The Royal (Mis)Treatment

In my original assessment of this typewriter, I said there were a number of issues with this typewriter. What those were I don’t remember because they don’t seem to be an issue now. Well, in the first line there I was typing a little too erratically. It appears to have given the escapement an issue.

With my typewriters, I tend to do not much more than a spit polish. For some reason, I started spraying the panels of this typer with a “gentle” cleaner, with amazing results. But when I got to the back panel—the one with the brand decal and manufacturers info—I realized too late that the cleaner was taking off the ink from the decal. I managed to limit the damage, but most of the R in Royal is gone, among other areas. All that’s left behind is the silver foil. But this typewriter transformed from what appeared to be a brown typewriter to a grey one. Amazing. And almost worth the damage done in the process.

As I type now, I notice there is a slight feeding issue. The paper starts going crooked after just one or two carriage returns. The obvious answer to that is the pressure rollers under the platen. My guess is there is a flat spot. But it’s easy enough to just readjust the paper between paragraphs.

There, that’s better.

I must say, the most confusing thing about this typewriter is the fact that there is a Magic Margin on the left, but not the right. It seems to make more sense to have it on the right side, to account for different paper sizes. Instead, you have to flip up the paper table to access the adjustment for the right margin.

After having gotten rid of—er, given away—my wide carriage Royal FPE, there can be another candidate for a new platen. Will this be the one? That remains to be seen. For now, I’m just glad this thing is typing flawlessly and is back to most of its original finish.

I do have to say that Typewriter Club LIVE has come a long way. What started with four people on screen has grown to 16. Yes, sixteen. Wow. And we can count no less than three Typewriter Community big hitters—celebrities, really–among us. I am so grateful for EVERYONE that participates. What an inspiring group of people. LONG LIVE THE TYPEWRITER COMMUNITY!

Author: Gregory

2 thoughts on “The Royal (Mis)Treatment

  1. Yurr, yeah, waterslide decals are pretty delicate. I generally use a drop or two of dishwashing liquid in a couple cups of water and a very soft toothbrush to clean wrinkle paint. If it’s super-dirty, I have used gel toothpaste diluted with water.

    Phoenix Typewriter often sprays a light oil on black crinkle paint and rubs it in lightly for a spectacular dark black result.

    1. Oh! Great tips. Thank you, sir. That was one of the dirtiest typewriters in my collection, so the transformation from brown to grey was really kind of amazing. I think it the future I tape a piece of wax paper over the decal so I can still give the rest of the body a deep clean. Then with the area right around the decal, I’ll do as you have suggested. Thanks again!

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