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Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:38 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: solvent prints degassing - advice on how long to leave

Replies: 7

Views: 2782

Try doing a search on the forum, been discussed quite a few times. Sorry can't offer any advice myself as don't own a printer.

Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Finance options for vehicle wraps?!!!!

Replies: 13

Views: 3078

Surely when someone first enquires about a wrap you give them some sort of idea what it will cost?
Yes there are lots of people who think it will only cost a couple of hundred quid but in my experience these are the people who wouldn't have the car wrapped if they knew the real cost.

Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: FLood coating window inside a frame - personal advice please

Replies: 17

Views: 3948

Simon, I try to apply graphics dry as much as possible, it is generally much easier & quicker once you get the hang of it BUT I also know I am never going to be as good at it as some people so some jobs are done wet. As with most things its about confidence so if I don't feel I could confidently...

Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:14 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Fixing channel to acm panel, recommendations on fixing?

Replies: 20

Views: 7128

VHB tape & rivets are what I generally use, try searching for countersunk rivets, lots of suppliers but don't have any names on this machine.

Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:11 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Arcing 3 lines of text - help needed please

Replies: 3

Views: 1389

Jason, no matter how much time you spend on it you may never get it to look completely right. I try to avoid arching text if I can because getting the kerning/tracking to look right between certain letters is nigh on impossible.

Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: World Cup 2014

Replies: 80

Views: 19955

Simple answer from someone knows sweet FA about football. The Premiership should limit the amount of foreign players in any one squad. That way, wouldn't home grown talent be brought through the ranks? Just a thought as I felt very sad for the likes of Mr R and Mr G and the younger players when Eng...

Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:21 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: FLood coating window inside a frame - personal advice please

Replies: 17

Views: 3948

Simon it would be lined up & if you have a second pair of hands holding it in place while you remove the first few inches of backing then if done properly will be completely accurate. In fact Pauls method is pretty much the same but just uses a bit of double sided tape rather than an extra pair ...

Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:12 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hiya everybody from the West Midlands

Replies: 8

Views: 3000

Welcome to the forum Derek. hope you get it sorted quickly. Kevin is spot on Robert is often away on the road

Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:04 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: FLood coating window inside a frame - personal advice please

Replies: 17

Views: 3948

If your graphic is cut to size so it fits snugly inside the frame then unroll it & put it in place where it is to go. remove the backing paper for the first 6" or so & apply that to the window. You should them be able to roll the graphic back up again & apply as you would normally. ...

Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: suspending banners with wire - lang span. advice please..

Replies: 2

Views: 810

Try Boldscan Hugh, haven't used them for a while but they were always very helpful when it came to stuff like that & they do road span banners that meet LOLA requirements.

Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: smallish clear acrylic cut sign supplier

Replies: 4

Views: 1311

Think you might struggle getting some of that laser cut, centre motif for one has very fine strokes that I don't think will cut at that sort of size. Another option would be to get it engraved & filled, laser or rotary engraved & then filled with black paint.

Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:28 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC Router Sacrificial Beds

Replies: 11

Views: 4464

The marine grade board you are using is likely to be much denser than a cheap internal grade board, that may be why your having problems with hold down.

I would try a thinner board as Ian suggests.

Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: World Cup 2014

Replies: 80

Views: 19955

Spain v Dutch...what a game !! one of the best World Cup matches I have ever seen,,,,, England tonight..2-1 to Italy I fear :( hopefully wrong COME ON ENGLAND Telepathic or what? :D Close Harry but not quite, one of the players has a burning desire to be a signwriter & was surfing the net prior...

Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Largest and thickest size foamex sheets

Replies: 5

Views: 1528

James as Simon has said I think you will find foamex will be porous, I wouldn't use it personally. Plus it is also very temperature sensitive so maintaining a perfectly flat surface might be difficult. If your having problems with hold down then make sure the zone valves are tight so no loss through...

Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:30 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Has anybody used Chinese hardware before?

Replies: 11

Views: 3134

Your assumptions about the ink are not correct Alan, the problem is that the ink dries very quickly & if the machine is not run then the ink dries in the printhead clogging the nozzles. With older machines the only think you could do was run them pretty much constantly to avoid this happening. M...

Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from the Isle of Wight

Replies: 7

Views: 2076

Welcome to the forum Darren.

Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:13 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vinyl Master VMX v4

Replies: 6

Views: 2486

I normally mention it when people are asking about software, never having used Signlab or flexi I can't compare it against them but like Graham I think it is a great program & wouldn't want to be without it now. Think one of the main reasons it has come so far as you say Ewan is that for version...

Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:45 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Best stencil masking film for painted brickwork?

Replies: 8

Views: 3078

I got samples from RH & the stencil film they were selling was avery not oracal John so it may well be an avery paint mask film. If that's the case then you should be able to buy else where.

Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: jigsaw vs Router to cut ACM

Replies: 5

Views: 1624

If you have a steady hand then a jifsaw is probably going to be your best bet as Steve says, router will give a clean edge but difficult to see where you are cutting unless you go to the trouble of making templates or jigs. cover the graphic to protect it from the jigsaw shoe & use something lik...

Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Window film holder+cutter

Replies: 5

Views: 1688

You could make something like that pretty easily if you can't find a supplier.

Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:40 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: 3M controltac bubbling after hard squeegee - help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 3369

Did you try turning the heat down a bit with the Avery, not applied much of it but never had problems with what I have. Where are you applying the graphics ? inside/outside? Weather has been all over the place recently so if applying out doors could be a temperature problem from sun, try turning the...

Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:34 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: printing everything with a red scale

Replies: 22

Views: 5591

If it's the same sort of Idea as my aqueous printer then you would do it via the waste ink lines from the caps Looks aren't always the best way to judge, could be manufactured from a better quality material for one thing. Course it could just be that prices in the uk are way above other Countries :l...

Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Now have new premises..

Replies: 28

Views: 7097

fed up with not being able to swing a cat...I can now (well very shortly) swing several at the same time!!!

Give it a couple of months & you will be back to not being able to swing one :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Best of luck with the move for both of you.

Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:02 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: printing everything with a red scale

Replies: 22

Views: 5591

see told you Dave answered while I was typing :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:01 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: printing everything with a red scale

Replies: 22

Views: 5591

Haven't got a clue lol, I don't have a solvent machine because I don't have enough work to keep one running but read a lot of posts so know they don't all have one.

Sure someone who knows will answer though :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:48 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: printing everything with a red scale

Replies: 22

Views: 5591

Does your machine have a maintenance/self clean mode? Not all machines do especially not older machines.

Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all from Doncaster

Replies: 4

Views: 1631

welcome to the forum Mark

Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Recommendations on a Substrate supplier please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1240

Not 100% sure but I think HIPS is available with a gloss finish on both sides.
Suppliers, same sort of places as Chris mentioned.

Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Christmas in London

Replies: 10

Views: 2786

Ha!...actually we had talked about that. We're fourth generation Canadian but my dad's side of the family origins are in Ayrshire. That being said supposedly we were originally banished to Nova Scota in the new lands; dunno if Scotland would allow us back in! ;-) Well they've let me live in Scotlan...

Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:21 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Has anyone used KPMF cast? opinions saught

Replies: 4

Views: 1260

The best thing you can do is buy a couple of metres & try it out for yourself Ewan, as has been said lots of times before what vinyl you use is generally down to personal preference more than anything else. I've used the 7000 series & had no problems with it what so ever, cut weeded & ap...

Sat May 31, 2014 9:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from the west coast of Canada!

Replies: 8

Views: 1842

welcome to the forum Boyd

Sat May 31, 2014 9:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Hammond - Van & Trailer Graphics

Replies: 8

Views: 3175

I would echo what Jon has said, why does your customer want to spoil a perfectly good layout by cluttering the van up.

Sat May 31, 2014 9:37 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Why is my print doing this? fading

Replies: 13

Views: 7173

Is it happening with all colours or just some of them Hugh, certainly sounds like ink starvation. My printer is aqueous but uses epson heads which is probably why mine has dampers. The head itself will act in the same way as a damper if it contains a small supply of ink. I would certainly still chec...

Fri May 30, 2014 9:26 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: Why is my print doing this? fading

Replies: 13

Views: 7173

As Phill has said Hugh, check the flow of ink to the dampers & that the dampers have ink in them, had this as well on my Mutoh & replacing the dampers solved the problem

Fri May 30, 2014 10:22 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent print vinyl advice please

Replies: 8

Views: 1682

Can you not get a sample from Amari big enough for you to try it out Steve, at that kind of price difference got to be worth asking them.

Mon May 26, 2014 11:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How time flies, but a bit more activity wouldn't go a miss!

Replies: 20

Views: 8329

Steff, I can understand you being a bit disappointed not to have had any replies to your question but I doubt it was because people felt you didn't deserve an answer, it may just have been that no one with knowledge of that machine was about when you posted & your post ended up dropping down the...

Fri May 23, 2014 2:46 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Roland Stika SV-15 compatability Question

Replies: 8

Views: 2562

You may struggle to find a driver for windows 8 for it, have you checked the Roland website? Roland are a decent brand & their machines like some of the other known brands are workhorses. I wouldn't have thought a 15" machine was really big enough if you want to do the kind of work you have...

Fri May 23, 2014 2:37 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Recommendations on a cast Vinyl, please?

Replies: 17

Views: 3680

If the recesses are shallow as Hugh says then I would just use 551 as well, it will stay put in shallow recesses if you post heat it properly once it has been fitted.

Fri May 23, 2014 2:32 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How to fold vinyl round the edges of ACM

Replies: 11

Views: 2476

Simon, I've done quite a lot of panels that way & never had a problem with it failing or coming away. I use oracal 551 for most of my signage so not an expensive vinyl. I just normally fold about an inch round the edge, make sure it is stuck down properly with a roller & then blast it with t...

Thu May 22, 2014 8:20 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Recommendations on a cast Vinyl, please?

Replies: 17

Views: 3680

Elliot, don't let me bully you into using a vinyl you are not confident with. I've been doing this for a while now & there were a few people suggested a different type of vinyl so perhaps that may be a better way for you to go. Biggest part of almost anything we do is confidence & if you are...

Wed May 21, 2014 10:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Recommendations on a cast Vinyl, please?

Replies: 17

Views: 3680

For a job like that I would definitely use an air release cast vinyl. It may cost a little more but you will more than make that up in the time saved. My preference is 3m 180. Simon Simon, sorry but I disagree with that, we are suppose to be signmakers & a job like that isn't difficult at all f...

Wed May 21, 2014 10:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: filling holes in tray sign

Replies: 6

Views: 3539

Problem with using a car type filler is getting the finish right which can take a bit of time, seen it before when people think they have it perfectly flat as soon as a coat of paint goes on you can see exactly where the filler is. Other problem could be drilling fresh holes for new lettering accura...

Tue May 20, 2014 10:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Recommendations on a cast Vinyl, please?

Replies: 17

Views: 3680

What brand of vinyl do you currently use for day to day work? A cast by the same manufacturer will be as good as any I would imagine. Hard to recommend one because everyone will have their own favourite. If you have the time best thing to do is get a few samples from suppliers & try them out for...

Tue May 20, 2014 4:53 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Ford transit connect van rear doors

Replies: 2

Views: 1665

Just all as one bit Matt, not actually sure how you would go about doing it as 2 separate doors :lol1:

Tue May 20, 2014 4:51 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Asbestos suspected whilst fitting a sign!

Replies: 6

Views: 2553

fair play to you James £120 is a small price to sleep easy at night - telling the client of the delay is another matter BTW You can always tell if youve been exposed to Asbestos because it makes the end of your nose turn blue John No John, I think the blue nose is more likely to be down to the radi...

Tue May 20, 2014 11:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings From Nottingham

Replies: 5

Views: 1827

Welcome to the forum Jayden.

Mon May 19, 2014 12:46 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Release liner not releasing, advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2069

Must be something to what Kevin is saying as well, I have never had a problem with oracal vinyl but then again guess what app tape I use lol

Mon May 19, 2014 12:43 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Asbestos suspected whilst fitting a sign!

Replies: 6

Views: 2553

I think you should have just got on & finished the job, asbestos isn't harmful to you at all. That's what they told me when I was in the Royal Navy & use to remove asbestos pipe lagging, must be true because the MOD wouldn't tell porkies would they !!!

Mon May 19, 2014 12:37 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Release liner not releasing, advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2069

How you remove the backing paper will make a big difference as well, try to remove it at to shallow an angle will encourage the vinyl to stay stuck on the backing paper, you should be rolling it back on itself so almost pulling at 180 deg angle if you get what I mean :lol1: :lol1:

Sun May 18, 2014 9:43 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping - A cheaper alternative to paint?

Replies: 6

Views: 2541

i laughed and said you must be joking right? you need to be adding another digit on the end of that! his reply was, but you can get the material on ebay for £50.. OK so lets say you buy the materials for £50, how long did he think it would take for you to complete the job? If he budgets £100 for you...

Fri May 16, 2014 5:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice needed on vinyl Printer please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2711

Should be on the forum somewhere unless Robert has taken it down with the site moving/being upgraded. What sort of phone do you have because there is also a sign app that has all the supplier info I believe. Need an apple device for that & my phone is android so haven't tried that. Just found th...

Fri May 16, 2014 1:22 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Wrapping - A cheaper alternative to paint?

Replies: 6

Views: 2541

I think a lot of it is down to peoples perceptions, you could paint a car with a tin of gloss from a hardware store & a brush but people know that's not a very good way to do it & most people wouldn't even consider it (I say most because I know people who have done it). They have seen the ri...

Fri May 16, 2014 1:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello everyone from Edinburgh

Replies: 7

Views: 2177

welcome to the forum David

Fri May 16, 2014 1:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Enfield

Replies: 9

Views: 2534

welcome to the forum Lawrence

Fri May 16, 2014 1:07 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: printable luminous film

Replies: 3

Views: 1282

What are you searching for?
photoluminescent vinyl throws up Grafityp, all print & MDP supplies pretty sure hexis do it as well & I am sure there are other uk suppliers.

Wed May 14, 2014 11:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Advice needed on vinyl Printer please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2711

As Colin has said don't forget the other bits you will need such as a laminator, I would sub the work out to a trade printer to start with as well, solvent machines can't be switched off as you would do with your A4 inkjet so you need to have a pretty constant flow of work for them to do. If the mac...

Wed May 14, 2014 11:32 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice needed on colour change wrapping vinyl?

Replies: 4

Views: 1989

Have you done a wrap course? Not used it myself but looking at their website the adhesive structure will make it more difficult to fit than a repositionable film like avery supreme, 3m 1080 or arlon premier. Is this a one man job or do you have an assistant? That makes a big difference with any wrap.

Sat May 10, 2014 3:55 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Alignement

Replies: 2

Views: 1182

Like Ewan says it depends where on the glass it is to go, also would depend on what sort of glass & quantity. If I were to be doing a lot of them then I would probably look at making a jig for the glass to speed up production, if there were a lot of curved glasses then I would look at producing ...

Sat May 10, 2014 3:41 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC Router Machine Engineers

Replies: 3

Views: 1600

Sure there will be but like printers knowing what brand of machine you have will probably make a difference to what engineers are mentioned plus a lot of people won't know what sort of area you are based so knowing that may help.

Fri May 09, 2014 6:48 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Prepping a vehicle for wrapping (cleaning)

Replies: 14

Views: 5368

Re: Prepping a vehicle for wrapping (cleaning)

[quote="Leon Winslade"]Hi guys a little help please I be using avary surface clean for cleaning vans for a while. Is there any other cleaners i could use as I been Looking at isopropyl type produces. can any of u recommend any other product and any suppliers please. ( price is always key l...

Thu May 08, 2014 5:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: The balance between quality vinyl and price?

Replies: 22

Views: 6851

As has already been said buy a decent brand & stick to it, if a few pence a metre makes a difference to you on the average van job then you aren't charging enough.
Personally it's 551 for me but best to get some samples from various suppliers & sort out what works best for yourself.

Tue May 06, 2014 3:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dust Extraction

Replies: 5

Views: 1339

Any way you could box the engraving machines in or build a small room to keep them separate from the rest of the workshop? Like I say I had to completely remodel the workshop, it's still far from perfect but a lot better than it was. I try not to have the router running when I am applying vinyl but ...

Tue May 06, 2014 10:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi, Bronwen from Hereford

Replies: 10

Views: 2663

welcome to the forum Bronwen

Tue May 06, 2014 10:05 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Ashby Trade Sign Supplies disappointing service

Replies: 16

Views: 7931

There's a section on the forum for introductions, say hello think it is lol, Just nice for people to know who they are talking to. Haven't really had much to do with Ashby personally for quite a few years but have read several threads on the forum about them, as Kevin says difficult to understand wh...

Tue May 06, 2014 9:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where can I buy Oracal 751 by the metre?

Replies: 2

Views: 956

This is head office number John, don't know who your local depot would be

01604 495333

The vinyl corporation use to sell it as well but don't know if they still do or contact details

Tue May 06, 2014 9:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dust Extraction

Replies: 5

Views: 1339

where's it coming from Greg? A dust extraction system for removing dust from the air probably won't be cheap, looking at new types of floor covering to prevent dust being kicked up or is easy to keep clean might be a cheaper option. I had to completely re arrange my workshop to keep vinyl work away ...

Tue May 06, 2014 9:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exhibition stand, where, how, who?!!

Replies: 4

Views: 1126

Does the customer know what space they have & what they are allowed to have Chris. Also what is there already & any power outlets. Always best to check that sort of thing first. You could produce roller banners for them yourself quite easily. Can't really help with suppliers as it's a long t...

Sun May 04, 2014 1:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from near Birmingham

Replies: 6

Views: 1831

Welcome to the forum Julie.

You would be better asking the question about media separately in the correct part of the forum, it will get more views, not everyone reads the hello section.

Sun May 04, 2014 1:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Avery Blue Chrome Conform - Wrapped Audi A6

Replies: 18

Views: 6638

First thought was why 9 mtrs, I would have bought the 18 mtrs & done the full car, OK double the expense but this is a sales tool so should pay for itself without any problems. Then I noticed your comment about the width of the roll, it wouldn't have been possible to do it all in the chrome with...

Sun May 04, 2014 1:45 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Over Laminating

Replies: 12

Views: 3086

Does everyone over laminate their prints? before I had by printer and subbed out print work some companies over laminated everything other did not???? very confused The answer is YES & NO, bet your even more confused now lol, this is something that you are going to have to decide for yourself. S...

Fri May 02, 2014 6:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: De gassing chamber for vinyl

Replies: 2

Views: 957

Try a search as it has been discussed before, think the main concern people had was that the graphics were rolled up to some degree & some driers seemed to have the fan in the wrong place.

Fri May 02, 2014 6:42 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help & Advice needed wrapping a Glass?

Replies: 12

Views: 3196

You need a decent quality cast vinyl or a wrap vinyl for something like that. lots of different ways to align text & graphics ranging from measuring to using registration marks, all depends on the job itself.

Fri May 02, 2014 6:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Planning Permission Issues

Replies: 9

Views: 1697

Mike, the guide is all well & good, I have been using it for years but the main problem with it is that it is still open to interpretation & my local Councils interpretation seems to be completely different to mine :lol1: :lol1:

Fri May 02, 2014 11:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Its GOODBYE from me

Replies: 35

Views: 6857

Sorry to see you go to Kevin but can understand your reasoning, any ideas what you plan to do next or are you keeping that a secret for now.
With a bit of luck you will still be about the forums, one thing your not going to lose is the years of experience.
Best of luck with the future.

Fri May 02, 2014 11:15 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Printable Flock - How does that work then??

Replies: 10

Views: 2930

So a comparison might be me & you Nigel :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Planning Permission Issues

Replies: 9

Views: 1697

Are you saying that they are changing their facia sign because the council have told them to? If that's the case I would get them to speak to their local MP not sure they have the power to do that. Ask the traditional sign writers on here to suggest some fonts, if it's done in a traditional sign wri...

Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:53 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi all from hertfordshire

Replies: 11

Views: 2250

welcome to the forum Shawn

Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi Everyone

Replies: 7

Views: 2022

Welcome to the forum Chris


I guess all I need to do now is find an acceptable picture of myself, this could take sime time

Not really an acceptable excuse, mine should tell you that :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:26 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Cutting Small Text Graphtec

Replies: 11

Views: 2348

Have you tried the tangential mode David, small text generally weeds better for me if I use it. Sometimes also notch the force up one extra as well. Really all you can do is select a font that is going to weed ok & then play about with a few settings. I've never bought a special blade for detail...

Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:09 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signvox, anybody use it in UK?

Replies: 1

Views: 1221

Been mentioned in a couple of threads on the board Warren, Big Mo uses it. Have a look at this thread might help a bit.

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

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Chevrons and windscreen visors

Replies: 7

Views: 1379

4" or 100mm down from the centre of the screen is the legal maximum but can't remember where I found the info now as it was a few years ago. Also as has been mentioned the sweep of the wipers must not come in contact with the sunstrip. Although there are rules regarding chevrons I'm not sure an...

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:53 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: one piece or sections

Replies: 6

Views: 2354

I would do it in one bit as well, as Dave says it's not big just quite long. This is pretty basic straight forward stuff so take the opportunity to practice some of what you were taught on the wrap course, if you start with fairly easy jobs it will help build your confidence.

Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:37 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Roland estimated Ink Consumption help please?

Replies: 15

Views: 4769

Thanks Nigel, Dave, I'm design, print and sell mainly 200m x 150mm stickers. The designs are unique. The asking prices are for single items and fairly critical. It's difficult for me to establish exactly what is a viable amount of time the machine should be working in a week. When exactly (that is,...

Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:01 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Roland estimated Ink Consumption help please?

Replies: 15

Views: 4769

yes the cleaning cycle does use ink......so yes if you are not using the printer much it is expensive. john Thanks John, I've read the claim (by a Roland representative) that the SP-540i uses less than £1 per month if totally unused. I don't know if it's the same for the BN? I would like a 'real li...

Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All from Carlisle member

Replies: 5

Views: 1653

welcome to the forum Colin

Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:37 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3d engraving

Replies: 2

Views: 1478

what you can & can't do will depend on how many axis your machine has. Bit out of my league but something like a propeller is probably going to require more than three axis, maybe 5 for something like that. As for 2 sided machining its not difficult but does require accurate registration when fl...

Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:21 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: VHB tape for fixing stainless letters to gloss painted wood?

Replies: 10

Views: 4974

So you hit submit while I was still typing Robert lol.

Still helps to support that well know saying..... Not great minds thnk alike, what's the other one :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hiya from sunny Blackpool

Replies: 6

Views: 1875

Welcome to the forum darrell, look forward to hearing from you again in another 5 years :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Burnley!

Replies: 5

Views: 1708

welcome to the forum Lewis.

Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:57 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: VHB tape for fixing stainless letters to gloss painted wood?

Replies: 10

Views: 4974

If the stroke on stainless letters is extremely thin then another option is to weld pins to the backs of the letters instead.

Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Customers, "you want it when?"

Replies: 6

Views: 2033

funnily enough we were asked to reproduce this exact same graphic in vinyl and apply it to the rear doors of about 15 of our customers vans... wait for it... more than ten years ago! :o i still think its a funny and thought it a nice little bit of humour for the rear of the vans... to be honest... ...

Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Has any tried vinyl removal fluid ?

Replies: 4

Views: 1148

John Harding wrote:dunno but if its as easy as the honey in the video makes it look I might invest in some :D


I had to go watch the video after your comments John :lol1: :lol1:
still don't think I will be buying any though lol

Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:15 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router bit for acrylic

Replies: 7

Views: 2770

Do they work ok Dave? Reason I mentioned ITC was because I know that is where Phill Fenton got some bits for cutting acrylic on his home made cnc machine which uses a hand held router rather than a high speed spindle. Surprised Phill didn't find the trend ones.

Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:09 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router bit for acrylic

Replies: 7

Views: 2770

Thanks Martin Interesting re the spindle speed, your right its a triton TA001 hand held router mounted in a router table, are you suggesting that slower is the way to go for acrylic? ITC seem to have a suitable bit but not sure if its suitable for non cnc use, will contact them tomorrow. Not at all...

Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Glasgow, Scotland

Replies: 12

Views: 2506

Welcome to the forum Robert, think half the board members are in the Glasgow area are they not :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:39 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Feedback on my vehicle graphics please?

Replies: 7

Views: 3032

You wont do yourself any harm buying a copy of Mike Stevens book Mastering layout.

Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:36 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router bit for acrylic

Replies: 7

Views: 2770

You may find the spindle speed to fast on a hand held router which I am guessing you are using.
Have a look at ITC for bits suitable for cutting acrylic.

http://www.itc-ltd.co.uk/products/sign- ... g-products

Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:15 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Cordless heatguns or alternatives?

Replies: 9

Views: 3146

What insurance Company was that Chris? Not had a problem myself & have been using one on & off for years. Only problem I ever had getting insurance with a gas appliance was the workshop heater that used a big propane bottle.

Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:47 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: ACRYLIC WITH BACKING PLATE SUPPLIER

Replies: 6

Views: 3121

Depending on the size & quantity your customer is looking for you could make these up pretty easily yourself just by getting the acrylic & board cut to size for you if you can't cut it yourself.
try a search on the forum for stand offs, can't remember what companies have been recommended.

Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Saying hello from Leicestershire

Replies: 9

Views: 1779

Tim Cowlishaw wrote:or do you prefer Colin ???


Tim, thought it might be some sort of secret code having read Roberts welcome message. After all he is the site administrator :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi from sunny devon

Replies: 8

Views: 1951

Welcome to the forum Mark

Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Saying hello from Leicestershire

Replies: 9

Views: 1779

Welcome to the forum Tim, or do you prefer Colin ??? :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Birmingham

Replies: 5

Views: 1425

Welcome to the forum Nick

Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Took me a while to see it...

Replies: 7

Views: 1768

Robert Lambie wrote::lol1: that took me ages to suss... doh! :-? :lol1:


Not sure how it took you so long Robert when Mr Fenton has spelled it out for you :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:12 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Print and cut accuracy

Replies: 11

Views: 2200

Are you pulling some media off the roll before printing to ensure the rollers aren't pulling at a large roll of media.

Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:08 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Text effect

Replies: 20

Views: 4818

Have a look at Flexi or vinylmaster as an alternative to signlab if your not happy with it, like I said earlier it is personal choice in a lot of cases. I don't use signlab myself so can't comment on it at all.

Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:17 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Oval hanging panel-where to buy?

Replies: 1

Views: 643

Shame not everyone feels that way Lorraine, if all the trade customers went elsewhere I wonder how long they would last just selling to the public.

Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:09 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Text effect

Replies: 20

Views: 4818

Ewan you have the trial software which isn't costing you anything so why not have a play around & see if it fits the bill for you, there are also other software packages on the market that have trial versions so you could also download those & try them out. Then select what you think will wo...

Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Hertfordshire

Replies: 8

Views: 1495

welcome to the forum Elliot, what was your avatar? Maybe against board rules.

Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Acrylic panel stand, free standing

Replies: 4

Views: 1455

Signwaves do something similar or are you looking for an exact match Rich?

Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:44 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Paper Photo Printer advice

Replies: 7

Views: 1528

I doubt even a dye or pigment large format printer will be particularly economical for stuff like that, then there is the time taken to cut them all up. Much better as David says with something that is geared up for that sort of work.

Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:40 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can you get reflective wrap

Replies: 4

Views: 1911

If your going to do a reflective wrap for a customer just check chapter 8 to ensure you don't use any colours in the wrong places.
Can't help with material though.

Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:16 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Advice on a wrap

Replies: 4

Views: 2011

OK first thing is to make sure the customer fully understands what you are doing & what they are paying for. Reason I say that is because with a yellow van the door checks for a start are going to be really noticeable unless you wrap them all as well, it will probably take you longer to wrap the...

Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:37 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Layering Fonts

Replies: 5

Views: 2626

Don't use illustrator Simon but can't you add an outline, that's what you really need to do if your cutting vinyl rather than printing. Far as I know the stroke is just the thickness of the line which as I say would work if printing.

Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:07 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Any entry level routers?

Replies: 7

Views: 3095

Before you go to the expense of buying something think about what you want to do with it, worth joining one or two of the cnc forums & asking questions on there before parting with any cash. Size, type of work you want to do, materials you want to be able to cut with it are all factors you need ...

Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: printed vinyl for interior doors

Replies: 7

Views: 1579

Lots of different ways to enlage pictures & retain quality but will depend on what software you are using, don't know if signlab has any tools for enlarging images but may have. If you have photoshop it can be done with that which is what I use to do before I read a post on the forum about enlar...

Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:02 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need a little help....please

Replies: 13

Views: 6050

Not sure about the toolbar or where you downloaded it from but I have never had a problem downloading anything from the forum & I've been a member for a little while :lol1: Admin would be the best people to ask about downloading it. To help get you started you could try Paperlink, Amari Plastics...

Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:42 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need a little help....please

Replies: 13

Views: 6050

Do yourself a favour & forget correx & foamex for your signs, these materials aren't really the way to go if you want to give the right impression. Buy a sheet of composite & use that for your signs. Plenty of suppliers, many of which will cut to size for you if you can't cut it yourself...

Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:28 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP 5500 UV - Any good for signmaking?

Replies: 7

Views: 5364

Hugh Potter has a HP machine, think it's a 6000 series he might be worth contacting for a second opinion but I can tell you (first hand) that using this type of machine is not a good idea for external signage. I buy most of mine in as I don't get asked a great deal for it but would print it myself i...

Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:22 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Software advice needed please?

Replies: 13

Views: 4488

A bitmap image will always have a bounding box around it, gimp won't have removed it just changed it to a transparency. once you have traced or vectorised the image you can then either ungroup or break apart the image, select the box on it's own & delete it. Sorry don't use signlab so not sure e...

Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Devon

Replies: 6

Views: 1606

welcome to the forum

Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:20 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Any entry level routers?

Replies: 7

Views: 3095

Someone asked about routers quite recently & Phill mentioned his machine was still going strong.
Really depends what sort of materials you want to cut & what sort of size.

Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:17 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP 5500 UV - Any good for signmaking?

Replies: 7

Views: 5364

No it won't give you 3 years outdoor durability the same as eco sol max inks, if it did every signmaker would be running one rather than a more expensive solvent machine. There is a place for this type of machine in the industry but it isn't producing external signage unless it is for short term use...

Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:21 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: rally car wrapping

Replies: 5

Views: 2738

Most polymerics aren't really suitable for vehicle wraps & aren't sold for that purpose. There are some hybrid polymeric films about which might be confusing you a bit but generally speaking you should be looking at the major suppliers & what they list as a wrap vinyl as that will be suitabl...

Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Halesowen

Replies: 4

Views: 1287

Welcome to the forum Jason

Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:25 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: rally car wrapping

Replies: 5

Views: 2738

The Grafityp vinyl you have linked to is not a wrap vinyl, its a monomeric vinyl or basically the cheapest type of vinyl you can buy. At 13 squids I doubt if the vinyl you bought from ebay was a proper wrap vinyl either. Have a look at 3m, Avery, Arlon, & hexis, all do a good range. Grafityp do ...

Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi All from Austria

Replies: 6

Views: 1893

Sat wrote this in my garden overlooking the valley

Well I was going to welcome you back Lee but after reading that & living in Scotland I don't think I will bother :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:34 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need a little help....please

Replies: 13

Views: 6050

Best advice I can give you is make yourself a cup of tea or coffee (in fact make a flask). Sit yourself down, get comfortable & phone Edward Mathias. http://www.edwardmathias.com You will be on the phone for a considerable length of time but you will come away knowing everything there is to know...

Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: and i'm back too! :D

Replies: 5

Views: 1832

Welcome back Jason

Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Brent in Stoke

Replies: 7

Views: 1495

Welcome to the forum Brent.

Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi all from Devon

Replies: 3

Views: 1132

welcome to the forum John

Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:02 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Venturing into Vehicle Wrapping, advice needed?

Replies: 15

Views: 4336

Sink or swim eh, problem with that is with my luck I would sink :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:01 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Hi folks :) Need some pro advice on producing product labels

Replies: 27

Views: 4669

John the main difference between Shane & yourself is that the BN20 is a bit on the small side for signmaking, I would guess that the companies that sold them on quickly did so because they needed a bigger machine. As a signmaker if you are only running one machine then it is really best to have ...

Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:06 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Venturing into Vehicle Wrapping, advice needed?

Replies: 15

Views: 4336

I would say buy some wrapping vinyl, such as kpmf, its alot cheaper then 3m or avery, try wrapping some panels, from therir you shoudl go to these sign shows such as the uk sign and digital which is coming up in a month and watch the professional wrap a car, then buy some more material and wrap you...

Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bus wrap prices

Replies: 7

Views: 1974

Difficult to answer that on the info given, are you talking about a one off job for a private customer or a fleet of vehicles for an operator, not that I would be able to give you a price for either lol.
Point is that they would be priced very differently.

Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Newcastle........

Replies: 6

Views: 1362

welcome to the forum anthony

Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What's the best bit of kit do you have?

Replies: 15

Views: 2500

Surely the answer to that question depends on the type of work you are currently doing John. Difficult to fit a van on a rolls roller so if your only doing vehicle work then it might not be a good investment, or are you looking to move in to markets you don't currently sell in?

Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removing old vinyl lettering of target van

Replies: 16

Views: 2907

I'm not a mac user myself so not sure how they work but are the downloaded fonts zipped & have you tried unzipping them before you try to install them ??

Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:09 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: HDU foam supplier

Replies: 17

Views: 16816

I've been asked to price up a job which is making up another couple of HDU engraved signs similar to some existing ones on site. Any suggestions who can do this sort of work for the trade? In the meantime I'm going to get a few samples to play with, because given the signs we are trying to match ha...

Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:01 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Novice mistake. please help!

Replies: 16

Views: 5205

Photoshop is a bitmap editor so no good for vinyl work unless you are printing, no idea what it's like but download inkscape & give that a try, it's free I believe.

Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:28 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: General Advice for a Newbie

Replies: 10

Views: 3077

The machines that sell for a few hundred quid on auction sites are dye or pigment based used for internal type stuff, any solvent machines at that sort of money will be spares or repair & generally cost a lot to get up & running again.

Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:55 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: General Advice for a Newbie

Replies: 10

Views: 3077

Even a used machine is going to cost you thousands which is why I suggested the trade print option

Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: we're getting bigger!

Replies: 17

Views: 4050

You need to get yourself a blue badge like I have Gill, then you never have to worry about tickets :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Best of luck with it David.

Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:30 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: General Advice for a Newbie

Replies: 10

Views: 3077

Not sure I understand all of your post, you say you want to be able to print & cut & have seen the BN20 which does exactly that but then say it's overkill. How is it overkill? If you are looking to buy new then it's one of the cheapest machines on the market but at it's size there isn't much...

Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:10 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Novice mistake. please help!

Replies: 16

Views: 5205

Is there any vector based software that you are already familiar with ? If there is it saves a lot of time learning how to use the software from scratch, lots of different options if you are completely new some of which have a trial download so you can see how easy you find them to pick up, Prices v...

Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:23 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Advice needed on Printer Courier please?

Replies: 12

Views: 4050

Depends on a number of factors, what machine, when it was last run what you are actually getting with the printer rip wise. ....also, how big is the printer, does it need to go round any bends to get to its destination, is it ground floor, do you have suitable power and data supply, do you need ext...

Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Steff in Lancashire

Replies: 8

Views: 1644

Welcome to the forum Steff.

Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Wallpaper: Textile, s/a, pre paste or paste and best joins?

Replies: 16

Views: 3297

Hugh, got no experience with the film mentioned but any monomeric (or polymeric for that matter) vinyl will shrink over time, it's the nature of how it's produced.
Generally speaking the cheaper the vinyl the more it is likely to shrink which is why you notice it more on cheaper films.

Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:29 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Advice needed on Printer Courier please?

Replies: 12

Views: 4050

Depends on a number of factors, what machine, when it was last run what you are actually getting with the printer rip wise.
Not as simple as something like an epson desktop printer so your level of experience/knowledge makes a big difference if buying a used machine

Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:55 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Advice needed on Printer Courier please?

Replies: 12

Views: 4050

I very much doubt it but if you are going to have it installed & serviced by an engineer then maybe they would know of someone who could do it.

Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Removing old vinyl lettering of target van

Replies: 16

Views: 2907

Steam stripper as has been said is what I tend to use, if the customer is removing the graphics themselves then make sure they know to remove all the glue BEFORE they bring it along for the new livery otherwise you will spend a lot of time doing what they were suppose to have done themselves :lol1: ...

Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Zoe in Scotland

Replies: 11

Views: 2222

Welcome to the forum Zoe.

Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:00 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Wallpaper: Textile, s/a, pre paste or paste and best joins?

Replies: 16

Views: 3297

Hugh, being internal there is no real need to laminate from a uv point of view but a laminate or clear covering will undoubtedly increase durability. Something to maybe offer as a higher price option especially in areas where walls may get lent on & scuffed.

Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:46 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab v7.1 and Windows XP

Replies: 10

Views: 3827

John, couple of options, you won't need to worry about not getting any updates for windows xp if you keep the computer off the internet. If you upgrade to windows 7 & get either the pro or ultimate edition you can run something called xp mode which will run most software that previously ran on w...

Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on creating a 3D embossed shape?

Replies: 7

Views: 1406

Can't see that being a problem for a CNC router as long as it's not to deep, biggest problem would be z axis height if it were to be a dome shape. Material wise there are options as well, HDU would probably be a better option than wood & a lot lighter as well.

Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Accountancy Bills

Replies: 9

Views: 1524

Why are you learning sage Denise? I've always used quickbooks & it doesn't seem to bother the accountant at all. As kevin says one of the disadvantages of being a LTD company is the cost of accountants because more is required. Think it also has to be a charted accountant but could be wrong abou...

Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is a reasonable lifespan?

Replies: 14

Views: 3245

One way is to have a length of chain attached to the bottom of the panel at one end & the wall at the other Hugh.

Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:43 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: send to fastrack 1300

Replies: 7

Views: 2228

You say it's a big file but it shouldn't be that big if it is just vectors. If you have bitmaps included in the file then try just exporting the vector part of the job. If I understand you correctly you only want to be able to cut from advantage so you don't need the bitmap parts of a job. Also you ...

Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Bangor

Replies: 5

Views: 1196

Welcome to the forum Aaron

Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: help with identifying this sign frame

Replies: 1

Views: 765

Can't help sorry but try searching for aluminium extrusion that might throw up a few more suppliers.

Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Annoyed need a supplier please

Replies: 5

Views: 1331

I don't use amari because of a problem I had with 2 sheets of foam for a job being a different shade of green. Never had a problem getting hold of them when I wanted to spend money with them though.

Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:53 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear vinyl question vosa

Replies: 2

Views: 964

What is it you are wanting to do Michael? Doubt for one minute you want to cover the whole windscreen but I could be wrong :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:49 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Its all about the tweezers

Replies: 25

Views: 4515

I started out using the tip of a scalpel as others have mentioned, had a guy working for me for a while who asked where the tweezers were for weeding & had to buy some as he couldn't manage without. When they arrived I had a try & couldn't get the hang of it but John just wizzed through weed...

Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Industrial signage vinyl help please

Replies: 8

Views: 1401

Bet they weren't Michael, have you asked for a sample of one of the problem signs or at least a picture. I doubt very much that this is due to chemicals finding their way between the printed vinyl & a laminate layer. I also doubt if using a thicker laminate like a motox laminate will make any di...

Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Avery from Vinyl corporation - problems with new roll

Replies: 7

Views: 1969

What about the app tape itself?? How long have you had it ?? App tape will go off with time & you don't know how long it's been sitting on the suppliers shelf before you bought it. Like Dave has said though matt can be a bit more of a problem than gloss to start with. If you introduce yourself i...

Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Menu Design problem caused by the customer - suggestions req

Replies: 4

Views: 1245

Denise. how can you give them a price before you know what is going in to them ?? I use to do quite a bit of this sort of work & always made it clear that I would require all the info for the menus BEFORE any design work was started. Also pointed out that if they came back with amendments after ...

Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Industrial signage vinyl help please

Replies: 8

Views: 1401

Michael, it's always going to come down to cost, cut vinyl is impervious to most chemicals so would definitely be the best option as far as longevity goes but unfortunately is also the most labour intensive so it comes down to what the customer really wants from them. I've made them at pretty small ...

Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:54 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Industrial signage vinyl help please

Replies: 8

Views: 1401

What sort of quantity are we talking about here? If it's just a few for their machines then do them with cut vinyl rather than printing. Main problem with any health & safety signs is that being printed they don't last as long as cut vinyl would. Problem is price because printed SA stickers are ...

Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:10 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Chrome Wrapping Vinyl, Who stocks it?

Replies: 31

Views: 10389

I would just order it from USA, metrostyling have all the Avery chrome colours its more expensive from them and that not even including carriage. 4ft x 4ft = £144.60 you still have carriage costs etc plus i only see one more colour than listed above "red" and if its not already available ...

Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:44 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Wallpaper: Textile, s/a, pre paste or paste and best joins?

Replies: 16

Views: 3297

Hugh, I understand what you are saying about cutting down on the number of joins but if it's done properly you won't see the joins so doesn't really make that much difference :lol1: I've done quite a lot of domestic wallpapering as you call it & you can't see the joins unless you are stood reall...

Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Valentines Day and more

Replies: 2

Views: 925

Ba Humbug.........


Oh no that's Christmas isn't it :roll: :roll:

Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:40 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Chrome Wrapping Audi A5 - time lapse video. UKSG

Replies: 12

Views: 3639

Be interesting to see if the number of road traffic accidents has gone up since this huge mirror has been driving about :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:37 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Wallpaper: Textile, s/a, pre paste or paste and best joins?

Replies: 16

Views: 3297

Are you sure it's the accuracy of the trimmer that's causing the problems & not the wall itself Hugh ? Walls are never that flat & square so the problems with alignment could easily be caused by the wall. One reason why using a cutting tape behind the join as Jason suggested is a good option...

Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Shropshire

Replies: 13

Views: 2350

Welcome to the forum Hugh, I've been on the boards for quite a while so they obviously have no objection to grumpy old so & so's :lol1: :lol1:

Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:30 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Impact Vehicle Signs Question

Replies: 8

Views: 2936

first vehicle outline disk I had was an ingram disk & I wasn't impressed with it at all, sizes seemed to be way out so it got very little use. I bought the impact disk after seeing good reviews about it on here & have to say it's miles better than the one I originally had. I've also worked t...

Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:09 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Trying to setup with W7 64bit

Replies: 8

Views: 3002

What control software are you using to run the plotter? Maybe they could help you or someone using the same control software who has encountered this.
By the way if you introduce yourself in the hello forum you will get a better response to questions.

Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm back.....

Replies: 18

Views: 3512

Brian Hays wrote:Welcome back Shane.

What's this 'Cricket' you speak of?? :-?


I believe they are a bit like grass hoppers Brian :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Scotland

Replies: 6

Views: 1710

Welcome to the forum Nicki, best to ask the question about the plotter in the relevant section of the forum rather than in the hello section, you will get far more answers that way.
Try & give as much detail as possible as this will help others help you.

Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:00 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl failure - comments please

Replies: 11

Views: 3035

I would pursue them for payment as well, in the past I would have just shrugged my shoulders & accepted the fact that they weren't going to pay me but now I am trying to do things a little better. Chasing up payments is just a part of that. I would have checked what the graphics were before inst...

Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:53 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Trying to setup with W7 64bit

Replies: 8

Views: 3002

Have you installed the right driver for the plotter? You will need a different driver to the one you were using if you are now running 64bit.

Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:32 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shane Drew - Apple Inc

Replies: 7

Views: 2852

Very interesting read Shane, great job as always.

Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm back.....

Replies: 18

Views: 3512

Wondered where you had got to Shane, good to see you back on the forum.

Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Quoting - How to do deal with potential customers?

Replies: 9

Views: 1886

Don't make the mistake of charging a cheaper price because you aren't yet taking a wage from the business. Once you start doing work cheaply you will end up with nothing but customers who buy on price alone who will drop you as soon as someone offers something 60p cheaper. It's also very difficult t...

Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:07 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear digital print vinyl Verses Overlaminate film?

Replies: 8

Views: 2761

It comes down to application & how it's sold I guess. In theory an unlaminated print will last just as long as one covered with a clear print film because the print film contains nothing to prolong the fading effects from UV. On a vehicle the graphics don't fade any quicker than they do anywhere...

Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:52 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Halo & Face LED's

Replies: 2

Views: 1726

Try doing a search on the forum, not something I generally do any more but Appletec always seem to get good reviews on here, worth speaking to them.
It could simply be a transformer fault which would be much cheaper to replace but you need to be high voltage qualified to do that,

Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:24 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Chrome Wrap in quick time...

Replies: 10

Views: 3248

Phill Fenton wrote:Any guarantee with that? :-?


Yes there is Phill, Cheryl guarantees that it wont stay on for more than 5 minutes driving :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:30 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Die cutting / CNC

Replies: 7

Views: 1660

Probably a job for a flatbed plotter, you could probably do it on a cnc router with a drag knife but have never tried it myself.

Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Get your vehicle livery at Screwfix !

Replies: 5

Views: 1755

There's another tool hire firm in Nottingham doing this. It won't last. You can't beat experience against an added service to a firms portfolio who know nothing about what they're selling. "It's sticky & you put it on your van" That's about the level of knowledge they have on any of t...

Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Need help

Replies: 6

Views: 1502

Looking at the pictures that's not a sign frame. Looks to be right angle so the boards could easily have been put in from the front & then the beading glued or taped in place to retain it.

Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Double sided printing effect

Replies: 5

Views: 1804

Can't you just stick one on one side of the glass & one on the other?? Still need to think about a blockout layer on at least one of the sides

Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: any sightings of john wilson

Replies: 16

Views: 3669

John Singh wrote:The crash!!!??

What happened mate?


You must have missed this post John.

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... highlight=

Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: other ways to hang dibond and acrylic

Replies: 4

Views: 1561

If its just to avoid visible fixings then locators would work OK bond the male part to the board with penloc or tensol. What size locators you use will determine how far off the wall they stand. Stand offs are generally seen as a feature of the signs & can look very good with acrylic panels, are...

Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: other ways to hang dibond and acrylic

Replies: 4

Views: 1561

Sorry when you say "sign posts" are you referring to locators or stand offs?? What's the reason for not wanting that sort of mounting? Something to do with holes in the wall maybe. Batons are normally used to create a level surface where the substrate finish is very uneven but would work f...

Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: any sightings of john wilson

Replies: 16

Views: 3669

John Wilson wrote:I know i'm growing a beard but i'm not as bad as bigfoot haha

Sorry guys not been on in ages due to the crash i've hardly been able to work fully but on the mend now due to treatment :)


I'll send you an old one of mine if it will help John :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Changeable door signs

Replies: 6

Views: 1489

I had some from vista sign systems in the past but they don't supply to end users (or they didn't) so you would need to contact them Kev.

Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:57 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland sc500 print head

Replies: 4

Views: 1080

More likely to be a DX2 head on an SC500 but sorry can't help with supplier.

Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Ford Capri vehicle wrap

Replies: 10

Views: 3985

So when you doing the wheels Phill :lol1: :lol1: Looks good, what vinyl have you used??? Might have to do mine again, after I had done it with Avery supreme metalic blue I started seeing loads of the same model in that colour, turns out it is almost identical to one of the standard paint colours :oo...

Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vehicle Wrap Training Course recommendation please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1373

APA supply vinyls Vincent http://www.apaspa.com/EN/index.cfm As for it being worth doing the course I think that comes down to the actual individual & how good they are at selling. It is really a 2 man job but you can manage on your own, probably takes more than twice as long, I doubt I will eve...

Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Yorkshire!

Replies: 5

Views: 1655

Welcome to the forum Kimmy.

Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:53 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Static cling with white backing

Replies: 2

Views: 965

Not having a printer I use to do this quite a bit & it seemed to work well. You do have to make sure the windows are extra clean when you fit them & this time of year with the cold it is going to make them harder to hang.

Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vehicle Wrap Training Course recommendation please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1373

I would do the 2 day course, well actually I did :lol1: :lol1: Techniques for wrapping are somewhat different plus they cover the theory as well, well worth going if you intend to get into vehicle wraps. Don't know about proper courses run by other Companies as this is the only one I have done. John...

Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello All, from Portsmouth

Replies: 8

Views: 1835

Welcome to the forum Brian, spent a couple of years in Portsmouth myself.

Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Where to download the toolbar from?

Replies: 8

Views: 1933

Just a guess but with Robert moving the site & making changes it might have something to do with that. The toolbar was something that was available to anyone not just certain membership levels.

Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:44 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: VX2 and VX89 engraving machines.

Replies: 3

Views: 2089

As these machines are so old you may find there isn't anyone running them as they were originally intended which is why I suggested contacting Gravograph. The other option you have would be to see what can be salvaged from the original machines & then upgrade them by replacing some parts & t...

Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:58 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab and windows 7 are they compatible?

Replies: 6

Views: 2415

The computer will only be used to run a mimaki, signlab is the latest build ( bought 2 weeks ago.) Apart from an internet connection, that will all it`ll be used for. So a 64 bit computer will be ok? :D And just to make me look really thick, whats a "bit" LOL Take your pick Denise, it's e...

Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:28 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v Corel v Adobe

Replies: 3

Views: 1847

Stuart, I'm guessing you aren't a signmaker if you don't already have a vector based program. I would agree with Chris in that you would be better sticking with software that you already know how to use. Plenty of people on the forum already use P.S & illustrator & that will save you having ...

Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:21 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: VX2 and VX89 engraving machines.

Replies: 3

Views: 2089

Take it you have tried Gravograph already. Sorry not familiar with these, are they stand alone machines or do you require a computer as well? If you do just wondering what you were going to run them on as I would imagine they ran under windows 3.1, 95 or 98. If you introduce yourself in the hello se...

Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Dorset

Replies: 9

Views: 1918

Welcome to the forum Stuart

Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: When are we all closing for Christmas?

Replies: 15

Views: 3276

I'm only suppose to be working part time but I have quite a lot to do just now so will just work as & when I can over the holiday period.

Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Check out these elves

Replies: 2

Views: 1011

That's brilliant Phill, Robert it's made you look taller & I've got 2 legs that work :lol1: :lol1:

Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Motorcycle Decals, your views please?

Replies: 65

Views: 20427

Never had that problem but then the customer has always seen the A board standing when they have come to collect it.
I have done magnetic arrows for customers so they can change the direction of the arrow if the board is to be moved about, could easily put a magnetic arrow round the wrong way.

Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exhibition Signs (Velcro back)

Replies: 11

Views: 1946

Have you tried Bisbell for ferro sheeting Phill, they use to do it but not bought any for a long time.

Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Bamberg, Germany

Replies: 8

Views: 1624

Welcome to the forum Andrew

Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Yorkshire

Replies: 6

Views: 1554

Welcome to the forum David & Danielle

Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Somerset!

Replies: 18

Views: 4021

Welcome to the forum Lisa

Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:52 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Cutting stainless steel on a CNC router, advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3890

If your generating to much heat Gert have you thought about uping the feed rate? You can't reduce the spindle speed but increasing the feed rate should help reduce heat generated.

Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:22 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Cutting stainless steel on a CNC router, advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3890

I was going to suggest blasting it with air to help cool it but that will play havoc with the mist coolant so probably not a good idea. :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: magnetic sign pricing help

Replies: 17

Views: 4760

What about a banner instead of magnetic, mobile catering wagon I re did last year had one that was only used some of the time. Had small hooks riveted to body every couple of feet for eyelets.

Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:18 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Cutting stainless steel on a CNC router, advice please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3890

I know your resources are limited Gert but isn't there an engineering firm with a cnc mill that you could get to machine them for you. You may think your machine is rigid but they aren't designed for this sort of work. 6000 rpm is way above what you should be for cutting something like stainless &am...

Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Roll-Over Applicator for ID Signs & Graphics Ltd

Replies: 8

Views: 2141

Just remember to put the roof back on Ian :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:04 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: which machine is best for high volume and low in cost?

Replies: 14

Views: 5062

If your talking high volume then you are better going to a trade printer & getting it done with the right equipment rather than messing about trying to find a more economical digital solvent printer. Or you could invest however many 10's of thousands of pounds it would cost for the right gear :l...

Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anybody suggest a supplier for aluminium angle?

Replies: 21

Views: 3109

Kevin it comes in more than 2 flavors :lol1: :lol1: Hoarding board has a face thickness of about 150 microns, lite versions have a thickness of about 200 microns & better quality boards are 300 microns or more. You really need a board with a 300 micron face thickness for consistent results. Just...

Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anybody suggest a supplier for aluminium angle?

Replies: 21

Views: 3109

What's the aluminium face thickness on the composite they are trying to sell you Kevin? Prices vary a lot depending on how thick it is. If you are looking to make trays then it is something you need to think about, the thinner face film on hoarding board & what some companies call their lite ver...

Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anybody suggest a supplier for aluminium angle?

Replies: 21

Views: 3109

What size angle is that Kevin? If you do a lot of this sort of work then 50 mtrs isn't really that much, 4 or 5 jobs at most probably.

Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anybody suggest a supplier for aluminium angle?

Replies: 21

Views: 3109

Other thing to remember Kevin is that if you use your local supplier over time you may build up a better price based on the quantity you buy from them.
Aluminium isn't the cheapest of materials to buy your right, compare it to say steel prices & it seems expensive.

Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:20 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: stainless lettering with blue halo leds advice please

Replies: 9

Views: 3265

Robert, if you polish the edges you won't get the same effect, to get that sort of effect the edge needs to be a bit rough but obviously not to rough :lol1: :lol1:

Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Leeds

Replies: 7

Views: 1531

Welcome to the forum Shane

Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can anybody suggest a supplier for aluminium angle?

Replies: 21

Views: 3109

I tend to use aluminium warehouse for lengths of profile. They aren't always the quickest to process orders so I tend to buy a bit in advance. Prices are reasonable & they will deliver up to 5 metre lengths although a lot of their stock is 2.5 mtr lengths.

Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:15 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: coating canvas prints...

Replies: 12

Views: 2297

How big is large Hugh? Frog Juice is good but not the cheapest of products if you have a large area to cover & you don't need the UV properties it has do you? Can't remember the manufacturer but I use to use a spray varnish similar to frog juice but not as good, good enough for what I needed but...

Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:00 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: stainless lettering with blue halo leds advice please

Replies: 9

Views: 3265

Brushed rather than polished would help it stand out a bit better during the day especially in the unlikely event that the sun shone on it. :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:49 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: coating canvas prints...

Replies: 12

Views: 2297

Hugh I've got wagner HVLP spray system which works pretty well but if I only have the odd small canvas to varnish then I use a roller like you. This time of year it is far to clod in the unit to be painting or varnishing so if I have small jobs to do I tend to take them back to the flat & do the...

Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vat or not vat. That is the question

Replies: 8

Views: 2525

Think it depends on the type of customers you have as well as the legal implications if your over the threshold. Like some of the others when I started out I registered for VAT, although I was below the threshold I did some work for quite big companies who expected me to be registered. Now I only wo...

Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:23 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: coating canvas prints...

Replies: 12

Views: 2297

Hugh, it will probably be down to temperature, which means you may get the same sort of results even with a spray on coating. Is it water or solvent based varnish? If it's a water based varnish then one of the cheap electric sprayers that people like Wagner do would work OK & easy & quick to...

Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:31 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Advice needed on Flat Cut Letters please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2804

Phill, did you ever get the machine to cut acrylic ? Just that acrylic letters were mentioned in the original post.

Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:11 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Advice needed on Flat Cut Letters please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2804

Like Robert says a decent machine will set you back a lot of money if bought new & even good second hand machines hold their price quite well. Quite a few scams going about on places like ebay so beware of that. Also a lot of the cheaper chinese machines are pretty bad from what I have read on o...

Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Office renovations update...

Replies: 12

Views: 2973

How do you find anything now you have it all tidied away :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone help source thin magnetic material?

Replies: 9

Views: 1642

Have you tried Bisbell Nick, normally use them for all my magnetic stuff.

http://www.bisbellmagnets.com/

Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:20 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help with 20 meter sign

Replies: 25

Views: 3543

As John has already pointed out what vinyl are you going to use to floodcoat the board? If your talking about a standard polymeric vinyl then the widest is about 1260 mm wide which isn't enough. Even some of the wrap vinyls won't be wide enough so how much is the yellow vinyl going to cost never min...

Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Gary from Kent

Replies: 15

Views: 3074

Welcome to the forum Gary.

Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:16 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Vertical Panel/wall saw required please?

Replies: 32

Views: 15035

You would need a little over 20 feet Warren if your looking to cut 10' boards. My saw pretty much takes up one whole wall of the unit. Got it positioned so the blade is pretty much in the centre of the wall, feed board in one side & out the other. You will need a good dust extraction system, som...

Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from Worcester

Replies: 6

Views: 1574

Welcome to the forum Kevin.

Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:12 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi!

Replies: 3

Views: 1212

Welcome to the forum David, so tell us all a little about yourself & what you do.

Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:11 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Ireland

Replies: 8

Views: 1740

Welcome to the forum Andy.

Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:08 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: help please with a problem routing 5 mm PVC

Replies: 6

Views: 2518

Re: help please with a problem routing 5 mm PVC

hi folks Thanks for the replies.Kevin it was an upcut tool we were using and changed it today to a downward spiral and guess what "worked perfect" Thanks for all the help,New to this routing game Careful Claire, this routing game is highly addictive :lol1: :lol1: Quite new to it myself &a...

Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anyone recommend a dibond supplier that will deliver?

Replies: 8

Views: 2115

Robert Horne have a depot in Glasgow & will deliver.
Should be other suppliers on the signmakers toolbar if it's working with all the switching over that's being done just now.

Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:33 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: can someone advise please with a Flexisign issue?

Replies: 14

Views: 5118

What plotter are you running? If it supports tangential cutting that cuts small lettering much better than the normal mode.

Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wall graphics - Benson Beds

Replies: 3

Views: 1113

What's sad about that John??? Normal behaviour for me lol. Quite often I forget what I went in the shop for by the time I have finished examining the POS :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

Sorry can't help with who does them though.

Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:53 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: can someone advise please with a Flexisign issue?

Replies: 14

Views: 5118

I would contact Scanvec about it before you go re installing windows, might be a problem they know about. Think there is a flexisign forum but you need to be registered with them to access it.

Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from sunderland

Replies: 7

Views: 1526

welcome to the forum Coneil.

Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:34 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Advice needed on cutter blades please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2324

I would agree with both Dave & Robert. I agree with Dave when he says to just stick with Edward mathias & I agree with Robert when he says that the cost of replacement blades is so small the saving isn't really worth thinking about. I use the smart knives not because they save me any money b...
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