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Cleaning Typewriter Platen Rollers

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Post time: 2013-5-31 22:08:08 |Show all posts
The Fedron is gone now, no plans to get anymore either. Have a lot of faith in WD-40 recently but...What are you all using to clean typewriter platens ?? Fedron worked so well I got spoiled. WD-40 won't do much for white out or the buildup on the wheelwriter platens where the rollers ride, hate using isopropyl 95% but it will eventually cut it, and then use WD-40 but it takes forever.

Post time: 2013-6-1 16:07:47 |Show all posts
I used to use a small wood lathe!

Post time: 2013-6-1 15:05:55 |Show all posts
I take the platen out if its really bad. I Put the end in a drill, Hold a piece of drywall grit paper around the platen and start the drill. Move paper up and down.Looks like new.

Post time: 2013-6-1 13:26:06 |Show all posts
Laquer thinner and acohol 50/50 works great!

Post time: 2013-6-1 12:25:37 |Show all posts
Have you tried any of the Mr. McKenic products? Great range - Contact Cleaner & Lubricant will get off the white out and rejuvenate the parts.

Post time: 2013-6-1 10:57:06 |Show all posts
NA Trading has a belt cleaner...takes off ink and  white out and  I've used it on copier rollers and a platen or 2...  you can get a 8 oz to try.....I deal w Amy....very nice to deal with...Joe

Post time: 2013-6-1 09:22:33 |Show all posts
I've been using hl cleaner from Ames.  works well on white out but smells almost as bad as fedron.  If you use thinner or isopropal alc. you could get a call back shortly as the rubber on the platen will split.  As far as typewriters being obsolete, I service 3 or 4 a day @ $60 per hour shop time.  20 years ago I was told typewriters were obsolete but here I am.  Also it gets me into an office so that I can sell my other services.  "the report of my death is premature"

Post time: 2013-6-1 08:05:00 |Show all posts
Stoner has a good rubber roller cleaner.  It is a citrus based cleaner and although it doesn't cut as well as fedron did, it cleans platens, and copier and printer feed rollers leaving them with a good grip.  I also use it with some care to remove ink from the covers of everything.  Doesn't seem to hurt most plastics.

Post time: 2013-6-1 07:01:39 |Show all posts
Thanks for the replies, we still have a number under maintenance. Clean them once a year.
That fedron just worked so nice, even if you had to take it outside to clean it. Good on the smaller rollers as well.

Post time: 2013-6-1 05:42:25 |Show all posts
Acetone and lacquer-thinner WILL do the job, but they will also "dehydrate" the platen material (of course, by the time you're doing this, it's tired anyway).
I've yet to find anything that really takes the place of Fedron, but I still have the better part of a gallon of it left!
Also, most customers don't really appreciate the "High!"
Kind of a moot point really; I think I've worked on three or four typewriters in the last decade!  
They're a dead issue!  * shrug *

Post time: 2013-6-1 04:15:45 |Show all posts
Lacquer thinner or acetone will work well, just keep it away from paint or plastic. Some contact cleaners will also work well, and not hurt plastic.

Post time: 2013-6-1 03:10:21 |Show all posts
I use Lacquer thinner,  It works just like Fedron.  Even Acetone might work well.

Post time: 2013-6-1 01:28:17 |Show all posts
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Post time: 2013-5-31 23:37:49 |Show all posts
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