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Great topic!

Attachment and link very useful, thanks for adding those.

I'd like to see some photos of your kit please guys!  :)

I have a couple of buffing wheels. Nothing special or expensive, both are just cheap home diy machines, one of which was a spur of the moment purchase which is so low powered I have never even taken it out of the box. They both came with various compounds.

I also have a couple of 'Dremel alikes' with various packets of polishing wheels. These are great for smaller pieces and nooks and crannies. One has a handy table arm to lift it's cabling off the workspace.

*I can nip over to my little workshop later and get a couple of photos to attach if anyone wants to see.

Technical "Stuff" / Re: is the current system in P...
Last post by dsk - Yesterday at 02:23:53 AM
Not much to find on net about that, but they are probably following the same line as in the US.  It may work with one old ringer (302 or newer) and if you have an old exchange; more, and even acceptance of rotary dials.  Please test ad tell us how it turned out. 
Quote from: ChrisW6ATV on December 02, 2022, 03:22:44 PMRegarding your phone's dial, there is a man in (I think) Arizona who does highly-recommended dial refurbishment at moderate prices, if you get concerned about doing it yourself. With all of the great documentation and discussions on this forum, along with your radio or other experience, I think you will succeed doing it yourself. That is my plan for the slow-dialing Northern Electric Princess phone I have.

Yes, I have his webpage bookmarked and will be contacting him probably after Christmas.
Technical "Stuff" / is the current system in Panam...
Last post by Janeiac - Yesterday at 12:53:20 AM
Hi there phone fans,

do any of you fine folks happen to know what technology is used in the country of Panama? I have a vacation home there and I'd love to put in some of my own old phones there. I suspect that it's a new-ish system that won't deliver enough juice to make an old phone bell ring, and may not even be compatible in the first place, but on the other hand most of the infrastructure there was designed by the US Army corps of engineers in the days of the US canal zone, so it might.
Telephone Tools, Workshops, Tool Identification and Other / Re: Buffing
Last post by SUnset2 - December 02, 2022, 11:58:41 PM
I use unsewn wheels (I got mine at TAP Plastics).  These have loose flaps and reduce the risk of burning, but you still need to keep moving.  One for red and one for white compound.
Collector's Corner / Re: Another Red Plastic 302
Last post by oldguy - December 02, 2022, 10:51:11 PM
Beautiful phone Larry.
Auction Talk / Re: Japanese WW2 Bakelite Tele...
Last post by oldguy - December 02, 2022, 10:24:11 PM
Very nice job Doug.
Telephone Troubleshooting and Repair / Re: WE 5H Dial Click
Last post by Doug Rose - December 02, 2022, 09:51:12 PM
Quote from: poplar1 on December 02, 2022, 05:53:09 PMWhat was the improvement with 4H vs. 2A?
It fit in a D1 202. The #2 dials did not...Doug
Telephone Tools, Workshops, Tool Identification and Other / Re: Buffing
Last post by RDPipes - December 02, 2022, 09:32:35 PM
When I was a young man of 19 I worked for a chrome plater and I was one of the buffers but, really didn't learn all that much buffing metals, it was buffing other materials like woods, plastics, etc. that I learned really cause ya can't really burn metal, ya either polish it or ya don't. I figure if anyone could do it I could too and didn't give up till I got it right. It's certainly nothing you can teach someone in a few posts on a forum or blog. You either have to just do it like I did or be a good reader which I'm not, or show someone how in person. Now I can do the last one if anyone lives close enough and would be more then happy to.
Quote from: RB on December 02, 2022, 04:58:35 PMOk, can anybody explain how to use an Electric Buffer? ...Correctly.

And you forgot to mention not holding onto the item securely or catching an edge on the wheel with the end result being the item flying across the room, usually damaged.

RDPipes got it right. I buffed, or tried to, for a few years and got rid of my buffer.

Rotational speed is important, slower for plastic, faster for Bakelite. Diameter of the buffing wheel affects the buffing speed at the point of contact. The type of wheel (material) to use when and what buffing compounds to use with each wheel is important. Keeping the item moving so as not to melt the plastic is important. And, in the end, there are areas of a phone's plastics that can not be accessed by a buffing wheel.

I had a single speed Eastwood buffer, should have gone with the 2 speed buffer, but I see the 2 speed buffer which was about $160 is now $350 and that Eastwood has seemed to move away from plastics to metal finishing in their product lines.

There are so many variables to go through to find the right combination of buffer, wheel material, wheel size, buffing compounds and how to do it, as RDPipes said, it's really too complex to help you here.

Using a buffer to make plastic shine is an art and probably taught by those in a company who do it on a daily basis to new employees. After 3 years, I never found the right or best combination of material and equipment to do it right.