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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2010, 09:25:49 PM »
Thank you everyone.  Unfortunately, I cannot find any 'before' pictures, but imagine the phone, much dirtier, with an ugly lamp post sticking out of the middle of the top of the handset (not a pleasant picture).  I still have the original handset with the hole though it if anyone is interested.  I used the caps from the original handset with this one because they were in excellent condition.  I tried to match the paint to the original, but the original paint is more brownish than the new.  I like the new paint better than the original, and it seems to match the base cover better.  The paint I used is Ace Hardware brand enamel spray paint, "Navajo White" color.  I brought the original handset with me to an Ace store with a large spray paint selection and compared it to the caps of every can which looked similar, and the Ace Navajo White was the closest I could find.

I have no idea how well the paint will hold up.  I probably won't be using the phone much anyway because I don't want to chip any of the gold off of the cradle.

The phone originally cost me about $35 with shipping.


Larry

Offline baldopeacock

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2010, 10:57:15 PM »
It does look great.   Quite a few of the Imperials had painted handsets anyway.   I think the paint will hold up pretty well for you.

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2010, 12:20:03 AM »
That wound up being a beautiful example, Larry.  The Imperial is probably the best looking 202 variation, in my opinion.
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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2010, 08:16:22 AM »
That is an astounding transformation.
That painted handset sure looks like plastic from here.

Jim
Jim...I second that. I thought it was a thermoplastic handset. I had to go back and look again when reading your reply. It looks so good, I totally missed the seams. Larry....outstanding job!
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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2010, 08:44:41 AM »
The handset is solid bakelite and so was the original, which was also painted.  The paint job actually looks better in the picture than in person, but it still looks better than I expected.  I did do some sanding with 2000 grit sandpaper and polishing with plastic polish to remove some of the bumps and runs and orange peel surface.

Larry

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2010, 10:35:47 AM »
WOW! Very nice ;D
Yes, do you have a before photo, I either missed the original post or forgot what it looked like.
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Offline KeithB

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2010, 10:36:14 AM »
It certainly looks excellent, to me.   Great work!!

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2010, 03:53:25 PM »
That is an astounding transformation.
That painted handset sure looks like plastic from here.

Jim
Jim...I second that. I thought it was a thermoplastic handset. I had to go back and look again when reading your reply. It looks so good, I totally missed the seams. Larry....outstanding job!

I went back and re-looked at the photo when I was reading about painting a F1and trying to match Paint. I also checked to see If "I then Found a plastic F1"

If you are going to paint a handset for an Imperial, I favor this color.

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Offline Sargeguy

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2010, 07:28:01 PM »
Do you Still need  a plunger?
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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2010, 08:02:45 PM »
Oh here, I have one.

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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: I just bought this. Am I crazy? (I think I may be)
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2010, 09:06:38 PM »
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Do you Still need  a plunger?

I could probably use a real plunger (the phone type, not the plumbing type).  The one that is in the phone now (please don't tell anyone) is from a repro phone.  It mostly fits, but isn't quite right.

Larry