I just found an old early/mid 90's elektrick lava lamp from when I was younger. It wasn't exactly 'abused', but I remember sometimes it was run all night (never over 15ish hours) and it was kept on a basement window sill (thick, non-see through glass windows).
It looked rough when I brought it home. Slightly yellowed liquid and the wax was 'flaking' inside the globe. I ran it a couple times (never more than 8 hours) and it actually worked really good. The liquid cleared up a bit and the wax ran well (though I could see small patches of unmelted wax).
Unfortunately, after about a week or so the wax has started detaching from the coil. It basically runs normal at startup, but eventually the wax separates into golf balls that never reattach to the coil and just kind of hang in the middle area of the globe. Recently, the wax just sat at the bottom in a blob like a crappy china lamp and I think the wax might actually be a slightly darker shade (not sure). I'm running it on a 40watt frosted bulb.
Is it dead, or is there anything I can do to save it?