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Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:50 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Software for running plotters

Replies: 5

Views: 196

Re: Software for running plotters

Have you looked at the illustrator plug in? Shouldn't make any difference how old your plotter is, don't know about plugins but my plotter is listed in vinylmaster & its a gerber FC400 so guessing at least as old as your machine :lol: :lol: Same as you, machine still plots well & small issue...

Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 13

Views: 482

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

Welcome Andrew, thanks for taking the time to say hello :lol: :lol:

Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Oak Plinth - Sign Blank Supplier Urgently Required

Replies: 4

Views: 415

Re: Oak Plinth - Sign Blank Supplier Urgently Required

Have you got a local woodworking club? Might be worth speaking to them, just to add to what Neil has said if you used ply with an Oak frame you could also use an oak veneer to cover the front. Really depends on where it is going, internal or external. You might even get away with a piece of Oak kitc...

Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

Replies: 16

Views: 641

Re: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

Not something I would do mainly because I think it's a con, like the hand wash businesses that have sprung up all over the place offerning "CAR WASH from ONLY £3" you get in & its £1.50 extra to wash the wheels etc :evil: What I have always tried to stick to is if it is something I per...

Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Panel Joints, what preference?

Replies: 8

Views: 591

Re: Panel Joints, what preference?

I use method B same as Phill, never tried method A but from what I can see it not only uses more material but takes longer to put together so there is a time element as well as a material cost to consider
Like Phill I have never had a problem with method B :lol:

Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Oak Plinth - Sign Blank Supplier Urgently Required

Replies: 4

Views: 415

Re: Oak Plinth - Sign Blank Supplier Urgently Required

What sort of thickness & what sort of finish? 450mm is quite wide for Oak, may have to be a glue up to get that width :lol:

Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 19

Views: 725

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

Hugh's method with a heater inside the van is something that I use as well as the wallpaper stripper, the advantage of the heater in the van method is that it gives you 2 free hands to work without the need to keep putting something down or to one side if you need both hands :lol: :lol:

Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:24 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A time for reflection - rememberance

Replies: 13

Views: 759

Re: A time for reflection - rememberance

Daniel Evans wrote:Very nice, I didn't know you could weld aluminium, can a normal MIG welder do this and what type of stuff do you need?


TIG for Aluminium & it is not as forgiving as some other materials when it comes to welding so a little more skill involved generally :lol: :lol:

Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:59 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Replies: 12

Views: 1378

Re: Hand painted sign on renovated building.

Nice work as always Neil :lol: :lol:

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

The first one Golieth was a kickstarper campaign & the target launch price was $2850 if the actual launch price is as Robert suggests then there will be A LOT of people who supported the campaign expecting a 35% discount on launch price who will have paid quite a bit more :lol: :lol: The second ...

Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 1774

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Was surprised to see you using trestle and board without guard rail Rob, didn't think that was allowed anymore. Don't get me wrong have done loads from trestle and board in the past and is quick but understand is no longer acceptable with many sites we work on Colin if you read Roberts last post he...

Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 1774

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

I think that looks so unstable, how does it feel Martin once you up the ladder? I use little giant ladders with bolted on adjustable legs Scott I originally had the 3 x 12 step version & used them at full extension on quite a few occasions sometimes higher than I should really have been but don...

Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 1774

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

I've got 2 sets of combination ladders by Halio. these have an adjustable foot for working on uneven ground. Excuse the advertising on the image, didn't buy from them it was just the first picture I found lol

halio ladder.jpg

Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:28 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

Replies: 16

Views: 1145

Re: Will you do a job that make YOU and the client look bad?

I am another one who would have said no but having an Invaliding Pension from the RN makes it a bit easier for me to turn jobs down :lol: Something that might be worth looking at is Photozoom Pro which I first read about on this forum a long time ago, it won't perform miracles but does go a long way...

Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vehicle grade magnetic film - supplier

Replies: 11

Views: 1247

Re: Vehicle grade magnetic film - supplier

I am surprised Bisbell Magnetic haven't got a mention, I don't do much sign work anymore so maybe things have changed. I use to do quite a lot of magnetic signs, can't actually remember the last time I did any vehicle magnetics so haven't bought for a long time but when I was working full time I use...

Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Who needs a plotter? Worst workmanship I have seen.

Replies: 17

Views: 1716

Re: Who needs a plotter? Worst workmanship I have seen.

Definately a hand job!!! If you look full screen you'll see that the lines go past the edges of the text where they overcut.

What difference is viewing it full screen going to make ?? Still the size of a postage stamp on my phone & I'm as blind as a bat :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Who needs a plotter? Worst workmanship I have seen.

Replies: 17

Views: 1716

Re: Who needs a plotter? Worst workmanship I have seen.

From the pictures you have posted it actually looks like a glue line, the sort you get what a cheap vinyl has been used. Over time the vinyl shrinks leaving the glue behind which then collects all the road grim :lol: :lol: I have known these to be very difficult to remove, literally having to soak i...

Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer not paying what would you do?

Replies: 24

Views: 3429

Re: Customer not paying what would you do?

I fight well for my money. I only have £35 not paid and I’m not sure if the chap died or something.

I can't believe you let something trivial like the Customer dying get in the way :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:35 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: info req'd... Graphtec Cutting Pro FC4100 series

Replies: 7

Views: 758

Re: info req'd... Graphtec Cutting Pro FC4100 series

Well my FC4100 is about 19 maybe 20 years old & still seems to be doing a good enough job :lol: :lol: Mine runs from a laptop which has a serial port built in so no problem there. As Chris says might be better finding drivers on the American site. I use Vinylmaster & my plotter is included i...

Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:25 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: looking for engineers

Replies: 6

Views: 704

Re: looking for engineers

I know you said you have it sorted now Brian but just for future reference the power board is a transformer, 240v AC going in but the voltage coming out will be low voltage DC, probably somewhere about 24V, much the same as any Laptop power supply, mains voltage in Low DC out :lol: :lol:

Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Festive blues and advice please

Replies: 19

Views: 2541

Re: Festive blues and advice please

Thanks for updating the post Hugh, always nice to see how things have turned out when people ask questions. Be nice if you could add a progress report every now & again once you have made the move. Start off as you mean to go on, set realistic time scales for jobs & stick to them, learn to s...

Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:22 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with Glass top for workbench

Replies: 24

Views: 1664

Re: Help with Glass top for workbench

Mine sits on an MDF top which is maybe why I am OK with 6mm at the size it is, I have never felt the need to put a light under it but the option is always there, would be easy enough to cut a couple of grooves for LED's I guess. It has had all sorts of glues, resins etc etc harden on it over the yea...

Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:27 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with Glass top for workbench

Replies: 24

Views: 1664

Re: Help with Glass top for workbench

I keep a little basket by the side of the workbench with tools that I use on the table, yes a glass top will blunt the blades quicker but it just means you need to apply a little more pressure :lol: :lol: Not like you are going to cut through the glass :lol: :lol: The scalpels & retracting knive...

Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:44 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with Glass top for workbench

Replies: 24

Views: 1664

Re: Help with Glass top for workbench

6mm will be fine but if you don't feel comfortable with 6mm then 10mm is more than enough, my glass tops are 1220 x 2100 mm, it was a complete double glazed unit so there were 2 of them at that size :lol: :lol: My main bench is made from 6 bolt together steel tables which I then fitted an 8 x 4 18mm...

Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:19 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with Glass top for workbench

Replies: 24

Views: 1664

Re: Help with Glass top for workbench

Depends to a degree what you are going to be doing on it but either 6 or 10 mm toughened glass is what you need, if you know any window fitting companies then you might get lucky & get an old window they have taken out of a shop :lol: :lol: Got my current glass top for free that way :lol: :lol:

Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: UK company re Cast Brass sign

Replies: 7

Views: 1158

Re: UK company re Cast Brass sign

Jean Oakley wrote:Hi Martin, i didnt mention a bell :rollseyes: in the first post think the conversation went a bit off subject.


That's what happens when you get old & senile Jean, by the time I had read a couple of replies I had completely forgotten what the post was about :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mounting cut acrylic letters.. bars?

Replies: 10

Views: 1316

Re: Mounting cut acrylic letters.. bars?

I have used clear acrylic rails in the past for jobs like this, if you scuff the acrylic rails up with a bit of sandpaper then you don't really notice then if it is up at that sort of height even if the sun hits them, less holes in the brickwork as well :lol: :lol: Penloc or tensol will bond acrylic...

Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: UK company re Cast Brass sign

Replies: 7

Views: 1158

Re: UK company re Cast Brass sign

Unless it is of some Historical or other interest then it would probably be cheaper to buy a new Bell rather than get a cast of the bell they have. Having spent 20 years in the Royal Navy I can confirm this: Brass weathers outdoors, and most ships and boats have brass bells and fittings etc. All it ...

Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Magnetic squares cut to size

Replies: 4

Views: 942

Re: Magnetic squares cut to size

I read somewhere years ago that you weren't actually suppose to floodcoat the magnetic sheeting that came already floodcoated white as many signmakers buy it. Can't remember what the reasons were now but that isn't the point. Having read that I never bought white magnetic material again. Instead I u...

Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutter cutting letters randomly, causing issues

Replies: 3

Views: 1002

Re: Cutter cutting letters randomly, causing issues

Plus the cutting & design software you are using, some software cuts in the order the vectors are created, some tries to make the least amount of movement some you can tell it which order to cut etc etc :lol: :lol: Regardless of the software you are using the cut lines should match up unless the...

Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Boarding a wall and applying graphics

Replies: 11

Views: 1532

Re: Boarding a wall and applying graphics

Just to point out Daniel that the jobs I was talking about were done many years ago & at that time things like digital wallpaper & wall wraps didn't exist at all or if they did were something that wasn't widely known about :lol: :lol: I don't really know a lot about either but it I were aske...

Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Boarding a wall and applying graphics

Replies: 11

Views: 1532

Re: Boarding a wall and applying graphics

I just used screws, countersunk the holes & made sure the heads were never sticking out at all :lol: :lol: You could fill & then sand/level but I never did, once the vinyl was applied you couldn't see them :lol: :lol: I was careful to make sure the boards butted together neatly so there wasn...

Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Boarding a wall and applying graphics

Replies: 11

Views: 1532

Re: Boarding a wall and applying graphics

When you say hoarding board is that composite? Daniel, hording board is about the cheapest ACM you can buy, has a thinner aluminium skin & is only powder coated on one side, back is mill finish. Basically designed for shorter term use but is perfectly suitable for a job like this. I did a few j...

Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:52 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Problems with laminating print

Replies: 22

Views: 1936

Re: Problems with laminating print

Could be a tension issue as David has already said BUT this can happen if you over tension as well as under tension the rollers, if you have it as tight as you can possibly get it then try backing it off instead of trying to apply more tension :lol: :lol:

Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Terms and Conditions Need Them? I say we do!

Replies: 6

Views: 1274

Re: Terms and Conditions Need Them? I say we do!

Try a search on the forum Martin, has been discussed a few times over the years & some members posted there T&C's for others to download & use, should at least be a starting point for your own :lol: :lol:

Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:18 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Window Vinyls, advice on how to apply multiple layers, please?

Replies: 1

Views: 723

Re: Window Vinyls, advice on how to apply multiple layers, please?

Best way is to fit it to the outside of the window which will make it more visible for a start. :lol: If you have to apply internally then it will need to be applied in reverse, I would quite often apply multiple layers of vinyl by eye but bit tricky when you have to build it up with what would norm...

Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:10 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is cheaper in your workshop per m2, cut vinyl or digital print?

Replies: 15

Views: 1719

Re: What is cheaper in your workshop per m2, cut vinyl or digital print?

Firstly I don't own a large format printer & also do very very little digital print which I obviously buy in from trade printer so not in the best position to answer this type of question but my answer would have been along the same lines as Johns. Based on the fact that not only is there a big ...

Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Drywipe Magnetic Boards - Layer under vinyl to make magnetic

Replies: 10

Views: 1221

Re: Drywipe Magnetic Boards - Layer under vinyl to make magnetic

Bisbell magnetic do a whole range of magnetic products, as well as vehicle grade magnetic I use to use their self adhesive ferro sheeting for custom dry wipe boards, use to do quite a few for Haulage Companies, not used them for a long time now as not really doing much work. https://www.bisbellmagne...

Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for information on a foil backed vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 889

Re: Looking for information on a foil backed vinyl

If its a foil back then it is not a vinyl, try searching for matte black polyester film & see what that throws up, can't help with a supplier as its not something I have used :lol:

Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:23 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice needed on the best entry level printer please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1117

Re: Best entry level printer

Pretty much as has already been said, anything cheap probably doesn't come with a RIP, have a look at the price of RIP software & all of a sudden your bargain printer isn't such a bargain, then when you finally get it to run you find that the print heads need to be replaced at £500 each (that's ...

Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Frost like vinyl to be used on a vehicle semi wrap.

Replies: 6

Views: 1065

Re: Frost like vinyl to be used on a vehicle semi wrap.

I have put quite a bit of vinyl that isn't really suitable for vehicle graphics on vans over the years, always tell the customer that what they want is a display film for interior work so I can't offer any warranty on it, customer has always been happy with this & to be honest I have only had on...

Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:45 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Master Pro Software users, advice please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1469

Re: Vinyl Master Pro Software users, advice please?

Ah ok guys thanks So, forgive me for being naive but RIP (raster image processor) is a feature I shouldn’t really need as I don’t do direct digital printing and any I do will be outsourced. Which for basic vinyl cutting and art work the DSR version should suffice? OK if you only want something for ...

Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:18 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Master Pro Software users, advice please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1469

Re: Vinylmaster users

I run V4 xpt same as Graham & haven't ever had a problem with it, if you are not sure what version to purchase then you could always download the trial versions of those you are considering & test it for yourself :lol: Can't remember if there is a comparison page for the different versions b...

Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Poli-Tape Vinyls & Laminates, anyone buying from them?

Replies: 5

Views: 1076

Re: Poli-Tape Vinyls & Laminates, anyone buying from them?

I had never heard of them either until reading this post, having looked at their website the thing that surprised me was that they didn't seem to do a polymeric vinyl at all, for that reason I wouldn't use them, I am not interested in what others do personally I wouldn't do vehicle livery with a mon...

Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Festive blues and advice please

Replies: 19

Views: 2541

Re: Festive blues and advice please

I do have home space I could use and your suggestion of downsizing to work from home as 'semi' retired is one I'm wrestling with to be honest. I could sell the wide format kit (print/cut and laminator) and keep cut vinyl and garment, embroidery and dye sub work, but could end up just as busy? Who k...

Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:27 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: New cut and design software required

Replies: 5

Views: 920

Re: New cut and design software required

Have you contacted the seller of the machine to see if it is possible to get a replacement CD ? Even if they charge you a bit then at least you would still be using software that you are familiar with & I am guessing does all that you need it to just now. Corel wouldn't be my first choice of sof...

Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Festive blues and advice please

Replies: 19

Views: 2541

Re: Festive blues and advice please

OK here is something you haven't mentioned Hugh :lol: If you take Early Retirement what are you going to do with yourself having been used to spending so much of the time working?? Might sound like a great idea & actually feel great for a short period once you have sold everything & got out,...

Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Merry Christmas

Replies: 14

Views: 1704

Re: Merry Christmas

Same from me, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all :lol: :lol:

I don't have to take a break as I hardly do any work these days :lol: :lol:

Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:34 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec FC2200 initialisation puzzle, help please?

Replies: 2

Views: 537

Re: Graphtec FC2200 initialisation puzzle, help please?

I would agree with Chris, if you had to strip it down a bit to replace the belt then there is a good chance you have displaced a ribbon cable, they can move enough that the ribbon looses contact but still look like they are fitted properly. A sensor wouldn't stop you having something showing on the ...

Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:55 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help locating a Rose Gold Vinyl

Replies: 8

Views: 1235

Re: Help locating a Rose Gold Vinyl

There was one mentioned the other day Bob, don't know if it is what you are looking for but might be worth a look :lol:

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Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Show us your unit and tell us why it's special?

Replies: 33

Views: 3526

Re: Show us your unit and tell us why it's special?

That's the one Phill, you don't get threads like that one on UKsignboards these days :lol: :lol: :lol:

Daniel, since this is an open post your secret hiding place is maybe not so secret anymore :lol: :lol: :lol:

Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:11 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Grafityp graficast vinyl wrap

Replies: 8

Views: 1666

Re: Grafityp graficast vinyl wrap

To a large degree you get what you pay for, there is nothing wrong with some of the less expensive wrap vinyls such as KPMF or Grafityp but you will never fit then as quickly as you will fit films like Avery supreme & they are less forgiving making them generally more difficult to fit. So if you...

Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Getting van details from reg number

Replies: 9

Views: 1494

Re: Getting van details from reg number

I would imagine that app still relies on it being registered correctly in the first place though Daniel so still always best to ask :lol: :lol: Jamie, you were lucky not to have been stopped the number of police cars now fitted with numberplate recognition, my road tax was out of date by about 4 mon...

Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: lining up multiple colour vinyl

Replies: 14

Views: 1618

Re: lining up multiple colour vinyl

Was going to post earlier on but had to go out, I would agree with Simon on the bubble issue when trying to apply multiple layers in one Hit, if you search the forum your question & the issues with bubbles has been mentioned a few times in the past, using a registration method that wastes the le...

Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:00 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Recommendations on reliable entry level 8x4 CNC Machine

Replies: 19

Views: 3449

Re: Recommendations on reliable entry level 8x4 CNC Machine

What do you want to be able to do Warren ? Had a quick look at the Parahna range on their site, it's a Chinese CNC your right but it will come with UK support & there are some very good machines coming out of China, don't know if that is one of them though. As I said before there isn't really an...

Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall covering options for printed graphics

Replies: 7

Views: 1283

Re: Wall covering options for printed graphics

Can't help with suppliers but a lot of this job is educating the customers, She may have just heard wallpaper which is the stuff she can buy in any DIY store :lol: :lol: Doubt if she will understand the process or how it is applied so you need to be able to explain that to her. I used to carry a por...

Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:53 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Recommendations on reliable entry level 8x4 CNC Machine

Replies: 19

Views: 3449

Re: Recommendations on reliable entry level 8x4 CNC Machine

As Robert has already said a lot will depend on what you intend to do with the machine now & in the future. A lot of the entry level CNC machines don't have a clear upgrade path or way to do things like change cutting heads, add censors for registration etc etc. The other thing you will need to ...

Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What glue do most use for Dibond Trays

Replies: 3

Views: 1178

Re: What glue do most use for Dibond Trays

Penloc should work OK was what I use to use when I was still working, if you have had failures with different types/brands of adhesive then it may well not be an adhesive problem to start with, how do you clean the letters & board before you glue up ?? :lol: :lol:

Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cheeky sod, stealing other companies images

Replies: 37

Views: 10251

Re: Cheeky sod, stealing other companies images

As the others have said, congratulations on the result & your persistence, hope your as persistent chasing whats owed as my first thought is that they will ignore any demand for payment, had that myself in the past :blushing: I know I would have eventually got paid if I had pushed it but simply ...

Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:44 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: converting from 4 colour to 6 colour mimaki cjv30-130

Replies: 10

Views: 3459

Re: converting from 4 colour to 6 colour mimaki cjv30-130

David King wrote:I do have the Service Manual in .pdf for the CJV30 if you need it I can send it to you.


That post is from nearly 6 years ago David, I would like to think that the OP sorted this out a long time ago :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cheeky sod, stealing other companies images

Replies: 37

Views: 10251

Re: Cheeky sod, stealing other companies images

So was that bit at the bottom of the page always there David or has it been added since you took Court action, I just don't remember seeing it when I first looked at their website :lol:

Oh as Steve has already said best of luck on Monday

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: composite board trimming tool

Replies: 7

Views: 1479

Re: composite board trimming tool

Only problem with those mini circular saw type things is it can be quite tricky cutting a straight edge, especially out on site where you don't have a nice bench to sit it on :lol: :lol: I actually use to use a hand held saw that was made for cutting a range of different materials including aluminiu...

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

Replies: 14

Views: 2585

Re: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

Stuart if the panels didn't have a hanging strip that was more than likely because who ever replaced the original acrylic panels with foam didn't know that one was needed. I have seen it a few times & also spoken with other signmakers who had no idea that one should really be fitted. Foamalux ul...

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

Replies: 14

Views: 2585

Re: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

I was going to post earlier & then got side tracked :lol: Was thinking along similar lines to Phill, if the customer isn't going to use it as a lightbox then does it really need to be acrylic? You have used ACM in these before so why not the same again. As Phill has said often customers don't re...

Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:34 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: King Colorcore PVC sheet material UK

Replies: 3

Views: 1035

Re: King Colorcore PVC sheet material UK

That was my first thought when the guy asked on the Vectric Forum Neil but apparently it is not, he has already been in touch with a number of Companies that supply the usual engraving type laminates & none of them stocked anything like it :lol: :lol:

Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:45 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: King Colorcore PVC sheet material UK

Replies: 3

Views: 1035

King Colorcore PVC sheet material UK

Anyone know of a supplier of this material or an alternative in the UK ? Someone on another forum I use is looking for a supplier, it's not something I have come across, I use engraving laminates but this is a soft PVC material if you look at the link Thanks for any suggestions :lol: http://www.king...

Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New to Vinyl Cutter looking for help

Replies: 2

Views: 4764

Re: New to Vinyl Cutter looking for help

I've been using Vinylmaster for years & it works ok for me, others will recommend other software so it really is a bit of a personal thing. Regardless of what software you are using the Rugby Logo is more than likely a Bitmap file & to be able to cut using a plotter the artwork needs to be v...

Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:56 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: OKI C511DN and number plate printing

Replies: 1

Views: 1180

Re: OKI C511DN and number plate printing

Try a search on the forum, been discussed quite a bit & there were a couple of post just recently, a lot would seem to depend on what you want to print, just the black numbers or the coloured Country badges as well.

Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:00 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advise on printing number plates

Replies: 10

Views: 1912

Re: Advise on printing number plates

Robert, it was the Oki printers I was talking about lol, the Oki printers are laser printers :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advise on printing number plates

Replies: 10

Views: 1912

Re: Advise on printing number plates

Try a search on the forum, there is a post on here somewhere where People were using Oki printers. I thought as David has said that they were modified (which they are) but apparently if your just doing number plates then they don't need to be. Also sure I have read about people using flexi for templ...

Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: perforated window vinyl first time use

Replies: 10

Views: 2303

Re: perforated window vinyl first time use

Also if you allow for an overlaminate it could make the job too expensive..... Sorry Andy, don't want to be controversial but I just think that is wrong. Customer looks to you as the expert so give them the pro's & con's of both non laminated & laminated film & a price for each & th...

Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: best glues for bonding acrylic to composite

Replies: 4

Views: 1503

Re: best glues for bonding acrylic to composite

I use to use penloc from Eurobond Adhesives, Tensol 12 & 70 have also both been mentioned in the past.

I say use to because I don't do much work anymore & haven't used it for quite some time.

Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removable Signage on poles

Replies: 3

Views: 1401

Re: Removable Signage on poles

When you say 4 poles do you mean 4 per side so 7 poles in total ?
What were you thinking of using for the panels? Even at low level (which I assume this is if the customer is going to be sliding boards in & out) the wind loading is going to be quite high at that sort of size. :lol:

Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Considering Printing, Which Printer?

Replies: 24

Views: 4706

Re: Considering Printing, Which Printer?

I understand what you are saying about turn round time if you are using a trade only printer but another option might be to find someone local who has a printer & build a relationship with them, if your work is vastly different from what they do then they may not see you as competition. Prices w...

Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:05 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on a small CNC cutter please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2921

Re: small CNC cutter... any ideas?

Hi Peter did you ever buy a small cnc router as i am also lookinmg into this knid of thing mainly for cnc cutting diabond letters 4 to 5 " in size Have you thought about where you are going to keep it ? Biggest problem with running a CNC is the amount of dust it produces :lol: :lol: Vinyl &...

Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is your Preferred Vinyl brand?

Replies: 28

Views: 6518

Re: What is your Preferred Vinyl brand?

Some great options there guys thanks for the input, in think I am going to upgrade to the avery 700 and pay that little extra. It really depends on the sort of work you do but I use to do very little short term signage & keeping 2 different series of vinyl in stock was an expense I felt I could...

Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printed wallpaper image size

Replies: 16

Views: 3119

Re: Printed wallpaper image size

yeah i'm 99% certain it's down to the email "shrinking" the file


If that is the case then could you ask them to send it again but this time via Dropbox or something similar ?

Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:07 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printed wallpaper image size

Replies: 16

Views: 3119

Re: Printed wallpaper image size

I use to use Photozoom Pro to enlarge images when doing digital printing, It was recommended on the forum years ago :lol:
I don't do any printing now but would probably still be using it if I did :lol:

Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:37 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: UPVC Window frame wrapping advice please?

Replies: 39

Views: 8358

Re: UPVC WINDOW FRAME WRAPPING

Slightly off topic Daniel but if you are just setting up & looking to use films such as the facade film then I think it is important to make sure you mention points like the fire rating when talking with customers, especially in light of recent events. Your quotes may be higher than other people...

Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:26 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is your Preferred Vinyl brand?

Replies: 28

Views: 6518

Re: What is your Preferred Vinyl brand?

What other good vinyls do you use that perform well as I am always looking for the best price as I'm sure all of us are. I don't think this is the case for a lot of us Mark, switching vinyl brands to save a few pence per metre can cause extra problems such as colour matching when an existing custom...

Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is the BSGA out of touch?

Replies: 29

Views: 6428

Re: Is the BSGA out of touch?

I think they have always been out of touch with the smaller businesses, I joined years ago because it seemed to be the right thing to do but in the year I was a member I didn't see any advantage at all personally. I have never been asked if I have any kind of qualification, my customers were more in...

Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:00 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Which Squeegee? 3m Gold or Blue

Replies: 2

Views: 1016

Re: Which Squeegee? 3m Gold or Blue

Never used the 3m Blue squeegee but a quick look at a suppliers website tells me it is softer than the 3m gold & designed for vehicle wrapping. If that is the case then you would be better sticking with the 3m gold for applying vehicle graphics, the blue version will probably perform just as wel...

Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone else want to kick me this week?

Replies: 13

Views: 2589

Re: Anyone else want to kick me this week?

Who's artwork is it, yours or theirs ? If it's yours then are the other company quoting using that artwork or something they have produced themselves ? If it's yours then as Hugh has said they should be paying a copyright fee & for your design time. Are the other Company quoting like for like ? ...

Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What do you use for this finish?

Replies: 6

Views: 1387

Re: What do you use for this finish?

How close to that moulding does it have to be? signgeer do a plastic framing along the same lines as that & I would guess others do as well. if it needs to be wood then any timber merchant will have a range of framing with different profiles which may be close. If it needs to match exactly then ...

Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:18 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Replies: 19

Views: 3389

Re: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Hugh, don't take my word for it speak to your computer guy, if your computer has 8gb ram installed then it must support 64 bit operating system, no computer manufacturer is going to install 8gb ram in a machine that can only use about 3.5gb at best. My machine is probably older than yours :lol: , it...

Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Applying Application Tape To Cut Vinyl For Wall Stickers

Replies: 20

Views: 5181

Re: Applying Application Tape To Cut Vinyl For Wall Stickers

Before I made my tape dispenser I used a method the same as yours Peter, only difference is that I didn't use a squeegee to push the roll of tape along. You can do it using another roll of either application tape or vinyl at the same width or larger,

Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:42 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Replies: 19

Views: 3389

Re: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Hugh, computer hardware is the same for any operating system, you don't need a new CPU, its the windows software that is a problem, that comes in either 32 bit or 64 bit versions. You just need to install a windows 64 bit operating system rather than a 32 bit operating system. Your computer shop guy...

Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: And the Customer of the Year Award goes to...

Replies: 68

Views: 10020

Re: Customer of the Year award

Just do it on the Sunday instead then Colin but don't forget to add the 300% Sunday premium :lol: :lol:

Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:21 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Replies: 19

Views: 3389

Re: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Hugh if your widows 7 disk is 64 bit then switching from windows xp to windows 7 is a no brainier, at the moment your PC has about 3.5gb ram, may be 8 installed but 32 bit operating systems can only access about 3.5 so that's all you really have. That change alone will show you a huge improvement, T...

Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:17 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Replies: 19

Views: 3389

Re: Help with new pc or Mac specification..

Switching your old pc from 32 bit to 64 bit is easy enough & you can probably find a couple of cheap memory sticks to boost your meagre 3gb ram :lol: :lol: How well that handles the new version of Corel really depends on what sort of work you are doing Hugh, that option would probably cost you l...

Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A really nice sunny day in Scotland

Replies: 21

Views: 2398

Re: A really nice sunny day in Scotland

Oh that's just typical, just in from the unit to find this :lol: :lol:
Really need to get myself that sign app of Roberts before I miss another afternoon off :blushing:

Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:30 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: corel crashing on trace work

Replies: 6

Views: 1822

Re: corel crashing on trace work

It's easy enough to check how much ram you have installed, if it's not working it won't show as being installed. At start up ram is generally checked but not all errors show up. Once started then control panel, system & security, system will tell you how much ram is installed. Out of memory erro...

Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:11 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Applying Application Tape To Cut Vinyl For Wall Stickers

Replies: 20

Views: 5181

Re: Applying Application Tape To Cut Vinyl For Wall Stickers

This is a speed clamp or quick release clamp :lol:

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Looks like the one Derek has pictured is home made, I made one for myself as well which is fixed to the end of the workbench, mine ended up being a bit more elaborate than the ones you can buy though :lol: :lol:

Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Help loosing my Motivation

Replies: 22

Views: 3211

Re: Help loosing my Motivation

You should be use to stress David from your time in the RN :lol: Seriously, if you are going to do rush jobs then you need to charge accordingly, do these Customers NEED the job for a particular date or do they WANT then for a particular date ? I thing I learned was that there was a big difference b...

Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What Vehicles do you use?

Replies: 24

Views: 4685

Re: What Vehicles do you use?

Just to add, I don't know if this will be an issue for you but make sure you check out what insurance is going to cost you before making a final decision. If you have never had commercial vehicle insurance before then insurance may be very high. Your no claims discount from driving a car doesn't cou...

Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Honestly - The cheek of some people

Replies: 32

Views: 7127

Re: Honestly - The cheek of some people

The sad thing about this Phill is that the customer probably believes that he has done as good a job as you would have done & has saved himself some money so to him it is a win win, after all it's just a few bits of vinyl stuck on the window :lol: :lol: :lol:

Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What Vehicles do you use?

Replies: 24

Views: 4685

Re: What Vehicles do you use?

Why not a van ? Modern vans are as comfortable to drive as a car & with crew seats fitted & windows in the rear doors family can see out the windows :lol: Having said that I haven't had a van for years, last 2 vehicles I have had have been people carriers, Renault Espace & ford galaxy, b...

Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: butler Finnish Aluminium sheet

Replies: 6

Views: 1722

Re: butler Finnish Aluminium sheet

I might have that Brian :lol: :lol:

Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: butler Finnish Aluminium sheet

Replies: 6

Views: 1722

Re: butler Finnish Aluminium sheet

Europoint used to do it because that's who I have bought from in the past but don't know if they still do, worth giving them a call to see :lol: :lol:

How much do you need ? It's not the cheapest of substrates if I remember rightly lol

Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:56 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi I have just rejoined after a break

Replies: 3

Views: 1234

Re: Hi I have just rejoined after a break

Welcome back Barrie, although you must have been really lonely on here in 1994 :lol: :lol: :lol:

Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When one or two signs just isn't enough

Replies: 4

Views: 1470

Re: When one or two signs just isn't enough

When I first saw that I thought they were all adverts for different companies which seems to be getting quite popular.

What I can't see is the touch screen monitor with the digital version of all that info :lol:

Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Public liability insurance, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1717

Re: Public liability insurance, advice please?

Is that a quote or a renewal price? I have found in the past when the renewal arrived it had gone up a lot, quick phone call & mention of going else where miraculously reduced it :lol: What you haven't mentioned was what level of cover that gives you, when I was working full time mine was a lot ...

Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:45 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: heat and humidity issues at the moment

Replies: 5

Views: 1795

Re: heat and humidity issues at the moment

Move to Scotland Derek & you won't have to ask again :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Refillable edge sealing pens

Replies: 2

Views: 1280

Re: Refillable edge sealing pens

Pete, try a google search for refillable paint markers, I bought some montana style markers few years ago but can't remember where I got them. Don't know if they would be suitable for your use but I can tell you they don't work with 3m primer 94 :lol: :lol:

Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Burgundy wrap vinyl recomendation please

Replies: 7

Views: 1758

Re: Burgundy wrap vinyl recomendation please

If your subbing out the installation Hugh does the fitter have a preferred brand ? Always good to ask as there are differences when it comes to fitting these films :lol:

Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:57 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: taxi wrap... working out a qty of material

Replies: 1

Views: 1197

Re: taxi wrap... working out a qty of material

Hugh, if your subbing out the fitting then the installer should be able to give you a pretty good idea how much vinyl you will need if they are any good :lol: I did an FX4 years ago & honestly can't remember how much vinyl I used but sure it was less than 20 mtrs although you will want to have a...

Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Terms and Conditions to protect ourselves from...

Replies: 4

Views: 1549

Re: Terms and Conditions to protect ourselves from...

this was done on the forum at some point, can't remember how many years ago it was but there were T & C posted by a couple of different people. Try a search on the forum as what you want is probably still on here somewhere :lol:

Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help needed with a corrugated sheet wrap

Replies: 1

Views: 1099

Re: Help needed with a corrugated sheet wrap

I've done a few shipping containers in the past & would always apply by feeding in & out as I went. Doing it that way there is no stretch so no chance of a failure. Cast would be overkill in my opinion, since this is a print it is the fading that will determine how long it will last not the ...

Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:51 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: What PC Computer are you using for sign work?

Replies: 9

Views: 1546

Re: What PC Computer are you using for sign work?

Really depends what sort of work you are doing Brian, if your just cutting vinyl then you don't need anything fancy or fast, in fact an old pentium 4 machine running xp would probably be fast enough for anything you were likely to do. If on the other hand you are working with digital print files the...

Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Large alu composite sign across a gap

Replies: 3

Views: 1357

Re: Large alu composite sign across a gap

What you haven't mentioned is what height this is going at, wind loading will be a factor for sure at that sort of size. If it were me I think I would be looking at a 3mm ally panel rather than composite if it is going anything above ground level :lol:

Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:41 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: gerber omega wanted with dongle

Replies: 3

Views: 963

Re: gerber omega wanted with dongle

Chris for years I ran windows 98 & windows xp on a windows 7 pc using vmware player. I ran 2 virtual pcs because I was still using Inspire Pro which was the predecessor to Flexi & photoshop cs1 It's easy to set up a virtual machine, windows do actually have one but at the time my research se...

Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:41 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Exterior grade chrome vinyl

Replies: 6

Views: 2066

Re: Exterior grade chrome vinyl

Not sure what brand it was but I bought one from Europoint that I believe was a 5 year exterior grade. Customers van is a 12 plate so been on for 5 years now & it still looks good. Sure Europoint will know what brand it was as the same people still work there despite the changes :lol: :lol:

Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:05 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: 3rd party (compatible) latex inks

Replies: 3

Views: 1249

Re: 3rd party (compatible) latex inks

They are great. I buy straight from China, and they work out about 45quid. Although I'm using the 330. Only thing I will say is just reprofile your stuff as there will be a slight colour change. I don't have a printer personally so can't comment but just out of interest Jamie how long have you been...

Mon May 22, 2017 1:15 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: in desperate need of help installing old D1010 on Win 7

Replies: 3

Views: 1206

Re: in desperate need of help installing old D1010 on Win 7

I don't know if it is still the case as chipsets have been upgraded over the last few years but the FTDI chipset use to handle working as a virtual com port far better than the prolific chipset. Have a search on the forum & you will see that most of the adaptor problems were fixed by buying an a...

Fri May 19, 2017 10:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Avery Supreme Suppliers or Equivalent....

Replies: 8

Views: 2428

Re: Avery Supreme Suppliers or Equivalent....

Have a look at kpmf vinyls, I've just got a swatch and they do some lovely colours KPMF is not an equivalent vinyl, it has a permanent acrylic adhesive & has an instant grab, technique for fitting is very different to something like Avery supreme which is repositionable & fitting times are ...

Thu May 18, 2017 6:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Face covering for flat cut letters

Replies: 14

Views: 2806

Re: Face covering for flat cut letters

Customer wants solid white letters 10cm thick without standoffs with print on the front . I take it that's a typing error Stuart & you mean 10mm rather than 10cm :smiles: The edges will go dirty as David says but it can take a while, I have 15mm foam letters on my unit, it's actually 3 layers o...

Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:06 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab Software, help and advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1951

Re: Signlab Software, help and advice please?

I used to use VMP for printing when I had a printer but it was not a solvent machine, used to run a Mutoh Falcon 11 with it. They actually wrote a printer driver for me as one didn't exist. That was Version 3 of the software though, I wouldn't look at the old versions of VMP though, anything version...

Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:56 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

Replies: 5

Views: 1981

Re: Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

Pretty sure there is a plugin for Illustrator so you can cut directly from it but don't know if it's free Kevin, worth looking though :lol: :lol:

Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing rail for sign boards

Replies: 5

Views: 1563

Re: Fixing rail for sign boards

VHB tape as has already been said will do the job, larger signs I also rivet using countersunk rivets with the countersunk part through the front of the panel, normally place them where they will be under some vinyl so they don't show :smiles: If your fixing to a fence then I think it is "D cli...

Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:14 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: What sign board/backing to use?

Replies: 2

Views: 1227

Re: What sign board/backing to use?

If it were me I would be speaking to the company that are supplying the letters, for a start how many letters & what size are the returns ? At 400mm high with lighting & clear backing plate there could be quite a bit of weight in each letter. Not sure ACM will take the sort of weight you cou...

Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:06 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Looking for Printer advice and views please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2487

Re: Printer advice

The machine from Signmaster is fully refurbished as well as a 3 month warranty, the other machine may be newer but do you know anything about it's history? if it hasn't been maintained properly you could find yourself with very large bills for repairs if the owner hasn't looked after it properly :lol:

Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Best glue for acrylic onto composite?

Replies: 3

Views: 1336

Re: Best glue for acrylic onto composite?

I use to use penloc from Eurobond Adhesives for this sort of work, have heard others mention Tensol 12 for the same sort of thing but don't have any personal experience with it.

Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesive for standoff letters

Replies: 2

Views: 1454

Re: Adhesive for standoff letters

Not done anything like that for a long time now but I use to use a structural adhesive from Eurobond Adhesives that was made for this sort of job.
Worth giving them a call as they were always very helpful when I rang them :lol: :lol:

Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bevelled acrylic letters with stand offs

Replies: 5

Views: 1707

Re: Bevelled acrylic letters with stand offs

Phill Fenton wrote:I think this style could be accomplished using a CNC router fitted with a V shaped cutting tool to create the bevelled edge


You are quite correct Phill, Prismatic letters are easy enough to do on a CNC :lol: :lol:

Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

Replies: 5

Views: 1750

Re: Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

You can increase the cutting force which should cut through the backing paper as well if your plotters cutting force will go high enough, just do a test & bump it up a bit at a time, you are going to have problems though as you are likely to cause jams where bits that have been cut out get stuck...

Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Not sure on how much to quote this job!

Replies: 12

Views: 2687

Re: Not sure on how much to quote this job!

Mohammad your getting your vinyls mixed up, for chapter 8 you are looking for a Fluorescent vinyl NOT a Luminescent :smiles: MDP do a cast Fluorescent vinyl but only at 610mm wide which may or may not be wide enough for your application. Other thing to make your customer aware of is that these vinyl...

Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:20 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping vinyl material suggestions please?

Replies: 28

Views: 7018

Re: Wrapping vinyl material suggestions please?

Not sure people will know that is a wrap Warren, guessing that a lot of people will assume it is painted. It is however an unusual colour & something that you won't see if you look at factory colours which is maybe what makes them ask :lol: :lol:

Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Why do i bother? apprentice not turned up

Replies: 19

Views: 2806

Re: Why do i bother? apprentice not turned up

If you are serious about taking on an apprentice Ewan then I wouldn't let one bad experience put you off, having said that you should be aware that it doesn't seem to be easy to find someone that is suitable from my conversations with my customers who have been down a similar road. Same goes for emp...

Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:08 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping vinyl material suggestions please?

Replies: 28

Views: 7018

Re: Wrapping vinyl material suggestions please?

Looking at that date they must have been just about ready to publish that when I last spoke to them so not sure why they didn't tell me that at the time :lol: :lol: Mind you they had been talking about making changes for quite a few years before that which is one of the reasons I always checked with...

Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:01 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping vinyl material suggestions please?

Replies: 28

Views: 7018

Re: Wrapping vinyl material suggestions please?

What colour do you put in the cars V5 document? If things haven't changed then a wrap is classed as a temporary change & doesn't affect your V5 documentation. You do however have to inform your insurance company who will add it as a modification, my insurance Company charges extra in stages dep...

Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:57 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Workbench sheeting

Replies: 5

Views: 1493

Re: Workbench sheeting

Try a search for polypropylene on the forum, that gets mention on most posts where people ask about table top coverings & will be cheaper as well :lol: :lol:

Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When you want to strangle the competition

Replies: 19

Views: 4335

Re: When you want to strangle the competition

Not worth worrying or getting upset about. Anyone under pricing to that extent won't remain in business very long. Busy fools... While it doesn't bother me Phill the problem with people under pricing, being busy fools & going out of business quickly is that there is always another one waiting t...

Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stand off letters to stone wall advice

Replies: 11

Views: 2464

Re: Stand off letters to stone wall advice

Vince Francis wrote:Hi Steve, I was referring to the post above yours. Thankfully I don't have the headache of fixing :-)


Your missing out on all the fun Vince :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:54 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Sheet Media Vertical cutters

Replies: 2

Views: 1089

Re: Sheet Media Vertical cutters

Will depend on what you are wanting to cut, the other thing you will need to consider is where you locate it, I have one but it produces a lot of dust, has a hoover type attachment but that isn't great so I need to make sure it is located well away from anywhere I am doing vinyl work. If your lookin...

Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting small text and detail for sandblasting stencils.

Replies: 5

Views: 1820

Re: Cutting small text and detail for sandblasting stencils.

Tangential mode as Robert says will definitely make a difference so if you have it then give it a try. You don't always need it if everything else is set up correctly & the text is large enough. 60 degree blades are generally for thicker materials & if you are using regular vinyl then I woul...

Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stand off letters to stone wall advice

Replies: 11

Views: 2464

Re: Stand off letters to stone wall advice

I have done it in pretty much the way you described David, have done both metal & acrylic letters, Aluminium letters had pins silver soldered to the back & on the acrylic ones I bonded Big Head fasteners to the back with Penloc. Used a paper template taped to a sheet of hardboard but foamex ...

Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:04 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective vinyl gone rusty, advice needed?

Replies: 6

Views: 1817

Re: Reflective vinyl gone rusty, advice needed?

Not actually seen that before but you should be aware that under vehicle lighting regulations you are not allowed to put red reflective on the front of a vehicle, unless of course the regulations have changed & as I don't do much work now am out of date :lol:

Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:46 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Plasti-dip and wrapping bare metal

Replies: 5

Views: 1502

Re: Plasti-dip and wrapping bare metal

I would be very wary applying graphics over anything the customer had sprayed unless spray painting is something that they do :lol: :lol: What has made him decide to use plastidip ? Bare metal needs to be primed the same as it does for any other type of coating, if not there is a very good chance yo...

Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Replies: 12

Views: 2502

Re: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

A massive project with a team of fitters working for about 2 weeks and massive price tag too.


A tad bigger than my 8 sheets with cad cut vinyl then James :lol: :lol: :lol:

Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Replies: 12

Views: 2502

Re: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Thanks for that Ewan, funny enough sign suppliers wasn't somewhere I had looked for them, found loads of suppliers for thicker wall board for bathrooms & kitchens & lots of companies that wanted to sell me a million of them :lol: :lol: What about VHB tape? Would that work or do you think the...

Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Replies: 12

Views: 2502

Re: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Ewan, that was kind of what I was thinking, have actually already drawn up a timber frame so I could work ouit how much I would need lol It shouldn't get leaned on but I wouldn't count on that :lol: :lol: Was actually hoping to avoid having to screw the panels to the timber as I would rather have a ...

Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Replies: 12

Views: 2502

sheeting a wall with ACM panels

Been asked to do a job which involves covering an internal brick wall with aluminium composite panels, probably about 30 feet in length & just under 8 foot in height. Anyone that has done this sort of thing before got any tips or advice about the best way to go about it ? The panels will just ha...

Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:43 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: For Sale: Full Business Set-up including VW van.

Replies: 7

Views: 2729

Re: For Sale: Full Business Set-up including VW van.

Michael, I really can't understand why you have all that equipment to start with, you can't possibly use it all as it should be being used as a one man band. Rather than sell it can't you bring a couple of people in to work with you meaning you would be doing a lot less so more time for your son but...

Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mouse vs Trackball vs Tablet

Replies: 8

Views: 2024

Re: Mouse vs Trackball vs Tablet

I would agree with the others, if time is an issue then stick with what you know & like. Switching will cost you time as there is a learning curve involved using other input devices. Took me quite a while to get use to using a wacom tablet but was glad I kept at it :lol: :lol: I used an optical ...

Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Car Dealership Job Quotation South West

Replies: 40

Views: 7507

Re: Car Dealership Job Quotation South West

If it's straight off the roll cad vinyl, I'd be in around £75-£85 per vehicle mate Is that including install? I would guess Ian's price is supplied & fitted & I bet the Dealership says it's way to expensive :lol: :lol: I was asked to do work for several dealerships over the years & they...

Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:58 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Anyone near Fife able to help out?

Replies: 4

Views: 1505

Re: Anyone near Fife able to help out?

You can remove it now Chris if you want :lol: :lol: :lol:

Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:24 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Gilded 3D lettering problem

Replies: 17

Views: 3262

Re: Gilded 3D lettering problem

It's unfortunate Myles but this seems to be one of those things where you know your not being told the truth but you can't prove it. If it was the owner cleaning then in this instance a care sheet may have helped BUT if it was the Tiller then it wouldn't have made any difference what so ever. Did yo...

Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:12 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Anyone near Fife able to help out?

Replies: 4

Views: 1505

Re: Anyone near Fife able to help out?

Phill to save you going out your way I can drop some off for her, my Unit is in Crossgates so just round the corner & I have a box of mixed odds & ends so easy enough to sort out some bits for her.

Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Treating plywood for external sign

Replies: 18

Views: 2960

Re: Treating plywood for external sign

Not really up to speed with current pricing as I don't tend to do a lot of work now days but I would have thought with the price of a suitable marine ply backing board |(like Steve 19mm would be my choice), plus trim round the edges of the boards & something to use as a sealer to help protect th...

Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:58 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Gilded 3D lettering problem

Replies: 17

Views: 3262

Re: Gilded 3D lettering problem

Myles I haven't really commented as I am not familiar with gold leaf, it's application or it's care so a bit in the dark, one thing you should probably have done having read through the post was to speak to the customer about the best way to keep it looking good, even maybe produce a little care she...

Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

Replies: 25

Views: 4922

Re: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

I know insurance varies a lot but when I had my screen replaced in 2015 I didn't pay anything, sure the Company that fitted it said my normal excess charges didn't apply to glass replacement. My excess was pretty high at the time so I was expecting to have to pay for the full repair :lol: :lol:

Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removing scratches from clear acrylic

Replies: 5

Views: 1406

Re: Removing scratches from clear acrylic

I use novus (think that'sthe name) scratch removal which comes in different grades for different scratch depths, basically a more aggressive cutting action for deeper scratches but its not as cheap as Brasso :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:36 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

Replies: 25

Views: 4922

Re: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

Then tell the customer you will have it fixed if you can get it done cheaper, if they are genuine it shouldn't be a problem. If they insist then ask to see their insurance with the claimed 190 excess :lol: :lol:

Probably best to stick them on your black list as well :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

Replies: 25

Views: 4922

Re: Expensive first lesson of 2017...

I have nearly done the same as Phill when fitting above windscreens, it has to be one of the most awkward areas to get at especially if like me you work on your own. I have also been accused of scratching a customers vehicle while fitting vinyl, job was done at a dealership & they told the custo...

Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What method are you using to cut acrylic in house?

Replies: 8

Views: 1824

Re: What method are you using to cut acrylic in house?

I don't have a single method for cutting, really depends on the application, anything large thats going in a frame gets cut on the wall saw, that doesn't cut small panels very well so small squares/rectangles get cut on the table saw, with the right blade you should be able to get a good enough edge...

Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: My rock and roll lifestyle!!

Replies: 10

Views: 1978

Re: My rock and roll lifestyle

Phill Fenton wrote:Quite right Jean. We should all take more time off.


I will just amend that Phill to "Most of us should take more time off" I don't do enough as it is so certainly don't want to be taking more time off :lol: :lol:

Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:13 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Graphic design outsource help

Replies: 13

Views: 2868

Re: Graphic design outsource help

but I still buy books and try and learn and will continue to do so


Sounds a bit sad I know but when you are out & about look about & see what others have done, analyse them to see if you think they work, think about what you could have done to make them better etc etc :lol: :lol:

Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:04 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Graphic design outsource help

Replies: 13

Views: 2868

Re: Graphic design outsource help

Buy yourself a copy of Mike Stevens book "Mastering Layout" it will start you on the way to better designs, it is an old(er) book but the info it contains is still as relevant as when it was published.

Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What the heck is my job title?

Replies: 5

Views: 1645

Re: What the heck is my job title?

If you are looking for someone to do general type signwork the same as you do then why not advertise for a signmaker :lol: :lol: You will add the skills that are essential & those that would be a bonus when you pad the advert out. If you already have staff how did you advertise other positions??...

Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What method are you using to cut acrylic in house?

Replies: 8

Views: 1824

Re: What method are you using to cut acrylic in house?

For acrylic & composite you really need something with a negative rake blade, it will have a high tooth count & they tend to be more expensive than most other blades :lol: :lol:

Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Europoint Glasgow - hero's

Replies: 2

Views: 1030

Re: Europoint Glasgow - hero's

Thanks for taking the time to post David, people are always quick to complain when suppliers get it wrong & unfortunately not so quick to praise them when they go out of their way to help (me included) :lol: :lol: I have been dealing with the staff at Europoint Glasgow for quite a few years,(dif...

Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: External sign material help

Replies: 9

Views: 1713

Re: External sign material help

As Simon says a thicker ACM panel would probably do. Marine ply is probably overkill unless they are going to submerge their new sign in salt water, if it's just for a backing board then Far Eastern should be good enough, it's an external grade & half the price of Marine. I wouldn't personally f...

Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Finishing up on Thursday for xmas

Replies: 25

Views: 3252

Re: Finishing up on Thursday for xmas

Stopping for Christmas implies that you are actually working & as I don't really seem to have done much this past year I can't really say I will be stopping for a break :blushing: :blushing:

Dave, sure I haven't been getting all my mail since I moved, can you check for me :lol: :lol:

Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

Replies: 38

Views: 9409

Re: Which van? Transit Custom, VW Transporter or...?

I've had a few customers that have owned transits all their working life & regret buying the latest Transit custom. They have all said the same thing & that was that the build quality had gone right down hill with the new transits, all of them said that the front doors had to be watched beca...

Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:47 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How do I create an invisible background?

Replies: 8

Views: 2361

Re: How do I create an invisible background?

Lorraine you can't remove the background colour from a jpeg image, jpeg's don't support transparencies so you will always have a background colour when you save it, the default is white which is maybe what is happening with your image, you will need to save as a tiff, BMP or some other image format ...

Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesive Advice Perspex to ACM

Replies: 2

Views: 746

Re: Adhesive Advice Perspex to ACM

Eurobond do an adhesive called penloc which will bond the 2 together, they do a version called GTI clear which as the name suggests is a clear adhesive.
Give them a call James they have always been very helpful when ever I have called them.

https://eurobond-adhesives.co.uk/

Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

Re: question about magnetic sheeting

Phill, that's a good question but I have Ferro sheeting from the same company which I use to use to make custom magnetic boards for a transport company & although it is similar you can see the difference between the 2 materials. It also seems to have a slightly different feel to it. I did wonder...

Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

Re: question about magnetic sheeting

This is the offending Roll, as you can see it's not just a small offcut or the very end of the roll.

mag sheet.jpg

Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

Re: question about magnetic sheeting

Robert Lambie wrote:No wonder those magnetic panels we put on the Trident Submarine in Faslane kept slipping off...
learn something new every day! :awkward:


No that was probably down to the rubber acoustic tiles & 3 inch thick layer of old paint that was covering it :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

Re: question about magnetic sheeting

Simon what you say is True plus temperatures below -20 can also cause loss of magnetism but it is hard for me to believe that any of these factors have caused the problem. Distributors send out mag sheeting every day & no one has ever reported a problem that I am aware of, it's true that courier...

Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

Re: question about magnetic sheeting

Quick update on this, I said that I had used quite a bit of this roll but it would seem that I never did, have to blame that on my illness as it does cause problems with my memory. Having had a look through a couple of note books & searched my email it would appear that I purchased a 10m roll in...

Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

Re: question about magnetic sheeting

Thanks Jasper have emailed them & will see what comes back, it does get very cold in the unit during the winter as I don't have heating as such & only put the portable heating on occasionally but not as cold as -20 (just feels like it sometimes :lol: ) I did wonder if it was due to low tempe...

Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

Re: question about magnetic sheeting

Phill I was a bit surprised myself, going to either phone or email the supplier tomorrow & ask them about it. I bought this a few years ago, maybe 4 or 5 years I would guess & it has always been stored the way I received it from the supplier, I just use to cut what I wanted for a job off the...

Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: question about magnetic sheeting

Replies: 16

Views: 2834

question about magnetic sheeting

Does anyone know if magnetic sheeting looses it's properties over time ? Have to be honest & say that I haven't made any magnetics for years but a customer asked me for a price for a set last week. I knew I had a roll of vehicle grade magnetic sheet so dug out the box to see how much was still o...

Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on making a Flange sign please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1610

Re: Advice needed on making a Flange sign please?

How do you intend to bend it? 2mm ally isn't as easy to bend in a straight line as you might think or you you have a bending machine ? You will also probably get a tighter radius curve using 3mm composite that has been v-grooved as opposed to 2mm solid ally sheet plus the composite will be cheaper. ...

Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on making a Flange sign please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1610

Re: Advice needed on making a Flange sign please?

I made one very similar to Phills for a customer but then never put it up as I was worried that the effects of the wind might quickly cause it to fail along the joins. Ended up just using a standard projecting sign instead. Thought about using ally angle bonded or riveted at the joins to give it a b...

Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:33 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Anniversary Board design help

Replies: 7

Views: 1437

Re: Anniversary Board design help

Is this to be an internal or external sign Daniel ??

Do they or you have any sort of idea what sort of size it is to be ??

Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Pleased to be back on uksignboards!

Replies: 8

Views: 2292

Re: Pleased to be back on uksignboards!

Welcome back Sam

Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Will static cling film work on boat exteriors?

Replies: 5

Views: 1832

Re: Will static cling film work on boat exteriors?

What type of boats ??
Boat's have got windows have they not ?? Sorry for not being sure but I spent 20 years in Submarines & we definitely didn't have windows :lol: :lol:

Can they not be applied to the boat windows in all seriousness :lol:

Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:32 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Gloss white from Hexis wrapping vinyl

Replies: 10

Views: 2600

Re: Gloss white from Hexis wrapping vinyl

Arlon have actually pulled out of the colour change market now. Shows how much attention I am paying now I am not working full time Jon :blushing: shame really because they had some really nice colours, have they pulled out completely or just not supplying Europe/UK, I know they sell a lot more in ...

Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New member, looking for advice on vinyl package

Replies: 11

Views: 4017

Re: New member, looking for advice on vinyl package

Quick google search revealed that the ce3000 was first launched in May 2003 so even if this is one of the first machines ever made it is still a few years younger than the FC4100 that I have :lol: :lol: It will probably have a serial connection so you will need either a computer with a serial port o...

Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:39 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Gloss white from Hexis wrapping vinyl

Replies: 10

Views: 2600

Re: Gloss white from Hexis wrapping vinyl

If time & user friendliness are important factors then you have to be looking at Avery, 3M & Arlon for your materials because the adhesive technology they use make them quicker & easier to fit. Brands like KPMF, Hexis & Oracal which use a different adhesive are more time consuming to...

Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Marketing advice please? what do you do?

Replies: 12

Views: 3586

Re: Marketing advice please? what do you do?

I don't do a lot of work anymore so what worked for me has probably changed a lot, although I don't do a lot of marketing I try & keep up with what works. Social media seems to be one that you need to be careful with from what I have read, you need to make sure you keep active so no point joinin...

Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:55 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: I am competing at the World Wrap Masters... WOOP

Replies: 5

Views: 2481

Re: I am competing at the World Wrap Masters... WOOP

If I remember correctly it was Michael Szwacki who you are talking about James but not sure where he is from :lol: :lol:

Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:01 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bus Window Blockout vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 1871

Re: Bus Window Blockout vinyl

Why doesn't he want people to see out of the bus. Is he a serial kidnapper or something that doesn't want his victims to know were he's taking them? And was he dressed up as a clown? It's a Party Bus Phill, although he isn't allowed to provide alcohol on the bus people get on already having had a f...

Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:56 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bus Window Blockout vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 1871

Bus Window Blockout vinyl

Got a customer that would like me to cover the inside of his bus windows with a matt black vinyl so people inside the bus can't see out. The windows currently have a tint film on the inside so just wondering if anyone could see any potential problems applying a vinyl over the top of it rather than r...

Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:36 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: First vinyl design help with the positioning text for Peugeot partner

Replies: 12

Views: 3331

Re: First vinyl design help with the positioning text for Peugeot partner

Like Robert has already said vehicle outlines are never completely accurate when it comes to sizing & even if they were you often find that badges have not always been placed in the same position so always good to see the actual van. I used to have a notebook & would record the true panel si...

Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:21 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Replies: 21

Views: 4185

Re: Yet again. UK Oracal supplier? 641/638/631 Matte

Kevin, I must just be very lucky, I have been dealing with Europoint Glasgow for years, Company name has changed a few times during that time but the staff have mostly stayed the same. During that time I have always been very happy with the level of service I received, with me working on my own &...

Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Engraved / routered wooden signs - where to buy?

Replies: 7

Views: 1277

Re: Engraved / routered wooden signs - where to buy?

They look to be very impressive, don't think I would be able to compete with them :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Engraved / routered wooden signs - where to buy?

Replies: 7

Views: 1277

Re: Engraved / routered wooden signs - where to buy?

Got an example of what your looking for Hugh, I may be able to point you in the right direction :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: air getting in somewhere when trying to pull ink through

Replies: 2

Views: 1034

Re: air getting in somewhere when trying to pull ink through

When you replaced the dampers did you renew the small " O " seals where the brass nut screws on ? From what I have read these can be bad for letting air in if you don't replace them when changing dampers. I had a disk with all the service stuff for a triana which is a re-badged rocky, will...

Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Alternative solution to Contravision for office windows

Replies: 9

Views: 2093

Re: Alternative solution to Contravision for office windows

Could you not just print contravision as you would then mount it with a double sided film allowing you to apply it from the inside Daniel, never actually tried that but you would probably need to use an optically clear double sided mount film, not bought any for years but they were very expensive a...

Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Alternative solution to Contravision for office windows

Replies: 9

Views: 2093

Re: Alternative solution to Contravision for office windows

There was a post on the forum about contravision material that was applied on the inside but viewed from outside, there are a couple of options on their website http://www.contravision.com/all-products/perforated-window-film/contra-vision-applied-inside/ Found one post on the forum but sure there ar...

Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Studs - Where can I get these in the UK

Replies: 2

Views: 843

Re: Sign Studs - Where can I get these in the UK

I would have said try Bighead the same as Craig has done, they do a wide range of different fastenings, have used them over the years for a few different projects.

Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ideas for an acrylic sign?

Replies: 12

Views: 2897

Re: Ideas for an acrylic sign?

I have a customer who would like to do an illuminated panel along these lines but he wants to do 2 sides of a Projecting sign. how would you go about this? I presume he would have to use 2 sheets back to back with light blocking vinyl in between. Thanks Stuart, I've never actually tried it but I wo...

Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Self Adhesive Felt for Squeegee Applicators, source please?

Replies: 38

Views: 8446

Re: Self Adhesive Felt for Squeegee Applicators, source please?

Iain Pearson wrote:Robert, what supplier do you buy from ?


Ian I could be wrong but my Guess would be Europoint

Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello to you all from a new recruit

Replies: 9

Views: 44497

Re: Hello to you all from a new recruit

Welcome to the forum Steve

Cheryl, I blame the forum admin for the lack of profile pictures :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Self Adhesive Felt for Squeegee Applicators, source please?

Replies: 38

Views: 8446

Re: S/A Felt for Applicators

I started making my own because the bought ones either split in the middle or the ends of them didn't cover the plastic very well, did that for years & they always seemed to last a lot longer than any brand I bought, tried lots of different brands including some of the expensive ones :lol: I gen...

Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Carbon Fibre over wrap laminate source please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2954

Re: carbon fibre over laminate

Found this on a google search Chris, don't know if it is of any use & don't know who supplies mactac though.

http://www.mactac.eu/products-textured- ... 8-2368.htm

Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: HELP i've been let down by a supplier

Replies: 21

Views: 4841

Re: HELP i've been let down by a supplier

I think that is the important thing here, different people have different points of view about what is the best way forward & the only person who can decide is Mark. Hopefully the advice given here can help him decide what to do next. I tend to agree with Steff, explain the problem to the custom...

Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What are you go to board types?

Replies: 7

Views: 1670

Re: What are you go to board types?

I don't really do much work anymore but didn't tend to stock to much in the way of board when I was working, most suppliers offer next day delivery so was always easy enough to buy in the right type of board for the job I was doing. Always had a few offcuts of various types of board if someone neede...

Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: HELP i've been let down by a supplier

Replies: 21

Views: 4841

Re: HELP i've been let down by a supplier

I would have to agree with Steff on this one, it's your mistake not the customers, but then I was never very good when it came to the business side of things. As for educating the customer to expect low prices that's not really true if like Steff has said you tell the customer you made an error whil...

Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laminates - What do you use?

Replies: 14

Views: 2597

Re: Laminates - What do you use?

What's it for Mike? A lot of people will use a laminate that is matched to the vinyl they are printing, what sort of lifespan are you looking for ?

Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:15 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: cutting very small graphic poor results help please

Replies: 24

Views: 6121

Re: cutting very small graphic poor results help please

Glad it worked for you Ewan, the blade lifts turns & drops rather than being dragged round. Did the noise drive you crazy :wink: Someone once told me it sounded like a bunch of chickens pecking for food :lol: :lol: :lol: My machine is about 15 years old & doesn't have mode 1 & 2 plus the...

Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:43 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: cutting very small graphic poor results help please

Replies: 24

Views: 6121

Re: cutting very small graphic poor results help please

Ewan Chrystal wrote:Found it in the manual, should i use mode 1 or 2?


No Idea Ewan sorry, my graphtec is ancient :lol: :lol: I don't have options for tangential cutting, it is either selected or it is not :lol: :lol:

Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:55 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: cutting very small graphic poor results help please

Replies: 24

Views: 6121

Re: cutting very small graphic poor results help please

Have you tried cutting it using Tangential mode Ewan, when cutting anything intricate or when cutting very small text I always use this mode, it should make a big difference to how it cuts but of course you still have to weed it & it may be that at the size you are cutting the graphic it is just...

Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:29 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Advice needed on Home office layout please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2234

Re: Advice needed on Home office layout please?

As I work in a car and commercial bodyshop. So I have that stuff to hand. Do you think that would work ok ? Take a bit home with you & try it yourself :lol: :lol: Never was a fan of things like Lino on table tops, maybe just me but I found that after a few uses when cutting the blade would find...

Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:14 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Advice needed on Home office layout please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2234

Re: Advice needed on Home office layout please?

Robert, it will depend on a number of different factors like what equipment you have already & if you have plans in the near future to buy any new equipment, what sort of work you mainly do & if you have plans to do any other type of work. Depending on the size of equipment you may be limite...

Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:46 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Recommendations on purchasing a laser engraver / cutter?

Replies: 14

Views: 4245

Re: Recommendations on purchasing a laser engraver / cutter?

If you are going to have a look then consider taking a couple of files with you for them to cut, have a good think about what sort of materials you would like to be able to cut & the thickness of each material as this will make a big difference to what sort of wattage you really need.

Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Down at A&E, only gone and cut myself.

Replies: 15

Views: 2302

Re: Down at A&E, only gone and cut myself.

Once I got back to work, I started trimming again without a safety ruler, 2 minutes later I said **** this and literally went an bought a safety ruler, will never look back now. Give it a couple of months & it will be all forgotten about & the safety rule will be stashed away somewhere :lol...

Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tip for lining up vinyl on a van

Replies: 53

Views: 11258

Re: Tip for lining up vinyl on a van

The string method does work & is quick & easy but something to take note of is that because string is flexible it is easy for it to bend a little especially if running on the side of a van with recesses, not always easy to see that it has deflected either. Just something to be aware of when ...

Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:49 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Best portable scissor lift for vehicles?

Replies: 11

Views: 3068

Re: Best portable scissor lift for vehicles?

How would that be viewed from a health & safety point of view, which is always something you need to consider & is there any requirement to have it tested every 6 months or so which can be expensive.

Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting small aluminium sign to wall without drilling

Replies: 6

Views: 1414

Re: Fitting small aluminium sign to wall without drilling

Vince Francis wrote:Why not glue a couple of snap fix locators on the back


That was my first thought Vince but that makes it pretty easy for someone to walk away with :lol1: :lol1:
The bighead fasteners are permanent so no chance of that happening.

Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting small aluminium sign to wall without drilling

Replies: 6

Views: 1414

Re: Fitting small aluminium sign to wall without drilling

If its only because you don't want fixings seen from the front have you thought about bonding Big Head fastenings or something similar to the back of the sign ?
Ups the cost a bit but means you can fix securely & have no visible fastenings showing.

http://www.bighead.co.uk/the-original-bighead/

Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:55 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Exporting vehicle library from Signlab to illustrator

Replies: 9

Views: 1532

Re: Exporting vehicle library from Signlab to illustrator

I've never used signlab but there must be a resize tool, even my old copy of Inspire had an option to resize either by percentage or by typing in a value, have you checked all the drop down options looking for either a scale or resize option

Re: Advice on how to gain safe access to roof windows for vinyl application?

Kevin Flowers wrote:Phil
maybe pick up some sky hooks & a long wait as a counter balance

Kev


If you think Phil is going to need that sort of specialist gear Kev then he might just need a spur lash as well.

Re: How to gain safe access to a roof

I take it those windows don't open inward for cleaning at all.

Mon May 16, 2016 12:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Does anyone know the name / make of this vinyl?

Replies: 8

Views: 2264

Re: Does anyone know the name / make of this vinyl?

Where is it going? Most of these are polyester display films & have a short term exterior life, 6 months if I remember correctly, other thing is that as a polyester film they are not really conformable at all & only really suited to completely flat panels. I have bought the 5 year version fr...

Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:30 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: GCC Bobcat BI-30

Replies: 4

Views: 1621

Re: GCC Bobcat BI-30

Grafityp sell GCC plotters I believe, don't know if they could help but might be worth a call.

Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bonding agent recommendation

Replies: 3

Views: 830

Re: Bonding agent recommendation

Your welcome Cheryl, try searching the forum, another one that gets mentioned quite a lot for bonding dissimilar substrates is Tensol but don't know which one of their range would be suitable for your needs & I have never used it myself.

Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:28 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Training courses - what is the best one available?

Replies: 19

Views: 4013

Re: Training courses - what is the best one available?

There is more to it than just the quality Mark, it is something you are going to have to try for yourself really, the adhesive systems they use is different for a start which makes repositioning the vinyl as you work much much easier. This on it's own can save a lot of time if you are fitting on you...

Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bonding agent recommendation

Replies: 3

Views: 830

Re: Bonding agent recommendation

Try giving Eurobond Adhesives a call Cheryl http://www.eurobond-adhesives.co.uk/structural-adhesives.html They have always been very helpful when I have called them about bonding different substrates, I've used the penloc 1.1 & the gti clear & haven't had any problems with either. Only probl...

Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:11 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Training courses - what is the best one available?

Replies: 19

Views: 4013

Re: Training courses - what is the best one available?

Mark, part of running a business is learning to negotiate pricing with suppliers, don't just accept the price the rep gives you initially because they are always looking to maximise their own profits, why wouldn't they after all they are a business themselves :lol1: :lol1: It's something I have neve...

Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:03 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle wrap help and advice please?

Replies: 15

Views: 4617

Re: Vehicle wrap help

If the people you are dealing with are buying on price alone then to be honest with you Mark you are dealing with the wrong people, building your business based on customers who buy only on price is not the way to build a solid business, been down that road myself, working 24/7 barely making enough ...

Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:47 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Training courses - what is the best one available?

Replies: 19

Views: 4013

Re: Training courses - what is the best one available?

Not quite sure how to put this so it is not taken the wrong way :lol1: Mark most vehicle wrap courses use top quality vinyl. Avery, Arlon, 3m all are relatively easy to learn how to fit well with little or no fitting experience. You may well find that doing one of these courses doesn't benefit you a...

Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:32 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Replies: 14

Views: 3013

Re: putting graphtec cutter in van advice please

Shawn if you read Colin's post he has just spliced then into the Vehicles existing lighting circuit. I would do that as well rather than run them off an inverter, that way you aren't eating into the inverters output leaving more for running things like your plotter, laptop & anything else you ma...

Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:26 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Liquid laminate for printed posters

Replies: 5

Views: 1499

Re: Liquid laminate for printed posters

I thought latex wasn't suppose to scratch that easily, if yours is then might be worth experimenting with different vinyls to see if you can find something more scratch resistant. I am not convinced that you will gain much by applying a liquid laminate, most are more for uv resistance rather than sc...

Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:07 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Liquid laminate for printed posters

Replies: 5

Views: 1499

Re: Liquid laminate for printed posters

What sort of printer are you running ? Don't know if it is still the same but at one time what liquid laminate you used would depend on what type of inks you were using. Obviously not true for all internal prints but I would have thought that posters were generally a short term type of sign so quite...

Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Shipping window etch / frost to customers with app tape

Replies: 10

Views: 1665

Re: Shipping window etch / frost to customers with app tape

If it were me I would have replied to the customer straight away, even if it was to say that you were sorry to hear they had a problem & you would look into it & get back to them. That way they don't start thinking you are ignoring them which will automatically make them more defensive &...

Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Shipping window etch / frost to customers with app tape

Replies: 10

Views: 1665

Re: Shipping window etch / frost to customers with app tape

I would have to agree with Simon & Hugh, plus I would have thought the customer would expect to receive graphics ready to apply. I would also imagine you would get lots of emails from customers who haven't got a clue what they are doing as well :lol1: :lol1: Oh & Robert to who must have post...

Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:34 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

Replies: 8

Views: 1860

Re: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

Another option might be rotary or drag engraving on mirror acrylic with a cnc router, don't know why I didn't think about that before, text can be reproduced at a small size without any need to weed :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Mar 25, 2016 1:31 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

Replies: 8

Views: 1860

Re: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

I dont see why frosted crystal vinyl wont outlast the marriage. :roll: The glass is not going to be exposed to the weather, and it wont be handled. Its not going to be easy to read, and it certainly wont be easy to weed. I think you are probably spot on with that Simon, a cast etch will last almost...

Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:28 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

Replies: 8

Views: 1860

Re: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

I would be wary of using a script if the text is likely to be very small, maybe keep larger text like a heading in a script but names etc which will be smaller in something else. Small script might be very difficult for people to read & if this is a table lay out/seating plan you want to make it...

Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:29 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Tekcel Tornado help??

Replies: 2

Views: 1129

Re: Tekcel Tornado help??

Is it just circles that come out the wrong shape? Have you tried cutting squares & measuring them? If it's just circles then I would suspect a cv setting but if it is cutting squares that are more like rectangles then I would be looking at backlash, binding of some sort on one axis. Have you tri...

Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:17 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

Replies: 8

Views: 1860

Re: Can anyone on here laser engrave a large mirror?

Sand blasting or etching with an etching chemical would be the way I would go with something like that, try a search on the forum as I am sure there has been mention of chemical etching which you could do yourself. Have you already had a look at the lay out? Might come down to how small the text on ...

Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My last job tomorrow

Replies: 15

Views: 3377

Re: My last job tomorrow

Steve, all the best with your new career/retirement. Be great if you could look in & still offer help & guidance for others in the same way Kevin does.

Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A big hello from me!

Replies: 6

Views: 1743

Re: A big hello from me!

Welcome to the forum Jodie.

Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:22 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: plotter cutting stop start

Replies: 4

Views: 1321

Re: plotter cutting stop start

David, normally a memory/buffering problem with stuff like this, don't use cutting master personally so don't know if this will help but I use to get problems if the number of files in the completed job folder got to large.
Try deleting the jobs that have been completed to see if that helps.

Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:36 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Walldog Mural Event 2016

Replies: 6

Views: 2872

Re: Walldog Mural Event 2016

Harry Cleary wrote:Getting to one of these is on my bucket list! It's a big bucket and leaking slightly at the minute though! :(


Think yourself lucky Harry, my bucket is leaking so badly it's basically just a handle :oops: :oops:
Still doesn't stop me from dreaming though :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: advice please -joining perspex on a light box

Replies: 9

Views: 1434

Re: advice please -joining perspex on a light box

Universal use to sell them but haven't bought any for years so don't know if they still do.

Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Terms and conditions

Replies: 1

Views: 760

Re: Terms and conditions

Try a search of the forum as this subject has previously been discussed & a few different people posted the T&Cs that they use.
Might be a quicker way to get an answer.

Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice - Sacking a customer

Replies: 20

Views: 2612

Re: Advice - Sacking a customer

I take it you have already tried educating the customer about how you work & what you would expect from your customers. How far up the ladder is the person you are dealing with? Is there any chance you could go to someone in a senior position within the Company? I'm not personally for pricing my...

Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on Mitre Cuts with Nova Trim

Replies: 13

Views: 2181

Re: Advice on Mitre Cuts with Nova Trim

Yer your doing something wrong James lol, if you are cutting aluminium you should be using a blade with negative rake they are reasonably easy to find at at most sizes/bores & the norm is about 5 degrees. They are generally a little more expensive than a standard fine toothed blade.

Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:46 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Memory. Is it important?

Replies: 13

Views: 2473

Re: Cutter Memory. Is it important?

Have you spoke with Grafityp about this ? Might be that you can increase the memory size which would be the easiest way to sort the problem. Frank is spot on it's a communication issue & is more than likely caused by a time out error. Increasing time out settings will probably cure the problem. ...

Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Business, New Customers?

Replies: 14

Views: 2594

Re: New Business, New Customers?

Although joining BNI might not be your cup of tea, yes I have been a member as well & while it did bring in a little work it was time consuming & not the most profitable method of advertising you are allowed to go to a couple of meetings as a guest which is a way to meet other business owner...

Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: premises, other half problems, and growth advice

Replies: 30

Views: 4594

Re: premises, other half problems, and growth advice

Don't know James or Ian's personal circumstances which may be very different from your own. Has to be your decision at the end of the day but you need to think this through very carefully. This is a big step & you really need support from family & friends, if your other half is against this ...

Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Site error, are you getting this too?

Replies: 21

Views: 3722

Re: Site error, are you getting this too?

Not noticed anything unusual & I am running windows 10 using Chrome as a browser. have a look in on the site most days although don't always log in. Don't think I have really had any problems with any of the sites or forums I usually use so maybe just lucky. You did say it wasn't happening on al...

Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:05 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Kala 1400 laminator for sale

Replies: 6

Views: 2250

Re: Kala 1400 laminator for sale

Could you strip it down & cardboard or bubble wrap the bits together, that would reduce the overall size which may make it cheaper.

Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Replies: 20

Views: 1989

Re: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Phill if you try the Dewalt bits then don't use the hammer action, carbide tends to be a little on the brittle side & a hammer action could just chip the carbide tips. Take a little bottle of water as well to use as lubrication. Oh & a video camera so you can do a full product review on each...

Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to drill into a shop fascia?

Replies: 20

Views: 1989

Re: How to drill into a shop fascia?

If it's granite or marble then a decent diamond core bit bit should be able to cope, some require a water lubricant when used. Carbide tipped bits should also cope with either of them. Last time I did anything like that was years ago & I used either carbide tipped or cobalt bits. Low speed &...
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