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Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printing onto Pint Glasses - advice needed please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1468

Re: Printing onto Pint Glasses - advice needed please?

If you can find a screen printer with a 'pad print' set up, that will print onto curved surfaces. If its plastic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlypyjjLDZI

I think for 500 the transfer and etch process would be too long winded, might be a special printing ink for glass though?

Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:19 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping My Boat, any advice or tips welcome?

Replies: 10

Views: 3327

Re: Wrapping My Boat, any advice or tips welcome?

I agree with you Russell, but with a boat of this size, i would be more inclined to make sure it was done in a single bit of vinyl running the length of the boat mate. Good point, but I doubt 1300mm will get you from the bow down to the water line because of the angle it runs in at. When I used to ...

Re: Removing paint from a fibreglass sign

your only option would be to sand down and re-paint if your just sticking vinyl on.

If its a traditional pub sign with raised sides, you could cut a panel of ACM that sits inside the recess and bond it in with VHB.

Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Plastic kick plates - what material could I use? Help?

Replies: 3

Views: 1200

Re: Plastic kick plates - what material?

I think you would find ali composite would dent and mark with time. They used to be made from a material called 'Darvic' which was a high impact coloured PVC. If you just want them clear probably Polycarbonate would be your best bet, its tough stuff. If they are longer than 500mm you should be looki...

Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:58 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: "Che Guevara" style Graphic on T shirts - help please?

Replies: 1

Views: 1243

Re: "Che Guevara" style Graphic

Back in the day, we used to call it 'Posturization' I think any good image/bitmap editor, (photoshop etc) has this in as a special effect, generally you can specify the number of colours you want so just drop this down to 1 (or could be 2, black and white) Plenty of online tutorials if your unsure. ...

Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:46 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping My Boat, any advice or tips welcome?

Replies: 10

Views: 3327

Re: Wrapping My Boat, any advice or tips welcome?

Start from the back and work forward when applying, so your overlaps are the right way and the water wont get behind the vinyl as easily.

Also nothing will stick to anti foul underneath the waterline

good luck

Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:01 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printed floor mats - help needed sourcing a supplier please?

Replies: 1

Views: 1232

Printed floor mats - help needed sourcing a supplier please?

Anybody know of a good supplier of entrance floor mats with printed logos.

or ideally someone who can supply blank ones for us to print on our UV printer.

cheers

Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Snap cap alternatives - personal recommendations please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2382

i've always liked the polytop screws, available in different colours.
Best price is from Ashby, you can mix and match colours to get your quantity discount.

They are not really suitable for anything smaller than A4 size though, they look a bit big.

Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Tensol 70 Part B Hardener - help sourcing please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1942

have you tried contacting Bostik/Evode the manufacturer to see if its available seperately.
They may be able to point you in the right direction.

Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hanging Light Box for Cranes - what is the best way? Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1873

Speak to Kestrel, they are good with stuff like that. They will build you the complete box than can just bolt to the crane, you will need to give them fixing centres etc.

Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on stainless steel cut out letters, please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1628

304 for interior, 316 (marine & food grade) for exterior, but there is quite a difference in the cost. If you can, quote both options (and reasons) to the customer and let them decide. Basically the 316 will weather better outside than the the 314 The finish of the stainless is usually defined a...

Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for a small electric guillotine - advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1466

Just checking that you realise you wont be able to cut anything other than vinyl or paper on this type, no rigid materials, maybe thin PVC (1mm) but nothing thicker. Not sure on H&S regulations though, we used to have 3 guillotines of different types and never had them inspected by anyone, just ...

Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Letter locators - does anyone know this locator? Help please

Replies: 9

Views: 2188

Simplefix are the ones we always have problems with after a couple of years. From my understanding the snapfix ones are 'UV resistant' so dont split. The simplefix cups seem to give up after about 3 years. We have drawers full of male parts of simplefix coz they dont sell the females parts (buckets)...

Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendations for hire of unveiling curtains

Replies: 7

Views: 2316

We bought an adjustable rail from b&Q which did 3-5' wide and had 2 sets of velvet curtains made with about a 3' drop, one set in gold one set in red.
Cost us about £180 at the time. But we used to hire them out at £50 a go, over 10 years we got our money back and then some!!!

Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removing vinyl lettering from a wrapped car

Replies: 3

Views: 1440

(can you not just re-wrap the doors?) - edit (no you cant, you said) If not if your handy with a brush you could paint the oracal letters with thinners (cellulose is best) this should wrinkle the vinyl and split it from the adhesive. then it should just be a question of cleaning off the adhesive. Bu...

Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help identifying a media

Replies: 4

Views: 1260

KAPA do a similar one, its not a corrugated core but an expanded foam type.

Very lightweight yet quite tough.

Amari do it

Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: I love my Customer When...

Replies: 39

Views: 8771

DOCTORS SURGERY - We need a brass plaque removing urgently please

US - Well OK we can get up there this afternoon, which one would you like us to remove?

DOCTORS SURGERY - The one that says 'Dr Harold Shipman'

:o :o :o

Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Contour cut fridge magnets

Replies: 3

Views: 1312

Anchor magnets or Bisbell Products will both be able to help

Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:22 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Jetrix 2030 - anyone out there using one?

Replies: 2

Views: 1107

thanks James

Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:33 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Jetrix 2030 - anyone out there using one?

Replies: 2

Views: 1107

Jetrix 2030 - anyone out there using one?

Morning, I know they are a high end machine, but I thought I would ask. Just moved companies and we use a Jetrix 2030 flatbed, my first time with one and I am just trying to get my head around ink keying with dibond which is OK but I feel it could be better. I know we have a primer we can use but th...

Tue May 27, 2014 1:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Coloured post supplier?

Replies: 7

Views: 1425

Tim Cowlishaw wrote:just out of interest Can you not wrap them?



Have you ever tried wrapping a post? You have to have the patience of a saint. Anyone can wrap about a 12" test piece, but you try doing a 2.5m length.

Give it a go :D





mod-edit

Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: led placement of modules how far apart

Replies: 4

Views: 868

Your LED supplier should be able to provide you with density guidelines.

It all depends on the distance between LED and face of sign.

Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:45 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: recommendation for fret-cut tray supplier.

Replies: 7

Views: 2838

Signfab - nuff said!!!

Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:51 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Halo & Face LED's

Replies: 2

Views: 1723

Halo & Face LED's

Our customer has some existing letters that are approximately 400mm high, with 90mm returns, neon inserts, clear backtrays and opal faces. Recently the neon has come to the end of its life (12 years old) and is starting to fail on a regular basis. We have advised the client to replace with LED's for...

Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Alternative to lugging bags of concrete about / waterless.

Replies: 10

Views: 3510

Did anyone ever try this stuff, if so how did you find it?

thanks

Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:36 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Vertical Panel/wall saw required please?

Replies: 32

Views: 15019

I have used 2 sagetech ones in the past and they were both a bit 'mickey mouse'. Bit fiddly to use especially when you go from cross cut to vertical.
Neither of them ever cut square.
If i had a choice again I would buy a second hand quality machine like the one above.

cheers

Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help indentifying internal modular sign system

Replies: 4

Views: 1850

I think its still being sold by 'signbox'

http://www.signbox.co.uk/interior/modular_sign_system

hope that helps

Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help indentifying internal modular sign system

Replies: 4

Views: 1850

Its by HB signs,

Its their own modular system.

They are not an easy company to deal with, last time I tried they wouldnt work with signmakers only direct with the end user.

But they may have changed in the recent tough times!!

Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: I hope I am not the only one here who makes mistakes...

Replies: 12

Views: 2943

if customer leaves transit van parked on the road round the corner, make sure it is not next to a nearly identical van and also make sure your staff apply the graphics to the correct one!!

Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone do vacuum forming?

Replies: 6

Views: 1591

There is a company in Denton, Manchester called Plastic Formers.

www.plasticformers.co.uk

should be able to help you.

Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: just about had enough of Robert Horne / paperlinx.

Replies: 17

Views: 3964

we probably only do about 25% with R.H. now, there were issues with every other order, damaged sheet edges, basic vinyls out of stock, wrong items sent. Also when they sent a wrong item and didnt collect it, it showed as outstanding on our account which they then put on stop! Amari stepped in for us...

Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade supplier for surface mounted signs

Replies: 10

Views: 2163

The links to the images for the totem signs show standard post and cage fixings. Although on the surface it looks like 4 bolts, the threaded bar is welded to a cage (or grillage) about 600 x 600 x 600mm which is set into the concrete foundation. Another option for removeable signs is to put sleeves ...

Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Problem on Car Window

Replies: 7

Views: 1959

thanks guys

Thought about laminating onto another vinyl, but the normal vinyl was coming off as well.

If it happens again, might have to buy some 'nano cleaner'

Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:51 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Problem on Car Window

Replies: 7

Views: 1959

Vinyl Problem on Car Window

this will be the third time we have done this back window on a car. We have cleaned the glass with allsorts, isoprop, meths, going to try thinners this time. The graphics seem to stick mostly but in places it just doesnt stick at all and comes away as per picks. Its not a problem with the chrome as ...

Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Working at height permit template

Replies: 7

Views: 2136

The Permit to Work should be issued by the company you are doing the work for. They should verify that the content of the RA/MS is correct and you have the correct competencies and certified training to do the work in a controlled and safe manner. Agree with above, permits to work at height are iss...

Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: PVC Sheets Storage Help....

Replies: 4

Views: 1205

if its the thin PVC stuff ie. less than 1mm, it will have to be stored flat really, it tends to sag and end up with a curve in it over time.

Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall display suggestions please

Replies: 6

Views: 1246

You can also buy white coated steel sheet, if you mount the print onto this and then bond it to foamex or ACM then it will also have the possibility of being a magnetic dry wipe board.

Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:00 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: What colours are best to use in CorelDraw??

Replies: 16

Views: 6475

You can still use pantone colours for printing to a CMYK printer.

Just make sure you have the correct pallete loaded, you need the one in the process colours directory.
The one under spot colours will give different colours whenn output to CMYK

Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help illuminating letters with LEDs

Replies: 5

Views: 1117

you are also going to have to modify the letters to stand far enough off to prevent 'spotting' from the leds.

The example you have shown seems to have extra long fixings.

Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: flex faced system recognition

Replies: 7

Views: 1038

Its called 'springflex', surprise surprise!!

If its a big one you will need something to pull the springs off and on, your fingers start to hurt after about 20 or so.

Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: need to source polished brass sheet...

Replies: 7

Views: 1047

Problem is the brass will weather and go dark, they cant be cleaned with vinyl letters on, so when you go back to change a name there will be a tarnished image where the lettering was, so you will have to polish the plate which will make it a different colour to the others. Brass will tarnish, insid...

Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: someone to supply terabine

Replies: 3

Views: 548

we used to get a product from Leyland Paints, not sure if it was terabine or not, small bottle with a purple tint, we used it when it was particularly cold, I think it was a called 'dryers' or similar.

Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: type of lettering id

Replies: 8

Views: 956

yes they look like a solid st/st letter with a backtray (probably clear) so the chances are they will have neon inside that is probably why they are so deep (minimum 100mm for neon with a return bend at each end) If you look closely you will see the fixings on the side, just choose an easy letter an...

Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help me with copyright issues please?

Replies: 5

Views: 802

unless you have permission from the company to recreate their logo, you have no rights to do so at all. But having said that, are they going to be bothered to track you down over a job that cost a few quid and especially if it is promoting them. Legally its a no no, but if you put it to a vote I bet...

Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing ali panels to cladding

Replies: 8

Views: 1135

you might want to check the weight of the panels and the loading they will put on the cladding. They are not designed to take anything heavy. You will find they are only designed to take approx 5kg/m2 and that includes the weight of the cladding. Try to fix to an upright support behind the cladding ...

Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what does everyone use for removing glue from windows?

Replies: 12

Views: 1407

thanks for the replies, I think we will definitely try the soapy water method (although sceptical I will wait to be proved wrong).
In this very litigious world you have to show you are doing the right thing..!!

Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what does everyone use for removing glue from windows?

Replies: 12

Views: 1407

I did do a search and neither of those threads turned up :-? I'm particularly interested at the moment because we have just had our hands smacked (very hard actually) for using a solvent in an office environment. My fitter took it upon himself to use it as it was taking too long using the normal met...

Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what does everyone use for removing glue from windows?

Replies: 12

Views: 1407

what does everyone use for removing glue from windows?

Just wondering what you guys do or use for removing the adhesive off glass once you have peeled the film off. We normally use white spirit and meths but it takes time and I thought someone might have come up with a great idea in the past couple of years.

Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: does everyone use universal aluminium?

Replies: 7

Views: 919

for small orders can you not buy through a local distributor, I know Robert Horne (should) stock direx. Maybe there are others.
£25-30 delivery on an illuminated box is not bad though.

Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anyone source a supplier of Di-Bond folded trays please?

Replies: 6

Views: 770

Traybond - 0161 678 8777

cheapest I have found so far

Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can you directly print from a PDF file?

Replies: 4

Views: 1054

you would only want to print onto clear if it is going onto a white background. The inks are transparent and will change colour if applied to a coloured background.
Best to print on white where possible.

Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i remove printing from dibond?

Replies: 14

Views: 1337

the cellulose may attack the surface of the dibond if left on too long.
Can you not use grey back vinyl and overlaminate them?

Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:09 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: where can i source silver anti-tamper vinyl please?

Replies: 3

Views: 643

spandex - trans tec ultra destructable film

bloody good stuff..!!!

edit - sorry just read the title, this is only available in white

Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what can happen when using a cherry picker on a public road

Replies: 14

Views: 1457

Are you speaking to the right person? You need to speak to the Highways Officer for that area. They should be prepared to meet you on site and discuss jobs without any charge, its their job. Normal charges are inline with scaffold permit costs, we had 4m of pavement covered in scaffolding for a week...

Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with copyright issues?

Replies: 96

Views: 7281

Interesting story which has some similarities to this thread (apart from the goblins)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7412671.stm

I love the expression 'To a goblin the rightful and true master of any object is the maker, not the purchaser'

Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with copyright issues?

Replies: 96

Views: 7281

Who is the copyright holder for the Homeserve logo? We would like the think that Homeserve are, but how can we know that for sure? Any half decent design agency would sell a licence to use the logo for a period of time, and not sell the copyright outright. If the product then goes on to become a ma...

Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with copyright issues?

Replies: 96

Views: 7281

the initial post was that someone had been asked to produce a sign from someone else' sketch. In 99% of these cases (and I have seen plenty) you can be pretty sure that no money has changed hands therefore the copyright ownership is automatically placed with the creator of the design. If someone the...

Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with copyright issues?

Replies: 96

Views: 7281

Copyright always remains with the original creator, even if a charge is made, its the same with software and other such 'creative' activities. The payment area only allows the user to use design with the originators permission. With regard to logo's, if someone wants to protect it then they have it ...

Thu May 01, 2008 2:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: whats best method of re-painting an aluminium fascia frame?

Replies: 9

Views: 1614

Peter Dee wrote:Thanks for your comments. Rich, it's already white so I will scurf it and apply some ESP then paint over.


your mind reading tricks will not work on me young jedi......


sorry had to say that, whats ESP?
its obviously not Extra Sensory Perception then.

Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what is everyone else doing with chapter 8 regulations?

Replies: 17

Views: 2295

Don't the plods use 3m diamond vinyl or honeycomb? Karl, the police use diamond grade, as all the emergency services do, next time you see a police car, or an ambulance though, take a closer look, the yellow/flourescent is not diamond grade, if it is the second colour is not, if you understand what...

Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can i source mother of pearl acrylic please?

Replies: 4

Views: 932

there isn't a mother of pearl acrylic, you will probably have to bond a laminate onto a base material. Formica do a MOP laminate in one of their ranges but it would only be suitable for interior. Alternatively I'm sure there is a vinyl that you could laminate onto a base material as well, but the de...

Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone know a supplier of External Display cases?

Replies: 5

Views: 1053

signconex are the people you need

http://www.signconex.co.uk/index.shtml

Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Will I go to Heaven?

Replies: 5

Views: 659

whatever you do don't reply. Even if its a joke or a mickey take. Once they know the email address is live your spam will go through the roof. I have had to close 2 email addresses because staff replied in jest to them. Generally they will try to overpay you 'by mistake' in advance and then ask you ...

Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what should i do with potential customer?

Replies: 10

Views: 1119

definitely contact the other company, they may want to put a bill in for the design, unless they already have done of course in which case he is entitled to use them.
I think you should speak to them anyway just to check, its good for inter-company relations.

Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can you use foamex outside or do you need to treat it?

Replies: 21

Views: 7612

Early foamex materials were only designed for interior use and had no U/V stability, if used outside they went brittle. Modern foamex is a lot more U/V stable but is still only recommended for interior use by the manufacturers. For exterior use they recommend gloss faced pvc. However I can buy alumi...

Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what are the road side sign restrictions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 972

Re: Road side sign restrictions. Knowledge needed.

You have to introduce yourself first mate in the hello forum. then we might just be nice and help you! :D :D I must have missed that one in the board rules?? Jon, you have to find out who the land belongs to first and get the permission of land owner. Even if your customer says it will be OK, I wou...

Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ashby Trade Signs - my experience

Replies: 16

Views: 2024

Peter Dee wrote:So I was right to comment then?


yes - its a discussion forum and as Gavin said you wrote a balanced post detailing your experience.

Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ashby Trade Signs - my experience

Replies: 16

Views: 2024

Completely agree with the orginal post. Ashby are great for off the shelf things, straight from their catalogue etc. but go outside these parameters onto custom work and they seem to fall apart somewhat. But I dont think that is only Ashby I think that is industry wide, no-one wants custom work, the...

Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anybody tell me where i can buy a flame polisher?

Replies: 3

Views: 592

I believe i-spi in Scotland do an imported flame polisher at a reasonable price.

Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: whats the best way of removing fabricated letters?

Replies: 16

Views: 1360

usually braised not soldered I think, Peter You have to solder them on, anything hotter and it tarnishes the face. We do our own. To remove them I would use a long piece of steel angle bar (about 1000mm) put one edge under the letter and lever it off the wall gently, depending on the type of resin ...

Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help please with fitting signs in shopping centres?

Replies: 26

Views: 2395

I might have just been unlucky but so far I have found "Centre Managers" to be little men with something to prove, taking great pleasure from showing how much power they have in their little worlds. . . I know exactly what you mean, but in certain circumstances if he allowed work to be do...

Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i achieve a rusted look onto signage?

Replies: 5

Views: 866

We did some for an exhibition a few years ago, the only way we managed it in the end was to rust a mild steel plate with acid and water, completely dry it out in an oven, then spray with a clear lacquer to prevent further rusting. But the spraying must be the last thing to do after all the drilling ...

Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: should i paint or floodcoat Foamex letters?

Replies: 12

Views: 1699

the edges will be the problem, no matter how many coats you put on it just soaks up the paint and looks awful. We have had some success with PVA glue, painted onto the edges neat before spraying and also cellulose thinners put onto a rag and wipe the edges, which melts the plastic slightly, but you ...

Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help please with fitting signs in shopping centres?

Replies: 26

Views: 2395

Warren, there is nothing wrong with working alone, so long as you have lone working procedures. When one of my lads is lone working, ie. not in a public area but isolated, then we have an agreement that he rings in every 30mins, if he doesn't then we ring him if he doesn't answer then we call the em...

Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help please with fitting signs in shopping centres?

Replies: 26

Views: 2395

I've never been asked about fire rating though - but I guess Forrex / acrylic / sign vinyl should be OK as looking at the specs they are listed as "self extinguishing"? Macky Absolutely not, acrylic is one of the most flammable plastics around, not only does it burn but it then drips and ...

Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help please with fitting signs in shopping centres?

Replies: 26

Views: 2395

you will also have to check what type of sign the centre will allow, usually it is down to a fire rating, class 1 or sometimes even class 0, it will be specified in their fire risk assesment. Both of these pretty much rule out acrylic and foamex. edit: sorry just read the OP, this only about install...

Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: flag supplier needed please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1137

or you could try trounce

www.trounce.co.uk

Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: should i use aluminium or plastic channels for menu board?

Replies: 9

Views: 1233

Gravograph sells it for engraving laminates, not sure if it will accept 3mm though. There is also a company in the north east Engraving Materials, they sell it also.

Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:23 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Engineers..?

Replies: 6

Views: 1885

Thanks guys, mine was none of those but I will give them a ring anyway.

Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:33 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Engineers..?

Replies: 6

Views: 1885

Engineers..?

Anybody know of an independent engineer who services Roland Machines, I did have a number of someone but I have lost it.
Thanks

Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i remove Pig Nose Fittings please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1620

thanks for the replies

Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i remove Pig Nose Fittings please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1620

Thanks Peter, but the only problem is the site is 45 mins away and I cant see my lads being able to make one on site. It would be more cost effective if I can buy one.

Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i remove Pig Nose Fittings please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1620

how do i remove Pig Nose Fittings please?

We have to remove a large glass panel and it has been fitted with what I would term 'Pig Nose Fittings'. They are basically a standard 40-50mm dia stand off spacer, but to tighten them it has 2 holes in the face of the head, not too dissimilar to a hand grinder nut. Anyone know a supplier of these, ...

Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:27 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Does anyone know of any suppliers of bronze sheet?

Replies: 7

Views: 2751

The bronze can be aged by dipping in very hot oil, last time we had this done it was a place in Birmingham, I think Engravamet will know who does this.
The plate needs to be at least 2.0/3.0mm thick because the heat will warp 1.5mm thick.

Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: help needed please...

Replies: 4

Views: 879

You ask 2 signmakers the same question and you will get 3 different answers. There are so many factors here I think you need to do a bit more research, check previous posts, look at adverts, see whats on offer, then come back and ask questions such as 'What is this machine like' and 'Is it suitable ...

Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pro forma invoices. How, what & why?

Replies: 7

Views: 1075

It all depends on how you pay your VAT, I dont know the ins and outs exactly of the accounting system, but if you issue a pro-forma you are not liable to pay the vat until it has been paid and a full invoice issued. So you could issue a pro-forma in February for work to be done in March and your vat...

Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: source needed please for secret sign fixings?

Replies: 12

Views: 1914

DNN Signs wrote:Hi peter I thought the slide on method would allow for some expansion and I could still fit 4 rails.

Neil


The good thing about dibond is that the expansion co-efficient is negligible. The last time I worked it out, over a 16' sign I think it worked out to just under 2.0mm.

Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing Foamex lettering to polished granite shop front?

Replies: 12

Views: 1812

3M recommend most surfaces are abraded where possible before application of any VHB tape. I would give it a light scuffing with wet and dry then clean it with iso. Sanding polished granite - think the owners might say something! I was referring to Myles' question about keying the foamex, not the gr...

Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing Foamex lettering to polished granite shop front?

Replies: 12

Views: 1812

3M recommend most surfaces are abraded where possible before application of any VHB tape. I would give it a light scuffing with wet and dry then clean it with iso. My main advice is to watch the temperature when applying, if its not warm enough or a sharp dip in temp is forecast then don't bother, y...

Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anyone advise who could supply a stencil A3 please?

Replies: 7

Views: 888

martin wrote:You could always try ringing Edward Mathias if you have a spare couple of hours. I know the guy told me about a substrate that people used to make stencils and they may also know which of their customers do this.


classic...!!!

Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: supplier needed for pvc coated posts please?

Replies: 17

Views: 1791

Just called ASD ............ they don't do signposts apparently but may be able to source them. Going to call me back. But the guy says, 'what's your name please' I say 'Marcella' he says ' Oh lovely name ............ but is it your first name or your last name?' :-? :lol1: cant understand that. I ...

Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: supplier needed for pvc coated posts please?

Replies: 17

Views: 1791

ASD metals are usually pretty good

http://www.asdmetalservices.co.uk/

go to the aluminium and stainless section, you will find a sign components section, 114mm posts are in there.

tried to do a link thingy but it wouldn't work for some reason??

Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thoughts on IPAF & PASMA Training?

Replies: 4

Views: 792

It all depends on your client base really. If you deal with large building companies or Blue chip types then yes it is essential. If you are doing shop fronts mostly then I would say not, however councils are supposed to be clamping down if you work off a pavement but we have never been questioned. ...

Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what are peoples views on sign failure and insurance issues?

Replies: 12

Views: 1436

Who uses thermalite on external walls???? Certainly nobody I know, they are all concrete 9" blocks. Thermalite on an external wall wouldnt last 5 minutes you can pick them apart with your hands. :o They are rendered or faced over, see the Hanson website for more details. But we are getting off...

Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what are peoples views on sign failure and insurance issues?

Replies: 12

Views: 1436

You cant use Rawlbolts any more on new construction buildings because the newer bricks have hollow 'frogs' (holes through them) to reduce weight and there is nothing for the bolt to grip to, or it just splits the brick. Unless of course its a block building, not that many new buildings are made fro...

Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what are peoples views on sign failure and insurance issues?

Replies: 12

Views: 1436

whats a chemical anchor? you drill a 12mm approx hole about 50mm deep, clean out the dust and half fill the hole with a special 2 part resin, you then push a threaded rod, approx 6-8 mm dia and 70mm long into the hole. As the resin cures it expands and sets like rock inside the hole, only takes abo...

Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what are peoples views on sign failure and insurance issues?

Replies: 12

Views: 1436

Once the sign is fitted to your customers premises it is part of their building and covered on their insurance, it is their responsibility to maintain it in good condition, as they have done by calling you out to fix it. As a sign maker it is your responsibility to fix a sign securely to cover most ...

Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is anyones business quiet over the christmas period?

Replies: 95

Views: 11109

I think that all the talk of a 'housing crash' and the share prices falling makes people hold on to the money and maybe some of the projects they were going to do get put on the backburner. I don't like the talk but I think at the moment its unavoidable Personally I think it will be a very tight fin...

Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which Pantone books should I buy to color matching?

Replies: 3

Views: 561

definitely the coated colours, the bridging book is a cross reference between CMYK and pantone colours.

BTW if you see a pantone ref like 495C the 'c' means coated or put it another way, gloss.

Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: suggestions please customers keep booking but not appearing?

Replies: 57

Views: 7213

We used to have trouble with people parking and blocking our gate, despite huge signs. What we had on stand by were vinyl letters pre-cut about 4" high saying 'NO PARKING', but the difference was, before they were weeded we ran them through the machine again but with a crosshatch pattern so it ...

Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:15 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Frosted over text

Replies: 5

Views: 817

I would say the 'proper' way to do it would be to cut the lettering out of the etch, fit that to the window and then inlay the coloured vinyl into the etch. Its more work, but thats the only way to do it and achieve 100% results. We sometimes cut the etch with a bigger outline so when you inlay the ...

Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone know if Brown frame is stocked by anyone?

Replies: 4

Views: 534

we used to buy brown anodised panatrim direct from universal components. It was a 'trendy' colour at the time about 15 years ago, not sure if they still do it. Robert Horne will be a distributor I presume or you could ask them direct, they are based in Bristol.

Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can i source connectors for foamex panels please?

Replies: 5

Views: 775

it was for a job i was looking at

http://www.corniche-uk.com/index2.asp?r ... troduction

make sure you are sat down when they give you the price..!!

Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can i source foam advertising hoarding please?

Replies: 5

Views: 955

follow up:-
apparently its a patented system called 'SafeSign', but I cant find any info on it.
I bet it wont be cheap..!!

Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can i source foam advertising hoarding please?

Replies: 5

Views: 955

Thanks for the link Craig, its not quite what I wanted but it is an option.
Just to clarify its not foam pvc panels I require it is soft cushion foam covered in pvc banner material.

Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can i source foam advertising hoarding please?

Replies: 5

Views: 955

where can i source foam advertising hoarding please?

I was at a rugby club today and they had a toblerone shaped hoarding. Each section was 2000mm long and the 2 visible faces were 900 deep, there were 2 rows of velcro top and bottom to both sides to attach a pvc banner to them. I need to source some more as the club are having a big launch, has anyon...

Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help have a problem with locators & rynabond

Replies: 12

Views: 1343

you have to be careful which acrylic adhesive you choose, the heat some of them give off when curing can pass through the letter and dimple the face. I would test first and leave for 3-4 hours to see.

Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help need a TRADE stencil supplier please?

Replies: 4

Views: 727

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Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can i get post mounted lockable menu boxes?

Replies: 2

Views: 450

Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Very thin white PVC?

Replies: 8

Views: 1309

Europoint do one called Genotherm, its a proper pvc material unlike HIPS which is not suitable for outdoor use. I find it scratches less as well.

Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Helvetica, the most common font gets a documentary

Replies: 30

Views: 2454

best part of the program was the designer who was so fed up of using helvetica, he decided to use the most random font he could so he went to the end of his font list and there was 'Zapf Dingbats'. He said you couldnt read it, but it wasnt worth reading in the first place.

Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: ... and another query

Replies: 7

Views: 1249

any polyester anti-graffiti film should work as a dry wipe, we use the one from Europoint for that very reason

Robert Horne do a dry wipe sheet buts its only 0.8mm thick, requires bonding to something and is very brittle. But its cheap.

Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ladders

Replies: 5

Views: 1147

There is no specific limit to when or how high, the only criteria is when it is safe and reasonably practicable to do so. If you are fitting one small sign 2' x 2' about 12' up, use a ladder so long as it is safe and erected correctly and you have done a risk assesment (you have, haven't you ?) If t...

Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material Help please

Replies: 9

Views: 1389

Warren, I have posted before about finishing the edges on foam pvc letters, the problem is that the routers will not/cannot cut through in one pass and has to step down 10mm at time which results in a stepping on the side of the letters, then you have the problem of sealing the edges, if you dont th...

Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material Help please

Replies: 9

Views: 1389

I think these guys are quite a big chain, so they may be resin cast letters (from a mould). I have seen them only briefly and they do look good. edit - isnt that a photocell on the first picture, if so the sign might be illuminated (letters only by the look of things) if thats the case then they wil...

Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Window Graphics, Help

Replies: 11

Views: 1742

we have had some success printing onto frosted etch for this type of work. Its not perfect, not as good as white but much better than double printing.
If it was on an oval then you wouldnt get a hard edge like the white.

Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: thick lettering

Replies: 11

Views: 1714

you need hot wire cut polystyrene letters, I have seen an advert somewhere, I will have a look.

edit: these werent the guys I was thinking of but they do similar
http://www.hampshireinsulations.co.uk/gallery.php

Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rain & fitting

Replies: 32

Views: 5104

we have 24v and 18v dewalts, the lads use the 18 mostly because the 24v is too heavy for general use (assembling frames, drilling timber etc), for drilling brick or concrete we have a 110v sds (bosch - better at sds than dewalt). But in answer to your question yes you can use a 24v hand held in the ...

Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lightweight signbox materials

Replies: 1

Views: 443

Depending on the construction, you may have problems with foamex expanding and contracting with heat changes.
I would probably look to Dibond or equivalent, I think I read somewhere they also make a honeycomb centre dibond which is even lighter.

Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:37 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Removal of ink from acrylic tips

Replies: 2

Views: 652

if it is a solvent ink then this will have already attacked the surface and there will be a shadow. If the dome has been heat formed then you won't be able to use anything on it apart from soap and water because the acrylic will craze, even with meths. If it has been cast, then I would start with th...

Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: NHS Hospital door signs - text size?

Replies: 4

Views: 957

if your sign is 300 mm long then it is a 'u' or a 'v' style sign. x height for one of these is 15.0mm. Note that the 'x' height is a lower case x and all text lines are centered vertically on the lower case letters not the capitals. This can all be found in the Health Technical Memorandum 65 (HTM65)...

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Quoting and supplying measurements

Replies: 14

Views: 1603

I always supply approximate sizes only on my quotes, but just out of interest, how many people supply a visual or a proof, free of charge with the quote? I only do it for existing customers, new ones who I am sure are just obtaining as many quotes as possible just get a written quote.

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 5mm Dibond supplier?

Replies: 8

Views: 1658

I've only ever heard of 2, 3 and 4mm, most companies seem to have ditched the 2 and 4mm and just concentrate on the 3.
Perspex distribution sell 'proper' dibond they would know.

Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printed Security Decals

Replies: 9

Views: 1052

you are never really going to get a 100% solution to this problem, because the whole idea of 'tamper evident' labels/vinyl is that they are difficult to remove, the avery vinyl mentioned earlier is a great product for computer seals and such like, but if you ever have to clean one off, good luck to ...

Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone know of a guide for distance legibility?

Replies: 18

Views: 2272

for legibility, I have always recommended 1" of letter height for every 10' of distance. So to read a sign 40' away you would require 4" letters, thats minimum height by BTW.

Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Glue for locators

Replies: 13

Views: 1469

We have the same problem with fabricating the mirror finish dibond. The problem is the 2 part acrylic adhesives (techbond etc) give off heat when they cure, soften the core of the dibond and create the dimple on the face. When we have had to fix locoators to the back we have cut small acrylic square...

Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What material is this?

Replies: 31

Views: 2836

good idea Jason and it might have to be my only option. Although it is not letters I am attaching it is a 8mm sheet of acrylic (2200mm X 900mm) sitting on 10 standoffs. It still might be my only option though. cheers Warren that will be a very heavy sign, if you are standing it off on spacers then ...

Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Please Wait here to be seated!

Replies: 1

Views: 1276

you might have an outside chance with signconex

www.signconex.co.uk

Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Window etching regulations

Replies: 11

Views: 1400

I think you might need 2 rows. This is what I was told from Building Control last week on a job

The two bands need to fall between the following guideline levels to meet with Building Control:


Lower Band: 850mm – 1000mm.


Higher Band: 1400mm – 1600mm.

Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: paint or floodcoat metal sign

Replies: 10

Views: 1211

sorry, but am I missing the point here.
Why can you not just float on another layer of vinyl to obscure the showthrough? Its only 2 mins work and £1 in vinyl

Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Modular sign supplier needed

Replies: 4

Views: 932

spandex infopanel used to have a special light trough which bolted to the top of their signs. You will need to contact your local spandex signbuild centre.

Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:43 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: cannot get vinyl to stay in recesses of transit vans?

Replies: 23

Views: 5861

If the adhesive is coming away from the vinyl then the pre-heat was too hot and it has delaminated.
It is better to use less heat on the pre-heat stage if you do not have a temp gun. Once it is applied to the vehicle the metal panels act like a big heat conductor and the heat time is not as critical.

Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help Needed!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 2474

I think insight used to do a retro-fit framing system for flex faces, it replaces the standard beading on a light box..wait one....

yes here

http://www.insightsignsystems.com/spectraspeedflex.htm

bottom of page there is a 'retrofit' option

Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Russian Signs

Replies: 10

Views: 2196

You can download free Cyrillic fonts with instructions on how to use them on a western keyboard.

Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone advise me where i can buy Ruby film?

Replies: 6

Views: 982

I have found that spandex sells the best quality rubyfilm, SM3 is their reference, its not the cheapest but it weeds quickly and without fuss, the others tend to lift off the backing a lot. Tried the vinyl onto clear thing sometime ago, worked for big stuff ok, but any small lettering had trouble ex...

Tue Jul 10, 2007 11:26 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can some tell me of a supplier for coloured etch vinyl?

Replies: 10

Views: 1344

i only know of the subtle colouring of etch from companies like oracal and 3m but i do know MACtac do it also... someone else too but i cant think of the name. could it possibly have been printed onto? I thought it may have been, if it has it is very very good quality, I cant attack it with some so...

Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can some tell me of a supplier for coloured etch vinyl?

Replies: 10

Views: 1344

can some tell me of a supplier for coloured etch vinyl?

anyone know a supplier for coloured etch film, i'm aware of the 'tint' colours (rose, mint, gold etc) from 3M and oracal but I have a sample card here with some very deep colours, specifically the one I am after is like an ultramarine blue there is a reference of mid blue 52bb 15/410 printed on it, ...

Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pantone match please

Replies: 7

Views: 1047

not sure if this is quite what you want, but I have an Oracal 851 metallic swatch and there is a colour ref 677 'fir green metallic' which is not bad.

Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plastic fabricators in the North West

Replies: 5

Views: 766

Robert Lambie wrote:have you tried http://www.built-ups.com/ ?
ask to speak to paul davenport...


built ups.com have gone bust, big shame. try Floreeda in stockport or Plastic formers in Denton

Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foam PVC - sealing the edges?

Replies: 2

Views: 568

Thanks Martin, the only problem is that there are 44 letters, lots of 'S' and 'A's as well.
Elbow grease it is then.

Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foam PVC - sealing the edges?

Replies: 2

Views: 568

Foam PVC - sealing the edges?

we are spraying some 20mm letters at the moment and in the past we have had to seal the edges with PVA to stop the paint being absorbed, even after 2/3 coats it still absorbs the paint and you cant get a good finish. The problem is the PVA has to be hand painted on and does not leave a good finish. ...

Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Internal Notice Boards

Replies: 16

Views: 1607

you need to look at sundeala board, comes in different colours, we have screenprinted it in the past, not sure if it would take vinyl though.

www.sundeala.co.uk

Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: My Workshop

Replies: 27

Views: 2464

Re: reply

Lynn all the wood is going to China along with the steel and cement My local supplier had the last delivery of timber in January and they have their own forest somewhere abroad. Lee I really cant buy in to these stories, it seems to me that everytime a supplier/stockist has to put their costs up th...

Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how to price for design work

Replies: 57

Views: 5851

A good rate for design work would be £25-£30 per hour for a qualified designer. I think the main point here is the relationship with the client, if this is an existing customer and you have a good working relationship then I dont think you should make an initial charge, just make sure it is covered ...

Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: preventing warping

Replies: 6

Views: 872

I agree with nik, clear vinyl laminate or polyester anti graffiti laminate if thats going to be a problem as well.

Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Galvanised sign posts

Replies: 4

Views: 732

ASD metals do them pre-coloured

Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stolen letters

Replies: 7

Views: 1031

thanks all

Tue Jun 19, 2007 3:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stolen letters

Replies: 7

Views: 1031

Stolen letters

a customer has had some letters stolen of his facia, they were brush dibond and mounted on simplefix locators, they are out of reach to a degree (approx 2.5m) but someone has still managed to nick some of them. Anybody got any ideas on how to make them more secure? Glue is an obvious one but Externa...

Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Direction Sign question

Replies: 6

Views: 723

if it is a sign with multiple directions ie. some to the left and some to the right then I would centre the text. If it is one locatation and and arrow then I would centre the text and the arrow, but you need to put the arrow a little further over to the edge because the point creates an optical ill...

Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: very cold signage materials ?

Replies: 5

Views: 884

I think you will find that there will be suitable materials out there dibond, 3M vinyl etc. Have you thought about how you are fixing them, I dont know of a tape that performs that cold and I dont think you can drill into fridge walls.

Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:15 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Screen print or not?

Replies: 6

Views: 2330

from a cost and labour point of view its going to be cheaper and quicker to screenprint. The only drawback is how long the printing will last, these type of signs take quite a bit of abuse and I can see them getting scratched pretty quickly (maybe a clear protective laminate?). Yes you can screenpri...

Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just like to share with you a bad day at the office!!

Replies: 12

Views: 1452

especially if its toughened glass, for some reason when we apply etch panels to toughened glass they take twice as long to dry as normal or laminated glass

Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billboard printing

Replies: 7

Views: 941

oops, no idea how I got those prices, apologies.

18sqm should be £450.

In my defence I had one eye on my lunch, one on the computer and another one on 2 workers who were on top of an 18 story block of flats with a sloping roof that I can see out of my window.






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Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How far do you go?

Replies: 16

Views: 1627

Cheryl Smith wrote:It has taken me a while to learn this,.........but you know.....its okay to say no.


100% agree with this, it helps to keep your sanity and enables me to see the kids once in a while.

also... you might not know this... but....

The customer is NOT always right!

Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billboard printing

Replies: 7

Views: 941

£170.00 to joe public, assuming they can supply suitable quality artwork in a finished state.





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Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: anyone seen a good directory system?

Replies: 5

Views: 813

thanks guys, I will look into these options.

Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: POP175 MEDIA OR ROLL UP

Replies: 8

Views: 989

europoint do a product called 'hydrosol' great stuff, easy to print and reasonable priced but it can take a while to dry. You should be able to beat your current price.

Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: anyone seen a good directory system?

Replies: 5

Views: 813

anyone seen a good directory system?

i've been using Spandex Slatz for years, but I have never seen anything other to use. Has anyone else, I have to do a directory for a building with about 50 tenants and it has to be easily changeable, I cannot go out to change the lettering on so it needs to have removeable panels that the client ca...

Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pennants

Replies: 4

Views: 718

trounce in Manchester

Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Luminous - "Glow in the dark" 2 colour laminate su

Replies: 7

Views: 1627

europoint sell photoluminescent as well

Fri May 25, 2007 9:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pop up exhibitions / what material?

Replies: 7

Views: 918

its called hydrosol from europoint it comes in a few different weights and finishes, matt, gloss, blockout.
It prints really nice on our soljet, photographic quality.

Thu May 24, 2007 9:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Re-cycling of sign waste?

Replies: 21

Views: 2139

the only items that we can re-cycle are metals, brass, ali, stainless (which we weigh in every now and then) and Acrylic which can be recycled and there are some companies that will collect it for free if there is enough. The rest is just scrap and not worth re-cycling, it costs more to process it t...

Mon May 21, 2007 5:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: HELP WITH PAINTING OVER PRINTED VINYL

Replies: 6

Views: 1056

alternatively we have painted over printed vinyls after they had been laminated in anti-graffiti film to protect the print

Fri May 18, 2007 4:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Acrylic on DiBond Tray

Replies: 19

Views: 2065

VHB will be fine but you will have to run the tape along the 2000mm length on the long piece otherwise it will buckle

Tue May 15, 2007 1:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of commercial maps required !

Replies: 4

Views: 868

we just purchased one from A to Z, it worked out at £100+vat for about a 4km x 4km area, the actual map was only £25.00 and the rest is legal and licencing fees. http://www.a-zmaps.co.uk seems its the in thing at the moment for estate agents, ours was a 2m x 2m on stand off spacers on the reverse of...

Thu May 10, 2007 3:31 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: can anyone help me source stain/ghost remover please?

Replies: 5

Views: 4067

its not really a health and safety issue if you take suitable precautions. The main issue is washing off the solvent in the bay, the water board (united utlilities) dont like it one bit as the solvent floats on top of the water and collects in the holding tanks and causes a fire hazard. Dont ask me ...

Thu May 10, 2007 3:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Door name plates - suitable material?

Replies: 9

Views: 1733

if you dont have engraving facilities, try 3mm clear perspex, put the lettering on the reverse (cut in reverse obviously) then spray the back in light coats, gold/silver or any colour, when dry laminate in vinyl for protection. The advantage of this is that it looks good and kids cant pick the lette...

Wed May 09, 2007 10:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Felt edged Avery squeegee, Where to get it

Replies: 13

Views: 2585

Solar sign supplies sell them 01829 773030

Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help !!!

Replies: 8

Views: 1086

you can hand polish in an emergency. scrape edges to remove any saw marks, sand down with a 240 grit wet and dry with plenty of soapy water, then 600 then 800 etc until you get a nice flat finish, then just t-cut it and it comes up clear. alternatively you can buy a small hand held butane torch, ele...

Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: advice on a legal matter

Replies: 53

Views: 4149

If your terms state that ownership stays with you until paid for in full then it is still yours and you can reclaim your goods at any time. It doesn't matter whether the sign is screwed to a wall, or leaning up against it. If your terms have a right of entry to recover unpaid goods then you can do ...

Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: NO SMOKING LAW IN ENGLAND

Replies: 11

Views: 1732

to give it its proper reference its Oracal 1680-10, and its designed with a high performance adhesive to stick to most surfaces including polyprop and other tricky materials. I think its only available in packs of 100 sheets and its twice the price of normal stuff. edit - just found this link http:/...

Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what would you price this at?

Replies: 36

Views: 3672

Have you tried digitally printing onto clear vinyl. I think you will find the inks are translucent and it will not work unless you can print white with your cadet.

Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anybody know what this is?

Replies: 8

Views: 1417

rather than the cost of the ali you will struggle more to find someone who will do the alocrom coating for you. A powdercoaters would be my first port of call. edit: a bit more research shows it is an anodised coating so it will require to be dipped in a solution and will need a hole (or holes) to s...

Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Installations in shopping centres & dealing with Jobswor

Replies: 14

Views: 2072

Well apparently we are all doomed anyway, Steve Martin of XMO Strata (a nationwide fitting company) has written a book and to quote Sign Link magazine ' blows the whistle on alleged scams, frauds, dodges and health and safety breaches which he claims occur through the sign industry' Now I know this ...

Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Im looking for the name of the company that...

Replies: 2

Views: 788

i know what you mean and I cant remember who did it some time ago, but 3M have just launched one, its in the Jan/Feb issue of Sign Directions

Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pantone to RAL

Replies: 4

Views: 936

I agree, nothing even remotely close

Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: wire display systems

Replies: 9

Views: 1187

hobday are the best 'value for money', it aint cheap though

Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pro's and Cons of FlexFace signs !

Replies: 11

Views: 1705

great for large stuff without joins and for re-producing full colour graphics to illuminate. Especially good for long signs (20-30m)
Must be out of harms way though as they are quite prone to slashing from our beautiful youth of today.

Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade Magazines

Replies: 6

Views: 1349

Yes they are very heavy on the advertising. But none of them are any practical use, in fact there is one that I positively loathe, they have the owner of signfitting company sprouting on about health and safety and how we all have to embrace it at every opportunity and the amount of column inches he...

Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Council Regulations

Replies: 22

Views: 2826

if you are replacing an existing sign of similar size and specification then the original planning consent is deemed sufficient. You only need to start worrying about materials if it is a listed property and protected. There is a guide you can obtain from the council about advertising consent, its a...

Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: RAL 6024 to Pantone colour

Replies: 2

Views: 1224

if you speak very nicely to trimite the paint manufacturers they will send you their colour card which includes about 100 ral colours on it. I have found it very useful in the past.

Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: fixings supplier reqd

Replies: 4

Views: 868

you may be able to get 40mm pipe clips for wall fixing, in metal from a plumbers merchants, most uk waste pipe is 40mm.

Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Teflon Squeege

Replies: 6

Views: 994

can you let us know where you get them from. Do they mark vinyl at all when you are rubbing down?

we are using friction sleeves at the moment but they arent the best.

Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Working from home......... and the council!

Replies: 41

Views: 3616

you are perfectly entitled to work from home without planning permission so long as:- the building is a home first and business second (one bedroom in a 2000 sq/ft workshop does not get domestic rates) you do not alter the external shape of the building there is no significant increase in foot or mo...

Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WEBSITE will it benefit our business

Replies: 20

Views: 4308

Martin - what text are you using as a search criteria signs stockport engraving stockport screenprinting stockport all come up first page, its impossible to cover every single angle from all over the country, but then I dont want to be national, plus yellow pages has a very small area coverage in my...

Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WEBSITE will it benefit our business

Replies: 20

Views: 4308

sorry david (rogers) I cant agree with your comments on my post, I have 'been there and done it' spent hundreds of pounds on software to make my own site, bought books and then spent 2 weeks trying to understand it and write a site, it looked OK and lasted 2 years but was nothing like what we have n...

Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fabric Paint ? any suggestions ?

Replies: 4

Views: 918

we have screen printed similar in the past, but the material is so porous it requires 4 or 5 pulls to get the required density.

DIY - can you not get an iron on flock or similar and iron it on?

Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: hard hats

Replies: 2

Views: 706

Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WEBSITE will it benefit our business

Replies: 20

Views: 4308

do it..!! it has high initial setup costs, ours was £500 plus the domain name and space rental, but it is a very good sales tool. 2 things:- you need to take good quality photos of your work, not just scanned photos, digital originals in high quality. have the website designed properly and have it '...

Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:14 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: help please with sending a job to winplot in coralX3?

Replies: 7

Views: 2817

if the file is too large, the postscript interpreter (eps) will break the file down into smaller sections, which may involve cutting a letter in half, so a normal printer buffer can handle it. If you break apart any graphics into small sections and convert any large paragraphs of text into graphics ...

Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stencils for the ground advice required

Replies: 8

Views: 1089

quick tip - the ground must be bone dry and swept clean 2 or 3 times, otherwise it breaks down very quickly.

Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: ANY IDEA WHERE I CAN GET HOLD OF THESE?

Replies: 14

Views: 1985

try green brothers

www.greensigns.co.uk

they used to do street signs, still do I think

Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: which adhesive is best?

Replies: 13

Views: 2946

have a look here

http://www.brettmartin.com/semifinished ... sives.aspx

tensol has THF in it but we have never had much success, 2 part epoxies seem the way to go but as a previous poster said I always put a couple or three screws through hanging strips, just to make sure.

Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: the best sign I've ever seen

Replies: 37

Views: 4220

its exactly how a digital print head works but instead of ink they are using water and instead of spraying it onto a material they are letting it fall against a backdrop.
There must be a row of computer controlled nozzles in the trough above.
Very very clever.

Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Matching RAL Paint colours

Replies: 6

Views: 1113

For option 1 we would use our local car paint supplier, he can match most Ral colours in an aerosol, probably best in industrial cellulose, spray the letters first with plastic primer from halfords, then spray the letters with the colour matched paint. Cost is about £12.00+vat per aerosol, one can w...

Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:16 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: can anyone help me source a washout booth (small) please?

Replies: 3

Views: 3429

We have made small dip tanks before from 'extruded pvc' sheet which was about 5mm thick, cuts fine with a circular saw and our plastic supplier supplied us with a glue that melted the plastic together, we then just ran some silicon sealant around the inside to make it water tight. You can have them ...

Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:00 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i cut curtain side vinyl on my plotter?

Replies: 12

Views: 2913

An additional not to this:-
Banner Vinyl is NOT the same as curtain side vinyl
The curtain side vinyl has a much more aggressive adhesive and is a lot thicker.
Don't ask me how I know

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