Saturday, October 10, 2009

To Dye For

Brother Correct 7, After
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Irresistible

UPDATE: a collage of shots of the pimping-in-progress.

Dye Job

13 comments:

Strikethru said...

So then, you're starting a business of selling pimped-out refurbed typewriters to style-conscious college literary types.

If not, I recommend doing so at once.

Monda said...
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Monda said...

This looks GREAT. You're just a can of dye away from racing stripes or paisley.I've got to figure out how to do this. The process scares the bejesus out of me.

Nice NaNoBling, by the way.

Little Flower Petals said...

Whoa...that's RED. Very RED. Turned out great! I like.

mpclemens said...

The secret is in the shelling, or if you're patient (I'm not) in the masking. I've since learned that "dye" is a bit of a misnomer, this is really spray paint mixed with some intensively smelly chemical solvent: rocket fuel, perhaps. It's no harder or easier than spray-painting something, in other words, and the usual precautions apply (old clothes, good ventilation, don't over-spray.)

I did plan this out a bit in advance: the Brother is held together by exactly four screws, one per foot. I intended to leave the carriage alone, as well as the cover (the bottom of the typewriter is the bottom of the case.) This was the ideal type of machine for this project.

Jessica said...

It is beautiful!

SRF said...

That is a sexy typewriter.

Mike Speegle said...

Looks pretty good! Now come to Las Vegas and do my Selectric up in Hunter S. Red.

mpclemens said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. It was a lot of fun to do, and will make me look twice at the next plastic junker I find.

Duffy Moon said...

Really, Mike, and I've said it over on Flickr - you've done a terrific job here.

I put my poor Smith Corona eighty-eight desktop through the paint process with disappointing results. Impatience and lack of any spray-painting skill pretty much doomed me from the start. Not sure I have the stones to actually post pictures of it.

Duffy Moon said...

Oh, and plus?
I went ahead and did up my Sears Achiever with the plastic paint.

Since it's basically the same machine as yours, I couldn't do it in red. So I went a little wilder (for me).

Pictures hopefully coming soon.

Is it an improvement over the brown and off-white? Definitely. Will you want to bring it home and introduce it to the folks? Likely not.

Scott Kernaghan said...

How has this red dye held up over time?

Michael Clemens said...

The dye seems to be staying put, although this typer doesn't get handled very much, either. Compared to the paint job on my AlphaSmart, though, this is worlds better.

I'm using the dye for the knobs on my silver surfer project. That should be a real test of durability.