Author Topic: Two-Tone Colored WECo 500 Telephones  (Read 34869 times)

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Re: Is this a "real" Med Blue two-tone 500?
« Reply #60 on: February 07, 2011, 10:34:56 AM »
This one went for around $50, which seems like someone got a deal.   Anyone here?

The 1st, 2nd & 3rd runners up are easily identified but I have nothing on the winner.

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Re: Is this a "real" Med Blue two-tone 500?
« Reply #61 on: February 07, 2011, 01:49:19 PM »
This one went for around $50, which seems like someone got a deal.   Anyone here?

I agree,
It should be worth $50.00 + S&H.

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Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #62 on: August 29, 2011, 09:56:17 PM »
I was hoping this wasn't green. I was right. The sticker removal under the cradle was helpful. I wonder how many of these survived totally unchanged? Cord, housing, everything dates 1955.

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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #63 on: August 29, 2011, 10:09:56 PM »
Nice phone, Dan.  You should be able to dress it up with some sanding.  When you get some time it would be nice to see some photos under the hood.

Here's the eBay photo.

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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #64 on: August 29, 2011, 10:16:59 PM »
Good catch!  I have been looking for one of those.  Blue is my favorite color. 

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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #65 on: August 29, 2011, 10:26:25 PM »
Thanks Dennis and Larry. I am a little  affraid of sanding and might try Novus 2 first. Hopefully it is just from a smokers house. I'll get you some post cleaning photos.
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #66 on: August 29, 2011, 10:33:38 PM »
Good catch!  I have been looking for one of those.  Blue is my favorite color. 

Larry

A nice blue just went for big bucks. The seller thought it was green, too.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110733470054?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #67 on: August 30, 2011, 12:07:46 AM »
Congratulations Dan. First time I see a real Mediterranean Blue two tone phone. Light sanding is the perfect solution to bring it back.
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #68 on: August 30, 2011, 07:23:22 PM »
Thanks!!!
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #69 on: August 30, 2011, 09:46:15 PM »
That is a fine catch, Dan!  I don't know how I missed that auction.  I know you're cautious with the peroxide, but I would consider this shell a candidate for some experimentation.  I'm sure there is something that will "erase" the greenish cast on that plastic.
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #70 on: August 30, 2011, 10:56:29 PM »
Thanks, I hate to sand because I don't know how to get the shiney finish back. I will try a little auto rubbing compound first . I LOVE novus 2 because it shines them up but fails on discoloration. Peroxide failed me on light blue, and  dark blue is too valuable and risky for me to experiment on.

We'll see how it goes.....
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #71 on: August 30, 2011, 11:45:17 PM »
Thanks, I hate to sand because I don't know how to get the shiney finish back. I will try a little auto rubbing compound first . I LOVE novus 2 because it shines them up but fails on discoloration. Peroxide failed me on light blue, and  dark blue is too valuable and risky for me to experiment on.

We'll see how it goes.....

A lot of work and patience, especially if you're doing it by hand.  Using automotive sandpaper, start with 400, then move up to the next higher grit and sand in the opposite direction to the previous sanding until the lines from the previous sanding are gone, repeat the process up to 2000.  Yes, I agree, there's got to be a better way.  I've only been able to do that once, or rather, was only willing to do it once.  My last sanding project I used a detail sander and automotive rubbing compound and polisher, but it wasn't that bad to begin with and only on the handset.

See this thread: http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=1537.0
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #72 on: August 31, 2011, 06:15:13 AM »
Thanks for the info. It'd definately going to be a challenge for me.
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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #73 on: August 31, 2011, 10:31:02 AM »
You can send it to a pro also: Dennis or finlover.
Jorge

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Re: Got a rare Two-tone!
« Reply #74 on: August 31, 2011, 09:59:25 PM »
You can send it to a pro also: Dennis or finlover.

.....or Jorge Amely.