Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cleaned Remington Portable #2

Case cleaned with already a first blackening. Loose leathercloth and splitting wood glued down and the white paint stains also removed from the case. Lid sides are slightly bulging from being forced down over the machine without the carriage knob being pushed in.

The bare machine, mostly clean now...

Feed rollers front and rear...

Rusty, with some traces of the plating...

Even the type has some rust on it, looks like it is marked '6d' or is it 'p9'?


  1. Best of luck with the ongoing restoration of your lovely Remington.That's a lovely finish. I have a two-tone green version, sans the crinckle, stashed away awaiting a serious soaking bath. You've encouraged me to prioritize it.

  2. That's a great finish! I always wondered about the results of the de-rusting bath - I look forward to your progress on this machine :)

  3. Looking better. That is a great paint scheme, and very unusual.

    The push-the-knob system on these machines is not intuitive and I'm not surprised that many users, lacking an instruction manual, just jammed the typewriter into the case with the knob extended.

  4. It certainly responding to your treatment and attention. Cant wait to see final result

  5. Ohhhhhh sweet ride!
    Those rollers are easy to replace. No really! When I have everything back together I'll do a full tutorial on it.

  6. Thank you all for your comments!

    The machine does look rather striking, a bit flashy even. (Duo-tone looks very 'classy' on this design I think, congrats on one of those!)
    Have seen of two online in a green crackle, but none in red yet. Quite daring choice also back in '28 I think. Roaring twenties' color scheme.

    Will now put it on the shelf a bit to think how to tackle this one and to collect replacement parts, grommets and such. Not sure how to de-rust yet, probably scrub and steelwool.
    The carriage lock is a hidden function, looks like the machine overall got handled rough. Will be getting an instruction manual for this one.

    Looking much fwd to your roller tutorial, will likely be taking the whole machine apart to get at all the bits. Also the platen. Eagerly anticipated :)