LINE O SCRIBE AND OTHER GEAR HELP

Just got quite the haul of printing gear. Went to get a random proof press because it was being sold for fairly cheep. Turns out it is a “Line o Scribe Showcard Writer”. Came with two trays of fonts that slide into the base of the press, some leading, a rack of furniture, and they threw in a book of fonts just because. Press needs a bit of love but I tried it out and everything works like it is supposed to. Any tips on cleaning this stuff up or info on the press would be appreciated.

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Your press came in better shape than mine! I’m in the middle of tearing mine apart to de-rust and paint it, but yours doesn’t look like it needs the same refurbishment.

Make sure you oil the press’s moving parts (like the flap frisket that holds the paper) and the pressure bar—3in1 oil works well. For dust removal I think Simple Green and a rag works just fine. Your type looks to be in excellent condition, if it was dusty a soft brush can remove that.

Nice Score!
-Christa

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So far I have been scrubbing down the metal bits with vinegar. I did use 3 in 1 oil on all the moving parts already as well. Could still get a little more rust off the press I think. Debating painting it as well. Tried printing with it and it works fine but I think I could get a bit of a better print if I put some felt packing on the frisket. I LOVE the adjustable hight on the roller as I am mostly going to use this for wood and lino cuts rather than type. My biggest issues are with the straps that hold the paper to the frisket because I would like to do some larger prints and those straps would add extra pressure to those areas. I feel like I shouldn’t remove the straps but any tricks to working around them?

So far I have been scrubbing down the metal bits with vinegar. I did use 3 in 1 oil on all the moving parts already as well. Could still get a little more rust off the press I think. Debating painting it as well. Tried printing with it and it works fine but I think I could get a bit of a better print if I put some felt packing on the frisket. I LOVE the adjustable hight on the roller as I am mostly going to use this for wood and lino cuts rather than type. My biggest issues are with the straps that hold the paper to the frisket because I would like to do some larger prints and those straps would add extra pressure to those areas. I feel like I shouldn’t remove the straps but any tricks to working around them?