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Post Tue Apr 30, 2002 8:42 am

What should i use when Painting Forex?

I have a client looking for 5 8x4 boards but he wants cream, and not just any cream. I am loking for all your ideas on changing the boards, I thought about laminating them with cream vinyl but I do not want to go that way.

To paint the boards with a specialist primer and then gloss paint is a possibility but I am always concerned with adhesion problems. This guy is spending a lot of money with us and we want to keep him as a client.

Can I use screen printing inks?
If so how do I go about it?
Where do I get the ink?
How much does it cost?


Your help would be much appreciated.
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Post Tue Apr 30, 2002 9:46 am

funny enough stuart
we just got a good order in for alloy panels. a bit smaller though & all are cream. looks like we will need to spray them. problem is there is 500 or so of them. pain in the butt.

so im in the same boat. vinyl would hike the price to high for me.

do you have a compressor & spray gun. you could stick cream ink in it and spray the foam board. that takes to it very well and should not crack or peel. :roll:
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Post Tue Apr 30, 2002 10:08 am

Don't know if this will help, but i have painted foamex before and the only thing i found that keyed to it was eggshell paint, you just have to make sure the surface is really clean. and roller or spray it on.
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Post Tue Apr 30, 2002 10:13 am

What thickness board is it Stuart?
Cox Plastics do an Ivory colour which is a cream colour but only in 3mm & 5mm, Amari Plastics also do a good range of colours.
We have used Sericol inks and a roller to change foamboard colour but I buy it in coloured if I can.
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Post Tue Apr 30, 2002 1:58 pm

Sericol Poly Plast PY spray or roller stinks to buggery though, buy a decent car sprayers mask about £25 and open the windows.
As to where to get it from, go to your nearest screenprinter and buy, beg ,borrow or steal it. Get the right solvent as well mix it to about the consistency of single cream for rolling a bit thinnner if spraying and away you go.

Hey that looks nowt like me too short and way too much hair, haven't had curls like that since i was a babe in arms
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Post Tue Apr 30, 2002 2:29 pm

tell you what steve, send me your pic ill swap it for you. :D
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Post Tue Apr 30, 2002 11:14 pm

Painting Forrex

Why do you not want to use a vinyl covering? I often cover white boards with coloured vinyls. This gives a nice glossy "painted" appearance with a fade resistant colour (I find that ordinary coloured PVC boards such as Foamex, Forrex etc. can fade quite rapidly). Applying the vinyl wet with a cloth covered applicator ensures you can eliminate all bubbles and avoid scratching the gloss vinyl surface. This is much easier, quicker and probably cheaper than using paint or inks. If you haven't already tried it, give it a go you may be suprised at the results.

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Post Wed May 01, 2002 1:27 am

im covering 2mm alloy panels mate...

its for a very fussy company. to let you understand how fussy.
we did 2 sprinter vans for this company. i did it myself & made a very good job of it too. not being big headed but i did make a point of making sure it was spot on.

i receaved a call the next day. we are not paying you untill the pen marks
& the bubbles are removed. i was gobb smacked. anyway the vans , now on site. i drove 50 miles to a building site. there was the van. searched the van couldnt see pen marks nor bubbles.
out came the guy and pointed out 2-4 tiny bubble i missed. now i could not burst them they were so small. im sure you know the ones i mean.
i then was shown 4 pen marks 1/4 inch long that had been wiped but were not completely gone. a quick wipe and it was gone.
so i said ok where is the next van. he said oh thats 25 miles in the other direction in another building site... same story.
now i can say if it was any old company ide do it then not go near them again but they called a few days ago and asked for 500 alloy cream panels
about 60"x30" so i thought no way am i colouring them with vinyl for 2 reasons . 1 was the cost and 2 can you imagine trying to do that amount of panels without a single bubble. well im gonna have spray them to be on the safe side... :lol:
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Post Wed May 01, 2002 9:10 am

Your "fussy" customer sounds like he's trying it on. Driving 50 miles for a "non complaint" is over the top - who says the customer is always right. You shouldn't pander to this nonsense and find better customers. My motto is :-

"Continuosly striving to improve the quality of our customers"

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Post Wed May 01, 2002 11:32 am

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We use Oracal vinyl, they only have two cream colours both of which the customer does not want. He has existing panels and wants the same colour. Very pedantic man.
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Post Wed May 01, 2002 9:00 pm

yeh your right phil but in the end mate. we did leave pen marks even though very faint.... i think it was rwally a tester at how professional we would be about dealing with them. after doing it in came the fax for 500 signs....

the quality of customer is important. but i think they can be just as hard to get paid from. we always give priority to customers that pay right on time....
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Post Wed May 01, 2002 10:04 pm

pvc screen inks is what you need to use, it sticks well, sprays well and does exactly what it says on the tin..........

all though cellulose with a plastic primer sticks or if youare feeling rich use spraylat

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