The cast iron toys of yesteryear were subject to rusting and corrosion like nothing else. But in the capable hands of Awesome Restorations, old things can look as good as new once more. Watch as they breathe new life into an old 1930s coin bank, sandblasting off the caked-on rust and giving it a shiny coat of enamel paint.
There’s a scene in Terminator 2 where the T-1000’s arm turns into a sword. We’re certain he could have conjured an axe arm if he wanted to. Perhaps it would look like the one that artist Kirill Runz made from a rusty axe he engraved with the T-800 on one side and his molten metal nemesis on the other.
An Omega Seamaster watch can fetch $3000 to $5000, but we’re guessing it was sentimental value behind this time-consuming restoration of a Seamaster that was roasted beyond recognition by a fire. Watch Restoration vlog shared this incredibly satisfying footage of a master watch technician at work.
Lost & Restored got their hands on a vintage pilot’s knife that dates back to the Vietnam War. It landed on their workbench in terrible shape, caked with rust and its stacked leather handle weathered and distressed. But after disassembly, grinding, cleaning, and replacing the leather, the completed knife looks amazing.
We always enjoy watching rusty old things made to look like new. In this video from KILO Restoration, they take the process to the extreme, scrubbing off caked-on rust from a mid-20th-century socket wrench, then painstakingly polishing it back to an amazing mirror chrome finish.
The Michelin Man, aka “Bibendum,” is one of the most iconic advertising mascots of all time. Awesome Restorations, got their hands on an antique metal sculpture of the rotund character and sandblasted away years of rust, then repainted it, restoring its former glory. He looked like a toasted marshmallow man before his makeover.
There’s something so satisfying about restoring rusty old objects. This particular item – a gigantic cigarette lighter – is definitely one of the stranger things we’ve seen brought back to life. Sit back and relax as TysyTube takes the beast apart, cleans it up, and makes it good as new. Sandblasting is magic!
Hand Tool Rescue shows off an amazing workbench vice that can hold oddly-shaped objects. Made by Mantle & Co. in the early 20th century, the vice uses a series of rotating semi-circlular jaws to hold items firmly in place. See the fully-restored vice at 34:00, then check out the original patent for the design.
What you’re looking at is a 1969 Ural M63 motorcycle. This particular bike sat unused for years, gathering rust on its chassis and drivetrain. But this is exactly the kind of challenge that an expert restorer like Great Idea lives for. After carefully removing the rust, re-plating, galvanizing, and painting parts, the bike looks as good as new.
Doc and Marty would have never let their ride fall into the kind of disrepair that this DeLorean DMC-12 model was in at the start of this video. Honestly, it looks like somebody dropped it into a pond and left it there to rot. Can the folks at Good Restore make this toy look as good as new? The answer is a resounding “yes.”
After performing a restoration miracle on Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter, Rescue & Restore is back to clean up another classic Star Wars toy. This time, they removed the dirt and grime from a water-damaged Millennium Falcon, gave it the full Retrobright treatment, and made it look as good as new, decals and all.
Fully-mechanical cash registers are relics of a bygone shopping era. But there was a time that they were so popular that they even made a version for kids to play with. Watch as Rescue & Restore takes on the challenge of tearing down and rebuilding a rusted-out Tom Thumb model that dates back to the 1950s.
Restoration Station got his hands on a beat-up old push reel mower his father found and went through painstaking efforts to remove all of the rust and detritus to make it look as good as new. He says this was one of the more difficult projects he’s worked on due to the blade assembly being a challenge to work with.
Classic Star Wars toys from the 1970s have become quite collectible. But toys like this model of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing fighter have yellowed over the years. But leave it to Rescue & Restore to make this prized 1978 toy as good as new, complete with a fresh set of decals. While he did a great job, we kind of liked the battle-scarred look.
Even though we’re weren’t very good at it, we always enjoyed playing Skee-Ball at Chuck E. Cheese. If we had this vintage Skee-Ball toy, it might give us a chance to perfect our skills. All we’ve got to do is watch and wait as Rescue & Restore sandblasts off the old paint and rust, and makes it as good as new.
Like Odd Tinkering and Rescue & Restore before him, TRG Restoration gave a rusty Tonka truck a new lease on life. But he went one better, and once he cleaned it up and repainted it, he added a 4×4 R/C drivetrain and lifted suspension so it can be driven off-road. The metal body does it no favors in the speed department though.
After bringing a distressed, 20-year-old PSone console back to life, Odd Tinkering figured he’d need a controller to go with. Watch as he takes a nasty, yellowed old DualShock controller and miraculously makes it look good as new after a piece-by-piece disassembly, a soap scrub, and a hydrogen peroxide bath under UV light.
Off-road experts Legacy Overland started with a German Army 1990 Mercedes-Benz G250D, restoring it with a full mechanical rebuild, and modernizing it with Bilstein shocks, a military-style snorkel, LED lighting, a custom leather interior, air conditioning, and more. The custom Boxwood Green paint brings it all together.
Restoration junkie MrRescue got his hands on a toy Porsche 356 model that looks like it was stomped and kicked into a pile of dirt. From the looks of the undercarriage, it doesn’t look all that ancient, but we’re still impressed with the finished car after he brought it back to its former glory with that glossy peanut M&M paint job.
Rescue & Restore does a great job taking rusty old items and making them good as new. But given just how creepy this mechanical clown bank is, maybe it was better left in the junk heap. We could totally see a horror movie starting this way, then the bank comes to life and kills anyone who attempts to take the coins inside.
When you see an old painting hanging on the wall at a museum, it often has had restoration work to preserve its original majesty. In this video from The Museum of Modern Art, conservator Diana Hartman shows us the painstaking work required to repair the fraying canvas of artist Paula Modersohn-Becker’s 1907 self portrait.
Not too long ago, we got to see a rusty old Tonka dump truck restored to its former glory. Not to be outdone by Odd Tinkering, fellow restoration expert Rescue & Restore worked his magic on a similarly distressed Tonka tow truck, and it’s just as satisfying to watch.
There are few things more satisfying than watching old, rusted out objects made good as new by talented restoration artists. In this clip from Odd Tinkering, he takes a 1970’s era Tonka toy dump truck, and gives the yellow plaything a fresh new lease on life. Scrubbing off the old paint looks like a particularly satisfying task.
Rescue & Restore found an old metal toy piano rusting away in a barn, then carefully disassembled it, satisfyingly sandblasted off the rust, powder-coated it, and cleaned and restored its mechanism – which was basically a xylophone with keys. The resulting restoration is quite impressive.