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How can I make my Oliver No. 5 typewriter shine?
August 28, 2009 10:28 AM   Subscribe

How can I best make my typewriter look like this typewriter?

I recently bought an Oliver No. 5 typewriter (with the ruling pencil feature!) in working condition. It looks to be in fairly good shape. It's dirty more than anything else, but there's a little rust here and there. What's the best and safest way for me to clean this beauty up? What products should I use? These things were made in the eeeeearly 1900s - should I be concerned about dangerous chemicals in the old materials when restoring? Any tips?

Note: I'm kind of excited about restoring this myself, so taking this to have it professionally fixed-up isn't what I have in mind.
posted by katillathehun to Technology (1 answer total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Basic Typewriter Restoration

and...

The Typewriter Restoration Site
posted by gyusan at 10:37 AM on August 28, 2009


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