Antique Rusty Micrometer - Precise Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 13 מרץ 2019
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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  • At around 5:00, I thought we were watching this guy make a duck out of a micrometer. I was wrong.

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  • simply amazing.

  • No nickle plating?

  • Your items after restoration are beautiful, and watching the process is real pleasure.

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  • What a great job rebuilding such a precise instrument of measurement. Well Done My Mechanics! Thanks for sharing!

  • amazing. your works are really amazing. I can't take my eyes off

  • The “lock picking lawyer” of tool restorations

    • Thanks a lot for watching :-)

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  • How were you able to etch your name plate, did the solution dissolve the gold lettering and the began dissolving the brass plate???

  • *Percussion has left chat*

  • Beautiful workmanship and a perfect restoration

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  • Impressive

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  • It's unfortunate that the etching makes it difficult to fully clean the dials. What I find fascinating is how the thimbles are a flat nose instead of a round tip like the modern ones are. Very nice job with this restoration. :)

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  • What are your criteria to know if you will use rust remover or sand blast the parts? What are the difference between the two? Can you reuse the liquid after? Sorry for many questions!

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  • All is Well . . . . But Black Color is Not Good .

    • is very common color for micrometers

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  • Don't give this guy flextape, he will repair things that shouldn't be fixed

  • I love to watch your work but I need to know you use a 2 art primer and 2 part paint do you have to heat it in an oven like powder coating and does this system work better than Powder coating ?

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  • I'll just pull out this tiny spring wire I happen to have sitting around and make a new spring. I mean, who can't do that? And who doesn't have a 25,000 mm long spacer sitting around? Lol. Awesome as usual!!

  • In Switzerland, they are using these to check if the bread was sliced properly! :) Again, thanks for the great video, it's always so enjoying watching you "Restoring" things, although I don't think restauration is the correct term: You make them better than they have ever been!

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  • Can you restore my wife?

  • Does anyone know the original manufacturer of this micrometer?

  • You're a chemist too??

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  • I would love to see the process behind making new screws and bolts; when you measure with calipers and decide on a thread size etc.

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  • Lo de la etiqueta me ha parecido asombroso. Sin aliento me ha dejado...

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  • 5.03 Swiss humour

  • How are you printing the labels for etching?

    • Yes but is it just regular printer ink on regular paper? I have a tag I would like to make a copy of in the way you did it.

    • transfer

  • What is the name of your parts washer?

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  • ...custom micro-spring......... I was like GTF-outta here... every time I watch another My Mech video, I walk away looking to tear something apart to make it better!

  • hey man i really appreciate ur work. the effort u put into this is amazing. i also restore things - hifi stuff - any special tip to make brittle rubber ("Sprödes Gummi") softer? for example the pressure roller ("Andruckrolle") in tapedecks? sometimes its really sad to tell the customer that a new one would cost around 50€ - for a little piece of rubber :/

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    • Thanks for watching, much appreciated

  • I didn't get the etching part, frankly speaking. Did ink from the printer mask the parts which didn't need etching? What about paper on which it was printed on?...

    • Exactly, it's laser printed on silicone coated paper

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  • Sensitively done - I like the way you adhere to the idea that "It was only new once" and restore accordingly.

    • Thanks for watching, much appreciated

  • I really love watching these videos, and your craftspersonship is impeccable. However, I think we should start a drinking game, which involves taking a shot every time you blue something. :)

  • Better than new.

  • That parts washer I find to be the most useless thing. If the object it to throw water on the part while scrubbing it with a very soft brush which has next-to-effect then yes use it, but I think the object is to clean off all loose dirt and rust so why waste time with that contraption while you can use a bucket with soapy water and a good stiff scrubbing brush and then rinse it off.

  • Not always black but also green. I worked in a precision factory and repaired them. The Tavanne micromètre were made in Jura Suisse Canton. Thanks.


  • These appear to be blade mics,0/6 inch,used for OD grooves or channels where a set of standard mics would not fit.

  • Does anybody else get silly-excited when you see the text "I make new ones"?

    • Thanks a lot for watching :-)

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