Monday, July 8, 2013

Oh That's Pink-lympia!


So, the painting is done and the color is striking. I like the color, but I might want to sand and do another coat on top of this one. There are a few sanding marks that made their way through the gloss and it's bothering me. Also, a small bubble has turned to a tiny chip that is causing me hours of lost sleep. 

This typewriter is destined for the classroom. The pink was a decision based on several requests from students. Obviously, original pink typewriters like models from Royal or Smith-Corona are too expensive for my budget, so I decided to turn this machine into a pink wonder. 

SM-9s are the perfect customizer's typewriter. The main body panel is one piece and you can remove it without tools. The only other piece of metal I removed was the back panel on the carriage and that came off with just a couple of screws. I left the rugged grey on the bottom because it looks good and goes with everything. In all, it looks pretty slick. The only odd thing is the ribbon color indicators. I was unable to pop them out again (I super-glued them in when I restored it last). The stencil indicator was the only one that came out, so I just painted over the others. I think it works because the tensioner indicator on the left is just a cutout too.

I have been getting better at painting typewriters, but I would really like to get one finished at a body shop. I have a feeling that the paint might be more durable and look a little nicer.

Regardless, I am proud of how it turned out and I know that there will be a line to use this one in the fall.

9 comments:

  1. Nice work. The pink really looks good with the dark keys.

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  2. I think that looks fantastic, Ryan. Well done.

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  3. Grey-Pink-Black is a harmonious combo, great job!

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  4. That is a great combination! Your paint perfectionism has paid off.

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  5. Looks great! I've been pondering taking the body panels of the various machines waiting for paint (the TwOlivetti, The Blue Bomber, the Tower Atomic, an SM7 [I'm thinking chrome] and SM9, and lastly Galdalf the Grey, which will someday become The Pink Panther) over to some custom shops I sometimes do business with. I should probably at least inquire as to pricing, it can't be that much to paint the shell of a typer. Maybe they'd even cut you a break if you badge it with their hotrod shop logo! :D

    I wonder if Squeeg would be into putting a shiny hotrod paint job on an Olivetti?

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  6. That late-model shape looks good in pink. Well done!

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  7. Nice work!

    Your pink is a great improvement on Olympia's policy of "any color you want, as long as it's Saturn white."

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  8. Such a beautiful looking machine! You've done a good job. There just isn't enough pink in the typosphere.

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  9. I just acquired this exact model and was thinking about painting it. Do you have any guides for painting metal like this? Never done it before.

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