They are still used and loved by generations both young and old. If your typewriter is an antique or used regularly, chances are it needs a good clean. Clear out all the dust first with a vacuum, a small paintbrush, and a can of compressed air.
I did an internet search and found either old, dirty, broken down typewriters or very expensive and gorgeous!! I made the appropriate arrangements and met up in a local coffee shop. As a result, my husband and I spent several days trying to find someone who could repair it.
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Available now. Before you do anything : Think about whether you're willing to live with the consequences if you mess up. Try to make sure that your alterations are reversible, and don't do anything to a truly rare machine other than gentle dusting and cleaning.
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I recently purchased an Underwood Standard Portable four-bank mechanical typewriter, from the mids. But I was prepared to take the risk and buy it anyway. I might not get another chance to find a nice machine like this.
This typewriter is a LC Smith model 11 that I picked up at a flea market. It had a number of problems, such as the carriage would hang and when it didn't hang it squeakedthe space bar only worked randomly, shifted characters did not type on the same line as non-shifted characters, some of the key tops were unreadable, and the entire machine was filthy -- inside and out. And, it looked like all the parts were there.
I found an old Underwood Standard typewriter in fairly good condition and decided to go ahead and restore it to usable condition. There has been lots of talk about popular writers writing again using old platen typewriters. Some are even using them to create their place cards, table numbers and invitations, see here.
In other words, it takes passion, innovation, commitment and determination to keep up to the highest standards when rejuvenating these wonderful Typewriters. In our Workshop, we have always used unconventional ways to return these machines to a spectacular condition while making sure it will serve the new owner for years to come. On the other hand, we have the original Typewriter repair tools accompanied with lots of current material and professional machines that help us make the process easier and much efficient.
For those of us who love ancient typewriters, the greatest finds are often found at garage sales, thrift shops or the bottom shelf of old hardware stores in the hills. The problem with these finds is that, almost without variation, they are filthy. Whether they are in great condition or if they are fixer-uppers, they all need good cleanings before we know what to do next. Wipe down the surface of the typewriter with a damp white cotton cloth.