Introduction: Brand New to Vintage Needle Voltmeter

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Hi everyone !

Today's Instructables will show u how to turn a brand new voltmeter to a vintage look one.

U'll need:

- The voltmeter u wanna give the look

- Satin black paint

- Golden wood varnish

- Old screws

- Tape, scalpel, screwdriver, metal saw

- 3mm yellow LED (optional)

Step 1: Teardown the Beast

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There r only 4 screws to remove. The red ones on the shell, and the green ones on the needle stopper/artwork holder. U must be careful to don't lose the screws, in my case I let em on a magnet.

Step 2: The Rolling Stones - PAINT IT BLACK

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Tape the shell where we have a look on the needle. Cut the excess with the scalpel. Then paint it in satin black.

Step 3: Aeging the Artwork

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Put some wood varnish on, then swipe and tap it with a piece of clothe.

Step 4: Backlight (Optional)

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Just drill 2 holes wherever you can and put yellow or orange LED in.

Step 5: Add Old Screws On

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Take screws and cut their head, then use hot glue to put heads on the shell''s screw to hide em.

Step 6: Finished Product

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Eric Brouwer (author)2016-10-07


wrsexton (author)2016-10-01

Very cool! And clever too! Well done.

gm280 (author)2016-10-01

I have to say you did that very well. I usually try to make old ones look new. But you did a neat job with your project. Thumbs Up.

vinz3nt (author)2016-10-01

Great prop for an escape room

Phildem (author)2016-10-01

Awesome work, contragulations!

AurélienD6 (author)Phildem2016-10-01


DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-10-01

These would make awesome elements in a mad scientist lab.

it will be for a vintage "deluxe" style power supply

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