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Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sheet storage options? Advice needed on storage rack please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2515

Re: Sheet storage options?

Hadn't seen Phills tutorial before, not sure how I missed that, looks to be another very good tutorial from Phill.

I did the same sort of thing & made a rack, I just had a look at a couple of the steel ones people were selling & then made it a similar way but from wood.

Sun Jul 19, 2015 3:06 am

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: CR 360, Signcut & CorelDraw - help needed, please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2638

Re: CR 360, Signcut & CorelDraw.

When it doesn't cut properly have you noticed at what sort of position along the carriage this happens? Look to see if it is always at about the same point along the carriage, Have you got the blade set correctly & have you checked that the blade is not damaged at all, even if you have fitted a ...

Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:57 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl removal from acrylic sheet - help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1546

Re: Vinyl removal from acrylic sheet

Tar & glue remover will get rid of glue residue yes, just that it's generally more expensive that IPA :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:55 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Problems with signcut pro since going from XP to 7 - help?

Replies: 1

Views: 1264

Re: Problems with signcut pro.

Have you downloaded & installed the correct drivers for the plotter ? You may well find that you have also gone from a 32bit operating system to a 64bit system so you would need to download & install the 64bit drivers for the plotter, you haven't mentioned what plotter it is but I would susp...

Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:08 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl removal from acrylic sheet - help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1546

Re: Vinyl removal from acrylic sheet

You shouldn't have to much of a problem removing it if you have applied a bit of heat, if your not use to using a heat gun then try a hair dryer, you don't need a lot of heat. To much & you will distort the acrylic anyway lol. Then use something like IPA or industrial meths to remove the glue re...

Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Free/Floor standing letters - how do you produce these?

Replies: 7

Views: 1661

Re: Free/Floor standing letters

David looks like those letters have rods running through them, if you look carefully they would appear to be white round rods. Be very easy to do something like that, not sure what best material for letters would be, for weight then something like polystyrene or sign foam maybe but not so sure about...

Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Free/Floor standing letters - how do you produce these?

Replies: 7

Views: 1661

Re: Free/Floor standing letters

David I did a job for a customer a few years ago where they were looking for something along the same lines to stand up right at an outdoor event. I solved the problem by having spikes they could put in the ground & then the sign slide on over the spikes. Worked pretty well for them & got us...

Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Profile picture gone

Replies: 2

Views: 1393

Re: Profile picture gone

Best to contact the forum administrators via email for this sort of thing Rob, could be that you are using an unsuitable profile picture, pictures have to be one of yourself. If you have a look through the forum rules it will tell you what is acceptable for profile pictures.

Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Grimsby

Replies: 2

Views: 1328

Re: Hello from Grimsby

welcome to the forum Danny.

Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:25 pm

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: CR 360, Signcut & CorelDraw - help needed, please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2638

Re: CR 360, Signcut & CorelDraw.

Always a good idea to have new blades but your problem might not be down to the blades if it is a second user machine, you may need to replace the cutting strip. This is the PTFE strip that runs along the front of the machine. A google search should throw up suppliers for your machine. As for double...

Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wavy sign face in frame - what could cause this?

Replies: 12

Views: 2321

Re: Wavy sign face in frame.

Think what Robert is trying to say is that now the panel has been distorted so badly it is unlikely to return to being a flat panel, as Kevin says would have been better with a hanging strip at the top. You will also need to be careful if you intend to try trimming some off, take off to much & y...

Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Harrogate

Replies: 8

Views: 2462

Re: Hello from Harrogate

Welcome to the forum Adam, personally think Harrogate is a beautiful part of the UK, got sent there a few times to do courses at Belzona UK Headquarters during my 20 years in the Royal Navy.

Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Sheffield

Replies: 6

Views: 1965

Re: Hello from Sheffield

welcome to the forum Matt.

Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you think this sign is made?

Replies: 5

Views: 1575

Re: How do you think this sign is made?

You sure it isn't an inlay Macky, letters could easily be sitting in a pocket. Done a few jobs where text was set in a pocket but you can't really see it is done like that. HIPS isn't anywhere near as hard as acrylic, you would notice the difference straight away.

Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:25 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC Wood Engraving Colour In fill HOW

Replies: 5

Views: 2065

Re: CNC Wood Engraving Colour In fill HOW

I have a small CNC machine I want to use to engrave wood for door numbers / house names. How do I colour infill the engraved text ? Sorry if this is a silly question but using a paint brush doesnt give a nice edge. Thanks roy It will if you use the right type of brush & take a bit of care, you ...

Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: New graphics on our shutter doors

Replies: 14

Views: 4293

Re: New graphics on our shutter doors

Denise, not all roller shutters are created equal, not all are really suitable for vinyl application plus there is also the usual problems of age & condition. I would do a test, print a smallish strip & try applying to one of the not so good areas of the shutter to see how it goes on & h...

Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from derbyshire.

Replies: 6

Views: 1973

Re: Hello from derbyshire.

Welcome to the forum Rob

Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plastic Perspex Trade supplier

Replies: 5

Views: 1632

Re: Plastic Perspex Trade supplier

We have now switched to other suppliers after paper link closed. I'm quite supprissed euro point haven't called all customers to say hello etc Obviously can't speak for them Denise but it might be something they are doing slow time as their capabilities grow. I got a letter but they have a Glasgow ...

Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Plastic Perspex Trade supplier

Replies: 5

Views: 1632

Re: Plastic Perspex Trade supplier

The sign side of paperlinx has been bought out by Europoint & they are continuing to sell most of the board products that Paperlinx sold. I was speaking with then earlier this week about Acrylic. Only downside I can see at the moment for some is that they haven't got as many outlets now. I am OK...

Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:46 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: The Downsides of KPMF/Cheaper Vinyl

Replies: 9

Views: 4951

Re: The Downsides of KPMF/Cheaper Vinyl

Pete, Difficult question to answer as obviously I only have limited personal experience. Try a search on the forum for courses, I believe the one held at William Smiths gets some good reviews & Roland course has been mentioned a few times. Personally of the courses I have done the most recent wa...

Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:44 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: The Downsides of KPMF/Cheaper Vinyl

Replies: 9

Views: 4951

Re: The Downsides of KPMF/Cheaper Vinyl

Any vinyl has the potential to remove paint when taken off so I doubt the KPMF vinyl was the route cause of any problems, could just as easily have been down to poor paint finish & any brand of vinyl would have caused problems when removed. As David has said every brand of vinyl has slightly dif...

Fri May 22, 2015 3:07 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Layering up acrylic - is tensol suitable? Advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2080

Re: Layering up acrylic - is tensol suitable? Advice please?

I don't use tensol myself but isn't tensol 12 an interior adhesive? Sure when I did use it I was told I needed tensol 70. I use penloc from Eurobond for most of my acrylic bonding.

Wed May 06, 2015 3:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl warped on roll - can it be recovered? Help, please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1858

Re: Vinyl warped on roll - can it be recovered? Help, please

I do the same as Rezza but you do need to be a bit careful how you handle it once you have done that, trying to roll it back up again can often result in them re appearing.

Wed May 06, 2015 3:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello to Everybody from sunny South Devon

Replies: 2

Views: 1403

Re: Hello to Everybody from sunny South Devon

welcome to the forum Jinty, tell us all a bit about yourself & what you do.

Wed May 06, 2015 12:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Leicestershire

Replies: 8

Views: 2064

Re: Hello from Leicestershire

welcome to the forum Stewart

Sat May 02, 2015 9:56 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: RIPs and Profiles - advice needed, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1746

Re: RIPs and Profiles

Have you spoken with Stafford Cox at all Jon, he deals with Shiraz I believe. Might be worth giving him a call if he doesn't see this thread.

Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Alu Angle Dimensions

Replies: 4

Views: 1215

Re: Alu Angle Dimensions

The other thing you need to take into account is what access you have, it's not always possible to pre drill the tray & the rail which is where detailed site surveys come in handy. If you have to drill onsite have you got enough access with a thin aluminium rail. Are there any obstructions which...

Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Oracal Supplier

Replies: 18

Views: 4324

Re: New Oracal Supplier

Vinyl Corporation don't stock 551 anymore, don't know if it is true but someone said they were supplied by Paperlinx

Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Oracal Supplier

Replies: 18

Views: 4324

Re: New Oracal Supplier

The VTS business, which supplied kit and substrates to the wide-format market, was acquired by Vink-owned Quantum Europoint, a sister company to Knutsford-based wide-format substrate supplier Amari Plastics, which had been named as a possible buyer earlier this week. The deal completed yesterday (23...

Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Oracal Supplier

Replies: 18

Views: 4324

Re: New Oracal Supplier

Yes thanks Chris been looking for someone who supplies 551 myself although personally wish it had been another supplier. Last time I dealt with Spandex I got the feeling they weren't interested in a Company as small as mine.

Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scottish paper mill in administration

Replies: 4

Views: 1639

Re: Scottish paper mill in administration

Such a shame as places like that can and probably will affect whole communities Kind of a double Blow for Glenrothes Ewan, few days before the Tillis Russell anouncement Velux announced it was closing the Glenrothes plant with the loss of 180 jobs. Fife already has a high unemployment rate so this ...

Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:47 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Navara vehicle outline

Replies: 3

Views: 1369

Re: Navara vehicle outline

Helps if you know where to look Ewan thanks, found it now lol. I hadn't looked in light commercials. Tried 4x4s then cars but never thought to look under commercials :oops:

Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Print banding problem, advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2339

Re: BANDING PROBLEM ESPECIALLY ON POSTER PAPER

What software are you using, the RIP would normally handle such things as number of passes & profiles for different media types. You should really have lots of different profiles you can select from depending on what substrate your printing to & what brand of media you are using.

Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:26 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Navara vehicle outline

Replies: 3

Views: 1369

Navara vehicle outline

My impact disk is ancient but I don't do a huge amount of work & mostly older cars & vans when I do get asked so has always been OK. Had someone asking about livery on a 2006 Navara & as my disk is 2007 edition thought I would be OK. Can't seem to find the Navara in the book so am I just...

Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:48 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: A very different wrap

Replies: 4

Views: 2103

Re: A very different wrap

Michael Kalisperas wrote:Not sure you need a course to learn how to wrap with this stuff :-)


You certainly do Michael, the guy that fitted that one had just completed a landscape gardening course but I also hear that a green's keeper training course is useful as well.

Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hand print sign advice needed, please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2292

Re: Hand print sign advice needed

I would try an experiment yourself Myles before going ahead with the composite, paint is just going to sit on the surface & may come off far to easily while the actual hand prints are being applied or when your laminating it. Paper canvas or something along those lines is going to absorb a certa...

Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hand print sign advice needed, please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2292

Re: Hand print sign advice needed

You want a water based paint really not just from a cleaning off perspective but a health & safety point as well so poster paints would probably work, overlaminate when done & put in a snap frame would probably be the way I would go.

Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice Resizing larger prints ready for Wall Vinyl.

Replies: 5

Views: 1373

Re: Advice Resizing larger prints ready for Wall Vinyl.

You could also use something like Photozoom pro to help enlarging prints, been mentioned on the forum a few times over the years.

Simon you may be right but not sure the Customer always sees it that way :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:24 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Using vinyl efficiently - advice needed, please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1346

Re: using vinyl efficiently

Depends on the work you generally do using that sort of vinyl. so I would say look at the sort of job you generally do with that particular type of vinyl & then cut accordingly, you may even find that cutting 1000mm & 500mm gives you best use of what you have

Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:16 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Which material to use here on a van? advice please?

Replies: 22

Views: 7237

Re: Which material to use here on a van? advice please?

Out of curiosity everyone. The standard rolls of wrap vinyl come in 1524mm wide but most of the bigger cutters are only 1320mm with only a couple being 1830mm. Just wonder why they dont make the vinyl smaller or the cutters bigger? Just a guess Ewan but a standard solid colour vinyl roll is 1220mm ...

Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Paperlinx in receivership

Replies: 104

Views: 39009

Re: Paperlinx in receivership

Denise it should be long as you can prove you paid the invoice & owe nothing but it wouldn't do any harm to either email or write them a letter along the lines of " Thank you for your correspondence of ....... please find enclosed a copy of the payment made to RHG on ......." I persona...

Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:49 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Plumbing awful graphics

Replies: 5

Views: 2340

Re: Plumbing awful graphics

What spelling mistake???

One of the services they provide is to go round orchards collecting plums or pluming as itis sometimes known :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:37 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Estimating Plotted vinyl - how do you price up jobs?

Replies: 5

Views: 2818

Re: Estimating Plotted vinyl

I use to charge by the linear metre rather than square metre because I generally stocked 610 wide material, well 630 actually as I used oracal. Seemed to work ok for me but I also kept a close eye on what the competition was charging. Your always going to get some customers who tell you it's cheaper...

Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Re-cycling backing paper

Replies: 11

Views: 3152

Re: Re-cycling backing paper

Same as yourself & Ewan Phill, asked a few times over the years (last time about 6 months ago) & have always been told that it can't be recycled. I can't recycle sawdust at the local tip either, tried a couple of times & been told that it will blow off the conveyor into someones eyes. st...

Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:28 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Multiple Roland CM300 questions - help needed, please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1533

Re: Roland CM300 questions

If it's reasonably close then yes best to go & look. that way you can ask to see it working & also see what sort of set up the seller has. maybe even pick his brains about drivers etc for it. Not a Roland user but as far as I know Versaworks is a rip for digital printing not a program for ma...

Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help finding out about T5 Regulations?

Replies: 3

Views: 1262

Re: Help finding out about T5 Regulations?

Found this doing a google search for T5 regulations if it's any help Stu :lol1: :lol1:

REVISED GUIDELINES FOR SYSTEMS FOR HANDLING OILY WASTES
IN MACHINERY SPACES OF SHIPS
INCORPORATING GUIDANCE NOTES FOR AN
INTEGRATED BILGE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM (IBTS)

Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:42 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Having problems with y motor

Replies: 5

Views: 2173

Re: Having problems with y motor

Bob, you need to be careful with stuff like 3in1 for that sort of application, you would be better off using something a bit lighter like sewing machine oil which won't hold dust & dirt in the same way 3in1 will

Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:38 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Removing text from a stroke ready for vinyl cut - Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 2806

Re: Removing text from a stroke ready for vinyl cut - Help?

This any help?

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1045906?tstart=0

Just a quick google search so don't know if that helps you

Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Manchester

Replies: 8

Views: 2167

Re: Hello from Manchester

welcome to the forum Daniel

Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:44 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Removing text from a stroke ready for vinyl cut - Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 2806

Re: Removing text from a stroke ready for vinyl cut - Help?

Not had the need to use illustrator for a long time & never that familiar with it when I did use it a bit, is there not an outline tool in illustrator at all ?

Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Invisible fixings for composite panels on rough wall

Replies: 3

Views: 1120

Re: Invisible fixings for composite panels on rough wall

No I didn't Myles, can't honestly remember which adhesive it was though, tempted to say Penloc which I still use from time to time for other things but I could be wrong. Give them a call they are very helpful people (or where) :D :D :D

Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:00 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: UK Traditional Sign writing Revival, Rochester, Kent

Replies: 4

Views: 1501

Re: UK Traditional Sign writing Revival, Rochester, Kent

I would have liked to have gone as well especially as they said it may be the last one held in the UK but thought it might have been a little bit to far for me to travel at the time. Just have to hope another one is hosted in the UK during my lifetime now, takes years for them to plan these events s...

Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Invisible fixings for composite panels on rough wall

Replies: 3

Views: 1120

Re: Invisible fixings for composite panels on rough wall

Not done this sort of thing for a long time Myles but Big Head Fastenings is what I would have used. Adhesive wise I use to use Eurobond Adhesives for most things, always found them to be very helpful if I had to phone to ask for advice & their products are very good. Sorry don't have a contact ...

Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for a supplier of this type of post and panel please

Replies: 3

Views: 1208

Re: Looking for a supplier of this type of post and panel pl

Well I did say I was probably wrong Ewan & after posting it occurred to me that info panels were actually a spandex panel system not Ashby lol, good to hear that it is sorted now anyway, yes have to agree the forum can be very helpful.

Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for a supplier of this type of post and panel please

Replies: 3

Views: 1208

Re: Looking for a supplier of this type of post and panel pl

Looks like it might be an Ashby info panel although I haven't done any work like that for years so could be completely wrong :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:56 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Trade Print and Cut Vinyl - I'm looking for opinions?

Replies: 8

Views: 2921

Re: Outsourcing Print and Cut Vinyl - I'm looking for opinio

Try James at Group101 haven't used them personally but there has been a lot of good feedback for them from board members all over the UK, you can find some of it in the off topic section.

There is a link on the right hand side of the home page for them if you want to get in touch.

Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What is the best way to do shutter graphics - advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3080

Re: What is the best way to do shutter graphics - advice ple

John, roller shutters vary so much a couple of pictures would help. Biggest problem with any shutter though is getting them clean enough, dirt accumulates in the groves which are obviously the hardest part to clean properly. What are the council looking for in terms of lifespan for these, are the ro...

Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rla conform application tape. What is best Brand?

Replies: 3

Views: 998

Re: Rla conform application tape. What is best Brand?

Just another quick point from your other post, don't roll the graphics to tightly, better to use slightly wider tubes if you can.

Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:04 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexisign files to Corel X5 - files won't open, help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 2689

Re: Flexisign files to Corel X5 - files won't open, help ple

Have you still got Flexi 5.7? If you have then either buy an old computer & install it on that to be able to transfer as & when you need or the other option is to use a Virtual machine installed on the computer you are currently using. I use vmware player & have windows 98se installed so...

Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:37 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Canvas Lamination - what is best?

Replies: 6

Views: 1578

Re: Canvas Lamination - what is best?

The inks shouldn't be running at all if you are using pigment inks & coated canvas. I haven't done vast amounts of canvas printing but done a few & never had any problems using a Giclee laminate & roller. I bought it after reading about it on the forum a few years ago. I don't have the s...

Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Trying to get a membership? Can't work out how?

Replies: 4

Views: 1270

Re: Trying to get a membership? Can't work out how?

Might be due to all the changes that are being made at the moment, try this email:

chris@uksignboards.com

Chris deals with a lot of the administration so should be able to help

Mods if this is against board rules sorry & please delete

Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:15 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Number plate printing software - recommendations please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3729

Re: Number plate printing software

Not sure that Tennants sell the software on its own, mainly complete kits they sell from what I remember.
LgPlates software is probably going to be your best bet if your just looking for software.

Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi Everyone from Glasgow

Replies: 8

Views: 1832

Re: Hi Everyone from Glasgow

Welcome to the forum David

Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Shop vs Unit / Business Advice Please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1583

Re: Shop vs Unit / business advice

To add to what David has said, rent is likely to be much higher for a shop than an industrial unit plus rates will be more unless you are able to get the category changed. Parking for customers is often a problem for shops but generally not such a problem with industrial units. You have already ment...

Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Number plate printing - Oki C551 help, please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1761

Re: Number plate printing - Oki C551 help, please?

Can't help with print but guessing they do it for a reason, most of their sales will be in consumable items, doubt they make a lot on printer sales. Other thing you might want to consider is if you buy from someone like Tennants you get the complete system ready to go which will also come with some ...

Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:31 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on routing bits / tool please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2921

Re: Advice on routing bits / tool please?

It's sort of a how long is a piece of string type question because it depends on lots of variables. Why do you ask David? If your not getting acceptable results then it doesn't matter how much work it has done it needs changed, if it is still producing a good cut without having to drastically alter ...

Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:13 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Re-connecting Roland CX500 cutter to PC - help please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2359

Re: Re-connecting Roland CX500 cutter to PC - help please?

Take it you have it running via a serial converter Simon, some are better than others & you are best off with one that uses an FDTI chipset. Although USB is suppose to be plug & play as Chris has said sometimes there are problems with the drivers. I run a graphtec FC4100 which is an old plot...

Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 1220mm Application tape apply method - advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 6487

Re: 1220mm Application tape apply method - advice please?

Phill & myself were in some of your early videos, can we get Royalties to :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: The Police confiscated those ones Martin. But be sure you both will get all thats due to you... :shake: :wink: Oh good news then, free food & accommodation for the foreseeable future :lol1: :lol1:...

Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello Everyone

Replies: 4

Views: 1722

Re: Hello Everyone

welcome to the forum Sharon

Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 1220mm Application tape apply method - advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 6487

Re: 1220mm Application tape apply method - advice please?

Phill & myself were in some of your early videos, can we get Royalties to :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: 1220mm Application tape apply method - advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 6487

Re: 1220mm Application tape apply method - advice please?

I use a method similar to Bob, on the bench but rather than using a dispenser & pulling the tape off the roll to lay on the vinyl I put the application tape on the bench & push it along using another empty 1220 tube. Hard to explain so will see if I can find a video or something.

Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:22 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Major Silicone cleaning problem prior to wrapping new vans

Replies: 8

Views: 3301

Re: Major Silicone cleaning problem prior to wrapping new va

There different manufacturers so there is a good chance any sort of treatment has been carried out post manufacturer, have you spoken to the company your carrying out the work for to see if they have had any treatment applied.

Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Install only charges - looking for advice, please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1790

Re: Install only charges - looking for advice, please?

Similar to Dave in that I wouldn't quote a job without more info about what was involved, your 50 mtrs of dots could go anywhere, one per window on the outside at 300ft high lol. If it's a company you haven't dealt with before asking a few questions often helps reassure them that you know what your ...

Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:30 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Which is the best matt black to use for wrap in your opinion

Replies: 10

Views: 3058

Re: Which is the best matt black to use for wrap in your opi

I don't have a great deal of experience with wrap films Cheryl but from what I have seen it would appear that there seem to be various levels of mattiness :lol1: What I mean is some appear to be more satin than matt, probably best to get a few samples for customer to see so as not to disappoint. Hav...

Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Oracal vinyl and Mount film - looking for advice, please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1802

Re: Oracal vinyl and Mount film - looking for advice, please

751 is a cast film, take it that's what your looking for. I use oracal for most of what I do but only because it is a film I am comfortable using, price doesn't really come in to it that much as most comparable films are generally about the same price per metre so the actual vinyl cost per job is ge...

Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for reviews on 3M Scotchcal vinyl?

Replies: 6

Views: 1924

Re: Looking for reviews on 3M Scotchcal vinyl?

Thanks for the feedback. Martin, the reason I am thinking of changing is probably more psychological than anything. I am happy enough with oracal but my supplier doesn't do trade only prices so potentially my customers can find out exactly what I pay for materials whereas my new supplier has given ...

Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings From Suffolk

Replies: 4

Views: 1418

Re: Greetings From Suffolk

Welcome to the forum Iain.

Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for reviews on 3M Scotchcal vinyl?

Replies: 6

Views: 1924

Re: Looking for reviews on 3M Scotchcal vinyl?

Ewan, any particular reason why you are looking to change? I only use the one vinyl for general sign work which is 551, don't use 651 because it saves me having to stock 2 different vinyls, the price difference is not huge & as pretty much all the work I do is one offs the actual difference in m...

Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:09 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

Replies: 13

Views: 4054

Re: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

Well you have to decide what you want to do, either run a business or sit & play games, no such thing as downtime for a small business, when you don't physically have any work to do there are always plenty of things to keep you busy either working to get more work or generally improving your own...

Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:39 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

Replies: 13

Views: 4054

Re: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

Sorry Michael, must have picked you up wrong, thought you were thinking about trying to contour cut on the CNC. My unit has the CNC at one end & the plotter at the other, as far away from each other as is humanly possible, no matter how good your dust extraction system is I doubt it will ever ca...

Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:04 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

Replies: 13

Views: 4054

Re: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

There are people who use a CNC for vinyl cutting but it isn't something I would ever consider doing myself owning a plotter. You need a drag knife attachment fitted to the spindle & from what I have seen these are not cheap, this is one that has been mentioned on several CNC machining forums: ht...

Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:45 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

Replies: 13

Views: 4054

Re: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

The AXYZ set up isn't just a dust shoe, it's a pressure foot as well so is aiding the substrate hold down as well, try doing a search on the forum I mentioned because someone made a dust shoe/pressure foot a few months ago as well as a good description of how he manufactured it he also posted the fi...

Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:44 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

Replies: 13

Views: 4054

Re: Dust Shoe Retrofit, views and advice please?

What sort of chip extractor have you got fitted? if it has a decent flow rate then pretty much any dust shoe should do, not a great deal of difference between the various styles from what I have read. If you have a very small space then you are probably going to have problems with dust, no matter ho...

Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New UKSB Site layout?

Replies: 80

Views: 33156

Re: New UKSB Site layout?

Some of us older members don't like change Robert, like to say more on the subject but I need to go feed the horse & grease the wagon wheels :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:06 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for a sign frame supplier. Help please?

Replies: 13

Views: 1927

Yer it's where you are Ewan, not really Cherwells fault because the couriers hit them with stupid charges once they decide the area you live in is far enough north to class as Scottish Highlands & Islands. The other thing is that some couriers don't operate North of the Border so the goods have ...

Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Business rate relief question

Replies: 6

Views: 1536

Like Karen says in Scotland it is based on combined rateable value of properties so what you pay if anything will depend on that. How is the sign shop classified for rates at the moment because you may be able to change that if the 2 together pushes you over the limit. Other thing is don't rely on t...

Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:29 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Start up printer/equipment. Recommendations please?

Replies: 1

Views: 1283

What is it you are looking to do George, generally I would say don't buy a printer just yet, Trouble with solvent printers is they cost you money even when they are not printing, you can't just switch them on & off when a job comes up. Sometimes best to start out using a trade printer for any di...

Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Suffolk

Replies: 6

Views: 1773

Welcome to the forum James.

Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:15 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Will Signlab import old Scanvec Inspire 1.5 files

Replies: 3

Views: 1925

I run vmware player which I have found to be pretty good for what I need, originally because I was running windows 7 home edition & to run microsofts own virtual machines you had to be using windows 7 pro or above which meant a lot of money for an upgrade. I now run windows 7 pro on a couple of ...

Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello World from Rotherham

Replies: 6

Views: 1934

welcome to the forum Nick

Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from London

Replies: 5

Views: 1784

welcome to the forum Seun

Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Rossendale

Replies: 6

Views: 1992

welcome to the forum George

Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:11 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Will Signlab import old Scanvec Inspire 1.5 files

Replies: 3

Views: 1925

No signlab won't import them directly, you would have to convert them to something like eps, the only upto date program that might import them directly would be flexisign which is by the same company, scanvec. Inspire 1.5 won't run on a windows platform past windows millennium, windows 2000 or latte...

Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello there from "over the pond"

Replies: 5

Views: 1884

welcome to the forum Denis.

Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:08 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Advice/help on sublimating printing equipment, please?

Replies: 40

Views: 12967

Nice to see you back Paul, try a search for Ricoh as there have been a few threads where they have been recommended because they use a gel ink & you don't get the same porblems you did with epson printers.

Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:42 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Gerber Edge Talk

Replies: 7

Views: 2300

Not quite sure why you feel you shouldn't ask but there have been quite a few edge related posts over the years, you may find what you are looking for has been asked before if you do a search.

Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Football Ground LED Advertising Boards As Shop Signs?

Replies: 10

Views: 2900

Well, I've been to several football & rugby matches since starting this thread

The things you have to do in order to research something eh John :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: newbie saying hi from Aberdeen

Replies: 8

Views: 2388

welcome to the forum Amanda

Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:11 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Wobbly lines appearing when cutting. Help required please?

Replies: 12

Views: 4752

Have you looked at the grippers as Glen suggested? Hard to tell from what you have posted but from what I can see all the problems seem to be on the one axis. Do the rollers hold the media properly & does it feed backward & forward OK. If you are at a point of removing steppers then have you...

Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New guy saying hello from Kent

Replies: 10

Views: 2803

welcome to the forum Steven

Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:55 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice on using Vehicle Templates please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2651

As Lee has said the vehicle templates are not accurate enough to be able to work with like that. They are really only for a visual of how things will look, having said that I have a notebook with the actual panel sizes of vehicles I have done & measured myself. I use this to scale the templates ...

Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:49 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Monitor advice (Accurate colour display) needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3032

Tried degausing but made no difference

Shame about that Alan although it was a bit of a long shot, has worked for me in the past so was worth a try.

Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice required about showing design work please

Replies: 5

Views: 1927

I just show customers what it would look like on the screen, stopped printing them as I was fed up with people hawking my designs about trying to get a better price from other sign companies. Personally I won't copy someone else's design but there are plenty who will. Read on here some time ago that...

Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:18 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Monitor advice (Accurate colour display) needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3032

Take it you have tried fine tuning the other monitors Alan. As for your old CRT does it have a degaussing function in the menu at all? Many quality CRT monitors did & that might help with your colour cast problem. I still use a cornerstone CRT monitor, customers have laughed at it because of the...

Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Changing Username

Replies: 2

Views: 1160

Doesn't help much with your email or username problem but Congratulations Katie. :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:08 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Wobbly lines appearing when cutting. Help required please?

Replies: 12

Views: 4752

Not sure what software you are using but you shouldn't have to convert text to curves to be able to resize, alter kerning, tracking etc etc. The up & down pecking you mentioned could be down to to many nodes, a lot of that would be down to what type of curves you converted it to & what file ...

Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:56 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Personal opinion/experience of Robocutter required please?

Replies: 28

Views: 15636

i9 chip 32gb ram 4gb graphics 4tb hdd note you can't run a parralell port at 64 bit windows!!! 32bit only and fit the cnc controller giblets inside the case usb connection straight to board - 3 motor wires in then utilise the pc's case cooling and have extra fans direct to the drivers ....t Where d...

Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:04 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Personal opinion/experience of Robocutter required please?

Replies: 28

Views: 15636

Denise the one Dave linked to would be ok to get you started & it's about as cheap as you will get for a start up machine.

Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:02 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Personal opinion/experience of Robocutter required please?

Replies: 28

Views: 15636

anyway our main man and scribe up noorf did with MDF Got to admit Chris Phill did a very good job with that machine & it's still running but it does have a lot of limitations. Phill is the first to admit that, it did work out well for a science project though, I was never happy with the accurac...

Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:34 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Personal opinion/experience of Robocutter required please?

Replies: 28

Views: 15636

dave i would ask steve to build you one :D if i thought i had the time i want one. I wouldn't Chris, not if you are looking for a system that needs to be reliable & is going to last, kit he has listed is all Cheap as chips Chinese stuff it's all cloned not original manufacturers. May be ok for ...

Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:28 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Personal opinion/experience of Robocutter required please?

Replies: 28

Views: 15636

A lot depends on what you are looking to do with the machine, materials you want to be able to cut rather than the amount of actual running hours. You have mentioned mach3 but is it coming with any other software? You can use the software you currently use for design but you will need something to g...

Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:31 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Deaths & near Death accidents, poor Signage installation

Replies: 39

Views: 17187

I'd no idea that there was a 10 year life though, quite worrying and maybe we need to get the customer to sign saying they will inspect and check the sign regularly or some such thing. I didn't either until the court cases highlighted it & sure a great deal of other signmakers didn't either. Bu...

Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hanging Light Box for Cranes - what is the best way? Help?

Replies: 6

Views: 1874

What sort of crane? First thing that crossed my mind was wind loading/air pressure blowing/sucking the panel out at any sort of height especially with any sort of jib movement. Is this something that already exists or was it something your customer thought would be a good idea? Bit more detail might...

Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting table surface - which one is the best? Help please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2087

Found this one which might help http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=57901&highlight=cutting+surfaces I have a replacement window company in the unit next to mine so my current surface is an old double glazed unit lol, doesn't cover the whole table but does cover the 1220 width & is a...

Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:48 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Deaths & near Death accidents, poor Signage installation

Replies: 39

Views: 17187

Will your PLI cover you? BS559 states 10year service life unless you specifty otherwise. What if you aren't operating to BS559 ? After all, there is no legal obligation to meet this standard if you choose not use BSI Quality methods. Personally I can think of a great many reasons not to adopt BSI S...

Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:34 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting table surface - which one is the best? Help please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2087

Ewan try a search on the forum. been spoke about a lot so you will get answers quicker that way, would link for you but I am not great a forum searches myself :oops: Don't know who told you any colour forex was good, personally wouldn't touch it. may be cheap but biggest problem is that once you hav...

Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Doyle : Various Printed Blinds

Replies: 14

Views: 5312

No problem Shawn, that's what the forum exists for. Hope it all goes well.

Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:25 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Doyle : Various Printed Blinds

Replies: 14

Views: 5312

Your both UKSG members so the PM system is available to both of you for massaging through the forum or of course email details could be used.

Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Help source printable blind material

Replies: 2

Views: 1233

Must be available somewhere Shawn, there is a guy called Raymond that is on the forum & printing blinds is what he does for a living, he's a UKSG member same as you.
Might be able to advise.

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... ht=raymond

Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Snap cap alternatives - personal recommendations please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2385

Make up a portfolio of different types that you can use, easy for the customer to understand if they can see a picture, you could have a search about the net & find some really bad examples rather than use local businesses who might take offence if someone told them. Personally think a lot of th...

Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Snap cap alternatives - personal recommendations please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2385

Not even sure this would be classed as up selling as I understand the term, you are doing this because you know it will look far better & give the customer a far better image which should help their business. Still up selling is something that I have never been any good at & never will be no...

Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Snap cap alternatives - personal recommendations please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2385

Up sell your customers to sign tray's then you won't have to worry about ugly fastenings on the face of a sign :lol1: :lol1: There are other methods as well though that look a bit better Ewan, coloured circles of vinyl to cover the screw heads is one, coloured screws is another or just paint the scr...

Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:54 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Outdoor printed vinyl - help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1877

Your not the first & certainly won't be the last person who wants tp use inks that are not suitable for anything other than short term use outdoors, have a search through the forums & you will see the question has been asked loads of times. People wouldn't spend thousands or pounds on a solv...

Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Stepped recess panel wrap - help required please?

Replies: 14

Views: 3783

Wrap cut doesn't like curves that much (or maybe it's just me ) so knifeless tape would be what I would use, if you haven't worked with it before make sure you practice a bit before you do the job, there is a technique to using both types of tape which seems to differ slightly depending on which on...

Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Blackpool

Replies: 4

Views: 1544

Re: Blackpool

Heading to blackpool tomorrow for the day/night, not been in years :-) can't wait... Sad or what lol yep sad. :lol1: missed this post, i was down that way at same time. was going to call you but went to the pub instead. :wink: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: and the donkeys. Still? with your legs, your feet w...

Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:32 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Stepped recess panel wrap - help required please?

Replies: 14

Views: 3783

Wrap cut doesn't like curves that much (or maybe it's just me ) so knifeless tape would be what I would use, if you haven't worked with it before make sure you practice a bit before you do the job, there is a technique to using both types of tape which seems to differ slightly depending on which one...

Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:58 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: edge lit led exterior sign, battery powered - help sourcing?

Replies: 2

Views: 1972

What sort of size are you looking at Dan & why batteries? Batteries don't last that long in small edge lit signs so using them in something quite large is just going to cause more problems, access for one unless you are looking at something rechargeable on a built in system so that they can be r...

Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:43 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone using the new version of Vinyl Master? Review please?

Replies: 15

Views: 6774

one other place it scores over some of the other software available is that although you can only have one computer activated & used for cutting you can install the software on other computers & use it to do all the design work without having to pay for a second licence. I have it on the des...

Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:24 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone using the new version of Vinyl Master? Review please?

Replies: 15

Views: 6774

Stephen, Graham is using VMX version 4 & previous to that Version 3. I run the same software & have done for probably as long but I don't do a great deal of work so won't have used it as much as Graham, To be honest for the money you are paying I wouldn't even bother looking at the lite vers...

Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:27 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rogers: Various Sign Work - Oct.

Replies: 7

Views: 2769

Pay attention Tim, Smellie is merely a distributor of fertilizer so just a middle man really.

Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Bolton

Replies: 11

Views: 3060

welcome to the forum Hussein

Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:17 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Problem with GSXPLUS plotter, not matching up - help please?

Replies: 16

Views: 4608

Have you checked the blade offset as John suggested? Just because you didn't have to alter it before doesn't mean you don't have to now. Is the plotter set up on a level surface & feet adjusted correctly if it's been moved?

Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Query on underwater matt vinyl! Help please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1618

Probably best to speak with suppliers about this one Tim, cast is generally OK for use on boats & in sea water but the chemicals that are added to swimming pools may have an adverse effect on some of the adhesives used with different brands. Does it really need to be a matt vinyl? As Gurt says u...

Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you sell online? Personal advice on e-commerce please?

Replies: 15

Views: 3949

Sure your website guys will sort things for you David but one of the most important things to take into account now is how the site looks & operates under a multitude of different platforms especially with more & more people using mobile media to view & order from websites.

Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Source a supplier for Stainless Steel Notice board

Replies: 2

Views: 959

What about speaking to a local fabrication company?
Someone who deals with stainless fabrication should be able to do that for you if you can't find a sign supplier.

Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:38 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Mercedes Avery matte cherry red vehicle wrap

Replies: 9

Views: 6403

Have you tried RHG or Paperlinx as they are now? They sell the Avery wrap films.

Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:47 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: UPS for Roland Versacamms Printer - advice required please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2912

buying a solvent printer with absolutely no work for it to do can be an expensive way of doing things, glad to hear it seems to be working out for you. I don't own one myself because I don't get enough work to justify buying one. So what causes the power cuts on the estate & is your landlord doi...

Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:14 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: UPS for Roland Versacamms Printer - advice required please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2912

Stuart the reason they are left on is so they can run maintenance routines to prevent ink drying & blocking the heads when not actually being used to print. 30 minutes without a power supply isn't going to cause you any problems at all. Well unless it is printing at the time :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:53 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Mutoh Falcon 11 (RJ8000) - help locating service manual?

Replies: 2

Views: 2399

It's not Gary, well at least I don't think it is lol, mine is the dye/pigment machine (RJ8000) but it might be that the only real difference is the fact that this version runs solvent inks instead of pigment. I know mine is very similar to one of the rock-hopper machines but there are a few differen...

Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:41 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Mutoh Falcon 11 (RJ8000) - help locating service manual?

Replies: 2

Views: 2399

Mutoh Falcon 11 (RJ8000) - help locating service manual?

Anyone know where I can get a service manual for a mutoh falcon11 (RJ8000).
Thried Mutoh but with it being an obsolete machine they couldn't help. Got a users manual so not looking for that.

Getting a cap sensor error when starting up so need to read up a bit.

Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:36 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Avery supreme wrapping vinyl, have you used it? yoi ou oupou

Replies: 12

Views: 4628

Have at look at this thread Dan, Anthony used it for an Audi.

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... lue+chrome

Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help and advice neede please.

Replies: 4

Views: 1415

You won't be able to make the square logo fit a rectangular panel without distorting. You have a couple of different options though, firstly cut/crop it so you lose half the logo, secondly make it fit over 2 whole panels instead. Other option would be to change the design slightly so you had the 6 p...

Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Wall stickers and decals for your home?

Replies: 32

Views: 7876

Did you also forget that you had already replied to this post Robert :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for advice on sign type - foamex best thing to use?

Replies: 13

Views: 3121

I can see where Martin is coming from, if they were to say their budget is £500 then you maybe go down the vinyl or foamex route. If the budget is high enough, then maybe go down the perspex panel route. At least by asking, you know which one is going to be the best/most profitable for you No not r...

Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for advice on sign type - foamex best thing to use?

Replies: 13

Views: 3121

David, it can't really work against you, if I know what your budget is then I know what I can do within that price range so yes if your budget is £500 then there is a good chance the quote will be close to that, doesn't stop you also doing something a little more expensive & letting them see tha...

Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:54 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Wall stickers and decals for your home?

Replies: 32

Views: 7876

Martin Pearson wrote:Phototex is the name Shawn, it's the stuff in the link Peter put up, can't help more as never used it.


No need to thank me Shawn, I didn't do anything :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for advice on sign type - foamex best thing to use?

Replies: 13

Views: 3121

David, the reason I asked about budget is because you can spend a lot of time & effort to come up with something nice for the customer to inform you they only want to spend 50p :lol1: :lol1: Your not prepared to do a crappy job so effectively you have wasted your time trying to put together some...

Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:33 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Wall stickers and decals for your home?

Replies: 32

Views: 7876

Phototex is the name Shawn, it's the stuff in the link Peter put up, can't help more as never used it.

Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for advice on sign type - foamex best thing to use?

Replies: 13

Views: 3121

Have you discussed anything with the customer? Have you got some idea of their budget? What ever you decide to do really needs to tie in somehow with the rest of the shop front if possible so it doesn't look completely out of place, did the customer have any idea what sort of thing they wanted &...

Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:06 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: License verification failed (0x01000001)

Replies: 3

Views: 1923

Have you offered to send the old dongle back to be replaced? I know some companies are funny about the supply of a new dongle because they think you want it to run the software on more than one machine at a time.

Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:02 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Suggestions on which handheld router to purchase, please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1905

Depends what you want to do with it really, if your going to be running it daily for a few hours at a time then as has already been suggested buy a quality brand that's made for the job. If it's for occasional use, the odd job here & there then you will probably be ok with any machine. I have a ...

Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fast food photos CD with standard set meals - advice on idea

Replies: 10

Views: 2459

I' ve got a food CD which I think is an ingrams one, has pretty much the kind of stuff you are talking about on it Lee, sure others will have it or something similar as well. They do exist but take a bit of finding lol

Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Utility Warehouse - looking for personal experiences please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1963

John not something that I know much about but what do you do if there is a problem with one of your services? Who do you contact & how quickly does someone respond I only ask because of bad experiences with phone lines & internet service providers in the past.

Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Folding workbench - suggestions and advice needed please.

Replies: 8

Views: 2835

Chris Wool wrote:How about.
2 trestles and a old internal flat door works for me



Glad I'm not the only one that does that :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

2 trestles from aldi & the door came from next doors skip :lol1:

Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:11 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help, STOLEN Mutoh 1304 and Lecai 750 West Midlands UK

Replies: 26

Views: 7237

If you are thinking of putting some sort of tracker on your new printer then get the engineer who installs it to put it on somewhere not visible to the naked eye like inside one of the covers. Guessing anyone who steals stuff on a regular basis will have a quick look around the outside for something...

Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help, STOLEN Mutoh 1304 and Lecai 750 West Midlands UK

Replies: 26

Views: 7237

It's never nice when things like this happen, I've had a few unpleasant thinks happen to me over the years but at least you have the right sort of attitude.
Good to hear that you already have some of your work covered, best of luck sorting out the rest.

Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you stop the tyre kickers?

Replies: 8

Views: 2070

It's quite a difficult question to answer especially if these people have been customers of yours in the past when you were starting out & glad of pretty much any job. Sure there must be quite a lot of people in any industry that don't take on the sort of job that doesn't pay much & can take...

Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Seal laminator stopped working - help needed with fixing it?

Replies: 12

Views: 2896

Good news , will pop an invoice in the post latter on today :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Seal laminator stopped working - help needed with fixing it?

Replies: 12

Views: 2896

:-?found the fuses...still doesn't seem to want to work... they were in the little black barrel shapes above the grey bit...ahh Coil...every days a school day.... Im going to try out a welder on 3 phase to see if that works Have you checked all 3 of them Cheryl? Just noticed there is another one on...

Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Seal laminator stopped working - help needed with fixing it?

Replies: 12

Views: 2896

That's the power supply Cheryl, it's a coil. Those are miniature circuit breakers (trip switches) & should be in the on position. You could try flippin them off & back on. You may have to do that twice for them to stay latched in the on position. Hard to see but it looks like there are a cou...

Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Replies: 16

Views: 3603

Welcome to the forum

Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WARNING serial fraudster

Replies: 26

Views: 7280

Yes Cheryl BACS is completely different, by BACS the money is transfered directly from their bank to yours, money has to be in the account for their bank to transfer it.

Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:18 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Advice needed on equipment to create printed stickers?

Replies: 5

Views: 2130

One important thing to remember with solvent machines is that they cost you money even if you have nothing to print, they are not like an office type machine that can get switched on every once in a while when it's needed. It is often best to start out by using a trade printer for any digital work y...

Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:52 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Estimating and job management softwares

Replies: 6

Views: 2476

If you are already using quickbooks then that should be able to do everything you want to. I use a very old Quickbooks 6 & only really for estimating, invoicing & accounts but you can use it to track each job from initial enquiry & track proper costings per job.

Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:27 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: recommendation for Buying a new cutter replacement

Replies: 5

Views: 2886

If you have been happy with the machine you were using & happy to stay with the same brand then speak to Nigel at Grafityp, they sell that brand of plotter.
Nigel is on the forum quite regularly so will probably see this thread anyway.

Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Novajet 700 beeps? Printing problem, help needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2594

If it was working fine then it is unlikely to be a cable issue, when did you last look at the rubber wipers on the capping station, I've known them to cause problems such as lines & smudges.

Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:02 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Novajet 700 beeps? Printing problem, help needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2594

what makes you think it's the cable Glen?? Pretty sure it should run up & do a test print even without a cable fitted. Certainly will start up even if it doesn't do the test print.

Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Novajet 700 beeps? Printing problem, help needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2594

Stafford Cox wrote:Wow, that's a blast from the past :)

Let me know if the advice so far doesn't work and I'll see what I can dig out.

Stafford


I've probably still got some ink lying about in a box somewhere Stafford lol
Really am bad when it comes to throwing stuff out :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Im going to become a grandmother!!!

Replies: 10

Views: 2927

Congratulations Cheryl, now forget everything you learnt about being a parent because being a grandparent is much different. You get to spoil them rotten knowing you can give them back when they start moaning :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from Yorkshire

Replies: 4

Views: 2031

welcome to the forum ?

Try a search of the forum, font sites have been talked about quite a bit over the years so a search should throw up a few places to look.

The letterheads forum is a good place to check as well if you are quite happy to pay for fonts.

Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:32 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Novajet 700 beeps? Printing problem, help needed please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2594

Have you got a manual for it? That should tell you what the beep codes are.
I've got an old manual for the 850 somewhere, think the 2 machines were pretty much the same hardware. Will have a search about to see if I can find it.

Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from glasgow

Replies: 20

Views: 5152

Welcome to the forum Raymond.

Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Northern Ireland

Replies: 9

Views: 2789

welcome to the forum David

Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: App tape application with laminator - personal advice needed

Replies: 6

Views: 1779

Ewan, you don't want to be messing about keep changing over rolls of media, once you have your roll of laminate set up in the machine then you are probably best to leave it there & just stick to applying tape the way you are just now, might be a little awkward but how often do you need 1220 wide...

Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:50 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Help needed sourcing Glossy Photo Paper and advice, please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2028

Try giving Papergraphics a call, sorry can't remember the number, I run an aqueous machine so can't comment on solvent paper but they stock both aqueous & solvent based materials. Always been very helpful when I have needed to speak to them.

Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:34 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Fool proof way of getting a cutline - recommend software?

Replies: 4

Views: 1817

As Dave has already said learn to use the software you have, spend 15mins a day learning how to use the drawing tools & node editing within what ever software you are using & before to long you will be doing this with ease.

Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:00 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Sublimation Printing - printer recommendations please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1970

If this is something you would like to learn more about then maybe the Grafityp open day will be of benefit to you David

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... 149#460149

Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:44 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Help needed sourcing this cable, please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1713

Have you checked the ribbon cable is seated properly at both ends & the retaining clips are shut properly, ribbon cables have a tendency to slip a bit & not sit squarely which causes problems. Seen it loads of times with laptop ribbons.

Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Braintree, Essex

Replies: 10

Views: 2932

Welcome to the forum Rob.

Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:32 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Rogers various Aug 2014

Replies: 15

Views: 5263

If we are having an a confessional then I need to hang my head in shame as well for I have not yet read the Gospel according to (he's definitely no Saint) Phill :oops: :oops:

Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Bedford

Replies: 7

Views: 2653

Welcome to the forum Tom.

Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:12 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can coloured translucent be edge lit? Help please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1153

It won't be edge lit as such because it is stuck on the face of the acrylic (or back) rather than cut into it. Depends what sort of look you are after, personally I don't think etched vinyl looks as good as actual etching/engraving for the same reasons. Will see if I have anything knocking about tha...

Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:55 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Avery Blue Chrome Conform - Wrapped Audi A6

Replies: 18

Views: 6645

Quick question, does anyone on the forum stock the avery conform chrome gold or know anywhere that does in the UK. Looking at Metro Restyling for just shy of £70 a metre. Is 1220 wide going to be enough for a full wrap? Have you tried RHG or what ever they are called now as they do Avery films. Don...

Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:11 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Boat Signwriting - my work.

Replies: 23

Views: 9590

Interesting Brian Notice your shadows are to the left of the letters Always done mine on the right So I wonder if being a leftie makes the difference Nice boat sign by the way Surely which side you paint the shadow depends on the time of day :lol1: :lol1: Nice looking Job Brian, unfortunately tradi...

Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from sunny Chorley!

Replies: 8

Views: 2650

welcome to the forum Jonathan

Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Full Chrome Wrap - what is the best material for the job?

Replies: 2

Views: 1905

Can't help with your question personally but this thread may help

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... lue+chrome

Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:30 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexisign - Converting image to vector. Help please.

Replies: 5

Views: 2345

What you need to do is find a few more hours in the day lol, auto tracing or vectorising often doesn't give the sort of result that you need, it is really best if you can learn to use the drawing tools & the node editing tools. There are things you can do to an image before vectorising it, reduc...

Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Dark Purple Polymeric - help needed locating colour, please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1302

Still a few to go then John, add mactac, 3m, grafityp, hexis, ultramark, arlon, apa

Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:40 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Photoshop laying a Flexi sign on a photo - tutorials help?

Replies: 7

Views: 2357

Probably worth sitting down & working your way through the tutorials that come with Flexi, should answer most of your questions. If you take the time to introduce yourself & tell people a little about yourself & what you do then you will find you get more answers to any questions you may...

Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:03 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Flexisign - Converting image to vector. Help please.

Replies: 5

Views: 2345

Yes you need to vectorise the bitmap image.

Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:01 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Photoshop laying a Flexi sign on a photo - tutorials help?

Replies: 7

Views: 2357

Can you not do that directly from Flexi ? I use to use inspire which was a scanvec product before flexi & you could do what you want to do in that.

Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:56 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all from Bangor, Wales

Replies: 6

Views: 2297

welcome to the forum Lee.

Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello everybody from Plymouth

Replies: 5

Views: 2107

Welcome to the forum Lee.

Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:47 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Omega/composer onto a mac with a graphtec ce3000 help please

Replies: 5

Views: 2102

I don't have any mac computers but have read a few threads on different forums, either Parallels or Bootcamp will allow you to run windows on a mac, have a look at this link http://www.parallels.com/uk/landingpage/pd/windows-on-mac/?utm_nooverride=1&src=r&gclid=COKznum4xMACFSoEwwod7o0AHA If ...

Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:27 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: interesting sign

Replies: 3

Views: 2311

John Singh wrote:Simple really

Just keep out of Kohl's way


Or Not depending on your personal tastes John :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello again, Caterham.

Replies: 8

Views: 2852

Welcome back Joe

Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Landline phone providers

Replies: 11

Views: 3066

My fault James, it was a different company that wanted you to register first lol, yes I know how they work thanks, had a skype number for years but it's not my local area code as that isn't available with them. Not interested in National numbers at all, quite happy to seem like a small local company.

Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Landline phone providers

Replies: 11

Views: 3066

Haven't heard of them myself however I'm always suspicious of sales calls out of the blue. I never buy anything over the phone unless I've initiated it. Personally I use a virtual landline number and get the calls transferred to my mobile. That way whether I'm in or out I can take the call. Great f...

Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm a member again!

Replies: 8

Views: 6337

Welcome back Alan.

Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for a supplier for Cadburys purple colour ACM, help?

Replies: 10

Views: 2445

Tim Cowlishaw wrote:is it possible to own a colour ?????????????


Doesn't surprise me at all, Coke have their own red :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:44 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printed Vinyl on HIPS - help needed removing bubbles please.

Replies: 19

Views: 3398

John Harding wrote:So where are you :D


He's in the Wigan area according to the hello thread John :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from London, a new business making labels.

Replies: 12

Views: 3575

Denise Goodfellow wrote:Are the name labels sown into the kids clothing


The ones on Mabels labels weren't Denise, they had stick on & iron one ones, didn't look at the other 2 sites though.

Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from London, a new business making labels.

Replies: 12

Views: 3575

If it's just to produce small stickers & labels then from what I have read the BN20 would be the sort of machine you should be looking at, there aren't a lot of other small desktop machines that do the same job, think I read that Mimaki do a small machine but not 100% sure.

Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:58 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Printed Vinyl on HIPS - help needed removing bubbles please.

Replies: 19

Views: 3398

If these aren't laminated then is it possible that once they are printed you are applying a lot less squeegee pressure for fear of scratching them or using a different squeegee? I have no experience personally with printed graphics on hips just cad cut.

Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: EN 1090 & Technical Construction Files - Advice please.

Replies: 10

Views: 2853

Phill you could also make a case for them being temporary or fittings rather than components or fixtures which would also exclude them. I am all for having suitable safety standards but this just looks to me like the BSGA trying to get rid of all the small sign companies.

Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: EN 1090 & Technical Construction Files - Advice please.

Replies: 10

Views: 2853

Well that makes a lot of sense doesn't it, how can anyone think it is logical for a sign to have to meet the same requirements as an external staircase ??

Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: EN 1090 & Technical Construction Files - Advice please.

Replies: 10

Views: 2853

Stuart, who has told you this as Like Phill it is not something I have been made aware of either.

Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendations for hire of unveiling curtains

Replies: 7

Views: 2318

Could you not make some yourself rather than Hire them? Wouldn't have thought they would be that expensive to manufacture, then you could advertise them for hire once you have used them :lol1: :lol1:

Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from the Land of the Prince Bishops

Replies: 17

Views: 4199

John Singh wrote:
Andrew Hancock wrote:
I am beginning to get mental images of the characters on this forum :wink:


Don't you mean the mental characters on this forum


Yer I'm going to put my other avatar back up that will throw Andrew a curve ball, anyway I have a certificate to prove I'm sane :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any suggestions for covering stain glass windows?

Replies: 13

Views: 2935

The perspex sheet fitted before was probably installed the wrong way, easy to say in hindsight I know but if it had been cut to fit on the inside of the frame rather than over the wooden frame then the water wouldn't have been able to get in behind it. Wood is always going to rot anyway so he will s...

Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recommendations for a strong banner supplier please

Replies: 13

Views: 3665

I use to use Boldscan for pretty much all of the banner type stuff I needed, always found them to be very helpful.

Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:05 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: When do you 'book' a van in?

Replies: 5

Views: 2610

I use to do the same sort of thing for all work, fitting time after artwork had been approved wasn't the same for all jobs obviously especially when you had to buy in items like posts, panels etc. Minimum was 2 to 3 days, I never took a deposit but should have done really, the other thing I didn't d...

Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any suggestions for covering stain glass windows?

Replies: 13

Views: 2935

I would have suggested the same as you Stuart, silicone between the glass & lead beading. Could even have been done from the outside if the customer were worried about it being seen. I would have thought the problem would be the vinyl adhering to the lead properly rather than the glass & as ...

Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from the Land of the Prince Bishops

Replies: 17

Views: 4199

John Singh wrote:
Martin Pearson wrote:I was in the Royal Navy for 20 years so had a very sheltered life :lol1:



You lived in a submarine????


Yer I did for a lot of the time John as it happens :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from the Land of the Prince Bishops

Replies: 17

Views: 4199

I was in the Royal Navy for 20 years so had a very sheltered life :lol1:

Sorry about the hijack Andrew :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from the Land of the Prince Bishops

Replies: 17

Views: 4199

Craig Brown wrote:Gill, give me a call as I've got loads of stuff on the "Canny wee Scotsman" after his visit to Lancaster...and I'm sure he'd love to buy some more kit off you :wink:


Craig, the words "Kit" & "off" should never be used in the same sentence on a family forum

Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi there all from Birmingham

Replies: 8

Views: 2610

welcome to the forum Bryan

Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Supplier of Post Sleeve Signage

Replies: 6

Views: 1737

Vista Systems use to do some nice stuff, I say use to because I haven't had the need to deal with them for a long time

http://www.vistasystem.com/UK-Home.html

Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from the Land of the Prince Bishops

Replies: 17

Views: 4199

Welcome to the forum Andrew

Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How safe is cutting vinyl?

Replies: 14

Views: 3158

It was on some kind of mother and baby site about not putting vinyl decals in baby's rooms because of the toxins it can produce. The sort that would go mad if they ever googled "Dihydrogen Monoxide FAQ" Yer that stuff should be banned Richard, once your hooked on it there is no getting of...

Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How safe is cutting vinyl?

Replies: 14

Views: 3158

Personally I think you would have been crazy not to ask, nothing more important than your health so if there is something your not sure about best to get it sorted right away.

Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:49 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3m 1080 carbon fibre post heat

Replies: 5

Views: 2438

according to the installation guide 60 deg for carbon & brushed, 100 deg for gloss.
have you made sure it is squeegeed properly, some parts can be difficult to do properly I have found. Carbon is a very good conductor of heat, I normally wind the heat gun down a bit so it warms a bit slower.

Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:41 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How safe is cutting vinyl?

Replies: 14

Views: 3158

I thought I had logged into the wrong forum :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:40 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating Aluminium Composite problem

Replies: 15

Views: 3637

Have you tried applying the mounting film to the composite then mounted the printed graphic as I suggested?

What do you do with them once you have mounted the print to a board? Do you put some sort of frame around them or some sort of hanging arrangement on the back?

Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:36 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How safe is cutting vinyl?

Replies: 14

Views: 3158

Most of the people on this forum would be ill by now if that were the case, I can see why unlaminated digital prints should not be put up in baby/small childrens rooms as Robert has suggested but it is probably the case that someone has miss understood something they read & started a rumour :lol...

Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:31 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Ward: Sign assortment

Replies: 3

Views: 1836

All good work as usual Ade but this one has to be my favourite :wink:

Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:14 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating Aluminium Composite problem

Replies: 15

Views: 3637

Try applying your print mount film to the composite board & then applying the printed image to that, might make a difference. Aluminium panel is likely to give you more problems rather than less if it is mill finished & probably the same results if powder coated/spray painted plus it is goin...

Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:08 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Laminating Aluminium Composite problem

Replies: 15

Views: 3637

No it's not normal, even cheaper grades of ACM are pretty good as far as the surface finish goes. So whats your procedure from start to finish & where is the problem occurring? Just a quick point you will get more answers to questions if you take the time to introduce yourself & tell folk a ...

Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Going full time in 3 weeks

Replies: 16

Views: 3718

Once you go full time you will have more time to get out & tell people who you are & what you do as well.
Best of luck with it Ewan.

Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Another hello from Selborne

Replies: 7

Views: 2386

Welcome to the forum Cat

Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:55 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Hexis Vinyl what do you guys think?

Replies: 9

Views: 2430

If your thinking of changing your supplier best bet is to get a few samples from different suppliers & try a few different brands yourself, ask 10 different signmakers & you will probably get 10 different answers :lol1: :lol1: Can't comment on Hexis personally as I don't really use them so c...

Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Whats up from Nassau, Bahamas

Replies: 7

Views: 2837

welcome to the forum Julius

Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Rotherham

Replies: 8

Views: 2377

welcome to the forum Rich

Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:11 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: first sign tray attempt

Replies: 2

Views: 2135

First thing it would be best to get is a membership to the forum, not sure what level you need but there is a tutorial on fabricating trays. Cheapest way to start would be with a router with edge guide, 90 deg V bit with a 3mm flat bottom. You will need a work surface that is flat & rigid enough...

Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:33 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping Mini Mirrors, advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 6698

Robert, I'm not saying that because it is 3m it must be correct for one minute, personally I don't have the experience to be able to form my own opinion though so have to go by what the vinyl manufacturers suggest most of the time. I know you have been doing this a long time & with different typ...

Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:17 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping Mini Mirrors, advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 6698

I've never got my head around the pre stretch method, tried it a few times, just never had a successful wrap using the technique No neither have I but then I have problems in general lol, I would imagine it is suited to some shape mirrors better than others, there probably isn't a one size fits all...

Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: avery 777 purple

Replies: 5

Views: 1942

Ian's got 300mtrs of it from the look of it :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:27 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping Mini Mirrors, advice please?

Replies: 21

Views: 6698

Ok so taking that a step further Robert, say you are using 1080 & don't use this technique to fit to a mirror, week or so down the line you have a failure. How would you stand with some sort of claim for the failure, first thing that happens is 3m say you didn't follow their recognised technique...

Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Selborne

Replies: 5

Views: 1781

Welcome to the forum Simon

Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Primer 94 pens

Replies: 0

Views: 704

Primer 94 pens

Wasn't sure where to put this so hopeful it's in the right section :lol1:

Are these primer 94 pens any good or are you better off buying one of the empty refillable ink/paint markers & using that instead?

Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Insurance - Driving customers vehicles

Replies: 11

Views: 1742

Yes but does the drop off & pick up cover you fully comp or third party? Could you really afford to replace a brand new long wheelbase sprinter from your own pocket?? It's ok being road legal but the cost of replacing a van could put you out of business. That's why I said to check what you are a...

Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you stick your company name on jobs?

Replies: 19

Views: 4300

I have printed up some 0.8mm magnetic business cards. I put one of these on the drivers door. Simon. Stick one on the door of every unsigned van/truck you see on forecourts-parked up. Good, effective targeted cheap as chips advertising. Stick something useful on it like a conversion chart or a cale...

Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Wigan

Replies: 9

Views: 2683

welcome to the forum Steve

Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Insurance - Driving customers vehicles

Replies: 11

Views: 1742

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting, some policy's will only allow you to either store or drive the customers vehicle in & out of your workshop & don't cover you for road use so you can't collect & drop off as you can with a motor traders policy.

Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you stick your company name on jobs?

Replies: 19

Views: 4300

I never use to put my details on a customers van unless they asked me if I wanted to. Like Hugh plenty of customers have asked & i've either got some in stock or just run out depending on the job :lol1: Garage stickers come off the car as soon as I get it normally, I just don't see the point in ...

Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Exit Signs

Replies: 3

Views: 1406

The heat getting to you John :lol1: :lol1:

Seriously though you just need to be versatile & switch production to Entrance signs as they are obviously coming in.

Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what vehicles does everyone use? Advice needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 7079

Yer I found it Ewan, strange thing is that when I click on the link you added it comes up with a message saying the page or vehicle is no longer available but on the same page is a link that says Mitsubishi L200 that takes you to it.

Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:51 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping tools

Replies: 10

Views: 3127

Robert if I'm up a ladder with a heat gun in one hand & vinyl in the other the squeegee is between my teeth lol

Chris, is that the suede squeegee wings that Paul has in his online shop? If it is I saw those & wondered what they were for or if they were for a particular brand of squeegee.

Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:46 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Colour Change Wraps. My portfolio with before and after.

Replies: 13

Views: 4591

Jon I've not used the air release but used the ordinary KPMF a few times over the years & never had any issues with it other than it being more difficult to fit & more time consuming that the other films you mentioned.

Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what vehicles does everyone use? Advice needed please.

Replies: 34

Views: 7079

OK but the link was a bit of a waste of time as you just get a message saying the vehicle is no longer available which is why I thought you may have bought it lol
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