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Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:14 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Versacamm Ink Sponge Replace

Replies: 4

Views: 2698

Hi Gav,

I do a proper clean every week but actually forgot there was a 'maintenance' option :-) I did the wiper replace and it seemed to do the trick, so many thanks for the advice.

Owen

Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:24 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Versacamm Ink Sponge Replace

Replies: 4

Views: 2698

Hi Gavin, thanks for your response.

How do I get to the maintenance menu?

Thanks,
OWen

Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:50 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Versacamm Ink Sponge Replace

Replies: 4

Views: 2698

Versacamm Ink Sponge Replace

Morning! I had a message pop up on the control panel for 'Ink Sponge Replace'. Luckily I had one in the drawer so I went ahead and opened the cover and replaced the ink sponge. How do I let the printer know that I have replaced it as the message keeps popping up before i print a job (and it won't st...

Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Curved top sign frame supplier - traditional look?

Replies: 7

Views: 1307

Thanks Phill, they look great.
I just spoke to them, unfortunately I am looking for an arched sign in a larger size than they can produce.

Are there any other suppliers of this style of sign?

Thanks,
Owen

Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Curved top sign frame supplier - traditional look?

Replies: 7

Views: 1307

Curved top sign frame supplier - traditional look?

Morning guys, I have been asked to produce a traditional looking, wall mounted sign. I would like the sign to be in a frame but have a curved top (see illustration). I have seen some examples of these in the past but I don't know who supplies them. Ideally it would take a 3 or 6mm composite sheet. A...

Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:40 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice please on which way to Jump with regards a taper?

Replies: 5

Views: 1416

I use one of these: http://www.mdpsupplies.co.uk/applicationtaperoller.asp At £40 it's a no brainer. I have two 8ft x 1m benches end to end with the roller in the middle (there is a flap on the roller that i trap between the benches to stop it moving). If you are limited with space you could use onl...

Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on fitting a large banner - approx 25m x 3m

Replies: 3

Views: 937

Advice on fitting a large banner - approx 25m x 3m

Morning guys, I have been asked to supply and fit a large banner to the side of a building.Ill be subbing out the production but it's the fitting which I'm concerned about. The banner will be going flat against the wall of a derelict building which is due to be demolished. It's fairly exposed but it...

Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:49 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: home made contravision print with white ink - possible?

Replies: 13

Views: 4217

home made contravision print with white ink - possible?

After getting another request for contravision that sticks to the inside of the window, I think I might have though of a solution. The process would go as follows: 1. In your preferred graphics package, take your image and using a clipping mask, cut hundreds of small regular holes in it so that it l...

Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:28 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Help improving my Vehicle Graphics

Replies: 7

Views: 2436

What I do is keep a folder of vehicle graphics images to use as inspiration - could be anything from a race or rally car, motorbike, a commercial vehicle I like, even a colour combination that catches my eye. If I come across an image on the internet or if i take a photo, I'll add it to the folder f...

Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: has anyone wrapped or put stickers on a crash helmet?

Replies: 4

Views: 1330

I've done a couple of helmet wraps in the past. One on a mountain bike helmet as shown below, and one on a regular motorbike helmet. It's pretty much impossible to wrap a helmet without joins, the trick is to be creative with the joins and incorporate them into the design somehow. The helmet below i...

Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Place Mats Supplier?

Replies: 2

Views: 754

Place Mats Supplier?

I have had a request for 100 place mats. Can anyone recommend a trade supplier who can manufacture these for me? I only have the ability to carry out digital print in house (not dye sub or screen) but is there any way that heat and wash resistant mats can be produced using a versacamm? Any advice wo...

Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting Sheet Materials - Options?

Replies: 23

Views: 5039

Cutting Sheet Materials - Options?

Afternoon! I'm looking for the best way of cutting 8x4 and 10x5 sheets down to size. It will mainly be composite sheets and I would also like to be able to fabricate trays in-house. I have looked into some options such as Keencut and Zapkut but the one thing that strikes me is that none of these cut...

Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:35 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: To Laminate or not to laminate???

Replies: 14

Views: 3085

Cheers John, I was thinking of using something like metamark MD-P (slightly thicker) to make application a bit easier.

Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: To Laminate or not to laminate???

Replies: 14

Views: 3085

To Laminate or not to laminate???

I have been asked to price up some prints that will be applied to a porta cabin. It's going on a newly built housing development as a sales office. They reckon it will only be there for 1 year until the houses are sold and so don't want to spend too much on it. Do I laminate the prints? I have a fee...

Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:58 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Help to identify type of sign frame?

Replies: 6

Views: 3685

One of my good friends saw my post and just txt me with the answer.

For those who might want to know, it's Novatrim 3 from Amari...cheers Ben :-)

Many thanks,
Owen

Edit - thanks Brock, think we posted at the same time.

Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:54 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Help to identify type of sign frame?

Replies: 6

Views: 3685

Thanks Martin but from what I can see, the Panatrim frames don't have the chamfers on the front profile. I will give Universal a call now and see what they say.

Owen

Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:29 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Help to identify type of sign frame?

Replies: 6

Views: 3685

Help to identify type of sign frame?

I have been asked to erect some additional signs on a business park. The landlord has stipulated that he wants exactly the same type of sign frame used that is on all other signage. I agree with him that this would look the best so I did a search for a supplier but without much luck. Below is an ima...

Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:57 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Black and white printing probs on versacamm VS640

Replies: 6

Views: 2395

Try density control only profile setting in versaworks. I've had success priting b+w canvasses using this.

Owen

Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Taking on employee need some advice, help

Replies: 31

Views: 7586

No problem Mo, I'm kind of in a similar situation but I don't have that financial buffer to take on a new skilled employee. The cv's keep coming in thick and fast though. I need two of me, but taking on skilled, experienced guys can be expensive and even a business risk in itself. Best of luck, Owen

Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Taking on employee need some advice, help

Replies: 31

Views: 7586

It's summer time, get a graphic design student in on a placement. Offer to pay them expenses (bus fare/petrol/dinner) in exchange for practical knowledge, experience, and something for their portfolio. I had a lad in last week, not the greatest but I got him weeding vinyl, brew making, sweeping up a...

Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:08 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Anybody used APA Superfast vinyl?

Replies: 5

Views: 2407

I used the apa wrapcast in gloss black to do a roof and the heavy texture of the air release channels in the glue was noticeable as a texture in the vinyl after fitting (even after post heating and some firm pressure applied). I've used lots of their carbon fibre effect with the same adhesive type/s...

Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:15 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printable Reflective - Does it exist, have you used it ?

Replies: 12

Views: 3052

Grafityp do a commercial grade reflective - the brochure says suitable for screen and inkjet printing but I've never tried it.

Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:10 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: J. Price - Various Vehicles - Gallery

Replies: 18

Views: 5071

Wow your illustrations are brilliant - you are a talented chap :-) I used to produce lots of airbrushed and marker renderings during my studies and when I worked as a product designer. I wouldn't mind giving the Wacom/Sketchbook Pro a try - I have a couple of questions.. Which tablet/size do you use...

Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:03 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Cutting joined up (script sytle) letters from Illustrator

Replies: 11

Views: 5300

After you have 'created outlines' you might need to ungroup the text to allow the merge function to work. If you are losing the cutouts it sounds like you are releasing the compound paths first or using the 'minus back' tool rather than 'merge'.

Owen

Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help Window Frosting With Colour???

Replies: 9

Views: 2430

Apply the frosting first, then apply the vinyl to the back of the frosting. It will appear as normal through the frosting and you wont get any ghosting around the cut vinyl.

Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help Window Frosting With Colour???

Replies: 9

Views: 2430

Metamark do a printable frosted window vinyl. Used it a few times to good effect. Only piece of advice is to avoid using any heavily saturated printed colours on the very edges as it can cause edge curl after being applied to the window. What about applying some coloured cut vinyl to the inside of t...

Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:39 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: New computer needed - Mac or PC?

Replies: 29

Views: 9195

Cheers Warren, that's just what I was thinking too. The majority of designs I produce are for production in house and I have printed Roland swatches of every media (laminated) that I use regularly and along with my Pantone and RAL colour books, I've always managed to match colours accurately enough ...

Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:53 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: New computer needed - Mac or PC?

Replies: 29

Views: 9195

Interesting. So it could be argued that the monitor is the most important piece of kit as it serves as the interface between you and the machine and once calibrated will make life easier when it comes to accurate colour reproduction - correct? What are the particular failings of the screen on the 27...

Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:45 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: New computer needed - Mac or PC?

Replies: 29

Views: 9195

Many thanks for your comments and advice. I use adobe Illy, PS and Indesign for everything and versaworks for the rip so the software side of things shouldn't cause any problems. The monitor is an interesting point as a 27" apple display is around £900 to buy alone (i think) which makes the 27&...

Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:30 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: New computer needed - Mac or PC?

Replies: 29

Views: 9195

New computer needed - Mac or PC?

It's time for me to invest in some new computer equipment and I need help making the right decision. I know that PC's cost less but a lot of people swear by their Mac and say they would never go back to PC. Not only that, every design agency I have ever been in uses Mac. Is there a good reason for t...

Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help implementing a better proofing process please?

Replies: 17

Views: 2542

On the proof document that you ask them to sign, why not write a list of questions in bullet point format to act as a kind of disclaimer eg. - Please thoroughly check the artwork above for any mistakes or omissions. - Is everything spelled correctly, including names? - Are any telephone numbers corr...

Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:29 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: printing Kawasaki green

Replies: 13

Views: 4477

As I'm sure you know it's all down to the profile and media being used. If you are printing onto a matt or satin vinyl it's even harder to get close to Kawasaki green - the inks appear less vibrant. I've had my best results printing onto a super glossy vinyl using the latest Metamark MD3 profile on ...

Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:00 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice on wrapping a roof please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3128

I always try to find a way of removing the aerial if there is one. Sometimes they can be accessed simply by removing interior lights or dropping the headliner slightly (pillar trim removal may be required). The owners forums are a good place to look for this kind of info.

Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:58 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice on wrapping a roof please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3128

I've done quite a few roofs on my own but only using bubble free wrap vinyl. I attempted one with standard cast using my normal routine and it went pear shaped - as Peter says two people would be highly recomended. For my routine i normally start at the rear and work forwards using the backing paper...

Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:16 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Crop/Resizing 200pictures.

Replies: 11

Views: 5409

Yeah I thought that might be an issue. I've tried the free mosaic software but the issue is still the same as the software doesn't recognise the important bits of the original image.

Oh well, good luck.

Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:10 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Crop/Resizing 200pictures.

Replies: 11

Views: 5409

You could set up a macro operation in photoshop so that it will resize the document and save as in one operation. Open all the images as a batch then it's one click for each image and they will be saved to a specific location. Then import them into illustrator and as they are all the same size, use ...

Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:16 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: advice, veiws on my new van design please?

Replies: 21

Views: 10617

It's not bad but I'd make the whole logo a lot bigger and as Kevin says, emphasise the 'graffix' element. I like the idea of a part wrap but maybe this could be made more distinctive in some way - possibly use the shape of the Aardvark from the logo?

Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:46 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice needed - expanding business

Replies: 15

Views: 3712

I'm in a similar situation to the OP. I had a visit from the local training group representative about taking on an apprentice. The hourly wage would only be somewhere in the region of £2.50. Although I'd have to invest some time in training them, I reckon I could have them weeeding and taping vinyl...

Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:17 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Material recommendation for large sign tray

Replies: 2

Views: 2127

I'd have said composite every time. Isn't composite much stiffer than aluminium for a given weight? I think this means it will bow less than aluminium would.

If it's composite, won't the tray have a join? This should help stiffen up the face.

Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:06 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm cutting problem

Replies: 17

Views: 7374

I sometimes have the problem you have described when cutting TTRH if I print and cut in one operation with a bleed on the artwork. The ink softens the media and it can cause the media to stretch and bunch up before it cuts it, giving it that 'pounce' effect. My solution was to print with crop marks ...

Fri May 27, 2011 9:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3m helicopter tape

Replies: 9

Views: 4343

Unless you are willing to purchase a large quantity (50m) I'd recommend getting some biketape from biketart. It's genuine 3m heli tape and comes in various widths and lengths. You may even find that at the quantities you are buying, the biketape product may work out cheaper or similarly priced.

Mon May 23, 2011 12:33 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Dot Matrix??

Replies: 10

Views: 6245

Yep I'd use photoshop then impost into illustrator and use live trace. Use a high resolution or the trace in illustrator will be messy. - create the shape/word/logo in illustrator (usually in black + white) - copy and paste into photoshop - Use layer style to add an outer glow - Flatten image then u...

Mon May 09, 2011 6:08 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: 'MINI' LED trough light suppliers

Replies: 7

Views: 5762

This company does them, though cant see them n website. definately do them though as i have a picture of them in front of me. http://www.ledsignsandlighting.co.uk/led-strip-bar-c-27.html?osCsid=j5rq7a2h5o52tn4hr8a9mrk3q5 I just googled Spectrum LED and I noticed the link was the same. Had a chat wi...

Mon May 09, 2011 10:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: osama

Replies: 35

Views: 5697

I mean come on! I'm not a conspiracy theorist but we have been presented with no firm evidence whatsoever that OBL has been killed, except for what America has told us and in my opinion that should be taken with a pinch of salt. Apparently Al Quaeda have admitted he's dead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...

Thu May 05, 2011 5:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Contravision that can be applied to the inside?

Replies: 5

Views: 3051

Contravision that can be applied to the inside?

Is there such thing as contravision/one way vision that can be applied to the inside of a window? I need to produce window displays in a town centre and the customers don't want kids picking at the vinyl on the outside. I'm imagining the perforated film having black on the inside and the adhesive on...

Thu May 05, 2011 5:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: osama

Replies: 35

Views: 5697

Jill Marie Welsh wrote:Actually the quote is:
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
16th president of US (1809 - 1865)




I thought it was a Bob Marley lyric :-? :wink:

Thu May 05, 2011 11:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: osama

Replies: 35

Views: 5697

It has never been proven that OBL had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks and so America didn't have anything to actually charge him for from a legal standpoint. What could they do - lock him in Guantanamo Bay for years - isn't Obama intending to close this illegal prison anyway? It all just seems ...

Wed May 04, 2011 8:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do sign makers come last?

Replies: 12

Views: 2398

Many thanks for the replies and the useful suggestions. Jill, funny you mention the email/phone situation as this has been one of those too. I haven't been able to email any designs or proofs so it's all been visits to site. For the initial budget it was worth going back and forth but not anymore. A...

Tue May 03, 2011 6:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do sign makers come last?

Replies: 12

Views: 2398

Do sign makers come last?

Ok I have been dealing with a customer now of almost a month. The customer is having their retail premises renovated which includes an internal refit, new equipment, building work and new signage. At out first meeting i was given an approximate budget, required timescale etc. After taking a deposit ...

Tue May 03, 2011 5:42 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Problems cuting White backed labels

Replies: 10

Views: 2593

Try knocking the temperature settings up a couple of degrees and slow the cut and up speed right down. This will give the vinyl the chance to warm up evenly as it passes over the heater. Sometimes the rearmost or outermost edges of the vinyl won't cut all the way through because this part of the vin...

Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help sourcing Matt Transparent Vinyl please?

Replies: 2

Views: 851

Help sourcing Matt Transparent Vinyl please?

Morning chaps, I have an idea to apply transparent matt vinyl to a gloss sign tray to create a background pattern/decoration. The reason I want to use clear is to guarantee a colour match with the tray - and also the roll can be used on other jobs. Does anyone know who supplies this? I do have some ...

Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:28 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: what are peoples views on employing a vinyl applicator?

Replies: 13

Views: 3098

Where in Sweden are you? I'll come and work for you :-)

seriously...

Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:20 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Window Tinting Course

Replies: 6

Views: 1976

A friend of mine was trained by CP Films a few years ago. They are the distributor for Llumar tint films and I think they still offer training courses. It looks like they are based in Portsmouth but I know he did his course in Warrington so they may have a number of training centres. They come highl...

Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Work top Guilatene...

Replies: 6

Views: 1029

Robert Lambie wrote:. i use a 1.3mm metal called Plasticol.


I tried a google search but had no luck. Please could you let us know a supplier?

Also - is the metal steel? If so you could use magnets to secure any jobs to the bench rather than the usual masking tape.

Owen

Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chase signs in liquidation

Replies: 2

Views: 2272

Blimey! Scary to see a company with big commercial jobs and contracts go under. I remember reading a thread a while back about the actual profit margins that these large sign companies operate to.

Makes me glad to be a one man operation!

Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:29 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Can anyone shed light on these ink markings

Replies: 11

Views: 4065

Looks like a nozzle on the black head deflecting. What does the test print look like? Any deflections or dropouts? It must do that on all the prints, not just on vinyl. The rough texture of banner or canvas will mast it and it won't be as apparent on photographs. It's just more obvious with black te...

Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:11 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Drawing a border line in Illustrator CS4

Replies: 12

Views: 6469

How quickly do you want to be able to draw it?

With smart guides turned on so that the circles snap to the corners, that shape could be created in 10 seconds.

Then just save in a file for future use.

Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:16 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Photoshop van colour change

Replies: 12

Views: 6409

Hi Alex, David is spot on, but if you want to take it a step further, make your area selection using the Polygonal Lasso Tool then got to.. Layer New Adjustment Layer Brightness / Contrast.. .. make adjustments here. Go to the Layers window and blink the new layer to compare with the background ori...

Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Illustrator to versaworks question ?

Replies: 2

Views: 663

maybe you have a clipping mask or some invisible artwork that is changing the size. Try saving as a pdf or put a white square 60mm x 20mm at the back of your eps file.

Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:42 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: How to change canvas size in IllustratorCS4?

Replies: 2

Views: 2672

There is no canvas size in illustrator, only the artboard and work area. The canvas can be any size and I think the maximum work area is 5m. Unlike photoshop, if you import an image it will retain it's actual dimensions regardless of the resolution. For example: I scan the same logo at 100dpi and 60...

Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:07 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Printing black onto Silver Oracol 751 question

Replies: 18

Views: 3216

I print black onto Grafityp 300 series silver (code 334) regularly without any issues. The silver is almost a matt/satin finish so I use a Metamark MD5 matt profile and the results are good. I laminate with Metaguard 700 to give it a nice glossy finish. I also experimented with printing various colo...

Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:46 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Lotus S2 stripe

Replies: 6

Views: 2093

Could try using the cut-line tape from hexis. Tape out the stripe and wrap the whole thing in one, being very generous with the material. Then afterwards trim off the excess. Heres a link to the product pdf on the hexis website: http://www.hexis.co.uk/whatsnew/Digital/Cut-LINE%20Whats%20New%20&%...

Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:27 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: printing water slide decals on roland sp300v

Replies: 5

Views: 2970

interested in any answers to this also

Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:17 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Cadet Print and cut going astray

Replies: 26

Views: 10788

I had this exact same problem with my versacamm a while back. The cutline would drift out at the left pinch roller by about 5mm over a metre. Here are my investigations thus far: I let the printer complete the job, even though the cutlines were messed up from about half way down the print. Without u...

Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:44 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Logo design help please?

Replies: 16

Views: 7491

Well here are a few examples. I don't think any of them are quite there but at least it's food for thought!

Good luck!

Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:39 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Logo design help please?

Replies: 16

Views: 7491

I think the line through the word Orion is giving it that 80's feel. Try using a more dynamic font, one that looks clean and modern. The circulating arrows remind me of a recycling sign, but I can understand where the thought came from (turbines, air conditioning etc). Sorry all criticism and not mu...

Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Employing?? where do you start??

Replies: 32

Views: 4488

Mike Grant wrote:
OwenTaylor wrote:Wouldn't it be nice to turn up, work hard for 8 hours, then go home and relax...


:rofl:

Maybe in the real world mate!


Well the real world for me is turning up, working hard for 10 hours, going home, then working some more...

Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Employing?? where do you start??

Replies: 32

Views: 4488

I'm still only in my 20's and probably a bit naive but surely there must be a place in this industry for employees? Not everyone wants to be their own boss do they? In fact sometimes I wish I was an employee - in the 3 years I have been on my own I haven't switched off for a day - and its bloomin' s...

Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:41 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: PC supplier recommendation?

Replies: 5

Views: 2463

Yeah I have considered going to Macs but at the moment I don't have the budget to make the switch how I would want to. Gonna run with a cheapish pc for another 12 months then see where I'm at.

Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:01 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: PC supplier recommendation?

Replies: 5

Views: 2463

Thanks for the replies, much appreciated!

Owen

Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:58 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Design help please

Replies: 8

Views: 4139

Why not have a look at some of the motocross decal kits for some inspiration. One Industries and Factory Effex do some nice work.

Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:32 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: PC supplier recommendation?

Replies: 5

Views: 2463

PC supplier recommendation?

I'm looking to purchase a new pc - can anyone recommend a good value supplier?

Preferably I don't want a PC that's been preinstalled with Windows 7. I'd like to purchase a barebones system so I can choose my own software and OS.

Thanks,
Owen

Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:47 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Not so much wrapping a vehicle - how would you apply to this

Replies: 7

Views: 2199

Jason - great idea! What kind of tape would you use for this?

Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:55 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Not so much wrapping a vehicle - how would you apply to this

Replies: 7

Views: 2199

So the solid hump on the top - is that the air inlet? How does it let air in - is it going to be cut out eventually? edit - completely changed my mind on how i would do this. Basically I would make a template out of a couple of sheets of application paper or masking tape then transfer this to my vin...

Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:16 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: VP 300 Just stops printing!!!

Replies: 6

Views: 1490

You could rip before printing

Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:33 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: The best Vinyl for use underwater

Replies: 8

Views: 2111

Are the oars made of wood? If the oars are plastic then you may need a vinyl that will stick well to low energy surfaces such as a motocross vinyl. The LG LD3888 from Allprint would probably do the job if the cast stuff fails.

Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:15 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Polakof:- Various Signage

Replies: 12

Views: 4810

Nice clean work and I also want a bike! I can pedal Lynn around in it. And I didn't know there were long-term girlfriends as I always am a short-term one. :D Love....Jill Ha ha...long term girlfriends are the ones you move country for :-) Simon - think the mods removed your link before I had chance...

Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:00 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Polakof:- Various Signage

Replies: 12

Views: 4810

Great stuff, your work is always very classy and professional! I'm interested in hearing what the sign industry is like in Sweden? My long term girlfriend is Swedish and we will eventually move back there so it would be good to learn more. Maybe this isn't the place to post the info - could you star...

Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:50 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: cutting laminated prints

Replies: 15

Views: 3425

Yep my settings are pretty much the same; MD5 or standard vinyl about 70 MD5 w/ MG700 about 130 If I have added a printed bleed I find the blade sometimes cuts too deep and scores the backing paper so I reduce the cut pressure by 5. I think the inks may soften the vinyl slightly. Heater settings do ...

Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Advise on removing old vinyl please?

Replies: 43

Views: 5835

Stuart Green wrote:Had a friend completetly unrelated to the sign industry give me a great idea!!! A fresh layer of 3 mm foamex on top of the boards will do the trick. has to be applied on the current boards as they have aluminium framwork on the back to attach the sign.

thanks all!! :-)

stu :D


Are you serious?

Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Best way to apply cut vinyl.

Replies: 6

Views: 894

Everyone has their own way of registering vinyl but I would definitely cut all the blue text for the bullet points in one piece because any misalignment of these is going to be very visible. It looks like these will just about fit within the 30" width of your versacamm.If not then for arguments...

Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Static Cling Question

Replies: 3

Views: 717

I printed a few hundred static cling stickers to go in newsagents windows. I printed them on my Versacamm and I stuck some on my window to see how they looked and how well they stuck. I forgot all about them and after 2 weeks decided to remove them. On removal they left about 30% of the print on the...

Mon May 24, 2010 8:52 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm missing a section of print

Replies: 10

Views: 2221

The artwork was fine. I checked it in Illy and there were no boxes or anything. I reprinted the file without re ripping and it came out perfectly. The first issue I had (and currently still have) is that the machine is misreading the media width by a consistent 4mm less at the left roller. If you us...

Sat May 22, 2010 1:08 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Easymount EM-880c laminator

Replies: 3

Views: 1187

Hi I'm definitely interested in this but I can't send private messages. Could you please let me know your email address or contact details?

Many thanks,
Owen

Fri May 21, 2010 1:52 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm missing a section of print

Replies: 10

Views: 2221

Yep the mark is for the print above it. After trying to explain it I was even confusing myself. Here's a diagram :-)



Image

Fri May 21, 2010 1:13 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm missing a section of print

Replies: 10

Views: 2221

Thanks for the reply Chris. The mark in the image is the second mark so the L shape is the correct way up. Sorry the photo's probably a bit misleading. I just had another go at printing the same file this morning and it came out perfectly. This is really strange. I can work round this problem but I ...

Fri May 21, 2010 9:29 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm missing a section of print

Replies: 10

Views: 2221

Versacamm missing a section of print

Last week I had some major issues with my printer misreading crop marks and causing problems with cut alignment. Whilst I was troubleshooting this I noticed that the printer started misreading the media width by a consistent 4mm at the left grit roller. As the error was consistent I managed to work ...

Mon May 17, 2010 9:26 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Printing Bright Orange

Replies: 15

Views: 16816

Best orange I can get on my versacamm is 60% M, 100% Y. Not sure what rip you are using but I get better results on a high density profile and using glossy vinyl.

Mon May 17, 2010 9:17 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: sp 540i cut adjustment

Replies: 6

Views: 1310

If you find the cuts are running badly out and you have to stop the machine, after cancelling the job, wind the vinyl back through the machine without releasing the grit rollers. Check the media is still aligned with the cutting strip. If not, then the media is slipping. Turning the vacuum up when c...

Tue May 11, 2010 12:01 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Another cut alignment issue...SP300

Replies: 12

Views: 2364

Well the plot thickens...

After turning the printer off and on again, its now incorrectly reading the media width by a consistent 4mm less. I have tried different roller positions and there are no base points set.

What does this sound like? Am I going to need an engineer?

Tue May 11, 2010 10:55 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Another cut alignment issue...SP300

Replies: 12

Views: 2364

This morning one sheet cut fine then the next sheet was off as before. Please can someone explain how to do a manual alignment. I want to give this a try as I think the expansion of the material is causing an issue. I have the user manual but the procedure isn't very clear. Do I set the align points...

Tue May 11, 2010 9:32 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: What a difference a day makes!

Replies: 3

Views: 1423

Ah right, thought you may need some kind of certification. Imagine if you blocked a sensor or something important without realising and the thing crashed! Or what if the decal comes off and gets sucked into the engine!

I always think on the positive side :-)

Tue May 11, 2010 8:49 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: What a difference a day makes!

Replies: 3

Views: 1423

Cool! So was the helicopter blue to start with and you added the silver and yellow?

Do you need any special qualifications to work on aircraft?

Tue May 11, 2010 8:22 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Another cut alignment issue...SP300

Replies: 12

Views: 2364

I am using versaworks for the whole process. Files are eps created in illustrator. If I'm only doing one job then I will leave the file in VW however there were 5 different designs so I had to remove the jobs from the queue. I have measured between the marks as accurately as possible and the measure...

Mon May 10, 2010 11:22 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Battlefield Bad Company 2 : Spray wrap on BMW X5

Replies: 12

Views: 4062

As for more talent - I think that's debatable. I take it from this comment Owen, that you have never picked up an airbrush :-? Neil's comment said it takes more talent to airbrush well, than to wrap a vehicle and I would have to agree. Nice link Dave, takes me back to the Custom Car days. Well you ...

Mon May 10, 2010 11:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: The best way to Laminate?

Replies: 6

Views: 921

If you are subbing out the printing anyway, why not get the design printed directly onto the foamex?

Mon May 10, 2010 10:21 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Another cut alignment issue...SP300

Replies: 12

Views: 2364

Many thanks for the response guys. I followed your advice - cleaned the encoder, platten, grit rollers, slowed the cut and up speed down to 5, and fitted a new blade but to no avail. The cut is still massively out. Anyway I just tried printing a new sheet, laminating then cutting immediately and gue...

Mon May 10, 2010 4:32 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Another cut alignment issue...SP300

Replies: 12

Views: 2364

After letting a metre or so cut it seems that everything along the right hand side (as you look at the printer) of the job is cutting accurately but everything towards the left side gradually runs out. It starts off about 1mm out then runs out by about 4mm by the end of the job. This skews every cut...

Mon May 10, 2010 10:39 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Another cut alignment issue...SP300

Replies: 12

Views: 2364

Another cut alignment issue...SP300

Right I'm having a bad start to my week. Last week I printed 25m of motocross type vinyl in approximately 1m lengths as they are to be laminated and contour cut. I laminated them on friday but only got round to cutting a couple of metres of the prints. These cut fine, alignment wasn't perfect but ac...

Mon May 10, 2010 10:27 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Battlefield Bad Company 2 : Spray wrap on BMW X5

Replies: 12

Views: 4062

Sorry I just re-read my post and it came across a bit sarcastic - sorry about that. I agree it takes a lot of skill to airbrush like this - but when did we start calling airbrushing 'spray wrapping'? I think wrapping and spraying are two entirely different fields of expertise. As for more talent - I...

Mon May 10, 2010 9:48 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Battlefield Bad Company 2 : Spray wrap on BMW X5

Replies: 12

Views: 4062

Look nice, but what's it got to do with sign making or vehicle wrapping?

Fri May 07, 2010 9:22 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Steam cleaners for wrap prep ?

Replies: 29

Views: 8350

Thanks I might use that tip - although I doubt my customers would be happy watching me rub their vehicles down with white spirit! I'll have to remove the label :-)

Wed May 05, 2010 11:32 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A couple of windows

Replies: 5

Views: 1428

Looks great!

Are they one piece or tiled? Did they not need to see through their windows or is one-way-vision?

Wed May 05, 2010 11:26 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Steam cleaners for wrap prep ?

Replies: 29

Views: 8350

I have recently done a few stripe kits for a local car parts shop. I designed the stripes to run along the bottom of the doors, just above the sills. This area is prone to being covered in road tar, which was present even after a good washing (with my lambswool mit) and wiping down with IPA. The lum...

Wed May 05, 2010 11:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for some advice on copyright issues.

Replies: 5

Views: 734

Any design that you create is automatically copyrighted. As to who owns the copyright to the logo - well that's up to you. Either you own the rights or they pass to your customer when they purchase the design from you. The best way to protect a corporate logo/name/slogan is to register it as a trade...

Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:14 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Cadet Printer - Head striking media

Replies: 11

Views: 5098

Had the same problem with my versacamm - noticed a similar issue to chris. My media clamps had traces of glue on the underside causing them to stick to the vinyl. Simply cleaned it off with isoprop. Also I use the smart knives from matthias which hang lower than a standard blade so I always remove t...

Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone had problems with this Moto-X Material

Replies: 44

Views: 6623

So are the graphics delaminating or are they simply peeling straight off the plastics? You mentioned before that sometimes your customers apply the graphics straight over their old ones. Most plastics or graphics will absorb any cleaning products or lubricants into the surface over time. This will m...

Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:16 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone had problems with this Moto-X Material

Replies: 44

Views: 6623

Hey Scott, yeah I contour cut the graphics.

Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:31 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone had problems with this Moto-X Material

Replies: 44

Views: 6623

I received samples of the LG3888 and both thicknesses of laminates to use as alternatives to Convex. I printed, left to outgas for 48 hours, laminated then did a little test. The 500 micron laminate simply peeled straight off the print, leaving all the glue behind. Then i thought - maybe the solvent...

Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:28 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Using narrow material on a wide laminator

Replies: 3

Views: 1193

Thanks to Peter and John. It's great to have access to such a wealth of information!

Much appreciated.

Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:31 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Using narrow material on a wide laminator

Replies: 3

Views: 1193

Using narrow material on a wide laminator

Morning all! At the moment I am running a 30" printer and my laminator has pretty much had it so I need a new one. I am hoping to upgrade my printer to a 54" or 60" within the next 6-12 months. I am thinking of biting the bullet now and buying a wider laminator in time for the printer...

Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:06 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Rear bumper wrap help needed!

Replies: 34

Views: 12008

I got a leaflet through from Hexis the other day about their HX2000 series wrap vinyls. They do 33 colours and are made specifically for colour changes and are pre laminated. They also feature some kind of air release vinyl so will be straight forward, although prob not great for the deepest of rece...

Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:19 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Rear bumper wrap help needed!

Replies: 34

Views: 12008

As the above guys said. Only issue with me is the place you've decided to join the side panel/wing/door! Putting a join along the bottom, especially fitting the top first, all water and dirt will collect in/on it. Come on wrapping boys, you should have picked up on that!!! :oops: :oops: If you are ...

Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:14 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Moving head up on versacamm

Replies: 10

Views: 3160

metal arms - if you mean the media clamps I very rarely use these, only when i get to the very end of a roll and the media has more of a curl. I have found that the media clamps are responsible for breaking the tip of many of my blades. I bet if you check yours there will be a line where the tip of ...

Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:19 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Contour cutting static cling material (urgent)

Replies: 8

Views: 1285

Phill - have you tried removing any of the prints at a later date after they have been stuck on for a while? I produced some static cling decals on my versacamm, printed and cut with the print applied to the glass. I did a couple of testers, stuck them on my own window and they worked fine. In total...

Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:10 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: vp-540 canvas printing - non uniform colouring on photos?

Replies: 3

Views: 1920

Is the canvas lying perfectly flat during printing? Load up the image into photoshop and check the areas where the colour is uneven using the eyedropper tool. There may actually be a variation in the colour that's hard to see. For example a white area may look white on screen and in the rip but may ...

Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Wrap: Matt Black M3

Replies: 21

Views: 9129

Nice looking job, and well fitted Andrew. I am still not sure why someone who spends £50K+ on a car wants to cover it in sticky backed plastic? Yes its good for us that they do, but why dont they just get a proper paint job done? Yes I know the arguments about how difficult it is to paint a matt fi...

Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:42 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: What do I do without a laminator??

Replies: 15

Views: 3668

How long does this take to dry completely? Where do you leave the prints to dry - don't you have problems with dust etc sticking to the wet laminate?

Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:32 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: what are your thoughts on fitting & cutting 3M Carbon?

Replies: 17

Views: 5118

I've cut both the 3M and APA vinyl on my Versacamm with no issues. The APA is much thinner though at 100 microns. The only issue is that you will need a really hi-tack app tape that will adhere to the matt/textured finish. I weeded and taped a job only to find I couldn't lift it off the backing paper!

Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:08 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: what are your thoughts on fitting & cutting 3M Carbon?

Replies: 17

Views: 5118

Without seeing the video it's hard to make an accurate judgement but the 3M carbon is thick - maybe he is just scoring it? When i do a roof wrap I wrap over the channels then, with just enough blade protruding, i trim carefully along the center of the channel so that there is a void underneath. The ...

Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rant against "Graphic Designers".

Replies: 46

Views: 5058

I had an interesting job last week - the company said their designer would provide artwork in vector format for me to print. Great I thought. Sure enough they were ai files in vector format but I've never in the life of me seen so many effects and styles used in one file. One object had 15 effects a...

Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: printing, how much to diversify

Replies: 40

Views: 11025

Yes i guess things are going a bit slowly for me due to lack of space but i hope to change that within the next month with a unit. That i why i am asking if it would work with not doing sign installs. Like i say there are quite a few reason why i dont want to get in to installs. I wouldnt want to g...

Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:08 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Revolutionary Metallic & White Ink printer & cutter!

Replies: 7

Views: 5521

Awesome - but why have Roland just released the vs-640? Aren't they shooting themselves in the foot?

Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:43 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP540v Contour cut alignment issue

Replies: 24

Views: 11394

For the people whose machine always cuts too high - I'm assuming you have gone through the regular setup routine. My machine always cut about 0.2mm to the left, even if I had used the manual alignment and entered the correct values. I ended up doing a number of test cuts and altering these values un...

Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:09 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Converting a photo to halftone

Replies: 9

Views: 5609

That's strange. I've been using it for years without any issues. Maybe give the online version a go.

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: colin: a selection of recent work

Replies: 22

Views: 6593

What material did you use for the cladding on the Bengal Cottage job? How is it fixed to the wall? Was it all cut and profiled on site?

Thanks, Owen

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:03 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Converting a photo to halftone

Replies: 9

Views: 5609

I sometimes use this free tool for creating half tone images. Its a simple standalone program called the rasterbator. It converts images into halftones in pdf format that can then be opened in Illustrator/Corel etc. Simply download it and run the program and follow the instructions or you can use th...

Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:51 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Useful website found about resolution, profiles etc.

Replies: 1

Views: 942

Useful website found about resolution, profiles etc.

Stumbled on this website today. There's some some really useful info on image resolution, file types, ICC profiles, how Illustrator converts files for print etc.

http://dx.sheridan.com/advisor/main.html

Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Versaworks - Adobe Illustrator CS4 cut path problem ??

Replies: 6

Views: 1625

Can you attach the file - I'll give it a try in Versaworks

Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Versaworks - Adobe Illustrator CS4 cut path problem ??

Replies: 6

Views: 1625

That's happened a few times to me, once I was cutting a hundred decals and it decided to cut 3 sides on a random selection of the stickers. Here's how I fixed it: edit - adjust the queue a/b settings before you load up the job. I just tried and it was greyed out when the job was already uploaded. Go...

Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??

Replies: 17

Views: 2221

Some companies offer a free design service because they can. I work for myself and I need to make every hour count. A larger company may employ an apprentice or junior designer and can afford to have him knocking out designs all day for the minimum wage. I find it useful to have a portfolio of work...

Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??

Replies: 17

Views: 2221

Some companies offer a free design service because they can. I work for myself and I need to make every hour count. A larger company may employ an apprentice or junior designer and can afford to have him knocking out designs all day for the minimum wage. I find it useful to have a portfolio of work ...

Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:54 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: quad stickers

Replies: 5

Views: 1047

Yep convex is the stuff but make sure you are sitting down when they tell you the price...

Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for supplier of "Stripes"

Replies: 5

Views: 849

All Print Supplies do them in Solid and reflective. Prices are in the downloadable pdf off their homepage

http://www.allprint.co.uk/

edit - sorry they are 7 year calendered

Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:29 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Has anyone taken out the Rolandcare extended warranty?

Replies: 3

Views: 1063

Has anyone taken out the Rolandcare extended warranty?

Has anyone taken out the Rolandcare extended warranty? My sistuation is that I have a 30" versacamm and the black head has started deflecting. I bought it as a 2nd user without warranty. A new print head and fitting etc will cost me about £1K. I just called Roland about Rolandcare and from what...

Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:48 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where can i get some of this stuff?? Glow in the dark wrap..

Replies: 4

Views: 846

Wow that looks impressive! Perfect for when I'm visiting the local drive-in rave party! Like Rob said it's a shame about the horrible daylight colour. When I first saw the 3M scotchlite black reflective vinyl I thought it would be interesting to wrap some things in that but it's not intended for cur...

Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:10 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: The new iPad, anyone buying one?

Replies: 33

Views: 12452

How long before they completely replace the keyboard of a macbook with this kind of touchscreen to make a dual screen setup. Now that would be useful!

Imagine an inbuilt drawing tablet or unfolding the two screens flat to create one huge screen. I'm getting excited already...

Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:33 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: The new iPad, anyone buying one?

Replies: 33

Views: 12452

Is that a small man or a really big iphone? http://c0581892.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/apple-tablet-keynote_035.jpg I agree with John. It may be the next cool thing but it's not designed for professional graphics applications. Apple are already doing a great job of that with the macbook and m...

Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:23 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: are these file formats suitable for printing?

Replies: 16

Views: 2671

It all depends on the design. Anything that is vector based, keep vector based. Why convert this to a raster based file? For images it really depends on the physical size and application. Eg an image on a sign or banner that will be effective from a distance of over 2m never needs to be printed at 3...

Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:35 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Emseal laminator spares or roller reconditioning?

Replies: 6

Views: 2043

There's a guard on the front that cuts the power when it's lifted but the pencil just went underneath it. The gap is too small to fit your finders under but just big enough for a pencil!

Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:35 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Emseal laminator spares or roller reconditioning?

Replies: 6

Views: 2043

No I have the laminator set up level with the end of my workbench. The pencil must have just rolled onto the vinyl as it was being dragged along the bench. It was a black pencil on black print so I didn't notice it coming. I normally make sure there is nothing lying around but it was the first job o...

Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:17 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Emseal laminator spares or roller reconditioning?

Replies: 6

Views: 2043

Brilliant, thanks for the reply I'll give them a call. They aren't a million miles from me either.

Owen

Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:04 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printer & Laminator recomendations?

Replies: 24

Views: 4691

I'm sure you have taken it into consideration as it hasn't been mentioned but some smaller sign shops just won't have the space for a 54" printer, a laminator AND a second cutter/printer. I think that this is where the print and cut units really have an advantage unless you are a larger shop wi...

Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:31 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Emseal laminator spares or roller reconditioning?

Replies: 6

Views: 2043

Emseal laminator spares or roller reconditioning?

I have an 800mm wide Xativa Emseal (also called Centaur I think) that I use with my Versacamm. I did something stupid and laminated a pencil by accident...don't ask :-) Anyway it went through lengthways and put a dent in all four rollers. I've tried heating them, running thicker material through, tu...

Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:39 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3M carbon wrap material

Replies: 31

Views: 10968

Some of my past customers wanted the carbon wrap as a kind of cosmetic sacrificial protection for their show/track cars however I always tell them the limitations of the material. One customer had his roof wrapped then had his car booked in the next day for detailing by a mobile valet. I specificall...

Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:37 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3M carbon wrap material

Replies: 31

Views: 10968

A couple of tips I have learned from using the apa cf vinyl. 1. Don't over stretch it. 2. Don't use too much heat (if any) during the application. 3. Apply in very smooth, long, even strokes. 4. Be in a warm environment - the vinyl goes very brittle when cold. These are probably the usual wrapping h...

Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:29 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Pharmacy - Pantone 300 and 354 colour match please?

Replies: 1

Views: 877

Pharmacy - Pantone 300 and 354 colour match please?

Morning guys, I am creating a facia for a local pharmacy and the NHS guidelines are pretty strict. The colours I must use are as follows: NHS Blue is Pantone 300 Green Pharmacy Cross is Pantone 354 Does anyone know of any vinyls that match these colours? Any help is much appreciated. Owen

Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:17 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What can & cant Print on Premium Cast Vinyl

Replies: 21

Views: 3321

I'm not 100% sure why you need such small pieces of wrap vinyl as you didn't tell us. Maybe you want to protect your idea which is why you are also reluctant to sub the work out? If I were you I would sub out the work to someone with a wide format solvent printer and get them to sign a non disclosur...

Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:18 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Looking for advice on wrapping the roof of a car?

Replies: 18

Views: 6171

I use something like this:

Image

I quickly modified it by shortening the pointy bit then sanding a smooth curve onto the bottom so theres less chance of it snagging the vinyl. They cost about 50p each from staples.

Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:59 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Carbon Fiber effect roof wrap

Replies: 42

Views: 22469

Having only done smaller panels using the APA vinyl up to now, I've taken the plunge and bought a roll of the 1500 wide stuff. Got a car booked in for a roof wrap on Saturday...I'll post the results, good or bad... Graeme - any advice for a first timer? There is no aeriel on this car so that should ...

Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:36 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrap: carbon fibre bently

Replies: 38

Views: 14247

Yeah, it's great fun and that's it for me. It's the 245 and that's got far more power than I can handle. The extra £6k for the supercharger wasn't an option! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzhRaXKolkc I've never done any wrapping at all and there's a lot of curves/indents. Most of the parts are eas...

Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:00 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrap: carbon fibre bently

Replies: 38

Views: 14247

I'd love to get the black & yellow (not the seats or tyres :) ) bits on my car carbon wrapped. With all the bends and twists, do you think it's possible? Awesome car! I'm only slightly jealous... :) Is it a 300? I used to own a Civic-R with a supercharger fitted, absolutley brilliant engine. An...

Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:31 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrap: carbon fibre bently

Replies: 38

Views: 14247

I would have thought with a car that expensive, and an owner with that little taste and that much money, he would just have got someone to make him a one off real CF bonnet and boot.. It's all about the 'bling' :wink: Have to say it's a really nice job. Must make a welcome change from wrapping pane...

Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Removable/Short Term Vinyl by the Metre

Replies: 4

Views: 636

Great, thanks for the quick replies. I'm now tempted to use my stock 7 year calendered vinyl. One final question though; I am actually providing the decals on a supply only basis. The graphics will be taken out to Dubai where they will be fitted to the vehicles. Obviously it's going to be very hot o...

Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Removable/Short Term Vinyl by the Metre

Replies: 4

Views: 636

Removable/Short Term Vinyl by the Metre

Does anyone know a supplier that sells removable/short term vinyl by the metre? I only require approx 5m of black and 10m of white vinyl but everywhere seems to sell only 25m rolls. I've tried grafityp, hexis, robert horne so far. It's for a bunch of vehicles that will be used at a 2 day promotional...

Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:50 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Why are my Illustrator gradients changing to rainbow?!!

Replies: 5

Views: 3510

Usually issues like this can be solved by deleting the ai preferences file. Also cures things like tools missing or not working etc. Just save your work, close Illy then go here: Documents and Settings>user name>Application Data>Adobe>Adobe Illustrator CS3 (or CS2 etc) Settings>AIPrefs Delete the Ai...

Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:38 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: paint protection wrap vinyl

Replies: 6

Views: 2012

Peter - have you tried using the Convex laminate directly onto car bodywork with success? I'm interested to see if it actually sticks properly and stays on with it being a laminate rather than a base vinyl. Is the adhesive intended for this purpose or does it not matter? I use quite a bit of Convex ...

Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting/splitting rolls of vinyl in two?

Replies: 15

Views: 1515

HI Owen Maybe I'm missing something, if so apologies.. to cut 10 meters of 54" vinyl into 2 x 28" or 1 x 30" and 1 x 24" would only take 2 mins with a stanley knife and a 1 or 2 meter straight edge. Ian :lol1: I'd love to be able to cut a 54" roll into 2 x 28" :lol1: S...

Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting/splitting rolls of vinyl in two?

Replies: 15

Views: 1515

Sorry I wasn't sure if was ok to mention names of suppliers etc. The vinyl is Convex Hi Bond from PrintOne. It's a thick, matt white, cast digital print vinyl with a super aggressive adhesive. PrintOne are just around the corner from me so I payed them a visit this afternoon with the intention of bu...

Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:00 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting/splitting rolls of vinyl in two?

Replies: 15

Views: 1515

The particular vinyl is quite specialised and is only available from one supplier. I have tried getting is elsewhere in the past due to the high price of the stuff but I haven't found a comparable product anywhere.

Thanks for the advice though, I will make some calls this morning. You never know!

Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting/splitting rolls of vinyl in two?

Replies: 15

Views: 1515

Cutting/splitting rolls of vinyl in two?

I am printing on a Versacamm 30" and I have just run out of the vinyl I need for this particular job (schoolboy error I know!). I called my supplier and they only have 54" rolls in stock and the 30" won't be available for a few weeks. Unfortunately they don't offer a roll splitting se...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:53 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I think we need more sign makers in the uk

Replies: 30

Views: 3675

I am new to the sign business and I resent the fact that most start ups get tarred with the same brush - that we are only in it to make a quick buck, some beer money etc. or that we are on this forum to steal the experience of the seasoned sign makers without giving anything back. The bitterness and...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:27 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Brawn GP Logo! Opinions!

Replies: 2

Views: 1727

Brawn GP Logo! Opinions!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/Brawngplogo.png Well done to Jensen Button and Brawn GP! It made my day to see him finally win a GP, but having to stare at that logo all afternoon gave me twitch like captain Darling. To me it looks unbalanced, even unfinished. The BR in non italics lo...

Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:26 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: SP300 Leaking Magenta Ink - Help! Photos Inside!

Replies: 12

Views: 3090

Thanks, I am based near Blackburn, Lancs.

Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:11 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: SP300 Leaking Magenta Ink - Help! Photos Inside!

Replies: 12

Views: 3090

Thanks for the reply.

The inks are genuine eco solvent. Never used anything else. Am I still likely to have this problem of the inks eating through parts of the machine?

Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:57 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: SP300 Leaking Magenta Ink - Help! Photos Inside!

Replies: 12

Views: 3090

SP300 Leaking Magenta Ink - Help! Photos Inside!

Morning! Whilst carrying out my weekly clean I noticed there was a pool of magenta ink in the front cover underneath the capping station (see image). I undid the 3 screws and removed the cover to clean it out and see where the ink is coming from. Looks like the ink is leaking from the actual capping...

Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Gas Bills

Replies: 2

Views: 343

Speaking of gas - I'm due a £90 refund for the 3 days my gas was off over Christmas due to our local gas main exploding :o

Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:29 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: versacamm help with cutting after laminating

Replies: 6

Views: 2539

Do the Print only with crop marks and feed through about 100 120mm of vinyl before you cut your sheet when finished printing. To add to the above tip - I have a piece of coloured tape/vinyl stuck onto the right hand side of the print dryer approx 90mm out from the sheet cutter groove. Once printed ...

Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Window Decals

Replies: 2

Views: 454

Thanks for the reply - I hadn't really thought about static cling. Will this stand the test of time? I actually have a few meters of the stuff for my Roland somewhere. Would printing them with EcoSol Inks be a lot less durable than getting them screen printed? Does the printed part still stick to th...

Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Window Decals

Replies: 2

Views: 454

Window Decals

Evening all, I have been asked to produce 100 window decals that measure 6" x 24". It's my first time producing window stickers. They are to be used in shop windows to advertise a certain product so they could be up for a few years. The design is very simple and is made up of large black a...

Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:50 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Logo design help - Indigo Redd

Replies: 20

Views: 4724

Ok I dunno if it's too late but I thought I would throw some examples together. Might just help your thought process a little...

Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:51 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: could this be done

Replies: 16

Views: 2929

what about airbrushing onto transparent vinyl? That will end up more opaque than ink.

Or how about redoing the fade into small circles so you can vinyl cut it. Perhaps this tutorial may help

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=17625

Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:19 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Ready Made Canvas Frames?

Replies: 7

Views: 1495

Ready Made Canvas Frames?

Morning chaps,

I don't normally produce canvasses but it's getting to that time of year and my family have started asking me to make them for presents etc.

Does anyone know a supplier of cheap pre-made canvas frames?

Many thanks, Owen

Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:54 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Verssaworks & XP SP3

Replies: 6

Views: 1423

I'm running xp, sp3 and latest Versaworks on 2 computers since Versaworks 3 was released all with no problems. Kev Thanks for the reply... Maybe there was a problem with the update. I had to remove and reinstall versaworks to get some jobs out yesterday but I'll have another go at the Versaworks 3 ...

Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:51 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Verssaworks & XP SP3

Replies: 6

Views: 1423

I don't know if this problem relates directly to SP3 but I just updated Versaworks online and now Versaworks just crashes immediately when I try to open it. I have had SP3 installed for over a month now with no issues but the latest Versaworks update has really messed things up! Can anyone help? Tha...

Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lamination Guides/Tutorials?

Replies: 7

Views: 1188

Hi Pete, Ok I'm no expert but I mainly produce decals from quite expensive materials and so I'm used to laminating cut pieces of vinyl (rather than laminating from a roll loaded in the laminator). How small are the pieces you are trying to laminate? By small I mean up to 30" wide and less than ...

Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:27 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Print - Cut - Laminate - Cut - Help!!!

Replies: 2

Views: 1094

Print - Cut - Laminate - Cut - Help!!!

Morning guys, Ok this is the first time I am trying the print-cut then laminate-cut process on my SP-300v so I can create clear windows in some stickers I'm making. I'm using illustrator to create the artwork and cutting paths the save as eps and rip using versaworks. What I have noticed is that Ver...

Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:09 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 Printing Black and Grey Shades - help?

Replies: 13

Views: 4003

you have to create a special colour setting first.

Edit>special colour settings

then just save your file somewhere and click ok. you might have to re open the file with versaworks to get the option to work. then just click 'details' select your special setting and check the box.

Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 Printing Black and Grey Shades - help?

Replies: 13

Views: 4003

Hi Chris,

I'm ripping at high quality 720x1440

Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:23 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 Printing Black and Grey Shades - help?

Replies: 13

Views: 4003

Thanks for the link! Ok i made sure that black printed as 100% black using the 'special colors' feature in Versaworks and I managed to get a more solid, true black which is great! The black is still not as dense as I would really like - which is what I get from the US MAX setting. It's just a shame ...

Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:10 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 Printing Black and Grey Shades - help?

Replies: 13

Views: 4003

Hi Mark, thanks for the reply. The greys arent really true greys, they are cool greys 5% C with various % K. There is also a small logo on the print with colour in it so I need to print full colour. I'll try japan max and see how that works out. Does anyone know if there is a way of printing twice i...

Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:53 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 Printing Black and Grey Shades - help?

Replies: 13

Views: 4003

SP300 Printing Black and Grey Shades - help?

Good morning everyone, I'm trying to print on some MD5 Matte white and the image is made up of blocks of colour - shades of grey and solid black. I am using the MD5 Matte colour profile from Metamark in high quality and the greys are printing perfectly, in fact I have never had greys come out so smo...

Fri May 30, 2008 11:09 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: WANTED - up to 30" laminator

Replies: 1

Views: 403

found one...

thanks for the pm's

Regards, Owen

Tue May 27, 2008 10:37 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: WANTED - up to 30" laminator

Replies: 1

Views: 403

WANTED - up to 30" laminator

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a laminator to go alongside my Roland sp-300.

Anything considered...

I'm based in Lancashire and can collect within a reasonable distance.

Many thanks, Owen

Sun May 18, 2008 10:18 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Eco Sol Inks and Clearcoated Decals?

Replies: 14

Views: 6038

:D that was quick - not just me here late on a Sunday evening then...

Thanks for the advice,

Owen

Sun May 18, 2008 10:02 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Eco Sol Inks and Clearcoated Decals?

Replies: 14

Views: 6038

Eco Sol Inks and Clearcoated Decals?

Hi all, I have been asked to produce a set of full colour decals that will then be clearcoated over afterwards to protect them. I'm just a bit worried about the Eco Sol inks reacting with the clearcoat and damaging the decals. I considered laminating them but they must be as thin as possible to avoi...

Tue May 13, 2008 12:12 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Garment Printing on Roland SP-300

Replies: 2

Views: 705

Garment Printing on Roland SP-300

Hi, I have been asked to produce a small run (5) t shirts for a weekend event. Please can anyone recommend a suitable garment material to be printed on using a Roland sp300? Also, is a heat press really necessary or could I just carefully iron on the material? Any advice/info is much appreciated. Th...

Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Lego move into ground breaking new cloning era.

Replies: 16

Views: 2021

It's 'Professor Stephen Hawking' :roll:

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