A customer recently brought in this Olympia SM3 that was originally pearly green and a bit on the rusty side. The interior of the machine was in decent shape and it typed quite well. The typewriter needed the typical cleaning and re-oiling plus the normal replacement of the frame spacers.
This nice customer wanted the typewriter painted to be rid of the rust and restore a like new appearance. Well, I had to confess that I’m really not that good at painting and I would gladly take the chrome and other doodads off the sheet metal components so it could be painted professionally.
She waited while I took everything apart and in the end there were seven pieces ready to be refinished. The customer had a good idea where she was going to have the painting done; most likely a powder coating business near Kingston Washington. While the typewriter sheet metal was out being painted I finished the maintenance and waited.
When we originally chatted the customer wanted to make sure the final paint would complement those beautiful dark green key tops.
When the pieces returned, the powder coat was a perfect creamy white. As I put everything back together the chrome, Olympia logo, and other components started to make the machine look quite charming.
When it was all done and everything back together this machine looks really nice! Types good too.