I received a globe made in 1977 with a rusty spring in it. Rust particles are throughout the lava. Can the spring be salvaged by cleaning it with a rust remover? What would be a suitable replacement for the spring in a vintage 32 oz. lamp if it can't be reused?
Is there a list of spring replacements for the various sizes of lava brand lamps? I've been logging some of the spring sizes from globes I have opened by using a dial caliper to take measurements but my list is far from complete.
Does anybody have a proven way to catch and remove the rust from the lava? I was thinking about trying to find a screen of some kind to pour the melted lava through. Any better ideas?