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« on: May 01, 2007 10:35:34 AM »

Hi, I'm Jessica! Nice to meet you!
I just got back from my local thrift store, and was able to find a rotary telephone that works great. The problem is, the previous owner put stickers all over it, and not the awesome kind - the kind with carrier codes ( like 10-10-### to dial long distance) and they are ugly, some have peeled off, leaving behind the sticky residue.
The phone works great, and I really want to make it rock. I was thinking of spray paint, but I'll have to look at the casing to see how hard disassembly will be. Since the rotary dial is clear, I was thinking of decoupaging a picture on the underside of it and trimming to fit.
I'm not sure about these ideas though. Has anyone revamped one of these? Do you guys have any ideas that would be helpful? Thanks in advance! (I'll make sure to post pics after I'm done!)
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007 10:42:14 AM »

OMG! You have a wonderful, collectible object to work with!!

I can't paint (Other than solid colors, lol) but decoupage and assemblage and mosaic would be INCREDIBLE!  Clean, sand or scuff, Kilz primer, then off you go!  Cheesy

Have a blast! *I'm sure I'm not the only one who's jealous*   Grin

and YES, please, DO post your pics!
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007 11:15:47 AM »

You can use goof off to remove residue sometimes. I would definitely decoupage and hot glue some plastic to that baby. We had one which got lost in a move Sad
Can't wait to see it!
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007 03:05:49 PM »

Plain ol' rubbing alcohol should work to clean the adhesive residue off the plastic without damaging it.  Soak a cotton pad in alcohol and let it sit on the adhesive for a while, then rub off.  If there are any stickers you can't peel off easily, use a hair dryer to heat and loosen them until they peel off easily.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007 07:31:14 PM »

WD-40 will also remove the stickers and residue.
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2007 10:54:46 AM »

not sure if I can remember how to post pics here...but here is an idea I found on the web.  I'm thinking of doing it to my rotary phone.

http://www.ebsqart.com/Art/2458/410292.jpg

http://www.ebsqart.com/Art/2458/410293.jpg

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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2007 11:03:49 AM »

I just remembered two phones a friend revamped years ago. One she turned into a stone age phone using a faux stone paint kit and one she glued on fun fur!
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