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Offline deedubya3800

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A must-see 354 on eBay!
« on: September 23, 2010, 02:47:48 PM »
I couldn't keep this one to myself, so I'm posting it here!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290477296858

It's from 12-54 and it needs a good home. It wouldn't take too much work to have something really nice here, and it would certainly give someone something to brag about as long as they take plenty of good pictures. Come on, you know it's worth it!

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010, 03:28:44 PM »
Very cool ;D
The backboard alone is worth more than the $25.00 :P
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Offline KeithB

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 05:08:17 PM »
I wasn't aware Western Electric ever issued wooden backboards with the 354 series.

Offline bingster

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2010, 09:29:39 PM »
Yep, they were available in ivory and black.  There were backboards for just about everything.

That poor phone.  First a coat of grey and then a coat of black.  All apparently done with a house painting brush.  
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Offline Dennis Markham

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2010, 10:26:38 PM »
A few shots of Easy-Off will probably get most of that paint off.

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2010, 08:39:43 AM »
If not, CitriStrip does a fantastic job.

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2010, 12:15:18 PM »
If not, CitriStrip does a fantastic job.
Does it work on Plastic, I never dared....Doug
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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2010, 12:16:03 PM »
A few shots of Easy-Off will probably get most of that paint off.
Dennis....does the easi off dull the plastic? I have never tried this....DOug
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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2010, 02:43:32 PM »
Doug, check out this topic where examples are shown using Easy Off oven cleaner:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=1232.0

I found that once the paint was removed and the plastic polished, it's as good as new.  Easy-Off will not remove Polane paint...not even a little.

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2010, 03:21:05 PM »
Doug, check out this topic where examples are shown using Easy Off oven cleaner:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=1232.0

I found that once the paint was removed and the plastic polished, it's as good as new.  Easy-Off will not remove Polane paint...not even a little.
Thanks Dennis....I will give it a try......Doug
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Offline KeithB

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2010, 08:37:50 AM »
If not, CitriStrip does a fantastic job.
I use plastic bowls for holding small painted parts with CitriStrip, also cover them with Saran Wrap, and it's never harmed the bowls or wrap.  The instructions advise testing on a small area of any type of plastic before completely coating it, but I haven't seen anything yet that's a problem.  It's thick, coats well, has a clean citrus scent, and works slowly and consistently over 30 minutes.  It was $20 for a half-gallon at HomeDepot, and I still haven't used up the first half-gallon yet.  Because it's a thick gel, it spreads easily with a small brush.  It rinses cleanly off my 1-inch paint brush with nylon bristles, if that's any indication.  The active solvent in it is N-methyl 2-pyrrolidone.  There is no methyl chloride (a very aggressive solvent) or methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK, another aggressive solvent) in it, so it's rather gentle as a paint stripper, but still works well, especially with any latex or enamel paints.  It doesn't work well on original Western Electric black japanned metal, where more aggressive strippers are required.

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2010, 10:58:47 PM »
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It doesn't work well on original Western Electric black japanned metal, where more aggressive strippers are required.

What strippers are those?
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Offline KeithB

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2010, 12:52:53 AM »
Methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, toluene, methyl alcohol, mineral spirits, all very volatile and agressive solvents.

The japan black coating is a mixture of carbon black, asphaltum, and shellac/lacquer/varnish that bonds very tightly to clean metal.  That's why Henry Ford used it on cars and Western Electric used it on metal phones, it was extremely durable and long-lasting.

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Re: A must-see 354 on eBay!
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2010, 11:16:20 AM »
Doug, check out this topic where examples are shown using Easy Off oven cleaner:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=1232.0

I found that once the paint was removed and the plastic polished, it's as good as new.  Easy-Off will not remove Polane paint...not even a little.

I second that.
Jorge