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Offline wds

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Western Electric Gold Imperial
« on: April 20, 2013, 08:24:19 PM »
Another phone I'm been wanting.  Prices seem to be all over the board on the gold Imperial, depending on the condition.  After I bought this one, I was upset with myself, as I was sure it was not going to be worth the trouble to try and restore it.  It turned out to just be a very dirty phone.  There was a grimey coat of something all over the phone.  Cleaned the bottom with Goof Off - carefully - and scrubbed the handset with a brillo pad, then polished it up with Novus.  Turned out just beautiful.  Not so confident about the cords, may have to replace those, but we'll see in a couple days how they turned out.  Couple of before pictures first.  Some dirt still in the seam on the handset.  Any suggestions for getting those seams clean?
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Offline Dennis Markham

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Re: Western Electric Gold Imperial
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2013, 08:38:09 PM »
Dave, the phone looks very nice.  You could try giving it a coat of peroxide and put it in the sun (the handset/caps) to brighten it up a bit.  Might clean out the crevices too.

As far as the cords, they do look very yellowed in the photo.  I have had good luck with cloth cords by soaking them in warm water with Woolite.  After they soak a while I use a nice, stiff bristled tooth brush to brush them...rinse with warm water and let them dry. 

You're right about the prices of those Gold and Silver Imperials.  I bought a gold one several years ago knowing it had some spotting of the base.  Even with the imperfection I think it was in the neighborhood of $75.  I've been waiting for a nice one to come along that wouldn't require me to spend fortune to get it.  Kind of a back burner thing but I'm always watching.  But the nice ones still bring $50-$100 or more---it seems like.

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Offline Mr. Bones

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Re: Western Electric Gold Imperial
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2013, 08:40:20 PM »
Any suggestions for getting those seams clean?

For just this sort of tiny nooks, crannies, and crevices, I find a discarded toothbrush to be favourite. One can even utilize one's toothpaste, as it most often contains a mild abrasive, and is entirely water-soluable.

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Offline wds

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Re: Western Electric Gold Imperial
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2013, 09:11:47 PM »
Got it for $31 + shipping.  That brown grime isn't coming out of the cords.  May have to try something a little more potent than Woolite.  The handset cord has some wear, so if it doesn't come clean, or gets damaged in the cleaning process I'll just replace it. 
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Offline Doug Rose

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Re: Western Electric Gold Imperial
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2013, 10:13:24 PM »
Dave....I was watching the auction and forgot about it. Great price! I use a 50/50 bleach and water solution on the Ivory thermoplastic and it works well. Just leave it in the soup until it is done. I would try the same with the cords if you feel they are not what you want. I have never done the cords with the 50/50, but I think its worth a try ....great phone....Doug
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Re: Western Electric Gold Imperial
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2013, 10:28:48 PM »
The phone looks like it was tobacco stained.  Chlorine bleach often works well for bleaching dark stuff in grooves and cracks.

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Re: Western Electric Gold Imperial
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 08:36:40 PM »
Here it is with the cord.  The cord cleaned up nicer than I thought it would, but still pretty worn.  There's virtually no wear on the cradle with only a couple small specks of gold worn, so I wonder if critters chewed the cord while it sat in someones attic or basement.
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