Restoring Western Electric 500 Rotary Phone


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Old 09-13-18, 03:55 AM
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Restoring Western Electric 500 Rotary Phone

Iím wanting to paint an old phone and want to be able to maintain the same alpha numeric design on the dial plate after painting. Iíve seen dial plate overlays online but they donít match the 500 model graphics. Any suggestions on how to recreate these graphics to be added after phone is painted
 
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Old 09-13-18, 04:02 AM
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Show us a picture of the current condition. If you want to maintain the "period" look then maybe you don't want to restore it.
 
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Do you intend to put this phone back in service or just for display purpose? I'm not sure if the phone companies still support that type of dialing.
 
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Old 09-13-18, 09:48 AM
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My son uses
one. And the quality is better than any cell or land line.
 
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Take a good quality picture of the current dial plate, head on, no parallax and print the replacement yourself.
 
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You will get all the help you need here: Classic Rotary Phones Forum - Index
 
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Old 09-17-18, 01:03 PM
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Gee I guess there is a forum for everything. Who would've thunk!
 
 

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