Sunday, June 23, 2013

Typewriter Day 2013

I spent my typewriter day prepping and painting the shell of an SM-9 a color so outrageous that Krylon's description of "watermelon" does not do it justice.


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  1. That looks great! I'm gonna have to see about giving one of my machines a colour makeover as soon as I figure out the best method for stripping the original colour.

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    1. I don't know of you can get this product in europe, but there might be something similar: http://www.franmar.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=125&products_id=75
      I swear by this stuff it works well. I was able to strip all the paint of an old Olivetti Lettera 22 with ease. That was after trying a number of other far less safe strippers. I have also just used sandpaper and time. Lots of time. It's also acceptable (for a hobbyist) to sand to get a good key and prime and paint over it. Obviously, bare metal is best. If you let it sit long enough to cure, it'll be pretty scratch-resistant. The final suggestion, would be to take it to a body shop with a media sander. They could make quick work of it.

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    2. Many thanks, Ryan!! I'll hit my hardware store first to see if they carry anything similar. Ahh, soy. Great for removing paint, not so great for lattes.

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    3. Teeritz, that product is available in Australia.
      http://www.letsclean.com.au/soygel.html Interesting, I wonder if I can find someone local with it.

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  2. I've been curious about how to remove the Olympia logo from my SF for a similar project...how did you get this off and how are you going to permanently retach it? It's been a bit of a hindrance in my project as I've been worried about breaking it.

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    1. Similar to removing the markers from a watch dial, it may require a hammer, a nail, and some gentle tapping, perhaps?

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    2. That would work. I lifted the soundproofing material from the back and cut off or grind away the splayed bits of plastic that hold the logo to the body. I don't recall there being any glue or adhesives there. It should come away fairly easily. I have used the blade of my X-ACTO knife to get under the logo and wiggle it free after cutting the sprues. The little plastic indicators for the ribbon selector were a little harder to get out. I used a nail and hammer for those. They do fly away, so keep an eye out. This is the second time I have repainted this typewriter and I had a hard time saving the ribbon selection indicators.

      To reattach, I put the logo back where it belonged and put small dabs of super glue on the back under the ribbon selector. It holds it well enough, but it can be undone if you need to repaint. There was enough grip on the stems to hold it pretty well.

      Good luck to you. I thin that these are the easiest typewriters to give a new look. Really the back plate and the cover are the only two parts you need to paint. If the gray body looks good, you are ready with a small amount of effort.

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    3. Thanks! I guess you'll see the result with time then on my blog. :)

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  3. That is a yummy color.

    I haven't bothered to strip off the old paint completely when I repaint my typewriters, but I can understand that that makes them more vulnerable to scratches.

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