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Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Austin Van Laar May 14. 14 Replies

Hi! Recently I found a great vintage Lava Lite Century model, dated 1974. It has blue liquid with yellow wax and one serious flaw—all of the wax floats to the top and stays there. I know several…Continue

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Austin Van Laar replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"After boiling and cooling the wax alone in the jar, I refilled it with 100% distilled water and put it on a base to warm up. The minute wax warmed up, it all shot to the top and has stayed there. The pic was taken after the wax was fully melted.…"
May 14
Austin Van Laar replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Interestingly, the wax didn't return to an entirely solid state when cool. It was sort of a soft, granular state. I tried the melting method over boiling water and stirred the wax to integrate it while liquid. We'll see what happens! The…"
May 14
Mr MaGoo replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Since you popped the top on the lamp, you could drop the fluid level to just above the wax at the bottom.  With the lamp open, place it back on the base and light it up.  The was should then melt, take a straw, stick something rigid and…"
May 14
Austin Van Laar replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Finally got around to popping the top. Poured out some of the liquid (nasty chemical odor!) and added a few inches of distilled water. No improvement to the wax, it still looks odd gritty/chunky and all of it floats to the top. After adding the…"
May 14
Mr MaGoo replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Sweet bro, no rush, understand the crazy schedules.  Just keep us in the loop, as we all like to celebrate successes. MaGoo!"
Nov 16, 2020
Austin Van Laar replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"I haven't had a chance to tackle it yet, I've had a very busy few weeks. With the weather turning cold, I should be able to focus on projects like this soon!"
Nov 16, 2020
Mr MaGoo replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Still no update I guess."
Nov 14, 2020
Mr MaGoo replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Any update on this lamp?"
Nov 13, 2020
Claude J replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Yes, it sounds like someone was tampering with the master fluid if the level is high. Just take some water out (@2") and slowly add some distilled water (letting it reach temp before adding more) to see if you can reduce the density of the…"
Nov 10, 2020
Austin Van Laar replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Do you think replacing some of the original fluid with distilled water would help or should I add something else? To my knowledge the fluid is the original from 1974."
Nov 10, 2020
Austin Van Laar replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"The wax isn't melted in the photo, I just switched it on quickly for the pic. I've melted the wax multiple times, both by heating with the bulb and accelerating it via hair dryer. The wax floats both when it is in fully melted and solid…"
Nov 10, 2020
Claude J replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"None of those photos look like the wax is even melting Try wrapping a towelk around it and let it run a few hours I agree with Magoo, you may have to take out some of the fluid and displace it with distilled water so the specific gravity changes and…"
Nov 7, 2020
Mr MaGoo replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"If you wax stays at the top then the master fluid is too heavy displacing the wax.  Too much salt, PG, whatever in the water.  Unless this is reduced weakened a bit, that wax will not come down."
Nov 4, 2020
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"Welcome to OG!"
Nov 4, 2020
Austin Van Laar replied to Austin Van Laar's discussion Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats
"Here are some pics of the lamp. This is after it was cooled upside down, so the wax isn't at the top because it's lodged in the middle by the shape of the jar."
Nov 4, 2020
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Century Problems: ALL of the wax floats

Hi! Recently I found a great vintage Lava Lite Century model, dated 1974. It has blue liquid with yellow wax and one serious flaw—all of the wax floats to the top and stays there. I know several lamps have the issue where some floats and some stays at the bottom, this one has zero wax at the bottom. The liquid is not cloudy at all, in fact it is clearer than any of my other vintage lamps. The wax was floating when I purchased it with kind of a disgusting granular looking appearance (but it was…See More
Nov 4, 2020

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Something Interesting About Me:
I have a mannequin collection that's getting out of control quickly.
Where I Live:
Ankeny, Iowa
My First Lava Lamp was:
I had always been obsessed with my grandmother's Century Lava Lite from the 70s and I asked for one as a Christmas gift in the 90s. I picked brass with lime green lava.
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
3
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
My grandmother's OG lamp I inherited after she passed.
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