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Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign UK 2007

Replies: 87

Views: 13495

My ticket arrived today too.

Probably only be able to make it to the show on the Thursday.

Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:15 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Screen print trade prices

Replies: 2

Views: 1623

Try Bex Design Services, in Wiltshire.

01249 821127

Ask for Mike Hennessy

www.bexdesign.co.uk

Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:48 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: sign quotes and invoicing software

Replies: 21

Views: 5503

Thanks for the insight Shane. It's something I'm going to look at, at Sign UK, see if I can get a deal on it. Sounds pretty good though and I personally would like to get some consistency with my quoting, even tho I'm in my 20 year of self employment. Never to late to try something new. Thanks Shane...

Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:52 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: sign quotes and invoicing software

Replies: 21

Views: 5503

What's your opinion of it Shane?

I've been taking a look at it on their website, playing the mini video clip, and to be honest, it looks ok.

Has it helped you?

Neil

Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:11 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is metamark 7 series any good for recessed panels?

Replies: 5

Views: 1472

Adrian, I use alot of Metamark 7 series vinyl but don't use it in recesses.

They do a cast vinyl so go for that.

Neil

Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing advice

Replies: 46

Views: 4617

I'd go for correx Rich as it's only needed until July.

Trouble with site hoardings are the majority aren't painted well and I don't know if you've ever applied vinyls to poorly painted ply but it is a pain in the backside.

I think foam or banners would be overkill for 3 or 4 months.

Neil

Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: who is the best and cheapest on flat cut letters

Replies: 9

Views: 1488

Try Brimark,

I've never had a problem with them, always helpful and fast turnaround.

Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Should i get a unit?

Replies: 40

Views: 4674

Hi Lee, £60 a week is pretty good for a unit on a main road. Make sure you check what's included, electricity, water rates, insurance. You'll be paying a business rate for your phone which is of course higher that your home phone. I paid £1900 a year rates on a 1400 sqft unit. So, this added almost ...

Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:06 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: why does my pc 60 not cut the correct size?

Replies: 4

Views: 1531

On a mac open your applications, click on Flexi and clear prefs is in the menu, double click and restart flexi. You'll have to setup your plotter etc. in production manager but I find this usually gets rid of any problems.

Neil

Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:25 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: why does my pc 60 not cut the correct size?

Replies: 4

Views: 1531

Clear preferences, restart flexi and try again. This may solve your problem.

Neil

Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: MBX Vinyl Zappers

Replies: 19

Views: 6202

I think Ravey that you use this as a lesson learned. NEVER offer to remove reflective vinyl. I speak from experience after having said yes to remove a huge reflective graphic that I'd applied to a vehicle some years earlier. He was a good customer but i made a big mistake on that one. I agree with R...

Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: best surface cleaner?

Replies: 7

Views: 1104

Paul O'Shea wrote:yeah forgot bout meths. you water that down at all? 1 part meth to 4 parts water or use it neat


No I put ice in mine (on the rocks) much more sophisticated.

Seriously tho I also use neat meths.

Neil

Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:06 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Gerber GS15 Cutter

Replies: 14

Views: 3555

I have a Graphtec plotter which I run using Flexisign. In Flexi Production Managers advanced settings you have the option on the number of passes/cuts the blade makes, check your software for something similar. When I cut reflective I adjust the number of passes too 2 and it cuts the same job twice ...

Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy St David's Day

Replies: 21

Views: 2591

Happy St Davids Day! Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!

March already, where's this year going? or is it my age? 24 days till BST begins.

Neil :wave3:

Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:02 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Can anyone tell me if there is any signwriting courses?

Replies: 18

Views: 10188

I thought that it was he meant by signwriting course :roll:

I guess it should be sign making course


My thoughts exactly :-?

Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:34 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Can anyone tell me if there is any signwriting courses?

Replies: 18

Views: 10188

Jill's right, try Dave Kynastons in August. I just got back from swinging my brushes this afternoon and enjoyed it immensely as I do more vinyl than paint these days. I think you would find a course at some London colleges and Walsall College if I'm not mistaken. The best way to learn is to coat out...

Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:19 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: aquapoolco

Replies: 11

Views: 2375

Great work Neill, especially like the 'pool' van, did it drive you loco?

:D

Neil

Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:03 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: question for vinyl cutting experts on software

Replies: 22

Views: 6232

Neon Never heard of the software you have, but... Mac OSX 10.3.9 runs software in classic mode which is OS9.1 and 9.2. You will have a file on your HD with all your OS9.0 applications in. You may need to install OS9.2 if you haven't already. In case your unfamiliar with classic mode, it opens a wind...

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:40 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: why do i get error message when installing please?

Replies: 16

Views: 8331

Reckon a dongle is gonna cost you almost £3000. You also need the serial number for both software and dongle to match.

The dongle plugs into any usb port.
:o

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: does anyone use metamark 4 series and how did you find it?

Replies: 8

Views: 2265

Same here, been using metamark 7 series for over a year now and no complaints. I used mactac 9000 series for many years but find meta 7 weeds so easily. I have started using 4 series and find thats ok too.

Ade, was the rep Adam? if so he's a good guy, very helpful.

Neil

Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:53 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painting: mars mural

Replies: 33

Views: 9550

:wow:

Awesome Jill

Great hand job!!!

Neil

Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:45 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: van wrap: own van

Replies: 22

Views: 6097

That's awesome Bruno, got a cool airbrushed feel about it.

Only thing I don't like is you've got it!!! :wink:

Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Sun Strip

Replies: 12

Views: 2270

Warn the customer that it will fail an MOT!

Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:45 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Signage - Reflective

Replies: 12

Views: 3068

I agree with martin, it really is best to apply over normal vinyl. I've been caught out before when I agreed to remove reflective of a van I did 4or 5 years before and it was murder getting it off :cry:

Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Working from home......... and the council!

Replies: 41

Views: 3739

If you are serious about running a business like this you are better off in the right premises and then no one can put a spanner in the works. Sorry mate but rates are a sad fact of life and they are there for a reason. Sorry too. But if you want to play in the pond, you need to consider the costs....

Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Working from home......... and the council!

Replies: 41

Views: 3739

The garage was built to house my ongoing Triumph Spitfire restoration project. As it was being built I thought, hey, I'm renting a unit that due to the type of work I do is basically expensive storage for my applemac and plotter, vinyl and a desk as I work alot on site. The only plus was I could alw...

Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Working from home......... and the council!

Replies: 41

Views: 3739

I agree John. I just want to slow down a little and enjoy things.

Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Working from home......... and the council!

Replies: 41

Views: 3739

Well, I've just downsized from a1600 sq ft unit to my newly built double garage on the side of my house. I can get vans in here but if too big I've space outside. It may sound daft to some but I'm not interested one bit in expanding I just want enough work for myself. I can now put time aside to air...

Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:25 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i cut curtain side vinyl on my plotter?

Replies: 12

Views: 2959

Apollo ink, get it from Wrights of Lymm / Handovers.

Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:07 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i cut curtain side vinyl on my plotter?

Replies: 12

Views: 2959

Ink will outlast vinyl anyday. Completed some curtains today, not brand new either, I'm not entirely confident that vinyl would be better when you see the kind of abuse some trailers get. As for removing the ink, it sort of defeats the object, it's on there to stay. But it can be softened with celly...

Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:34 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: how do i import fonts into flexisign?

Replies: 2

Views: 3245

Are you using flexi on a mac or pc?

Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:40 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Does anyone know how to change the default fonts?

Replies: 4

Views: 1122

Have you tried restoring preferences with the program closed.

Neil

Sun Nov 12, 2006 5:36 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: oxenbury & sons

Replies: 26

Views: 9093

Great work aj, not enough traditional stuff on here. I'm currently working on shopfronts at a World Heritage town, bit cold this time of year tho!

Keep swinging your brush :thumbsup:

Neil

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Your views on the hassle free vinyl suppliers out there!

Replies: 50

Views: 9958

Not enough plaudits for Metamark direct - so here's a ringing endorsement from us. Can set your watch by the next-day mid-morning CityLink delivery too. I agree, I've been using Metamark since last year and never had a problem. I can set my watch too by the next day delivery, and get the same CityL...

Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Beej Curtis - Video - An Artists Way - Episode 1

Replies: 4

Views: 4184

I've been downloading Beej's vids to Itunes for a while, pretty cool, and he seems like quite a funny guy. Also a paid up member of his club, his work is awesome.

Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Notice board

Replies: 3

Views: 694

Thanks mate

Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Notice board

Replies: 3

Views: 694

Notice board

Does anyone know where I can get a notice board with lockable doors for a community centre.

Hope someone can help,

Cheers Neil (-)

Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:28 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Project Hover

Replies: 0

Views: 435

vehicle graphics: Project Hover

Did this for an organisation back in February that helps less fortunate youngsters, they build small single seat hovercraft amongst other things.

Mix of vinyl and airbrushing.

Fun job to do.

Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Giving "posting a picture" a go!

Replies: 37

Views: 3613

Been checking out Rods website.

Awesome airbrushing and signwork, a real inspiration. I'm gonna clean up my airbrush and have a dabble.

Mental note to self. Must try and sell more adventurous stuff like Mr Tickle.

:o

Sun Jun 11, 2006 9:39 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Giving "posting a picture" a go!

Replies: 37

Views: 3613

Absolutely awesome Rod that's really bad. (Sorry just trying to be cool)

Have I seen your work featured in Signcraft magazine?

Your shop looks great too, how 'bout some pics when you get chance.

Neil

Sun May 21, 2006 4:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Recent Sign and Logo Work

Replies: 13

Views: 1788

very cool as usual Stevo :2thumbs:

Fri May 19, 2006 7:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: PM Building

Replies: 16

Views: 1843

They look fantastic Neill, I like the layout alot, very professional look to them. Did you produce the layout yourself? I think black on white is crisp and clean.

Great work

Neil

Sun May 14, 2006 6:16 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics : SignsDirect

Replies: 20

Views: 2265

I love it Tim, thats got WOW factor.

Neil

Sun May 14, 2006 6:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: VAN : pete scarf electrical

Replies: 5

Views: 870

Looks good Tim but I agree with Chris about the word Peter. Also I would have lined everything up to black bump strip.

Neil

Wed May 10, 2006 11:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: OK so who's not going to SignUK

Replies: 106

Views: 10677

Was hoping to go wednesday, then thursday but far to busy. Oh well maybe next year. Perhaps the organisers ought to think of ending the show on a saturday or start on a sunday, I'm sure there are many sign people who just can't get there on a weekday. Could be an idea for a poll. Have a good time th...

Tue May 09, 2006 10:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 5 HOURS TO GO !!!!!!!

Replies: 66

Views: 4726

Sorry I'll miss you all tomorrow. Hoping to get there thursday tho, have a good day wednesday.

Neil *drink*

Tue May 09, 2006 10:40 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: GM Plant

Replies: 4

Views: 770

Thanks guys, JJ I think picture size is limited?

Neil

Mon May 08, 2006 10:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: GM Plant

Replies: 4

Views: 770

Vehicle Graphics: GM Plant

Here's one I did last week. Designed the logo myself, has a 'Grill' look about it I thought. Hope you like!
Neil

Wed May 03, 2006 11:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which material for exterior wall sign?

Replies: 8

Views: 1492

Tell him 'Quality' doesn't come cheap Declan. Don't fall into that trap, be fare with your pricing and if he wants cheap send him down the road to someone else. The sign business is being ruined by people not understanding the value of signs, afterall it's very often the first contact that a busines...

Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:58 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: stripes lawn care

Replies: 13

Views: 1679

Lance, second thing the guy said when he picked up the van was that he'll be back if he gets busy to maybe raise the price in the bubble! Jill, I based the layout on leaflets the guy was having printed, to me they looked very American and yes the stripes logo are on his bags of fertilizer. Thanks Neil

Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: stripes lawn care

Replies: 13

Views: 1679

Thanks people for the positive feedback, really enjoyed this job.

Thanks Neil :D

Tue Apr 25, 2006 7:50 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: stripes lawn care

Replies: 13

Views: 1679

vehicle graphics: stripes lawn care

Here's a van I did last week, it's all vinyl and the fitting went really well I'm pleased to say cos I've had some real b*ggers to do lately.

Neil :D

Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello All from another Aussie Darwin Australia

Replies: 13

Views: 1674

Hi John and welcome to the boards.

Do you still use your brushes or they gathering dust in some box somewhere?

Neil

Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:14 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: where can i get a disk for flexicut Installer 5.6 please?

Replies: 6

Views: 3125

Having a problem!

I haven't a floppy drive in my G4. Tried the disk in a PC but it just asks if they need formatting! Blasted PC's, why don't they read mac disks, mac's read PC disks no problem.

Any ideas

Neil :-?

Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:09 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Bang & Olufsen

Replies: 18

Views: 1902

Great work Marcella, like it alot.

Perhaps you could get some good discount on some equipment from them for doing such a good job, worth a try!! (-music)

Neil

Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:42 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics-Matrix

Replies: 14

Views: 1527

Looks cool Misko, great job. Nice looking truck too.

Agree with you about Nikkalite, need to work in a warm shop as it is very brittle.

Cheers Neil

Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just wanted to say Hi to everyone

Replies: 22

Views: 2173

Croeso Josh

Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:40 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: where can i get a disk for flexicut Installer 5.6 please?

Replies: 6

Views: 3125

OK will do it tomorrow (Tuesday)

Neil

Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What type of premises

Replies: 36

Views: 5015

Lorraine, ref to the printers I wonder if it's better to try and get a good deal with a company who have one and sub the work out. Solves the problem of financing and maintaining your own! I wonder if, to justify spending thousands on a printer, you have to keep it working all the time! At the momen...

Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:21 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: where can i get a disk for flexicut Installer 5.6 please?

Replies: 6

Views: 3125

I have old Flexiletter software on floppy disks. I could take a look at them and see what I can find.

Neil

Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:15 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Restoration at Cardiff Castle

Replies: 12

Views: 1268

Put in a price for the job based on a day rate, estimating at a months work to complete (not incl. weekends). It took about 19 days + couple days site visits etc.

Thanks for the comments.

Neil

Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:45 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Restoration at Cardiff Castle

Replies: 12

Views: 1268

Peter, I took a tracing of an existing pattern for the stencil from Lord Bute's bedroom, then hand cut my stencil in Mylar film with a heat pen. It was then applied approx 16" at a time around the room with a conventional stencil brush. I used specially mixed emulsion paint and yes it did take ...

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:24 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Restoration at Cardiff Castle

Replies: 12

Views: 1268

Restoration at Cardiff Castle

Not signs this post, but a skill that is employed by signwriters which is produced using a flat liner or lining fitch. Also I had to apply a stencil at dado height and at the top of the wall. Thru February I worked on the walls of a room that was restored as it would have been in William Burgess' er...

Sun Apr 02, 2006 1:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from South Wales

Replies: 17

Views: 1847

Hi Jason, welcome to the boards.

Neil

Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:34 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Airbrush graphics: Revenge of the Sith

Replies: 27

Views: 2674

Great work Beej as always.

Hope to meet you at sign uk.

Neil :o

Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: six nations rugby

Replies: 6

Views: 568

Poor England, :D

Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:53 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats the best way to aligning on a vauxhall astra van?

Replies: 18

Views: 3580

I usually keep things parallel with the rubbing strip. measure up 200mm ish each end and run fineline tape thru and use that as a guide. Also don't use chinagraph pencils use AllStabilo either white or blue should do for most jobs. These are water soluble so wash of easily.

Neil

Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:51 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Can anyone suggest any books or dvd's. (learning signmaking)

Replies: 11

Views: 2178

Marko, Signcraft is a fantastic magazine.

Doesn't cost alot for 1 years subscription so go for it.

Taking it for 10 years and never been dissapointed with an issue, I've even got older issues from the 80's.

Neil :D

Sun Feb 26, 2006 9:54 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: MIXED-MEDIA - Paint on Vinyl using "KRYLON FUSION"

Replies: 21

Views: 11578

We call that effect 'Rag Rolling' or 'Bagging' over here. :D

Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sports ground Signs ....just intrested

Replies: 6

Views: 1135

I was at the match yesterday Brian. Good to see Wales winning again after the disaster against England. The Wales and Scotland emblems are superimposed but other logos are painted on the pitch in perspective so they look good on the main camera shots. Did you see France v Ireland, cos the logos on t...

Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:54 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: thurlowland engineers

Replies: 11

Views: 4876

Great work. Love the colours, do you use 1 shot?

Neil

Sun Jan 29, 2006 5:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anybody know of...

Replies: 4

Views: 1039

Does anybody know of...

a supplier of large banner type signs.

I'm looking for a 'banner' about 7 or 14 metres wide to span structural steelwork while it's going up so it must allow wind thru it otherwise I think it will act like a sail. I don't want it blowing away. :oops:

Any ideas :-?

Thanks

Neil

Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: As we're celebrating birthdays

Replies: 9

Views: 579

As we're celebrating birthdays

Mine last week, Friday 13th, little worrying but I came thru it unscathed. Well, apart from turning 43.

Oh well, all downhill now. :wink:

Neil

Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:04 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: phonophobia

Replies: 13

Views: 1892

I like this alot Mark.

Has a great corporate feel about it. I like the negative space, the layout is very clean.

Did you design the logo?

Allround excellent 1st job, well done.

Neil

Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Do they know it's Christmas.....

Replies: 6

Views: 727

Do they know it's Christmas.....

I'm absolutely manic this week...... I think all my regular customers are having a laugh at my expense.

Shouldn't grumble thou its good to have the work but come on I want to ease up a little.

Customers huh who'd ave em....

Neil :-?

Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:10 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What Mac sign/cutting software do you use?

Replies: 8

Views: 5089

I've only ever used Flexi. I have Flexisign 7.5 and I think it's great and really easy to use although I haven't used any other sign software.

Be careful with Ebay as you will need a dongle for flexi to work.

I upgraded in the summer to 7.5 and it cost £550 but well worth it.

Neil

Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:51 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Gerber Edge 2 for sale

Replies: 6

Views: 732

I'm in South Wales.

Neil

Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:18 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Gerber Edge 2 for sale

Replies: 6

Views: 732

Hi, could you email me details too.

ndsigns@aol.com

Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:58 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Gerber Edge for sale

Replies: 3

Views: 528

How much you looking for Nick (?)

Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:47 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Kiss the Frog

Replies: 21

Views: 6384

I'm still using far eastern but your right it's not as good as it was.

Might try the birch ply like you suggest Terry.

Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: a Tickle in the Trossachs letterhead meet

Replies: 12

Views: 2378

:evil: I hate you Mclaren, how come your so good with that brush? Your work is outstanding Stewart, I think I'll push the signwriting a bit more where I am and take some inspiration from your site. Signwriting is making a bit of a comeback here, I live near a 'World Heritage Site' town and the local...

Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:27 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: pinstriping: car

Replies: 9

Views: 3967

Terry, thanks very much. Yeh the customer insisted on white but I know what you mean. And yes I'm hooked, I do quite a few Jaguar , Cherokee Jeeps and the odd Rolls Royce with straight coachlines for body repair shops but this was the first fancy job. Richard, I'm sure it was a Granada Scorpio? Chee...

Sat Dec 03, 2005 2:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: bright sparks electrical

Replies: 17

Views: 2258

That is awesome Terry.
Love she shadow, I gotta try that effect soon, I think that looks fantastic.
Any chance seeing some more of your work.
Its a real inspiration.
Great work.

Neil :thumbsup:

Sat Dec 03, 2005 2:43 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: pinstriping: car

Replies: 9

Views: 3967

Trouble is Jill our cars over here aren't as cool as those you have over there.
This is a Ford Scorpio, not very cool if you ask me, but it had airbags fitted and bounced like crazy. :jump:

:-?

Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:18 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: pinstriping: car

Replies: 9

Views: 3967

pinstriping: car

Some pics of a 'Bouncing Car' I striped in the summer. Actually my first proper pinstriping job on a car.

Neil

Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:12 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: pinstriping: wooden case

Replies: 10

Views: 3973

Great work Terry, good to see some pinstriping. I've done a bit myself, I'll post it for you to take a look.

Neil :thumbup2:

Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:48 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Kiss the Frog

Replies: 21

Views: 6384

Got to be careful not to pull background paint finish off though. :(

Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:25 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Kiss the Frog

Replies: 21

Views: 6384

Don't have a drink the night before Lynn!! Oh and a steady hand, and a left hand at that!!

that would be a good poll, what % of us are right or left handed or both?

:D

Tue Nov 29, 2005 10:31 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Kiss the Frog

Replies: 21

Views: 6384

This is my original pencil sketch to sell the sign to the customer. The finished sign was a little different.

Neil :D

Tue Nov 29, 2005 10:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: BT Problem, anyone else?

Replies: 25

Views: 2300

No trouble here Rob

Haven't you been paying your bill :wink:

Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:22 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Kiss the Frog

Replies: 21

Views: 6384

Thanks Peter, Yes it's all freehand, mostly, I mark top and bottom lines and rough out the lettering in stabilo pencil then hit it with a No. 8 chisel brush. The strap line is done using a little cheat, I ran fine line tape first top and bottom so i didn't have to cut in those edges, just go over th...

Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:13 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: pitsburgh Golf Course

Replies: 21

Views: 6369

Love the sign Jill, it has a great free flowing feel about it something that is difficult to achieve in vinyl.

great work

Neil :D

Tue Nov 29, 2005 8:38 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: Kiss the Frog

Replies: 21

Views: 6384

hand painted signage: Kiss the Frog

Here's one I did for a ladies wedding/evening wear shop.

All hand painted and the frog is plywood cutout, hand painted then fixed with 2" timber behind to stand off the main sign.

Neil :D

Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Bull contracting

Replies: 6

Views: 1071

Great job again Steve. I like the American idea of not putting TEL: in front of phone numbers

Neil :D

Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:45 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Gear

Replies: 13

Views: 2252

I like that alot Steve, well done. :D


Neil

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:54 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Rhythm Roadshow

Replies: 11

Views: 1848

Hi Lorraine

The font is called Juice and yes I tweaked it, moving letters above and below the baseline and added a little rotation.
I wanted the lettering to represent notes on a musicall staff (?).

Regards Neil

Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:57 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: costumes for santa

Replies: 21

Views: 9874

Great work Jill. Love the font too. Pure Class.

Neil :D

Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Rhythm Roadshow

Replies: 11

Views: 1848

sorry I meant punches.

Had a few to many watching the rugby. :D

Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:05 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Rhythm Roadshow

Replies: 11

Views: 1848

did I say windows windows :-?

Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:04 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Rhythm Roadshow

Replies: 11

Views: 1848

Yeh Rob it's difficult to see but the Disco and Karaoke is above the windows on the back doors. Name is also on the bonnet and I added a blue sunstrip with Disco & Karaoke on the windscreen. Logo is my design too, it was one of those that came really easy, nice to get them from time to time, cus...

Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Rhythm Roadshow

Replies: 11

Views: 1848

vehicle graphics: Rhythm Roadshow

Here is one I did not so long ago.

All vinyl with a white airbrushed fade to bottom of letters then frogjuiced.

Hope the pic is not too bad, lot of sun that day.

Neil

Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle signage: jif plumbing services

Replies: 4

Views: 788

ooh no. You need to use a different font for the secondary copy. Vary the weight of the fonts too and leave some space at the edge of the lettering, don't go so close to the door edge. Think margin! I wouldn't use red on the blue either. The company name could come down the panel a smidgen too, bit ...

Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:13 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Traditional Signwriting Brushes. What do you use?

Replies: 19

Views: 12928

I use long sable chissels in quills from Wrights, they're great brushes. Also I use sword liners for pinstriping and my favourite for coachlining trucks are really long sable quills, about 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Does anyone know where to get 'Steve Kafka' pinstripers, I think they look really good and w...

Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:34 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Traditional signwriting: Newport Arcade

Replies: 45

Views: 8826

To be perfectly honest guys and gals, regarding the issue of the black shadow. I felt I needed to put something above the lettering because to my eye the lettering seemed to be falling off the fascia ever so slightly. Also I didn't want it to overpower the lettering so, as Jayne points out, I though...

Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:16 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Traditional signwriting: Newport Arcade

Replies: 45

Views: 8826

I agree with you aj, I think the computer can be very limiting because you can only go with what get in your sign software, but with a brush you can be more adventurous (that spelling looks wrong to me but its been a hard week) and bend the rules. I'm surprised at the amount of interest in black sha...

Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Traditional signwriting: Newport Arcade

Replies: 45

Views: 8826

Hi David,

Don't mind at all. I used a paper pounce pattern for the initial lettering then everything else was freehand.

Thanks Neil

Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:25 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sign: A1 Car Bodywork

Replies: 4

Views: 896

Hi peeps, thanks for looking at my work. It's great to be able to have some fun with a sign sometimes, nice to get away from run of the mill stuff. Although lately I've started trying to push the more unusual signs as there are too many sign people in my area. Paul I used an iwata airbrush and 1 sho...

Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:13 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Traditional signwriting: Newport Arcade

Replies: 45

Views: 8826

Thanks people for all the positive comments about my work. Jayne. the sign took about 20 hours to complete that includes painting the background dark blue. And yes, the customer asked for hand painted lettering. I charge more for signwritten work especially as detailed as this sign was but to me thi...

Sun Oct 09, 2005 11:07 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Sign: A1 Car Bodywork

Replies: 4

Views: 896

Sign: A1 Car Bodywork

This sign is a mix! Plywood painted board with vinyl lettering and airbrushed fades to A1 and highlights to car.

Doesn't take too long either and spices up the sign I think, what about you?

Cheers Neil

Sun Oct 09, 2005 11:03 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Traditional signwriting: Newport Arcade

Replies: 45

Views: 8826

Traditional signwriting: Newport Arcade

I finished this sign today. All hand painted with one shot. Letters do have an outline in gold but its difficult to see on the photo.

Hope you like?

Neil

Sun Jul 31, 2005 2:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shame, isn't it?

Replies: 73

Views: 3691

Well said Leeroy, reputation is everything. I'm very surprised at the amount of people on this site that admit to being 'Cowboys', and seem quite proud of it. Like I said before I'd rather send the job somewhere else than lose my reputation for a couple of quid. Surely you 'Signmakers' can't be that...

Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shame, isn't it?

Replies: 73

Views: 3691

John, I was only kidding about sending customers to you, there's a guy near me I would send them to. :D But I still think we should all have high standards with regard to the type of work we produce and we should point this out to customers. I know that a crap sign isn't dangerous or life threatenin...

Sat Jul 30, 2005 3:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shame, isn't it?

Replies: 73

Views: 3691

I agree with Jill on this one. Trouble is that too many people come into this trade on a whim thinking they can make a quick buck, that you don't need any training and that the job is easy. Technology has driven down realistic pricing in the sign trade or should I say the 'Start Up Overnight' sign s...

Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: You say Mahl I say Mahl!

Replies: 7

Views: 794

I call it a Mahl ( marl) stick and I've had only 2 in 26 years.

Is this a record?

Cheers Neil

Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:01 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: is there a basic price for painting canal boats?

Replies: 3

Views: 2446

Hi AJ

When I paint canal boats I just charge an hourly rate and if using gold leaf charge extra for the amount of gold you use.

Pricing was so much easier when everything was painted cos all there was was a labour charge and a couple of quid for paint.

The good ole' days

Cheers Neil

Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:41 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: gjl joinery & carpentary services

Replies: 10

Views: 1837

Thanks gals and guys for your comments.

Keeps me on my toes as being on my own I'm the:-

Managing Director
Purchasing Department
Sales Manager
Quality Control
Tea boy
Cleaner
etc.
etc.
etc.

Sound familiar?

Cheers Neil

Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: gjl joinery & carpentary services

Replies: 10

Views: 1837

vehicle graphics: gjl joinery & carpentary services

Just a few of my latest van lettering jobbies.

Any thoughts you may have are very welcome.

Neil

Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Book called the art of speed?

Replies: 11

Views: 746

Look at the 'Dragon Golf' on the site, 5th picture down, wow look at those bubbles.

Makes you wonder!!!!

The idea of the book though appeals to me.

Neil

Wed Jul 06, 2005 7:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is there a supplier of pinstriping vinyl?

Replies: 16

Views: 2316

Grab yourself a sword liner and paint by hand :D

Mon Jul 04, 2005 7:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Curtain sided trucks

Replies: 4

Views: 862

You can get ink made by a company called Apollo thru Services Supply Company 01656 860109 and ask for Steve.

Cheers Neil

Sun Jul 03, 2005 2:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Live 8

Replies: 56

Views: 2800

Pink Floyd were absolutely AWESOME.

Brought back memories of The Wall concerts in 80' and 81', good to see Mr Waters back.

The Who also did it for me and Madge who always seems to come up with a spectacular show.

Neil

Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: FREE DESIGN SERVICE.....

Replies: 61

Views: 3031

FREE DESIGN SERVICE.....

or at least thats what some prospective customers think!!!! I've just seen one of my designs on a van and I'm really p****d off. And whats worse is that another sign company had the cheek to steal my design even when my name was on the drawing. I've had customers ask me to do this but I always refus...

Thu Jun 30, 2005 6:57 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: what paint do i use for different substrates?

Replies: 5

Views: 2691

Hi Doyle I paint plywood 8'x4's as follows:- First coat of thinned primer with paint roller. Second and third coat, undercoat using same roller de-nibbing between coats, store the roller in a plastic bag overnight. Fourth or top/gloss coat with a foam roller after de-nibbing. After rolling you may n...

Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The secret to being wealthy?

Replies: 39

Views: 2036

Health must be first on the list.

Neil

Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:03 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: how good are the roland camm 1 plotters?

Replies: 14

Views: 3895

I've had my camm1 for 10 years and it's still going strong and it's constantly working. Only replacement part is the cutting strip (and blades of course). It also withstands sawdust and overspray quite well.

Cheers Neil

Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Whatcha doin?

Replies: 24

Views: 2170

Thanks Rightsigns (sorry I don't know your name).

I know who to ask for help then when I get stuck :D

Aaaaahhhh, guess what I'm stuck. No, I'm just having a problem getting the last bolt out to take the hardtop off.

It's proving to be a hardtop to get off!!!

Neil

Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Whatcha doin?

Replies: 24

Views: 2170

My son and I went to Hayes in London to pickup our new car, a 1972 Triumph Spitfire thats in need of a little restoration. bit like myself after 280 mile round trip. Car needs a little restoration, hah, I don't think so, needs a lot of restoration, wishful thinking :D well it'll keep me out of misch...

Sun May 29, 2005 11:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am I charging enough!!!

Replies: 27

Views: 1660

I lettered an agricultural firms van a few years ago and as I do work for them on a regular basis I took a petrol lawnmower in exchange.

Ah, that reminds me better get out and mow the lawn now.

Sunday mornings eh!

Have a good bank holiday everyone.

Regards Neil

Tue May 24, 2005 9:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: diamond grade cutting query needed please?

Replies: 6

Views: 987

I wouldn't think so it's very thick stuff.

might be wrong tho it's a couple years since I used any, cut it with a knife then.


Neil

Mon May 23, 2005 7:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Car Tinting Help

Replies: 8

Views: 949

You only need basic tools to start with. Squeegees, knife, plenty of lint free paper, spray bottle from B&Q (£8.99), hot air gun. Warn customers about sun strips that the car may fail the MoT as by law your not supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off (sorry couldn't resist saying that) you can't h...

Sun May 22, 2005 9:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Holidays 2005 - USA???

Replies: 3

Views: 597

Why don't you try Jillbeans letterhead meet in August. Good excuse to get your brushes out.

Contact her more info.

Cheers Neil :D

Sat May 21, 2005 8:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am I charging enough!!!

Replies: 27

Views: 1660

I dabble with the guitar, not very good though, took the bass and amp for my son, who, after having guitar lessons now wants to try the bass. He's 15 and into heavy stuff. Oh no.

Cheers Neil

(-music)

Sat May 21, 2005 7:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am I charging enough!!!

Replies: 27

Views: 1660

Am I charging enough!!!

Hi all,

Put some stripes on a guys motorhome this week and this is all I got for the the job. :D

Really think I should've got a drum kit too. :lol1:

Neil

PS have any of you ever been paid with anything unusual, please keep it clean we don't want to upset Rob!!!

:D

Thu May 19, 2005 7:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Car Tinting Help

Replies: 8

Views: 949

First you need tint which can be bought from a motor factors such as Halfords or an independant (usually better) 1 make is called Defender. We use an American tint and buy in rolls 150' x 60". Cut a piece of tint roughly the size of the window and spray the outside of the glass with soapy water and ...

Fri May 13, 2005 7:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: buy sell swap - Im locked out?

Replies: 24

Views: 2394

Rob, I'm locked out too

Wed May 11, 2005 8:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: matching van sides?

Replies: 7

Views: 920

I agree with the Arch-Digital boyo's, works best like that most times. Keep business name to the centre of the van even if secondary copy ends up to the right of it on the offside.

Neil

Sat May 07, 2005 1:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle spraying:

Replies: 7

Views: 1042

Nice job David

I work at sprayshops so I know the amount of work that go's into completing a project like this.

Is the customer having it lettered? Vinyl or hand painted? If they are, be nice to see a picture of it.

Keep up the good work.

Neil :clap2:

Wed May 04, 2005 8:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Whats in a Name!!!!

Replies: 18

Views: 1766

Whats in a Name!!!!

Hi, I had a call today to update some honours boards at a local club, a job I do every year. Anyway it reminded me of one of the names I had to put on last year. All the names on the list were first names & surnames but all I had to write was the first name initial then surname. Nothing strange ...

Wed May 04, 2005 6:05 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: would one shot lettering enamels go onto magnetics?

Replies: 4

Views: 2266

AJ

you might want to think about scotchbrighting the vinyl first then frog juicing after lettering.

It may be a good idea to frog juice over the gold anyway, you may lose a little of the gold's impact but it will protect it.

And yes i would advise the customer not to roll them up.

Neil

Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of Sign posts

Replies: 8

Views: 867

Ashby Trade Sign Supplies are good, they supply most things.

Sorry not got their number handy but you'll find them on the interweb.

Cheers Neil

Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Computer, What Computer

Replies: 10

Views: 843

Oh err Missus!!!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:19 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: whats a good cheap 600mm cutter?

Replies: 44

Views: 12939

Woaah Sorry John I disagree with you totally. It's not about how much money you have to spend on a machine, cos to quite honest mate I've seen some crap signs out there that have been produced on expensive machines. It's down to the person pressing the keys and whether they're any good at layout, de...

Mon Apr 25, 2005 10:16 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: whats a good cheap 600mm cutter?

Replies: 44

Views: 12939

Never heard of Flexisign Master? There is an expert version but I think that is £1500 ish so I'd check what your buying before parting with your cash

Neil

Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:18 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: whats a good cheap 600mm cutter?

Replies: 44

Views: 12939

Are you sure Grafitype offered you Flexisign PRO with the cutter cos thats about £3000 worth of software!!!

If they did then I'm going for the deal too!!

I use flexisign and I'd recommend it.

Cheers Neil

Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Computer, What Computer

Replies: 10

Views: 843

Paul

Let me know if above is what your looking for.

Neil

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Computer, What Computer

Replies: 10

Views: 843

Pages from a book titled 'Van Writing Up To Date' from 1949. Does anybody know Oldham Signs? look at their vans on the picture aren't they brill. I would love to own an old van myself and signwrite it old stylee. I'm currently working on a 1960's Ford Thames van, I'll post pictures when it's finishe...

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Computer, What Computer

Replies: 10

Views: 843

Paul, is this the type of thing you mean.


Neil

Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: russian age racing

Replies: 26

Views: 3355

Great job well done Nigel

Did everything fit ok or did you have to modify any?

Neil :appl:

Thu Apr 21, 2005 6:27 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: factory signage: rowecord

Replies: 14

Views: 2144

Cat It comes in basic colours, I think. It cost me about £170 per sheet of white dibond. (4050 x 2000). And yes it is light, I could move the sheet on my own against the wall rack I have to work on but needed 2 people to carry any distance due to me only being 5'9" and dibond being 6'6". Cheers for ...

Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:01 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: factory signage: rowecord

Replies: 14

Views: 2144

factory signage: rowecord

Hi, this is my first sign using dibond, it's in two panels measuring 8m x 2m and blue vinyl on a white background. I couldn't get over how light it was considering each sheet was 4m x 2m. Fixed using techbolts. Think I'll use more of this in the future. Only problem was feeling sea sick after coming...

Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: just practicing

Replies: 11

Views: 922

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Churches, charities & VAT

Replies: 10

Views: 823

You have to charge VAT on all your invoices.

Check for zero rated items, I know 2 they are books and childrens clothes but I doubt you sell any?

Neil :-?

Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:11 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: painted billboards: assortment

Replies: 10

Views: 4223

Something to get your teeth into.

Awesome work

Neil :o

Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:25 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i go about learning how to signwrite?

Replies: 34

Views: 13252

I would buy a 2, 4, 6 to start with. I use sable in a quill, their great brushes. probably cost around £40 for these but it's worth it. Obviously the size of brush depends on the size of the letter you want to paint, it's much harder the smaller the letter so vary between 1 inch and say 4 inch with ...

Mon Apr 18, 2005 7:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: ups and downs of the sign world

Replies: 6

Views: 848

Yeh I agree with Jill, book a holiday and you'll be overrun with work.

Only for 2 weeks though!!!!

Neil :-?

Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:10 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: golf coarse

Replies: 11

Views: 832

I must have written your name on the honours board then, I've done them every year since it opened.

Neil

Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:31 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: golf coarse

Replies: 11

Views: 832

Thanks guys Yes date is wrong Marek, bit lazy with the camera. Golf club is in Newport Cokka Andrew, the graphics are on black foamex, but thats a good idea about the clear. I'll bare that in mind if and when the vandals start playing around with them. Customers comment when I left was 'Not bad for ...

Sun Apr 17, 2005 6:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: golf coarse

Replies: 11

Views: 832

fabricated signage: golf coarse

Hi, A good customer of mine rang me last Tuesday, he said he was adding a 9 hole course at his golf club, not a problem you might think but it's opening Saturday he said and I havn't got any Tee markers. He's been building it for 5 weeks!! So below is a pic of 1 of 9 markers I supplied and fitted (w...

Sat Apr 16, 2005 5:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Computer, What Computer

Replies: 10

Views: 843

More from a book called 'The Modern Signwriter' from 1961

Great hands

Neil

Sat Apr 16, 2005 5:32 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i go about learning how to signwrite?

Replies: 34

Views: 13252

Ever got to the end of a panel only to run out of space, oops, clean it off and start again :D Worse still ever left a letter out of a word, these computer guys & gals with spellcheckers don't know the fun their missing. I sent a sign out once on the side of a trailer, should've read 'WEATHERBEA...

Sat Apr 16, 2005 2:28 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i go about learning how to signwrite?

Replies: 34

Views: 13252

Ali The best thing to do is practice. When I was an apprentice I used to letter a board in a sans serif style, painting the alphabet over and over again concentrating on curved letters alot and letters like B & R & K's. Then I'd wipe them off and start again. I'm left handed so I found it a ...

Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Computer, What Computer

Replies: 10

Views: 843

oops

Here's the piccy

Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Computer, What Computer

Replies: 10

Views: 843

Computer, What Computer

Hi all, thought you might like to see a couple of pages from one of the many books I have about signwriting, this one dating back 55 years. I also have 1 from 1907 titled SIGNS, TICKETS and POSTERS. If your interested in discovering the origins of the craft of signwriting that is hundreds of years o...

Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wow!

Replies: 16

Views: 1204

have I got one too,

wah hay

Neil

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chrome number plate surrounds supplier?

Replies: 3

Views: 667

I meant straight, can't spell either

long day at the office!

Neil *hair*

Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chrome number plate surrounds supplier?

Replies: 3

Views: 667

Thanks James,

Shows how often I look at the homepage, usually just go staight to the posts!

Cheers Neil :o

Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chrome number plate surrounds supplier?

Replies: 3

Views: 667

Chrome number plate surrounds supplier?

Hi, does anyone know a good trade supplier of chrome number plate surrounds.

Cheers Neil (?)

Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: van graphics: tek 8

Replies: 10

Views: 1369

Thanks for the comments guys, I agree with you 'bout the tiler graphic.

wasn't quite sure 'bout it myself.

but i'll blame Kris for that, well i am the boss!!!! :wink:

Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:36 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: van graphics: tek 8

Replies: 10

Views: 1369

van graphics: tek 8

Hi,

My son and I did this van this morn. I designed this logo for the customer who also uses it on his business cards etc.

Cheers Neil & Kris

Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Positioning Graphics on Astravan etc

Replies: 8

Views: 1053

yeh I go with the bump trip everytime.

Running a piece of 5mm tape (red) for eyeing up down the length of the van helps alot.

Should be aaahhhhhhstra not astra!!!

Neil :-?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from N.Ireland

Replies: 18

Views: 1732

Hello Marcus Welcome to the boards, best of luck in your new venture. You should do ok with 17 years experience behind you. And yes the best team did win on saturday, but well done to Ireland by far the 2nd best team in the comp. One of your countrymen offered me 500 squids for my ticket but I decli...

Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello and frustrated

Replies: 12

Views: 1280

Unfortunately Dougie we sign peeps seem to come across this alot. Why do people think they know better than us signwriters/makers, they wouldn't do that to the local mechanic or carpenter etc. And the worst is the 'My son/daughter designed this on our home computer'. Yeh right using software that co...

Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Grand Slam

Replies: 2

Views: 462

Grand Slam

GRAND SLAM WINNERS 2005



WALES


:wave3: :wave3: :wave3:



And I was there :D

Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wales vs. Scotland

Replies: 18

Views: 1299

Marek, I hope you can get some news about the match today. Sorry I wont be able to update you as I'll be at the game. Hope your wearing your Welsh rugby shirt today. 1st Grand Slam in 27 years, lets hope they can stop the Irish good fortune this week, they had plenty of winners at the Cheltenham Gol...

Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello

Replies: 17

Views: 1508

Hi Johnny

welcome aboard

Neil

Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: d burton decorator

Replies: 25

Views: 4061

Sorry Nik for posting such a bad piccy. Have to rethink the way i lay my work out in the future . Neil :lol1:

Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:47 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: d burton decorator

Replies: 25

Views: 4061

Thanks for the comments.

This is my bread & butter work, trusty Macal 9800 series, its difficult to sell some of the more elaborate work around here.

Just have to keep trying to educate punters about the advantages of good advertising.

Cheers Neil :thanks2:

Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:04 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: d burton decorator

Replies: 25

Views: 4061

vehicle graphics: d burton decorator

Thought you might like to see this. clean, simple and to the point.

Some customers just want to keep it traditional.

Neil

Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:29 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: may ball

Replies: 10

Views: 1463

Looking good Aj, good to do those all nighters every now and then, keeps you on your toes.

Been there, done that. Not enough hours in the day sometimes.

Great work, now you need some :sleep:

Neil

Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: mini cooper

Replies: 5

Views: 843

I like it Joe I went to see a customer today to collect a sign they want relettered and she has a mini cooper soft top. I was going to try and sell her some graphics for it, but didn't, after seeing your work I'll see if she'll go for something, not sure what but i got a couple days to think about i...

Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:31 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics:

Replies: 12

Views: 1535

Great work artrage, as a brushman myself I think your van looks fantastic, i love the airbrushing.

Neil

Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:30 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: hennlys convenience stores

Replies: 2

Views: 691

Havn't had any problems yet Dewi.

Make sure you prep the vinyl before paint go on

Cheers Neil

Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wales vs. Scotland

Replies: 18

Views: 1299

:funky: Scotland 22 Wales 46

Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: rat fink

Replies: 10

Views: 1228

Hey way to go Big Mommy Jill

Brill Rat Fink

Neil

Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wales vs. Scotland

Replies: 18

Views: 1299

Hi Marek Big game today Will keep you posted with the score, if we beat scotland today it'll set up a blinder of a match next week against Ireland, although they lost yesterday against France. I'm going to next weeks game at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, hopefully see Wales first grand slam in ...

Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:13 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: airbrush graphics: incredible hulk

Replies: 19

Views: 2133

Awesome, can't wait to see the rest.

Neil :yikes:

Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fairground - font ideas required?

Replies: 4

Views: 1435

Are you going to hand paint or use vinyl? Try and take a peek at any books by A J Lewery. SIGNWRITTEN ART POPULAR ART PAST & PRESENT These are great books and you'll see the types of font the old guys used to use. Probably be able to use vinyl but these always look best signwritten. Neil

Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:30 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: gold leaf

Replies: 8

Views: 1381

Hey Jill its not a leap year!! :D

But thanks anyway!


Dewi, it took around 7 hours on and off over 2 days. deadline was today and as usual left it till the last minute, I'll never learn :lol1:

Neil

Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:55 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anbody suggest a paint that can be applied to vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3366

I havn't had any problems after using paint on vinyl with it curling or afecting adhesion in any way.

The only thing to be careful of is removing the appli tape, use a low tack variety and you should have no problemos.

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=73794#73794

Neil

Fri Mar 11, 2005 8:03 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: gold leaf

Replies: 8

Views: 1381

traditional signage: gold leaf

Hi

Just finished lettering this honours board in goldleaf. 44 names all 5/8 inch tall. *hair*

Had to use one of my small brushes on this one!

Cheers Neil

Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: mike philips

Replies: 10

Views: 1475

traditional signage: mike philips

Some pics of a truck I lettered about 18 months ago. Its all handpainted and some lettering is gilded with 23 3/4 carat leaf.

Truck is 1950's Foden.

Cheers Neil

Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: hennlys convenience stores

Replies: 2

Views: 691

vehicle graphics: hennlys convenience stores

Here are some pics of a van i did with vinyl that i painted with ordinary Dulux gloss. If you know the RAL number or Pantone Ref Dulux can match it with a paint. The purply colour on this van is paint. I used macal 9800 series grey, cut enough of a roll as you need and if possible tape on to a verti...

Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anbody suggest a paint that can be applied to vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3366

I sometimes use a medium scotchbrite pad first and before applying any
paint clean the vinyl with either 'Panel Wipe' or 'Meths'

Hope this helps

Neil

Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Accountants for year end accounts?

Replies: 10

Views: 821

Nigel

from what you say are you a limited company?

a signmaker friend of mine went ltd about 2 years ago but he told me the rules have changed now so there isn't much of an advantage in going that way?

Do you think I ought to have a chat with my accountant?

Neil

Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Accountants for year end accounts?

Replies: 10

Views: 821

Accountants for year end accounts?

Hi just out of interest as i'm always looking for ways to save money (Mr Scrooge) who employs an accountant to complete end of year accounts ? I do and it seems I pay for something that my accounting software can do for me. What do others think, or am I just being too tight. :headbang2: Cheers Neil

Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:44 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: help needed please with my company stationary?

Replies: 11

Views: 2349

Yeh me too Jill This computer stuff can be a little to perfect sometimes No personality, know what i mean. I remember years ago when customers never asked for a drawing of how their van was going to turn out. They just dropped it off at the shop and let you get on with it. things seem a lot more has...

Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:40 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: help needed please with my company stationary?

Replies: 11

Views: 2349

sorry can't spell tonight!!! :lol1:

Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:39 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: help needed please with my company stationary?

Replies: 11

Views: 2349

Hi Jill,

I like the one stroke font you used, reminds me of my days with a brush and trusty mahlstick.

have you ever bought any of the font cd's out of the Signcraft mag, some of those look great. I 'm thinking of buying some, could you recomend any.

Cheers Neil

Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Help needed sourcing masking tape suppliers, please?

Replies: 19

Views: 6042

I buy masking tape from a local autopaint suppliers, if you buy 10 or 20 rolls at a time ask for trade discount. Better than buying at a diy store.

Neil

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi everybody

Replies: 21

Views: 2129

Welcome to the boards Wilbert

i think your name is great to.

better than boring old Neil.

cheers boring old Neil :D

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home or Shop - opinions please

Replies: 24

Views: 1832

Home or Shop - opinions please

Hi, happy St. Davids day to you all especially the Welsh contingent. Out of interest I wondered what people thought are the advantages & disadvantages of whether you have a home based business or have a shop or workshop/unit. I've had both and currently operate out of a unit on a small industria...

Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What a Great Day - Rugby, Wales beat France

Replies: 11

Views: 844

You would have been proud of your Boyo's today marek they put on a blistering performance to beat the French 24 to 18

Scotland next

:cheer:

Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What a Great Day - Rugby, Wales beat France

Replies: 11

Views: 844

What a Great Day - Rugby, Wales beat France

Put the brushes down, turned off the computer and just watched Wales beat France in a brilliant game of rugby.

Very very tense at times but our boys did it.

Well done Wales :D

Sorry not to be talking shop but felt this was worth a mention.

Neil, a very proud Welshman :2thumbs:

Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The cheek! Competitors using your design

Replies: 38

Views: 2772

Same happened to me about 18 months ago, designed a logo for a guy starting a tyre company and forgot to put a copyright note at the bottom of the drawing. next thing i knew someone else had lettered his van and supplied a unit sign and banners for him. Annoying thing is i drive past his place every...

Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:51 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: dfx files

Replies: 10

Views: 3100

i agree with james, i use flexi and have no problems exporting dxf files

Neil :D

Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: puma stripes

Replies: 12

Views: 1925

thanks Nik

I used mactac 9800 series, favourite vinyl of mine, though I might try oracal if i can find a supplier.

cheers Neil

Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: invoicing software

Replies: 8

Views: 664

Hi I use clearly bookkeeping which i believe is similar to quickbooks. Does everything for you, invoices, statements, vat etc. Cost £149 incl. the dreaded. At the end of year i copy to disk and give it to my accountant and he does the tax return, but i reckon this software could save me money on his...

Wed Feb 23, 2005 7:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Braille signs

Replies: 8

Views: 1315

Thanks guy for your info.

My customer can get a grant to assist with all the signs and they told me DDA want braille and tactile, not all of them though, being in Wales they also mentioned having them in Welsh but I managed to put them off that!

Do the DDA specify a typeface?

Cheers Neil

Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:35 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: puma stripes

Replies: 12

Views: 1925

I measure centre of car cross bonnet and boot and offset by 1" then run 2" masking tape right thru the centre of the car eyeing it to keep it straight. Then run your stripes against the edge of the tape and peel off after leaving you with a perfect gap. i also remove number plates to tuck stripe beh...

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:50 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: puma stripes

Replies: 12

Views: 1925

vehicle graphics: puma stripes

Thought I'd show you my first attempt at viper stripes. Not as easy as I hoped so I'll be charging a few dollars more next time.

(:)

Tue Feb 22, 2005 10:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Braille signs

Replies: 8

Views: 1315

Braille signs

Hi, has anyone done any braille signs? I'm quoting for a job at a doctors surgery and all the signs need to be tactile and include braille. I was thinking about using the slatz system?

anybody any ideas!!!

Cheers Neil

Mon Feb 21, 2005 1:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Helloooo from NJ

Replies: 16

Views: 1734

Hi leigh


welcome from a newbie also


neil

Sun Feb 20, 2005 11:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from ND Signs

Replies: 15

Views: 1208

Say Hello

Thought it time I said hello to you all, been browsing the site for a while sussing it out. My names Neil and I live and work in South Wales. Been signwriting for 22 years the last 8 though has been taken over by vinyl. I try to get the brush out as much as I can now but it's mainly on honours board...

Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: VAT registration classifications

Replies: 15

Views: 1404

I'm under the VAT threshold but I'm VAT registered. on my turnover I probably save £3500 in reclaimed VAT and most of the businesses I work for are VAT registered too. So it makes no difference to them really. I also think it makes a better impression on larger companies being registered. It's a lit...

Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:51 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: roland versacamm and laminator for sale

Replies: 15

Views: 1645

roland versacamm and laminator

thanks Mike, will do

Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:21 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: roland versacamm and laminator for sale

Replies: 15

Views: 1645

roland versacamm and laminator

hi buffnut is the roland versacamm still for sale
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