Iconic French Wonder Lamp - Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 31 מאי 2019
In this video i'm restoring an old french Wonder lamp.

My good friend TysyTube Restoration bought this Wonder lamp on a flea market in Paris. He asked me if I want to restore it and obviously I said yes. He already restored two of them himself, I link his videos and channel below. These Wonder lamps are very well known in France, they're used on railroads mostly as far as I know.
I first wanted to paint the inside of the lamp white, but as soon as I saw the amazing look of the sandblasted aluminium I decided to go with that. I just had to remove the casting marks first and then sandblast it again. I choose yellow for the lamp with black letters and black for the handle and the switch. It had a few brass parts that were deformed to keep them in place, which I had to grind away to loosen them. I made all these parts new on the lathe and mill and gave them a nice mirror polish. I deformed them again when reassembling, except for the threads. It was quite a challenge to organize the battery, as they're not produced anymore today. MC-51 rust remover did an amazing job on the very rusty steel parts, a bit of sanding and polishing and they appeared like brand new. Same goes for the plastic parts, I sanded them wet with 400 grit and polished them with car wax.
I really like how this lamp turned out, even that the colours are not original, the yellow goes very nice with the black and polished parts in my opinion. As I mentioned above, I'll keep this lamp for myself for display.

I hope you like my work and the video.

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

Lewis Mocker
Uwe Keim
Jonathan McGhie
Anthony Archer
William V.
Micky McKay
Alan Hanson
Alex Roussos
Joan Casanovas
John Romero
Jonathan Heckerman
Paul Mampilly
SA Graver
Vince Valenti
Zachary Grimes


00:00 preview
00:33 disassembling
02:44 showing all the parts
02:59 removing the old paint with paint striper
03:40 sandblasting
04:11 restoring the aluminium case
05:14 restoring the aluminium back plate
06:03 sandblasting the inside again
06:21 polishing the brass part of the aluminium case
06:35 restoring the switch
07:01 restoring the handle
07:28 applying two component filler before painting
08:06 applying two component primer
08:18 wet sanding the primer
08:30 applying two component yellow coat (signal yellow RAL1003)
08:36 applying two component black coat (jet black RAL9005)
08:42 painting the letters black
09:00 making new brass pins on the lathe
09:48 making new brass bolts on the lathe and mill
11:15 restoring the two knurled brass knobs
12:09 rempoving rust with MC-51 on the steel parts and polish them
12:47 making two new brass pins for the handle on the lathe
13:36 restoring the shaft from the switch
14:03 showing the cleaned glass
14:07 making a new rubber gasket for the glass
14:26 restoring the front reflector
14:37 restoring the small plastic part from the front reflector
14:52 restoring the red reflector
15:09 restoring the aluminium frame from the red reflector
15:24 polishing the nickel plated sheet
15:35 showing the other polished copper parts from the switch
15:40 showing the new battery
15:46 showing all the parts before reassembling
16:03 reassembling
19:00 showing the finished lamp
19:30 final test

Time and costs of this restoration:

I was working on this project over 2,5 weeks
Wonder lamp was a presant from TysyTube :-) Thank you
$35 Battery
$20 two component primer
$20 two component yellow coat (RAL1003)
$20 two component black coat (RAL9005)
$5 rivets
$5 bulbs

My camera:
Panasonic HC-V180

TysyTube Restoration channel:

TysyTube's Wonder lamp restoration:

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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  • I am so grateful that you restored this lantern 🔦It’s such a pleasure to watch 😍.

    • yes

    • heck yeah he put a lot of work into that

    • @Daniel Prisacar I think he's from Switzerland...

    • 🎁😃

    • வணக்கம்

  • I would have left the cast marks, gives it more character.

  • I make new ones.

  • Im "Wonder''ing why it is so popular.

  • Great job bro.

  • Nice 👍👍 🇮🇳 || Kuki

  • I think this guy's sandpaper will be the best in the world.

  • une belle restauration. bravo !

  • Сбацано очень добротно ! А вместо этой допотопной лампочки мог бы поставить галогеновую ! Фонарь бы светил раза в 3 ярче ! )

  • Watching you is like a therapy for old codgers like me, reminiscing the youth and gone by days.

  • What an illuminating video 😁

  • Wow my friend, every time I watch your videos, I'm more & more impressed by the beautiful work you do! Your attention to detail is amazing, as are the wonderful restorations that you complete! You bring life back to all these wonderful old items!! Thank you for sharing what you do with us - it's much appreciated!! Greetings from South Africa

  • Damn, I would've just taped up the raw parts and spraypainted the outside lmao

  • I couldn’t possibly imagine the scissors on a Swiss Army knife actually working but I guess I’ve never had a proper Swiss Army knife

  • Precioso el trabajo y la pintura 🇪🇦

  • Where to buy this

  • This object wasn't perfect when it came out of the factory. I make a new one.

  • You no doubt have restored a historical treasure that is prized by someone enough to have it restored by you. Master craftsman, restorer and fabricator. You don't need to speak, Your hands say all that's needed!

  • 🇺🇦👍🇵🇱

  • Wow, that thing is better than when it was brand new

  • "Due to.... I can't reuse these..... I make new ones." I wait for this in every video.

  • When Zlatan broke his leg. "my mechanics" mend it😂😂

  • MINIONS!!!

  • This guy: restore everything to God like quality. Me: beaming with pride after removing 1/4 of the rust.

    • Thanks a lot for watching :-)

  • I've just watched the entire video and yet I still have no clue how you do it. Your a wizard!

  • Better than new. Ausgezeichnet!

  • ビッホーア、アフターですね

  • Wonderful Sir! Salute! 👏👏👏💪💪

  • What was the red screen at the back for?

  • Автор маэстро своего дела

  • If you don't like this, you are not a real man.

  • Fantastic work!

  • OCD is a terrible condition, but it results in awesome videos.

  • After my father passed away I gave some of his old tools away to his friends, but sometimes when I watch your videos I think “ooooh so that’s what it’s for!”

  • Love the color you chose

  • In each of his videos, this master surprises me more and more! 👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍

  • you are exceptional at what you do, as a female viewer I am mesmerized. i have watched as much of your videos as I could find on utube, you're amazing and inspiring

  • دقة عالية في العمل

  • 太漂亮了,好想要一个!

  • Shouldn't a rear plastic glass have gasket too?

  • I know he probably don’t read my comment but I love when he says “I’ll make a new one” 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

    • Yes I just red it :-) Thank you

  • Can't wait for your latest upload. I watch all these many times over. No other restoration channel comes close to your content.

  • Было бы интересно смотреть на усовременневание старых вещей

  • Preciosa no, lo siguiente😘,yo quiero una igual😂

  • You can look at it forever !!! Do more videos with Russian translation please😊

  • 🤴👍👍👍👍

  • Whoa that light bulb was soooo tiny I have never seen anything like it!

  • I am so happy this commun of creators really support one another and enjoy the others content and support them! Love it

    • Thank you very much, I really do appreciate it :-)

  • Looks like the "Battle lanterns" on board US naval vessels.

  • La presentación de los vídeos sin ningún tipo de música es simplemente una delicia 😍😍😍

  • Very nice videos! I subscribed! But man...don't touch the bulb! 🤯😨 Greetings x)

    • Thanks, I'm glad you like it :-)

  • My bike restoration stunner plz

  • все хорошо, но сборку надо проводить в белых перчатках...

  • Hi, a question, can I sandblast something without removing the paint first?

    • @mamfzf thanks for the explanation!!

    • The sand blaster being used is a recycling blaster, so they reuse the media- and if you were not recycling it then it's fine to use it to remove paint. But here you'd be mixing old paint with the media, so you don't want it gumming up the system. The media also will go bad faster.

  • Mal wieder "Sehr Gut" gemacht!

  • Signal Yellow Wonder Lamp! Awesome! :D

  • But Broken Glass you will never restore....

  • Beautiful

  • My mechanics most satisfying activity:"let's remove cast marks and sharp edges" 😏

  • great job fixer of all king 🧰

  • One of my favorite things to watch is when he uses the lathe and he cleans items with sandpaper or whatnot and you can see the rust just fly off

  • He hates sharp edges.

  • If the cast marks are removed, is this the ideal Wonder Lamp? More Wonder Lamp than Wonder Lamp?

  • beutiful...

  • Si ya era única ya con el terminado y el lija miento de las piezas afiladas es súper única que creativo 👍

  • This is Artwork that can be admired.

  • 👍

  • Amogus

  • The most fascinating aspect of this process is the interesting solutions he comes up with to disassemble things.

  • I want that antique lantern. Love to see video ...great job. Love from indonesia

  • 2021 Aug 19 ❤️

  • You are the best! man!! It looks like a new one!!

    • Thank you very much, I really do appreciate it :-)

  • Gostei 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Жалкий момент когда включил

  • 4:34 the common feature between a french wonder lamp and a donkey

  • Потрясающе!!

  • Huh …. Ironic

  • bravo maestro !

  • Wonderful

  • I just noticed (this is my 3rd watch!) that My Mechanics uses a custom Victorinox utility knife to open up the box. And why *wouldn't* he use a Victorinox? :)

    • I have it every day with me :-)

  • Светодиод надо было

  • I came to know you open easily if you forget at assembling what can you do?

    • rewatch the video recordings :-)

  • I'd put money on them not being that well finished when they were new !

  • God I wish I had a workshop like his! I have a shed full of rusty old tools I'd love to restore :/

  • Зря сколы убрал, это заводской прикол такой был((((

  • Super

  • 🙏🙏🙏

  • Repairing may be more value than restoration

  • amazing

  • Best of the best👍👍👍👍

  • Your work is a work of art

  • Wowww!! Wonderful job

  • Un vrai artiste bravo

  • Should have rigged up an LED to go in it. It would have lasted 10 years with the size of the battery involved.

    • It last forever too since I'm only using it for display now ;-)

  • These videos are so satisfying to watch. He is a true master craftsman with infinite patience and skill-and every tool imaginable.

  • Wow, you are my role model🙏

  • To my consideration reminds me one of Minions' character)))) Great job, Mate!

  • My god, lanterns used to be so crappy...but beautiful

  • Помню помню! В караул с такими ходили на посты.

  • Muy buen trabajo, felicitaciones!!!! 🇵🇪