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Sun May 19, 2019 3:53 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help with CNC Router Bits please?

Replies: 6

Views: 276

Re: Help with CNC Bits Please

I appreciate this may sound like a waste of money but... If I was in your shoes. I would bin all the used bits and all the bits you are not "100% sure" on what they are for. The thing is, you will have a trial and error process trying to work out what's what? some will be blunt, some will ...

Fri May 17, 2019 10:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What vinyl is this? Metallic green. Opinions please?

Replies: 5

Views: 223

Re: What vinyl is this? Metallic green

That's a 3M backing paper if it helps narrow it down. if 3M... why the letter "a" and looks like an "l" next to it in a serif font? it is the carrying paper that is throwing me on any suggestions I may have! I have just checked the following vehicle wrap swatch books, even n old...

Thu May 16, 2019 9:55 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help with CNC Router Bits please?

Replies: 6

Views: 276

Re: Help with CNC Bits Please

Number 7 are "Engraving" Bits. the trouble with these is if they are not "marked on the side" the diameter of the head/tip. it's very difficult to set up accurately in the software with regards to when milling passes. we would use these for engraving brass, laminates and the like...

Thu May 16, 2019 8:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Oracal, Thermo chromatic vinyl or other brand please?

Replies: 2

Views: 153

Re: Oracal, Thermo chromatic vinyl or other brand please?

The only two UK suppliers I would expect you to get this Oracal product from would be Europoint or Spandex.

Re: CNC Letter fallen off shop facia

ahh... posts have gone in before I hit submit. OK, I see it's onto painted wood and was a bit tacky. that tacky surface tells you "something" is not right as the paint hasn't properly cured. I am not saying the tape is now the right one used now. I am just saying the surface it is bonding ...

Re: CNC Letter fallen off shop facia

there could be various reasons for the fail... The tape might be the wrong type for the surface it is adhering to. if the tape is the correct type, then the surface may not have been prepped properly before applying. When I say prep, I don't necessarily mean a primer/promoter etc It maybe needs to b...

Tue May 07, 2019 5:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Will you wrap this spoiler without cut?

Replies: 4

Views: 360

Re: Will you wrap this spoiler without cut?

if you are using SLX I assume it is a "Printed wrap"? if its a print, you are going to struggle with colour shift over anything else. granted some designs are more forgiving that others. if it was a solid colour change film. you could apply the vinyl "FIRST" into the bad area on ...

Tue May 07, 2019 4:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign maker insurance, advice needed please?

Replies: 3

Views: 255

Re: Sign maker insurance, advice needed please?

Obviously, shop around, but have a look at SignElite Insurance which is tailored for the sign industry. https://signelite.co.uk

Wed May 01, 2019 4:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 1531

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

I have mostly used Oracal for the past 18 years. 751 was originally a polymeric calendered vinyl. It handled, applied, weeded, cut excellently... Oracal later upgraded the 751 to 751c when they changed it to a Cast film and introduced 551 polymeric to take its place. Cast films are known as a more d...

Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello again'ish old friends

Replies: 2

Views: 245

Re: Hello again'ish old friends

bubbles wrote:Hi all,
Thought I would pop in and say hello. I haven't been around in years and by the looks of it everything has changed.
Some of you will know me as jaggedpixel and I look forward to catching up with you all. :smiles:
good to see you back on the boards mate. hope all is well!

Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: ISA Sign Expo Las Vegas

Replies: 6

Views: 415

Re: ISA Sign Expo Las Vegas

Hi Warren!
I'm here mate. Currently on Freemont Street.
I'm here till Sunday. call me and we can meet up.

Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Opinions on wrapping with Oracal 970RA

Replies: 8

Views: 456

Re: Opinions on wrapping with Oracal 970RA

Oracal 970RA is the air release version you would want David.

Watch on youtube.com

Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Beej says hi - its been too long

Replies: 10

Views: 540

Re: Beej says hi - its been too long

Beej Curtis wrote:Thanks for your help Rob :)

All good now on the iMac so will log into the App too.
Look fwd to chatting and sharing more on here soon..

Beej



great stuff, and good to see you back in the swing of things Beej... look forward to seeing more of your posts on the boards mate. :thumbsup:

Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Beej says hi - its been too long

Replies: 10

Views: 540

Re: Beej says hi - its been too long

Beej, great to see you on here again mate, hope all is great with you!
please contact me on rob@uksignboards.com and include any info/updates you want to be applied to your account and i will organise it a.s.a.p.

Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

Replies: 17

Views: 1450

Re: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

NeilRoss wrote:
Phill Fenton wrote:Would you believe it...I've just been sent the artwork for the 15 vans...


I hate to think what you were searching for when you found that photo, Phill! :shocked:


He didn't need to search, he had it bookmarked under his favourites! :wink: :lol:

Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help Finding Back Soon Clock Sign

Replies: 7

Views: 363

Re: Help Finding Back Soon Clock Sign

looks good Warren.

I was going to say you could just cut foamex or composite with a Stanley knife for the hands and a nut, bolt and washers. job done...

Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 1531

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

Thanks guys, I thought it was a cast, not sure where I got that from. Ok maybe not laminate on to that then, I have some Avery cast in stock so could maybe use that or attempt it without, I might do a trial as I have the van for a few days and some 751 in stock. It’s a “cylinder” cast. So I would i...

Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751, advice please?

Replies: 37

Views: 1531

Re: Wrapping a vehicle in Oracal 751

I thought MDX was a calendared polymeric??

Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Help sourcing Arlon Wrap Training in the UK please?

Replies: 8

Views: 515

Re: Help sourcing Arlon Wrap Training in the UK please?

Chris at Shore is a freind of mine and sat his test with either William Smith or Spandex.
I've never heard of Walsh in Ireland.

Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:18 pm

Forum: Gallery

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

Replies: 31

Views: 2579

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

the overall look of the vehicle along with the wrap looks good mate. well done... :thumbsup:

£51,000???? after spending that much you would have thought they would ahve at least gave him a rear bumper!!! :shake: :wink: :lol: :lol:

Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help sourcing a Altuglas P10 supplier please?

Replies: 1

Views: 246

Re: Help sourcing a Altuglas P10 supplier please?

If you are struggling, I would contact Altuglas direct via their website and ask for your closest stockist of their products. altuglas.com I purchased Altuglas acrylic recently from Europoint, Glasgow just recently and I know they have a range of adhesives in stock, but unsure on that specific type ...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help sourcing 6mm Aluminium Composite please?

Replies: 6

Views: 474

Re: Help sourcing 6mm Aluminium Composite please?

We used a bunch of 10x5ft sheets at 4mm thick just recently and the weight difference when handling is considerable. As has been said, if it is more for packing to fit the rail mouth you could cut straps and VHB tape them together. if the depth is pretty deep and you want to keep it rigid. you could...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:42 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Have you ever used a Direct to Garment T-shirt printer?

Replies: 5

Views: 1203

Re: Have you ever used direct T shirt printer?

Just reading this thread, some good advice there Denise! I love the DTG machines and what they are capable of doing, same applies for the small UV desktop printers like the Mimaki one... but for the investment, you really need to have an existing customer base to keep it going or you need to be focu...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Applying vinyl lettering to stone, advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 559

Re: Applying vinyl lettering to stone, advice please?

if you are going the Black Fomex flat cut letters route, another good foam stick tape is Oracal's Orabond® 1812TM Double-Sided Tape. There are lots of high-grab tapes on the market these days but it's best checking the spec to see how they perform against certain surfaces "long term". Same...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Forum: Gallery

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

Replies: 31

Views: 2579

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

Some very nice work there Kev, I like the Camper Van best. simple design but very effective.
did you contour cut around the high section of the trees or is it 100% panel coverage?

Thanks for taking the time to share your work!

Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pop Up Gazebo? advice for a portable workshop please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1939

Re: Pop Up Gazebo? advice for a portable workshop please?

Came across this post and thought I would add some other options now available, some example in the following videos. for the record, I spent a fair bit of time researching and visiting companies that manufacture quickly to erect portable workshops. There are some very durable suitable ones out ther...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Evening ya'll from Gateshead.

Replies: 1

Views: 180

Re: Evening ya'll from Gateshead.

welcome to the boards Stuart, great to have you here mate and thanks for taking the time to post load your picture.

Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Help sourcing Arlon Wrap Training in the UK please?

Replies: 8

Views: 515

Re: Help sourcing Arlon Wrap Training in the UK please?

For UK mainland you are only going to have the option of two and that is William Smith or Spandex as that is their distributors.

Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:09 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Help sourcing Arlon Wrap Training in the UK please?

Replies: 8

Views: 515

Re: Arlon Wrap Training UK

Closest to you would be William Smiths

Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Replies: 21

Views: 1423

Re: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

I had a busy Wednesday, but I was also unwell with a touch of food poisoning I think. As a result, I never got to see a great deal of the show between meetings... smaller, maybe... but then again, I did walk by lots of stands and most reps on the stands appeared to be engaged with customers. to the ...

Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Replies: 21

Views: 1423

Re: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

A few of us going Tuesday as enjoy the quieter atmosphere and the sales guys are still excited [emoji38] :lol: :lol: :lol: Rubbish... Warren cannot handle the bar area around 2 pm on Thursday. :wink: I will be there around that time on Wednesday....and, if I meet you in Wotherspoon's I promise to b...

Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:50 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand lettering on nylon - which paint / ink to use ?

Replies: 2

Views: 492

Re: Hand lettering on nylon - which paint / ink to use ?

Personally, I would "try" screen ink." Apollo Ink" is a good choice! if the surface is textured nylon the ink will bleed under the vinyl stencil. if it is smooth nylon, I would think the bleed issue would be fine. If bleed is an issue, try using very little ink at a time. persona...

Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:58 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Optically clear vinyl, advice needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 583

Re: Optically clear vinyl

I could be wrong, but I would imagine the colours should be semi-transparent so that you can see the reflection of the mirror beneath the colours printed on the surface. similar to a stained glass mirror. if printed onto white vinyl you will have a total block out. or, as you say... maybe the graphi...

Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Optically clear vinyl, advice needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 583

Re: Optically clear vinyl

William Smiths supply optically clear vinyl, williamsmith.co.uk Ian, clear can be used in various instances, ill even use it controvision depending on for who its for and the type of finish they require. but it's not fully transparent and for things viewed close and especially the likes of a mirror ...

Re: Silver Chrome and Gold - what is your favorite vinyl that you use for years.

The only way to increase the life of a chrome finish "polyester" vinyl type film is to mount it to a base of vinyl. i.e. a chrome letter sat on top of a black letter to form a chrome letter with a black outline. (hope that makes sense) however, chrome films are all short term and the colou...

Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

Replies: 17

Views: 1450

Re: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

A few years ago I had three customers in our reception at once. Staff on lunch and I was running about daft getting keys for the customer's vans etc. One of the customers was picking up a small sign... a guy I had never seen before squeezes in at the back of the rest of them and as I am handing over...

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

Mounters mate 100%. More I use ours more I love it. Give Omar a shout. I think rob has one to and plenty of others in here. Yes, I have a "mounters mate" also... had a seal one before that for many years. the mounters mate is very easy laminator to set up and run true 50 metres roll-to-ro...

Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear heavy grip vinyl for panel cover

Replies: 4

Views: 340

Re: Clear heavy grip vinyl for panel cover

It sounds like you need a " low energy surface " vinyl. most good vinyl suppliers will have their version of this. This sticks to things like mudguards, machine parts and the like. There is also a "higher" grip/grab version again of this that adheres to a wider range of difficult...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 730

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

you Pay for G-suit and don't use it for email? :awkward: the whole platform is self-contained and seamless, even youtube, your Google Analytics, Google Calendar, MyMaps and MyBusiness etc and anything else owned by Google all interlinks at a click... and helps tie your website and all else on a sing...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Time for a website I think. Advice needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 356

Re: Time for a website I think.

quick reply for now...
http://www.wix.com

build some free sites, delete them and make another till you want to start for a paid version. very easy to use.

Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 730

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

My post above doesn't just apply to my weekends. This is how I work 7 days a week. And anyone that knows me well will know I am still sending out emails around 3am in the morning and have been for the past 18 of my 29 years in this industry. This is not because "I must" or that my life is ...

Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

Replies: 13

Views: 730

Re: Do you deal with out of hours emails?

do we ever truly leave work at work? If you want to completely shut off from weekend work... Apply the "auto-responder" saying: "thank you for your email, we will respond a.s.a.p. our hours of business are blah blah blah" I use Google business to host all UKSB and my Sign Busines...

Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyl Application Roller for rough surfaces. Advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 451

Re: Roller for rough surfaces

William Smiths do a range of masonry/brick application tools. http://www.williamsmith.co.uk I don't do a lot of masonry applications, but I have been using the Rollepro for about 12 years, maybe more. Craig Brown of Signs Express was buying in a batch back then and offered to get me one also as I sa...

Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:30 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone recommend a Gold leaf effect vinyl.

Replies: 3

Views: 300

Re: Can anyone recommend a Gold leaf effect vinyl.

i think SignGold Gold Leaf has some nice authentic finishes.
I forget the UK distributor for it, maybe Doro?

Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:23 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland TrueVis SG Printers, views and opinions please?

Replies: 28

Views: 2332

Re: Roland TrueVis SG Printers, views and opinions please?

There was a thread recently on here that was talking about the issues that truevis owners are having with the ink thinning during vehicle wrapping. Apparently some manufacturers won’t warranty issues with vehicle wrap materials on truevis printers that involve the print going light on stretched are...

Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dave Rowland says... "ello" again.

Replies: 19

Views: 1585

Re: Dave says " 'ello"

Good to see you posting back on the boards instead of through letterboxes Dave! :wink: You have me on Facebook, so you know I keep up to speed on what you are up to and the hard times you have been through also mate, which cannot be easy! It is good to see you back on the boards and for what its wor...

Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:01 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: application sheet not tacky enough for post

Replies: 7

Views: 470

Re: application sheet not tacky enough for post

what are you currently using?
is it an old roll?
are you squegeeing it down once applied?

Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:59 pm

Forum: HP Printers

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

Replies: 6

Views: 489

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

Quick reply... it's not fumes / smoke it's a condensation type mist. We have a couple of latex machines and get it once in a blue moon.

Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:14 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Neon sign magazine or stockiest of supplies required

Replies: 2

Views: 612

Re: Neon sign magazine or stockiest of supplies required

I can't really help with the magazine side of it, but before getting involved in neon look into the limitations of neon these days on the high streets. I am going back maybe "17-18 years" now but I looked into adding neon to what we offer and was very surprised about the cost difference in...

Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:04 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Arlon DPF 6100XLP- how is it, views and opinions?

Replies: 6

Views: 606

Re: Arlon DPF 6100XLP- how is it

sorry mate, not sure i understand some terms... GO OFF:- 1, adhesive to cure/bond? 2, out-gas after print? 3, none of above? Arlon digital is an excellent film but like "ANY" brand, there are process stipulations based on the machines, inks, profiles, laminations you use. Unless these are ...

Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: MACal 8200pro (matte) suppliers?

Replies: 3

Views: 387

Re: MACal 8200pro (matte) suppliers?

Amari do it, ide try them or all print supplies I think do it also.

Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thick letters for external use 18 to 25mm

Replies: 9

Views: 1017

Re: Thick letters for external use 18 to 25mm

this is a sign we did 3 weeks ago for hairdressers.
19mm foamex with brushed 3mm aluminium composite 22mm thick on stand off locators
flat cut on our cnc router, quick and easy.

Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Awesome Vehicle Roof Rack for Sheet and boards.

Replies: 7

Views: 644

Re: Awesome Vehicle Roof Rack for Sheet and boards.

Alex Crosbie wrote:Was talked about here in may last year it’s like being at home, nobody listens


many many topics are discussed many many times on UKSB.

Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:24 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Awesome Vehicle Roof Rack for Sheet and boards.

Replies: 7

Views: 644

Re: Awesome Roof Rack for Sheets

not the end of the world, but the problem is that it is on the roof.
10ft x 5ft sheets would be even trickier!
Regardless, still a good add on to have and frees up space in the back of the van.

Watch on youtube.com

Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:30 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Hello UKSB, from Gateshead.

Replies: 7

Views: 410

Re: Hello UKSB, from Gateshead.

Welcome back on the boards Stuart. Good to have you here mate.

Please also consider loading your profile picture as it makes all the difference to the responces to your posts and the site on the whole.

Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello Everybody (Again) From Craig at SX Stoke

Replies: 5

Views: 768

Re: Hello Everybody (Again) From Craig at SX Stoke

welcome back Craig, good to see you back on the board's mate.

please consider loading your profile picture or send it to us and we will load it for you. chris@uksignboards.com
profile pictures make all the difference to your posts and the site on the whole. :thumbsup:

Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:39 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 438

Re: Perforated cut decals, advice needed please?

It has been many years since we have done stickers like this. By that, I mean perforated and handed over individually. We do supply a lot of stickers and labels, but they are just contour cut, weeded and cut into 12-inch batches by the width of the roll which is normally 48-inch. they are then stack...

Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 9

Views: 764

Re: Damned good wrap this..

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


:lol: :lol: :lol:
you would think after all that photoshopping they would have deleted the handle.

Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:20 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle storage - what's your longest?

Replies: 4

Views: 447

Re: Vehicle storage - what's your longest?

We can get most vans inside our place but unless we are half finished with it, the van is parked outside in the industrial estate, or around the corner in the public car park. if a customer asks us to leave it with us, we have no problem in doing so, but we tell them as long as they are happy for it...

Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:48 pm

Forum: HP Printers

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

Replies: 5

Views: 482

New HP Printers with onboard media trimming in XY directions.

I received an e-shot from a Chinese company promoting their laminator which had an integrated sort of X-Y cutter on board. Very clever I thought... but then more I thought about it, the more I could see it could easily go wrong, you know how tricky a laminator can be to set 100% true. Yes very doabl...

Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:47 pm

Forum: HP Printers

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

Replies: 4

Views: 548

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

I am not sure if all the depots do it, but europoint Glasgow do the HPLatex 26500. https://www.europoint.co

Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large multi panelled sign

Replies: 10

Views: 1048

Re: Large multi panelled sign

well, If they are willing to pay for the extra labour and waste hiding the likes of a vinyl panel join, I would give them what they are after. your option 2 is straight forward enough. but alternatively, you could outsource and have them flatbed printed. worst case scenario you could but join them u...

Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating cast coloured vinyl, advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 418

Re: Laminating cast coloured vinyl

As said, you can laminate with an equivalent or higher quality laminate and you will not get any adverse effects. However, if you laminate... let's say a monomeric with a cast. which is one extreme to the other, so to speak. The monomeric will shrink/warp beneath the cast and look bad. This, of cour...

Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large multi panelled sign

Replies: 10

Views: 1048

Re: Large multi panelled sign

at this size, I assume the sign is high up or being viewed at a distance? there for the vinyl joins/overlaps should not be worried about, as they will not be noticed. take an artic truck that's wrapped. do you look at one and think "nice picture/wrap! but damn those joins look terrible?" o...

Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:45 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Latex printing Hoarding Boards, most cost effective way to produce these?

Replies: 4

Views: 556

Re: Latex printing Hoarding Boards

Hi Use 6-pass and this will very likely have a lower saturation level set anyway so will save you some ink and speed up the print. Depending what RIP software you have you can also change the saturation setting in that. Lowering the resolution won't really have the same effect. The ink cost saving ...

Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:16 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for Oracal 651 supplier

Replies: 6

Views: 572

Re: Looking for Oracal 651 supplier

Europoint Bellshill hold the full oracal range in stock at the branch.
they have a walk in shop type setup, so you will be able to go in and pay by card without an account as such.
https://www.europoint.co

Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bespoke car badges supplier

Replies: 3

Views: 756

Re: Bespoke car badges supplier

is it the finish of the badge you want or a completely new design/mould? doing a completely customised one-off, I would imagine being expensive. however, you could always contact online 3D print sources and have them printed. that said, I have never seen a 3D printer that I would be truly happy with...

Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

Replies: 6

Views: 491

Re: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

Hugh Potter wrote:that's cool Rob,

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



cant see it mate, we have done a pile of safety signs using it just recently and god knows many over the years.

Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

Replies: 6

Views: 491

Re: photoluminescent exit signs - should i produce inhouse

Oracal does a great photoluminescent that you can digitally print. its the closest to white I have seen, yet photoluminescent.

CLICK HERE


Watch on youtube.com

Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:07 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Software for running plotters

Replies: 8

Views: 712

Re: Software for running plotters

For sign making, I wouldn't consider anything but Signlab. Been using it since version 4 through to 9+ It just works!
It comes in modules also, so you can buy it relatively low priced and just add modules as and when you grow.

Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exhibition and Press Conference Backdrop Ideas please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2139

Re: Exhibition and Press Conference Backdrop Ideas please?

Paper Graphics do a range of this type of thing for Roll-up stands and Pop-up stands. the pop-up material being the heavier grade. Make sure you buy one compatible with your printer.

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

I think it really depends on if this is a cheap Chinese type cutter? If it is, then I would stay clear and just bide your time for a reputable brand. there are forums here on UKSB covering these type machines and they are more trouble than they are worth, that's not my personal feedback, just fact o...

Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:25 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will this print registration idea work?

Replies: 11

Views: 748

Re: Will this print registration idea work?

I haven't done it personally, but have seen one of our lads doing it with the masking tape and reverse cutting white backed prints for windows.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:23 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Roland Versacamm Media Take-Up system, advice please?

Replies: 3

Views: 311

Re: Roland Versacamm Media Take-Up system, advice please?

if your planning on running long prints, or roll-to-roll then a takeup system is a must.
It will prevent dust etc being picked up on your prints, will help true tracking of the media and also tracking of media when laminating.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 14

Views: 1147

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

welcome to the boards Andrew, great to have you here.
please consider loading your profile picture also. makes all the difference to your posts and the site on the whole.

Look forward to seeing more posts from you!

Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:55 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

Replies: 11

Views: 641

Re: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

Rapid-tac is probably the only application fluid I have ever said may be used if all other dry routes of application are not an option. the reason is rapid-tac 2 has stimulants that activate the adhesive in some way to form a bond. and yes there are some very old videos kicking around the internet t...

Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:38 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

Replies: 11

Views: 641

Re: MD5 Metamark Metascape advice neeeded please.

Forget what brand you are using, if the panel you are applying to is cold the adhesion is limited it will NOT build up its bond unless the panel becomes warm and the adhesive softens. Your metamark rep is most likely giving you a best practice type scenario based on "wrapping", but does no...

Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:16 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Replies: 3

Views: 555

Re: Help museum pieces thanks in advance

Would a matt finish spray lacquer with UV protection not be best?

Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 13

Views: 1916

Re: Magnetic boarding like ACM

Europoint sells it and will cut to size also.
Their Glasgow rep was speaking to me about it in November.

Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Air release, Repositionable / Removable Texture Feel Vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 647

Re: Air release, Repositionable / Removable Texture Feel Vinyl

laminates come in various textures. wrap films come in various 3D embossed finishes such brushed, carbon fibre, hexagon, weave etc but are pricey for what you're doing. if your just looking for a textured digital all in one, APS - All Print Supplies do one but i forget the name of it. its a sort of ...

Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:21 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: black wrap with print ideas

Replies: 6

Views: 621

Re: black wrap with print ideas

if you do not print the whole thing, I think the overall finish will look naff. please do not take that wrong, I mean it constructively. the issue is the flag! before I go on, remember your customer should be looking at paying £1800+ for this van to "look right". let's say you wrap the van...

Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:29 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Have you ever used X-Y cutter? Views and Opinions please?

Replies: 4

Views: 495

Re: Have you ever used X-Y cutter?

I looked at Fotoba, they have an impressive range but pricey unless you are doing large volumes of work.

Watch on youtube.com


Watch on youtube.com

Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Truck vinyl for PVC curtain sides, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 588

Re: Truck vinyl for PVC curtain sides

Oracal 451 is a banner vinyl and the wrong advice for this job.
There is other truck curtain vinyl on the market but from memory are much more expensive than the likes of APA.
In your position, would most likely run with the APA truck material.

Re: Printing stickers for a one day event, what media would you advise?

You are only going to require 4-5 metres of vinyl. As has been said, use whatever vinyl you use now and price accordingly. Your customer's requirement of one day for these is "their problem" not yours! Do you buy a Pizza from Domino's and ask for it cheaper because you reckon you will be h...

Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 1577

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

I’ve been using Sage one accountant for about a year now and wished I’d done it years ago. It makes Accounting and especially VAT a lot easier. It automatically calculates your VAT and then sends it via the gateway. I agree with Steve, we have been using it for around 4-5 years now I think. Same ap...

Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tips or ideas wanted for circular caps/rivets?

Replies: 3

Views: 792

Re: Tips/ ideas wanted for circular caps/rivets?

rivet brushes have been around a long time and very popular in the states. however, I have never been a fan (and I do have a couple) "they do" make the vinyl conform to the rivet shape, but you are forcing it to form in a stabbing swirling motion. there is no technique as such, and regardl...

Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:12 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Laminator advice, which film to use, advice please?

Replies: 3

Views: 543

Re: laminator advice which film

what kind of laminator is it?
where did you buy it from?
did they not give you any sort of training or setup advice?

Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 30ft x 10ft Banner, advice on how to install it please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1055

Re: 30ft x 10ft Banner, advice on how to install it please?

You don't need eyelets if you use adhesive-backed nylon banner strengthening tape as I mentioned above.
an alternative to tek-screws would be a screw and washer. larger washer the better.


you can purchase the tape here:
01698 843400
Cameron.steer@europoint-eu.com

Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 30ft x 10ft Banner, advice on how to install it please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1055

Re: 30ft x10ft banner how in install

NO, I wouldn't try glueing it. There are various ways to hang a banner, but if you want it done correctly, you must use some form of banner tensioning system and that adds to your customer's cost. Personally, I would only suggest a tension system if the site was going to be used to continually chang...

Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting a composite panel to the rear of a Burger Van

Replies: 5

Views: 969

Re: Fitting a composite panel to the rear of a Burger Van

if metal, rivets would be least obvious fixings as far as cosmetic appearance goes.
tek screws as has been said is a good option but remove the washers on the tek so they are less bulky looking.
there is always VHB tape or similar, but you're getting one chance to get it right before its stuck.

Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:31 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade supplier for accurate shaped plastic / cards

Replies: 10

Views: 1032

Re: Trade supplier for accurate shaped plastic / cards

we did a batch of similar for tyres with customer branding on it also. it was a rectangle though, just printed it on our latex, mounted to .5 mm acetate type material, guillotined and corner rounder punch. worked a treat and he came back for more. if anything it wasn't worth the effort but the custo...

Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:56 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Flexi or Onyx ? Experiences and opinions please

Replies: 5

Views: 646

Re: Flexi or Onyx ? Experiences and opinions please

We use Onyx on our HP machines.

Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Who sells this panel and post system

Replies: 3

Views: 927

Re: Who sells this panel and post system

long shot, but have you tried William Smiths?
http://www.williamsmith.co.uk/trade-services

Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 2910

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Hi Kevin, yes we do supply letters to the trade but I believe forum rules prevent me from saying who we are as it's advertising. (sorry) Not if it is requested by a member that isnt following up on a business promo type post made purposely to generate such a reply/post. so no problems Andy... :smil...

Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

Replies: 5

Views: 928

Re: Freestanding composite display

this is the type I was meaning. you buy the base and bolt through the sheet holding it upright. that said. you would need some t-bar plastic down either end to hold composite rigid at that hight. you would also need a decent weight at the bottom. these bases are heavy though as they are folded steel...

Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Freestanding composite display, suggestions please?

Replies: 5

Views: 928

Re: Freestanding composite display

You can buy or make free standing bases. I have one in a cupboard somewhere. Bought it years ago.
You can also buy freestanding roll up stands up to 10ft wide.
Same applies with fabric stretched ones.

Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 1682

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

I do not think its a case of "doing everything by the book" common sense comes down to most things. Colin's men have all their papers/permits, coned off the area as should be and so on. right there is best practices being exercised. As I said, I do not agree with the council lad enforcing ...

Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 1682

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

I think H&S is required in most instances of daily work, more so in public places. I also think that licences and access fees can be justified when required or hefty fines imposed. Not because I think our customers will easily accept them, they won't. nor do I particularly want to have to pay th...

Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vink UK taking over the world of signs?

Replies: 4

Views: 1335

Re: Vink UK taking over the world of signs?

There are probably more, but Vink owns...

Amari
Europoint
ADAPT
Blackburn Metals
Righton
Aalco
Edminson Electrical
Vink Lighting

Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vehicle graphics details and information, whats your opinion?

Replies: 8

Views: 1167

Re: Vehicle graphics details and information, whats your opinion?

How many of you have ever seen a Sky TV van wrap or FedEx van? I am sure we all have, but does any of you know their phone numbers off-hand? I personally believe its all about brand awareness. whether that's locally or nationally. If a list of information is important to you, then the rear is the be...

Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:35 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Advice on a way to create this Illuminated sign please?

Replies: 4

Views: 690

Re: Way to create this Illuminated sign

Print the whole thing on a clear or white backed digital vinyl and mount it to acrylic. illuminate with LEDs sourced from Amari or similar. If you have a CNC router and work with acrylic, you could route the face and returns and assemble like an acrylic letter/lightbox. Use a folded aluminium with 1...

Re: Boarding out unit to apply graphics.

Run a 2x2 inch wood baton horizontal along the bottom of your wall, and run one horizontal along the top of the wall. Print the full wall onto the banner material in vertical drops. joining it with 1-inch overlaps with banner hem tape. Hang the banner from the top wooden baton, by Stapling or screwi...

Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 19

Views: 1430

Re: Wall paper Steamer to remove vinyl tips

You really should have got a vehicle to do a test removal before quoting. if the vinyl is very difficult to remove, price the job per hour, for the removal because you can spend more time stripping than you do the graphics installation. regardless, I would still end up using the heat gun. or a heat ...

Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:01 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear print v Static cling. views and opinions on a solution please?

Replies: 6

Views: 952

Re: Clear print v Static cling

typical customer wanting a fail safe solution for all possible outcomes! Is her big window unbreakable? does it help block sun from melting her ice cream and the glare getting in your eyes? does it stay clean and not show up the hands marks from her little school kid customers? the list goes on... I...

Re: Let there be light: Genesis Marketing installs first Roland S-Series UV-LED in Wales

I love how things like white ink, gloss and matt finishes, embossed print, Cut vinyl and even braille can be introduced in our everyday signage and all output from single machines at the same time... The braille alone is an excellent selling point for sign makers if we introduced it. Throw in the fa...

Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: My visit to Europoint (Manchester)

Replies: 1

Views: 999

Re: Europoint (Manchester) Visit

Andy is a great guy, known him a good few years now and met Sue at Sign & Digital UK. Actually, I know a good few from Europoint, some new, some from the Paperlinx days, All a great bunch! They do have a great list of products, with some new ones i plan using as soon as the opportunity presents ...

Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:46 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Van Signage - how would you do this?

Replies: 13

Views: 1211

Re: Van Signage - how would you do this?

I cant add much to whats already been said. always dry and always with paper application tape! Leaving the centre section until applied will help if you struggle with tight and slack surface tension of the tape. just weed it out after. I hate the plastic application tape, it kinda feels like your dr...

Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

Replies: 17

Views: 1477

Re: Digital Monomeric Air Free Vinyl Recommendations

There are many Monomerics on market, not a grade of vinyl i would use unless extreme short term.
Oracal do a great range of vinyl and would highly recommend. But as i said, plenty alternatives out there.

Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3255

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Good to hear you got it completed David.

The main thing is you have done it and now know what's involved should you ever need to revert to this method again.
the nice thing about ink on the curtain is you know it will not crack, peel or chip like vinyl. it's on there and not coming off!

Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:41 am

Forum: Vinyl

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

Replies: 7

Views: 920

Re: Printing Black Ink

There could be lots of reasons, but some to consider...
Have you changed the type of vinyl you are using?
Have you used the correct profile?
Do you have your heaters on, or are they high enough?

Re: Affordable portable Robot CNC Router able to mill, cut & engrave up to 8x4ft. +VIDEO

I agree the waste build-up will create problems, such as... Inaccurate cutting depths, but more so "traction of the wheels". Too travel whilst cutting it has to have some form of grip and i cannot see those little rubber wheels doing anything through a pile of sawdust. Also, even if they h...

Re: Affordable portable Robot CNC Router able to mill, cut & engrave up to 8x4ft. +VIDEO

Wow! I wonder how much affordable is? I first heard about this tool via Craig Brown early this year who saw it at one of the U.S. Sign Shows, which made me look into further... On sourcing information for this news story I then discovered there are 3 similar variations of this tool by different peo...

Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:20 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router cut composite - ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 1064

Re: Router cut composite - ideas?

What type/brand of composite are you using, not hoarding board is it?

Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:46 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Replies: 12

Views: 1837

Re: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Yes, I was going to say that... Cannot be easy when the cold starts biting your fingers! :awkward:

How long would something like this take to do Neil?

Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

Replies: 11

Views: 1613

Re: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

A pet hate of mine, someone trying to sell you something they have zero knowledge on. You ask them a simple question and watch them fumble and flick through a brochure looking for an answer. Or like you say, you call asking for a product and told they do not do it because they either do not know the...

Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Replies: 17

Views: 2164

Re: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Thought I would update this thread... Just going through email enquiries to us and this guy has been in contact with us this week... Wanting vehicle graphics followed by all the same crap. Just listing some details below so Google will pick-up the keywords and hopefully prevent others from being cau...

Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:34 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Snap frame lightbox sheets

Replies: 7

Views: 746

Re: Snapframe lightbox sheets

Just re-read it too David... I think you are correct in it being for an illuminated box but probably the face acetate sheet thats gone missing. It reads that it's not the clip frame or LED source as such all but the "ant-glare acetate" sheet that sits in front of whatever is inserted. This...

Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:19 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Snap frame lightbox sheets

Replies: 7

Views: 746

Re: Snapframe lightbox sheets

Another option is UKPOS CLICK HERE

Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:18 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Replies: 12

Views: 1837

Re: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Great work as always Neil, you must have the patience of a saint!
thanks for sharing mate.

Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex Outdoor Usage - How Long Lasting

Replies: 8

Views: 1337

Re: Foamex Outdoor Usage - How Long Lasting

We have a client wanting some temporary signs to go onto their development site. We have already done the main signs on dibond. They are tight on budget for this next one, if we digitally print, laminate and mount to 5mm foamex, which is then going to be mounted against a flat surface. How long wou...

Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 3255

Re: Lettering Truck Curtains, help and advice please?

we've hatched a plan how we'll do it to ensure the ink has time to dry before the next layer goes on, and make sure we're not waiting around The ink will dry literally in minutes. if sprayed on, its less than a minute. you want the right consistency of ink and thinner and as soon as you get the fir...

Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

Replies: 11

Views: 1613

Re: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

Colin, you are correct mate. I just checked there...
I will give them a call on Monday and ask "AGAIN". :awkward:

Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removed vinyl graphics exposes damaged paintwork, advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1384

Re: Vinyl sign removal, paint works

Your customer is completely wrong! The vinyl has done nothing but protect the paintwork, not damage it. Purely through day to day use of the car, the paintwork is subjected to abrasion, U.V. and Chemical damage. The only area isolated from all the above is the area you covered with the vinyl. Once t...

Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

Replies: 11

Views: 1613

Re: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

I would also be interested in knowing who uses a fast set acrylic adhesive. We use Tensol also, but in the past i would use a glue called Acrifix which was like water when applied via a syringe but set in about 10-30 seconds. The source i bought from back then no longer exists, so would be good to ...

Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:50 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

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

Replies: 9

Views: 1044

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

there is a list of reasons ANY wrap can fail... 9/10 is installer errors in some form or another. the wheel arch areas are not the easiest because they flair out creating tension in the vinyl, then the fitter goes ahead and takes the vinyl into the recess without releaving the tension before hand, w...

Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: RedTube - A Quick load & unload Rack Video XXX

Replies: 0

Views: 959

RedTube - A Quick load & unload Rack Video XXX

I bet you thought the site moderators had missed this one??? :lol: I found these vinyl holding racks via a post Marc Burnett of LFR made on youtube back in 2012. Came across them again some months ago and loaded it on our YouTube Channel in April and meant to post a link here. I have just seen it ag...

Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: SAV reverse print to Acrylic

Replies: 8

Views: 1310

Re: SAV reverse print to Acrylic

Why white on clear though, How will it be mounted?
For something so short term and important the guests the guests can easily read it, seems a bit of an odd request.
A, cost and B, legibility....

granted, some weddings have money to burn, but still...
not quizzing, I am just being nosey :smiles:

Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: SAV reverse print to Acrylic

Replies: 8

Views: 1310

Re: SAV reverse print to Acrylic

cut the entire thing in white cut vinyl in reverse. do not weed apply the entire thing in one go (un-weeded) once applied... now weed it by snapping back the vinyl in short bursts. it will leave all the letters exactly as you want. no blemishes in the clear vinyl or need to worry about dirt below th...

Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

Replies: 11

Views: 1613

Re: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

Hi Steve

It possibly was mate, but I really do not know.
I can find their website and looks like they have a distributor in Ireland, which is an option but even then, i would rather find an adhesive that was not as runny, as this is like water. but beggars cant be choosers i guess. :smiles:

Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

Replies: 11

Views: 1613

Re: Adhesives - Which ones do you use?

I would also be interested in knowing who uses a fast set acrylic adhesive. We use Tensol also, but in the past i would use a glue called Acrifix which was like water when applied via a syringe but set in about 10-30 seconds. The source i bought from back then no longer exists, so would be good to f...

Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:19 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP 115 Latex - Media touching on heat plate. Advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 820

Re: Media touching on heat plate HP115 latex

Obviously i do not know what media you are putting into the machine but there are a list of reasons this type of thing can happen and not just with a latex. For now, let's assume its because its a latex which uses a lot of heat to cure the prints... you may be using a media that is not compatible wi...

Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Football Corner flags, bespoke. Advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 963

Re: Football corner flags bespoke

I know it is not technically a flag material, but could these type of things not be made from banner material? The flag wouldn't need hems and even if you wanted them, banner hem tape would do it. I do not know how this sort of thing is secured, but i imagine without wind, the banner would also sit ...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What surface cleaner do you use prior to applying vinyl?

Replies: 13

Views: 1541

Re: What surface cleaner do you use

This, like many topics regarding vinyl for "me" is a bit too deep for me to get into by text. :smiles: anyway, in short... I use the following for cleaning panels. and yes i do know the manufacturers recommendations and abide by when i feel necessary.... This is just what i use for day to ...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:56 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: What printable wrap material are you using.

Replies: 2

Views: 591

Re: What printable wrap material are you using.

Arlon, Avery, 3M, Oracal... all great wrapping films. It is upto you to choose which works best for you. whether that is print quality or how the media handles for you during application. Is all down to self preference... Buy what works "best for you". Do not buy based on media price... In...

Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

Replies: 11

Views: 1590

Re: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

These were the kind of thing i had in mind when you said splash back.

Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

Replies: 11

Views: 1590

Re: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

You could be right Myles, it's not my thing i guess mate. but i also think it really depends on how big a coverage this splash-back is. My reply/thinking was behind the cooker area only, where you can lift the rings and all to clean the cooker top anyway, "periodically". if you are doing t...

Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 3d built up sign manufacturer help

Replies: 2

Views: 909

Re: 3d built up sign manufacturer help

Vinnie at 3D Signs, a UKSB member here on the boards.
vince@3d-signs.co.uk
01843 588111


William Smith now have their own specialised trade supply company covering 3D letters and more...
https://www.williamsmith.co.uk/trade-services

Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:20 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Carbon Fibre Effect Vinyl Recommendation

Replies: 6

Views: 800

Re: Carbon Fibre Effect Vinyl Recommendation

Yes, falling off or not coming off... or... coming off and leaving the car matted in adhesive... eBay is full or chinese counterfeit vinyl. seriously worth avoiding! Wm Smiths - Avery, 3M, Isee2 Europoint - Avery, Oracal to be honest, most decent brands of carbon will do the job. my preference is th...

Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Insurance company recommendations please?

Replies: 6

Views: 726

Re: Insurance Recommendations

A good starting point would be Sign Elite. http://signelite.co.uk
give them a try and ask for Annette. They specialise in providing sign companies with insurance.

Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

Replies: 11

Views: 1590

Re: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

3mm toughened should do it fine. it's a splashback , not a guard! Use a toughened with either ariste edges, but if they are willing to pay, get a polished edge as its much nicer. Silicone sounds horrible to seal it after expense of toughened glass and printed rear... why not make it a feature and ra...

Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

Replies: 11

Views: 1590

Re: Anyone doing printed glass splashbacks? If so how are you printing?

as denise says...
i wouldn't bother sealing as long as your using a solvent based adhesive it will be fine. actually, even water based i wouldnt, it should not come into water to any extent that it will effect the adhesive.
I would use a polymeric though...

Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign fitters required for 3- 4 days work. Recommendations please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1049

Sign fitters required for 3- 4 days work. Recommendations please?

I am looking for sign installer recommendations please? I have several large signs needing fitted approximately 100 feet up on the side of a building/structure. The signs vary in size, largest is 6 metres deep by 14 Metres wide. The site is located in Edinburgh, Scotland, with 3 to 4 days work expec...

Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello and help ! (already)

Replies: 2

Views: 550

Re: Hello and help ! (already)

Hi Myriam I have had a quick look and there doesn't appear to be any memberships overdue being processed. Not a problem, I will help get this resolved quickly for you... Please can you EMAIL me the following info directly: rob@uksignboards.com * Full name * Company * Address * Postcode * email used ...

Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:51 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Vehicle outlines - alternative to Impact?

Replies: 5

Views: 720

Re: Vehicle outlines - alternative to Impact?

Personally, i would not change from Impact. If i get a one off vehicle i don't have, i tend to make do one way or another until the next version of the software is available. other outline libraries tend to be less accurate, not in same file formats, older, compiled mainly of European and american v...

Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help with nardo grey van ideas

Replies: 3

Views: 972

Re: help with nardo grey van ideas

What is your company logo and colours?
do not change your logo/image to suit a van, change the van to suit your brand.

Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:56 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Promax Eco Solvent Ink Carts, is anyone using them, views please?

Replies: 1

Views: 437

Re: Promax Eco Solvent Ink Carts, is anyone using them, views please?

Before i moved to UV, then Latex inks, I used Colorific Solvent inks for 7+ years at least. never had any problems with it... I am sure we had the bulk ink system though, but using their ink.

Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 22

Views: 1950

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

Where your company is based is pretty remote, i can kind of see why things have went the way they have for you. Our line of work can be difficult enough even in built-up busy towns, cities etc. so these added disadvantages will not have helped you. All the best Ewan, was great knowing you over the y...

Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:07 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Horse Lorry Wrap - Color Change

Replies: 7

Views: 867

Re: Horse Lorry Wrap - Color Change

If it is just a nice metalic cast film at a low price, then why not just use a quality brand of cast metalic. its mainly flat as you say, but even rivets, curves etc it will still conform on the likes of a horse box. i dont know off hand the price but half the price of wrapping film. drawbacks are i...

Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What to do about a non responsive client

Replies: 5

Views: 1163

Re: What to do about a non responsive client

I mean this as constructively as I can, but i think because you have let it go on so long, they are now either taking advantage of that or simply lost interest in the site development and most likely hoping you will disappear! I am not sure how much other work they give you on top of this website de...

Re: fabrication of large watter bottle ?

Both the following guys do excellent work. Highly recommended. Henry will output many things in many different formats, materials etc. Fran Hollywood of Made in Hollywood - http://madeinhollywood.ie or Henry Baker of Signcraft - https://signcraft.se/3dskyltar.html Ive pinched a couple from each of t...

Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:33 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Curved prints on pop up media

Replies: 5

Views: 681

Re: Curved prints on pop up media

If you said it was latex i would have blamed the heaters for media distortion as this can happen with these machines due to hitting over 100 degrees during the curing/drying of the ink. More so on cheap media. Is your solvet machine doing same, i do not know. it is possible dependant on the media an...

Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:23 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Curved prints on pop up media

Replies: 5

Views: 681

Re: Curved prints on pop up media

Hi Mo, what printer is it?

Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:02 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Replies: 18

Views: 1093

Re: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Fair play if your comfortable with you machine plotting accurately over 10 metres. Yes the machine running off / skewing is as bad as it gets. but you have also lost the vinyl, ink, laminate of the job in hand. I am not familiar with Mimaki cutters, but i would slow the machine down also, should hel...

Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:37 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab VPM: Print and Cut Workflow

Replies: 18

Views: 1093

Re: Signlab VPM - Copies/Workflow

The only cutter properly geared up for doing this is the top-end Summa with the auto-take-up system which should do roll-to-roll contour cutting and re-alignment. even then, the jobs must be setup in 2 metre batches. the machine pre-feeds 2 metres, returns and seeks registration marks and proceeds c...

Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 2769

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Thanks for sharing this Robert. Was this air release vinyl? Can you get away without using the application tape? Using application tape to avoid stretching/ scratching, or? No, this video was posted on Youtube about 11 years ago and it was already a couple of years old i think when loaded. Air rele...

Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 2769

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Vehicles wise, we have wrapped literally hundreds of artic lorry sized vehicles very easily... you can take the platform right to the top rung of the trestles. we have both 8ft and 10ft trestles with 8ft and 10ft catwalks. if you buy 10ft and on the top rung, you have your mans head height plus his ...

Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: DRY WIPE PANEL NEEDED APX 1250MM X 1800MM

Replies: 4

Views: 997

Re: DRY WIPE PANEL NEEDED APX 1250MM X 1800MM

We do a lot of these, customised too... Standard print to your digital vinyl, laminate the whole thing with dry wipe and mount to composite or whatever. we use composite and offer either simple screw holes or to mount on stand off locators which look much better and more professional. we also do cha...

Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 2769

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Get a pair of aluminium trestles and catwalk. you wont look back...
they are up in under a minute and very easy to do any vinyl installs and sign installs.
These will do 95% of sign installs and vinyl installs of every vehicle on the road.

Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Air release technology - what are your thoughts

Replies: 14

Views: 1134

Re: ‘Air release technology’ what are your thoughts

At the end of the day, if you cant fit dry with a regular full skin of adhesive, then adopt the air release material when needed. air-release has drawbacks / limitations, so you will need to look into this further and fully understand how to work with it. It does help give a better finish with large...

Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:24 am

Forum: Industry News

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

Replies: 11

Views: 1671

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

Martin Cole wrote:Hmmm..... So they make a habit of spelling it wrong as they are two different planes in the pictures above


The plot thickens Martin. How could they be so stupid? :awkward: :bigsmile:

Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:17 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Does anyone recognise this Flex-face sign system?

Replies: 6

Views: 841

Re: Does anyone know this system?

have you included:
William Smiths
Kestral Sign Systems
Brownings
the list goes on. :awkward:

Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can we have moan section on this website?

Replies: 53

Views: 4620

Re: Can we have moan section on this website?

Colin... that's were it is heading mate. [emoji23] Jean... I didn't even know what a rotary cuff was till I done mine. Some days I am in pain, some not. But actually using my shoulder for anything above chest height and I am beat. Pain is unreal. Was told 6 months minimum with no use or its surgery ...

Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Velcro for external use on banner

Replies: 3

Views: 953

Re: Velcro for external use on banner

As colin says, 3M dual lock will do the job of holding the banner well... As the banners are small, velcro should hold them too, but your mentioning outside use? If outside, and only fastened along the top like you say, ide pray for no wind! No matter what type of velcro you use... my concern would ...

Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:19 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Does anyone recognise this Flex-face sign system?

Replies: 6

Views: 841

Re: Does anyone know this system?

I do not think I have seen this one before either. looks like an older one as the newer ones seem to be a bit less heavily mechanical (if thats how i should describe it) to be honest i cant get my head around how this tensioning system works, although obviously you crank the bolt to tighten / loosen...

Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: The print show, anyone attending?

Replies: 3

Views: 1116

Re: The print show 18 - 20 Sep 2018

I won't be attending, one industry show per year is enough for me. That, and the numerous Open days up and down the country starts to make even considering attending another major show pretty pointless. I just do not have the time for what is really a copy of Sign & Digital UK, so to speak. Mayb...

Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can we have moan section on this website?

Replies: 53

Views: 4620

Re: Can we have moan section on this website?

Phill Fenton wrote:PS - I hope you're feeling better soon Jean

He buckled even before getting his post finished. :lol: :lol:

Well my shoulder is knackered, i tore the rotary cuff several months ago and still in agony. thank god i dont need it for wrapping and applying vinyl or something. :awkward: :shake:

Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Avery 800 fail over lorry panels

Replies: 5

Views: 1124

Re: Avery 800 fail over lorry panels

No matter if its a cast or a calender vinyl... Anywhere the vinyl can be fed in and out of a recess, it should be. even if it cannot be fed in and out, there is specific methods of stretching that should be followed. there are also specific heat procedures etc... no all the above done 100% correct, ...

Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

Replies: 11

Views: 1198

Re: fluorescent yellow vinyl suggestions

oracal do a nice cast but thicker than normal vinyl as Chris says, i would go this route and its something we use a fair bit of this Oracal too. it is thicker than normal cast, and it has a nice gloss finish to it. Not sure what sort of design your applying to that bodywork/shape but i wouldn't ove...

Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Curtain side manufacturer recommendations?

Replies: 4

Views: 927

Re: Curtain side manufacturer recommendations?

have a network of installers throughout uk https://www.structure-flex.co.uk/

Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Install of sign tray in difficult location. Advise needed?

Replies: 6

Views: 1134

Re: Install of sign tray in difficult location.

David McDonald wrote:(a) make the sign tray with an extra upward return lip on the very top edge
(b) fix a length of 'L' angle on the top return edge (covered in the same vinyl as the tray)


We also do both methods above as Dave says.

Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:54 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: General m2 ink costs- Solvent and latex

Replies: 13

Views: 1054

Re: General m2 ink costs- Solvent and latex

For general printing, INK estimate is £2 per square metre, £3 a linear metre regardless. only if i have single colour with scarce ink coverage on high volume do i even consider lowering my "guesstimate" My opinion is if you have to narrow your costs down to pennies, your not charging enoug...

Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printable clock supplier required, sources needed please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1489

Re: Printable clock supplier required

Maybe cover the clock face with clear acrylic held in place using Chrome stand off locators? There is probably a list of ways to do this when we put our mind to it. I love the limitless creativity that comes with being in the sign industry. Things many would never think of like "making a clock...

Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Larger sized aluminium composite boards/panels

Replies: 8

Views: 1480

Re: Larger sized aluminium composite boards/panels

Sorry for the slow reply Colin....
Yes Spirit displays does them and a few other similar extrusions doing similar jobs.

Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:39 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Easyfix cast vinyl for wrapping, anyone heard of it?

Replies: 5

Views: 1374

Re: Easyfix cast vinyl for wrapping, anyone heard of it?

As Chris says, i think this is a Neschen product, but does not look like it is a cast, IF this is the same vinyl.
See spec i found below...

Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:19 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Easyfix cast vinyl for wrapping, anyone heard of it?

Replies: 5

Views: 1374

Re: Easyfix cast vinyl..............

Has anyone every come across this brand of wrap vinyl? Never heard of it. As Chris says, quote what you want to quote and highlight the brand of wrapping film that your using over your competition. It is one thing using a cast, it's another when you cannot get it back off, or it leaves the car matt...

Re: Peugeot Partner Side Moundings

Missed your post, thanks for sharing David, always hand for others to be able to actually see pictures rather than read a description. It is also handy for anyone that is involved in doing vehicle graphics to have the plastic trim and mould levers shown in your pictures.

cheers!

Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Buying a New laptop, help and advice please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1117

Re: Buying a New laptop, help and advice please?

I will reply, but it is not very positive with regards to laptops for business use. I have a couple of laptops, but seldom use them and only have them for work on the go. as in traveling by train etc or at a meeting and need it for reference... Personal opinion is i can work at least 5+ times faster...

Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stand off fixings but only the front part, help sourcing?

Replies: 10

Views: 1230

Re: Stand off fixings but only the front part, help sourcing?

Iain Pearson wrote:I bet im totally wrong now :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Iain George wrote:That’s them Iain.
Sorry Robert [emoji6]



:lol: :lol: :lol:
I stand corrected :awkward:

Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Larger sized aluminium composite boards/panels

Replies: 8

Views: 1480

Re: Larger sized aluminium composite boards/panels

When working with or being asked to quote for work in a large format "single sheet" or "no joins" finish, you should really consider a tensioning frame. I have done a fair bit with these over the years... both tension frames and flexi-face systems.Does Not have to be a full blown...

Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Replacing old frosted style graphics, any ideas please

Replies: 8

Views: 1131

Re: Replacing old frosted style graphics, any ideas please

Good that you have found a source, but have to agree with you and the others. thats one damn ugly window display. :awkward:

Re: Random request, Soundwave artwork - Madness, it Must be Love

Be careful Iain you never know what song that really is that Rob gave you, might be a bit like when people get their name tattooed in Chinese writing only to find in 20 years time it really says something like "bum cheese" on their arm!!! Moi? How could you think I would even consider suc...

Re: Random request sound waves

I have attached the soundwave "image" file for Madness - It must be love - full song.
I have attached "just the chorus" also.

If you hover the image, it will change, once it does click on it it will blow up in size.

Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:15 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tree Sap effect on 7year pre-coloured vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 1337

Re: Tree Sap effect on 7year pre-coloured vinyl

Damm ! I forgot to mention Brillo pads and possibly an orbital sander only as a last resort though There is always someone that takes it too far. :shake: :lol: :wink: I saw him a few times at Sign & Digital UK after stopping posting on the boards. Same old Andy, good laugh etc. but i haven't se...

Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stand off fixings but only the front part, help sourcing?

Replies: 10

Views: 1230

Re: Stand off fixings but only the front part

Oh yes, thats it Iain, make me look like a bloody idiot mate!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:

Yes, and iSpi-trade do them ones too! :awkward:



:lol:

Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of 20mm black foam board, source needed please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1005

Re: Supplier of 20mm black foam board

I dont know of 20mm Black, but http://www.europoint.co offer it in white amongst others.

Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stand off fixings but only the front part, help sourcing?

Replies: 10

Views: 1230

Re: Stand off fixings but only the front part

We use these guys Iain https://www.ispitrade.com If you are looking for stand-off metal fixings then call ispi-trade. What i "think" you are after is these "stainless steel" screw caps that can be cheaply bought from Amazon. I have also attached some from screwfix and elsewhere....

Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Larger sized aluminium composite boards/panels

Replies: 8

Views: 1480

Re: Larger sized aluminium composite boards/panels

we have been using a lot of 4m x 2m sheets of composite, thats hard enough to handle.
Why would you require such large sections in one piece?
Have you considered how you intend transporting the sheets this size and handling to install?

Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:19 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tree Sap effect on 7year pre-coloured vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 1337

Re: Tree Sap effect on 7year pre-coloured vinyl

Martin Cole wrote:Agree with John, a gentle heat often removes marks like this


Brillo Pad works much faster! :awkward: :wink:

Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:55 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tree Sap effect on 7year pre-coloured vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 1337

Re: Tree Sap effect on 7year pre-coloured vinyl

various reasons you get imperfections like this on the surface of the vinyl. a common one is it being too tightly wound, then left for a long period of time. as a result, the paper on the rear can have this effect on the face of the film. same applies when you get not only this blemish on the face, ...

Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:22 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Silent / Quiet cutter, advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1996

Re: Silent / Quiet cutter?

Why not just put sound proof tiles on the ceiling? My sister has a performing arts school on the entire second floor of an office block in the city centre. The cavity between ceiling and rooms above have been filling with sound proofing insulation. You cannot hear any music, singing or dancing in th...

Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Birmingham west midlands

Replies: 2

Views: 491

Re: Hello from Birmingham west midlands

Welcome to the boards Leo, great to have you here and thank you for taking the time to say hello!

Please also consider loading your profile picture, makes all the difference to your posts and the site on the whole.
any trouble, feel free to send me it and i will load for you! rob@uksignboards.com

Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can we have moan section on this website?

Replies: 53

Views: 4620

Re: Can we have moan section on this site

Can we have moan section on this site Please feel free to use the "Off topic forum/section" for these posts Denise. :lol: Or, we could re-title this Post, "The Moan Post" :smiles: Seriously though, we all like a good rant, moan etc... The thing is, it is not actually off-topic, ...

Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large sign Support - Recommendations

Replies: 6

Views: 1236

Re: Large sign Support - Recommendations

I would use Steel poles as opposed to the aluminium ones you are opting for. Get plastic dipped or galvanised steel poles. The sign is in a feild so i assume from location and size it is being viewed from a distance. So i see little benefit of using aluminium other than weight and weathering. anyway...

Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: anyone have any experience with a vinyl removal liquid?

Replies: 8

Views: 1680

Re: anyone have any experience with a vinyl removal liquid?

Vinyl Off - under perfect conditions for it, comes off amazingly easy! Cast vinyl which was taking over a day to strip off cast vinyl on one side of a 7.5ton truck came off in (i kid you not) around 10-15 seconds in one piece with zero adhesive left behind. The trick is that you wash the vinyl areas...

Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Reflective Vinyls - Recommendations of Suppliers please?

Replies: 4

Views: 912

Re: Reflective Vinyls - Suppliers

I haven't touched any other cut reflective vinyl in years after switching to Oracal's new range "at that time". it is the best quality all rounder i know of. Cuts, weeds, applieds and removes better than any i know of to date! This is standard cut vinyl reflective i am speaking about. I pr...

Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Replies: 17

Views: 2166

Re: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

haven't the foggiest! :lol:


Dependant on the application, standard is 24 hours but as much as 72 hours for vehicle wrapping which has been set by some wrap vinyl manufacturers. Latex inks also fall into a curing period of similar times.

Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Replies: 17

Views: 2166

Re: What happened to this sign?

NeilRoss wrote:Why does this make me think of Basil Rathbone .... :praiseyou:



:lol: :lol: :lol:

Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Replies: 17

Views: 2166

Re: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Martin Cole wrote:ok it could have been a female



:lol: :lol: :lol:

Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Replies: 17

Views: 2166

Re: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Chris Wilson wrote:Well.. we’ve cleared that one up now. Who are we picking on next?



:lol: :lol: :lol:

Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Fail: What happened to this sign? Views & Opinions please.

Replies: 17

Views: 2166

Re: What happened to this sign?

Even cheap vinyl wont shrink that much... The problem is down to "Out-Gassing" of the ink! The vinyl has been printed onto, then laminated pretty much right away. The out gassing of the solvent ink MUST go somewhere, but it is now trapped between the laminate and the printed base layer of ...

Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:34 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Using spare LED lights to illuminate your printer.

Replies: 12

Views: 1694

Re: Spare LEDs to illuminate printer

It's It's a good though, nice one!

HP 360 latex machines come with this as standard. Wouldn't be without the feature now, all printers should have them.

Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: uksignboards.com : Site Notifications : Please Read

Replies: 0

Views: 971

uksignboards.com : Site Notifications : Please Read

This is just a quick message to let everyone know that when visiting uksignboards.com you maybe prompted to allow/decline browser notifications on entering the site. We will be running test notifications/prompts periodically over the next few weeks. Notifications will look like the one in the image ...

Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Finally got round to wrapping our van!

Replies: 6

Views: 1132

Re: Finally got round to wrapping our van!

Nice work David, I am sure your van will draw you in some new business mate!
Thanks very much for taking the time to share your work here on the boards.


Martyn Heath wrote:Was it black originaly?


Going by the rear door hinges i would guess its a white van Martin, but i could be wrong mate.

Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:23 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

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

Replies: 9

Views: 1438

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

by any chance do you have a picture Rich? "Humidity" The only downside of humidity that i have experienced is that the initial tack of the vinyl can increase. By that i mean it sticks on contact and needs a bit of a sharp snap back to lift it. This was some years back and was a regular adh...

Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:54 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

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

Replies: 9

Views: 1438

Re: Wrap film adhesion

Was it printed?
if so, type of machine etc?

Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:24 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Sourcing trade illuminated signs, advice please?

Replies: 2

Views: 635

Re: illuminated signs advice please?

You could try either of the following: Vinnie at 3D SIGNS - https://www.3d-signs.co.uk/contact William Smith - http://www.williamsmith.co.uk/trade-services Source it all from the same supplier, you are just adding to costs and probability of a mistake trying to break the manufacturing up like you say.

Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vectorizing Artwork and logos, advice please?

Replies: 12

Views: 1569

Re: Vectorizing Artwork and logos

We use Signlab... 10/10 very straightforward and fast. :smiles:

Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:36 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: moving a printer on a long journey

Replies: 9

Views: 998

Re: moving a printer on a long journey

I have never had to move a machine other than workshop to workshop. I would imagine that anything that can move, should be locked down. As you say the heads, and there is a process to this. I imagine removing the waste bottle, ink carts and anything else like that. I would also do a complete flush o...

Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:39 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab for versaworks, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 816

Re: Signlab for versaworks, advice please?

Good to hear and thanks for the feedback Rich. Always good to have a nice fast fresh new system to work on!

Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:28 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help with removing etched vinyl

Replies: 7

Views: 1105

Re: Help with removing etched vinyl

@3M Cook... Fair play, every method to make the job easier or faster is worth considering, but 2 hours before you lift a finger, then cut up to make easier etc etc... even the minimum of an hour is hard to swallow. if the vinyl is stubborn, a decent blade scraper will cut it right off. any residue l...

Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:05 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab for versaworks, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 816

Re: Signlab for versaworks, advice please?

We run Signlab 9+ but haven't made the final move to 10 as not running it on any of our computers. If we switch one, we really need to switch them all, then there is all the signlabs and other software that may need switched as not compatible. that said, If it was only 1 or 2 computers, ide do it ma...

Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 50mm truck conspicuity tape

Replies: 3

Views: 663

Re: 50mm truck conspicuity tape

europoint.co do oracal and avery tapes.

Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 11

Views: 1514

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

Good to see you back on the boards Neil and thanks for taking the time to say hello mate. Neil you registered and started using the site back in November 2002 on uksignboards.com. The site started in December 2001 so you were certainly amongst the earliest users of UKSB. Denise Goodfellows Husband K...

Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:53 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice on removal of 25 year old stickers?

Replies: 5

Views: 984

Re: Remove 25 year old stickers

Maybe a toffee wheel attachment in your drill will work better than solvents, I recently bought an MBX vinyl tool, makes a mess but saved plenty of time I agree with Kevin on this... Toffee Wheel or MBX will have that off in minutes. The only issue i see is that staining of where the old graphics w...

Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Weighted banner hanging from Crane, advice please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1383

Re: Weighted banner hanging from Crane, advice please?

Unless a perfectly calm day. the banner will get spun and swung about all over the place. It would need to be anchored, if anchored the strength of the banner will come into place. i doubt lasting long. If a crane can be afforded to sit idle holding this banner all day long... why not revert from th...

Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:01 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Is it possible to print onto Oracal 651?

Replies: 7

Views: 981

Re: Is Oracal 651 printable?

Over the years We have never tried 651, but have used Oracal 751c & 551. both do take the print but we have only used "black" onto Orange & yellow. It worked, but the Black is not jet black as such, looks more a dark sort of charcoal grey. Done same with latex and also UV Lightbar....

Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Contravision with a very dark tinted rear widscreen

Replies: 6

Views: 971

Re: Contravision with a very dark tinted rear widscreen

Adding the controvision will do the same as it would normally and that is block out a certain percentage of view. but wont make the glasses transparency change. if the tint is of legal darkness, it will still be of legal darkness. in my opinion the view will be clear enough, but may appear darker th...

Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 10

Views: 1672

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

If someone hands you an existing design, simply quote them on the info and roughly same coverage of vinyl, print etc. A ballpark figure can be given pretty much there and then and you will be able to gauge the customer by the response they give. Anything you give out should clearly be branded with c...

Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When signmakers pull together

Replies: 6

Views: 1131

Re: When signmakers pull together

Terrible tragedy and waste of a young life, Denise.
But great to see how your local sign makers all helped out, well done them! and well done to you and Kev for making the decision to try help and by instigating the joint effort in the first place. :claps:

Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:49 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted sign in mid Wales

Replies: 11

Views: 1751

Re: Hand painted sign in mid Wales

Very Smart Neil, nice, modern, yet traditional!
Always great seeing what you have been up to.

Thanks for taking the to post your work.

Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: HP Latex Vs Epson, views & opinions on these printers please?

Replies: 22

Views: 2754

Re: HP Latex Vs Epson

what epsom printer and what latex?

whats the core of the business you are wanting to service with your purchase?

Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help sourcing, Leggings for heat transfer?

Replies: 5

Views: 874

Re: Leggings for heat transfer

if they dont, you should try your local small school of dance shops, they will sell them too...

Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help sourcing, Leggings for heat transfer?

Replies: 5

Views: 874

Re: Leggings for heat transfer

i could be wrong, but can you not pick these up most places... I am assuming you mean the matt flat cotton stretch type rather than shiny lycra ones? we did a set recently for a dance school with a Harry Potter Theme show and just used white cut sublimation graphics pressed direct at a standard sett...

Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Avery supplying labels direct, really, Avery?

Replies: 9

Views: 1491

Re: Avery supplying labels direct, really, Avery?

its the same company, but in black & white, different company/division. Servicing a different type of customer. "Avery" has been servicing stores like Staples, Office World etc with labels and the like for a long time, probably long before many of us came about. But it does not change ...

Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Views on Kemica "Cast Killer" Digital Vinyl

Replies: 12

Views: 1495

Re: Views on Kemica "Cast Killer" Digital Vinyl

Hi Myles Have to admit i have never heard of Kemica till i read your post mate. That goes for nothing of course, but i would imagine for a brand like this to be in the industry so long, I would have thought I would have at least heard of it. Anyway, calling your brand Calendered vinyl "Cast Kil...

Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: When the customer does the rounds..

Replies: 5

Views: 1182

Re: When the customer does the rounds..

I think everyone gets their fair share of this type of customer, myself included. I don't give internet type enquiries any time unless "at a glance" they tick all the boxes. i.e. full postal details, website etc and the message body is informative, rather than just saying "i want a sh...

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

APA will do the job good. The issue with printable curtain vinyl is print durability. there was never a compatible laminate for it in some years back when we used it. If this is still the case then you should look at some form of liquid laminate to protect your prints because curtains take a lot of ...

Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: reusable stencils for skips, advice please?

Replies: 11

Views: 1526

Re: reusable stencils for skips

Cut scrap vinyl in a "stencil" font, or cut it in an easy font to cut and add your stencil join/support lines in by pen. or pen plot onto the magnetic panel itself. The trick to prevent magnetic tearing is the supports and obviously how it is handled by the user. be clear when handing it o...

Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how to discard the banner packing tube?

Replies: 6

Views: 1109

Re: how to discard the banner packing tube?

- BE CREATIVE - :smiles:

Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vinyls whats the shelf life once purchased?

Replies: 4

Views: 1046

Re: Vinyls whats the shelf life once purchased?

I have always understood the warranty life from the manufacturer is a 2 year shelf life. I would imagine this being from their actual distribution date though. 2 years seems a long time, but it really is not when you consider shipping time from abroad, to supplier selling, then to us lot selling on ...

Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:39 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: illuminated shop fascia sign print

Replies: 7

Views: 913

Re: illuminated shop fascia sign print

Or, if you have any, use a digital white with a clear adhesive. What you need to be careful with is, depending on the printed graphic / image, when illuminated, it may look washed out slightly once illuminated. There are various ways you can strengthen the colours in photoshop by tweaking them. Ther...

Re: URGENT ADVICE needed what foil to use on a trailer with special surface

excuse me if i am missing the obvious as i am just speed reading the thread, but what do you mean by "Foil"?

Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Replies: 11

Views: 1507

Re: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Simon Worrall wrote:It is elementary, my dear Watson. :smiles:


:lol: :smiles:

Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Replies: 11

Views: 1507

Re: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Hi Gordon No mate, you will get the tunnelling regardless to applied as one or as separate layers. You will also get the loss in squeegee friction contact around these areas as the squeegee bumps down this ridge. The way to eliminate the tunnelling is when creating the artwork. you would weld the la...

Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Replies: 11

Views: 1507

Re: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Thanks for the feedback.... Looking at the majority of the fail areas. It does not fail on the single layered text as you say. so i would rule out the media and the surface its fitted too as the blame. the real issue is you have "stepped" the overlap of vinyl to create the shadow. This ste...

Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

Replies: 11

Views: 1507

Re: Layered vinyl peeling off plastic sided trailer

what vinyl brand and series of the brand has been used?
Has it been applied with an application fluid?
What month approx was it installed?
Was it fitted outside or inside?

Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex or Composite for shop front

Replies: 7

Views: 1185

Re: Foamex or Composite for shop front

You are correct to object, do NOT use foamex. Composite is the route to take.
the foam board will rise like puff pastry in the sun and stay that way when the sun goes down.
It will buckle and look a mess in no time and your tight fist'ed customer will be on the phone to complain.

Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Replies: 21

Views: 2097

Re: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

I thought same until i saw the finished results were they show 20%+ superior quality output etc.
whereas it should be lower on the faster setting. so beats the HP on both speed and quality.

Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Epson 80600 Solvent Printer, test prints results, what do you think?

Replies: 21

Views: 2097

Re: Epson 80600 test prints results.

I have no experience of this machine, but it is good to see posts like this, providing feedback from real world users of the machine, so to speak. I have not heard a lot about the machine, but what i have has only been good. So i am interested in reading what you and others are finding when using th...

Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: making signs using 250 micron polycarbonate film

Replies: 7

Views: 1393

Re: making signs using 250 micron polycarbonate film

As you say, reverse printed clear, backed in white vinyl and mounted to the clear shape is easily doable. if in volume, it may be easier just outsourcing to have them flatbed printed and contour cut. any shapes etc we would CNC router but haven't needed to do anything so thin, but cant see it being ...
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