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Offline WesternElectricBen

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1948 Western Electric 305
« on: April 03, 2015, 04:18:06 PM »
I recently restored my most recent purchase: a 1948 WE 305 set. The 305 means that it has the ringer cut-off function, governed by the small dial on the base.

For the restoration, I buffed the body with S.S.S and Novus. The handset was incredibly dull before, so I spent much time at the bench grinder to get a nice sheen. Unfortunately, I was unable to get off the paint specs as you can see in the last image. Additionally, I was glad to find that it is completely dates matching.

Overview and Demonstration video: (not yet uploaded)

Ben
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Offline Russ Kirk

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Re: 1948 Western Electric 305
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2015, 05:20:11 PM »
Excellent job!
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Re: 1948 Western Electric 305
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2015, 06:59:17 PM »
Ben...superb job!!! I always get the paint of with brasso, the tough ones I let some goo be gone sit on them overnight. I use a Q-tip to apply. A fingernail does work wonders after the goo be gone. You have done an exceptional job on the 305, one of my favorite phones...Doug
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Re: 1948 Western Electric 305
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2015, 07:00:25 PM »
Thank you, both!

Those are some good tips, Doug. I must try them on several phones I have with the paint spatters.

Ben

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Re: 1948 Western Electric 305
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2015, 07:03:53 PM »
Ben....from experience, you can always get the paint spatter off without damage. Sometimes it take a LOT of patience. Really Nice!...Doug
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Re: 1948 Western Electric 305
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2015, 08:24:00 PM »
Very nice, Ben!!!

You should try some Brasso on the fingerstop; you wouldn't believe the gunk that comes off after Brasso-ing it. Think about it: 67 years of skin oil hitting that thing!
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Re: 1948 Western Electric 305
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2015, 08:32:11 PM »
Fine steel wool along with Brasso does a number on a dirty fingerstop. It will look good as new..Doug
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Re: 1948 Western Electric 305
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2015, 08:33:38 PM »
Thank you,

I actually know about using brasso on the finger stops, though I ran out of it. The next shipment should be coming in the next day or so.

Ben
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