It's time this information is spilled and widely available to those who do their own repairs. Since nobody really let me know I could fix my Skyline this way I feel it's my duty to make it available.
I feel certain I can say that anyone or most who have encountered an Eversharp Skyline made of polystyrene or with parts made of the material (all of these pens have some polystyrene parts) has found these parts to be either warped, discolored or cracked. Or if one hasn't had the fortune of coming to be in possession of one of these pens they certainly have heard of others having these issues with their pens. Whatever way you look at it Eversharp Skyline plastics are fussy and prone to age related problems, but it should not stop one from wanting to own or using one of these pens.
|Standard Eversharp Skyline with honey colored striated celluloid cap and army brown polystyrene barrel discolored to a darker shade of brown like oil or dark chocolate|
|Same pen without cap, note that the section and barrel match|
|Dreyfuss' NYC Hudson courtesy or Wikipedia|
Wondering what could be done I ran off to the internet and began doing a number of searches, which of course yielded nothing and I asked questions on the fountain pen forums which only lead to the answer of find a new barrel or a parts pen. For some that may seem an okay proposition, but finding the right pen in the right color for the right price can be daunting and take months, anyway the damage on my pen barrel wasn't that bad. Super glue and like adhesives are almost always out of the question for pen repairs and most of the time do more hurt and good. Shellac can be used, but if I ever had to get the pen apart for any reason in the future the whole barrel would probably break into multiple pieces. So, it was back to doing searches, which eventually led to some obscure web page or blog that I cannot recall the name of (this was over two years ago now), but the proprietor of the page claimed to have successfully repaired cracked polystyrene Eversharp Skylines with Tenax 7-R. Knowing I had nothing to lose I went to the local hobby shop later in the week and bought a bottle of the stuff. Putting two and two together and after reading the label on the Tenax bottle recalled to mind helping my kid brother when he was about 9-10 years old put together model planes and cars. The plastic the models were made of was the same stuff as the Skyline barrel or something very similar.
|Bottle of Tenax R-7 Space Age Plastic Welder. It's not a glue, it's a solvent|
|Pen barrel was cracked in the threads right here. Although the photo doesn't show the discoloration there is a small amount and the crack is not visible save for some small interruptions in the threads, which does not affect their function|
|Following directions on bottle will lead to best results|
Thanks for reading.
Please feel free to ask questions.