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Forgotten Rusty Construction Oil Lamp - Restoration

In this video i'm restoring an old oil lamp made by Locher.

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My friend found this oil lamp in the steel waste at the recycling station. This one was owned by a big swiss construction company called WALO, it was used as a signal light at construction sites. These oil lamps made by Locher were very common in switzerland for railroads as well. I really liked the look of this lamp, specially the combination of red and white. As I'm still a complete beginner when it comes to painting and working with sheet, I decided to challenge myself and restore this beautiful oil lamp. I learned a lot of new stuff, specially about the painting. The result came out quite nice and I'm happy with it.

I hope you like my work and the video.


00:00 preview
00:53 disassembling
02:16 showing all the parts
02:28 washing the parts
03:00 pre test
03:09 measure the temperature of the lamp
03:28 removing the paint with paint stripper
04:49 bringing the sheets back in shape
05:58 removing the dents on the top part
06:41 sandblasting
07:31 using filler on the door
07:49 apply heat resistant paint
08:18 apply primer
08:29 apply white coat
09:15 apply red coat
10:22 restoring the glass
10:41 making new gaskets for the glass
11:29 restoring theclips
12:13 restoring the small steel shaft for the door
12:36 restoring the lock
13:01 making a new square shaft for the lock
14:15 restoring the new key for the lock
14:40 restoring the oil container
15:28 restoring the burner
16:32 replacing the wick
16:41 showing all the parts before reassembling
17:04 reassembling
18:38 showing the finished product
19:25 final test

Time and costs of this restoration:

I spent around 30 hours on this project
$3 new wick
$20 new gaskets
$9 lamp oil
$20 heat resistant paint
$20 primer (2K)
$20 white coat (2K)
$20 red coat (2K)

Timestamps of used tools and machines:

01:57 300g hammer and 3mm punch
01:59 pliers
02:01 bench vice with soft jaws
02:38 parts washer with parts cleaner liquid, google it ;-)
02:57 lamp oil
03:00 lighter
03:09 laser temperature gauge
03:28 paint stripper
03:33 nylon brush
03:45 scraper
04:00 nylon brush for kitchen
04:34 universal spray (Motorex Intact MX50)
04:59 300g hammer and piece of aluminium
05:16 air die grinder wit sanding bit
05:25 angle grinder
05:28 300g hammer and 3mm punch
05:44 300g hammer and piece of aluminium
05:54 air die grinder wit sanding bit
06:41 sandblaster
07:35 two component filler
07:39 sandpaper for metal (grid 120, 240)
07:49 heat resistant paint matt black
08:11 masking tape
08:18 two component primer
08:29 two component white paint
08:49 masking tape
09:15 two component red paint
09:42 scalpel
10:28 cotton buffing wheel
10:51 scalpel
11:33 steel wire brush
11:37 steel wire brush
11:46 pliers
11:53 300g hammer
12:01 cotton buffing wheel
12:17 300g hammer
12:23 sandpaper for metal (grid 120, 240, 400)
12:28 cotton buffing wheel
12:40 steel wire brush
12:46 sandpaper for metal (grid 120, 240, 400)
12:51 cotton buffing wheel
13:01 lathe Weiler
13:17 milling machine Aciera F3, carbide endmill 10mm
13:43 lathe Weiler
13:55 belt grinder (grid 60)
14:00 sandpaper for metal (grid 120, 240, 400)
14:09 cotton buffing wheel
14:21 cotton buffing wheel
14:29 cord drill with steel wire brush
14:44 sandpaper for metal (grid 240, 400)
14:49 steel wire brush
14:56 cotton buffing wheel
15:13 funnel and acetone
15:31 mixture of equal parts of vinegar, salt and flour
15:55 nylon brush for kitchen
16:10 steel wire brush
16:16 sandpaper for metal (grid 240, 400)
16:22 cotton buffing wheel
17:12 300g hammer
17:31 300g hammer
18:08 lamp oil
18:14 tweezers
19:25 lighter

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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