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Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:06:05 PM »
Just had this guy powder coated. This is a three layer coating that starts with a chrome base, semi transparent purple tint and a thick clear coat.

What are your thoughts? I also had another one done in a green chromium. Will post once I take some pictures!

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« Last Edit: February 14, 2020, 02:13:30 PM by mazda_matt »
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 02:36:46 PM »
Pretty Cool! I am assuming they are metal body 302's?
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 02:43:48 PM »
Absolutely stunning... purple and black, perfect for halloween. now  the question is.... would a witch or a warlock have this in their home?
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 02:47:02 PM »
Pretty Cool! I am assuming they are metal body 302's?

Yes, this was a metal pre war model.

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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 02:47:46 PM »
Absolutely stunning... purple and black, perfect for halloween. now  the question is.... would a witch or a warlock have this in their home?

This screams a witch to me.

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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 03:09:04 PM »
Very nice Matt, Job well done!

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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 03:09:26 PM »
...What are your thoughts?...

-MM

Beautiful depth of colour, with a nice richness to it.
Nicely photographed too.
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 03:50:44 PM »
Very nice Matt, Job well done!

Thanks Duffy!
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 03:54:11 PM »
Beautiful depth of colour, with a nice richness to it.
Nicely photographed too.

Its certainly something you need to see in person to fully appreciate it.

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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2020, 04:03:31 PM »
Here is a sneak peek of the candy teal one. My painter told me its similar to 1950's Chevy Teal
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2020, 04:38:45 PM »
I'm sure the purists won't be happy, but I LOVE it!

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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2020, 04:51:42 PM »
Thanks Duffy!

I may have to bring one of my spare metal 302's in and have your painter fix me one up for me. :)

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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2020, 06:57:22 PM »
Mazda Matt...great colors, any reason you donít paint the handsets to match? These would look great with matching handsets and a 5J or 6D on them....Doug
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2020, 07:50:59 PM »
I like the look with black trim.
I have heard there were some chromed 302 retirement sets that had matching handsets. I have never had the chance to see one in person.
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 I think it adds {at least} 2 steps to Matt's starting process to plate the handsets.
ISTR reading that you start with metallic paint, electroplate over it with {copperand then} brass, and then electroplate the brass with chrome to create your chrome base .
Once you have the chrome then you go with the transparent tint, then the clear coat.
You could always add another step after the tint coat and air brush any design you wanted (pinstripes, flames ect) onto the phone and then clear coat.
These are cool creations.
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 There are other nice metal phones that people plate. You could create a really cool collection of tinted chrome sets.
I feel that stripping/polishing/plating/tinting of these old metal sets is not lamp-making, These actions come under artistic license. There are lots of these old sets that are in poor condition, Might as well make them custom and maybe get someone else interested in old telephones.

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{denotes edit to add the copper step, please correct me if I am wrong}
>additional edit: if you use a metallic copper paint can you skip the copperplate  step?<
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Re: Western Electric 302 - Purple Chromium Powder Coat
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2020, 08:05:36 PM »
Those look real sharp! Nice work.
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