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Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Not sure if anyone can help Clock parts supplier please

Replies: 6

Views: 1902

www.hindleys.com

Cheap as chips.

Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Northamptonshire!

Replies: 10

Views: 2342

Hello and welcome. I'm in Wellingborough, unfortunately. :D

Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What did I miss?

Replies: 24

Views: 5404

Nice to see you've maintained your usual level of sanity, John. :)

Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What did I miss?

Replies: 24

Views: 5404

Thanks everyone. I thought I may as well keep the profile picture of me when I was 30 because I'm probably exactly the same now. Yeah, that'll be it. :) 5 years? Blimey, I didn't realise it was that long. Just stuff occurring, y'know. Sometimes online life has to take a backseat. Right, I've got cus...

Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What did I miss?

Replies: 24

Views: 5404

What did I miss?

Only me. Sorry to have been absent for so long. Stuff has been happening. Y'know, life type stuff. Some good, some rotten. Anyway, here I am. Now, what was I saying......

Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Birthday Shane Drew

Replies: 36

Views: 3802

Ah, just dropped in to catch up after a long absence (again), nearly missed it.

So, Happy Birthday Shaney!

What, 25 again?

Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Flat cut letters on light box

Replies: 3

Views: 537

Get yourself some clear and opal acrylic and experiment with different vinyls etc. You can get some great effects with backlit signs. I think what you want to do is probably achievable but you need to have a play about with it. Like I say, try clear acrylic as well as opal because there are some sma...

Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:49 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: How to create a marble like effect

Replies: 3

Views: 1274

Using what software? Edit: Sorry Corel obviously. You need to use lens effects. Very difficult to explain, but if you have access I think Phill Fenton did a demo on glass effects a while back. Alternatively, there are demos on the web elsewhere. Look for "Glass buttons effect" in coreldraw...

Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Jagged Edges from vectoring

Replies: 8

Views: 1286

I don't know your software but you need to adjust the 'smoothing' option, if there is one. More smoothing is needed and perhaps less 'detail'. The autotrace is following the pixels too well which suggests not enough smoothing and too high a detail setting. Of course, manual vectorising is the best o...

Thu May 27, 2010 11:59 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Sistene chapel cieling

Replies: 7

Views: 3769

Don't know where you are in the UK but there is a reproduction in West Sussex of the Cistene Chapel ceiling.

http://sistinechapeluk.co.uk/The_Ceiling.html

Photography is forbidden at the Cistene Chapel, I think, so you might well struggle to find good images of it.

Thu May 27, 2010 11:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing Dibond to cladding issues?

Replies: 30

Views: 5039

Try some skinnier ones.

Thu May 27, 2010 11:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Gas station canopy in cut vinyl.

Replies: 24

Views: 4365

Nicely done Jillybeans. I used a scaffold tower similar to that a couple of weeks ago. It was so old I think it was the one used to build the Great Pyramid!

Thu May 27, 2010 11:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing Dibond to cladding issues?

Replies: 30

Views: 5039

Ha ha, I use it when I pick women up too!

Thu May 27, 2010 11:20 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Small Vinyl Lettering

Replies: 27

Views: 8260

Do you have a simulated tangential mode on that plotter? If so, use that. that's what it's for. I can cut 6mm caps on calendered vinyl using tangential mode and weeding is simply a case of ripping the vinyl off in one swipe, one line at a time. It'll be in the mode menu on the plotter.

Thu May 27, 2010 11:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing Dibond to cladding issues?

Replies: 30

Views: 5039

Blimey, did I set this one off? I was simply stating that I don't particularly like countersinking composite panels. I have, especially when using a cordless screwdriver, accidentally overtightened the screw (and not necessarily a lot) and had it pull through the sheet. If that can happen with a scr...

Tue May 25, 2010 10:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing Dibond to cladding issues?

Replies: 30

Views: 5039

They are nicer looking Peter but....I'm always a lickle bit concerned about using them on cladding. It seems to me that the countersunk bit is a bit of a weak point in the sheet, whereas a washered fitting spreads the load a bit, so to speak. What I do with the tech screws is paint them the day befo...

Sun May 23, 2010 12:04 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: redoing my logo, some guidance needed i think.... take 2

Replies: 75

Views: 23010

Looks great that does, Hugh.

Reminds me that my car needs redoing! I'm going to do something reflecty now.

Thu May 20, 2010 5:06 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Good supplier of snap open edge

Replies: 2

Views: 1450

I wonder if it's worth speaking to someone like Albion Manufacturing as I believe they make their own stuff in-house, and may be able to point you at a supplier (or themselves). I think their address is www.albion-manufacturing.com

Thu May 20, 2010 4:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello to all from dublin

Replies: 14

Views: 2267

Hello Shane.
You'll have to be Shane v2.0

Tue May 18, 2010 9:51 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Problem when opening Corel X3

Replies: 5

Views: 1428

In X4 it is under: Tools - Options - Document - General
The setting may have changed itself magically, try setting the default back in there.

Tue May 18, 2010 8:01 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Window suround vinyl

Replies: 6

Views: 867

KPMF black stonechip vinyl. I used to supply it to Range Rover or someone like that. Bugger to cut on a normal plotter. Budget for a new blade in the job.

Thu May 13, 2010 11:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Forum Access, please read.

Replies: 17

Views: 3079

Agreed.


Lynne: Sorry, can't reply to PMs at the moment. It was good to see you and Pete yesterday. What a beautiful spot to be laid to rest in, don't you agree?

Wed May 05, 2010 12:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A Job that was abit different

Replies: 14

Views: 2076

It's the new Renault Lagoona. Lagoona, geddit?

Tue May 04, 2010 7:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: John Childs. Passed away May 3rd 2010

Replies: 130

Views: 31903

Oh dear. I am speechless.
A good mate and a smashing human being.

Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:12 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Removing old window graphics

Replies: 2

Views: 729

A Harris window scraper from the DIY shop. It will leave glue behind but then you just spray a fine mist of water onto the glue and scrape it off again.

Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: icelantic volcanic dust

Replies: 87

Views: 20385

What I want to know is, how long after the poison dust cloud do the zombies start appearing!

Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:40 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: window sticker

Replies: 40

Views: 6134

Anyway, in short, contravision is very easy to apply. Go on son, have a bash at it!

Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:38 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: window sticker

Replies: 40

Views: 6134

Ha ha. I'm not ganging up. Just leading by example. :D

Would it need laminating if going inside? I dunno, might be a good idea. Would in my car because of all the cigarette smoke!

Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:29 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl ID Please

Replies: 7

Views: 1178

Yes they do, I saw it at the show on their stand. Have a look at their web site.

Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: window sticker

Replies: 40

Views: 6134

The reason contravision is easy to apply to a compound curve is the holes. They allow you to work the slack material away evenly. A bit like drawing a union jack with your squeegee. It is quite a flexible material to use and because of the lack of adhesive surface area is easy to pull off and re-app...

Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign & Digital 2010

Replies: 107

Views: 14000

Nice to see a few faces again, I haven't been for a couple of years.

Is it me, or were there a LOT of Chinese/Oriental suppliers there? Sign of things to come I suppose.

Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Cambridgeshire

Replies: 10

Views: 1623

Hello matey, welcome.

Between Huntingdon and Wellingborough? That's a bit of a range, where do you live, in a layby? :D

Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective vehicle magnetics

Replies: 4

Views: 971

Apart from the bumper, I don't see a problem. Most kits are made in sections/areas anyway to allow for the fact that magnetic, especially Diamond Grade and the like, don't conform very well. Buy a kit or make it yourself and then stick it onto magnetic. Tell your supplier what you are doing and they...

Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:59 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Steam cleaners for wrap prep ?

Replies: 29

Views: 8281

It's like a big lump of blu-tak. You spray the lubricant onto the bodywork and then polish it with the clay.

Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:49 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Steam cleaners for wrap prep ?

Replies: 29

Views: 8281

I have used clay on cars before. It removes any oxidised layer from the surface, as well as all the bonded bits and bobs of crud that accumulate. As has been said, if you run your hand over even a well washed car you will feel loads of tiny rough particles. Claying leaves it perfectly flat and smoot...

Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: vinyl is shrinking??

Replies: 7

Views: 1347

If it has shrunk that much then it was either a cheap and cheerful vinyl or it has been on there for a very long time.
The adhesive can be cleaned up with a bit of white spirit usually.

Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Google StreetView is very much LIVE

Replies: 27

Views: 3771

It's a shame they can't do pedestrianised areas. It's a useful tool for having a gander at survey sites before you set out. Unfortunately, loads of my jobs are down restricted access streets.

Still, s'good though.

Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: shanes back

Replies: 18

Views: 2274

You had me worried there for a bit Shaney, all this talk of hospitals and operations. Hope you're OK matey.

We haven't got to call you MRS Drew from now on I hope! :lol1:

Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:43 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can someone help with a vehicle wrap issue?

Replies: 10

Views: 3765

I think Isopropyl is preferable, as meths tends to leave a powdery residue. If you wrap the rubber frames I would cut round them so they can expand and contract independently of the rest. The rubber is likely to move about with heat and cold. Looking at the vehicle, I'd say you need to just point ou...

Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:22 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Chrome wrap insurance shenanigans!

Replies: 22

Views: 10658

Wasn't there a picture of a chrome wrapped Transit doing the rounds a couple of years ago?

Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Good luck to Shane Drew

Replies: 30

Views: 3195

I have been away too long. What's up with old Shaney? Nothing serious I hope. :(

Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:22 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Chrome wrap insurance shenanigans!

Replies: 22

Views: 10658

Chrome wrap insurance shenanigans!

Interesting!

http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/30032010/36/mi ... ror-0.html

Edit to say: OK, it's a paint job but interesting nonetheless.

Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:41 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Someone's got a lot of Matt Black wraps to do...

Replies: 10

Views: 3182

OK, weird. If I was buying a new matt black car I'd want paint.

Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:17 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Someone's got a lot of Matt Black wraps to do...

Replies: 10

Views: 3182

I think they'd probably paint 'em.....

Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: To be or not to be...

Replies: 10

Views: 1413

I wouldn't put all of my eggs into one basket. If vehicle sales go down the pan, so does your business.

But that's me.

Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Chevrons for the back of vans. HELP

Replies: 10

Views: 1538

Get the kits made then. Diamond grade is easy enough to fit. Get the first bit right and the rest is a doddle.

Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Chevrons for the back of vans. HELP

Replies: 10

Views: 1538

What material is it? I assume reflective, but is it reflexite, diamond grade or just a regular 'vinyl' type?
Reason I ask is that you can make the kits yourself if it is only the normal reflective. It isn't that difficult and it would mean more money in your pocket!

Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Birthday Marcella!!!

Replies: 28

Views: 2488

A bit late I know, but Happy Birthday Marcie. :D

21?

Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Magnetic dry wipe marker board material

Replies: 7

Views: 1530

Magnets onto dry wipe? Can't you just stick dry wipe vinyl onto steel?

(Don't use stainless steel, of course.)

Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:24 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My first shop window

Replies: 7

Views: 1917

Nicely. Looks good. I hope you fitted it to the inside of the window. :wink:

Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: blank out glass

Replies: 13

Views: 2020

I know what you mean, it's a pane in the ( oh i swore ) (pane...geddit?). All I know is I had it happen to me once, and fortunately the customer was a good bloke. He replaced the glass and we did the job differently. Now I advise against dark coverings on windows unless I can see a kite mark. If the...

Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: blank out glass

Replies: 13

Views: 2020

McDonalds? You mean those nice modern buildings with nicely fitted glazing, which probably has plenty of room for expansion and contraction in the frame. :wink: Trust me, it can break glass. I think it is probably safer to do full coverage than say, a stripe, as the heat will be distributed evenly b...

Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: blank out glass

Replies: 13

Views: 2020

Mmmm, that's a risky business. Black vinyl can crack glass, I've done it! It depends on how the glass has been fitted and whether there is room in the frame for it to expand, because it will expand. There was a very long discussion on this a while back - might be worth doing a search on the boards.

Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics - Anglo

Replies: 37

Views: 6165

S'better than the first one though isn't it. The overall form is good, just the minor tweaks suggested above. One thing you should have (and it's free!) is the almost obsessive habit of looking at every sign and signwritten van you come across and committing to memory what appeals about it. You'll b...

Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:41 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Southend-on-Sea

Replies: 14

Views: 2166

Welcome Doug.

Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:21 am

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: New A3 Mimaki flatbed Printer - WOW

Replies: 28

Views: 10391

I have my suspicions about Shaney. He keeps using strange words, like 'ute' instead of van.

Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics - Anglo

Replies: 37

Views: 6165

OK, a quick 5 minute go.
Colours....your choice.

Not keen on the boat, but that's just me.

Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics - Anglo

Replies: 37

Views: 6165

Nope. No file.

Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:49 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: New A3 Mimaki flatbed Printer - WOW

Replies: 28

Views: 10391

Harry's Irish? You'll be telling me Rob's a Scotsman next. :P

Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:33 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics - Anglo

Replies: 37

Views: 6165

Some sound advice there and good to see you are taking it constructively. The layout wants a bit of work, and I too would recommend Mike Stevens' book. I read it nearly 20 years after starting making signs and I learned plenty from it. As for pricing, a fairly standard livery like yours would get ab...

Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:24 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Trough light recommendation please.

Replies: 4

Views: 2123

Trough light recommendation please.

Can someone advise me on troughlighting please? I need to find one suitable for a sign 1600mm deep. Also, would you front illuminate a black sign (with a single line of bold white text)? I get the feeling it would just show a reflection of the light. All these years and I've never used a troughlight...

Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:25 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: VEHICLE WRAP WET...??

Replies: 50

Views: 18445

Take it from a lot of experts - never attempt a vehicle wrap wet.

Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium projecting signs, supplier please?

Replies: 6

Views: 685

I made some using exactly Peter's method recently. Worked a treat. I stuck the ali angle with VHB tape first to give it a bit of compression when the bolts were tightened, but that was probably overkill.

I wouldn't use rivets though. Bolt it together.

Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:00 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: VEHICLE WRAP WET...??

Replies: 50

Views: 18445

I used one of them wet/dry application sprays years ago. It did help but you had to clean it out of recesses before you applied the vinyl. Also, that was in the early days of wrapping - I think the materials are a lot better these days and generally easier to use.

But wet, NO!

Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:42 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4495

Ha ha. :P

Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:16 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4495

You angling for an invite to be my assistant for the day Dave? :D

Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:58 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4495

The photo is deceiving. Bottom of the sign is about 12 feet up. I went up and down that ladder more times than I would like to do again. The rest of the building was scaffolded for the decorators and the other 3 signs but this one had to be kept clear for vehicle access. Tomorrow I have to etch the ...

Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:51 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Dopag Doming dispenser

Replies: 4

Views: 1156

We used to use Methyl Chloride. If you use this, be VERY careful with it. use every bit of PPE you can get because it is very unpleasant.

Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4495

High up?
Ladders mate.

Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:54 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4495

Yeah, the bullets were already there and you know what people are like - why put new nice lights up when there are already some in place?

Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: car manufacturers and their owners

Replies: 29

Views: 3206

My mate built a kit car last year, so that makes him second, probably. :)

Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: vehicle graphics issue.

Replies: 3

Views: 579

I've seen it done, so yes. 'Normal' clear vinyl isn't quite as optically clear as an appropriate laminate put through a heated laminator though.

Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:20 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4495

I'll find something to do inside.

Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:15 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

Replies: 19

Views: 4495

Flat cut acrylic letters - Lapdance!!!!

I hate doing these - all those millions of holes to drill!
Still, I've got some more work to do there later in the week on the same day they're auditioning the 'dancers'..... :wink:

Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:24 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: versacamm sp300

Replies: 1

Views: 774

Go and introduce yourself on the 'Say Hello' section of the forum. We're a funny lot on here and you'll get more of a response if the formalities are out of the way. :wink:

Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am I being scammed - how do I check?

Replies: 13

Views: 1528

Whilst we're on the subject, can someone tell me my HSBC account details? I've had an email from them asking me to confirm them and I don't have an account with them.

Maybe I was drunk when I opened the account. :roll:

Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:00 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: acrylic dome / led

Replies: 3

Views: 1735

There is always an advert in the sign magazines (in the back somewhere) for a company who do big domes.

Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5069

As for the strength of adhesive - it isn't really an issue. I/we was once an OEM supplier to the motor-home trade and our products met their standards. We did only use cast vinyl but that was because of the popularity of particular metallic shades.

Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5069

Warren, I'm just talking about standard cut vinyl lettering and logos in single colours. The only difference is that it is a good idea to put a 1mm radius on all corners to stop the resin breaking out. Then you dispense onto each letter and it spreads, stopping at the edge of the letter. Look on mos...

Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5069

Of course you don't have to have a printer to do doming. Standard cut vinyl lettering looks sensational with resin on it, especially chrome and carbon fibre. Printing just gives you more possibilities.

Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Why do people buy signs?

Replies: 9

Views: 1197

A lot of the signs I make for small businesses are purely ego trips for the owners. They need a sign but they really only want to see their names on show, rather than their profession.

Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: show us yours

Replies: 21

Views: 3049

Nice tree Peter. What's that, a monkey puzzle tree?

Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Environmentally Friendly Digital Vinyl

Replies: 11

Views: 1642

You know what, I was thinking that joke as I typed. Great minds, or equally perverted?

Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:25 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Environmentally Friendly Digital Vinyl

Replies: 11

Views: 1642

I think pvc is very naughty. It gives off chlorine when burned, which is really iffy.

Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting onto brick and flint

Replies: 3

Views: 492

Take something to use as packing behind any fixings that are sitting on a deep recess and some extra long screws. Washers work well. Then it's a case of eyeballing along the sign frame to ensure it is sitting as straight as possible. Flint? Hope you've got a decent drill. I should think it's very ha...

Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:10 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: routing question

Replies: 19

Views: 8094

Anyway, if you struggle to find anyone who will rout it in whatever material you want, you could try Advent Plastics in Wellingborough. 01933 224716
www.adventsigns.co.uk/

Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Font ownership question

Replies: 5

Views: 864

I'm guessing that if you do, you shouldn't keep a copy yourself. Unless the licence allows multiple installs.

Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:58 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: routing question

Replies: 19

Views: 8094

Yes but a swing sign isn't going to have any problems with expansion. If you restrict the expansion by bolting it in between two posts then there is a chance distortion will occur, especially with a dark coloured background. Harry, yes it is a nasty substance. I wouldn't blame anyone for avoiding it...

Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:31 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: routing question

Replies: 19

Views: 8094

I'm confused. Why is everyone against MDF? It lasts years if treated properly. I would stick pins in my eyes before I used foamex for a sign like that one.

Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lightbox issue help please

Replies: 27

Views: 2294

Just as an aside, I always drill a few small holes in the bottom of lightboxes to let the water drain out. I replaced the electrics in an old one the other day and there was an inch of water in the bottom and a little eco system of plants and lichen growing in there!

Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:33 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Hat's off to vinyl wrappers

Replies: 12

Views: 4134

Some chemists sell IPA or will get it in for you.

Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5069

I've only ever used a Gerber Edge (plus cutter) for doming. You don't really need a large printer for domed badges. Should be able to pick one up fairly cheaply second hand, but watch out for the price of a replacement print head.

Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Faded Red Perspex

Replies: 6

Views: 678

It might help a bit. It might help a bit when the new stuff goes on as well, as it will take your eye off the faded stuff. Maybe you could flood the panel with red vinyl. It won't be as glossy but it'll look better than a faded panel. Mind you, by the time they've paid you to do all that they may as...

Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How do you edge seal diamond grade reflective?

Replies: 13

Views: 3541

If you're in a real hurry, you could outline it all with clear vinyl, overlapping both the reflective and onto the bodywork. This has the advantage of not leaving any varnish on the vehicle.

Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:23 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: removable foamex panels - any ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 4035

Erm, how to describe it..... You want to end up with an 'L' shape. Get a bit of 10mm foam. Rout along one edge, 6.5mm deep and say 10mm wide. Then cut this piece off to maybe 20mm, leaving an L shaped piece. Turn it over and fix it to your sign panel so you end up with a lip type thing. One at the b...

Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:04 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: removable foamex panels - any ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 4035

They do some really useful stuff Robert. Quite inexpensive as well.

Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:50 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: removable foamex panels - any ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 4035

Also, I've bought plastic extrusions from MKM. Cheap as chips usually.

https://secure.mkmplastics.com/

Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:58 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: removable foamex panels - any ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 4035

If you can use a hand router you can make some slider channels out of something like 10mm foamex. Just route a rebate on it that is say 6.5mm deep. Easy squeezy.

Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: First time lightbox install

Replies: 3

Views: 581

Hard to put a price on it without knowing all the ins and outs of the job, but for a straightforward install I usually get treble my costs.

Customers expect illuminated signs to be considerably more expensive, so they are.

Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:20 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Help - Corel X4 Increasing text size over 3000 points

Replies: 5

Views: 2070

Yes, I've had that happen with certain fonts. As Chris says, convert to curves first.
(I never trust the point sizes that Coreldraw says anyway.)

Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:01 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Problem with "signwriting" on doors.......

Replies: 7

Views: 4962

I don't think exhibition vinyl is the same as paintmask.
Proper paintmask is very low tack. Having said that, I have had the same problem with varnish coming off. Poor preparation is usually the reason. (The decorator's, not yours.)

Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Light Box recognision please

Replies: 11

Views: 1513

It looks like a Kestrel box, but I think their slimline is 115mm deep. Do they do a 90mm now?

Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for Vinly Log Splitter

Replies: 3

Views: 1160

http://als.ltd.uk/index.htm

Had some slitters from these a few years ago.

Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:16 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: setting multiple points with co-ordinates

Replies: 5

Views: 1562

I've done what you are describing. It was a bit awkward but I used guidelines at various measured points, one for the x and one for the y position of each point. If it starts to get confusing with all the guidelines, then do a few points at a time and then delete the guides once they are used. It's ...

Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What did you want to be when you were older?

Replies: 23

Views: 2490

When I was at school one of my mates told me about his dad who was a signwriter. I thought "that sounds alright, I'll do that".

Strange thing is, I'm now working with his dad on jobs 30 years later.

So, I did want to be a signwriter, but ended up a signmaker. Near enough!

Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Northampton!!

Replies: 13

Views: 1599

Alright Matt.

Andy (Wellingborough, unfortunately!)

Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:10 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: I have a question

Replies: 6

Views: 1237

I used to use it a lot at Autac. One use is the covering of door pillars on cars as well as stone chip protection along the sills or bonnet.

Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting Flat Cut Lettering

Replies: 2

Views: 542

Or, leave them a bit loose where they hit the mortar line. Provided there are some locators that do hit the brick they should be fine. Done this loads of times.

Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:46 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Craddock: vehicle assortment

Replies: 25

Views: 6535

Nice stuff, all of it. Thanks for showing.

Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safe disposal of old blades

Replies: 14

Views: 1409

That's a good idea Peter. I might nick that. The salty thing.

Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Safe disposal of old blades

Replies: 14

Views: 1409

I use a jam jar with a hole in the lid. Strawberry works well. Also, I never throw sharps in the bin. I give them to my dentist who puts them in their sharps bin.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:56 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: New Plotter Today!

Replies: 21

Views: 7597

I think you've plugged it into the wrong socket Jill. :o

Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:23 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: New Plotter Today!

Replies: 21

Views: 7597

Nice one Jilly. You just plain old bypassed the whole of the 1990s didn't you? I only update my haircut every second decade as well. :P

Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: did vinyl and sunlight crack our glass?

Replies: 37

Views: 7228

I have had it happen twice in 21 years, Karl. Both times the glass had badly cut, chipped edges before it was fitted. I was aware of the potential problems associated with dark vinyls on glass. That's irrelevent - the subject of more interest to me is whether customers are coming on here and 'checki...

Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: did vinyl and sunlight crack our glass?

Replies: 37

Views: 7228

I'd still like to know if Laura is a signmaker.

It's just that I thought this was a signmaker's forum.

Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

John's photo is so old, that sign is now in a museum....of Neolithic art.

Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:36 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Has anyone fitted new type contra

Replies: 19

Views: 2734

I used a clear contravision for internal application about 10 years ago. Treat it like you would any other clear vinyl.

Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cream/Ivory Panatrim Needed

Replies: 8

Views: 746

Cherwells do coloured frames from stock. I'm sure cream/ivory is a standard colour. 01280 840297

Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:46 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Attaching a sign tray 100mm from wall

Replies: 25

Views: 9367

Make yourself some frames from ali box section 900 x 150 and fit them vertically? The wind's going to get behind there though. Also, you say house - I don't know about up your way but down here you're only allowed about 1/3rd of a square metre on a house. Having seen the picture, change that to hori...

Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:57 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How Would You Fit This Pan?

Replies: 14

Views: 1443

You could have an extra fold at the top so you can screw straight through (parallel with the face). This probably wouldn't be visible from the ground. Many folded trays are done like this when access is restricted at the top.

Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:58 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: did vinyl and sunlight crack our glass?

Replies: 37

Views: 7228

You won't get a definitive answer here as there are many factors to consider. If you suspect the vinyl is to blame you should speak to your signmaker and ask them to investigate.

I take it you are not a signmaker? :-?

Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sick puppy. Just wanted to share.

Replies: 56

Views: 5087

David, I know you are in for massive heartbreak over the next few days. Just remember that this is just another part of looking after man's best friend. Ending a dog's suffering is a humane and caring act. You know all this, I'm sure. I had to do the same thing 2 years ago and even though our dog wa...

Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sick puppy. Just wanted to share.

Replies: 56

Views: 5087

You know what Phill, not funny.

Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sick puppy. Just wanted to share.

Replies: 56

Views: 5087

I feel your pain Dave. Take Peter's advice. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a pet is to make the most painful decision. Been there, hated it but knew it was the best for our dog when the time came.

Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Announcement...Just to let all my pals on Signboards know.

Replies: 56

Views: 5344

Congratulations Cheryl. (That poor man!) :wink:

Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lightbox suspended off the ceiling advice needed

Replies: 8

Views: 1092

I've done 'em that long before. Just make sure you spread the weight evenly over at least 4 suspension points. Chain is uglier than wire but is definitely never going to get damaged by any occasional movement. My main concern would be finding the appropriate fixing to go in the ceiling. What is the ...

Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:43 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: BTR International Trays

Replies: 16

Views: 3940

Nicely done Peter. Not bad for an old geezer.

Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on replacing a backlit sign

Replies: 6

Views: 655

What you have seen is the normal method for a backlit sign using Perspex. A rebated overlap of an inch sounds a bit large to me, I would only usually go about 3/8ths. Also, although the join will be visible they aren't usually too bad. Maybe the join has got dirty and is showing up as a dark line. A...

Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Robert Lambie hits 20,000!

Replies: 14

Views: 2796

Isn't it like Logan's Run, where you have to get electrocuted by a big laser thing when you reach 20,000 posts.

Worth a try, I thought.

Anyways, well done Robert. I think one or two of your posts might have even been sign related. :wink:

Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:05 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with Impact vehicle designs

Replies: 30

Views: 9079

I had a quick look and agree, the text looks all wonky.
Try running it straight along the centre of the door.

Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:08 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: British Rail Geometric Specification

Replies: 2

Views: 620

I like the older style ones using Gill Sans. Very Art Deco-ish.

Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:36 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with Impact vehicle designs

Replies: 30

Views: 9079

What software are you using? In Coreldraw you can hold CTRL whilst selecting, which means you don't have to ungroup as it will select an item within a group.

Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: does advertising in yellow pages work?

Replies: 24

Views: 2262

I think a website is a good idea, but only if you can get it on the first page on the search engines. If nothing else, it can serve as a good portfolio for you to direct potential customers to.

Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: does advertising in yellow pages work?

Replies: 24

Views: 2262

I get enough from the yellow pages to more than make it worthwhile. As Peter says, word of mouth is best but my experience of YP is OK. I spent about 700 quids on my ad last year. Big full colour 1/4 page ads are a waste of money I reckon. The content is more important than colour and size.

Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Landline vs. Mobile advice needed please

Replies: 19

Views: 1639

I use the Virgin divert feature. It works great and I do get a few tossers trying to sell me stuff ringing. That said, my bill is never exceptionally high. For a start, I never answer calls from withheld numbers and any that do get through don't usually call again once they have had a bollocking for...

Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:36 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help with Overlaps

Replies: 16

Views: 4922

It would take me an hour to explain all that needs to be done. In short, you need to do a bit of practice with the WELD and TRIM tools.

Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2689

The problem I find is that these takeaway owners assume that everybody keeps the same working hours as they do. Bloody idiots.

Anyway, a la Larry David, the cutoff is 8pm. Anything after that may result in an extremely expensive sign.

Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where to buy channel and bands?

Replies: 12

Views: 1486

Yes, Cherwells will sell you short bits of channel rather than full lengths. I buy bits from them all the time.

Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2689

Never heard of that one Jilly, sounds nasty!

Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2689

Dial-a-drink? What's that? I'm assuming it's a Scottish type thing.

Anyway, yes John...nice try. :wink:

Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2689

The sign he wants is only £7.50.

But the mileage........ :D

My satnav doesn't do Beijing! Is it anywhere near Birmingham?

Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2689

Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

I have just this minute broken a World Record!

At 11.34pm on a Friday NIGHT a local Chinese takeaway rang me enquiring about a sign.

Again, 11.34PM.

F***ing f***ing f***!

That's better.

Thanks.

Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:33 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Acrylic glass look signs

Replies: 18

Views: 7616

Loads of nice stuff there, good work. I love making those things, they always look dead posh.

Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:32 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Router bit for producing dibond trays?

Replies: 13

Views: 7829

I use a pointy one (90deg I think) with the point ground off. You need to grind quite a bit off the point, until you have about a 3.5mm flat surface. Price depends on what quality of bit you buy. A straight bit works OK though, I've used a 6mm before.

Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:00 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Advice for Taxi Roof Signs

Replies: 3

Views: 1422

I get them from Lettercraft Topsigns. All assembled and ready to letter. Illuminated or non illuminated ones are available. Easy squeezy.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

Eyup Martin, good to see you me old mucka.
I will make the show next time. You never know, I might even get the beers in! (Real early mind, before too many people turn up.)

Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:42 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: my first post of some of my work

Replies: 11

Views: 3614

Loads of nice stuff there, good jobs.

Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:46 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how to drill straight

Replies: 14

Views: 5465

Dunno, but I have seen drills with built in spirit levels. Can't you stick a level on it somehow?

Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:45 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

Thanks you lot. My profile pic hasn't aged at all, so that's good!

Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

Well that's a bugger. Stoke Bruerne is 10 miles from my house.

Make sure you let me now the next time you are passing by my way. I've got a snog with your name on it! :wink:

Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

Thanks Jilly.
Did I read somewhere that you were in Stoke Bruerne recently, or did I dream it?

Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

Heyup Harry.

I was particularly annoyed to miss SignUK, especially as Shaney was going to be there. Never mind. Stuff happens.

So, how's business? I've been mental busy all year. Credit crunch? My ( oh i swore )!

Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

I'll get 'em, the buggers.

Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

Thanks matey. Like I said, been a (oh i swore !) year (long story) but I thought it was time to get back in touch.

And no way am I going to read a year's worth of old posts, so for anyone who was asking for font IDs.....Brush Script or Times should do the trick! :D

Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4812

I'm still here.....

Hello everyone.
Thought I'd stick my head in and say hello as I haven't been around for some time. Had a weird year...you know, (oh i swore !) happening...life.

Anyways, hello and you better not have been talking about me! (Although secretly I hope you have. )

G :wink:

Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:51 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: halo effect light box, help!

Replies: 17

Views: 3346

Looks great Hugh. The only reason I use white to block out the lettering is that it gives a more defined halo. Yours is the best of both Worlds, I suppose, as you're getting a good illumination on the lettering as well. Looks brill. I've never actually tried it with darker backgrounds.

Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The Sign Show

Replies: 24

Views: 2719

My tickets arrived on Friday, so...erm....that's no good is it? Seeing as the show had finished the day before.

Ah well.

Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: It's a good week!!

Replies: 34

Views: 2443

Sorry to hear about your Dad Martin. Great news about Mrs Martin though, I'm delighted for you and your family. Brilliant.

Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:16 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: signage: assortment

Replies: 12

Views: 2765

Loads of posh looking stuff there, nice.

Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:35 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Nasa Astronaut claims existance of Aliens and UFO's

Replies: 56

Views: 4784

Yeah but if you're talking about the vastness of space coupled with probability, then any scientist would have to agree that it is a mathematical certainty that there is life elsewhere. Look up the "Drake Equation" on the google. If we are the only planet that has life on it, then that wou...

Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:48 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 44' Mural graphics: the breadstall

Replies: 30

Views: 5421

Very funky, Peter. (The mural, not you.) :wink:

Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:50 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: carved, Gold and Al leafed sign: dragonfly knoll

Replies: 14

Views: 7541

Yet another lovely job Joe, thanks for showing.

Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:54 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the average price for 8 year reflective vinyl?

Replies: 8

Views: 1381

That's the 10 metre price. Cherwells in Brackley. If your supplier doesn't sell reflective then you should find a new suppplier.

Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:08 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the average price for 8 year reflective vinyl?

Replies: 8

Views: 1381

I use a 5 year and it is 8 quid a metre, although I usually argue the price down a bit.

Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Birthday JILL!!!!

Replies: 30

Views: 2302

Bit late but I hope you had a great birthday Jilly.

Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ideas on making fixings for heavy swing sign

Replies: 13

Views: 1792

If you're that worried get someone to bend you a strip of steel to go round the top and two sides of the sign, with a couple of eyes welded to it. I think JAG do something like this....

http://www.jagsignsupplies.com/aqshop/c ... php?id=518

Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:26 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice, Vinyl adhesive appearing milky on glass?

Replies: 3

Views: 726

Have you ever applied black (or any dark colour) to the back of glass before? I'm not taking the (oh i swore !), it's just that dark colours often show a silvering effect when applied to glass. It usually goes away after a day or so.

Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: All the best Stephanie Peterson!

Replies: 19

Views: 1917

Don't do it, you maniac!

Only teasin'. Best of luck.

Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:02 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Sun Strip

Replies: 12

Views: 2232

Before you attempt to remove a rear view mirror from the windscreen you should know that I met a Police mechanic who attempted to do that once. He had a scar from the palm of his hand to half way up his arm from where the mirror pulled a lump of the windscreen off and it stuck in his arm. I'm sure t...

Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:59 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: SJ Sparkles

Replies: 3

Views: 813

Looks alright to me.

I hate doing cars, don't you?

Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Wrap: Emergency First Aid

Replies: 6

Views: 1290

Yeah, a few handles and stuff are right in your way, but it's still a job well done.

Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:11 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: the vu

Replies: 11

Views: 1898

I absolutely love it. I wish some of my customers would let me have a go at something like that.

As for price, I would be looking at 1500 or so.

Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:26 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: shop signage: take a bite

Replies: 7

Views: 1548

Minor niggles aside, I think you did a nice job. The layout is very tidy.

Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Cornwall

Replies: 21

Views: 2183

Welcome to the site, Louise.

Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Need help sourcing a brush aluminium effect board.

Replies: 7

Views: 863

What about laminating vinyl onto something a bit more flexible?

Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Weston-Super-Mare

Replies: 14

Views: 1197

Alright Pete.
That what you said there, that's all gibberish to me, but it sounds very good.

Welcome.

Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:49 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i buy polishing soap for acrylic sheets?

Replies: 4

Views: 1540

Brown? I was always told to use the yellowy/goldy stuff for acrylic.

Anyway, I don't know.

Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Someone 'passing off' our work as theirs - whatwould you do?

Replies: 19

Views: 2932

Yeah, send me over to sort it out. The thieving (oh i swore !).

Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:52 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Illustrator V's Corel or other programs

Replies: 32

Views: 11521

Well the thing is, obviously Signlab and Flexi are designed for signmakers so have tools that will do in one click what Corel will take five minutes to do. That said, I have used all of them and prefer Coreldraw. I don't care if some things take a bit longer, I just get on with it better than the ot...

Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Scunthorpe

Replies: 9

Views: 902

Welcome matey.

Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Where was Health and Safety?

Replies: 2

Views: 420

12 million tiny little airbags all going off at once. :D

Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help Locating Polystyrene Supplier please?

Replies: 15

Views: 1818

You could try Travis Perkins. I've bought it from there but not that thick.

Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cogratulations Spain !!

Replies: 3

Views: 461

Ha ha, Spain 1 Germany lost. I'm glad Spain won, they were easily the most creative team there, but I would have liked to have seen a more competitive final. Turkey were very unlucky not to make it. On a side note, I picked Spain before the tournament but didn't bet on them. So that was a bit stupid...

Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Spinners / Dancers, What do you think?

Replies: 10

Views: 1564

Only in America!

Anyway, I've been doing that for years. That's how I get signs out the back of the van, especially in the wind we've been having lately.

Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My new little helper. (In years to Come)

Replies: 18

Views: 1399

Blimey, what a whopper, and a cute little bugger.

Congratulations.

Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Sign Industry Exhibition for the UK in 08

Replies: 55

Views: 7119

Don't remind me. 8 bloody quid!

Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Sign Industry Exhibition for the UK in 08

Replies: 55

Views: 7119

I shall nip up for the day probably. What day you going to be there Warren?

Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi from kris

Replies: 9

Views: 818

Welcome matey.

Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what material was used for an old vauxhall car pillars?

Replies: 6

Views: 788

You might be right Chris, it's been a few years since I used it. Like you say, a matt black would look similar.

Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what material was used for an old vauxhall car pillars?

Replies: 6

Views: 788

The stuff that used to be used on a lot of car door pillars was a black stoneguard. You might get it from KPMF but be prepared to pay a bleedin fortune, probably.

Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:54 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how do i make a 3 sides illuminated tray sign?

Replies: 3

Views: 1438

If you think about it, it is only a normal tray with a couple of extra grooves in the middle. The only bit that needs some care is getting the angle correct so that you get a neat finish on the bottom of the sign. Make a template of the angles by clamping some bits of wood together (like a big adjus...

Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:16 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Capital Letters problem in Corel, please help.

Replies: 9

Views: 2062

Text, Writing Tools, Quick Correct. Turn it off there.

Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Is it just me but has anyone else just got ultra busy

Replies: 59

Views: 5991

I have been mad busy since the new year started. Granted, being a one man band means that it doesn't take a lot for me to be snowed under, but it's still a good sign that people are spending. Best order at the moment: 100 'A' boards!

Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where is the best place to buy sign fixings?

Replies: 7

Views: 1599

It's only 2 years!

Thanks for the link though, not a bad range and prices there.

Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:03 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: who makes up large DiBond trays?

Replies: 16

Views: 7643

I use a v shaped router bit with the point ground to a 3.5mm flat. At the size you are talking about, I wonder if 4 or 5mm dibond would be better than the normal 3mm. Even then, I think a rigid sub-frame would be a good idea. Bolt the frame to the legs and fit the panel after it is in the ground and...

Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where is the best place to buy sign fixings?

Replies: 7

Views: 1599

Cheeky buggers used my post above as a quote on their latest flyer....nah, I don't mind really. You've got to grab a bit of fame where you can I s'pose.

Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:03 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: trailer graphics: grub-up

Replies: 11

Views: 2572

Lovely job.

Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:30 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: where can i place lettering onto this pickup?

Replies: 32

Views: 6968

.....?

Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Georgia but not from USA

Replies: 14

Views: 1382

Welcome to the site Beka.

Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Why don't you walk home?

Replies: 2

Views: 485

Blimey, that is terrifying. You won't catch me on that path.

Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:19 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anybody point me to a supplier of stone chip vinyl?

Replies: 5

Views: 851

5 years. Time isn't flying that much Cheryl. :P

I think KPMF also do one.

Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:13 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the size of vinyl rolls i can buy?

Replies: 2

Views: 609

Most suppliers will do 5 metre rolls. As for swatches, I have never paid for one. Ring suppliers and ask for a set.

Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:12 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: WHAT WOULD YOU ALL RECOMMEND FOR REMOVING GLUE OFF WINDOWS

Replies: 17

Views: 1800

I found out by accident that plain water and a big bladed scraper works very well. I found out when I breathed on some glass and noticed that the glue came off very clean with the scraper. Weird, that.

Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with copyright issues?

Replies: 96

Views: 7308

That's actually a very entertaining story Shane. You should write a film about it. You could call it "Sex, fonts and application tape".

Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 14

Views: 1457

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

This is just hilarious. I've just been asked to replace a sign. Half of it fell down last week (I didn't do the job originally, before you ask!). Anyways, it would require a cherry picker and is in the town centre, so I thought I would do the right thing and inform the county council. They asked for...

Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with copyright issues?

Replies: 96

Views: 7308

This discussion seems to have become rather complicated. As I understand the law, if you design something you own the rights to the design. The customer has no right to reproduce it without your permission. I don't often hold them to this - in fact I have supplied artwork on disk for stationery prin...

Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi Guys!!!!!!

Replies: 10

Views: 1049

Nice to hear from you Sal.
I don't know about summer though. If the rain doesn't stop soon I'm thinking of building an ark.

Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Now i've got more space!

Replies: 54

Views: 3328

Nice one Karl, I would offer to help you decorate but I'm allergic to......erm.....work.

Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Scotland

Replies: 15

Views: 1850

Welcome Martin. I know what you mean. We all do crash repairs occasionally and think nothing of reproducing someone else's design in that instance. I don't think it's the same as nicking a design. Good choice on the software and plotter, I don't know that vinyl but I'm sure someone else would have h...

Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what do you think of my new work premises?

Replies: 16

Views: 1634

That's a nice bit of space to work in. Good luck with it Phill (and Mrs Phill of course).

Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with copyright issues?

Replies: 96

Views: 7308

I don't think registration is required in this country for copyright to exist.

How would you feel if it was your design being given away to another signmaker? I know what I would do if it happened to me.

Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Bavaria

Replies: 12

Views: 1142

Welcome Joachim.

Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:49 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: dukes of hazard

Replies: 19

Views: 5318

Nicely done Warren. I reckon you done brilliant if that was your first go.

Thu May 29, 2008 9:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i fix Flat Cut Letters to Cladded Warehouse please?

Replies: 3

Views: 577

The bigger the letters, the easier it will be: Use a long strip of scrap material and mark the cladding pattern on it. Then transfer these marks to your drilling template (before you have attached the locators to the letters). Place the letters on the template and use these marks as a guide to tell ...

Wed May 28, 2008 3:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Walsall, West Midlands

Replies: 11

Views: 958

Welcome Carl.

Sun May 25, 2008 11:13 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Truck Graphics: Entertainment Warehouse Hires

Replies: 10

Views: 1705

Looks good Jason.

11.45pm? What, do you lot only work part time over there?

Sun May 25, 2008 11:11 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: limo

Replies: 11

Views: 2532

Looks good. I think the white around the "vehicle graphics" text is a bit heavy, but certainly eyecatching.

Bit gay though. :D

Sun May 25, 2008 11:09 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: pavement signage: mediteranean buffet

Replies: 1

Views: 418

Looks good, some nice layouts.

Sat May 24, 2008 11:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bank Holiday U.S. Version

Replies: 11

Views: 896

Yeah, Bletchley Park is good - been there a few times.

My Brother managed to score a couple of VIP passes from a supplier, so I'm off to the British Superbikes at Donnington. :P

Wed May 21, 2008 11:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello All!! Christina from SE London

Replies: 29

Views: 3151

Welcome Christina, nice to have you here.

Tue May 20, 2008 5:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I think I might apply for this

Replies: 4

Views: 558

Also, they require you to be articulate. That means being able to talk proper, likes what I does.

Tue May 20, 2008 5:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i laminate without a laminator machine?

Replies: 2

Views: 567

I suppose the easiest to apply by hand would be a regular clear calendared vinyl. Not the most optically clear though. I have even seen someone laminating using application fluid and a proper laminate. I suppose a solvent print should be waterproof enough for that!

Tue May 20, 2008 5:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello! West Midlands

Replies: 11

Views: 1337

Welcome Sarah.

Mon May 19, 2008 10:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Latest Signwriting, brush work

Replies: 7

Views: 562

Some nice stuff there. I would love to paint straight onto a brick wall, looks like fun to me.

Mon May 19, 2008 1:01 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Which application fluid does everyone recommend?

Replies: 16

Views: 1667

Nik and John, what is the difference between a blob, a spot, a dab and a plop? I can't find any of those on my list of standard measurement units.

Personally, I prefer a wicklebit.

Mon May 19, 2008 12:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: jeremy beadle

Replies: 13

Views: 977

I agree, tap waters all round!

Mind you, they'd probably want 8 quid a glass for that bugger.

Sun May 18, 2008 1:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: jeremy beadle

Replies: 13

Views: 977

Woah there, next year! I aint that old.

Fri May 16, 2008 11:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Portuguese signmaker

Replies: 10

Views: 1031

Welcome aboard Joao.

Fri May 16, 2008 11:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: jeremy beadle

Replies: 13

Views: 977

I saw that, and well done to everyone concerned.

By the way, many of the permanent signs in there were fitted by a 23 year old version of me in 1992.

Fri May 16, 2008 11:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Whats the best way to cut the magnetic vinyl?

Replies: 3

Views: 747

And watch those fingers! Magnetic is one of those materials that can cause the blade to wander, so go slow.

Fri May 16, 2008 11:49 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: can anyone advise me on a gx24 vinyl rollers problem?

Replies: 2

Views: 1105

I have a Graphtec and it does that all the time, especially if there is less than, say, 15m on the roll. Also, the roll will fall off the rollers onto the floor.

Bloody annoying.

Wed May 14, 2008 10:16 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle wrapping: Aston Martin DB9

Replies: 34

Views: 11120

Nicely done Peter, orrible colour though.

Wed May 14, 2008 10:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Global Warming?... Pah!

Replies: 18

Views: 1809

This global warming lark is a big brainwashing exercise. Now they've finished demonising smokers they can really go to town on motorists. Yesterday I heard a story that Nottingham council are going to charge businesses £185 for every parking space they OWN in order to cut traffic levels. I wonder ho...

Wed May 14, 2008 10:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sorry guys...

Replies: 12

Views: 993

They were also lucky not to have conceded a penalty earlier on.

The Russians simply outclassed them in all areas.

Wed May 14, 2008 10:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What really gets my goat

Replies: 40

Views: 2014

I went to see a regular customer at an agreed time last week. He then proceeded to spend one hour and forty five minutes talking on the phone while I sat at his desk waiting.

Consider my goat got.

Tue May 13, 2008 11:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Where is Garrie?

Replies: 15

Views: 1123

Bloody tinternet!

Fruit or minty?

Actually, do they still do fruit polos?

Tue May 13, 2008 10:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Where is Garrie?

Replies: 15

Views: 1123

Who is this Garrie character?

Man, that is one obscure film reference. I'll buy a packet of Polos for the first anorak to tell me where I heard that line.

Tue May 13, 2008 9:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow pages, Thompsons directory, BT directory.

Replies: 11

Views: 1747

I tried an enhanced listing on Yell.com...not one call.

I spend 700 squids a year on a Yellow Pages (book) advert and I get about 5 or 6 grands worth of work from it a year.

Tue May 13, 2008 9:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cafe Menus

Replies: 6

Views: 726

I know what you mean! I'm in the process of writing War and Peace onto a menu for a local cafe. I tend to stick to a well formatted list with some nice bold headings to separate sections and break up the mass of text a bit.

Tue May 13, 2008 4:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Statement of the Obvious No. 1

Replies: 9

Views: 850

We've got a nice cool breeze here, lovely.

Tue May 13, 2008 12:16 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: why does an AI document open up blank after being sent?

Replies: 3

Views: 1005

I have never had this problem with X3. I export all the time with stuff on and off the page and it seems to work fine. I tend to export as ai ver 6, text as curves and none of the tick boxes ticked in the export settings.

Tue May 13, 2008 8:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Washington state

Replies: 11

Views: 1138

Hello Jerry and welcome.

Fri May 09, 2008 3:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Busy or Not?

Replies: 25

Views: 1637

I don't think mailers are very effective. For me, face to face contact is always more successful. Keep your eyes peeled at all times for any opportunities. I have approached drivers of plain white vans before and ended up being referred to their friends for larger jobs. Keep at it Lee, I'm sure your...

Thu May 08, 2008 11:36 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help make this photo clearer please?

Replies: 24

Views: 4849

It looks like they have photographed the photograph. An actual scan would be better with the picture taken out of the frame.

Thu May 08, 2008 11:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Busy or Not?

Replies: 25

Views: 1637

I've been solid busy since December.
Remember Lee, it's early days yet. The longer you go, the more your customer base will expand. Don't make the mistake of thinking things are slow business-wise. The work's out there, you just have to do a bit of digging sometimes to find it.

Thu May 08, 2008 11:22 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help make this photo clearer please?

Replies: 24

Views: 4849

Brightening it is easy enough, but it is pretty blurry.

Thu May 08, 2008 12:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cherry picker

Replies: 11

Views: 806

I reckon you could photograph MY place with that bugger!

Blimey.

Wed May 07, 2008 2:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what material can i use for football sponsor boards?

Replies: 7

Views: 1285

I also use 10mm correx for a cricket club. Cheap as chips, and they only have to last a year although the ones I did 3 years ago are still fine.
(You can get it in 8'x4' sheets from Cherwells, only in white.)

Sat May 03, 2008 12:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Late Ideas for Bank 'oliday?

Replies: 15

Views: 1071

It's May Day Bank Holiday.....because it's May...erm. I dunno why it's called that. Anyway, I know what I will be doing. The same thing I have done since 1978 - watching the snooker. 30 years of sitting on my ( oh i swore ) watching blokes hitting balls with a stick. I might open a bottle of Champag...

Fri May 02, 2008 5:34 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Can anyone suggest a good router bit for cutter?

Replies: 7

Views: 2093

Yeah, what Peter said. Grind the point to give a 3.5mm wide flat end. When you use it, the resultant groove will look massive and you'll think "Blimey" but it'll fold up lovely.
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