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Offline likewow

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Hi from WI! Looking for housing/shell
« on: June 03, 2020, 05:17:38 PM »
Hi! I've visited here many times and am glad to be a member! I just bought a 500 aqua blue phone, but the housing is discolored. Is there a way to buy just the housing/shell? Thanks a lot!

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Hi from WI! Looking for housing/shell
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2020, 05:47:13 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum. Finding a housing that is not discolored will be tough. You can restore the color. If you check in the the restoration thread you will find many topics on color restoration. The ones by Teleplay using "chemical sanding" would probably be your best bet.
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Offline FABphones

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Re: Hi from WI! Looking for housing/shell
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2020, 05:47:34 PM »
No need to replace the housing. Plenty of info here about restoring colour. Search ‘chemical sanding’.

Take a read through this thread:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=23386.0

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Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Hi from WI! Looking for housing/shell
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2020, 06:20:01 PM »
Finding a housing that is not discolored will be tough.
Harry forgot to add the word "Very" before tough.
Aqua blue is known for it's ability to fade. I feel it is the color that fades the most noticeably.
That said your best bet is to follow the threads posted by FABphones.
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I have been collecting telephones for decades, I am lazy and seldom do anything to them. In my case I would leave this phone as-is and keep watching for a better example. As you watch, you will find many opportunities to buy more phones, you will also realize they made very many different types of phones.

These 2 threads have some nice eye candy to illustrate my point:

Find of the Month photo/ index  http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=12971.0
Auction contest photo/index: http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=17437.0
Find of the month is an active topic, auction contest is not.
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Offline likewow

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Re: Hi from WI! Looking for housing/shell
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2020, 01:08:33 PM »
Thanks for the help! That's an amazing transformation.

Offline Key2871

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Re: Hi from WI! Looking for housing/shell
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2020, 01:12:25 PM »
Hey, likewow if you haven't said that a few times after seeing all this forum has to offer... You will.
Welcome, glad your here
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