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I have an IBM selectric and the keys are gummed up from storage dust. What kind of chemical cleaner can I use to unstick the keys and what type of lubricant do I need to use after I remove the old lubricant?

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When the keys get badly gummed up you probably need a tech,
however if you know how to remove the case and are brave spray the pivot points on the keylevers with WD40, remove the pivot shaft, work the levers back and forth, each lever has a trip pawl that must be freed up. Like I said you probably need a tech.

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Posted on Feb 02, 2010

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