So here it is stripped down:
All the parts are sanded and cleaned. This stage of the process also allows for the workings of the machine to get a thorough degreasing and cleaning, and blow-through with an air compressor. It's amazing how much gunk comes out, and how much better the mechanics look - and, more importantly, work.
I find the best way is to hang the parts by wire from a line so that they get even coats of paint all over. After the priming, more sanding and more priming, the top colour coats and then glossing:
Finally, the reassembly. If you decide to repaint the paper plate, more often than not this requires removing the platen and paper bail, and sometimes the margins rail and after parts. If removing the platen, take very special note of the arrangement of the assembly of the carriage lever mechanism on the left hand side of the carriage, as this is very often quite difficult to reassemble properly:
This Hermes 3000 arrived with much of its paintwork WORN off (yes, worn, not chipped) and most of the bodywork covered in stubborn carbon paper stains. I've seldom since such a mess. But this is what it looks like now:Similiar situation with this Olympia SM9:
One of the worst states I've ever seen a typewriter arrive in from an eBay seller was this Triumph. I have renamed it The Conquerer because it overcame an otherwise certain demise:
Richard Polt has carried out many brilliant restoration jobs, and I give as one example this Remington Quiet-Riter Miracle Tab (his photographic skills are also a lot better than mine!):