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Offline guitar1580

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My polished metal W/E 300 series
« on: January 04, 2011, 01:40:13 AM »
Anyone else buff out a metal 300?  I've seen just a few over the years, and a few that had actually been chromed.  This one means alot to me because it is one of the first major phone projects I attemped, around 15 yrs ago.

It had been painted solid safety yellow - cord, handset, dial blank, everything!  Probably came from one of the many steel mills / railroads / or loading docks near the river around here. Thick paint, brushed on, many coats... probably oil based with lead.

It was ugly as sin, and after walking past it in an antique store, and grimacing, for nearly a year, I talked them down from $40 to $20, brought it home and went at it with paint stripper.  I had a parts 302 with a broken plastic housing, so I robbed it for a dial and some parts.
 
It took some time to strip, sand, and hand buff the housing with metal polish.  It's shown in the pics now with 15 yrs patina.  When I first did it, it shined like chrome.  I also sanded & polished a black finger wheel, added a chrome number ring (off of a WE payphone if I recall), and my all time favorite old number card.  Everything functions flawlessly.

I actually stripped the handset & cord with adequate success, but later added these better ones.  As I look at her now, and with football season winding down, this winter could be a good time to do a cord bake (something I've never done), and a repolish (a task I'll rate equal to polishing 2 mag wheels, or a Harley side case).  If you have done one, you know what I mean.

Did I read that these housings are zinc? Or maybe zinc coated?  Never knew for sure.

Please feel free to show your shiny phone pics. 

Josh P








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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 08:01:04 AM »
Pretty cool! I have seen chrome and gold plated but never bare polished metal before, very nice. I may have to attempt that with one of mine some day :)
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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011, 02:53:17 PM »
That's a nice looking phone.
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Offline Tom B

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011, 03:05:19 PM »
That's going on the list of "want to have one" ;)
Tom

Offline Craig T

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2011, 05:34:57 PM »
Nicely done and getting better with time too!

Offline guitar1580

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011, 06:35:12 PM »
Hey thanks alot guys.  Glad you like it.

Anyone know exactly when these metal ones came out?  Some time around 1937 I think, but not sure exatly when.  I have a black original one that I believe is very early.

Josh P

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 07:39:40 PM »
I've been doing this for years with metal 302s and 202s that the paint is not the best. I strip them down to bare metal and use a wire brush on a drill with Brasso. If the metal is not corroded, these will shine up really nice. Two from recent ebay auctions. Nice job on yours, it is a beauty..Doug
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Offline guitar1580

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 07:51:28 PM »
Ahhh... I figured a few would turn up around here.  Thanks Doug ... those look super sweet.

Josh

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2011, 02:42:36 PM »
     Nice job !!! Looks awsome all bright and shned up .
   I've got a penchant for the "shiney" ones myself.   The first H! ( or 302) I ever saw  polished was in the "custom cabinet shop" at the Bell System distribution center on Tuckahoe road in Yonkers, NY...so I assume atleast New York Tel sold them to subscribers that way .  Still have one 302 and a desk hanger from there that has some form of plating on it as they are is VERY shiney.   As ypu can see from pics I also like nickel candlesticks.

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2011, 02:45:21 PM »
We can't forget the "Brass Section"          ;D

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2011, 12:25:13 AM »
K1WI:

Very nice collection sir. Is the battery tester also antique?

Jorge

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Re: My polished metal W/E 300 series
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2011, 06:57:17 PM »
Jorge.
  Thanks , the battery tester is from an early 1950s hardware store display it went along with a large tube tester.  Have two of them  , one Burgess and one ray-O-Vac , both are VERY accurate and more meaningful than an expensive new digital volt meter as they place a small load on the battery and better reflect the "usability" of a battery.
    Andy             K1WI