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Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exhibition and Press Conference Backdrop Ideas please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1553

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: 377

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: 136

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: 13

Views: 511

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: 348

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: 348

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: 284

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: 1265

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: 314

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: 307

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: 250

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: 268

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: 913

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: 527

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: 347

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: 377

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: 377

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: 443

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: 486

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: 402

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: 416

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: 23

Views: 1444

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: 353

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: 353

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: 842

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: 842

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: 815

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: 596

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: 430

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: 729

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: 548

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: 550

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: 749

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: 991

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: 2485

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: 571

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: 639

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: 1381

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: 905

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: 1632

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: 439

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: 439

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: 1381

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: 736

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: 2485

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: 905

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: 657

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: 905

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: 694

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: 492

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: 708

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: 708

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: 905

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: 905

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: 499

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: 467

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: 930

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: 371

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: 904

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: 904

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: 449

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: 463

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: 470

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: 904

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: 904

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: 516

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: 379

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: 459

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: 514

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: 270

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: 1391

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: 564

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: 680

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: 439

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: 439

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: 667

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: 667

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: 1777

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: 1777

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: 588

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: 1777

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: 718

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: 1161

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: 522

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: 3537

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: 587

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: 522

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: 727

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: 3537

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: 738

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: 799

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: 584

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: 757

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: 710

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: 945

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: 1066

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: 1065

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: 1065

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: 800

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: 810

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: 1066

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: 816

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: 929

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: 810

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: 710

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: 810

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: 1066

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: 929

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: 929

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: 1694

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: 324

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: 3537

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: 930

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: 1097

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: 641

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: 1557

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: 1557

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: 1557

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: 1557

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: 1557

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: 1298

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: 682

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: 805

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: 862

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: 862

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: 448

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: 1270

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: 664

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: 426

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: 757

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: 426

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: 406

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: 973

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: 640

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: 1023

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: 683

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: 810

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: 1412

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: 988

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: 1409

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: 21

Views: 1862

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: 711

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: 711

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: 1342

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: 1046

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: 871

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: 9

Views: 1087

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: 1009

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: 958

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: 659

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: 1027

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: 1027

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: 1027

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: 1027

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: 982

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: 1713

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: 1713

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: 1112

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 ...

Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:58 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Is there a Universal Cutter take up reel on the market?

Replies: 5

Views: 586

Re: Is there a Universal Cutter take up reel on the market?

The only true one to work that i know of is the Summa cutter with its automated take-up. £1000 extra add-on to a particular summa model of cutter (i forget the series) it allows batches of printed graphics to be contour cut and then taken up by the reel. it does this by reading a bar code periodical...

Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roll up banner media and blank cassette roll up units

Replies: 5

Views: 1135

Re: Roll up banner media and blank cassette roll up units

stands from easystands.com or ultima, not budget but decent grade ones. roll up media, we use the thick anti-scratch stuff from paper graphics or similar. if you want to sell budget grade you will struggle competing with online sources. so do NOT try... these are normally cheap crap stands with medi...

Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: PPL PRS back on the scene

Replies: 12

Views: 1614

Re: PPL PRS back on the scene

In the end event we paid for the licence, approx £200.
6 months later, a second similar type piggy backed this and cost us about a further £90.
both were working together in some form or another.
i think the year after, combined, the priced dropped a bit but still...

Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting mats, and why the hell do these titles have to be so long

Replies: 3

Views: 680

Re: Cutting mats, and why the hell do these titles have to be so long

Re: Cutting mats, and why the hell do these titles have to be so long You are asking for people to go out their way and help you by replying to your post. Yet you feel it is too much effort to post a descriptive topic title in the correct forum, actually asking for the help? If you do not post a de...

Thu May 31, 2018 12:39 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rogers. General signs Feb-may 2018

Replies: 14

Views: 1278

Re: Rogers. General signs Feb-may 2018

A really nice variety of work Dave, always good to see what you have been up to mate...

Thanks very much for taking the time to post your work Dave.

Mon May 28, 2018 9:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: which way to overlap tiles to minimise the joins please?

Replies: 8

Views: 842

Re: which way to overlap tiles to minimise the joins please?

I didn't actually know that's what that knife was designed for Robert. Like yourself David we've only used it for cutting the backing sheet to create a hinge. It was for slitting, butt-joining wallpaper easily without scoring into the wall. the foot/flat metal glided down between the wall and the p...

Mon May 28, 2018 6:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Botley, Southampton

Replies: 4

Views: 641

Re: Hello from Botley, Southampton

welcome to the boards John, and thanks for the introduction post, good to have you here mate. Please also consider loading your profile picture, makes all the difference to your posts and the site on the whole. If you have a smart phone on either Apple or Android, you can download our free mobile ap...

Mon May 28, 2018 2:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What paint to use for Vinyl mask onto rough cast wall?

Replies: 6

Views: 702

Re: What paint to use for Vinyl mask onto rough cast wall?

hard one without seeing first hand, but on a rough wall, ide just use a masonry paint. if stencilling on, you are going to have an issue with the vinyl sticking properly if it is rough, your next problem is because it is rough, the paint will bleed inside/under the vinyl stencil. if this is the case...

Mon May 28, 2018 10:23 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: which way to overlap tiles to minimise the joins please?

Replies: 8

Views: 842

Re: which way to overlap tiles to minimise the joins please?

I guess its a preference thing, but if this was an issue for the customer i would do the following. Create Butt-Joins, which will be flush. Butt-joins can be created in a few ways, but not just as easy doing walls with self adhesive vinyl, as it is doing it with wallpaper. This is because with paste...

Thu May 24, 2018 7:20 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: External Signage for Lochrin Square, Edinburgh

Replies: 1

Views: 443

Re: External Signage for Lochrin Square, Edinburgh

Looks nice Gregory. But difficult to tell from the picture what your signage contributions are. Is it cut vinyl on a pre-constructed pillar? Or have you constructed the pillar exterior in acrylic or composite etc? Looking at the edge trim, it looks like it maybe an acrylic, if so, does it illuminate...

Thu May 24, 2018 6:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 4

Views: 967

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

UKSG group supplier: William Smiths, have their trade division https://www.williamsmith.co.uk/trade-services I was in their premises recently, sporting all the latest gear. Certainly worth a try. I've just enquired myself for 1 metre high Built-up letters. Also: Vinnie at 3D Signs : http://www.3d-si...

Tue May 22, 2018 3:08 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: knifeless tape recomendations

Replies: 3

Views: 497

Re: knifeless tape recomendations

Call William smiths.
I prefer finish line but you may be better with designline for what your doing.

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

Their Flite technology adhesive system is one of a kind Hugh, which is on this new reflective which makes application and removal very easy. I have not used this reflective but its the same adhesive system Arlon has on their new wrapping film also.

Wed May 16, 2018 8:09 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cut Vinyl - Pressure Washing

Replies: 1

Views: 563

Re: Cut Vinyl - Pressure Washing

any decent brand of polymeric calendered vinyl should do the job. it should be applied dry and the area for graphics on the car should be properly cleaned and decreased prior to install. meths or isopropynol will do for that. once applied, you should warm the surface gradually to promote a faster bo...

Wed May 16, 2018 8:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printed back-lit panels, advice needed.

Replies: 5

Views: 893

Re: Printed backlit panels

just looks like an old acrylic lightbox. you could probably remove the sheet of acrylic, strip the vinyl off the face and re-apply printed vinyl. slide it back into the existing trim. whilst out, replace the fluorescent tubes if thats what is illuminating it and clean and make good of the existing t...

Sat May 12, 2018 4:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Correct wire sign stakes

Replies: 1

Views: 853

Re: Correct wire sign stakes

Grafityp UK do them I think. grafityp.co.uk

Tue May 08, 2018 7:55 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Removing old application tape, advice needed please?

Replies: 17

Views: 1603

Re: Removing old app tape nightmare!

I have a situation where a vehicle had vinyl applied to it several weeks ago and the customer offered to remove the tape themselves as we had to rush off to another job. Unfortunately they didn’t remove it. 4-5 weeks later, the tape is dry and totally stuck to the vehicle. I can only guess you appl...

Tue May 08, 2018 7:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Wrexham, a quick intro!

Replies: 4

Views: 681

Re: Hello from Wrexham a quick intro

Hi David Thanks for taking the time to say hello, great to have you here and look forward to reading more of your posts. Please also consider loading your profile picture, it is a fact that people with profile pictures in place get a better response results than those who do not. Plus, it makes all ...

Mon May 07, 2018 8:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

Replies: 30

Views: 3659

Re: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

do you have any pictures of the fail?

Sun May 06, 2018 2:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: LED letters mounted onto stone, advice please?

Replies: 3

Views: 916

Re: LED letters mounted onto stone, advice please?

can you not access the rear of the sign from inside the shop above ceiling cavity?

Wed May 02, 2018 11:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Insurance for my sign company

Replies: 7

Views: 1136

Re: Insurance for my sign company

If you haven't already, call SignElite and speak with Annette http://www.signelite.co.uk
they have packages insurance packages dedicated to the sign industry.

Wed May 02, 2018 3:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Pittsburgh Pa , USA!

Replies: 2

Views: 433

Re: Hello from Pittsburgh Pa , USA!

Hi bill
Thank you for taking the time to say hello and look forward to seeing more of your posts on the boards.
Please consider also loading your profile picture. Or send us it and we will do it for you.
Makes all the difference to your posts and the site on the whole.
rob@uksignboards.com

Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 38

Views: 3052

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

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


:lol: :lol: yep, had to go stretch my legs walking the Hospital corridor, worried sick about you in there. :wink: :lol: :lol:

What were we talking about here anyway? :blushing: :lol:

Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 38

Views: 3052

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

Hugh Potter wrote:just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year


Nice one, so your really going ahead with the Sex change Hugh? :lol: :wink:

Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Source car window shades for sublimation printing, source please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1005

Re: Source car window signs

Nova-Chrome do them also Martin. novachrome.co.uk

Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Transit Custom's etc

Replies: 22

Views: 2305

Re: Lettering Transit Custom's etc

Thanks for the reply Ewan,
no matter when, always good to know how folk got on after the problem/question arises.
cheers mate!

Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When position is key

Replies: 2

Views: 820

Re: When position is key

yeh, the spellings a bit weird there mate. :awkward:

Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Saying Hello to the boards from Dumfries

Replies: 11

Views: 806

Re: Saying Hello..............

Welcome to the boards David, great to have you here and thank you for taking the time to post an intro!


Paul Whyte wrote:Any ideas how I change my avatar to show my picture, can't seem to see it on my mobile app


As David says, feel free to send me and i will get it loaded for you Paul. rob@uksignboards.com

Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Whats your go to substrate for most jobs- dibond, foamex.....

Replies: 9

Views: 1297

Re: Whats your go to substrate for most jobs- dibond, foamex.....

As much as we do make signs from it occasionally and only when stipulated, I will always avoid Foamex and Acrylic.
5mm Correx & 10mm Correx for anything short term or budget
3mm quality brand Composite.

Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which system are these please

Replies: 4

Views: 1018

Re: Which system are these please

Iain George wrote:People ranting on my posts gets me going there should be some kind of administrator who stops this kind of thing!!! [emoji23][emoji12]


yes, where are these clowns when they are needed?? :lol: :wink:

Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which system are these please

Replies: 4

Views: 1018

Re: Which system are these please

I have seen lots of posts like this on UKSB with regards to sign systems, flexiface signs etc etc You would think that the manufacturers would have some sort of branding, code and even web address on the rear to easily identify it for future sales, repairs etc. When possible, we put a small sticker ...

Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lettering Transit Custom's etc

Replies: 22

Views: 2305

Re: Lettering Transit Custom's etc

Follow the sill of the vehicle. from wheel to wheel... Visually, you look on the vehicle "on the whole" not by the panel shapes and body lines. You also do not "design" the van graphics to suit the body lines of the vehicle. you simply overlay the graphics and position where you ...

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

Totally agree Phill, I also had one of those crystal blocks done when I was at alton towers some years ago. I saw lots of them in Tenerife when i was just there over Christmas. They were also offering much bigger Chrystal/glass blocks and shapes to have 3D pictures etched inside. what i did notice w...

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

Mimaki-Colour-3D-Printer-Head.png Looking at the printed head and shoulders... Does this mean Mimaki could make Madam Tussauds go "bust"? (pardon the pun) :smiles: Lets face it, who is going to want to go see an iffy wax carving when a 3D head Scan and print will do a much better job in a...

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

I have always been interested in 3D printing and have see a good few in action now. I had a brief demo of one a couple of weeks ago at Antalis in leicester and as much as ide say it was more an entry level model, what it could do was still amazing for under £1k. Seeing what this new Mimaki 3D printe...

Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Optical illusion floor graphics

Replies: 1

Views: 904

Re: Optical illusion floor graphics

The thing with optical illusions is that most only work when looked at from a certain angle. so you would have to be careful when purchasing for certain things. for optical illusion graphics you can find some on Adobe stock images HERE I am sure other stock image sites will do them also. however, wh...

Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:19 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: RIP-like software for cutter?

Replies: 4

Views: 619

Re: RIP-like software for cutter?

Not sure on the Mac setup with it as i switched away from Macs some time ago now.
Had a quick look and there is a trial download HERE mentioning Mac. might be worth a try or contacting them direct maybe quicker.

Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:13 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: RIP-like software for cutter?

Replies: 4

Views: 619

Re: RIP-like software for cutter?

Signlab It doesn't do it all "just as you said" but does in its own ways. the one crucial factor you will require to make this all possible, is your cutter needs to be roll to roll with a take-up system. if its not, then your only going to get runs of about 5 metres and the cutter tracking...

Re: Which trade supplier would you trust to build letters to go 90m up on a side of a building?

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Was this cardboard or correx Iain?

[emoji23] joking mate. Impressive sign! Thanks for sharing.

Re: Which trade supplier would you trust to build letters to go 90m up on a side of a building?

I aporiciate the sence of humor but we need someone who will put extra attention to detail in to this as we don't want to ne going up there 2 weeks after install to change an LED module on>r scrape someone from under the letter which landed on the pavement... Letters 1-4m ish...we only had a rough ...

Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello (again) from Australia

Replies: 1

Views: 509

Re: Hello (again) from Australia

Hi Quentin

Good to see you back on the boards mate...
look forward to seeing new posts from you and hearing what you have been up to!

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Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signapp - has it been updated?

Replies: 2

Views: 573

Re: Signapp - has it been updated?

Hi David Yes there was an update made to Signapp which has just went through on both iTunes and Google Play stores. Unlike the norm, were Apple enforce new rules etc. this was actually due to Google changing some Terms & Conditions which forced us to apply some changes in the app. This is not so...

Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:35 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Independant Engineer to service machine

Replies: 7

Views: 889

Re: Independant Engineer to service machine

Sorry, not any help for independent technicians. but other options if not already, see link and also attached info document for REACT by CSL.

http://www.vts-service.co.uk

Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Big shout out for Mounters Mate

Replies: 6

Views: 1229

Re: Big shout out for Mounters Mate

Due to being prominently a sign business, we do not need to run 50m at a time of print on a daily basis, "in one go". However, if we run truck wraps which are 50+ metres each, then yes we will run a 50 metre roll in one go without effort. If the machine is setup correct and is running true...

Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendation for Banner accessories supplier

Replies: 8

Views: 1277

Re: Recommendation for Banner accessories supplier

easystands.com offer a range from budget upwards. Yes you can buy a pack of 6 for about £10 each or there about. There is also people buying in bulk at about £5 each, some from china... However, its all very well saving a few pound here and there, but the bottom line is, these stands are normally cr...

Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Big shout out for Mounters Mate

Replies: 6

Views: 1229

Re: Big shout out for Mounters Mate

And another +1 for mounters mate laminator from me too!
Very easy to use and track. never had a single problem since ours was installed by Omar.

Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cost effective software for Graphtec vinyl cutter

Replies: 9

Views: 1317

Re: Cost effective software for Graphtec vinyl cutter

I would never consider anything but Signlab for my day to day sign work. Signlab comes in moduals, so you purchase a basic cut package, or bolt on the design extras as you go along. I forget how long exactly, but i must have been using it 20 years now... before that it was a Spandex 4b cutter which ...

Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Application tape tearing from the side

Replies: 10

Views: 1141

Re: Application tape tearing from the side

some times this can happen on one side if stored on a cold surface like a stone floor. the cold/damp weakens the paper on one side of the roll, so is more prone to tear. sometimes this can happen if it has been in storage a while and the edge seems to get stringy due to the adhesive slightly tacking...

Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rear Projection Screen Film, advice and views please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1127

Re: Clear window projection screen film

Hi Warren I spent a bit of time and money on this around 8 years ago. It is certainly a great idea and has so much potential, but there are a list of pros and cons... Back then I could only locate 3 types of this film. Other than the 3M Vikuity i forget the others. I just checked my emails but could...

Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi there, quick little introduction from Middlesbrough

Replies: 2

Views: 600

Re: Hi there, quick little introduction from Middlesbrough

Welcome to the boards Matt, great to have you here mate and thank you for taking the time to load your picture also, makes all the difference to your posts and the site on the whole.

Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 38

Views: 3052

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

That's it sold Rob haha train it is esp when beers are mentioned haha Yes being able to have a few beers at the show does make the train or plane that bit more attractive. :lol: I think the Wednesday is always the busiest day. where as the third day is probably the best day for end of show deals.

Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 38

Views: 3052

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

I would drive each year, but took the train about 8 years ago and been doing that since. So much better... you can work, sleep, eat, drink and it's no problem. The international station and airport is at the NEC too... so all good no matter what way. There is also the ability to have a fee beers if ...

Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 38

Views: 3052

Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

As we are already in March and April is just around the corner, i thought I would start our annual topic around this time of year discussing Sign & Digital UK, our longest established. highest attended event within our industry for the past 30 years. As most regulars and old school members of uk...

Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice needed on digital vinyl for car / motorbikes etc?

Replies: 4

Views: 916

Re: Advice needed on digital vinyl for car / motorbikes etc?

Hi Brian You are basically looking for a vinyl that will adhere to low energy surfaces. Give William Smiths a call and explain what you are wanting to use the digital film for and i am sure they will keep you right. They have various brand options for this type of thing. https://www.williamsmith.co.uk

Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi there from Rillington, new to the site.

Replies: 1

Views: 560

Re: Hi there from Rillington, new to the site.

Welcome to the boards Jamie, great to have you here mate.
Please also consider loading your profile picture. makes all the difference to your posts and the site on the whole.

Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:04 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Having Vehicle library issues, views and opinions please?

Replies: 3

Views: 665

Re: Having Vehicle library issues

No vehicle outline library is 100% accurate. it cant truly be in the 2D format it comes in. It should be used as a guide, but still very good at that. The best i can recommend is the one by Brian Hays at Impact : https://www.impactgs.co.uk Many outline libraries you find online, around Europe and th...

Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How's everyone coping with all the snow?

Replies: 21

Views: 1644

Re: How's everyone coping with all the snow?

John Thomson wrote:My car today.....


very realistic snow wrap john. :wink:

Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How's everyone coping with all the snow?

Replies: 21

Views: 1644

Re: How's everyone coping with all the snow?

Phill, why don't we just go to the pub with John Thomson. We are all close to each other anyway! :wink:

Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How's everyone coping with all the snow?

Replies: 21

Views: 1644

Re: How's everyone coping with all the snow?

we must be 16+ inches deep in snow now. No deliveries coming in for stock Staff cant get to work due to no trains, buses, and multiple red weather warnings. Cars abandoned everywhere... That said, we still had 4 of our local staff make the extra effort to get to work and we were still productive to ...

Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Your views on finance for signs please?

Replies: 19

Views: 2153

Re: Your views on finance for signs please?

Some credit providers/brokers give you a commission as an added incentive. However, if the client faults in payments or whatever, they do claw-back the commission at any time. I have a couple of good mates that have car garages and i know they have had paybacks to give for their customers not comple...

Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:32 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Drytacs, Protac Anti-Scratch Gloss now available in the UK and Ireland

Replies: 3

Views: 740

Re: Drytacs, Protac Anti-Scratch Gloss now available in the UK and Ireland

Thanks for the feedback David, it is always great to get unbiased views and opinions from site members. Even better when the feedback is pretty much in-line with the editorial above. Thanks for taking the time to make the post David! I have been using some drytac cast and laminate over the past few ...

Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Replies: 12

Views: 1473

Re: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Offer the signs to be printed to white self adhesive Paper/Wallpaper, applied directly to their wall. If these are signs, directional or Health & safety, then there is a necessity for them no matter how they look at it. Fine if it is for decor purposes, but if not, moving them around to limit th...

Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Wrap on Filling Station Pillars Advice

Replies: 12

Views: 1423

Re: Vinyl Wrap on Filling Station Pillars Advice

I wouldn't use a vinyl. I would offer a composite with printed graphics and laminate. Those steel pillars will be freezing cold in this weather, so right away will not be good to apply to. Yes, you could heat it in with a heat in to help promote adhesion but i wouldn't imagine that will be allowed n...

Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:40 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping a range rover L322 (04-09)

Replies: 6

Views: 1014

Re: Wrapping a range rover L322 (04-09)

Hi Hugh I think I am looking at a different bonnet from you mate. :smiles: As you can see from those i have attached, the middle areas are risen, sloping down onto the areas left and right of the bonnet. If you did the centre section first, your side areas joins would be overlapping and facing up to...

Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Roland dampener gone twice in one day

Replies: 3

Views: 671

Re: Roland dampener gone twice in one day

Not sure the setup of newer roland printers. But could the manifold pin be split? in the past I remember this happening when securing the damper on the pin. The pin can be brittle and cracked while pushing the damper on. If the machines/head assembly are still made the same its worth checking that t...

Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:44 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping a range rover L322 (04-09)

Replies: 6

Views: 1014

Re: Wrapping a range rover L322 (04-09)

i dont know the size of the bonnet, but could easily be bigger than the standard 60 inch roll of wrap? you could run knifeless tape down the lower section of the bonnet dip on each side and create a "butt join". if you prefer to have an overlap join... wrap the lower sections on either sid...

Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

Replies: 30

Views: 3659

Re: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

If we forget about the brand of vinyl being used here for the moment... Every vinyl has specified installation temperatures which most of us, "myself included" do not "always" follow by the book. There is no point us complaining after the event if we do not follow the proper proc...

Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:59 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: It has been a while, some new 'it's a wrap'

Replies: 7

Views: 1282

Re: It has been a while, some new 'it's a wrap'

Some really nice work there Tim, as usual mate.... :thumbsup: You have great variety in the work you do, and always very well designed. The first one on the wall, high-up. Have you printed the surfaces onto panels and then installed them section by section? The last one on the ceiling. Did you have ...

Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anybody used ceramic blades?

Replies: 6

Views: 1431

Re: Anybody used ceramic blades?

I have seen these, but not in the flesh. I would like to have a go, so may buy and try before knocking them.
based purely on that video though, it does not look like its cutting as nicely as a metal blade would.
will be interesting to hear how you get on Warren.

Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Magnetic squares cut to size

Replies: 4

Views: 946

Re: Magnetic squares cut to size

what about contacting Bisbell magnets or anchor magnets etc and ask them?
they are the manufacturers of the product and offer direct sales. just a thought...

or as suggested, James and Group101 who has a large zund type flatbed cutter.

Re: Magnetic Sheeting - What is the biggest size you've done in one piece?

You must give them something in writing, download a free disclaimer template from google and tweak it. sounds a pain but at least you will have one for future on anything else you may need it for. you do not have to give something all very legal looking that you will lose a sale. just state that the...
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