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07-4-2018 16:19:45  #11


Re: Platen re-covering in USA

SamTheWriter83 wrote:

How do you know if you need your platen re-covered?

It depends. Most vintage typewriters could benefit from platen recovery, as it improves the print quality and paper feed, but whether it needs to be done depends on how hard or worn the platen is, a person's tolerance for the quirks of a hard platen, and how much one want's to invest in the restoring the typewriter. If the platen is cracked or slipping on its core, it definitely needs to be recovered. If--other factors not withstanding--the platen is causing feed issues, the type (other than just the periods) is blowing holes through the paper, or the print quality is abysmal, then it likely needs a new platen; but these issues will vary in degrees, and there are certain things, like typing with extra backing sheets or treating with rubber rejuvenator, that can help mitigate some of these problems. It will also vary from machine to machine. Some typewriters can type okay with a rock hard platen, others do not. Back in the day, they made them in different hardness for specific uses.

Most vintage machines have platens that are much harder than ideal, but most people are happy typing on them anyway. Recovery is expensive, the amount of improvement gained is different from machine to machine, and the difficulty of removing the platen will vary depending on the typewriter and a person's familiarity with repair; so one should not only evaluate the platen, but also weigh the costs, as well as the risk/rewards.

 

 

07-4-2018 16:23:43  #12


Re: Platen re-covering in USA

SoucekFan wrote:

SamTheWriter83 wrote:

How do you know if you need your platen re-covered?

It depends. Most vintage typewriters could benefit from platen recovery, as it improves the print quality and paper feed, but whether it needs to be done depends on how hard or worn the platen is, a person's tolerance for the quirks of a hard platen, and how much one want's to invest in the restoring the typewriter. If the platen is cracked or slipping on its core, it definitely needs to be recovered. If--other factors not withstanding--the platen is causing feed issues, the type (other than just the periods) is blowing holes through the paper, or the print quality is abysmal, then it likely needs a new platen; but these issues will vary in degrees, and there are certain things, like typing with extra backing sheets or treating with rubber rejuvenator, that can help mitigate some of these problems. It will also vary from machine to machine. Some typewriters can type okay with a rock hard platen, others do not. Back in the day, they made them in different hardness for specific uses.

Most vintage machines have platens that are much harder than ideal, but most people are happy typing on them anyway. Recovery is expensive, the amount of improvement gained is different from machine to machine, and the difficulty of removing the platen will vary depending on the typewriter and a person's familiarity with repair; so one should not only evaluate the platen, but also weigh the costs, as well as the risk/rewards.

 

 
Thank you for the explanation, sounds like a low benefit thing to do, unless as you mentioned the platen is severly damaged.

 

07-4-2018 19:28:30  #13


Re: Platen re-covering in USA

SamTheWriter83 wrote:

Thank you for the explanation, sounds like a low benefit thing to do, unless as you mentioned the platen is severly damaged.

It can be beneficial; it just may not be a necessity. Sometimes it is more of a want than a need. It depends on the person and the machine. If one prizes print quality, and has the money to spare, it can definitely be worth it.

 

07-4-2018 21:10:27  #14


Re: Platen re-covering in USA

SoucekFan wrote:

SamTheWriter83 wrote:

Thank you for the explanation, sounds like a low benefit thing to do, unless as you mentioned the platen is severly damaged.

It can be beneficial; it just may not be a necessity. Sometimes it is more of a want than a need. It depends on the person and the machine. If one prizes print quality, and has the money to spare, it can definitely be worth it.

 
The platen on my Smith Corona Galaxie Twelve is fairly hard, but it prints just fine with the existing platen and a new ribbon.

 

07-4-2018 22:01:53  #15


Re: Platen re-covering in USA

If you are satisfied with the type quality, there are no feed issues, and the noise doesn't bother you, you are probably okay on a Galaxie.

 

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