Fountain pen, typewriter collecting,
and maybe more.
This is helpful. I'll have to look for Cameron's post on the subject. I bought some purple ribbons still wrapped in their original plastic. Dry as a bone. Same for a used IBM green ribbon.
The typing looks great. Can you describe the technique you used to get the right amount of WD-40 on the ribbon?
I plan to post more details over this week end as well as the results of using this method on the black/red ribbon and a Pelikan silk ribbon.
And just yesterday I threw away a dry ribbon I had replaced...
Yes please. WD-40 techique would be very useful - I have a stash of unused but old and very faint ex-government stock.
I'm looking forward to hear more about this project! I've read something about restoring ribbons but at that time it seemed me too complicated and messy... But now I realize that the end result is great! The typing looks fantastic...
Wd-40, of course. Waiting to hear how you did it.
Me too, waiting as well!
While google-ing typewriter ribbon restoration I found a GoogleBook of Popular Mechanics magazine from 1926, with a typewriter ribbon restoration article. It stated remove the old ribbon from the typewriter, soak the ribbon on the spool in gasoline or alcohol until it is fully saturated. Then let it sit until the excess evaporates. YUK! I paraphrased the article, but found it rather amusing "soak the spooled ribbon in gasoline or alcohol" I do not know anyone who would want to do that and ruin a ribbon.