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Collector's Corner / Re: Mediterranean Blue 500 Painted Aqua Blue
« Last post by RotarDad on Yesterday at 03:01:55 PM »
WEBellSystemChristian has done a lot of experimentation with paint removal.  Here’s a thread with a short summary of his methods:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=12923.msg136439#msg136439

See response #25.
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...I have never made a nickle from the hobby, only spent money...

Snap!  :-\  :) 
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Collector's Corner / Re: Mediterranean Blue 500 Painted Aqua Blue
« Last post by poplar1 on Yesterday at 02:25:37 PM »
At least it's not polane paint:

        In 1971 Sherwin-Williams introduced POLANE, a coating designed to efficiently cover metal surfaces but found to work exceedingly well on plastics as well.
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Collector's Corner / Re: Mediterranean Blue 500 Painted Aqua Blue
« Last post by Pourme on Yesterday at 02:21:47 PM »
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If that is the case....The surface having been protected by a layer of paint since 1958, will be in pristine condition!
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Collector's Corner / Re: Mediterranean Blue 500 Painted Aqua Blue
« Last post by magicbrain on Yesterday at 02:14:39 PM »
Sometime a phone is painted because there was a repair that could only be properly concealed with a repaint. I would look for evidence of that possibility.  I noticed they painted the inside of the case as well.

My pictures of it are not the greatest, it is very overcast here today - The shell is undamaged & only has some over spray inside.
I believe this was made to fill an order for an aqua blue in early 58, due to the cords both marked "I 58" & the "62" code stamp on the base.

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Flea Market/Yard Sale/Antique Store Finds / Re: Story of my $50 Minty Blue 302
« Last post by Pourme on Yesterday at 02:14:37 PM »
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Your story had the perfect and most desirable ending. Jan shares your passion for the hobby, mine does not, she tolerates it. No way my wife would endorse the use of the money gained from the transaction to be invested in a single phone. All the more reason I admire Jan and her dedication to the hobby!

In fairness to my wife, I have never sold any of my phones. I have never made a nickle from the hobby, only spent money. There is a difference in our situations in that respect.

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Collector's Corner / Re: Beautiful Red AE 40
« Last post by Pourme on Yesterday at 02:08:27 PM »
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One detail that is at issue, newspaper. I always request the use of bubble wrap. Newspaper doesn't retain the firmness and support needed to continue to protect the phone during the trip. Had this phone been packed with bubble wrap on all four sides and isolated from the handset (as I know it was) I don't think it would have suffered the damage. Just my thoughts.
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Collector's Corner / Re: Mediterranean Blue 500 Painted Aqua Blue
« Last post by Pourme on Yesterday at 02:02:37 PM »
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By any metric you choose to use this was a great buy. As for weather you should strip the paint? My knee jerk reaction was YES! Hmmmm....I think I would want to secure a proper dial first. The value would certainly increase if it was the proper, much sought after color. Sometime a phone is painted because there was a repair that could only be properly concealed with a repaint. I would look for evidence of that possibility.  I noticed they painted the inside of the case as well.
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Auction Talk / Re: Telegrafverket Telegraf Verket Ivory Red Numbers
« Last post by Pourme on Yesterday at 01:48:52 PM »
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Love it when a min bid gets a desired piece!....I have had it happen only a couple of times...feels good!

After all we deserve one every once in a while, don't we?

Congrats, Doug!
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Collector's Corner / Mediterranean Blue 500 Painted Aqua Blue
« Last post by magicbrain on Yesterday at 01:43:17 PM »
I bought this Western Electric 500 dated 2-57 on ebay - I thought from the auction pictures it looked to be dark blue/gray under light blue paint, so I took a chance - having received it the shell, handset & caps are in fact Mediterranean blue all dated 8-56.
The issue now, do I strip it? - If I do, I will need to locate the correct color dial bezel(not very likely) & cords(possible)
The light blue paint is in great condition, as are the cords both marked "I 58" and it has the code "62" for aqua blue stamped on the base - it should clean up & display very nicely.
I already have a Mediterranean blue 500 with dark gray cords, so I am inclined to keep this one as is - what does everyone think?

Auction link:
https://tinyurl.com/yc3mbquj


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