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Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:26 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what do i do with reflective chevrons?

Replies: 7

Views: 1216

We have done a number of recovery vehicles and they insisted on diamond grade flourescent yellow stripes down the side. Their argument is they have to be conspicuous and will do whatever it takes. I can't find the suppliers name but it wasn't one of the big ones. I can try Monday if you wish Many th...

Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge

Replies: 5

Views: 1121

Thanks chaps.

With dibond and the others what are there strong points ie do they last longer than aluminium, are they stronger or is it simply a case of it just being an alternative?

Many thanks

Keith

Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge

Replies: 5

Views: 1121

How much would you charge

Hi all, We've just been asked to quote for a sign which by our standards is HUGE. The customer wants either aluminium or lighter (I suggested dibond) with the measurements being 39ft X 30inches. the text to be a minimum of 24inch high and the full length of the sign. If we use our present way of doi...

Fri Nov 28, 2003 1:45 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Supplier of Reflexite reflective & hi vis vinyl please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1972

Supplier of Reflexite reflective & hi vis vinyl please?

Does anybody know of a supplier of Reflexite reflective & hi vis vinyl.
The customer has pointed me towards one supplier but he supplies the recovery business and i suspect somebody is supplying him. His prices are (I think) a bit too expensive.

Many thanks

Keith

Tue Nov 11, 2003 1:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: URGENT PRICING HELP REQUIRED

Replies: 6

Views: 1195

Thanks everbody for your input. I will now go away and work it out. I like the idea of charging per metre. It keeps everything simple and with a dislex...dislsc...calculator that makes mistakes it reduces errors :lol:

Keith

Tue Nov 11, 2003 11:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: URGENT PRICING HELP REQUIRED

Replies: 6

Views: 1195

URGENT PRICING HELP REQUIRED

We have had an existing customer order a load of vinyl letters. it consists of 6 words all 4 inch high. The total vinyl usage is 30m. If I charge at our normal rate ie. per letter it comes out at over a thousand pounds. If I charge at vinyl usage rate it comes out at around six hundred. They both se...

Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: live CHAT on the uksignboards.com

Replies: 13

Views: 1964

It could be a good thing providing the boards do not suffer. I like the posts but chatting live may just put a different slant on things, I'm online (obviously not at the puter) 24/7 and its really nice to be able to chat to some of the "faces" that post . I agree Rodney......but where's yours :wink...

Sat Oct 18, 2003 12:53 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Gerber expert wanted

Replies: 4

Views: 1441

Ian, you could try exporting it as a plt file to a drive then open it in omega and save it back as you would ordinarily do. We have the same problem with advantage. The other way is to ungroup, then give everything a very small outline and delete the imported line. This although labourious works for...

Thu Oct 16, 2003 12:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Time to act has come....

Replies: 14

Views: 2529

BIG G. Good luck with you new venture. When you say targeted companies do you mean ones you had targeted or ones that had made enquiries? We bought our business 3 years ago and although it was established it had rather a tarnished reputation (which we found out too late). We have made all sorts of m...

Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:32 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: wanted roll striping machine

Replies: 2

Views: 549

You are right Johnathan Hexis do sell them

Hexis phone number is 01543 411221

Hope this is of use.

Keith

Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: SOMETHING NEW FOR US

Replies: 4

Views: 937

Although I can't fully understand how the sign is made from your description (perhaps I'm being a bit :roll: ) but from experience foamalux is not terribly vandal proof. It will chip quite easily if stones are thrown at it.
Sorry I can't be of more use.

Keith

Sat Oct 11, 2003 11:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GRUMPY OLD MEN

Replies: 6

Views: 1208

GRUMPY OLD MEN

Did anybody see the programme last night on the views of man aged 35 -55? It cheered me up immensely knowing there are others out there with similar views. It makes it all the more relevant when I look at my (You don't know what it's like) teenage son with his spiked lip, mop 'a' top hair style, FLA...

Sat Oct 11, 2003 11:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can I ask why?

Replies: 16

Views: 3507

We used to get pestered by lots of (supposed) charities saying they apologised for the delay in artwork blah blah blah... We simply tell them they are lying and we didn't agree to anything and they must remove us from their database. they have to do this by law. We haven't had any for about 12 month...

Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:07 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how do i stick acrylic letters to acrylic panel?

Replies: 6

Views: 2922

This problem was all part of the same sign with the problem in fitting.
Perhaps after three years a bit of signmakers logic is finallly kicking in :lol:

Keith

Fri Oct 10, 2003 12:06 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how do i stick acrylic letters to acrylic panel?

Replies: 6

Views: 2922

Thanks to all who replied. There are some worth while answers. Because I ran out of time i couldn't check for replies so what we did was to cut a template out of of cuts of vinyl, pick out the letters and stick that to the acrylic as a template. It worked a treat. The signs are up and the letters at...

Tue Oct 07, 2003 11:56 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how do i stick acrylic letters to acrylic panel?

Replies: 6

Views: 2922

how do i stick acrylic letters to acrylic panel?

We have to stick some acrylic letters to an acrylic panel.
The problem is (or is it me being thick)how can I ensure the correct positioning. I have a location plan (paper) but I can't see it being of any use.
Is it a case of draw a line and hope?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Keith

Sat Sep 27, 2003 11:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What were YOU before?

Replies: 37

Views: 5110

Nice to see another ex-matelot in the group Martin.
A lucky escape from the crash at that speed.
I was a Seaman Specialist myself, you know all that upper deck (and fresh air stuff :wink: ) malarky.
I was on the Wakeful for a time running out of faslane. Took it to scrap in 87

Keith

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wrong Colours!!

Replies: 22

Views: 2883

What it did show us is not to judge a book by its cover and people who are serious about buying expect to pay a deposit just as much as we who (now) expect it.

Keith

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What were YOU before?

Replies: 37

Views: 5110

Left school at 16 (1976) joined the Royal Navy.
Left three years ago with my liver and kidneys barely intact.
Saw a sign company for sale in the local paper on the Monday. Bought it on the Wednesday. Been recovering from the shock ever since

Keith

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wrong Colours!!

Replies: 22

Views: 2883

Glad you heve got it sorted out Phil. The wheelcover saga was sorted today also. the guy simply came in with his cash and paid. No fuss and even pleasantries were exchanged. It obviously didn't cover the cost of the designing but that's another lesson to be learned. Another lesson of human nature ha...

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: just a bit of news for those who know me !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Replies: 10

Views: 2079

Congratulations Paul.

You will have to change your police uniform now then :wink:

Keith

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all

Replies: 4

Views: 760

Hi Angel and welcome.

Look forward to hearing more from you. We also use composer though only elite version I'm afraid.

Keith

Tue Sep 23, 2003 11:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Newbie saying hello

Replies: 11

Views: 1421

Hi Tony,

Welcome to the group. This site is a mine of information and it's enjoyable with it. Try not to get too hooked :wink:

Keith

Tue Sep 23, 2003 11:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there a medium term flourescent vinyl?

Replies: 4

Views: 1681

Many thanks Dave,
I have given them a ring and samples are due to arrive tomorrow.
I have also just heard about Avery TrafficCal.
Does anybody know of a supplier etc.

Many thanks

Keith

Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there a medium term flourescent vinyl?

Replies: 4

Views: 1681

Many thanks CWC.
The yellow is to go down the sides of the truck so it's perfectly legal.
I will give 3M a ring on Monday.


Keith

Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is it best to fit banner vinyl dry or wet ?

Replies: 20

Views: 4661

It's true Rob, taking the app tape off still lifts the banner so perhaps clamping and still applying wet is some middle ground? I am intrigued to know what you mean by a better life. Does the vinyl not last as long if put on wet? Or is it more care has to be taken initially until it is fully dry? Or...

Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New boy in town

Replies: 6

Views: 1141

Hi Brasscutter,
Welcome to the group.
Some of us don't have too many years tucked away.
You will answers to all your questions and more on here.

Keith

Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:31 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is it best to fit banner vinyl dry or wet ?

Replies: 20

Views: 4661

One day Rob I will give it a try :)

I noticed the time of your post. Did you not sleep last night :wink:

Keith

Thu Sep 18, 2003 5:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there a medium term flourescent vinyl?

Replies: 4

Views: 1681

is there a medium term flourescent vinyl?

The customer has decided to change from reflective stripes on the side to yellow hi vis. All I can find is short term flourescent. Is there any which is medium term suitable for vehicles and if so who supplies it?

Many thanks

Keith

Thu Sep 18, 2003 12:22 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is it best to fit banner vinyl dry or wet ?

Replies: 20

Views: 4661

What I would like to know is how long all this extra preparation takes. Clamping the banner down, measuring, tacking with bits of tape, then when in position adding more tape before finally peeling off the backing paper and eventually the application tape? The way we do it is to put small marks with...

Thu Sep 18, 2003 12:09 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner Vinyl-How many of us use it?

Replies: 16

Views: 2441

John, You don't need to keep large amounts of stock. We tend to have mainly black and one or two other colurs. We tag our orders together as and when it's needed. It has already been mentioned that it adheres better and remains looking better for longer. We also tell the customers that to ensure it ...

Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:58 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is it best to fit banner vinyl dry or wet ?

Replies: 20

Views: 4661

I really must persevere with this dry thing.

I suppose its what you become confident with but I always end up with the graphics in either a scrunged up ball with me doing a Zulu war dance (hot) or it ends up being a body wrap that a fashion model would be proud of :oops: :oops:

Keith

Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:24 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is it best to fit banner vinyl dry or wet ?

Replies: 20

Views: 4661

We always do our banners wet especially the longer ones. It allows for quick re-positioning, even when laying up on your own.
A good squeegee and the jobs done!

Keith

Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:06 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Viewing EPS Files?

Replies: 18

Views: 5178

Martin,
can't you put them all in my documents first?

We can save every file and any file format with full names. That way you can at least see the title.

Keith

Mon Sep 15, 2003 9:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where's the post on creating a micro dot print out

Replies: 9

Views: 1514

Many thanks Rob,
I am going to have a bash tomorrow.
Fingers crossed :)

Keith

Mon Sep 15, 2003 1:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where's the post on creating a micro dot print out

Replies: 9

Views: 1514

Thanks Dave,
There was discussion on creating a similar thing using two layers of vinyl and cuting stripes in it.
I think it was Rob who mentioned how it was done.
However, can they print it to specific colours?

Many thanks

Keith

Mon Sep 15, 2003 10:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where's the post on creating a micro dot print out

Replies: 9

Views: 1514

Where's the post on creating a micro dot print out

Help,
Iv'e been asked to create a printed logo on micro dot for the windows of a van.
I know the subject has been discussed before but for the life of me I cannot find it.

Anybody know where abouts it is?

Many thanks

Keith

Sun Sep 14, 2003 12:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wrong Colours!!

Replies: 22

Views: 2883

What is going on with customers? We had one this week who had wanted a wheelcover and told us to order it to speed up the process. Mistake number one NO DEPOSIT! The artwork they supplied consisted of a business card with a photo of two dogs side by side. One had to be removed and placed on the whee...

Tue Sep 09, 2003 11:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi everyone!

Replies: 9

Views: 1560

Hi there,
welcome to the group. You'll find anything you don't already know about signs available simply by asking questions.

Keith

Wed Sep 03, 2003 11:31 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Frog Juice

Replies: 14

Views: 8494

We use frog juice on all external jobs from our pc 600. It works a treat!
We make sure that it is applied before weeding as the slightest over pressure on the cutting blade allows the frog juice to seep behind the print and stick it to the backing paper.

Keith

Wed Aug 20, 2003 11:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Company Insurance

Replies: 4

Views: 1152

Not knowing how big your company is but I think that is expensive.

There is only 3 of us but we only pay £32 a month. That includes the premises, equipment and public liability up to £10million.
From the Nat West

Keith

Wed Aug 20, 2003 11:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Minimum Order Charge

Replies: 6

Views: 1087

Whilst we don't have a minimum order charge we do however increase the price for smaller jobs. If the customer is likely to come back with other more lucrative orders then being a little bit cheaper isn't too bad. If your customer had ordered 4 times the amount and based on what your calculations we...

Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 5087

Good point John. However I think in relies upon ones beliefs afterall the pharoahs were deemed to be gods!

Keith

Tue Aug 19, 2003 11:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A BIG THANKS TO mike

Replies: 3

Views: 1120

A BIG THANKS TO mike

I just thought I would publicly acknowledge mike's help in locating a particular font I was having trouble with. Why didn't i simply post a picture of it on the site? Because it was barely viewable. Anyway after describing it (very very poorly) Mike came up with an idea of what it was. Which I might...

Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 5087

Jonalphsign wrote 1 A beginning 2 a primitive earth in darkness 3 Light 4 an expanse or atmosphere 5 large areas of dry land 6 land plants 7 sun, moon and stars discernable in the expanse, and seasons beginning 8 sea moinsters and flying creatures 9 wild and tame beasts, mammals 10 man Couple this w...

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 5087

If we look at the theory that evolution is ongoing and mother nature always has something in reserve (just in case!) then perhaps the apes are evolving closer to us in readiness for.......................... (?) (?)

Keith

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 5087

The apes don't deserve that Phil :D :wink:

Keith

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 5087

If this is the case then was it from a chicken or from an egg (?)

Keith

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 5087

Deep meaningful thoughts.................

If humans have evolved from apes then what have the apes evolved from? (?) (?)

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello all

Replies: 15

Views: 2135

Hi there and welcome to the best advice centre for signmaking ever!

Hope your new venture goes extremely well. See you on the boards at stupid o-clock in the morning :D :D


Keith

Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rewarding your staff members.

Replies: 8

Views: 1397

I think a good example of keeping staff happy is the documentary about the funeral directors. Don't drop the coffin i think it's called. I know there may be some element of being in front of the camera but the staff on there really seem content and more importantly, happy and keen with their jobs. K...

Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

By the way:- Hip hop and Rap was invented by gangster types that couldn't sing and had no musical talent. To get around this lack of ability "Rap was invented to allow any tone deaf teenager to become a "pop star"


A poignant comment from Phil (victor) Meldrew :wink: :wink:

keith

Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

OUCH! I deserved that one! :D

We are well, thanks for asking Mike. I hope all is well your end?

Perhaps we upset devon Oak because as yet we have not heard back from them. Lesson well and truly learnt.

Keith

Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

:D :D :lol: *bigsmile*

Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

Why not make it four afterall 'LET'S ROCK' is a bit Jimmy Young (ish) :wink: :)

Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

I wonder what the record is for the most title changes during one discussion is :wink:

Keith

Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

Yes every song :D
Although the scratched ones provided a bit more tempo :P

Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

Coming from a less than affluent family the most economical music we used to buy was the old K Tel records. Cast your mind back to the variety of near perfect music that was available on such a prestigious lable, add to the mix an old record player that was a cross between a book cabinet, a cutlery ...

Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10498

The majority of music I get to listen to these days is Korn, Slipknot, Marlyn Manson :evil: This iswhat happens when your eldest son becomes a goth, complete, I might add, with black clothes and hair, black painted finger nails and a ruddy great 1 1/2 inch spike through his bottom lip :evil: (i pers...

Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billing for Time

Replies: 16

Views: 2385

Liam,
That's not a bad idea. Then try to sell them other things such as site boards or stickers or T shirts with their logo on. I will give it a try :D

Keith

Thu Aug 14, 2003 11:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello

Replies: 4

Views: 1114

Hi Terry & Gordon,

It's always nice to welcome newcomers into the family fold :D

Keith

Thu Aug 14, 2003 11:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billing for Time

Replies: 16

Views: 2385

GI I think Carrie came up with a similar way of explaining how they do it. We don't charge a direct fee but we build in the time into the costs. So by rights we could also say we just have a larger mark up but saying its design time makes it easier for us to work out. Thanks Carrie for untangling my...

Wed Aug 13, 2003 5:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billing for Time

Replies: 16

Views: 2385

As far as the customer is concerned they think the design is free. But you have to build in charges for the time spent otherwise your profits will not be a true reflection on what you produce because of the time spent. If you add up all the time spent designing then allow an hourly rate equal to you...

Wed Aug 13, 2003 12:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Goodbye, well kinda

Replies: 20

Views: 3980

Marty, sorry to hear about you Hiccup. If you are going to start up again with your family friend would it be possible to get you business tel number transferred over. That way you will be able to pacify existing customers and at least if you have an entry in yellow pages will still be able to answe...

Tue Aug 12, 2003 11:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Billing for Time

Replies: 16

Views: 2385

The way we do it is to build design costs into the price of the sign. At the start of the year or if suppliers increase prices we break everything down to the minutest detail - board (plus cutting time), vinyl, laying up, wages and of course arisings @ 25% ie electricity etc. then add on say 2 hrs '...

Sat Aug 09, 2003 12:05 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is the best general Application Tape

Replies: 22

Views: 6088

We also use nothing other than clear tape. Hexis 662 (I haven't got my books handy). The marks can clearly be seen, more pressure can be applied when using the squeegee which can then be removed quicker if more graphics need to be placed. it is ideal for shadows and intricate designs, no registratio...

Sun Aug 03, 2003 1:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roland Bar Codes

Replies: 16

Views: 3018

Jom,
I will have a look first thing Monday morning and e-mail them to you

Keith

Mon Jul 28, 2003 10:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign Update..

Replies: 4

Views: 1021

You could make a point of calling previous customers once every say 3 -6 months. Do it on a rota basis starting with the oldest first and perhaps ring 5 a day. Simply to see if everything is still OK.
That way you stay fresh in their minds and they will buy more often :D :D

Keith

Mon Jul 28, 2003 12:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Oxfordshire

Replies: 7

Views: 1197

Hi Michael and welcome to the mad world of signmaking. tis a brave move you make, no....not becoming a signmaker, but joining the group. You won't be getting many full nights of kip anymore :D :D :D The site is absolutely full of extemely useful information and can be used for simply finding supplie...

Mon Jul 28, 2003 12:08 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Easysign - does anyone use it?

Replies: 17

Views: 4091

Further to my last Gav, I have just finished looking at http://www.signgo.co.uk (sorry don't know how to create a link yet!). they are offering signgo (full version) at $349. You can try it for 30 days before hand for free. That might help. It has more features than our version of easysign so first ...

Sun Jul 27, 2003 11:47 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Easysign - does anyone use it?

Replies: 17

Views: 4091

Gav, We use easysign, but we have only bought the basic plus option because of the cost. Victory do the full packages and i think the full version is about £1200. We find it very restrictive and can't even do an outline on the version we have. In fact on our other computer we have composer elite whi...

Sun Jul 27, 2003 1:52 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: what printer would you recomend?

Replies: 29

Views: 10394

Mark, As Rob says it costs about £4 per A4, a single (spot colour) will do approx 9 - 11 A4's. For one off's we charge anything from £11 upwards depending on the complexity of design. We have corel print house /photo house, easy sign, photoshop, u lead photo express and can pint on the pc600 using a...

Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:06 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: what printer would you recomend?

Replies: 29

Views: 10394

Mark, Don't write off the possibility of a pc600 too early. We have found ours to be extremely versatile. For example, we recently did some exterior signs for a start up water company complete with printed photo logos on. The largest being about 500mm X 380mm and they came out fantastic! We used fro...

Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:34 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what material can i use for a corner arrangement?

Replies: 7

Views: 2790

Thanks for the hepl and useful tips. I will certainly check if it's to be reflective or not. Unfortunately now you have sown the seed of doubt in my mind John about the rivets I think I will air on the side of caution and go with them. I saw the demo Rob, it's nice when a job goes to plan isn't it? ...

Mon Jul 21, 2003 11:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Notice to all! Please read.

Replies: 12

Views: 2390

Rob Why don't you make a copy of the commonest asked questions instead of deleting them and offer it for sale to new members (as part of the joining). It would prevent a lot of questions being repeated. Sometimes when browsing I make a mental note of a particular post I am interested in only to lose...

Mon Jul 21, 2003 10:47 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what material can i use for a corner arrangement?

Replies: 7

Views: 2790

what material can i use for a corner arrangement?

I have been asked to provide a qoute for two large signs 12ft long by 5ft high to be placed together in a corner arrangement. I don't want it to look too tatty by having too many joins. The site for it is on a corner plot (on the edge of the car park) which is about fifteen feet above a busy pavemen...

Sat Jul 19, 2003 3:15 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: paintball

Replies: 1

Views: 826

vehicle graphics: paintball

After seeing Rab's paintball van we thought we would show the one we did recently. The brief was that he was just starting the business and if it went well he would sell his other business and concentrate on this one. He wanted the van to stand out anywhere and from a distance. We did the original d...

Sat Jul 19, 2003 12:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: after vehicle been sprayed when can i apply vinyl?

Replies: 13

Views: 3072

Thanks evebody for your help :lol: :lol: . I spoke to the customer today and told her of my concerns. She is more than happy to proceed and see what happens (at her expense). This one will have to be special as it was a double recommendation, one from the body shop and one from friends of hers who w...

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: after vehicle been sprayed when can i apply vinyl?

Replies: 13

Views: 3072

Thanks Rob.

I will advise them accordingly and hope they understand. I have tried to find the old posts on this subject but there are so many to look through, and you know what it's like. Once you start reading.........


KEITH

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: after vehicle been sprayed when can i apply vinyl?

Replies: 13

Views: 3072

after vehicle been sprayed when can i apply vinyl?

We have been asked to install vehicle graphics to a transit van by a vehicle body workshop. The problem is he is due to spray paint it within the next couple of days after which he thinks it will be 'Ready' for the graphics. I tried to explain to him about the gases etc and it could take up to a wee...

Tue Jul 15, 2003 12:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Looking to Learn New Skills !

Replies: 9

Views: 1695

Hi Paul, Welcome to the group.Now that you have found the site you will have to say goodbye to all your loved ones. You don't need them nor will you even remember them. One logon is all it takes to get hooked :lol: It is so jammed with information and I would reccommend you look back at all the old ...

Tue Jul 15, 2003 12:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How big is this market?

Replies: 18

Views: 2454

After 24 years in the Navy I or we bought this business (three years ago) from an old couple and we didn't have a clue! (we hadn't even seen a vinly letter close up let alone make one) Unknown to us they had a bad reputation. Although they could produce signs, customers were never given a choice and...

Sun Jul 13, 2003 1:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: fit my kitchen

Replies: 2

Views: 868

Very good Steve. I like the nice clean, professional image it portrays. It is bound to do its job and bring them lots of customers We always ask our customers to keep a record of how many enquiries and actual customers their vehicles generate. It's a great tool for marketing. One customer has receiv...

Thu Jul 03, 2003 11:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Youngest browser online

Replies: 3

Views: 865

Well, due to how insignicant I was made to feel by the two little :evil: this afternoon while they were admiring your work I would say you may deserve it. But I won't because they are obviously going to get their way so I will be needing plenty of advice in the near future. :lol:

Keith

Thu Jul 03, 2003 6:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Youngest browser online

Replies: 3

Views: 865

Youngest browser online

Hey guys, at the moment my two sons (Paul) aged 15 and (keith) aged 17 are currently looking around this site. Needless to say their constant remarks of "why don't we do things like that?" are becoming a tad irksome. Especially when looking at the tips and demos and mikethesigns vault. (:) Keith

Sun Jun 29, 2003 12:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advertising...what works for you?

Replies: 8

Views: 2068

Being in a rural part of the country,ie we can be surrounded by fields or morrland within 5 mins walking, using YP is vital. It generally brings in 4-5 enquiries per week. Another excellent way for us is to use the local parish magazines. Our local one costs only £10 for a full A5 page and is a grea...

Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Your Dream Premises

Replies: 9

Views: 2144

I agree with Danny. Location is V. important. Being on a quiet industrial estate makes the job harder as business has to be brought in.
Choose one with as many different trades as possible. This way you should be able to attract business most of the year when various cycles finish.

Fri Jun 27, 2003 11:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ideas Needed.....please!

Replies: 7

Views: 1502

IDEAS NEEDED PLEASE

Would Frogjuice not be as good as laquer? It is supposedly designed to be put on vinyl.

Thu Jun 26, 2003 12:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you do artworks before OR after taking deposits?

Replies: 31

Views: 6185

charging for artwork before taking deposits

We also send the artwork with the final quote. It gives the customer a chance what it is they are paying for. We also tell the full story, ie what the sign is to be made of, how long they can expect it to last under normal circumstances, how long the colours will last, how it is to be fixed and on w...

Fri Jun 13, 2003 11:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: The search for unbiased information!

Replies: 19

Views: 4292

the search for unbiasd information

I really wish we'd joined UKSG before getting our PC600 last June. We are now on our third Yes third model due to various problems. I think the machine is too technical even for their most experienced engineers. We even asked Roland for the disc to recreate the artwork they used on their brochures a...

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