Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Cleaning Bakelite Telehones (and plastic phones)

After years of practice I believe the best way to clean Bakelite and plastic Telephones is as follows:
Carefully dismantle the telephone as much as possible. Then
  1. Clean the Bakelite with a good non abrasive chrome cleaner such as autochrome. Working the cleaner into the telephone in a circular motion.
  2. The next stage and most important stage is to use "paste polishing number 5" from greygate chemical products specifically designed for cleaning Bakelite telephones.
  3. Finish with a good quality "carnauda" car wax (that containing no silicones)
At each stage use plenty of elbow grease and patience. For the final polish use a clean cotton duster
Please let me know if you ever find a better way to clean Bakelite phones. or have any useful information about old British telephones.


GPO706 said...

Excellent post, what advise do you have for cleaning plastic 7xx series phones esp dealing with 'browning'?

Rosiedaydream said...


I recently bought a Black Bakelite telephone which is in a beautiful shiny condition, but felt the hand set needed a bit of a buff. I used paste no 5 and it has left it with a dull yellow tinge. What can I do? Would you give me some advice?

Thank you

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