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  • Media roll clips , how do you keep your vinyl rolls tidy?

    Posted by Mo Gillis-Coates on July 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Hi guys,

    there is a clip that fits around rolls of vinyl etc to stop them from unrolling, but I thought they were a bit expensive for what they are £1.60 each anyone knows of any other suppliers who do something similar?

    OR

    How do you keep your rolls of vinyl from unrolling on the rack?

    Steve Morgan replied 5 years, 8 months ago 21 Members · 48 Replies
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  • Warren Beard

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    July 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I saw those but couldn’t justify it to myself as you would need 100’s of them. I just use application tape, I have a 100mm wide roll that I use, I write the details of the roll-on it and stick it on so easy to see and the app tape doesn’t stick like masking tape so doesn’t leave glue or stretch the vinyl when pulling off, especially if unused for a good 6-12 months.

    It was actually a sample roll I got from a supplier so didn’t even pay for it :lol1:

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I just use a roll of 25mm application tape. Just put a little strip at each end of the roll or if its a 1260 roll of vinyl one strip at each end and one in the middle. simples.

    Use to use a bit of masking tape but found this left a bit of glue residue on the vinyl if it had been on there a while.

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    ah…. warren you just gave me an idea, I can make those clips from some PVC pipe, If I cut small lengths about 25mm and slice them, file down the edges then I will have the same thing…..

    Thanks mate!

  • Martin Pearson

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    July 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Or you could just use application tape Mo :lol1: :lol1:

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Yeah I was going to do that martin, but I would rather have something that I could write the type of media on as we use about 12 different types of white printable media and they all look the same. I find using app tape a pain in the arseole’ as i need to get new bits every time i put the rolls back….

    Thats me ADHD for ya! 🙄

  • Chris Wool

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    July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    bike trouser clips

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    quote Chris Wool:

    bike trouser clips

    nice idea, i will see if my dad still has some? (more expensive than the plastic media clips tho)

  • John Parfit

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    July 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Horizontal racks for us, broom handle type thingies through the cores, never unrolls although I suppose you can put a bit of app tape on them if you want and the type of media is written on the wooden frame so no need to keep writing it on bits of sticky or buy bicycle clips :lol1:

    John

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    same for us john, and vertical movable racks, but the media still unrolls on both of them, in fact more so on the horizontal racks. We use app tape at the moment but I want something that I can use over and over again

  • Jason Xuereb

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I have a whole bunch of these at Yello Tools.

    Probably have 100 of them around.

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    quote Mo Gillis-Coates:

    quote Chris Wool:

    bike trouser clips

    nice idea, i will see if my dad still has some? (more expensive than the plastic media clips tho)

    i was joking

    am i being tight then to reuse the bit of application tape

  • Hugh Potter

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    July 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    quote Chris Wool:

    am i being tight then to reuse the bit of application tape

    not in my world Chris! i simply have a folded tag on the tape and always pull ut away from the leading edge to avoid it pulling it. simply load it in the carrier and peel the tape off, stick it to the top of the cutter and re-use afterwards.

    i’ve got about 6 spare bits stuck on there now, obviously from where i’ve finished a roll but saving them!

    tape is also handy for writing what the film is, for eg. 551-050, 851-010, 951-025 etc. you can see at a glance what the film is without the need to unroll it to check the codes.

    will the clips work on rolls of app paper and masking tape?

  • Adam Comerford

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    July 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    quote Jason Xuereb:

    I have a whole bunch of these. http://www.yellotools.us/shop/product_i … ts_id=1003

    Probably have 100 of them around.

    cheers jason! glad i clicked on this post, gonna go out and order myself a stack of these!! good by nasty end rolls….. 😀

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    i told you bike clips

    used to be 6d

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Adam, the clips Jason mentioned are the same ones that Jag sell.

    I have to confess to using the same bit of app tape over and over again as well, I do the same as Hugh, stick it on top of the plotter so I know where to find it when I take the roll of vinyl off the machine.
    Like others can write any details on the tape so easy to find what you want when it’s in the rack.

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

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    July 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    60 inch wide wall racks for all our vinyl and 2 media clips per roll.
    some large odd sized rolls stand on end on plastic roll ends.

  • Adam Comerford

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Martin, i usually stick little labels on the inside of my rolls and keep my common used vinyls seperate from other ones! i have tried the tape method but i just get annoyed with it, as i sometimes put it down and forget where i put and have to get a new bit! 😀

  • Martin Pearson

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    July 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    It’s not rocket science Adam :lol1: :lol1:

    Take the tape off at the plotter when loading a roll, stick tape to top of plotter. When you go to take the roll of vinyl off the plotter the bits of tape are there ready to be stuck back on the roll :lol1:

    If you write the vinyl code on the label you know what it is before you take it out the rack, I do keep vinyls separated by using different racks for most of them. Do need to build some more though as I seem to have to many wider rolls of vinyl now.

  • Adam Comerford

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    oh i know! if it were im in the wrong job! 😀
    i generally know my most common vinyl codes off my head so generally doesnt really become a problem!!
    have some of my vinyls stored in one of my work benches so the tape method doesnt really work too well but its what i use and sometimes i end up with snagged bits so those little dodads will come in handy i hope!! if not im sure my bin will enjoy storing them! 😀

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    well looks like I better shell out to Jag then…… Might try making my own from pvc pipe first

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    the pipe could work mate, but ide expect little scratches on the media. if i am right, our clips have little lips on the entry/exit points. also a finger space to pull them off.

    i havent tried JAGS, though i do use them for various other products.
    link found on Sign Toolbar number 29

  • Jason Xuereb

    Member
    July 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Thought a pic would help. This is how I rack everything up vertically with the card in the top from yello tools and also the speed clip.


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  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

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    July 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    same clips as ones i use but ours are yellow.
    like the idea of the tab at the top… may pinch that idea! 😉

  • Jason Xuereb

    Member
    July 13, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Hey Rob,

    The media tags are from yello tools as well.

    http://www.yellotools.us/shop/product_i … ts_id=1066

    I’ve got heaps of stuff from them.

    Their heat gun holster is pretty good too. Especially when your doing a box truck etc and your standing and it has a tone of rivets.

    http://www.yellotools.us/shop/product_i … cts_id=998

    Also I want to buy this: http://www.yellotools.us/shop/product_i … ts_id=1106

    But our supplier in Australia doesn’t stock it. Would let you have one squeegee in one hand and post heat with the other.

    Pretty sure the tools come out of Germany.

  • Tim Painter

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    July 13, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Yes Jason German

    Lots of handy ideas many of which you could knock up yourself.

    http://www.signmaking-superstore.de/shop/

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    July 13, 2011 at 9:42 am
    quote Robert Lambie:

    the pipe could work mate, but ide expect little scratches on the media. if i am right, our clips have little lips on the entry/exit points. also a finger space to pull them off

    Yeah that thought did cross my mind, but if i smooth all the edges off and then use a heat source and a vice to bend out the edges that would give them similar lips.

    I’m going to get some pipe today and see what I can knock up. I’m moving unit next week so I want to get them done asap ready to take the rolls when we move

  • Robert Kulawik

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    July 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    quote Martin:

    It’s not rocket science Adam :lol1: :lol1:

    Take the tape off at the plotter when loading a roll, stick tape to top of plotter. When you go to take the roll of vinyl off the plotter the bits of tape are there ready to be stuck back on the roll :lol1:

    If you write the vinyl code on the label you know what it is before you take it out the rack, I do keep vinyls separated by using different racks for most of them. Do need to build some more though as I seem to have to many wider rolls of vinyl now.

    Yep, I second Martin (not that he would need it, anyway 😉 )- I do exactly the same and stick the app tape to the plotter.

  • Robert Kulawik

    Member
    July 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, and what about clips indentations?
    I have dozens of colours I use once a century- Surely those clips have similar effect to the ‘blisters’ occurring when you leave the roll lying flat for a while?
    Or maybe I should go out more to look for jobs requiring odd colours and then there would be no problem? 😀

  • Martin Oxenham

    Member
    July 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Elastic Bands !

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 12:59 am

    was just looking for decent priced vinyl magnets (have got some but was looking to purchase about 20 so didn’t want to pay 7.50 a pair) and accidentally came across these clips……. shame about the shipping costs to the Uk otherwise these would have been a great buy 🙁

    http://www.foildirect.com/accessories/m … l-peg.html

    and yes it’s flippin 2am again doh! 🙁

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

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    August 9, 2011 at 1:02 am
    quote Mo Gillis-Coates:

    yes it’s flippin 2am again doh! 🙁

    😕 snap

  • Richard Martin

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 6:49 am
    quote Martin Oxenham:

    Elastic Bands !

    I used elastic bands but they disintegrate over time and your left with a half stuck on band leaving a rubber that is a PIA to the get off the vinyl. I use the app tape method far easier. I can see you putting those clips down like the app tape and they disappear lol

  • Cheryl Smith

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    August 9, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I use masking tape…double layer and just write on it…means I can stack them all standing up without that clip thing scratching the next roll or using up precious space…like the top hat idea tho…but

    quote Robert Lambie:

    link found on Sign Toolbar number 29

    this link does not seem to be working for me…?

    Cheryl

  • Dave Rowland

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    i was going to order a load of those clips for rolls, then noticed how much they wanted for delivery to uk… ouch

    i think we should buy them in bulk via UKSG and one set of delivery charges… if anyone who knows how to make them with a mold?

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    quote Dave Rowland:

    i was going to order a load of those clips for rolls, then noticed how much they wanted for delivery to uk… ouch

    i think we should buy them in bulk via UKSG and one set of delivery charges… if anyone who knows how to make them with a mold?

    Dave, that’s what we need a buying consortium… Right who wants how many and I will sort it out, see if I can get us a better deal too…….

  • Martin Pearson

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    August 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Can I have one please Mo, don’t stock a lot of vinyl these days :lol1: :lol1:

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm
    quote Martin:

    Can I have one please Mo, don’t stock a lot of vinyl these days :lol1: :lol1:

    lol martin…… you been on the nutty juice today?

  • Martin Pearson

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    August 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Don’t drink Mo, but it may well be the tablets. :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

  • Mo Gillis-Coates

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    quote Martin:

    Don’t drink Mo, but it may well be the tablets. :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

    that’s it then…. you’ve been sniffing the harpic

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Don’t be silly Mo… I crush the harpic up and put it in my food. That way if I get a blood test for drugs it comes back clean 😉

  • Dave Rowland

    Member
    August 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    well i wanted 10-20 XL and 10-20 L’s , something like that

  • Gavin Conway

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    August 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Just wondering how a plain answer of "use tape" can go on and on for 5 pages… someones got nothing better to do?

  • Dave Rowland

    Member
    August 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    tape is the issue…. finding that roll quick for the 1600mm rolls

  • James Bateman

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    May 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Hey guys,

    Any idea where to get clips similar to this: http://www.topunit-sign.com/mc.HTM

    I’d ideally like to find a UK supplier, but I’ve dropped them an email just in case they have an Ebay store etc.

    It looks like they are repurposing ‘slap snap bands’, but I’m struggling to find generic ones long enough to warp a full roll.

    Let me know if you guys use anything similar.

    Cheers,

    James.

  • Jean Oakley

    Member
    May 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    racking from JAG masking tape to keep from unrolling and whenever a new roll comes in we write to colour on the inside of the roll. Nice and simple


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  • Jamie Dale

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Heres a tip that I thought of a few years back.

    Your get stuff made by velcro called velcro tree ties which comes in 5 meter lengths 19, 25, and 50mm wide stuff, the 50mm stuff is what I use and it’s great as the 5m roll is only approx a fiver which means 10 rolls can be rewrapped constantly without all the adhesive sticking to the vinyl rolls.

    it’s especially handy for easily marked material like canvas, or wallpaper.

    🙂


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  • Patrick Donaghey

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

    not thats its much help now but there was a stand selling green media clips at the sign show it was 20 clips for £10 i only bought 2 packs but wish id bought more they are great it makes you want to tidy the vunyl rack up

  • Steve Morgan

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

    For as long as I can remember I used the elastic bands that the post was bundled with, they’re free and there’s a ready supply each week. The downside is that they can leave a mark on cast material that is unused for a few months or canvas for printing, although I avoided that problem by keeping all my print material in the long polythene bags.