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This is how I do it!

 

Engrave the brass to a depth of 0.3mm (minimum)

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Pour some paint out (I use Mastergrave's standard gloss filling paint) onto the plate & fill it into all the engraving it with a spreader.

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Remove any excess paint, but don't worry about it being too pretty at this stage. Set the plaque aside for a couple of hours to dry.15_5Filled_1.jpg

Once the paint has dried, get an old copy of the yellow pages, pour some thinners onto it & spread out bigger than the size of your plaque, pop the plaque on to it & draw forwards off the phone book. This will remove most of the excess paint from the surface of the plaque.

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Now you just need to leave the paint to dry fully, and you can give a final polish - I use brasso or peek.

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Hey presto, Job's a good 'un.

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Cash in the till, happy customer - next please!

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Looks like nice Engraving that steve, Nice Logo.

I won't ask how much you charged :lol: Might start a war :oops:

 

I'm not sure about the clean up method though, The fumes off the thinners would take the gloss of the finish of your infill, especially with larger/thicker areas.

Plus with larger infilled areas the paper would pucker up slightly with the wettness of the thinners and touch the areas you trying not to touch.

 

I think it is better with a flat surface (PET TAG) wrapped in clothe, you have so much more control of what you are doing, and you can use as little thinners as possible without it entering the text/logo. Leaving a high gloss quality finish to the infilled area. 8)

 

Jobs a good un though and the money's in the till. :D

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To be honest, UK900, I don't think I've ever had to do any colour filled signs much wider than this, certainly not like the width of the samples elsewhere on the forum.

For basic text filling such as this, the fact that the phone book is flat means it works in a similar way to your disc method, keeping the 2 surfaces level with each other.

I'm gonna have to do a sample of wide filling now so that I can compare & contrast!

At the end of the day, I find this technique quick & easy - and it works for me!

 

p.s. yes, I charged a fair price which meant the customer was happy, & so was I! :smt057

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To be honest, UK900, I don't think I've ever had to do any colour filled signs much wider than this, certainly not like the width of the samples elsewhere on the forum.

For basic text filling such as this, the fact that the phone book is flat means it works in a similar way to your disc method, keeping the 2 surfaces level with each other.

I'm gonna have to do a sample of wide filling now so that I can compare & contrast!

At the end of the day, I find this technique quick & easy - and it works for me!

 

p.s. yes, I charged a fair price which meant the customer was happy, & so was I! :smt057

 

If it works for you then thats all that counts, It looks a cracking job to me.

 

Just for the record Steve, try it the way we do it next time, see what you think :wink:

 

What machine are you using. Because if the engraving area is big enough, which it must be because you have engraved it yourself, you can cut the material out yourself, Which would save you alot of money.

We cut all sorts of shapes out for special jobs.

 

If you haven't done this before, I'd be more than happy to show you :wink:

 

Regards uk900

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You'll notice that I have been careful so far to specifically not say what I charged for these.

I'm not sure if I should reveal what I priced them at, as in past experience naming prices has just caused an unnecessary furore!

I'll think on this one over the weekend & get back to you.

 

To put the boot on the other foot, what engraving have you been asked for and what ball park figure do you think you should charge your customer?

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£34.80? Is that £29.?? +vat or just a figure you came up with ?

 

I have few " Magic" numbers I use £38.90 & £62.90

I had the vat man ask me how I came up with these totals on my POS

all the time ! I had to put my hand s up and say that they were just nice sounding number and based on only one was under £40 and one was over £60, he looked puzzled and told me he only asked because they had mistery shopped me and I charged £38.90 for a viynl sign and they couldnt work out how I had came to that amount when they looked at my return there were hundreds of £38.90 & £62.90..............

is there a good supplyer of Brass & Ali That anyone can recomend, I use mastergrave at the moment.

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I have a price matrix, which I use religiously, In case they come back for repeat orders, can be embarassing if you charge a totally different price. :oops:

Didn't realise the tax man would snoop around trying to work out how you price things up.

They just asked me outright :shock:

 

Engravamet are a decent material supplier (01902-386664)

You can barter on the price a bit :wink:

 

Regards uk900

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