Teletype Model 43 ribbons (and old ribbons in general...)

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at
Tue Oct 21 20:11:24 CDT 2008

On Tuesday 21 October 2008 20:15, Fred Cisin wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Oct 2008, Roy J. Tellason wrote:
> > Anybody have opinions on spraying a ribbon with WD-40?
> If you're going to that effort, why not spray it with INK?

Ink being a pigment and some sort of a solvent,  when a ribbon dries out 
there's plenty of pigment there already,  it just needs a bit of solvent.  
The one time I tried it the results were surprisingly good,  for a while.

Then pushing my luck a bit further I repeated the application.

I was using a rebuilt printhead at that time and the front face of it got 
loose,  the company I was getting them from stood behind it.  I still have 
one of their rebuilds in my old Oki 92.  :-)

And besides which,  I'm not aware of any ink available in spray cans like 
that,  is it?

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