Signmakers' Workshop

These hugely popular practical demonstrations are presented by expert sign-maker Paul Hughes and are designed to help you learn some of the industry's most in-demand skills and run each day of the show.

 

Timetable - All Days

10:30 - 10:50

Basic Application of Vinyls

Learn the basics of applying vinyl graphics and what vinyls/techniques to use when and where. Vinyl – What, when and how; Weeding and applying application tapes; Preparing surfaces for application of vinyl; Use of water/application fluids; Applying basic text.

10:50 - 11:15

Moving on from the Basics

Applying multi layers of vinyl; Flood coating of substrate with vinyl; Working on glass – etched films.

11:15 - 11:30

Q&A Session

Your chance to ask questions and to try your hand at the techniques talked about in the presentation.

12:00 - 12:15

Vehicle Livery

An introduction to vehicle graphics from the ever popular basic lettering on commercial vehicles to full vehicle wrapping; General advice on layout – easy and hard areas to fit graphics to; Cleaning and preparation of the vehicle; Basic application of vinyl to vehicle.

12:15 - 12:35

Moving on from the Basics

Applying graphics to the front of vehicle – making it look straight; Flood coating recessed panels.

12:35 - 13:00

Starting Vehicle Wrapping

Applying vinyl over recessed and basic curves; Trimming vinyl on a vehicle – dealing with door/panel seams; Using heat and post heating.

13:00 - 13:15

Q&A Session

Take the opportunity to ask questions and to try your hand at the techniques talked about in the presentation

13:45 - 14:05

The Basics of Making a Signboard

Most vinyl graphics have to be applied to something, if not a vehicle then it is probably a signboard – find out how and from what to make them. Substrates – what, when and how; Cutting and finishing different substrates to include finishing of banners; Fixing for signs – what, when & how.

14:05 - 14:20

Moving on from the Basics

Step by step guide to making your own sign trays; Frames – what, when and how; Making and fitting your own flat cut letters.

14:20 - 14:35

Q&A Session

Take the opportunity to ask questions and try your hand at the techniques talked about in the presentation.

15:15 - 15:35

Wall and Floor Graphics

One of the fastest growing area of the sign industry is wall and floor graphics for both advertising and decorative applications. Learn the basics of different materials available and how to use and install them. Materials – what, when and how; What surfaces can we apply graphics to; Preparing surfaces for application of graphics.

15:35 - 15:55

Moving on from the Basics

Applying graphics to painted walls, textured surfaces, brick work, floors and carpets.

15:55 - 16:10

Q&A Session

Take the opportunity to ask questions and try your hand at the techniques talked about in the presentation.

16:10 - 16:45

Anything goes!

Got a sign making related problem or question? Come along to this Q&A session and see if we can solve it! PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION WILL ONLY RUN ON TUESDAY 28 AND WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH