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Theroc
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Dec 16, 2017
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Well first things first: see if you can get it writing. I don't see any damage to the nib itself. And there is no need to replace the feed if it writes. You should start with a thorough cleaning. The best fountain pen cleaning solution is Rapidoeze: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KNNI24/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Soak it in the solution overnight. I recommend using the sac filler (which seems in pretty good shape) to repeatedly flush and expel the solution through the section. If you have a sonic cleaner even better. After that clean with clear water to completely get rid of any traces of cleaning solution. To test it, if you don't have an ink bottle or do not want to use one, any Parker ink cartridge will do. They are ubiquitous. So clean and insert a cartridge and my guess is it will write. Get to that point and we'll see.
Dec 16, 2017
MassType
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Dec 17, 2017
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Thank you! I was wondering if I should use alcohol or some other chemical.
Dec 17, 2017
Theroc
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Dec 21, 2017
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How's the 75 doing?
Dec 21, 2017
MassType
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Dec 21, 2017
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It's writing! Full soak in the Rapidoeze in an ultrasonic bath did the trick. Popped in a parker cartridge and it was working fine. Doing the finishing tonight and tomorrow, will post pictures of that this weekend.
Dec 21, 2017
MassType
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Dec 28, 2017
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I don't know why my previous comment didn't stick. trying again. 1. Getting rid of the grim/tarnish with red rouge is NOT easy. thinking about kicking it up a notch and hitting it with green ZAM 2. I thought the pocket holder was 100% brass. I was wrong. It was a plated gold and I completely tore off the gold plating in my polishing. very not happy about this. 3. tarnish trick with baking soda, hot water, and aluminum foil does not work here. 4. Novus plastic polish works fantastic on the black finger area. I started with #2 and finished with #1.
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Dec 28, 2017
Theroc
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Jan 8, 2018
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You got yourself a pretty decent outcome. I am a bit surprised removing the tarnish required such an effort. I would have thought a few Connoisseurs wipes would have done the job. Anyway, disregard comments about how to treat a vintage pen. This is not a one-off 1960's Ferrari, it's a Parker 75. Some people prefer fully restored pens. Others think the "patina" is something to be valued, as it took years to develop. My answer to that (in the case of silver at least): boiled eggs and a jar. I do recommend you get yourself a Parker piston converter,though. Cartridges may seem convenient but they won't do your pen justice. You miss out on a whole world of ink if you stick to cartridges.
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