Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hermes unclad



10 comments:

  1. Good lord! This needs further explication! Amazing... it's a whole different machine...

    ReplyDelete
  2. @Rino - I gasped when I saw it too - impressive, isn't it?

    That's absolutely fascinating that you removed the paint instead of adding some. I wouldn't have thought of that! Very cool, and great that you maintained the Hermes logo on the back of it as well.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Happy belated Birthday! And you already know that this is a damned sexy typewriter!

    ReplyDelete
  4. A little chrome wheel polish from the local auto supply store will keep that awesome look going. With time and a lot of elbow grease, you could bring it up to a mirror shine.

    Unfortunately, my post-war Remington #7 Noiseless has a near-flawless paintjob. Otherwise, I might consider the "naked" typewriter concept.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh Richard, what have you done? It's... lovely.

    Any sort of protectant going on over it to keep the aluminum from oxidizing? Maybe even just a light polish of caranuba wax?

    Jealous that you just have a Hermes 3000 lying around to experiment on. *fume*

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yes, thanks to the ever-wonderful A.S., I had this Hermes on hand. I have to admit I like the feel of the later, '60s Hermes 3000 (which I owned for one day) better: it's easier, smoother. So my ultimate goal is to fit a '60s 3000 into this '50s body. We shall see.

    I've polished it with Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish and applied a coat of Renaissance Wax.

    I will post detailed instructions for this project when I get the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  7. that's seriously cool. I love the way the keys and knobs "pop" against that base.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just for the record: 1) that is more awesome than I can say and 2) do not try to replicate this (in a non-aluminum machine) with any of that metallic-esque paint you find at your local hardware. I've got a ginormous vaguely-silvery Empress that proves this is a not-good idea.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Youve convinced me, among my ever growing typewriter to-do wishlist: im going to give one of my 3000s the silver surfer treatment

    ReplyDelete