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Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:34 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: This Graphtec CE5000-120 is driving me a little Mad

Replies: 6

Views: 2353

Kind of hard to explain & my graphtec is an old model so maybe a bit different but I normally pull a bit of vinyl off the roll that is sat on the rollers at the back & feed it in at a bit of an angle rather than trying to feed it in straight. Make sure the cutting head is all the way across ...

Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:01 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: plotter drivers

Replies: 5

Views: 2066

Thanks John, the software came bundled with the plotter & it seems they have had very little help from the supplier hence me asking here.
I believe one of the reasons for buying it was his wife does scrap booking, they are in there 70's as well lol.

Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:01 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: plotter drivers

Replies: 5

Views: 2066

Neil, it probably is the same software but don't know for sure, his machine cuts directly from it. He doesn't have a problem cutting anything that has been produced with the software it's just that he has a lot of DXF files & would like to be able to import them into the cutting software. I did ...

Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:07 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: plotter drivers

Replies: 5

Views: 2066

plotter drivers

Speaking to a guy I know who has a silver bullet plotter which uses SCAL (sure cuts a lot) software neither of which I had heard of before. He is having a problem importing certain file types into the software DXF files in particular so does anyone know if these plotters will run with any other soft...

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:57 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Looking to go on a wrap training course?? Do your research!

Replies: 2

Views: 1451

Always difficult when it comes to things like this Paul & I honestly don't know what the answer is. You may feel like you have a grievance & the Company may feel they did everything they could to help you. Not saying this is the case with you but I have seen it happen with other things. You ...

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:46 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: KPMF Gloss Black Marking Issues

Replies: 3

Views: 1661

Personally I think 2mm bubbles are actually quite big rather than small lol but maybe that's just me, whatever size they are you shouldn't really have very many at all once you have finished installing & post heated. If you do have a lot at that sort of size then it is unlikely that they will di...

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Applying matt over gloss vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 1575

Same as Chris, done it gloss over matt without problems. I just made sure i used the same series film for both as I would with any build up of vinyl.

Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:32 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Hexis Wrap Course

Replies: 4

Views: 1964

Try doing a search on the forum Kieran, courses have been spoken about quite a bit so should give you some answers.
No idea what the Hexis course is like myself so can't comment on it.

Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Very sticky vinyl for cutting text

Replies: 15

Views: 3094

Calendered vinyl will try to return to it's original shape due to the way it is manufactured, the more it is stretched the more likely it is to break or come away. A cast vinyl doesn't react the same way & once it is fitted post heating to the recommended temperature will reset the memory so it ...

Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Im Back - Wales

Replies: 13

Views: 2478

Good to here things are going well for you Graeme, long may it continue.

Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Very sticky vinyl for cutting text

Replies: 15

Views: 3094

Like Graham says, use a low tack application tape or the clear application tape I use seems to release much easier than a paper tape but not sure if that is just me lol. Apply & post heat before removing application tape & there shouldn't be a problem. If the hoarding board is so uneven that...

Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:28 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: My first solo wrap

Replies: 10

Views: 4058

Jamie, the Avery reference was a personal joke aimed at Kev who said he was going to talk his boss into using the more expensive film because it was easier & quicker to work with. Nick if you can find a local Coachbuilders then it's worth going to see them to try & work out a suitable rate o...

Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:09 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Very sticky vinyl for cutting text

Replies: 15

Views: 3094

If it needs to be cut then any standard vinyl will do the job, no point buying a print ready media when something like oracal 651 will do the job.
Really you should get the customer to do the board again just to ensure you have a reasonably flat surface to work from. Will look so much better anyway.

Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Disclaimer Sign Wording.

Replies: 10

Views: 3196

Harry's right his best bet would probably be a legal firm that specialise in this sort of thing. May cost him a bit but save a lot of headaches & possible expenses in the future.

Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Chester

Replies: 11

Views: 2022

Welcome to the forum Tony, what is it that you do??

Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:43 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: My first solo wrap

Replies: 10

Views: 4058

Looks pretty good Kev but I would have used avery supreme :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: Nick, when you do the wrap course they actually suggest that you don't get involved removing trim etc yourself. Either let the customer organise it themselves or find a local garage/repair shop that you can call in to do ...

Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 651 RED vinyl with text on it... Where would you get this?

Replies: 8

Views: 1406

What plotter are you using stuart? If your having problems with anything over 1.5 mtrs then there's something seriously wrong with either the plotter or the way you are loading the vinyl & squaring it up. 9.5 mtrs may be a push but 5 or 6 mtrs shouldn't be a problem if it's set up correctly.

Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:34 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Escort vehicle advice please

Replies: 5

Views: 1670

This actually makes me laugh, when the Police first stopped doing this & private companies took over the role I had a customer who put a few vans on the road for this sort of work, when he first came to see me about it he had all the documentation about vehicle specification & markings with ...

Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: vinyl removal tools? any good?

Replies: 18

Views: 4200

You won't need a lot of them Ewan as they last years, not like squeegees that wear down, plus you really don't want to be doing a lot of vinyl removal jobs if you can help it lol.
I bought 2 of them a few years ago when they first got mentioned on the forum & I still have & use both of them.

Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New workshop, problem with parked cars

Replies: 19

Views: 3982

If there's a dropped curb then that is for access into the workshop so if you are having problems I would speak to the local council, they may paint a keep clear message on the road in front of the workshop or give you permission to do it yourself. Probably down to the fact that the workshop hasn't ...

Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Van Design: creative or conservative?

Replies: 14

Views: 2916

Like Jill says try & target the sort of customers you are looking for or something I was going to do on my next van (which I never got) was to do both sides differently. Don't see any reason why both sides of the van need to be exactly the same & if it were done properly I think you could cr...

Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:29 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Best Computer to run multiple printers?

Replies: 2

Views: 1646

Don't use versaworks so don't know if this would be an option but if you can install it on more than one computer then you could always buy a couple of cheaper computers & use them as hardware rips, could all be driven from one position but each printer would be independant. Have you spoken to R...

Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:06 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Epson 1400 - blocked Cyan nozzle, help?

Replies: 7

Views: 2488

There is a utility for epson printers (not produced by epson) called ssc service utility (i think) sorry don't run an epson printer anymore. Anyway try a google search, use to be a very handy utility so might be worth downloading & installing. Has a power clean function but beware any sort of po...

Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:14 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mimaki or Roland Printer, advice needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 7232

How much of a rush are you in? The sign shows aren't that far away now so might be worth holding off a couple of months & checking them out for yourself at a show,

Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting acrylic....

Replies: 14

Views: 2205

Neil even a machine with doors to allow for longer material would need to be pretty big for something like that. Doubt if many signmakers would have a machine capable of taking it but I am sure there will be some somewhere.

Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:24 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: vinyl removal tools? any good?

Replies: 18

Views: 4200

Funny enough I do use a scrapper on occasions & they work pretty well as long as you are careful. I have one of those window type scrappers & the blade in it is so old & blunt that it would struggle to cut butter. Enough just to get a lift on the edge of the vinyl & doesn't mark the ...

Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting acrylic....

Replies: 14

Views: 2205

Problem with cutting acrylic cleanly is you really need the right sort of blade. Ideally a fine toothed negative rake blade same as for cutting aluminium & they tend to be a bit more expensive so not really worth it for a one off job. Jigsaw with the right blade would do the job but the problem ...

Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:05 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: vinyl removal tools? any good?

Replies: 18

Views: 4200

I have never bought one because like you Ewan I would be worried about damaging the paintwork, I just stick to the methods that I know work & don't damage the paint even if they do take a bit longer. Is this a vehicle that you have applied graphics to yourself or was the work done by another com...

Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on banner eyelet press please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1400

Machine I have has a changeable die so you can use different sized eyelets with it. Standard machine came with 12mm eyelets & cutter & that's all I have ever used, never bothered to buy any other size cutter as I don't see the need.

Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:26 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mimaki or Roland Printer, advice needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 7232

If you are already doing digital print work then obviously it's not going to be sat doing nothing for periods of time, I always mention that because a lot of people who are new to printing simply don't know, obviously your not new to printing but I wasn't aware of that. Not sure I follow your commen...

Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Should I laminate the dog

Replies: 58

Views: 10788

Robert Lambie wrote:Not that unusual Martin, Dogs & Pu$sy... cats are often related too in conversation. :-?



Left myself wide open for that didn't I. Guess that's one of the problems when your really naive like I am :oops: :oops:

Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:35 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mimaki or Roland Printer, advice needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 7232

How much of this sort of work do you do? Problem with any solvent or Eco solvent machine is that it needs to be used on a very regular basis & they don't like sitting in the corner for days or weeks at a time waiting for you to have a job for them to do. Basically if they are not used frequently...

Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: New Transit What were Ford thinking?!!!

Replies: 18

Views: 10990

First time I have ever seen a manufacturer do that but then again I don't look for these things, generally just go from the Impact disk. Don't think ford have done it in the past so maybe this is the start of something new. The van seems to have some quite nice features like the gap under the passen...

Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Should I laminate the dog

Replies: 58

Views: 10788

..kinda like Martin's dog. Funny that...the Bermuda Triangle one reminds me of Martin's dog for some reason. This diagram of Jill's was in my dreams last night, only instead of drawings they were actual human torsos. They sung Bohemian Rhapsody to me, but instead of singing through mouths they... a...

Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:32 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3M wrap not sticking?

Replies: 11

Views: 2676

I just wasn't sure from the original post if they had been given a chance, I'm all for trying to improve the quality of work & peoples opinion of the industry so don't have a problem if the Sign Company won't speak to them. Meg is still quite blue lol, she got a bath but it's pigmented ink so al...

Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All from Hampshire

Replies: 13

Views: 1719

Welcome to the forum Steve

Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Tyne & Wear

Replies: 10

Views: 1573

Welcome to the forum Mario

Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:19 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3M wrap not sticking?

Replies: 11

Views: 2676

Think Jill's question was to the original poster not you Mark & my guess would be that they are not a sign maker just someone who is now looking for an excuse to blame a sign company. The fault may well be down to the Sign Company that fitted it but they should at least have a chance to investig...

Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:57 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3M wrap not sticking?

Replies: 11

Views: 2676

If your boss has asked you to do the research then it is you who should be speaking to the Company that did the job. Not sure it is right to ask any of us to comment before they have been given a chance to investigate themselves.

Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Question on photo size / resolution for wall covering

Replies: 24

Views: 3814

Clive i'm no expert on digital print but there are a few things that make a difference from what I have read, firstly viewing distance makes a big difference to the resolution, further you are away the lower the resolution needs to be for it to look good. Images at this sort of size are always going...

Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello Again!

Replies: 9

Views: 1549

Adam, been there, done that, Got the "T"shirt, read the book, watched the film, tried the stew :lol1: Most important thing is that you are still here & have your family. Look forward to seeing more of your posts in the coming months now you have found your way back. Pretty sure my pict...

Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: advice needed on an alternative to wallpaper?

Replies: 17

Views: 1671

Who's fitting it because if they have no experience of fitting vinyl then you know who will get the blame if they have problems or are you planning to fit as well as design & print?? Wonder how many million different combinations of " What does it look like if you move that picture there??&...

Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Should I laminate the dog

Replies: 58

Views: 10788

Looks like Phill was right on the button with his comment on the software thread, Jill congratulations on being the only one Gordon didn't give a beard. :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:16 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: computer crash help

Replies: 13

Views: 4334

Does this happen all the time Stephen or just when you try to cut something? If it happens all the time it could be a hardware problem or overheating as has been mentioned before. If it is only when you try to cut something them it will more than likely be a corrupt driver which can be overcome quit...

Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Best way to quote and printed signs in volume?

Replies: 10

Views: 3049

At that sort of quantity I would have thought either screen printing or direct to substrate digital would be the cheapest options but can't help with suppliers.

Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:12 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: hp designjet 800ps

Replies: 3

Views: 4692

Eddie, to be honest if my machine fell over tomorrow I wouldn't go out & buy another one. I personally just feel that aqueous machines have to many limitations for a signmaker. I don't use it for anything external, yes you can do temporary external signs but the problem latter when the customer ...

Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:28 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: hansen: vehicle graphics Pastel Blue BMW 6 series

Replies: 8

Views: 2355

That the Avery supreme Ben??

Lot of work involved in that with the door checks done as well, how long did it take to do if you don't mind me asking & how much of that time was spent on the bits that quite often don't get done :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:23 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: hp designjet 800ps

Replies: 3

Views: 4692

Don't know the machine but 24" is quite limiting in what you can do, What's the maximum printing width of the machine? Don't know what the market is like for canvas prints but you could well be limiting yourself to about an 18" frame size for wrap round prints. Waste material costs can als...

Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello Again!

Replies: 9

Views: 1549

Welcome Adam, shouldn't you at least update your picture though :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Should I laminate the dog

Replies: 58

Views: 10788

You've taken it to far this time Gordon, none of these people have posted on the thread

http://eu.fab.com/shops/436/?utm_source ... =309588849


:lol1: :lol1:

Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:38 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: advice needed please with psd to vector files

Replies: 13

Views: 3599

Having read the post again Chris I think your right, poster is just looking to put a cut path around a printer image, he would still need to do that in illustrator though wouldn't he??

Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:43 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: advice needed please with psd to vector files

Replies: 13

Views: 3599

Well you would need to use Illustrator as that's a vector based program, should be an auto trace on it somewhere for converting bitmaps to vectors. I do pretty much all my design work in a vector based program, makes it easier to scale plus I am a lot more familiar with that software. I only import ...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise if I can supply safety signage?

Replies: 7

Views: 1222

Like Stuart says as long as they are the right size, layout & colour then there isn't a problem. They keep changing them so make sure you are using the up to date pictograms.

Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:35 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: vinyl cutter - not cutting what I send?

Replies: 4

Views: 2361

You wouldn't need to uninstall all the software just the cutting program as this is what controls the plotter. Even people without health problems struggle sometimes when it comes to computer problems so your by no means alone lol. Easiest thing is to re check all the settings especially any that yo...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:02 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: advice needed please with psd to vector files

Replies: 13

Views: 3599

Depends what software you are using but most will have some sort of auto trace or vectorising feature. Depending on software some are better than others but most will require some sort of manual editing to tidy them up for cutting.
What software are you using at the moment.

Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:56 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What's everyones thought's on software subscriptions?

Replies: 11

Views: 3104

Jon, over time I am guessing that you will end up paying the same or more for it than the one off price. Sure Adobe have done their homework before switching to this way of licencing. The way it now works might encourage more people to use the software which means they could drop the price & sti...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:51 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: vinyl cutter - not cutting what I send?

Replies: 4

Views: 2361

Not knowing the software, the plotter or your depth of knowledge with computers then if you have tried setting everything back how it was before you had a problem without success then the easiest solution might be to uninstall the software & re install it. If you do uninstall make sure you delet...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone advise if I can supply safety signage?

Replies: 7

Views: 1222

Anyone can supply them, doesn't even need to be a sign making company but obviously there is legislation which needs to be followed concerning the manufacture of them with regards to style & colour.

Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:39 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Lyson Series 2000 ink in an XJ-640

Replies: 8

Views: 2926

Think most of them do now Jamie, I don't run a solvent machine so have no experience with the inks, I only know of Lyson from running dye/pigment machines myself plus speaking to photographers who did fine art printing & used nothing else. I know it's a different type of machine but I switched m...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:36 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: What's everyones thought's on software subscriptions?

Replies: 11

Views: 3104

They don't have print & cut Denise so would be expensive to upgrade.

I'm not sure where I stand on this to be honest, there are pro's & con's to both ways of software licencing.

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Best way to put a make and fit 1m x 1m sheild emblem

Replies: 1

Views: 721

Can't help with price Daniel sorry but as for mounting you could either use standard button locators that you get fitted to moulded/flat cut letters or use something like Bigfoot locators bonded to the back & a chemical adhesive to stick it on the wall.

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:28 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with an Epson printer please!

Replies: 17

Views: 2962

You sure the print quality wasn't down to the artwork you supplied?? I say that because it's quite a steep learning curve to produce print ready graphics.
I don't know anyone personally but you might find someone local on the forum who reads this & is prepared to work with you.

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:25 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Lyson Series 2000 ink in an XJ-640

Replies: 8

Views: 2926

I don't know about solvent/eco solvent inks but Lyson aqueous inks were absolutely brilliant & they were always very helpful if I contacted them. I would think the inks are top quality & shouldn't give you a problem. My only concern would be if something went wrong, Lyson/Nazdar say they wil...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:09 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with an Epson printer please!

Replies: 17

Views: 2962

If it's the time element then find a local company you can work with. That's what I do. I prepare the artwork ready to print, put it on a usb stick & pop in to see them when I am passing, they either print it there & then if they aren't busy while I have a cup of coffee & a chat or if th...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:23 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: what software & method is used for easier workflow?

Replies: 14

Views: 3105

Ask John, pretty sure that's what he use to use at signs Plus. They work slightly differently but do the same job so like any software take a bit of time to learn & get a feel for. Once you learn the basics & short cuts both will save you lots of time & effort. Gordon, yes that's what mo...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:17 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with an Epson printer please!

Replies: 17

Views: 2962

Chris as I have said before not a good idea to use it for any signs that will be going outdoors which would include vans. If it were that simple then most sign shops would own & operate one as they are cheap enough to pick up. I have some printed stuff on the wall outside my unit, been up for ju...

Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:06 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: what software & method is used for easier workflow?

Replies: 14

Views: 3105

Adrian, please don't start the Signlab versus Flexi argument again, they are both top end sign making programs & that's coming from someone who doesn't use either. Main thing as others have pointed out is to learn to use the software that you have properly, in Gordons case Signlab. Both of them ...

Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Should I laminate the dog

Replies: 58

Views: 10788

Gordon, go out & find some work to do..... You have far to much spare time at the moment :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Other business ideas/suggestions

Replies: 22

Views: 4017

You've got it the wrong way around Gordon. There's more people than ever because more people are living much longer, hence fewer people kicking the bucket... er.. which is why my coffin making business never really took off... :oops: Phill, the real reason your coffin making business didn't take of...

Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:58 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Rant, Customer using my artwork.

Replies: 3

Views: 1160

Like Jill says don't give away designs, mine don't leave my computer unless it's a customer I know well & trust not to hawk it about. To be honest I don't want the sort of customer that's going to do that to start with. If this guy could get a cheaper job done down the road then that's obviously...

Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:47 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: can anyone advise with AXYZ Toolpath software?

Replies: 6

Views: 3259

Best bet would be the Vetric Forum as Neil has said, AXYZ are listed on the post processor for Vcarve but no idea what versions it would work with. You can download a trial version of Vcarve that will allow you to cut some pre loaded sample files which will give you a feel for the software & tes...

Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from the Scottish Borders

Replies: 9

Views: 1271

Welcome to the forum Stuart.

Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:17 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Car Wrapping course recommendation near Manchester?

Replies: 2

Views: 1860

Like Stuart has said the UKSG course is worth going on, have a look & see when it will be round your way

http://www.rhgtraining.com/

Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:36 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with an Epson printer please!

Replies: 17

Views: 2962

Don't think William Smith do aqueous inkjet media, you would be better contacting someone like All Print Supplies or Paper Graphics who both have a good range of media. What are you looking to print on to vinyl yourself that you get done for you by someone else just now? If it's exterior stuff then ...

Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:35 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with an Epson printer please!

Replies: 17

Views: 2962

Yer you can get both gloss & matt vinyl for most dye/pigment ink printers. Probably Companies listed on the toolbar that will do it, just make sure it is coated as you need the coating for the inks to take.

Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:51 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with an Epson printer please!

Replies: 17

Views: 2962

Not something I do so not sure what they use to be honest, as I say my machine gets very little use. You will also need an optically clear mount film otherwise the print will be obscured.

Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:09 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help with an Epson printer please!

Replies: 17

Views: 2962

As well as canvas prints, posters, pictures mounted to acrylic you can also use them for internal POS signs & graphics, I have a mutoh falcon ii which to be honest doesn't get a lot of use, I sub out any exterior graphics I need as I can't justify owning a solvent or eco solvent machine.

Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:04 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Using a home printer??

Replies: 27

Views: 5834

Have a read through this thread Paul, might help a bit.

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... tor#412008

Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:09 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Views on Plasti-Dip flexible liquid coating please?

Replies: 18

Views: 6033

Kieran, I personally don't think it is that cheap, one of the reasons for saying that is that some of the people spraying cars offer no sort of warranty what so ever basically because they have no come back themselves with the manufacturer as they don't recommend using the product for this sort of j...

Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:18 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: thining ceramark paste help for laser engraving

Replies: 17

Views: 4599

:) I'm out about £25,000 not including the motorhome getting my lad to his peak only for him to get an injury and give-up competitive shooting. :( Golf would have been sooooooooooooo much cheaper. :) Ho-hum. Doubt Golf would have been much cheaper if at all to be honest Steve, doesn't seem to matte...

Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:12 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Using a home printer??

Replies: 27

Views: 5834

You can get A4 laminators from any good stationary supplier but the laminate I was talking about comes by the roll and you have to hand apply it. The hot laminators come with their own special pouches that are applied hot not cold. Regards Kevin I didn't realise the stationary stores did A4 laminat...

Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:02 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: thining ceramark paste help for laser engraving

Replies: 17

Views: 4599

You could be right Steve, I've always bought in bulk from a Chemical Supply Company but remember about the Chemists from a post on the forum a few years ago.

Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Swansea

Replies: 8

Views: 1388

Welcome to the forum James.

Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:07 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: thining ceramark paste help for laser engraving

Replies: 17

Views: 4599

Nick you will get IPA from chemical supply companies or Companies selling Janitorial supplies, normally in 25 ltr barrels. You can buy it in small quantities from a lot of high street chemists but it's expensive to buy that way. I get mine from a chemical supply company 25 ltrs at a time as I use it...

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:52 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Looking for an opinion on my own logo

Replies: 31

Views: 8440

Steve Hooper wrote:Harry, That is really nice... and you did it in a coffee break?


He's a very talented man Steve, something for some of us less talented people to aspire to.

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My 35th birthday

Replies: 7

Views: 1600

Hope you have a great evening John, unfortunately bit far for me to travel but i will be with you in spirit although not quite the spirit that will no doubt be in you :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from a newbie in Bognor Regis

Replies: 12

Views: 1663

Welcome to the forum Steve.

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Using a home printer??

Replies: 27

Views: 5834

Clear vinyl has no uv inhibitors in it so absolutely no uv protection for the inks, bubbles well sorry but it's down to practice, probably caused by your squeegee technique. A small roller type machine will probably help but they still take a bit of messing about with to get set up correctly. Anti g...

Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: [ Martin ] Blue Nose

Replies: 8

Views: 1554

I forgot to mention the little accident I had with the ink cartridge when I removed it from the printer because at the time it wasn't important.
Got home to find that Meg had been rolling about in the ink I spilled on the carpet.

Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Should I laminate the dog

Replies: 58

Views: 10788

Should I laminate the dog

So while I was out today the dog decorated herself, she seems happy with what she has done but I was wondering if I should laminate her to make it last longer???















Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Ferro Paper (Magnetic Paper)

Replies: 7

Views: 1791

Bisbell do the stuff your looking for David, as well as quite a large range of other magnetic products.

http://www.bisbellmagnets.com/

Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Best Vinyl Suppliers

Replies: 4

Views: 1681

No problems, the toolbar has suppliers for most things so well worth downloading, there is also a sign app which I believe also lists suppliers but as all my phone does is ring when someone dials the number I can't confirm that lol. Not sure who supplies Avery but if you google any of the names I ha...

Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Other business ideas/suggestions

Replies: 22

Views: 4017

Picture framing is something that is better suited to a shop than an industrial unit from what I have seen so could work very well as Harry & Larraine have said. Plus it may fit in well with your canvas printing & don't know if you do it but promotional stuff, mugs, t shirts etc etc. You alr...

Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from Worcestershire

Replies: 8

Views: 1216

Welcome to the forum Andrew, so tell us all a little about yourself.

Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:04 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Best Vinyl Suppliers

Replies: 4

Views: 1681

If you download the toolbar most of the suppliers are listed on there Kieran. Hexis well that comes from hexis lol, APA do a range of their own vinyl, Robert Horne sell Oracal, William Smith sell 3m, Arlon & Isee2 they may also sell other brands but can't say for sure. Guessing you have used MDP...

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:22 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Using a home printer??

Replies: 27

Views: 5834

No sorry Paul I would never use a home printer for work other than for invoicing & showing customers proofs. If I am looking for exterior graphics then I use a trade printer as I don't own a solvent machine myself.

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:17 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: A4 sized Laminate

Replies: 3

Views: 1202

Fairly cheap & good quality don't really go together when you are looking at uv laminates, higher the uv factor the more expensive the film plus it will also depend on what inks & total ink coverage your looking for. I am guessing you are talking about some kind of sticker for the helmets as...

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:09 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Using a home printer??

Replies: 27

Views: 5834

Evan if you laminate it the moisture will still get in fairly quickly & destroy the print unless the laminate is larger than the printed paper/vinyl & the edge of the laminate sealed on the substrate. Evan doing it this way moisture will get in but it takes a lot longer.

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Glasgow!!

Replies: 6

Views: 1091

Welcome to the forum Kieran

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Other business ideas/suggestions

Replies: 22

Views: 4017

If you haven't got a new idea to try then is there a shortage of a particular type of business in that area, what were the last 2 tenants doing & why did they move out?

Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:59 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Views on Plasti-Dip flexible liquid coating please?

Replies: 18

Views: 6033

Not sure I agree with the Pro's as you have listed them Kieran. You say it is cheap but your lalking about £ 180 for product, on top of that you need to clean the vehicle properly so there is an expense involved with that so maybe £200 per vehicle, number of coats required means that it is reasonabl...

Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Next day deliveries

Replies: 10

Views: 1734

We will have to agree to differ on this Brian but if it's a case of getting work done for a customer you shouldn't really be gambling on getting a delivery early enough to get the job done in my opinion anyway. Couriers offer both pre noon & pre 9 o'clock services & customers should understa...

Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from fife

Replies: 7

Views: 1036

Welcome to the forum Michael, were about in Fife are you based??

Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Oban

Replies: 12

Views: 1776

Welcome to the forum Jon, what is it that you do at the moment that you are going to integrate the signs into?

Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: has any one used or know of isee2 wrap vinyl?

Replies: 9

Views: 2529

I honestly can't remember lol, will be up at the unit tomorrow so will check then unless someone answers your question in the mean time.

Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you present your proofs?

Replies: 26

Views: 5209

Can't you just apply an inline to the text in Illustrator or convert the text to paths & add an inline. Not sure why you have problems with alignment or sizing when over laying, shouldn't be a problem at all. Funny enough I have actually knowingly miss spelled words in the past. When doing menu ...

Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:10 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexi Problem

Replies: 6

Views: 2371

Not a flexi user so not a lot of help with the problem but as far as using one version to design & a different version to cut I would say that there isn't a way round the problem other than by saving in a different file format on the design machine & importing onto the cutting machine. Just ...

Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 6 Nations

Replies: 40

Views: 10333

Defeat.......... No need to google it Harry, them's the things thats joined on to deankles :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Next day deliveries

Replies: 10

Views: 1734

Sorry Brian but I think you are being a bit unfair, most couriers if not all deliver up to about 6 or 7 in the evening as standard & if that isn't to your liking then you can always upgrade to a pre noon or earlier service but that obviously costs you more money. Someone has to be at the wrong e...

Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: has any one used or know of isee2 wrap vinyl?

Replies: 9

Views: 2529

I've used it for odd bits & bobs but not for a complete wrap. When I first spoke to William Smith about it I was told it was the same material that 3m use to use for one of their wrap vinyls but withdrew because they weren't completely happy with it. Didn't have any problems with it & was th...

Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you present your proofs?

Replies: 26

Views: 5209

David, can't see how it will be a pain to do without registration marks, I hardly ever use them. Just use a clear application tape & align by eye. Easy enough to do either word at a time or few words at a time depending on your confidence. Will be quicker than having to strip it all off & re...

Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you present your proofs?

Replies: 26

Views: 5209

Like others have mentioned I use to send a written description of the job as well as a visual & ask for conformation rather than assume the customer had received it. Didn't use to ask for a signature but that seems like a good idea & the best way to go. Fortunately I never had to much of a p...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Occasional use printers

Replies: 8

Views: 1731

I don't know anyone up your way Ewan & I like to use someone local myself, that way I can pop in & check the artwork before they print plus if I do get a rush job I can go speak to them about it. Best bet is to have a hunt about yourself, problem some people might have using someone local is...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:52 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Occasional use printers

Replies: 8

Views: 1731

If you are looking at doing digital printing then the best way to start for many people is to use a trade printer, your not turning work away, you can still make a profit, you have none of the headaches involved with owning a printer & the learning curve is no where near as steep. You only need ...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: number plate making equipment set up advice needed

Replies: 36

Views: 16949

No risk involved Mo, still registered & have the gear to do it so absolutely no outlay what so ever but not really working anymore so not much point really. I only made the post because like a lot of other things where you are located & what other businesses are about seem to make so much di...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:38 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser carriage not moving

Replies: 13

Views: 5055

unlikely that 2 drivers have failed at the same time Dermot, have you checked to see if you are getting an output signal from the drivers??

Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:28 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Poster Printing

Replies: 9

Views: 2427

Solvent printers can be expensive to run if they are not used constantly Gordon, older machines the heads dry up & block, newer machines have maintenance routines to help combat this but your pouring ink down the drain. I would use a trade printer for exterior graphics until such time as that si...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:17 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser carriage not moving

Replies: 13

Views: 5055

Depends what you mean when you say the controller John, yes the fault will be in the control box?system but there are parts of it that can be repaired rather than forking out for a complete new system (minus the box) lol.

Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: number plate making equipment set up advice needed

Replies: 36

Views: 16949

Mo one of the motor factoring Companies up here are quite big & supply a lot of small garages, the garage phone in for a part & it's delivered within a couple of hours. Not sure on the current price but a couple of years ago they were charging £4 a plate & £7 for a set & that's deliv...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:02 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Poster Printing

Replies: 9

Views: 2427

Gordon, do yourself a favor & stay away from printed graphics on vehicles until you have a solvent machine, people will tell you that you can do it & I am sure if the circumstances are perfect then you may get away with it but I just don't believe it is worth ruining your reputation over. Sp...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: number plate making equipment set up advice needed

Replies: 36

Views: 16949

Not sure what sort of profit margin your working on Mo but I stopped making number plates a good few years ago now when some of the local motor factors set up selling them to the local garages for pennies. Money they were charging for a plate or a set of plates didn't make it worthwhile for me anymo...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:44 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Poster Printing

Replies: 9

Views: 2427

What inks are you running in your printer Gordon?? If you are using aqueous pigment inks then you will get short term outdoor life up to about 6 months depending on location. The pigment inks are waterproof but the dye based inks are not. Laminating them with a uv laminate will increase the life spa...

Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:35 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser carriage not moving

Replies: 13

Views: 5055

OK I'm no expert on these sort of things but I will have a look for some more info if you can provide me with a make & serial number. Possibly a link to a downloadable manual or something. Changing the motherboard may be your only option as I doubt it will be possible to component test the board...

Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Manchester

Replies: 17

Views: 2241

Welcome to the forum Bernard, what is it you do at the moment & why a vehicle wrap centre??

Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:55 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser carriage not moving

Replies: 13

Views: 5055

Could be just about anything but if the motor has holding torque then it is unlikely to be a motor problem. Have you tried switching the leads over on the drivers to see if the fault moves to a different axis??
That would confirm the motors were good & point towards a driver problem.

Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How big is the UK Sign Industry Market?

Replies: 14

Views: 3147

Another one to look out for is Warren Bread, he was the same as Jason, keen to learn, asked loads of questions & had the general right attitude. Warren is now turning out some great work & I am confident he will continue to go from strength to strength. Have you sat down with your business p...

Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:14 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Graphtec CE5000-120 1200mm

Replies: 19

Views: 6105

Same as Harry, another happy graphtec user, had mine for over 10 years now & had no real problems. Only problem I had was with a sensor 2 or 3 years ago but didn't even have to replace it. Good clean & it was working again.

Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How big is the UK Sign Industry Market?

Replies: 14

Views: 3147

Jason is a good example of what can be achieved if you have a good head for business, think that is where a lot of people fall down myself included. Look at when Jason joined the forum & it will show you just how far their business has come in a short time. When he joined he had no experience in...

Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:49 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Vinyl Cutter for new startup

Replies: 3

Views: 1924

Have a search on the forum as there are plenty of discussions on the subject, Graphtec, Suma, Rolland are all good machines & will serve you well. As well as looking about the usual places for second user machines it is worth giving some of the suppliers a call as they sometimes take older machi...

Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:19 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Bugatti Veyron customised by French artist Bernar Venet

Replies: 9

Views: 3486

Not for me, I hate maths, it would give me a headache every time I looked at it lol

Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello Again, from North Yorkshire

Replies: 12

Views: 1386

Welcome back Craig.

Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 6 Nations

Replies: 40

Views: 10333

Doesn't give me a lot of pleasure saying this but based on today's games I would think Ireland have more than a good chance of a victory next round. The Irish have had a potentially good team for a couple of years now at least but I think they have let themselves down when it counted. They have prob...

Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 6 Nations

Replies: 40

Views: 10333

Well that was entertaining & certainly a game of 2 halves

Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:14 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: New laptop advice

Replies: 35

Views: 11406

all set to go now then Ewan, best of luck with it. Did scanvec give you a discount for upgrading flexi? I know some of the software companies don't give anything if there is a big leap from an older version to an upto date version.

Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Window tinting and vinyl wrapping insurance

Replies: 1

Views: 925

Try a search on the forum Craig as it has been talked about quite a few times. A lot is going to depend on what sort of cover you are looking for, ie: will you keep customers vehicles overnight, what sort of limit you want on vehicle replacement/repairs. If you indent to drive the customers vehicles...

Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How big is the UK Sign Industry Market?

Replies: 14

Views: 3147

Reiss think you are going to struggle with something like this as there are a lot of cross overs with the printing industry for one & quite possibly other industries like advertising & marketing to name just a couple. Problem is that the work is so varied it would be difficult to sort out wh...

Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is there an industry stand for making Billboards?

Replies: 4

Views: 1001

Can't help with your question sorry but if these are your fitters then any difference won't be a problem but if it is for other fitters then I wouldn't take the chance, easy for them to blame you if things don't go right if the graphics aren't supplied how they are use to fitting them.

Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Getting The Shape of a van Panel

Replies: 6

Views: 1766

Tracing paper, application tape as in Phill's tutorial work ok. If you cut on the vehicle then firstly you risk damaging the vehicle & 2 it is very difficult to cut a perfectly straight line or even a curve freehand without practice.

Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:42 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Giclee versus Versacamm

Replies: 2

Views: 814

Martin, the term "Giclee prints" pretty much refers to any large format print these days so your printer would cover that. Best thing I could suggest is to let your customer see what sort of quality your machine produces & let them judge if it is good enough for them. Course the qualit...

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Double sided adhesive product?

Replies: 6

Views: 1525

Have you tried a print mounting film? Most if not all of the digital print media suppliers sell it, not sure if it is suitable for your needs as you haven't said what they are.

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello again from france

Replies: 9

Views: 1605

Welcome Patrick.

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Birmingham

Replies: 13

Views: 1476

Welcome to the forum Paul

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just to say hello, from Kent

Replies: 11

Views: 1527

Welcome to the forum Scott.

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Upminster (new member)

Replies: 11

Views: 1574

welcome to the forum Reiss

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:25 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: can someone help with vinyl programme on a mac?

Replies: 2

Views: 1586

You said in your hello thread that you do design work, what programs do you use for that?? If you already have a vector based program such as corel or illustrator then you can use that, not sure if you can cut directly from them but if you can't there seem to be plug in's available & depending o...

Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Carnoustie

Replies: 8

Views: 1076

Welcome to the forum Samantha & Brian.

Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "I am back" South Wales

Replies: 6

Views: 1188

Welcome back Nick, you tell us everything that was happening when you left & Robert will tell you what's changed :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:04 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: New laptop advice

Replies: 35

Views: 11406

If you designed on the PC at home & then converted to curves before saving as an EPS then you wouldn't have to worry about fonts. OK it's not the ideal way to do things but it would be one way to get round the problem until you have more funding available.

Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from a Snowy North West!!

Replies: 8

Views: 1206

welcome to the forum Chris

Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite cutter

Replies: 32

Views: 11932

Like Tim says you can cut from the other side if you don't have another way to cut, you can also remove the edge with a deburing tool which are very cheap to buy, only problem with doing this is that you can end up with a slight silver line where you have removed the paint coating.

Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:02 pm

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: Foison via USB & Windows 7 - help needed setting up, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 6848

You mentioned that the laptop had no serial port in your first post so I assumed that was how you had it connected to the PC, found this on another site cracked it! I decided to think outside of box and installed it through Windows 7 manually. [Start] [Control Panel] [Hardware & Sound] [Add A De...

Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:49 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: New laptop advice

Replies: 35

Views: 11406

Ewan the fact that flexi at your office is an older version shouldn't make to much of a difference. I don't use flexi but it should be the same or very similar to any other design program. You may not be able to design at home & then open a flexi file on the office computer but you should be abl...

Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:06 pm

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: Foison via USB & Windows 7 - help needed setting up, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 6848

Two types of chipsets used in serial to usb converters, progressive & FTDI which chipset does the converter you have bought use?? You need an FTDI chipset, most of the connection problems with plotters are caused by the other type. Once you have the right converter set it up as a virtual serial ...

Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite cutter

Replies: 32

Views: 11932

John, I have several blades for both the table saw & the panel saw but the ones that live in them most of the time are 80 tpi with a 5 degree negative rake, the blades aren't cheap but if you cut a lot of composite/acrylic & other plastics then you will find using the right blade not only gi...

Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:22 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: New laptop advice

Replies: 35

Views: 11406

What version of flexi have you got because if it's an older version then upgrading the software to run on a 64 bit machine may be rather pricey. I still prefer to run desktop machines for most of the work related software I have simply because I don't need the work machine to be portable & you c...

Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium Composite cutter

Replies: 32

Views: 11932

I've got a wall mounted panel saw & although it is good at what it does it produces a lot of dust no matter what type of material you are cutting. I have an area of the workshop for messy work which is where the saw lives to try & prevent the spread of the dust it produces. Difficult to cut ...

Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:40 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice needed with Fluro vinyl roof wrap please

Replies: 5

Views: 1374

How long is it to last for?? Be aware that florescent vinyls have a much shorter life span than other vinyls, cheaper end of the market your only looking at 6 months outdoors & 2 years at the upper end. As for application on a roof then it really has to be dry. Most roofs will have some form of ...

Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:53 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Can you tell the difference between Arial and Helvetica?

Replies: 21

Views: 4412

Well I'm going to be a party pooper & not even try :lol1: :lol1: I have to confess I am not very good when it comes to recognising any fonts, always amazes me that the same few people generally answer when someone asks for a font id. Rather than humiliate myself in public I shall just pretend I ...

Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:24 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mercedes C63 matt orange Vehicle Wrap

Replies: 3

Views: 1670

Another one looking good Ben, looks almost like a satin finish rather than matt though.
Danny, not just Mercs, if you have a search through the forum you will see quite a few other top motors Ben has done.

Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:22 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Wrap: Mini Convertible Hexis Pearl White Wrap

Replies: 2

Views: 1684

How did you find the actual colour/effect of this vinyl Ghais?? Just curious as Ben Hanson used it on one of his own vehicles a while ago & didn't think the actual effect was as good as he thought it would be.

Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mercedes Avery matte cherry red vehicle wrap

Replies: 9

Views: 6405

Looks like you have been busy Ben but if I were you I would sack that guy you have helping you, not the one holding the vinyl but the other one who just seems to stand about doing nothing :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am I being scammed??

Replies: 17

Views: 3555

it is indeed a blue spot on my nose & is there in relation to a post made by Jill on the happy new year thread. Probably a bad choice of colour considering I live in Scotland lol. I'm not a football fan at all & if I was would probably support an English team seeing as that's where I am orig...

Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:57 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help deciding on a Print/Cut Machine

Replies: 5

Views: 1453

not sure about suppliers of second user machines but Graphityp have been mentioned recently so worth a call. If they do a part exchange scheme then they may have some. As for make & more importantly model well that is going to depend on what you want the machine for so a bit more detail would he...

Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trying to source Aluminium framing, help please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1422

That doesn't look the same to me Ewan, similar yes but enough of a difference that you would see it without having to look to hard.

Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Impact Vehicle Outlines

Replies: 17

Views: 14848

There are alternatives Gordon but if you try a search on the forums you will find that whenever vehicle outlines are talked about on the forum just about everyone says that they are the best, plus as a uksg member you get a discount I believe. when I started I got an ingram vehicle outline CD which ...

Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Am I being scammed??

Replies: 17

Views: 3555

Sorry Gordon but I think your advice on this matter is complete rubbish.























Luminous pink stockings look great with black heels, mind you I hate having to shave my legs :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:21 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help sourcing Fuji Photo Paper Supplier please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2747

No David a lot of epson large format printers are aqueous based in fact probably the majority of them. Why Fuji ? You sure they haven't just said that because it's the only high quality paper they know of.

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: non wooden swing sign planning issues

Replies: 5

Views: 1136

Ok well the actual material used to manufacture the sign will be completely covered either with paint or vinyl so it is highly unlikely that someone is going to know if it's a wooden substrate or not but what would you use instead of wood? Don't forget that swing signs need to be heavy to stop them ...

Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trying to source Aluminium framing, help please?

Replies: 9

Views: 1422

You might find that it's not a standard sign frame Ewan, come across this a few times with aluminium framing. might be worth contacting some of the bigger aluminium stock holders as well as some of them seem to keep all sorts of different profiles. Only one I have really seen like that is the plasti...

Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:58 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Wrap: BMW 5 Series Matte Blue Metallic wrap

Replies: 7

Views: 3012

I'm not generally a big fan of matt wraps on cars, probably because I have seen far to many black & white ones but that looks really good, nice colour & doesn't look flat as some matt colours look, maybe due to the metalic finish. I know this is fairly new to you so how does it look up close...

Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:54 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Wrap: Audi A5 Hexis Gold Carbon vehicle wrap

Replies: 4

Views: 1549

Nope sorry you have failed as a signmaker with that one...
It's a part of your job to educate your customers in good taste & you have failed miserably with that one :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :wink:

Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: non wooden swing sign planning issues

Replies: 5

Views: 1136

How does the customer know she is going to save money on labour? Is this a swinging sign or an A board?? A swinging sign would require a fixing on the building & if it's listed & they don't want holes I am guessing it will be an A board. Don't think the actual construction material will be o...

Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what is the best etched vinyl to use for windows?

Replies: 11

Views: 2496

Same as Robert & Jill, oracal for me, didn't know it came in an air release now but have never had any problems with the ordinary stuff.

Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:59 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: PDF's changing Colour When Opened in Corel

Replies: 17

Views: 4568

Have you actually tried printing from Corel Glen?

Take it you have checked to make sure corel isn't converting the artwork from rgb to cmyk or some other standard.

Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:50 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: AXYZ 4010 - For Sale

Replies: 2

Views: 2030

Phill Fenton wrote:Swap you for mine (puppy-eyes)


Straight swap Phill or would you be expecting some cash as well :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:48 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: How does everyone manage their email?

Replies: 24

Views: 6737

Like Gavin I've been using a personal googlemail account. Not sure how many years I have been using it but it must be a few now. Even on a personal account you can change the headers & I have a couple of different ones I use as all my email is directed to the gmail account. Have in the past chec...

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:04 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Maintape application tape

Replies: 10

Views: 2136

Ewan, application tape is a bit like vinyl in that everyone has their own favored type & brand, sure there is nothing wrong with the tape you mentioned or it wouldn't sell. If you can try & get hold of a few different samples of tape same as with vinyl, try them & see what works best for...

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Bristol

Replies: 9

Views: 1181

Welcome to the forum Nick

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Somerset

Replies: 16

Views: 1934

welcome to the forum Robert

Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:04 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice on purchasing new solvent or eco printer! please help

Replies: 10

Views: 2748

I don't own a solvent or eco solvent machine myself so can't comment on makes or suppliers. You said you are looking at printing inhouse rather than outsourcing & listed a range of things you would like to be able to do yourself. Only thing I would say is that you need to have a good look around...

Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:09 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Problems with commercial reflective vinyl?

Replies: 14

Views: 4915

what do their terms & conditions say?? Ones I have read from different suppliers say they will replace any material they supply that is faulty so Graphityp are no different from any other supplier, mind you having said that most would want a sample for testing BEFORE agreeing to give you anythin...

Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How many suppliers do you use?

Replies: 11

Views: 3548

It's not always possible to stick with just one Ewan, reason for that maybe as simple as them not stocking all the brands that you prefer to use. Comparing prices is ok but I tend not to buy on price alone, what I mean by that is that I like a certain brand of vinyl & wouldn't swap to another br...

Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:49 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Fabricating a tray do's and donts

Replies: 21

Views: 9392

is this going to be just a tray or are you looking to have it illuminated same as a light box? only reason I can think of for the acrylic. If the letters are to be cut out how are you going to do it because you obviously need to think about the centres of letters. have you thought about how your goi...

Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:24 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can any red reflective be used for chapter 8 chevrons?

Replies: 14

Views: 2807

I'm not even sure if the powers that be understand it either lol. I use to do some work for a guy who did the escort vehicles for abnormal loads, he wanted red & white chevrons on the back of his vans & he was insistent even though I explained to him that you couldn't use white on the back o...

Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can any red reflective be used for chapter 8 chevrons?

Replies: 14

Views: 2807

Found this on a search Steve, might help a bit

http://solutions.3m.co.uk/wps/portal/3M ... nMarkings/

Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A little help for a sign newcomer - brackets

Replies: 7

Views: 1448

Have you tried a local blacksmith for prices? Might get a better price that way on a quantity of 50. Other thing is that I wouldn't use ply for the job, far to time consuming with sanding, priming & painting. 3mm composite would be ok for the job, easy to cut & ready to put graphics on with ...

Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: magnetic sign pricing help

Replies: 17

Views: 4762

That's what I said Neil, only you said it betterer than me :lol1: :lol1:

Kevin be very careful if your going by auction site prices, some are ridiculously low, better to try & use local area prices if you can.

Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: magnetic sign pricing help

Replies: 17

Views: 4762

Kind of hard to know without knowing your overheads etc etc but I try to price most of my work around what others are charging locally for like for like signs. I phoned around & asked other sign companies when I first started & then set my prices where I wanted to be in the market, somewhere...

Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Dundee

Replies: 9

Views: 2655

Welcome to the forum Danny.

Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy New Year [official thread]

Replies: 21

Views: 3475

Aw Martin, it was a roundabout reference to my home town. A friend once remarked to me that almost everyone in Butler has a bad foot. If you drive on the high street you will see one limp per block minimum. :-? It's really true. I must have a lot of enemies. I actually thought it was quite good but...

Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: plastic board supplier

Replies: 6

Views: 2091

Nick, HIPS is probably a reasonably good bet but not 100% sure if it comes as thin as some of the "L" plates I have seen, it's what is used for a lot of the health & safety signage you see. Most of the big suppliers will sell it in different forms (full sheet, cut to size in bulk) so p...

Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy New Year [official thread]

Replies: 21

Views: 3475

Hope everyone has a great year.

"So we may know them by their limping." Thanks Jill, now everyone who reads your post is going to think I don't love them :cry: :cry: :cry:

Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: application tape dispenser

Replies: 20

Views: 8335

I just made one out of some left over plywood from a job, started out as just an application tape dispenser which held 2 rolls upto about a metre wide & just clamped to the end of the bench but it then sort of grew a few extra bits so now also holds all sorts of things that I like to keep close ...

Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Wet & Windy Devon

Replies: 13

Views: 1834

Welcome to the forum Kevin

Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:59 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Roland camm-1 pnc1100 USB HELP

Replies: 5

Views: 6286

Easiest way is just to put a serial port on the computer if it doesn't already have one, motherboard may alreay have a header even though no cable connected to it & if it doesn't then easy enough to slot in a PCI serial port card. If your going for a USB serial converter make sure you get the ri...

Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:42 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Digital Wallpaper recommended drying time?

Replies: 9

Views: 3226

..............but is there any wider elf adhesive stuff available?

What's Elf adhesive?? Is it something like Pixie dust??

Is this the re-positionable stuff like Phototex Robert?? Think there are a few different brands of that type about most of which are available wider than 30"

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 3D Sign Camp 2013

Replies: 11

Views: 2094

Never thought of it from that point of view Jason, letting the cnc do the hard part (well for me anyway) would work for me as well, knowing about the paints, adhesives, mounting etc etc is something that you could learn without to much trouble but then you have the problem of actually applying the p...

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: van insurance multiple vehicles any pointers

Replies: 6

Views: 1395

Same as me Derek, can't see why they do that other than it makes them more money, if you have no claims you have no claims. Not sure why you had to start again with the small van as it would still be commercial insurance. When your looking for quotes it might be worth asking for business insurance f...

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What time are you knocking off?

Replies: 18

Views: 3023

Busy busy, some fun stuff to get done for Christmas, dinosaur stickers for the 3 year old nephew, I never realised how many bloody dinosaurs there were, not to mention a few that I have worked with this year, Ice cream company flavoured logos and again, never realised how many there were. Oh and my...

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Seasons Greetings

Replies: 17

Views: 2921

Same as has already been said above from me :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:10 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Historium museum Bruges :painted interior signage

Replies: 7

Views: 1806

Look OK Tim & also you know you can take this sort of work on again if you should be asked. I have always shied away from this sort of work as I didn't trust the stencil masks & as I can't do traditional proper sign writing have always passed them on.

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Dimensional Sign: Tipsy Moose Tavern

Replies: 12

Views: 2204

I think that's brilliant but unfortunately as Peter says people don't seem to want to pay for work like that these days.

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 3D Sign Camp 2013

Replies: 11

Views: 2094

Sure you will have a great time Jason, would love to be able to do this sort of thing just for myself but doubt I have the talent required for such work.

As Robert says take lots of pictures & post them up here, sure there will be a lot of people interested.

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: van insurance multiple vehicles any pointers

Replies: 6

Views: 1395

Denise, how did you manage to do that?? When I first got a van my insurance was handled through a broker who told me that commercial insurance was different & I couldn't use the no claims I had, phoned a few insurance companies just to check & they all said the same thing. Had a van for abou...

Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas and Thanks.

Replies: 2

Views: 987

Over the years I've benefited from a wealth of experience on this forum and the kindness of those who've willingly shared it. For that, I'd like to say thanks.


I will second that.

Hope you both have a excellent Christmas & may 2013 make all your dreams come true.

Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi to you all from staffs.

Replies: 5

Views: 936

Welcome to the forum Philip.

Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laminating photo's on to mdf - Jetmounter?

Replies: 3

Views: 1229

I'm not a fan of putting vinyl directly onto mdf to be honest, it has been talked about on the forum so try a search. Have you tried this by hand? Your not talking about large volume here so you could probably do the job just as easily by hand without a laminator. A pressure sensitve film would be o...

Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:08 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: which is best printer/cutter or separate printer and cutter?

Replies: 21

Views: 6363

Have you asked the supplier for a profile for the media? The supplier should be able to give you the profile you require, I'm sure your husband is more than capable of writing a driver for the printer but you really would be better off using versaworks as you should be able to balance the media you ...

Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help sourcing Carbon Fibre Vinyl (Cat Piano)

Replies: 16

Views: 5204

There's a guy on ebay sells it - do a search for carbon fibre vinyl Cheers John . I have seen that one but he does not do 30 metre rolls. Have you asked him Andy?? Would have thought you would have done but worth checking, if he ships it in from abroad in bulk it would be worth his while selling wh...

Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Ritrama O gloss - didn't work on my car

Replies: 6

Views: 2076

If you ask what vinyl is best you will get lots of different answers as most people find they get on better with one particular brand better than others so will generally stick to that. My advice rather than tell you what I use is to contact a range of suppliers & ask for samples. Get yourself a...

Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:35 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: advice on building a cnc machine

Replies: 10

Views: 4189

Dave your right Phill has built a machine to handle smaller jobs & it does that very well from what Phill has said, if your wanting to get in to full scale cnc production then obviously it won't cope but Phill knew that before he started. It copes with the sort of work he does as a small signmak...

Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Air release etched glass film

Replies: 25

Views: 4641

Tim said it wasn't one of his jobs so he probably doesn't know what brand of vinyl it is.

Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:08 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle wrapping course in the North??

Replies: 6

Views: 2225

Sure Robert will be along to let you know when his unit will be up your way, other than that only place I can think of up North is MDP supplies which is Liverpool way but there course is really just an introduction to using KPMF & if you were to do that you would then be looking for a follow up ...

Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cheese Melt or a wrap ?

Replies: 5

Views: 1351

Robert Lambie wrote:once the serving flap is up you wont see the graphics. :-?


Yes they will Robert, Read my post :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:18 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 3D Dimensional Sign: Handmade by Gary

Replies: 15

Views: 3126

You need to get out & find some more customers, obviously got far to much time on your hands if you can do stuff like this for yourself :lol1: :lol1:

Absolutely brilliant by the way, wish I had the skills to produce work like that.

Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign making Hopes & Ambitions for 2013 ?

Replies: 30

Views: 4638

I haven't made any plans as Phill says the world is going to end on 21st December.

Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Lincolnshire

Replies: 5

Views: 1024

welcome to the forum Christopher

Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Halo lit stainless steel letters

Replies: 9

Views: 2341

John complete new flashing from top of sign tray back in to secret gutter, which was all lead work. Martin the screw fitting were same as the brass ones but we used chrome finished. The complete job was made in our workshop and checked before installation including fitting and wiring each letter. W...

Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:52 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: OMG hooray!!! :)

Replies: 25

Views: 5759

As the others have said well done Tim, other plus is that now you are on their system you might be asked to do other work that you haven;t been able to quote for in the past.

Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:48 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Printing photo canvas on vj1304

Replies: 14

Views: 4778

I see the problem now, the old site was letting me look around so thought it was still active, but when I tried to log in it wouldn't let me. Tried my details on the new site & it lets me log in but I am limited as to what I can look at & download. I can't access the current drivers, profile...

Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:12 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Printing photo canvas on vj1304

Replies: 14

Views: 4778

Try this site, it's the one I use for profiles OK much older printer but think the 1304 is supported. You will probably need to register to download but they have lots of profiles for onyx. Really frustrated me because I don't have onyx & struggled to find profiles for mt printer. http://www.mut...

Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cheese Melt or a wrap ?

Replies: 5

Views: 1351

Obvious really Graham, when he's parked up & serving low flying aircraft know where the nearest snack van is.

Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: To fit wet or dry?

Replies: 12

Views: 2832

Thanks for the feedback. My only concern with the window etch doing wet is the words Pizza House which sit within a cut out rectangle. I'm concerned these may move if done wet? Client has already chosen a MetamarkM4 -OF Frost Monometric Calendered film. I may see if she will change to Polymetric fi...

Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: To fit wet or dry?

Replies: 12

Views: 2832

Personally I would fit it dry but realistically your best bet would be to fit using what ever method you are confident with, having confidence as far as I am concerned is more important than anything else. Rather than wait until the day why don't you cut some graphics & experiment either at home...

Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:23 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Printing photo canvas on vj1304

Replies: 14

Views: 4778

Have you tried speaking to your media supplier about profiles? They should be able to supply you with a profile matched to the particular media your printing to.

The mutoh website also has a lot of profiles on it for various printers & onyx is well supported as a rip by them.

Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:19 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Solvent Ink Printable Paper with Backing for Cutting -Exist?

Replies: 7

Views: 1742

Not a user of solvent print machines myself John but what about a matt vinyl rather than gloss if nothing more suitable is available. Always think matt looks a bit more classy than gloss personally.

Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi From Oldham

Replies: 9

Views: 1375

welcome to the forum Phillip

Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:01 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Winplot changing vector slightly when importing

Replies: 9

Views: 3793

Can you not cut directly from Illustrator? Sorry don't use the software myself but thought I had read that you could somewhere.

Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:52 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Versaworks with Signlab or Flexisign

Replies: 5

Views: 2510

You can just carry on the way you are at the moment for cut vinyl using illustrator & for digital print then you can either use illustrator or photoshop so no extra software required. Once artwork is complete import into versaworks to print. If your getting your machine delivered & installed...

Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:40 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Bonding or heat welding fluted polypropylene (like correx)

Replies: 8

Views: 5001

Billy, this might be another option for you, would increase the price but customers might like the fact that they could fold them away.

http://www.signgeer.com/aqshop/catalogue.php?id=1565

Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Central Scotland

Replies: 13

Views: 1892

Neil Davey wrote:
Neil Davey wrote:Hi Andy and welcome to the boards.

By the way this site isn't just open to the Scots as it may seem!!!

Hi from Wales :-)


Oh, maybe it is!!!!! :D


I'm not Scottish Neil, my family just banished me here many years ago & I'm still waiting on their forgiveness :cry: :cry:

Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:31 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Updating fonts with flexisign pro?

Replies: 5

Views: 2665

Check to see if there is a set up for font's if it's an older version. Inspire Pro (pre flexi) has a set up option for font's other than TT fonts. TT fonts are handled by the operating system on a windows based PC but other fonts like type one, ikarus, etc you can specify a location where they are s...

Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Central Scotland

Replies: 13

Views: 1892

Welcome to the forum Andy

Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Iver Bucks

Replies: 10

Views: 1440

Welcome to the forum.

Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:01 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What Vinyl / Media to Use?

Replies: 4

Views: 1453

Depends what you mean by removable, if you are talking about something that can be removed & then used again then something like Phototex or similar product might do the job but it's not cheap so might push the price above what your customers would be prepared to pay.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Delivery price for Di-bond or similar

Replies: 3

Views: 1064

Depends who the supplier is, RHG charge something like £15 for delivery with orders under £100 or free delivery on orders over £100 (thats excluding vat)
Would imagine most suppliers have similar prices.
MDP Supplies don't deliver sheet material at all.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is there fixings for this fence?

Replies: 4

Views: 1133

Martin, there are clips that will fit it but couldn't tell you where to get them from sorry. I normally use a bit of flat bar for that sort of fence with a couple of holes drilled in it to fit the bolts, standard m8 (I think, can't remember now) nuts bolts & washers.

Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Beard - School Window Graphics

Replies: 1

Views: 710

You just can't get good staff these days can you Warren, still doesn't look to shabby :lol1: :lol1:

This the same school you did all the work at before or is this another one??

Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:39 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Problem with my printer, advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1625

Yer similar machines, the opal tiara being lyson's version with different firmware as well as different inks.
Take it you've tried the good cable & controller together on the suspect head?
Will check to see if there is anything else you can do.

Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: The Perils of being a Sign Maker!

Replies: 21

Views: 3911

Yep, Brian Little knows all about fitting graphics to the wrong vehicle as well :lol1: :lol1:

He will never ask a receptionist which car is to be done again :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:56 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Problem with my printer, advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1625

What machine is it Dave??

Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:29 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Rockhopper 38 - not printing colour

Replies: 13

Views: 5320

When was the last time it was used? Are the heads damp or dry? When was the last time it had a service?

Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:26 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: need some advice on which gloss black vinyl to use?

Replies: 6

Views: 2033

Eddie, if you go down the cast vinyl road make sure you have a try yourself before doing any work for others, you may find you struggle on your own as it is generally nothing like the air release type vinyls you have got use to fitting. I believe KPMF do a gloss black with air release, not sure what...

Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:27 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: advice on building a cnc machine

Replies: 10

Views: 4189

Kind of difficult to answer questions but will give it a try. take long to make? How long's a piece of string? Depends how quick you can work & how much free time you have. is it reliable? How good is your cutting & sticking things together. does it last? Does anything really last these day'...

Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:37 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: help with shiraz rip please

Replies: 10

Views: 4057

As Dave says Stafford is your man, are you sure you can print using the demo version, some demo versions will only let you print the pre installed samples & nothing else.

Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:33 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: advice on buying secondhand roland sp300

Replies: 10

Views: 3602

When was the last time it was run because you could be looking at new heads if the ink has dried up in them. That would be on top of the service that Graham has said it will need.
If your already on the limit of your budget that will put you way over.

Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:01 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Cling film vinyl to windows preparation

Replies: 6

Views: 3173

Just a guess Glen but I think it may be some sort of cling film that goes on windows :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Request from a Newbie in france

Replies: 5

Views: 1742

Just use a normal banner vinyl, that's all I do & then just remove it & clean when they want it changed. As for where to buy sorry not being in France I can't help.

Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:46 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Tablet pc's, opinions...

Replies: 10

Views: 3520

Was it this one Hugh

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... ght=tablet

Sure Robert was talking about a new tablet not long ago but can't remember the thread title.

Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exterior brochure holder

Replies: 2

Views: 1403

They do exist Simon as I have bought them in the past from here

http://www.sign-holders.co.uk/Brochure-holders/c-1-17/

Don't suppose that helps you to much but might give you an idea as to how you could manufacture one.
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