Replies: 10

Views: 527

Re: Architectural Drawings media?

I always keep a roll of 220 g white photgraphic poster paper around, from colourbyte or plot-it, I forget, I just sell them on quality and have never had any complaint about the thickness. printed on latex.

Re: Sign maker takes vigilante action against a customer he claims has not paid him!

I remember in the early days of UKSB there was a section to "out" bad and non payers where we could post details of anyone that had crossed us to avoid others getting their fingers burned. What happened to that then Rob Eh eh.. :lol: :tongue: it was very popular to begin with but from mem...

Re: Sign maker takes vigilante action against a customer he claims has not paid him!

I've never actually done this with a sticker, but did start taking down a sign on a Indian restaurant (about 10yrs ago now I guess) that hadn't paid the balance of the bill, I'd given many fair warnings that I was going to do it and that the sign belongs to me until paid for. They gave the argument ...

Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A few examples of our recent work

Replies: 13

Views: 1015

Re: A few examples of our recent work

Very nice! have to say I like the coffee shop one too! The tree in the corner is actually very good also, simple I know but really (visually) gets rid of a corner!

Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: On the Road to Recovery...

Replies: 4

Views: 345

Re: On the Road to Recovery...

All the best Duncan,

I'm sure you'll be right as rain in no time!

Hugh

Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: At work Today, but I am mostly....

Replies: 7

Views: 581

Re: At work Today, but I am mostly....

I see the Broccoli has been jettisoned. ;) She'd eaten about broccoli trees already, huge slice of melon, jammy toast and god knows what else was in her lunch box... I found her bib after she made the mess :lol: I feel your pain Hugh, an almost impossible task to juggle! indeed, wife comes in to he...

Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: At work Today, but I am mostly....

Replies: 7

Views: 581

Re: Today I am mostly ....

Robert Lambie wrote:you look much younger in this photo Hugh! :awkward:


Haven't got my backside out either!!! :lol: :lol:

Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:13 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 578

Re: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Yup, will swap out No.3, head 4 seems good bar two tiny specs missing ..

Head 6 magenta looks iffy on the solid colour but perfect on the grids, it’s OOW so I’ll prob change that too, would you agree?

Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:51 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 578

Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Ok, so I think it’s time the black head were swapped out, I’ll do a couple of cleans first check..
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: At work Today, but I am mostly....

Replies: 7

Views: 581

At work Today, but I am mostly....

Daddy day care... how hard can it be!!

#shootmenow!

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Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:23 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 578

Re: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Colin Crabb wrote:Run head plot test print, and see how that looks before swapping them out

Will run it shortly and post here. Thanks

Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:58 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 578

Re: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

I’ve now printed the exact same file - both on same standard glossy HP profile, the banding only occurs on the vinyl print in the last 10%.. Both KY heads are way way over their warranty / usage and ordinarily print fine, do you think changing them will make the difference? IMG_0025.JPG IMG_0026.JPG...

Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:26 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 578

Re: Print quality on hi res image.. help!

Iain Pearson wrote:Have you tried printing same image onto a S/A vinyl ?

No. Not as yet Iain,

Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:10 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 578

Print quality issue using a high resolution image.. help please?

Hi all, could do with some advice please! The first photo (hopefully in order) shows vertical banding as the print is coming out of the printer.. I aborted this print and put it down to poss too much heat but mainly too much vacuum on the platen, causing high and low spots, this was on a std 10pass ...

Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work flow management system?

Replies: 16

Views: 767

Re: Work flow management system?

I'm confident you'll make more than the £100 it costs... you have to embrace it though. As soon as you deviate from the 'workflow' that's when things get a little messy :thumbsup: That's my main concern, I have a few customers who are very last minute but, they're easy large cut vinyl work, they in...

Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work flow management system?

Replies: 16

Views: 767

Re: Work flow management system?

Thanks for all the info guys, Caro' (She who is to be obeyed / accounts / foreman / boss / credit control / salary / etc.) who posted this, is going to try a weeks trial of Shopvox, Can't say I'm keen on seeing another £100 a month (near on) going out on overheads but, if it makes such a difference ...

Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Vinyl print on garments gone bad.

Replies: 10

Views: 569

Re: Vinyl print on garments gone bad.

Martyn Heath wrote:
David Stevenson wrote:Hi Hugh, it was all solid colours. Going to do it Irish style now and cut a couple of logos slightly bigger and stick them over the top! Can't look any worse surely?



Im 0.7% irish and i take offense to that.


I'm 25% Welsh and have no issue with it at all :lol: :lol:

Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Vinyl print on garments gone bad.

Replies: 10

Views: 569

Re: Vinyl print on garments gone bad.

This was printed garment film rather than textile vinyl? I've had similar on a material I was supplied in the past, though with high pressure it was showing through almost immediately. I've used the metamark film with pretty good results, it's not designed for use with latex (which I use) but for sh...

Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work flow management system?

Replies: 16

Views: 767

Work flow management system?

Afternoon all, I know this is a topic that has been covered over the years but looking for something up to date to help Hugh in visually managing his days, his workload & all the job/project sheets better. From a to do list one day, that say, if not is completed that day, it moves across to the ...

Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Which clothing vinyl to use for polo shirts

Replies: 7

Views: 344

Re: Which clothing vinyl to use for polo shirts

As Jamie says... Grafityp. I always use the siser PS range. have tried the cheap stuff and even the magicut & xpres films... I've never had a failure on Siser and have recently dumped all other stock following a small number of failures, for which I was accused of not applying properly.. done ga...

Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Will this Metamark MD5A wrap fail? And how to avoid / fix fail?

Replies: 17

Views: 920

Re: Will this Metamark MD5A wrap fail? And how to avoid / fix fail?

if it's already pulling out then I guess that's a fair indicator.

Metamark MDX would've done it, not a whole lot more than the MD5A,

H

Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:38 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Another day elbow deep

Replies: 12

Views: 611

Re: Another day elbow deep

I know that it's reeeeeally reeeeeeally bad of me to laugh but..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Cheered me right up!

Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:31 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Arlon, Illuminite wrap reflective vinyl, is it legal on UK roads?

Replies: 7

Views: 555

Re: Illuminite legal on UK roads

While I've never wrapped a whole vehicle in the 3M 780MC reflective wrap I have here, I have used loads of printed reflective designs on my own vehicles. I try not to have white at the rear or red on the front, though when I've had red/orange (kind of my logo!) on the front, it's not looked confusin...

Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:50 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Gildan premium cotton- major shrinkage, anyone else?

Replies: 7

Views: 462

Re: Gildan premium cotton- major shrinkage, anyone else?

Yea. We have had miss tagged stuff before. More and more recently to be honest and if it’s just one size and one colour not something that gets noticed. Even with multiple sizes to be honest. Just get pressed and bagged. Gildan are really struggling to keep up with production it would seem. Seems a...

Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:03 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Gildan premium cotton- major shrinkage, anyone else?

Replies: 7

Views: 462

Re: Gildan premium cotton- major shrinkage, anyone else?

Unsure Chris, he says all of them he’s worn and washed have shrunk. He’s local so may ask to see others. Possibly mis-tagged but unlikely, think I would’ve noticed. All from same order but poss different batches.

Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:49 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Gildan premium cotton- major shrinkage, anyone else?

Replies: 7

Views: 462

Gildan premium cotton- major shrinkage, anyone else?

As per the title, customer just been in with some garments he bought a few months back, as per the pic, one is unworn and the smaller one (both medium) has shrunk considerably.. Washed a handful of times at 40*C and tumble dried inside out at same temp as all other clothing and workwear of other bra...

Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: a cheap option for covering windows

Replies: 7

Views: 455

Re: a cheap option for covering windows

what about dot adhesive films? maybe even print a design and fit externally?

Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: HELP!! Trade Supplier for large Canvas prints required asap

Replies: 3

Views: 561

Re: HELP!! Trade Supplier for large Canvas prints required asap

Good call, have used Kushy a few times, will find out!

Thanks Chris!

Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: HELP!! Trade Supplier for large Canvas prints required asap

Replies: 3

Views: 561

HELP!! Trade Supplier for large Canvas prints required asap

Hi All,
have a customer looking for 5No. quality canvas prints, I used to do them in house but got fed up of all the bar stock required, can anyone recommend a good trade supplier please?

Need them by friday! eek!

Thanks,
Hugh

Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Juddering Easymount EM1600SH Laminator. any ideas?

Replies: 8

Views: 2153

Re: Juddering Easymount EM1600SH Laminator. any ideas?

Have a similar intermittent issue with mine, EM 1400SH, still laminates fine when it does it, no fuses blow, just damned annoying until the end of the run, reset and it all seems good to go again, I had it all apart but found nothing untoward to my untrained eye~!

Thu May 30, 2019 10:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heads Up - Domain Name Scam Call

Replies: 14

Views: 1617

Re: Heads Up - Domain Name Scam Call

I was offered dragonsigns.com (I have the .co.uk, .eu etc anyway, but I wasn’t going to pay $5k for it, I offered $1000 and heard no more, I see now that my namesake in Cardiff has it!
No biggy though, I get a lot of calls for them so guess I rank higher anyway!

Wed May 29, 2019 8:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Heads Up - Domain Name Scam Call

Replies: 14

Views: 1617

Re: Heads Up - Domain Name Scam Call

I’ve had several of these calls, again it was a competitor in Brighton retiring - I searched the domain names in my 1&1 account t while they waffled and could’ve bought the .co.uk & .com on all for about £15 a year, I nearly bought one of them!

Tue May 14, 2019 1:38 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Printing on to chrome, does anyone do it ?

Replies: 3

Views: 593

Re: Printing on to chrome, does anyone do it ?

PS, L26500 we use.

Tue May 14, 2019 12:25 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Printing on to chrome, does anyone do it ?

Replies: 3

Views: 593

Re: Printing on to chrome, does anyone do it ?

I have samples here for inkjet Chrome, Gold and Rose gold, I think they came from Perfect Colours, I may be wrong but try them. Prints fine, though I did lower the curing temp a little, cutting is, as mentioned above, interesting.. I put some frosted vinyl / clear matt lam over the reg marks and it ...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help sourcing 6mm Aluminium Composite please?

Replies: 6

Views: 910

Re: Help sourcing 6mm Aluminium Composite please?

I've seen the palboard, lightweight foam-core board, I reckon it will become quite mainstream,

Can I ask what 6mm composite might be used for? must be quite heavy!

Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:15 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Gray printing purple, advice needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 454

Re: gray printing purple

can you not just make a grey whic uses no magenta, or does that not work?

Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mahoney: A variety of some recent jobs that I have done

Replies: 31

Views: 3265

Re: A few recent jobs

Some really nice work there Kevin, thanks for Sharing!

#scibblesdownnotesforfutureideas

Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: supplier of aluminium flat cut letters please?

Replies: 3

Views: 642

supplier of aluminium flat cut letters please?

Hi All,
Have used Signshapes a number of times in the past, particularly for one customer who has grey painted contour cut aluminium letters... signshapes are unable to offer the service at the moment and I gather not many people do!

Can anyone recommend a supplier please?

TIA

Hugh

Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Window graphic fitting

Replies: 2

Views: 707

Re: Window graphic fitting

I tend to always come in 5mm from the edge of the window rubbers, it's very difficult to properly clean next to the rubbers and as you've found, if it's too big you just can't get the edge down firm and end up trimming it back anyway.

H

Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: recommendations for supplier of rubber stamps please?

Replies: 4

Views: 663

Re: recommendations for supplier of rubber stamps please?

Carl Morton wrote:Try stamps direct tell them you are trade and you will get a good discount. Traded 27 years with them and never let me down.


Thank you Carl,

H

Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: recommendations for supplier of rubber stamps please?

Replies: 4

Views: 663

recommendations for supplier of rubber stamps please?

As per title, looking for trade supplier.

thanks,
Hugh

Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on doming on large graphics please?

Replies: 27

Views: 6113

Re: Advice on doming on large graphics please?

Hi Patrick, I’ve only used it for small jobs, the customer (ex customer) buys them directly from somewhere else who specialise, then only calls me an hour before the lorry is due to be shipped, or to finish a bit of wrap missed by whoever is wrapping them in 3m cokourflow!!! I digress.. Accuflow, I ...

Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:35 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Replies: 7

Views: 920

Re: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Will do ASAP. On site all day so do t panic if you don’t hear from me!

Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Replies: 21

Views: 1963

Re: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

If I go it’ll be weds, a large ongoing rebrand we’re doing has just dumped a load of extra stuff in the mix to be fitted on 4/5th !!!

Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:42 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Replies: 7

Views: 920

Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Hi Hugh, if our 260 died last week and I’ve now replaced! Still got the machine sat here which I will sell parts off! I do have all the printheads, part used inks which are 70/80% full, a new yellow & light cyan and 2 ink maintenance kits! Happy to do a good deal on all of that if you are inter...

Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:35 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Replies: 7

Views: 920

Re: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Should the blocks of colour showing head position be solid? They look a bit grainy but the printed grids are fine - excluding the obvious .

Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:34 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Replies: 7

Views: 920

Re: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Crikes... embarrassing!! Last time I checked I had three in warranty!!

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Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:30 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Replies: 7

Views: 920

Latex 26500 head test print - advice please...

Hi all, Couple of issues on the print quality, especially grey and now some banding in magenta. Looking at the following I need to replace heads 1 & 5,m for sure. Poss No.2, May change 3&4 too, as waaaaay out of warranty, was thinking they’re upsetting the grey but now I think it might well ...

Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Replies: 19

Views: 1891

Re: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Used to be the same down here at the local authority run tips, because so many people were dumping large amounts of commercial waste, they made a registration scheme which allowed you up to six tip runs a year - for non commercial waste only, ie, emptying your shed, etc., That stopped altogether a f...

Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:06 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1482

Re: Vinyl racks / storage..........................

I think I'm going to stick with the style I have for the cut vinyl but, remake the uprights, by spacing them at 120mm centres I can fit 20 part rolls per rack. totalling 60 rolls for 3 racks, rather than currently 3.5 racks for 40 racks. I think I need to plan the rest. working into the night to hav...

Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:49 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 16

Views: 1482

Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

My vinyl is mostly stored on horizontal racks, as pictured, but I find often that there’s an awful lot of wasted space on them due to spacing between slots, IMG_8192.JPG IMG_8194.JPG I would also like to make a bit of space so ... I rarely buy more than 25m popular colours (610) or 20m (1220), and m...

Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: fixing locators to acrylic letters, which glue please?

Replies: 6

Views: 907

Re: fixing locators to acrylic letters, which glue please?

thanks for the replies guys, unfortunately I got help up and couldn't order any in, I'll see what nasty stuff they have at the local window supplies place. I only need to fit around a dozen additional locators to some 800mm tall 5mm letters that I felt needed better support in the middle. Lucky I di...

Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Print a gradient on outdoor signage

Replies: 3

Views: 789

Re: Print a gradient on outdoor signage

I'd simply roll with it, I don't think anything is taken away by the fade being there - as subtle as it is. Changing this may end up with other rethinks and loads of your time being taken up! If as Pane says, you don't own a printer and wish to do it in vinyl, you could possibly suggest it but, for ...

Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: fixing locators to acrylic letters, which glue please?

Replies: 6

Views: 907

fixing locators to acrylic letters, which glue please?

Hi all,
got some acrylic letters in that need additional locators attached, what glue do I need or can I use something like impact adhesive?

Thanks

H

Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: supplier of metal swing sign brackets please..

Replies: 4

Views: 743

Re: supplier of metal swing sign brackets please..

thanks Colin,

much appreciated!

Regards,
Hugh

Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: supplier of metal swing sign brackets please..

Replies: 4

Views: 743

supplier of metal swing sign brackets please..

Hi all,
as per title, looking for recommendations for a supplier of swing sign brackets please.

thanks in advance,
Hugh

Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Drytac Jetmounter JM54 or EasyMount EM1400 - used laminator check list

Replies: 23

Views: 1448

Re: Drytac Jetmounter JM54 or EasyMount EM1400 - used laminator check list

Easy mount all day long for me, plus you can ‘just’ get a 1500 wide panel in there to lay film on! Easy to use with some practice, I think I posted a video on here on setting up once, videos on you tube but I find they complicate things! Much easier just buying 1370, print and lam, no messing and ea...

Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of branded awnings / tents required

Replies: 1

Views: 666

Supplier of branded awnings / tents required

HI all,
As per title, I'm looking for a supplier of branded lightweight awnings / tents / marquee things!

regards,
Hugh

Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:25 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500 - form feed & cut - not cutting!

Replies: 3

Views: 338

Re: L26500 - form feed & cut - not cutting!

Thanks Paul, I get that on some media - banner mainly, but I almost exclusively use the glossy vinyl profile for all media with great results.

However, on the last print I did it seems to have sorted itself!

Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:02 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500 - form feed & cut - not cutting!

Replies: 3

Views: 338

L26500 - form feed & cut - not cutting!

HI all, At the end of a long sticker print run, I've hit form feed and cut... it feeds but doesn't cut! I've restarted it with no difference. I've also had it do some test plots which always auto cut off, no cutting attempt at all. All I have done, saturday am, was to do a carriage rail clean, and e...

Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:57 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: application sheet not tacky enough for post

Replies: 7

Views: 724

Re: application sheet not tacky enough for post

I do graphics for a local toyota dealership, some of their stuff comes with the app tape / paper over-sized at the ends, and folded around to stick to the backing paper, thus not lifting up. It's a bit of a pain to undo sometimes but nothing insurmountable !

Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:54 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1363

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

I should probably get my head around this profiling lark, I tried a few supplier profiles for various materials, with often less than great results. I've since used HP Glossy vinyl for everything, with no issues at all.

except this grey!

Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:41 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1363

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

So it’s a case of “it’s not you, HP, it’s me”!!

Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Beej says hi - its been too long

Replies: 10

Views: 812

Re: Beej says hi - its been too long

Welcome back Beej!! Been a looong time indeed! I’m sure I remember you from way back in the mid to late noughties?

Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminting onto coloured vinyl question

Replies: 5

Views: 607

Re: Laminting onto coloured vinyl question

Is it definitely laminate? Sounds daft but I once had a guy come in, he’s bought graphics on eBay and fitted them, several weeks later he’s asking why the laminate is peeling... turned out to be clear app tape which was contributed cut with the film at a guess, all the subsequent layers were peeling...

Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:22 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1363

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Thanks Kevin, I’ll give that a try.
To be fair, all heads are well past warranty, I think that cured it before but they’re otherwise still printing perfectly!

Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:02 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1363

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Corel draw 2017, onyx rip, ver 11 I think.
H

Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:12 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 1363

L26500, grey becomes pink!

Hi All,

Not for the first time, I'm printing a 10% grey and it looks a very pale pink, what's going on?

I've noticed a 'colour variation correction'option in the print maintenance menu (currently off), what does that do?!

thanks in advance.

H

Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:59 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: MAHONEY - a few recent jobs

Replies: 20

Views: 2167

Re: Mahoney - a few recent jobs

Some nice bold and eye-catching work there Kevin! Nice!

Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Expansion on a 10mm foamalux board

Replies: 5

Views: 1141

Re: Expansion on a 10mm foamalux board

how about a composite with some kind of trim? black foamex will absorb a lot of heat, the edges may well fade quite quickly too.

just thinking out loud!

Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work from north of highlands- new processes learnt

Replies: 5

Views: 1075

Re: Work from north of highlands- new processes learnt

Hi David, Cheers. Yea we thought all the same. But customer dictated the position and the fonts. Although script was a nightmare to CNC cut so next time it will be a flat out no unless it close the size of mcbains. Never noticed the S though. I can see it now. Does look off. Like the Coyote coffee ...

Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:10 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: ROGERS - Selection of work Jan 2019

Replies: 5

Views: 643

Re: Rogers. Selection of work Jan 2019

Nice work David, as always!

ps, Loving the new incognito avatar!

Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:07 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP Latex 315 Fumes Issue - is this a health risk?

Replies: 6

Views: 662

Re: HP Latex 315 Fumes Issue - is this a health risk?

My workshop production areas are usually a steady 20-22°C 24/7 and I rarely ever see the mist anymore. At my old premises - which would vary from bloody cold to 15°C at best would fog up very nicely if I was printing long dark prints (black, Navy etc.), it's just condensation where the water is forc...

Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Corel Draw Cut Contour Help

Replies: 6

Views: 924

Re: Corel Draw Cut Contour Help

As Chris says... Bitmaps> convert the png to bitmap Bitmaps> Mode > black and white In dialog box select line art and adjust image until mostly black. Trace bitmap > line art > ok. Select object and break apart or remove white areas/ nodes, add outline and remove fill. You may want to bring in the o...

Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Truck curtain digital vinyl, recommendation please

Replies: 1

Views: 319

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: 319

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: 28

Views: 1828

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: 28

Views: 1828

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: 495

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: 495

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: 895

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: 658

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: 901

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: 1303

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: 618

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: 618

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: 901

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: 841

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: 974

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: 1068

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: 1023

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: 1023

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

Hats off to whoever did this!!



IMG_7608.JPG

Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: please recommend a trade screen printer!

Replies: 6

Views: 1068

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: 1068

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: 1068

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: 834

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: 655

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: 834

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: 856

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: 719

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: 719

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...

Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 19

Views: 2889

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: R type printer performing

Replies: 6

Views: 657

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: R type printer performing

Replies: 6

Views: 657

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: R type printer performing

Replies: 6

Views: 657

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: 928

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: 976

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: 14

Views: 1427

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: 953

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: 953

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: 953

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: 953

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: 690

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: Buy - Sell - Employment

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

Replies: 6

Views: 965

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: 648

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: 1566

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

Ta

G


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: 979

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: 885

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: 750

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: 2017

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: 1426

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: 1021

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: 578

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: 578

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: 952

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: 2121

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: 1668

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: 879

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: 1668

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: 1246

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: 1246

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: 1246

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!
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Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design Advice - Number of revisions

Replies: 3

Views: 987

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: 1617

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: 987

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: 1617

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: 1713

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: 1713

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: 1713

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: 1713

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: 1388

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: 1388

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: 1706

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: 1706

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: 1388

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: 1388

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: 1388

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

Made these reflective silent soldiers..

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Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:19 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Can someone help short term with some print work

Replies: 4

Views: 711

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: 1223

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: 1126

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: 1126

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: 1126

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: 1150

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: 1150

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: 665

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: 1298

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: 1298

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: 1298

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: 1298

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: 1298

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: 964

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: 963

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: 944

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: 1118

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: 639

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: 639

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: 639

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: 798

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: 798

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: 798

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: 873

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: 1540

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: 1540

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: 1540

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: 1540

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: 2055

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: 855

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: 2268

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: 2268

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: 1271

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: 1107

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: 1578

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: 1578

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: 1579

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: 1083

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: 2231

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: 4094

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: 1533

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: 1022

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: 1790

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: 1359

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: 852

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: 1022

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: 1976

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: 1503

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: 971

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: 1976

Re: Spare LEDs to illuminate printer

:-)

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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: 1827

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: 2359

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: 782

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: 1786

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: 868

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: 1244

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: 1298

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: 1076

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: 868

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: 1375

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: 868

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: 1103

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: 1103

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: 1103

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: 1567

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: 1567

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: 1567

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: 1295

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: 1161

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: 801

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: 801

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: 801

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: 842

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: 11

Views: 1940

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: 1161

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: 1155

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: 1756

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: 1010

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: 1756

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...
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