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Maintenance & Repairs » Cleaning Checklist » 14-1-2018 22:39:47

JeffMo74
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Thank you as always! Seems like a reasonable checklist. Any particular brand of rubber rejuvenator that you might recommend? 
Jeff

Maintenance & Repairs » Cleaning Checklist » 14-1-2018 20:40:15

JeffMo74
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Hi,
  I've searched but haven't found this on another thread (all in one location). What is everyone's procedure for cleaning a particularly dirty machine? I've seen people mention they clean the typebars, degrease segments etc but I was looking for a beginning to end guide that I could more or less follow. Do you remove the housing first? Remove the carriage? Degrease the inner workings? Recondition the platen? Clean the housing? I think it would be very helpful to newbies like myself to know what to do first, second, third etc. and how everyone likes to do it. I just picked up a Smith-Corona Sterling today that is the dirtiest I have seen so far. Thanks as always! Jeff

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 06-1-2018 11:59:23

JeffMo74
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I realized I never introduced myself on this thread, I went right to the repair section! Hi, my name is Jeff and I'm new to the world of typewriters, although I grew up using them! I went from one Royal Arrow I picked up at the flea market for 10 bucks to 5 machines total and the number is still growing. I haven't gotten them to work perfectly, but I love trying! I watched California Typewriter and I was completely enthralled the way everyone, including Tom Hanks spoke about these machines! I've found everyone to be super helpful and welcoming so far and I hope to be able to contribute in the future!

Maintenance & Repairs » Nicotine on white plastic keys » 06-1-2018 11:51:18

JeffMo74
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The keys do look visibly better today after the scrubbing bubbles. The yellowing is confined to certain parts of the keys and it's almost textured for lack of a better word, like 30 year old cheeto dust left on the keys to harden!

Maintenance & Repairs » Nicotine on white plastic keys » 05-1-2018 21:12:21

JeffMo74
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Thanks for the advice! I used the scrubbing bubbles and I actually wrapped the remainder of the machine in plastic wrap so I wouldn't get anything in there. Although the keys look a bit brighter, I think I will have to go with the retrobrite. The interesting thing is that the keys are not uniformly yellow which is what brought me to the nicotine idea in the first place. Side note, I googled retrobrite as you suggested and it's quite a debated subject on best formulation.
Jeff

Maintenance & Repairs » Nicotine on white plastic keys » 04-1-2018 09:51:03

JeffMo74
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Hi all,
  I did a search for this topic and I didn't see it, so hopefully someone has some advice. I was just given a Montegomery Ward Signature 300 and the previous owner was apparently a heavy smoker. The white plastic keys are really stained. I have tried dish soap, rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, oxi clean in water mixture and a few other household cleaners (haven't tried scrubbing bubbles yet) that are safe for plastics. I'm making some progress but I haven't been able to return the keys to completely white. The whole key isn't yellow, it's basically like a fingerprint. Does anybody have tried and true methods for getting the nicotine off the keys? Thanks!!
Jeff

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal Sabre letter arms are hitting the cover » 30-12-2017 23:02:46

JeffMo74
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YES!!!! I'm missing three of the 4 rubber bumpers! I placed it back on but didn't push it all the way down and  the typebars are sailing right past it! Thank you so much! Now the question is where do you get and/or make little rubber bumpers? Thanks again!

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal Sabre letter arms are hitting the cover » 30-12-2017 22:12:20

JeffMo74
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skywatcher wrote:

Hi Jeff

​Now begs the question, did the type bars hit the ribbon cover before you took it to pieces to clean it? and, Where on the ribbon cover are the type bars contacting?

Sky

I'm not sure it hit before, but I don't think it did . So, should I disassemble it and rebuild it? Is there another fix or did I mess this machine up? Thanks for your help!
Jeff

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal Sabre letter arms are hitting the cover » 30-12-2017 21:51:03

JeffMo74
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Fleetwing wrote:

So, your machine looks like the ones here: http://typewriterdatabase.com/Royal.Sabre.72.bmys

Please excuse this question -- the top cover (aka ribbon cover) is installed correctly, yes? Opening is toward the back of the typewriter, like the machines shown in the link? I only ask because it's easy to install the cover backward. So, assuming we have that out of the way, are you sure the cover is all the way in place, so that it's flush with the top? If so, then maybe the cover has gotten bent a little bit? These are aluminum castings, I think, so they're hard to bend, but stranger things have happened. Clearances are tight, so any misalignment can lead to the typebars hitting the cover. Which letters are hitting? Is it the ones on the extreme outsides, or is it any one of them?

Thanks for the reply! I double checked and I have the cover on correctly and it is flush with the top. Only the outside letters are the ones that are hitting the cover. I had removed part of the case in order to clean and I was wondering if I messed it up when I put it back on and that's why the typebars are hitting the ribbon cover.

Maintenance & Repairs » Royal Sabre letter arms are hitting the cover » 28-12-2017 22:47:18

JeffMo74
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Hi,
  I'm new here and this will be my first post. I searched the forums to see if any one else had this problem. I have a Royal Sabre (I think it's a 1968). The letter arms keep hitting the top cover and I'm not sure why. I have the top cover in place and I can't see another reason for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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