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See live demos, learn new skills, and gain practical advice from sign industry specialists.

See live demonstrations and practical workshops hosted by experienced sign-maker Paul Hughes


The schedule, which will be repeated each day, as follows:

10.30 – 11.00: Basic Application of Vinyls
11.15 – 11.45: Applying Large areas of vinyl
12.00 – 12.30: Application Challenge
13.15 – 13.45: Basics of Vehicle Livery
14.00 – 14.30: Applying Large areas of vinyl
14.45 – 15.15: Application Challenge
15.30 – 16.00: Basics of Vehicle Livery
16.15 – 16.45: Basic Application of Vinyls


“I will be giving practical, hands-on demonstrations designed to inform people looking to take their first steps in vinyl application and those wanting to add to and develop their skills. There will even be something for more seasoned pros on the hunt for the very latest tips and tricks,” - Paul Hughes

Basic Application of Vinyls

This session is for anyone looking to take their first steps in vinyl application. Paul will show you the basics of applying vinyl graphics and offer hints and tips for which products and techniques you should use and when.

He will give clear and practical demonstrations on:

  • Weeding & Applying application tapes
  • Preparing surfaces for the application of vinyl
  • Use of water/application fluids
  • Applying Basic text
  • Moving on from the Basics
  • Applying multi-layers of vinyl
  • Flood Coating of the substrate with vinyl
  • Applying large panels of vinyl.

Applying Large areas of vinyl

Once you have mastered the basics, it’s time to look at the skill of applying a large area of vinyl to a variety of surfaces. This could be digitally printed or plain coloured vinyl film, applied directly to boards, glass or other substrates.

In straightforward steps, Paul will show you:

  • Basic technique
  • Use of water/application fluids
  • Squeegee choice and technique
  • Demonstrate applying large panels of vinyl to boards/facias/glass
  • Working on Glass – etched films
  • Applying large-cut vinyl graphics

Application Challenge

In this hands-on session, Paul will be challenging visitors to have a go at applying some vinyl themselves. He will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to make sure visitors gain vital experience in vinyl application.

There will be a gift for everyone who enters. There will also be prizes for the best job each day as well as an overall winner.

Basics of Vehicle Livery

For most sign companies, vehicle graphics means applying vinyl lettering and logos to the side of a van. We leave the full-body wraps to the pros at the Hexis Wrap Battle.  Paul will show visitors the basics of applying simple cut-vinyl lettering and even give them a chance to try it for themselves. The demonstration will include:

  • General advice on layout – easy and hard areas to fit graphics to.
  • Cleaning and preparation of the vehicle
  • Basic application of vinyl to the vehicle
  • Applying graphics to the front of vehicle – making it look straight is harder than you think!
  • Flood coating recessed panels
  • Handling large panels of vinyl and their application.
  • Applying vinyl over recesses and basic curves.

Learning from the experts

Sign & Digital UK is offering this unique opportunity to learn more about this popular sign-making application completely free of charge to visitors. Register for the show


Free to attend and with a host of new demos and features designed to inspire creativity, and future-proof your business. Don't miss Sign & Digital UK, the industry's longest-running trade show for the visual communications sector. 21-23 March 2023, NEC, Birmingham.

Registration takes just 2 minutes and you'll be kept in the loop of all the latest show news and exclusive offers from our exhibitors ahead of SDUK 23!