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Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

Replies: 9

Views: 660

Re: Don't judge a customer by their cover.

Sorry but I'm not buying it. 9 times out of 10 a scruff's a scruff, and a gentleman's a gentleman. I can usually sniff out the bad guys :lol:

(That's probably why they keep on picking on me to do jury service :awkward: )

Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Replies: 10

Views: 464

Re: West Lothian Council are harming my business

A few years ago I used my van to take my Father in laws old carpet to the tip. Someone at the tip must've been watching me because 5 minutes after I returned to work a council worker turned up at my unit accusing me of illegally dumping commercial waste. I explained it was my Father in laws old carp...

Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:38 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Replies: 15

Views: 761

Re: Vinyl Storage racks, views and opinions please?

Barry Smith wrote:Nice rack by the way ;)


OO eer missus :awkward:

Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: West Lothian Council are harming my business

Replies: 10

Views: 464

West Lothian Council are harming my business

I am a sign maker. I make a living from making signs (a large proportion of which are signs for commercial vehicles). A big part of my customer base are the small independent businesses that make up the backbone of our economy. Joiners, plumbers, Electricians etc. All are proud to have their company...

Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banners- do you ever laminate?

Replies: 7

Views: 362

Re: Banners- do you ever laminate?

Even worse is when some clown walks into the unit with some old banners he got from somewhere and asks if you can re-letter them.

I kid you not, they walk amongst us :rollseyes:

Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:10 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Replies: 2

Views: 187

Re: Creating DXF's from illustrator

My only suggestion is to make sure you convert any fonts to curves before creating the DXF file

Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Job organisation in workshop

Replies: 8

Views: 685

Re: Job organisation in workshop

The most important aspect of any jobs you do is to invoice the work. It's actually very easy to get caught up in the day to day running of a business rushing to complete work and get the job out the door - that you can easily forget to invoice some of the smaller jobs done. My method is simple. I ha...

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:45 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: L26500, grey becomes pink!

Replies: 13

Views: 742

Re: L26500, grey becomes pink!

I had this problem with my Versacamm - switching to a different inkset cured the problem. But it has resurrected itself again recently so I'm inclined to blame the inkset - I don't think the manufacturers like to let on if they change the formulations. I now have devised a low magenta profile that I...

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:41 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: FENTON - some of our recent work

Replies: 5

Views: 522

Re: FENTON - some of our recent work

David - I used architectural wrapping vinyl from Wm. Smith for the counter top, and conventional Oracal 551 series vinyl for the fronts Colin - The hanging sign is just a flat metal plate powder coated white from ashby along with the bracket. The sign itself was printed onto vinyl, laminated then ap...

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Beej says hi - its been too long

Replies: 3

Views: 241

Re: Beej says hi - its been too long

Welcome back Beej. I rmember you from well back and always admired the stunning airbrush work you did. Glad to hear you are on the mend and looking forward to seeing some more of your work once again :thumbsup:

Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dave Rowland says... "ello" again.

Replies: 18

Views: 1266

Re: Dave Rowland says... "ello" again.

Hi Dave - good to see you back on these boards :thumbsup:

Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:04 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: FENTON - some of our recent work

Replies: 5

Views: 522

FENTON - some of our recent work

A varied selection of some jobs carried out over the last year

Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Constructive criticism regarding wrapping

Replies: 17

Views: 926

Re: Constructive criticism regarding wrapping

Whenever I have done a van rear it usually takes me the best part of half a day. Maybe we're both slow I don't know Martin?

Possibly someone doing vinyl wraps all the time would be quicker?

Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Constructive criticism regarding wrapping

Replies: 17

Views: 926

Re: Constructive criticism regarding wrapping

Well done Martin - great effect and well presented. I'm just wondering if you removed the sections wrapped over the plastic it would simply look like a beam running across the back of the van and would not destroy the effect. The "body would simply look like it was lying behind the beam. If I w...

Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Expansion on a 10mm foamalux board

Replies: 5

Views: 492

Re: Expansion on a 10mm foamalux board

I wouldn't chance it. The boards will almost certainly warp particularly when black as they will abosrb all the heat in the sunshine. Do it using folded trays made from aluminium composite that way you wont have any issues and the boards wont fade either

Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Custom Acrylic Colour Made to Order

Replies: 7

Views: 466

Re: Custom Acrylic Colour Made to Order

What is it you are trying to achieve? You can create any colour by using opal acrylic backlit with programmable LEDs

Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Custom Acrylic Colour Made to Order

Replies: 7

Views: 466

Re: Custom Acrylic Colour Made to Order

Does it need to be acrylic? As already suggested painting would be cheaper or you could flood coat with a vinyl if you can find a close match to the RAL colour. Another possibility is to make a fibreglass panels on a sheet of glass with a gel coat to match the RAL colour required

Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:33 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Scratched vehicle after removing vinyl graphics, advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 382

Re: Scratched vehicle

You have no way of knowing before hand if it is scratched underneath - he has no way of knowing either :rollseyes: When I was put in this situation years ago I knew I hadn't scratched it and told the customer so. Thankfully he never came back and probably was the same with the next poor bugger that ...

Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:20 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: m2 printing prices. markups with various materials

Replies: 2

Views: 301

Re: m2 printing prices. markups with various materials

You need to at least double your materials cost price or your in danger of making a loss on any print you do. What happens if there's a flaw and you have to re-print - you're then out of pocket?

Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:56 am

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Cutting Laminated Graphics

Replies: 10

Views: 1221

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

How do you know it hasn't hit a media clamp? This is the most likely explanation. Have a close look at the knife to ensure it hasn't lost the tip.

Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:47 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab 8 Can't Install Full Version

Replies: 2

Views: 325

Re: Signlab 8 Can't Install Full Version

It's a while since I installed signlab on my PC but looking back at the instructions I have for signlab 7 it specifically states not to install the USB dongle until after the installation is complete "Caution - Do not install the USB dongle provided with your signlab package until AFTER you hav...

Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:24 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Awesome Vehicle Roof Rack for Sheet and boards.

Replies: 7

Views: 503

Re: Awesome Vehicle Roof Rack for Sheet and boards.

Excellent idea. My van is quite small so I rely on the roof rack sometimes to transport 8x4 sheets but it needs to be carefully tied down and is open to the elements. Also I can't carry a ladder at the same time. This solution seems ideal for anyone with a smallish van that needs to transport large ...

Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 896

Re: help required weeding small text

We were having trouble weeding some lettering today - then I noticed the knife pressure was up at 175 so fitted a new blade (the old one was blunt) and Bobs yer uncle..

Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help required weeding small text

Replies: 18

Views: 896

Re: help required weeding small text

10mm should be easy - is the vinyl old?

Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

Replies: 9

Views: 658

Re: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

Yes I had considered using virtual machine with older operating systems installed (In fact I tried it) but discovered the older software relied on old style parralel ports to communicate with the plotter and dongle. Newer PCs don't have these (only USB) so I never figured out how to get around this?

Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

Replies: 9

Views: 658

Re: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

The NHS had a similar issue last year when they were hit by a virus and everyone wondered why they were using obsolete operating systems - the reason was legacy software applications. Even NASA and the space shuttle had a problem sourcing computer chips for the space shuttle which was over 30 years ...

Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

Replies: 9

Views: 658

Re: Plotter, Gerber Edge and inkjet... what setups do you guys have.

Good question Carl. I have similar issues with a lot of legacy software that does what I need it to do but needs the older operating systems to run. I recently had an issue with an old PC packing in and was in panic mode for a couple of days before it was fixed. I vowed then to buy a backup PC simil...

Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello Everybody (Again) From Craig at SX Stoke

Replies: 3

Views: 426

Re: Hello Everybody (Again) From Craig at SX Stoke

Hi Craig - good to see you back :thumbsup:

Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help with Impact outline number please

Replies: 2

Views: 379

Re: Help with Impact outline number please

Its Ford0188 in my book which is version 57 2018 - however I think the numbers may vary with different versions of the outline library

Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:46 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Recommendations for a low cost flatbed cutter 600mm x 900mm

Replies: 6

Views: 802

Re: Recommendations for a low cost flatbed cutter 600mm x 900mm

Thanks Chris

Just found it now - for some reason it had gone to spam

Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:16 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Recommendations for a low cost flatbed cutter 600mm x 900mm

Replies: 6

Views: 802

Re: Recommendations for a low cost flatbed cutter 600mm x 900mm

It would be thin polycarbonate (170 micron) featuring a self adhesive double sided tape and vinyl print.

Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:38 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Recommendations for a low cost flatbed cutter 600mm x 900mm

Replies: 6

Views: 802

Recommendations for a low cost flatbed cutter 600mm x 900mm

Can anyone recommend a low cost flatbed plotter that would cut an area approx 600mm x 900mm? It would be for occasional use and I'm not sure if I'm best to sub the work out or try and do it in house if there is something suitable. I recall seeing an article in a sign magazine about a newly released ...

Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for Oracal 651 supplier

Replies: 6

Views: 405

Re: Looking for Oracal 651 supplier

Europoint do Oracal 651

Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:57 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: wrapping over parking sensors

Replies: 7

Views: 737

Re: wrapping over parking sensors

Oem and painted and still had a hissy fit

Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:18 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: wrapping over parking sensors

Replies: 7

Views: 737

Re: wrapping over parking sensors

Finished wrapping today and discovered the parking sensors were having a hissy fit so had to trim the vinyl of the face of the sensors to restore normal functioning

Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:38 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: wrapping over parking sensors

Replies: 7

Views: 737

wrapping over parking sensors

Do parking sensors need to have the vinyl trimmed away for them to work, or do they still work if you simply wrap over the top of them?

Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Interesting graphics on Ford M-Sport van.

Replies: 8

Views: 787

Re: Interesting graphics on van.

I did something similar a few years back. Replicated the M sport graphics on a Transit Connect only I did this using knifeless tape set out by hand. It wasn't that difficult to do - you mainly follow the contours of the van As a matter of fact I had a phonecall this very afternoon booking a second v...

Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Magnetic Composite Board - ACM, supplier needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1648

Re: Magnetic boarding like ACM

You can buy a product called "Ferrous Sheet" which is a ferrous film that can be applied to any substrate and will accept magnets. (Not to be confused with magnetic sheet material used for making magnetic signs) Available on line - https://www.first4magnets.com/large-metre-sheet-c82/ferrof...

Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Thoughts - advertising rock bottom rices on your website

Replies: 16

Views: 1041

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 pe...

Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 1315

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

That's more or less correct but the percentage you pay on turnover is less than 15 percent so you do keep more. And you can still claim back VAT on major purchases over a certain value so you are not deterred from investing in new equipment but leasing becomes less desirable. Seriously, look into it.

Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 1315

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

In that case I urge you to do a comparison and look into switching to the flat rate scheme. You could save yourself a fortune, and I would be quite happy to accept a small emolument from you on a monthly subscription basis as a thank you for my well meaning advice...

Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

Replies: 25

Views: 1315

Re: Making Tax Digital for VAT from 1 April 2019

HMRC will probably charge you an admin fee to process your cheque. Worse still they may put you on their hit list and go after you. I've been brought up to believe you should never pick a fight with HMRC. If you are on the flat rate scheme you've probably saved yourself thousands of pounds in tax al...

Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:10 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300v print heater very slow

Replies: 6

Views: 391

Re: SP300v print heater very slow

Hi Dan. You can bypass the warm up period by pressing the pause button. This causes the printer to start printing even though the heaters haven't reached their Pre set level. As to the underlying cause, I suspect the heater may be on its way out, but the printer will still run if you bypass the heat...

Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Replies: 8

Views: 744

Re: Merry Christmas

Finishing up on Friday and starting back on the 7th so looking forward to a long break. The last few days have been very busy so I'm hoping we can afford to have Turkey this Christmas.. :awkward:

Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:44 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Free to good home, Uniform Troop RIP

Replies: 3

Views: 499

Re: Free to good home, Uniform Troop RIP

I wouldn't mind it Stephen. I'm still using troop for my old Cadet but if the USB dingle ever failed I would be up the creek without a paddle..

Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:26 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland BN20 print machine not printing black

Replies: 0

Views: 245

Roland BN20 print machine not printing black

The local high school has a BN20 as part of the machinery in their technical department This machine has developed a fault and midway through a print it has stopped printing black. Not being familiar with this machine, but being a nosy sort, I never the less volunteered to have a look to see if ther...

Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Panel Joints, what preference?

Replies: 8

Views: 970

Re: Panel Joints, what preference?

I use method B which works fine

Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3M 100 Series Blue-17, alternative colour match help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 546

Re: 3M 100 Blue 17 colour match

Thanks Gill. I have the Avery Swatch and Cosmos Blue is looking like a good match. Also useful to see the Panton ref is 2945C

Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3M 100 Series Blue-17, alternative colour match help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 546

3M 100 Series Blue-17, alternative colour match help please?

Can anyone suggest a colour match to 3M 100-17 in the Oracal Range (either 751 or 551)?

Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:24 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab 8s VPM will not print bitmaps

Replies: 5

Views: 447

Re: Signlab 8s VPM will not print bitmaps

My Version of Signlab is pretty old (7.1) so not sure if yours will have the same features.

If I go to print - preferences - there's an option to include Bitmaps - this box needs to be checked otherwise bitmaps are ignored. Don't know if this is maybe your issue?

Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10984

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

There are number of databases available on line - this one is my favourite:-

https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/?_ ... 1504612488

Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10984

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

Received a call from a gentleman about mag signs for his van. Having established that we could help him he lists everything that he wants on there (including a logo that I can design for him if I've 'got a efw minutes to spare') and asks when it will be ready. I point out that he hasn't given me si...

Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting signs into brickwork on your own.

Replies: 10

Views: 1049

Re: Fitting signs into brickwork on your own.

I do the same as Colin. Always start with the centre of the panel then work outwards. If you can't pivot the sign you can still avoid taking the panel down again by drilling the same size hole through the panel as the brickwork hole. The wall plugs can then be inserted by pushing them through the pa...

Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 1319

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

I have a pavement sign I usually put out that says "Mobility Scooter users drive under ladder at own risk" - that keeps me in the clear :awkward:

Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Replies: 14

Views: 1319

Re: Mobile tower Pavement Licence - Rant

Councils are run by idiots. Edinburgh council are planning to ban all vehicles from the city centre (after consultation of course - then they'll do exactly what they planned to do all along :rollseyes: ). So how will sign makers manage to fit signs in the City Centre in future? (Not to mention deliv...

Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:32 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping over a panel weld/joint - Advice

Replies: 5

Views: 545

Re: Wrapping over a panel weld/joint - Advice

Good question. I've tried both slitting the vinyl either side of the join and leaving it in place. Neither are 100% satisfactory for the reasons you have already mentioned. More recently I have resorted to slitting the vinyl down one side of the join only leaving the vinyl in place but also allowing...

Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10984

Re: Customer of the Year award

I blame H&S and modern medical advances for the increase in stupidity amongst the general population. For centuries the more idiotic amongst us tended to live shorter lives which meant their genes were gradually being filtered out of the gene pool. With the advent of Health and Safety and modern...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 68

Views: 10984

Re: Customer of the Year award

A few years ago a guy came in looking for two HONDA decals to go on each side of the fuel tank on a Honda trike he'd been doing up. Came back in to collect and take them away. Later in the day he called in to say one of them was cut wrong when he put them on - could I make another one for him. &quo...

Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:48 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Special techniques for applying matt black

Replies: 5

Views: 742

Re: Special techniques for applying matt black

I always keep a tin of Matt Black paint handy. A quick dab with a paintbrush and Voila..any shiny black areas or stretched white areas dissapear in a jiffy.

Also handy for touching up door returns and difficult to reach areas such as under the door handles :awkward:

Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: DIY Vinyl Application Table

Replies: 3

Views: 651

Re: DIY Vinyl Application Table

ingenious :thumbsup:

Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

Replies: 7

Views: 978

Re: Displaying a CMYK chart... help!

Bearing in mind that the lighting affects the colours, you either need something portable (that can be taken outside to view in natural light) or something mounted externaly. So why not part wrap your van with a colour chart?

Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

Replies: 14

Views: 1231

Re: Customer is sure i have scratched the door by cleaning

And I thought I was the grumpy one :awkward:

Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tight for space in our unit, what do you offer customers?

Replies: 10

Views: 959

Re: Tight for space in our unit, what do you offer customers?

Kevin Mahoney wrote:It’s a Nova kit car. Believe it or not, that’s a VW Beetle under there! Haven’t seen one for donkeys


Correct - well spotted :claps: . And you'll remember its party piece? The sensational opening canopy?

Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tight for space in our unit, what do you offer customers?

Replies: 10

Views: 959

Re: Tight for space in our unit, what do you offer customers?

No idea what this is - but the owner reckons it won some french 24hr endurance race back in 1969 :awkward:

Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:36 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear print v Static cling. views and opinions on a solution please?

Replies: 6

Views: 781

Re: Clear print v Static cling

I tend to agree with you. A cling vinyl will look cheap and nasty compered to vinyl lettering direct to the glass. A second problem is that unless you have a spot colour printer the colours will look very weak if printed using a cmyk printer onto a clear film. I think that despite the owners reserva...

Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:00 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Replies: 8

Views: 737

Re: Sprinter wrap. EBL Events.

Good work Hugh but I understand what you mean when you say the job was stressful. When it's as time consuming as this one was other jobs and enquiries tend to fall by the wayside which is where I believe you start becoming stressed - I know I do. Just wrapped the rear doors of a van today - took me ...

Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:29 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Van Signage - how would you do this?

Replies: 13

Views: 1024

Re: Van Signage - how would you do this?

Martin Cole wrote:also loose the apostrophe in sons


Lose :awkward:

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

Of the two, the Goliath seems to me to be the one most likely to succeed. The problems already mentioned (swarth causing slippage of the wheels - and would the wheels have enough grip anyway?) appear to have been addressed by the use of sensors to accurately sense it's position and to auto correct f...

Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:40 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router cut composite - ideas?

Replies: 10

Views: 884

Re: Router cut composite - ideas?

I get something similar when my router bit is getting worn, but as you are running with a new bit then I would suggest you try reducing the revs to 8,000 as 20,000 seems a bit high to me? Maybe also reduce the travel speed as well?

Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex Outdoor Usage - How Long Lasting

Replies: 8

Views: 1075

Re: Foamex Outdoor Usage - How Long Lasting

I absolutely agree with Rob. Your customer is paying for a service not a product. i.e your time - not the cost of the materials. The materials cost is just a minor part of the sign (or should be) particularly when it's low volume as in this case. The only thing that's worse is when some character tu...

Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: idrww.com - is this another scam?

Replies: 6

Views: 866

Re: idrww.com - is this another scam?

Having discussed this with a few friends and relatives over the weekend, I had concluded it was possibly a case of mistaken identity. The company are legitimate and do specialise in tracking down and collecting debts owed by UK nationals who have defaulted on a debt owed whilst living abroad. My ass...

Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: idrww.com - is this another scam?

Replies: 6

Views: 866

idrww.com - is this another scam?

Not actually sign related, but I thought I should tap the collective genius that is UKSB for some advice on what I think may be a scam of some sort. Last week I received a letter at home from a company called idrww.com who are international debt recovery specialists. The letter advised me they were ...

Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Letter fixing stencils - method and materials

Replies: 6

Views: 826

Re: Letter fixing stencils - method and materials

I use my Cadet printer to print an outline of the lettering onto wallpaper lining paper which you can buy in rolls from the likes of B&Q

Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:50 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: VP540 Service mode for head alignment

Replies: 8

Views: 562

Re: VP540 Service mode for head alignment

No - I've never changed a head, but if it's a calibration adjustment I don't see why you couldn't attempt it yourself providing you have a manual with the instructions how to do it?

Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:15 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: VP540 Service mode for head alignment

Replies: 8

Views: 562

Re: VP540 Service mode for head alignment

Don't know if it's the same for the VP540 , but for the SP300 it's as follows:- Side rocker power switch should be on Front panel power switch should be off Now using the arrow keys, press them in the following order:- Down, Right, Left ,Up, Right, Down, Left Then simultaneously press - Left, Right,...

Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1214

Re: Making a folded composite pan sign, advice needed please?

To cut the groove you need a special bit that has a flattened point as per the picture at the very bottom below. This takes away more of the polyethylene material allowing it to fold more easily to 90 degrees The first and second pictures show how the corners should be cut (as recommended by dibond ...

Re: new email scam even provided photos of van

Yup - same one as nearly got me too:- topic67123.html

I suspect this is a criminal gang intent on money laundering and perhaps we should involve the police given that our inustry is so obviously being targeted?

Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1431

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

You realise of course that now that the issue has been raised - it's bound to happen to one of us :yikes:

Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1431

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

You could forget to lock your unit up one evening and not get robbed... but would you do it every evening? Granted that has happened to me before....which is why every day after I leave work I often end up driving back to check I have locked the door even though deep in side i'm pretty sure I did l...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1431

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

What happens if someone loses the chitty - or the person collecting the vehicle hasn't been able to get aforesaid chitty from the person that dropped it off in the morning. Say their mother was taken ill and they had to rush off to hospital with the chitty in their pocket. Do you stick to your guns ...

Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1431

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

Sometimes I think you over think things... :awkward:

Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A theoretical Scam/Theft of vehicles. Warning!

Replies: 19

Views: 1431

Re: A theoretical scam/theft of vehicles

You've hit the nail on the head. There's been many a time I have handed keys over to a driver who has called in to collect a van. As they have driven off into the distance a mild panic has entered my head when I have thought "how do I know he's really from that company and not some random oppor...

Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:36 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland VP540 Cyan ink not coming through

Replies: 8

Views: 550

Re: Roland VP540 Cyan ink not coming through

Yes it could well be the pump. I would try that next along with replacing all the outlet pipe tubing

Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign fitters required for 3- 4 days work. Recommendations please?

Replies: 5

Views: 847

Re: Sign fitters required for 3- 4 days work. Recommendations please?

I was gonna offer to do it but I don't think my ladder would be long enough :awkward:

Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:52 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Huge Spelling mistake on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aeroplane.

Replies: 11

Views: 1458

Re: Huge Spelling mistake on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aeroplane.

Hugh Potter wrote:spelling mitsake


Just as well the wives are there to pick these things up :tongue:

Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Replies: 22

Views: 1762

Re: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Jean Oakley wrote:sorry to see you go Hugh, youve contributed alot to this forum over the years, good luck for the future x


Arghh no..Not Hugh as well?...I don't think I can take any more of this :awkward:

Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What to do about a non responsive client

Replies: 5

Views: 999

Re: What to do about a non responsive client

Yup - you must invoice them for the work done so far. I have done this in a number of occasions when the job has dragged on and gradually fizzled out. You need to demonstrate to them you are a serious business and they need to show you some respect. If they don't pay up begin a small claims procedure.

Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure!

Replies: 22

Views: 1762

Re: Ladies and Gents, it's been a pleasure

Sorry to hear this Ewan but you must make the right decision for yourself. Have you anything else planned for the future or are you now looking for a job instead?

Good luck in whatever you decide to do next :thumbsup:

Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Replies: 17

Views: 1965

Re: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

I think he may have turned to you since I ignored his offer to process his card payment. This is beginning to remind me of the Nigerian man that was recently found dead in a room full of billions of dollars of gold bullion, that (despite his best efforts) he was unable to give away. :awkward:

Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: font id please can anyone help?

Replies: 4

Views: 878

Re: font id please can anyone help?

To save yourself a bit of time in future - try uploading your image to what the font (the link I included earlier) whenever you are trying to identify a font

Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: font id please can anyone help?

Replies: 4

Views: 878

Re: font id please can anyone help?

It's Politica Bold condensed according to http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:44 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Unabale to achieve same colour when printing

Replies: 4

Views: 501

Re: Unabale to achieve same colour when printing

Have you changed ink sets since last printing these?

Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can we have moan section on this website?

Replies: 53

Views: 4173

Re: Can we have moan section on this website?

Very self indulgent but my moan for the day is my FROZEN SHOULDER Anyone else had this lovely affliction? Not sure how im going to continue working as its appernetly an 18 month to 3 year problem. Feel like jacking it all in can barely drive never mind fit, laminate, weed or anything else grrrrr I'...

Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Road sign CE markings, advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 983

Re: Road sign CE markings, advice please?

It's not the vinyl itself that needs ce certification, it's the business that is making the road sign. You could be using exactly the same materials as anyone that is ce certified, but your signs would be illegal whereas the signs made by the company that has ce certification aren't.

Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Road sign CE markings, advice please?

Replies: 6

Views: 983

Re: Road sign CE markings, advice please?

All road signs need to be CE certified. It's a legal requirement and a perfect example how vested interests have pushed through legislation to protect their market by limiting the competition. Of course we can all make road signs that are perfectly functional - but we can only do it legally if we ha...

Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Replies: 17

Views: 1965

I've nearly been scammed - don't fall for this one

Looks like I have been strung along by a scammer. Last week I received a routine enquiry to do a van. This was to have the business name (Durren's Hire) and tel. no. - two sides and rear. Nothing elaborate. So I sent of a costing and got a reply back accepting my price. The enquirer was apparently a...

Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fading graphics to body colour

Replies: 9

Views: 1339

Re: Fading graphics to body colour

could this be done printing onto clear wrap vinyl? ive never done it just a thought As has already been said - this would only work on a white vehicle as the CMYK print process requires a white background . This is how the example below was done (allowing the photo to fade to white). If the van had...

Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:40 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice with pricing a part wrap job

Replies: 14

Views: 929

Re: Advice with pricing a part wrap job

Instead of part wrapping why not do some fancy graphics - something like the attached. Much quicker to implement and can be done using an ordinary vinyl?

Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Gassing off chamber concept

Replies: 3

Views: 601

Re: Gassing off chamber concept

Good idea. My only input would be to make sure the air exchange is from top to bottom as the eco solvent is heavier than air and will be be more readily removed if the air is passing down through the loose coils. But you probably know that already :thumbsup:

Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printable clock supplier required, sources needed please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1345

Re: Printable clock supplier required

Maybe cover the clock face with clear acrylic held in place using Chrome stand off locators?

Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printable clock supplier required, sources needed please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1345

Re: Printable clock supplier required

I used to make clocks as a giveaway to some of my customers. Mechanisms are readily available to buy on line and in bulk quantities

https://www.uksignboards.com/topic17643.html

Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Roland sp540v scan motor error

Replies: 11

Views: 1255

Re: Roland sp540v scan motor error

Check first that there is nothing obstructing the movement of the carriage left to right. Easy to check with the machine powered down. The carriage should slide easily left to right

Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fitting signs on corrugated asbestos cladding

Replies: 3

Views: 1036

Fitting signs on corrugated asbestos cladding

What's the teams view on fitting signs onto old style industrial units that feature corrugated cladding material containing asbestos. Is this a health hazard? What's best practice to fit any signs to this type of material or is it best left alone?

Re: Random request, Soundwave artwork - Madness, it Must be Love

Don't be fooled Ian - I took Davids advice and analysed the soundwave only to discover it's Joe Dolce signing shaduppa your face.. :awkward:

Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

Replies: 25

Views: 2405

Re: Advice : working with ladders on uneven ground

NeilRoss wrote:I'd have stuck a couple of boards under the (short) leg, but I suppose this is frowned upon these days. :rollseyes:


As long as you've completed a risk assessment and method statement and you're wearing a hard hat, hi vis vest, and safety boots... you should be alright

Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can we have moan section on this website?

Replies: 53

Views: 4173

Re: Can we have moan section on this website?

But I can't help but feel there would be more kudos if our moans were officially recognised. A dedicated moan section would surely raise the standard of moans put forward. Who knows, we could even create an annual award for the best moan submitted.

Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can we have moan section on this website?

Replies: 53

Views: 4173

Re: Can we have moan section on this site

I think a moan section would be a great success. I promise to make regular contribhrions

Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Flat cut raised lettering on cladding methods

Replies: 3

Views: 927

Re: Flat cut raised lettering on cladding methods

If making the letters yourself just make sure the locators are glued in positions that avoid the recesses. If buying letters in, ask to leave the locators off then mark the template where the recesses are and glue the locators in place on the letters avoiding the recesses.

Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:55 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping a caravan, vinyl recommendations please?

Replies: 6

Views: 849

Re: Wrapping a caravan, vinyl recommendations please?

I would try Oracal 751 which is a cast vinyl but not as expensive as a true wrapping vinyl. I would be concerned that a cheaper calandered vinyl would not conform enough or stay put in the dimples. Maybe use some kind of sponge/flexible roller to press the vinyl into the dimples which should act as ...

Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:37 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Using spare LED lights to illuminate your printer.

Replies: 12

Views: 1531

Re: Spare LEDs to illuminate printer

You need to ensure your LEDs are giving off the full spectrum of white light as many don't. e.g some are warm (red end of the spectrum) some are cold (blue end). I'ts always best to check colours in natural daylight

Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Fines - are they the new tax?

Replies: 12

Views: 1188

Fines - are they the new tax?

Seems a roofer got fined for having a bag of his own rubbish in his van. :- https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/997960/driving-news-London-chingford-fine-council-waste Since when did local authority workers have the right to search through someones private property? I've said it before and I'll say it...

Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:42 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: moving a printer on a long journey

Replies: 9

Views: 875

Re: moving a printer on a long journey

My old Cadet (nee Roland sp300) has a head locking device - I assume all other Roland machines have something similar.
Mine is attached to the rear of the machine to avoid it ever being lost

Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All its been a while just thought id say hello

Replies: 11

Views: 1266

Re: Hi All its been a while just thought id say hello

Well done for running such an amazing site all these years Rob . It certainly is an extremely valuable resource for my business. I have had many questions answered which has helped my business to thrive. In the early days there was no social media, so a lot of the input was in the off topic pages pa...

Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: When the customer does the rounds..

Replies: 5

Views: 1053

Re: When the customer does the rounds..

In a similar vein there's nothing more frustrating than someone asking you to provide speculative layouts on a van "he is thinking of buying".

Not without a deposit from you first mate!! :shake:

Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:54 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Is it possible to print onto Oracal 651?

Replies: 7

Views: 864

Re: Is it possible to print onto Oracal 651?

Oracle do a print vinyl called 3651 which is the same vinyl as 651 but especially clean for printing on. If printing onto an ordinary vinyl I always wind the film out and clean it with alcohol. This is easy to do if you load the vinyl into the machine and use the jogging keys to wind the vinyl out t...

Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Disclaimer when fitting vinyl to car bodywork

Replies: 7

Views: 1158

Re: Disclaimer when fitting vinyl to car bodywork

A bit of T cut should fix it unless the clear laquer has come away?

Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:31 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How are you pricing your jobs?

Replies: 6

Views: 1290

Re: How are you pricing your jobs?

Once your membership has been processed you should be able to access all the forums.

In particular this one where if you post any pricing questions you should get some replies:- forum217.html

Don't know about Itunes but the app is available on android

Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lack of work. Best Advertising techniques?

Replies: 16

Views: 2604

Re: Lack of work. Best Advertising techniques?

If you're not already doing it set up a Facebook page for your business to promote yourself locally. Ask friends to share your page and you can even advertise your Facebook page to reach a local audience

Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How are you pricing your jobs?

Replies: 6

Views: 1290

Re: How are you pricing your jobs?

It's not something that is discussed openly. After all anyone who isn't even a proper signmaker can browse these boards. Why not sign up for full gold membership where you will have access to this type of discussion?

Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All its been a while just thought id say hello

Replies: 11

Views: 1266

Re: Hi All its been a while just thought id say hello

Hi Neil - long time no see - glad to see your still going strong

PS - What's coming home?

Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:40 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: making signs using 250 micron polycarbonate film

Replies: 7

Views: 1275

Re: making signs using 250 micron polycarbonate film

You can do it on a normal plotter, but if you're not careful, it's easy to scatch the surface as it goes back and forth. If you get the matt backed material, it can be printed on a solvent machine, you just have to slow the pass rate down, and keep a fairly low temperature Thanks Jamie - are you sa...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Use a non laminated printing material to wrap a vehicle.

Replies: 7

Views: 1057

Re: Use a non laminated printing material to wrap a vehicle.

Best to get some white colour change wrapping vinyl instead

Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Data protection concerns

Replies: 7

Views: 1142

Re: New Data protection concerns

There's been a huge over reaction to this data protection nonsense. I intend to carry on as normal and not tie myself up in knots trying to keep up with ever increasing regulation. If someone asks me to remove their personal information from my accounting system or photo from facebook I will do so o...

Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:29 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Roland Verscaam SP Noises at start up?

Replies: 9

Views: 838

Re: VERSACAMM SP NOISES atstartup

Mine started doing that when I fitted new wipers. Turns out they were thicker and less flexible than the old ones

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of Wall Mounted Hanging Signs

Replies: 6

Views: 1107

Re: Supplier of Wall Mounted Hanging Signs

Ashby also do these

Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex or Composite for shop front

Replies: 7

Views: 1086

Re: Foamex or Composite for shop front

Hoarding material (lower grade aluminium composite) is almost as cheap as foamex and will not warp. Alternatively, you could use foamex but would need to fit it using sign trim which allows for expansion and contraction

Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: making signs using 250 micron polycarbonate film

Replies: 7

Views: 1275

making signs using 250 micron polycarbonate film

I have been asked to produce a some signage made from clear 250 micron polycarbonate sheet. The signs are to be reverse printed to be read through the clear sheet material. Whilst I am confident I can make these by printing onto clear vinyl, then backing this with white before finally contour cuttin...

Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: PPL PRS back on the scene

Replies: 12

Views: 1946

Re: PPL PRS back on the scene

Also known as jobs for the boys....

Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: PPL PRS back on the scene

Replies: 12

Views: 1946

Re: PPL PRS back on the scene

Report them to the TPS vince. They will claim it was market research and not a sales call but that is no excuse, it was an unwarranted call. The more people that report them to TPS the more pressure we can put them under. I'm secretly hoping they will call me again so I can register another complaint.

Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: PPL PRS back on the scene

Replies: 12

Views: 1946

Re: PPL PRS back on the scene

I think it's best not to give them any response simply tell them not to call again and hang up. You are not obliged to answer any of their questions.

Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: PPL PRS back on the scene

Replies: 12

Views: 1946

PPL PRS back on the scene

Just a note of caution - the scammers that call themselves PRS and PPL for music have joined forces and are once again touting for business by making unsolicited calls trying to co-erce you into paying for a music license for your business. My advice is not to answer any of their questions and ask t...

Thu May 31, 2018 5:10 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: John Player Special Formula 1 race car

Replies: 9

Views: 1010

Re: John Player Special Formula 1 race car

Fantastic

That was an iconic livery

Wed May 23, 2018 12:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

Replies: 13

Views: 1634

Re: GDPR and wether we need to comply!!

I'm ignoring it completely hoping it will go away.

Seriously though - there are so many rules and regulations in this country now, I doubt very much that I'm not breaking someone's rules and regulations on a daily basis during my miserable existance.. :awkward: :bangshead:

Tue May 22, 2018 5:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Public Liability insurance, views and opinions?

Replies: 7

Views: 1128

Re: Public Liability insurance, views and opinions?

This was resolved by my insistance that additional costs incurred to increase my liability insurance would be added to the bill. The client then relented and negotiated the lower figure of 2 Million as acceptable with the centre so the job is going ahead as planned. Meanwhile I had an enquiry to sup...

Tue May 22, 2018 8:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Replies: 20

Views: 2324

Re: A versatile vehicle for sign company

Wot Hugh said :thumbsup:

If you need a dog, buy a dog, don't buy a cat and try to change it into a dog.

Mon May 21, 2018 3:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Magnetic not sticking, advice please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1195

Re: Magnetic not sticking

I suspect that some of their "plant machinery" is made from aluminium. Before wasting too much of your time ask them to confirm that this is not the case. I've had some people asking for magnetic signs for their landrovers before :rollseyes:

Fri May 18, 2018 3:44 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: No yellow ink coming out Roland SP300

Replies: 1

Views: 502

Re: No yellow ink coming out Roland SP300

It's often a faulty damper that causes this but if you have already changed it then it's likely to be poor sealing a the capping station or blocked outlet pipe or faulty pump. Try cleaning around the capping station first followed by a powerful clean to try and draw the ink through. If that fails tr...

Tue May 15, 2018 3:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Public Liability insurance, views and opinions?

Replies: 7

Views: 1128

Re: Public Liability insurance

My insurer wants £144 to increase the cover. So I have asked my client if I can add this to my fee or could they negotiate an acceptance of the lower cover we currently hold as I am not prepared to absorb this additional costing myself. Even if I did run amok with a bulldozer I think I would struggl...

Tue May 15, 2018 3:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Public Liability insurance, views and opinions?

Replies: 7

Views: 1128

Public Liability insurance, views and opinions?

We are due to do some vinyl wrapping of wall panels in a shop inside a shopping centre. My Public liability insurance is for £2,000,000 but the centre management are insisting we need £6,000,000 before they will allow us access! What do they think I'm going to do - run amok with a bulldozer? Polite ...

Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:07 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland TrueVIS Printer, your experiences please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1599

Re: True vis printers more info please

Andrew O Brien wrote:That printer seems to have been plagued with problems


What other problems have you heard about.

I am particularly interested in this printer and was looking at this at the sign show recently to replace my old versacamm derived cadet

Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 38

Views: 3461

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

Just back from a flying visit today. Enjoyed the exhibition and learned a lot today. I'll go back to work tomorrow fired up with enthusiasm for this great industry that we work in.

Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:57 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Group101 goes into Liquidation - A final farewell

Replies: 12

Views: 2551

Re: Group101 goes into Liquidation - A final farewell

I am so sorry that you have had to close your company James. It must be very painful for you having grown it into such a success in a relatively short period of time. I have always believed you were someone who had great integrity, which is the main reason why you were so successful. I have no doubt...

Re: Flat cut letters stand off on plasterboard wall - favourite fixing method

If its plasterboard and lightweight lettering, I simply use wood screws and screw these directly into the drywall without using wall plugs. It's quicker, and strong enough to support internal letters

Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Asbestos Risk when installing

Replies: 16

Views: 1663

Re: Asbestos Risk when installing

Was it the sign that was covered in warning tape - or the shop entrance itself? If it was the sign - perhaps someone has mistaken the polyethylene composite core material thinking it was asbestos and so condemned it :lol: But in answer to your question, I have been asked to provide proof that I had ...

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

It's amazing what can be done with 3D printers these days. I get really excited about the possibilities of using this technology. I remember about 13 years ago getting a 3D picture of my children etched into a piece of crystal glass. I thought this would have become common place by now but it seems ...

Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: we have all had that one customer

Replies: 13

Views: 1640

Re: we have all had that one customer

One of today's jobs was a SWB van that turned out to be the extra long wheelbase version instead :rollseyes:

Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:24 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm Draining Ink into waste bottle overnight

Replies: 7

Views: 1644

Re: Versacamm Draining Ink into waste bottle overnight

In my situation - I finally discovered it was indeed the dampers that were at fault and replacing these stopped the mixing of ink from occurring in the capping station which was another symptom.

Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 17

Views: 1960

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

They (the bodyshop) masked over the lettering, and trimmed away the masking with a knife.

Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 17

Views: 1960

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

David Mitchell wrote:That's been a body shop paint repair, painters masked up the signwriting, and painted round it, rough as toast but seen it done in my painting days,


I think you're spot on David. :claps: It's the body repair shop that is at fault not the previous signmaker. :thumbsup:

Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:58 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4532

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Was it done in cold weather Hugh? I'm thinking if the metal of the van was cold this would make the vinyl very brittle

Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:09 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

Replies: 34

Views: 4532

Re: Vehicle Panel Templates for covering with vinyl?

This is how I do it:-
topic50729.html

Or use knifeless tape

Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New customer information law

Replies: 7

Views: 1102

Re: New customer information law

Does this mean even if you put someones name and address on an invoice you will have to go through this rigmarole ?

Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lack of work. Best Advertising techniques?

Replies: 16

Views: 2604

Re: Lack of work. Best Advertising techniques?

I agree with David and I am not a fan of BNI. It does work but it depends on the quality of the group your are in how successful it is for you. I personally think you can get a better return on your investment in terms of time and money by investing your time and energy in other ways of promoting yo...

Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:30 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Yianni Supercar customiser

Replies: 12

Views: 1856

Re: Yianni Supercar customiser

Tune into Dave at 8pm tonight for the latest episode of Yianni Superstar Wrapper.. :praiseyou:

Or get it on +1 at 9pm

Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:00 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl not sticking to painted wall surface

Replies: 16

Views: 2380

Vinyl not sticking to painted wall surface

Yesterday I fitted some printed vinyl signs in a gym hall. During installation I sensed the vinyls weren't really gripping to the paint surface as they should, and when I had finished I went around them all again to discover they seemed to be coming away from the walls. I mentioned my concerns to th...

Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:44 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Heating timeout setting

Replies: 15

Views: 1436

Re: Heating timeout setting

Did you ever get to the bottom of this Shawn? If you have it would be nice to hear the outcome as it might benefit others coming across a similar fault

Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 38

Views: 3461

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

I'm going on Tuesday - Should arrive about lunchtime and my flight back is at 7pm (so just a short visit but enough time to see around).

Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What printer do you use/ would you recommend?

Replies: 11

Views: 1241

Re: What printer do you use/ would you recommend?

I'm in a similar position Chris, I have an old SP300 which I am thinking of changing but like you I am a bit baffled by the choices. Do you go for latex, UV or stick with tried and tested solvent inks? I'm thinking the Roland Truvis range is the descendant of the Versacamm :- https://www.rolanddg.co...

Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:49 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: How do you maintain your printer whilst on holiday

Replies: 9

Views: 1088

Re: How do you maintain your printer whilst on holiday

The manufacturers recommend you insert flushing cartridges and perform a series of powerful cleans to flush all the ink out.Then blank off the outlet of the capping station and fill this with cleaning fluid to let the heads soak all the time it is unused. However, if you don't already have flushing ...

Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:09 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Yianni Supercar customiser

Replies: 12

Views: 1856

Re: Yianni Supercar customiser

I enjoyed the program. Yianni came across as a genuine guy who cared about his customers and was doing his best for them. As Hugh says this shows the possibilities and the fact they are doing this with high value cars moves the bar upmarket taking it away from the bottom end of the market where many...

Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:34 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Yianni Supercar customiser

Replies: 12

Views: 1856

Yianni Supercar customiser

New series on Dave about a vehicle wrapping business. You can catch it on Dave + 1 at 9pm this evening

Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:52 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Usual Planned Reprinting Amounts

Replies: 5

Views: 1238

Re: Usual Planned Reprinting Amounts

That's an extremely high level of rejects (37.5%) . So yes I would consider that unacceptable. Perhaps you need to look carefully at your process to determine where things are going wrong? Is the environment you're working in ideal conditions or is it dusty, damp cramped or whatever. Try to get to t...

Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:08 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Heating timeout setting

Replies: 15

Views: 1436

Re: Heating timeout setting

But is it reaching the set temp.? I still think the heater may have failed. Print quality may not be affected anyway, monitoring the heater settings and actual temp should give you the answer

Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:01 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Heating timeout setting

Replies: 15

Views: 1436

Re: Heating timeout setting

Perhaps the heater failed during the print? What happens when you start a fresh print. Does it get up to temp or timeout still? You should be able to monitor the heater settings from the control panel

Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:52 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Heating timeout setting

Replies: 15

Views: 1436

Re: Heating timeout setting

My understanding is it hasn't got up to temperature. Pressing the enter button overrides the message and the print continues on regardless of if it is at the right temp. Either the heater is faulty (and it really isn't getting up to temp.) Or the sensor is faulty. You should be able to monitor the t...

Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 21

Views: 2016

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

Yup this is today Martin.

The industrial estate is deserted with hardly anyone working today

Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 21

Views: 2016

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

It's like Armageddon here

Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 21

Views: 2016

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

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

Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:21 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

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

Replies: 21

Views: 2016

How's everyone coping with all the snow?

Just wondered how well everyone is coping with all the snow? I decided to return home yesterday early afternoon after a red weather warning was announced and was able to do a few things from home. I didn't have any specific jobs booked in to do today so I am still at home waiting until lunchtime bef...

Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:27 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Spare parts order for dried up Roland SP 540V

Replies: 6

Views: 978

Re: Spare parts order for dried up Roland SP 540V

Not sure if the manifold comes with the print heads. You may need to order manifolds seperately? It may also be worth fitting a new encoder strip.

Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mounting cut acrylic letters.. bars?

Replies: 10

Views: 1485

Re: Mounting cut acrylic letters.. bars?

Not sure I understand this either? Do you bond the clear acrylic to the brickwork using mortar - then attached the letters onto the clear acrylic after this has set? How do you keep the letters in place while the mortar is setting, and how do you ensure the correct alignment and spacing of the lette...

Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mounting cut acrylic letters.. bars?

Replies: 10

Views: 1485

Re: Mounting cut acrylic letters.. bars?

You could always go the H&S route explaining to the landlord that mortar joints are not an acceptable mounting point and for safety reasons you need to put the fasteners into the actual brickwork. That way you go and do what you had planned to do all along without being dictated to by amateurs w...

Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:50 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Advice on selling printer

Replies: 5

Views: 956

Re: Advice on selling printer

Are you planning to replace it with something else? In which case you may be able to get a good part exchange deal with a vendor. If just looking to sell and get rid of it I would try offering it as it stands rather than spend anything more on it

Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:57 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Replies: 12

Views: 1646

Re: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Hi David - regarding the signs they are each 700mm in dia.

I suppose if we take this to its logical conclusion we should consider banning all books in public libraries due to the fire risk of all that flammable material stacked closely together on shelves endangering the public. :rollseyes:

Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Replies: 12

Views: 1646

Re: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

I'm with you Alex. It seems to me we have an absurd culture where no one is prepared to accept any kind of risk no matter how small that is. The wall paper and notice boards in the building probably represent a much greater fire risk than my signs ever will. :rollseyes: Think I might walk away from ...

Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Deposits from clients for mockups

Replies: 14

Views: 1881

Re: Deposits from clients for mockups

A quotation should be just that - an offer to provide a service. Artwork comes later as part of that service. My argument has always been if three people are all providing artwork in a quotation - two are always going to lose out so will effectively work for free and this time will be subsidised by ...

Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Roland dampener gone twice in one day

Replies: 3

Views: 793

Re: Roland dampener gone twice in one day

It may not be the damper after all. Check the pump is pulling ink through and there are no restrictions in the outlet pipe/tubing as these can become blocked over time. Also check the capping station is sealing correctly.

Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

Replies: 12

Views: 1646

Signs and fire risks when fitted internaly

I've been involved in a project to supply signs for a public building. The original proposal was to fit a series of foamalux signs in a corridor featuring artwork printed onto vinyl. The procurement officer raised some questions about the suitability of Foamalux and it's fire resistance. I contacted...

Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:29 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

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

Replies: 6

Views: 1169

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

If you have to have a join - you could always hide it with a "go faster" stripe down the bonnet...I doubt she would mind given that she wants it wrapped a candy floss sparkle pink :awkward:

Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:14 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Ongoing problem with work being smudged, advice please?

Replies: 12

Views: 1617

Re: Ongoing problem with work being smudged, advice please?

It looks like your vinyl is puckering slightly in the machine (i.e not lying perfectly flat) so the print head is brushing against the raised sections. Overnight temp. changes and or damp conditions can cause this but the solution is to ensure your vinyl is staying perfectly flat in the machine duri...

Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:01 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Servicing my Graphtec CE5000-60

Replies: 3

Views: 670

Re: Servicing my Graphtec CE5000-60

It's most likely just the pinch rollers that need changed Martin as these get worn affecting the tracking. But also check the grit rollers are clean as contamination can build up causing these to loose grip over time.

Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Debit & Credit Card charges now illegal

Replies: 17

Views: 2093

Re: Debit & Credit Card charges now illegal

What annoyed me most was the way this was announced. They used provocative terms saying this was to end "rip off" charges which implied every small business that charged a transaction fee was now labelled as dishonest by the government. Which is blatantly unfair and untrue. A disgraceful w...

Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Debit & Credit Card charges now illegal

Replies: 17

Views: 2093

Re: Debit & Credit Card charges now illegal

A classic case of government meddling going too far. They even had the cheek to announce it as a major fight (oh i swore !) against rip off charges when all companies are doing is covering their own costs as a result of accepting card payments. Even the government's own departments (e.g dvla) charge...

Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:39 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Warning Vehicle Outlines DVDs

Replies: 18

Views: 2165

Re: Warning Vehicle Outlines Cds

In that case you should say who it's from to prevent many (myself included) from drawing the wrong conclusion.

Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:39 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Warning Vehicle Outlines DVDs

Replies: 18

Views: 2165

Re: Warning Vehicle Outlines Cds

I think this needs further clarification. I've always supported Brian Hays and impact by buying the product each year as I believe it's a great asset to any sign maker and we'd be lost if it was no longer available. But if there is some jiggery pockery going on this need to be cleared up and put to ...

Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:36 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm VS 540 Print Cut Issues

Replies: 6

Views: 997

Re: Versacamm VS 540 Print Cut Issues

Doing an environmental match should help. Also try printing crop marks (even if you're doing a straightforward print and cut in one operation) as the machine will automatically check the position of each crop mark prior to going onto to carry out the cutting operation. This is what I now have to do ...

Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Whats the strangest job you've done?

Replies: 34

Views: 3932

Re: Whats the strangest job you've done?

Hugh Potter wrote:I remember when my Great Dane chewed my wife’s favourite pink high heels!!! Bit of work with Sandpaper before wrapping the heels magenta oracle 551 - still good after 3years!


A likely story...I bet those were your high heels :awkward:

Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign Tray Finishing to increase strength of joins

Replies: 4

Views: 1084

Re: Sign Tray Finishing to increase strength of joins

As David says - providing you use the correct material the bends are strong enough, but I have on occasion put a bead of two pack glue/hardener (Scotchweld structural adhesive) into the v groove to provide additional strengthening on a projecting sign with a 90 degree angle fitted indoors to prevent...

Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:15 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

Replies: 55

Views: 5630

Re: Metamark Vinyls - Lifting on Vehicles

Don't think it's the vinyls but is caused by the snow partially melting and turning into ice and bonding with the vinyl. Then when it gets removed it takes chunks of vinyl off with it. That's what I reckon anyway, this has happened to me in the past and that was my conclusion at the time.

Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Space Heater guard required

Replies: 7

Views: 1197

Re: Space Heater guard required

I thought you had a heat pump system installed in your unit that also provided cooling in the summer. How well does it cope in cold weather? Presumably not very well if you are using a gas space heater?

Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:31 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summacut D75 question about feed

Replies: 3

Views: 765

Re: Summacut D75 question about feed

Yup - same here. My old summa used to have a jog button that fed the vinyl forward, my new one doesn't have this feature anymore. Seems they've done away with it unless there's an alternative to manually jogging the vinyl forward?

Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 6

Views: 1414

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

I've been trading over 20 years and have never had a written set of terms and conditions as I vary these according to the customer I am dealing with. Many larger companies impose their own terms and conditions which you can either accept (and keep their business) or choose to impose your own payment...

Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A case for taking deposits, your thoughts please?

Replies: 10

Views: 1741

Re: A case for taking deposits

I have a slightly different approach in that I don't ask for a deposit when booking a van it - but also don't cut anything until the van has arrived on the day. This is to ensure that I can check sizes and make sure everything fits, and that the van actually turns up. I keep a big stock of varied co...

Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:12 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Faint lines in print at crop marks

Replies: 6

Views: 956

Re: Faint lines in print at crop marks

Check there is no contaminant hanging down from the print heads e.g fine thread

Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Any suggestions for a vinyl that can withstand sitting in hot water ?

Replies: 2

Views: 938

Any suggestions for a vinyl that can withstand sitting in hot water ?

I'm looking for any suggestions for a vinyl that can withstand sitting in hot water ? I did some signs for a company a couple of years ago that sit in a hot water bath at 80 degrees all the time. Eventualy the hot water got to the glue and the vinyl bubbled and wrinkled. I'm looking for ideas to cre...

Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Whats the strangest job you've done?

Replies: 34

Views: 3932

Re: Whats the strangest job you've done?

For me it has to be a toss up between a genuine London Routemaster that was owned by a private collector. I did this about 18 years ago. Or a mobile bathtub that I did about 5 years ago

Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:05 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Replies: 22

Views: 3806

Re: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

I use Doroware which is the slicer software that came with my machine. Not the easiest or fastest but it does the job. I spent a lot of time experimenting with print bed temps. wall thicknesses and layer heights - ended up using the thickest layer heights I could to speed up the process and given th...

Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Festive blues and advice please

Replies: 19

Views: 2795

Re: Festive blues and advice please

Do you have space to work from home? If so - why not just scale it back and semi retire whilst still taking on the occasional commission that will supplement your income. Without all the overheads of a full time business you can afford to be much more picky in what type of work you agree to take on....

Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:52 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Leaflets, flyers, business card - what printer?

Replies: 16

Views: 2102

Re: Leaflets, flyers, business card - what printer?

Try typing in leaflet printing machine?

Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Holidays, how do you cope?

Replies: 7

Views: 1545

Re: Holidays, how do you cope?

Me and Alison always take our holidays at the same time - so not a problem here..

Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:15 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Holiday and Sick Leave Tracker Software

Replies: 9

Views: 1365

Re: Holiday and Sick Leave Tracker Software

What about using a wall planner that you can write on?

Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Failing Black Di-Lite Board, any ideas?

Replies: 5

Views: 1273

Re: Failing Black Di-Lite Board, any ideas?

I've seen problems develop with brushed aluminium composite (i.e Butler Dibond equivalent) - non dibond versions seem to be prone to developing marks on the face which was never a problem with Butler Dibond itself.

Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:03 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PDF has 5 pages - but RIP is only seeing 3

Replies: 4

Views: 985

Re: PDF has 5 pages - but RIP is only seeing 3

Thanks Guys

I've saved the missing two pages as individual pdfs so have got around the problem.
This is a repeat print of a file we did two years ago with the same RIP and I don't recall having this same problem back then

Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:18 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PDF has 5 pages - but RIP is only seeing 3

Replies: 4

Views: 985

Re: PDF has 5 pages - but RIP is only seeing 3

The RIP is Wasatch Version 5
I've tried opening it in Signlab and all 5 pages are showing. It's just the RIP that is missing the last 2

Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:50 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PDF has 5 pages - but RIP is only seeing 3

Replies: 4

Views: 985

PDF has 5 pages - but RIP is only seeing 3

I have been sent a pdf to print which contains 5 separate pages of images. I can see each image when I view the pdf normally using a pdf reader, but when I open the file in my RIP it is only detecting 3 pages. Anyone have any idea why?

Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 33

Views: 5136

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

Hugh Potter wrote:(queue infamous photo from Phill!), I worked from that 12x8 shed for 6yrs!


Photo?.... What Photo? ......Do you mean this one? :awkward:

Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 33

Views: 5136

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

I also have a sneaky storage area in an out of use lift, I've opened the lift up and put a cabinet in front of it, just looks like a cabinet to anyone looking but I removed the shelves and backing and you just walk through to the lift, had it for 7 years and not one person has noticed. You could al...

Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 33

Views: 5136

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

You could also use it to dispose of a dead body...just remember to to give it a spray of Glade air freshener every now and then.. :awkward:

Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 33

Views: 5136

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

Just imagine - one day you go into the lift and the door closes behind you and won't open again :yikes:

No one would ever know you were there or what had happened to you :awkward:

Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 33

Views: 5136

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

I really must make the effort to give it a good tidy up sometime. The only place that looks tidy here is the front reception area

Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:09 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Replies: 22

Views: 3806

Re: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

I'm amazed there aren't more sign makers experimenting with this (Or maybe there are, I'm just not aware of it or they're not for saying). After all it's an extension of what we already do but in 3 dimensions instead of just two. Many signs are "one offs" which is precisely what rapid prot...

Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:50 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Replies: 22

Views: 3806

Re: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

I estimate the materials cost to print these letters at about £5

Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:23 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Replies: 22

Views: 3806

Re: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

The machine was two days printing to produce all the lettering. I didn't stand and watch it the whole time though..

Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How many others looking forward to Christmas?

Replies: 7

Views: 1402

Re: How many others looking forward to Christmas?

I never look forward to Christmas and new year nowadays. Everything shuts down for at least a fortnight and slows down for the preceding two weeks. Then we have Tax bills to pay in January after a lean month so no wonder I'm miserable. And the weather doesn't help! But this year I've decided to make...

Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:59 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Replies: 22

Views: 3806

Re: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Just back from installing this sign. The letters are hollow printed in clear PLA. The face of each letter is flat cut PVC. and Inside each letter are LED's to light up the sign.

Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:11 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Need a scanner to digitise and auto archive our job sheets

Replies: 12

Views: 1549

Re: Need a scanner to digitise and auto archive our job sheets

Why do you need to keep all this anyway? Surely it's all historical once the job has been invoiced and paid? I'm not quite sure I understand what purpose this serves?

Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:20 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Replies: 22

Views: 3806

Re: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

I bought mine from rs components:- https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/8625705/ It's a well built solid machine and has been very reliable. The downside for me is the small print area. I get around this by printing my models in sections then gluing them together to make one larger model, but ...

Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:30 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printers, is anyone using one?

Replies: 22

Views: 3806

Re: 3D Printer - uses in sign making

Good question Graham, I too am interested to hear what others are doing with this technology. I'm using mine to produce built up hollow lettering as mentioned in another thread.It can equally be used to produce 3D versions of company logos. The process is slow but works away in the background while ...

Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:27 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3D Printing - Applications in signmaking?

Replies: 33

Views: 10315

Re: 3D Printing - Applications in signmaking?

Yes I reckon 3D printing has a big future in sign making. The machines are getting bigger all the time and don't cost a lot. Here's one that has a massive print area making the production of large built up lettering easily achievable.:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creality-3D-Printer-Touchscreen-500x50...

Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dimensions - different definitions apparently

Replies: 4

Views: 1065

Re: Dimensions - different definitions apparently

I think I understand your problem. Generally speaking, when people describe a sign they specify the width first then the height. But when it comes to banners these are measured in width x length since they're generally printed. So a banner measuring 3M wide a 4M long would be printed on a 3M wide pr...

Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:07 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: UPVC Window frame wrapping advice please?

Replies: 39

Views: 9584

Re: UPVC WINDOW FRAME WRAPPING

As there aren't any compound curves he just applied everything in strips and cut mitre's in the corners

Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: UPVC Window frame wrapping advice please?

Replies: 39

Views: 9584

Re: UPVC WINDOW FRAME WRAPPING

551 series is a polymeric vinyl - 751 series oracal is cast

Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: UPVC Window frame wrapping advice please?

Replies: 39

Views: 9584

Re: UPVC WINDOW FRAME WRAPPING

My brother in law did this to his kitchen showroom windows and entrance door. (I thought he was crazy mind - spending all that time wrapping every nook and cranny). It worked fine using ordinary 5-7 year exterior quality vinyls (Oracal 551 series). There probably is a big market for this type of ser...

Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:19 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Post Router, vinyl colouring flatcut letters.

Replies: 7

Views: 1462

Re: Post Router, vinyl colouring flatcut letters.

Thanks Fred - I need to try this :thumbsup:

Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer using part of our design in their new sign.

Replies: 13

Views: 1645

Re: Customer using part of our design in their new sign.

Whilst you have my sympathy, and I share your frustration, I have to question why you are doing speculative design work free of charge? Surely your time is better spent designing for paying customers. Are we the only industry that provides free artwork? Many is that time I have heard from an enquire...

Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:21 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Post Router, vinyl colouring flatcut letters.

Replies: 7

Views: 1462

Re: Post Router, vinyl colouring flatcut letters.

I've done this (as Robert has already suggested) by printing the colour onto vinyl then applying to the letters and trimming out by hand. A tedious task and one not ideal for lettering that has a fine stroke. I have also tried (with limited success) flood coating some PVC with a vinyl print of the s...

Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:02 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland VP 540 Cutting being off

Replies: 8

Views: 1431

Re: Roland VP 540 Cutting being off

Seemingly it's not the encoder strip that controls the cutter function. Scroll down to the bottom of this thread for definitive advice from Stafford Cox:- topic66083.html

Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:43 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland VP 540 Cutting being off

Replies: 8

Views: 1431

Re: Roland VP 540 Cutting being off

My machine (Roland sp300) has developed a similar fault over time. Cutting drifts off in the scan direction but is OK if I always print crop marks causing the machine to read the crop marks every time before going on to do the cut after printing. Hope that makes sense.

Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Corner Cutting device recommendations please

Replies: 12

Views: 1695

Re: Corner Cutting device recommendations please

I have one that looks exactly like this:-
Corner-rounder-uksignboards.com.png

Had it for years and wouldn't be without it. It looks identical as one sold by Signgeer but is a lot cheaper

Re: You thought that wrapping of rubber tyres was impossible? Hexis has did it! +VIDEO

I'm pretty sure this should only be sold as a show car enhancement and not something for general use (as I can't imagine it would have much in the way of longevity) ? Otherwise you're likely to have a queue of dissatisfied boy racers baying for your blood :awkward:

Re: You thought that wrapping of rubber tyres was impossible? Hexis has did it! +VIDEO

When I was a youngster we used to use white tyre paint to pick out the writing on the tyres sidewalls. They looked great until you invariably kerbed the tyre and took the paint off. Bet you never thought of that did you, huh huh? :tongue:

Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Signgeer bench, and corner rounder alternative.

Replies: 10

Views: 2712

Re: Signgeer bench, and corner rounder alternative.

Why not build your own bench? There are full instructions here:-
https://www.uksignboards.com/topic35101.html

Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: bonding foamex to vinyl backing

Replies: 3

Views: 1067

Re: bonding foamex to vinyl backing

Maybe try Carpet tape?

Re: Seymour Sign & Print Ltd, successfully obtain judgement against Peterborough Sign Company.

Well done David - have you ever considered opening a consultancy business to claim compensation for other signmakers?

Re: Seymour Sign & Print Ltd, successfully obtain judgement against Peterborough Sign Company.

Well done David - have you ever considered opening a consultancy business to claim compensation for other signmakers?

Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trimming vinyl from boards

Replies: 19

Views: 2708

Re: Trimming vinyl from boards

Brilliant Hugh. I can't wait to try this out

Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

Replies: 14

Views: 2902

Re: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

Stuart Miller wrote:Not heard of Foamalux Ultra, Phil, I'll look into that.


Foamalux Ultra is a foamboard but with a gloss finish instead of Mat

Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

Replies: 14

Views: 2902

Re: Replacing Acrylic Panels in frame

If my understanding is correct - the owner doesn't want the sign to light up as the old electrics are no longer working? In which case why not use Foamalux Ultra instead of Acrylic? This is a bit lighter and easier to cut as well as being less costly but still has a gloss white finish similar to acr...

Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone get any red sky pictures?

Replies: 7

Views: 1503

Re: Anyone get any red sky pictures?

This is what it was like in Fauldhouse...mind you, it looks like this most days :awkward:

Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone get any red sky pictures?

Replies: 7

Views: 1503

Re: Anyone get any red sky pictures?

This was our place yesterday... :awkward:

Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone get any red sky pictures?

Replies: 7

Views: 1503

Re: Anyone get any red sky pictures?

Yes it was really weird. And unusually dark up here in Scotland. Do you really beleive the c0ck and bull explanation that it was caused by dust in the atmosphere from the Sahara desert?


Wasn't there an asteroid passing by the earth recently? :awkward:

Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: General nosey chit chat - whats the bulk of your work?

Replies: 12

Views: 2081

Re: General nosey chit chat - whats the bulk of your work?

Despite everything, digital printing, cnc routing, 3d printing. ..Computer cut vinyl is still my most lucrative income stream

Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: The Solution for fitting flat cut lettering on a roughcast wall

Replies: 10

Views: 1813

Re: The Solution for fitting flat cut lettering on a roughcast wall

No, the joker only has a ratchet on the ring end
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