Antique Rusty Micrometer - Precise Restoration







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In this video i'm restoring an antique swiss watchmaker micrometer.

I bought this micrometer on eBay for $25. When I was scrolling through the....

In this video i'm restoring an antique swiss watchmaker micrometer.

I bought this micrometer on eBay for $25. When I was scrolling through the antique section of eBay and first saw this micrometer I wanted to restore it right away. I really like the unique look of those watchmaker micrometers. As a professional CNC-mechanic I'm very familiar with those measurement devices and I'm using them on a daily basis. The measurement range of this micrometer is from 0-25mm and you can measure exactly on 0.005mm. The micrometer was in a very bad condition, it was very rusty and it was kind of stuck. It was once re-painted to yellow, the original colour was black. That's why I decided to paint it black again. In the front of the micrometer there was a plate with the name and the location of the previous owner mounted with two rivets. The plate was in very bad condition and as I'm the new owner of it, I decided to make a new plate with my name and my location. I choosed to create the plate with etching using ferric-chloride. I've never done that before, but the result came out very nice. Unfortunately I wasn't able to remove all the spots from the rust on the two parts with the scale on it, if I would sand it more I would lose the engravings. I'm still very happy how this restoration turned out.

I hope you like my work and the video.

Huge thank you to all of my Patreon and PayPal supporters and specially to:

Paulina Zamora
sunniva thingstad
SA Graver
Joel Miller
Joan Casanovas
Zachary Grimes
Sharath Padmanabhan
Allan Mckenzie
Bastian Alexander
Brian Boots
Conor Fowler
Dave Ahern
Dawson Mertz
Harrison Hughes
Ian Hutchinson
Jack Champion
Joel Margolis
Julie Smith
Kersten Rienow
Llewellyn Schubert
Lucy Lole
Mark Anderson
Martin Kunz
Matthew Hendrix
Matthew Ruediger
Pascal Bertossa
Sasan Hezarkhani
Stephen Lemon
Thibaut Hiegel


00:00 preview
00:30 disassembling
02:01 showing all the parts
02:15 cleaning the parts with the parts washer
02:28 removing the old paint with paint stripper
02:45 removing the stuck parts
03:04 removing rust with MC-51
03:37 restoring the main part
06:08 restoring the parts for bluing
07:18 bluing
07:55 the missing spring
08:10 making a new spring
09:09 restoring the engraved parts
10:56 restoring the spindle and anvil
11:57 making two new bolts on the lathe for clamping the anvil
12:43 restoring the play adjustment ring
13:08 showing the spindle which didn't need restoration
13:16 making a new name plate
15:59 overview before reassembling
16:05 reasembling
17:12 calibration of the micrometer
17:52 mounting the new name plate with rivets
17:59 showing the finished product
18:30 measuring a part with the restored micrometer

Time and costs of this restoration:

I was working on this project over 2,5 weeks
$25 micrometer
$20 two component primer
$20 two component coat (jet black RAL9005)
$35 ferric-chloride
$5 spring wire steel and brass foil

My camera:
Panasonic HC-V180

If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.

Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.

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