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06-2-2014 22:03:35  #1


Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

Has anyone come up with a good replacement product for those old gummy typebar cleaner wads? I've heard that some people use those kneaded art erasers, but I'm curious if anyone's actually tried it out. I'd like to have something easy on hand for a quick cleaning touchup without having to bust out the alcohol and Q-tips.

 

06-2-2014 22:59:28  #2


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

Wads of cotton-wool in spirits might work. 


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06-2-2014 23:45:38  #3


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

I'm kind of looking for a "dry" option, easy and quick, just to tidy up after writing something.

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07-2-2014 17:15:51  #4


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

Back in the day, you used to be able to buy a special type-cleaner putty, a bit like 'Plasticene', which you kneaded, and then spread over the typeface.  When pulled off, it would take most of the ink with it (assuming that it wasn't dry baked on).  You cannot buy type cleaning putty any more, but ordinary 'Blu-Tak'  will do the job almost as well.  It won't last as long as the properly-formulated stuff, but unless you are cleaning dozens of machines daily - it really isn't a problem !

 

08-2-2014 15:56:15  #5


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

In the US, Silly Putty (children's toy) would probably be a good substitute. It's designed to absorb ink. I'm not sure if it's available where you live. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silly_Putty


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09-2-2014 18:51:19  #6


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

I've used proper type slug cleaning putty but found it too slow a process. What I do now to keep my type clean is to keep a box of wood toothpicks with pointed ends nearby and the moment I notice a slug starting to get gummed up I quickly pick it clean - it only takes a few seconds.


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10-2-2014 07:08:08  #7


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

I have a block of type-cleaning putty in its original tin. I found it in a small junkshop. It works great for cleaning the type-slugs!! I suspect that ordinary blu-tak would work just as well. But it may be a bit messier. 


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12-4-2014 13:10:12  #8


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

Hi Paper-Skater

Get some of that soft knead-able product for sticking posters to the wall. Many different companies make it and it goes by names such as; Blu-Tak, Fun-Tak, Pritt-Buddies, Handi-Tak, Uhu-Tak and many other names. Take one strip or five squares and roll it hard between your hands into a ball. As you roll it, you'll feel it warming up (the harder you roll it, the hotter it gets).

Once it's warm to the touch, press it into the type bars and lift the ink and dirt out of the letters. Depending on how dirty the type bars are, you may need to use a tooth pick to pull the caked in muck from the hollow letters like e,a,o,p,d etc. As the surface of the tak gets loaded up with residue, flatten it out, fold the dirt in, re-roll and start again. You'll notice that the more you use a piece, the darker it gets.

The piece of Handi-Tak I'm using at the moment started out yellow but as I'm running purple ribbon in both my Hermes 3000's, the tak is turning quite a pretty mauve. Anyhow, hope this helps and all the best,

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12-4-2014 19:26:11  #9


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

I once noticed that a kit for typewriter cleaning (by Olympia, I think) along with the usual brushes included two plastic holders which seemed to contain a pad of felt-like material.  I imagine these were for cleaning the slugs, presumably one applied a little mehs [?] to the pad first.

It may even have been here that I saw it!

Last edited by beak (12-4-2014 19:27:24)


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12-4-2014 19:40:16  #10


Re: Suggestions for typebar cleaner?

beak wrote:

It may even have been here that I saw it!

Yes, and it was in this sub-forum too. Here's the thread.

Lately, if I have a typer that needs a lot of slug cleaning I use platen cleaner on them. The stuff is meant to remove ink from rubber platens, so it works well on type slugs too.


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