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05-3-2018 23:27:47  #1

Restore red markings on old Royal standards

Anyone got any ideas about how to restore the red markings in the tab bar of old Royal standards?  Perhaps something you wipe over and it fills in the cracks again.  Nail polish?  The numbers and lines used to be red....
Actually...I might try nail polish, unless you can think of something better.



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06-3-2018 04:13:54  #2

Re: Restore red markings on old Royal standards

Since you are in the USA, the first thing to do is to search for 'Vintage Radio Restoration Supplies'.  I have come across a white paint stick that is used to refresh the numbers on Bakelite radio knobs, and there might be a red version too.  This isn't available in the UK as far as I can tell, so I haven't been able to try it.  If this fails, the next thing to try is to obtain a red wax crayon.  Heat the tab. rack gently with a blowlamp.  If you are careful, you might be able to do this without removing it from the machine. Rub the crayon across the markings and the wax should 'wick' into them.  Allow the wax to partially set (only a couple of minutes), then wipe over.  Remove any surplus with a rag containing Methylated Spirits (denatured alcohol).  You might have to do this a couple of times to get an even spread of wax, so don't beat yourself up if you don't get it right first time


06-3-2018 11:23:23  #3

Re: Restore red markings on old Royal standards

Hi Lucas

​Another similar option to Tom's suggestion would be lacquer sticks fil-in paint available from gun shops. They're used to highlight markings in sights, caliber information on the barrel and the like. From what I can see, they're available in red, white, silver and gold. Hope this gives you some ideas.

All the best,



06-3-2018 11:29:59  #4

Re: Restore red markings on old Royal standards

Here you go: https://www.micro-tools.com/collections/paint-sticks

Micro-tools is my go-to place for camera repair tools. I should take a spin through the site to see about likely tools for typewriter repairs.


06-3-2018 13:42:12  #5

Re: Restore red markings on old Royal standards

Thank you for all the fantastic suggestions!

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