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Sterling Silver Surfer

by | Aug 31, 2011 | silver surfer, Smith-Corona | 20 comments


MADE WITH SKILL
PACKED WITH CARE

painted with vegetarian vomit

or is that “celery“?

Safest Stripper™ at work
No puns please.

There is method to this madness …

A little extra shine …

Voilà.

Uh-oh … now look what I found!

20 Comments

  1. rn

    Very stylish. Will that stuff remove crinkle paint? If not, what will. Thanks.

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  2. wordrebel

    Why – oh WHY – can't I find a typer I'm willing to try this with?? There just aren't enough places around me to pick up machines that I can play with (as opposed to getting just those I want to collect and use as is). Nevertheless, great job! I am loving this Silver Surfer trend and living vicariously through all of you.

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  3. Richard P

    @rn: I don't know whether Safest Stripper will work on the crinkle paint. The paint it removed from the Sterling was relatively thin, and the paint on the Silent pictured at the end of my story looks pretty tough. Not sure what I will do with that one yet … I will keep you posted. I just know that the brown has to go!

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  4. notagain

    wordrebel – pay the shipping and you can have several!
    I know, that's the problem with these…
    Nice job Richard! I have one like that but it's painted silvery grayish already.

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  5. Ted

    beautifully done! These Smith-Coronas always benefit from a different color (:

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  6. Ryan Adney

    I've noticed that over time the steel paper table on my Olivetti SS has started to rust a little. Might I suggest a coat of clear coat to keep those pesky oxygen molecules from eating away at the steel?

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  7. Adwoa

    Nice work! Love the alliterative name, too. I would feel tempted to throw on a coat of bright-colored glossy paint at this stage, but I suppose that would defeat the purpose :)

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  8. PT

    A Mad Max typewriter!

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  9. Richard P

    This time I did add a clear coat, Ryan. Might have to do that with my other Surfers, too, if I notice any oxidation.

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  10. Machines of Loving Grace

    Gee, I wonder if that's the blue ribbon that was supposed to be in the (plastic) tin I bought that turned out to be black?

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  11. shordzi

    Haha, great post! I very much like the innovative photos of you with the typecast text. And I fully understand your sense of cheap thrills.
    PS I comply and make no puns on the "safest stripper".

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  12. Ryan Adney

    Richard, I noticed that you mentined the lacquer in your write-up. Sorry about that. It's nice that you could get such a clean finish on steel. From everything I've read it's not as easy as aluminum, but it sure does look pretty!

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  13. Cameron

    I enjoyed your bird's-eye views of this disassembled typer, rather like a story unfolding to its conclusion. Beautiful result.

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  14. Rob Bowker

    Oh yes, that one buffed-up nicely. Some great curves in there come to life with a little shine. I did get worried when you mentioned applying yoghurt-like stuff to body panels. Keep it out of the kitchen or you might confuse the two!

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  15. Duffy Moon

    Dang if that didn't turn out nice. I thought you stuck with only aluminum machines for this treatment. This really makes it look more like the Super-5 era machines for some reason, rather than the later Galaxie-style ones. I know this machine sits somewhere betwixt the two, but for some reason this silvering treatment sets it more to the earlier side (to my eyes, anyway).

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  16. mpclemens

    Hey now! Was that "celery" comment a dig? I'm pleased that the Monarch does not resemble any form of stomach contents.

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  17. Richard P

    NOW it has the most comments — there was another with 17. :)

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  18. cfclark

    I know this is late to the party, but I have a Skyriter I want to try this with, and I've been hunting for paint-removal tips. Duly noted and bookmarked!

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