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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Well, the day after I posted this the first time, I did all the work needed on it except for the finish on the wood. The bells had to be sanded (because they were just terrible), polished, and re-plated in nickel using a kit I bought. I could not remove the mouth-plate from certain parts, so I cleaned it up and left it alone-- no re-plating on it, just a lot of 0000 steel wool and various polishes. I tried bringing back the old paint on the lock plate and hook/hook-plate, but it wasn't in very good shape. The piece that protects the ball that strikes the bells would not accept the new nickel plating (as it was originally plated), so I painted it. The finish to the wood is original, but it had to be given a heavy dose of a restore-a-finish product because it looked super parched. I also polished the Bakelite receiver. The mouth-piece transmitter cone is one I had waiting for just such a project as the original mouth-piece was missing. The Western Electric decal is also original. So, my grungy and worn intercom now has taste and class.

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    1. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      (And after seeing what great difference the restore-a-finish product made on the telephone/intercom, I went on a finish-restoring rampage throughout the house).
    2. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 5 years ago
      Looks like new. Outstanding job!
    3. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Restore-A-Finish is a great product. Easy to use and doesn't ruin anything.
    4. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Toyrebel, thank you.

      Fort Apache, yes, I picked up two cans of it and was very happy with the results.
    5. Windwalker, 5 years ago
    6. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 5 years ago
      You did a great job- looks very nice!
    7. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Windwalker, I like it.

      Mrstyndall, thank you. I think it's my favourite phone now.

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