Well, not this exact piece.
That’s #3 (the invisible one) – after that post I did on the polishing (three days wasted on polishing, what was I thinking?!) and fix last I managed do a couple of other fixes: mainly straightening the front bar and repairing the locking mechanism.
Right now it’s on it’s way to a very nice lady in Australia, who hopefully will thoroughly enjoy her new toy :)
The insides of this Valentine S (it doesn’t have the tab function, which I prefer) were surprisingly clean, save the carriage area with white-out flakes. (Ugh. I hate it when they’re flakes.) It seems like it was hardly ever used. Probably taken out and shoved back into the case a hundred times to show it off, but the keys and space bar look like new – they still have the brand new sheen to it…
First up: the before and after pictures. I’m so pleased! :D
As you can see, it wasn’t as badly scratched as other pieces I’ve had, but it was bad enough to see in terrible lighting.
Thankfully buffing the scratches off didn’t take as long this time – maybe all night? Polishing took a little while too, but not as long as #3. All that is left is three pretty deep pockmarks nearer the edges but I was happy to leave it there – I didn’t want to run a hole in the silly thing.
After all the buffing – took me another two hours or so to polish it. It’s pretty shiny now.
Washi tape on the return lever to prevent further scuffs on the lever and the side panel. The side panel has no marks what so ever, I didn’t want to be the one to start making them!
Oh, yes, the spools aren’t the original metal ones, but they have the gaping hole in the middle to make way for nut bit of the ribbon caps.
As much as these machines are terribly made (and annoy us all), I’m hoping one day I’ll get to own a Mexican made Valentine with the “Dalek bumps”.
It’ll be awesome. <3
Time to clean the case a good scrubbing and give the top another round of polishing… Heh.
Hullos and good-byes,
and to a awesome weekend (I know it’s going to be a good one because hubs is taking me to the markets for laska tomorrow <3),