Like other repair shops I too re-paint typewriters.
One of my customers found a nice IBM Personal Typewriter Selectric at their local typewriter repair shop in California.
Wanting a fresh looking machine they proposed I paint the shell. I’m no professional painter, yet I like to think I do a decent job with a rattle can spray job.
I sent paint samples and one was selected. They shipped the shell and I got to work. Off come the labels using a heat gun and thin spatula, the yucky foam goes in the trash.
The machine gets a nice sand blast, then off to the paint booth.
After several coats, the blems are removed and a final coat is applied. After that it cures then gets polished. New sound foam is the best.
Using VHB double sided tape the labels are re-adhered.
Now its off in the mail so my California customer can have some typing fun.
Below are photos the customer sent. The typewriter looks great with the color coordinated filing cabinets.