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New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claude J Feb 14. 16 Replies

Me and my kids have recent started collecting lamps this last year and have acquired around 30.  I would like to refurbish some of my 1970s Starlights.  Can anyone tell me if I can remove the old…Continue

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Feb 18
Jlm2jlm replied to Ronzo's discussion SELLING NEW COLOSSUS (SEVERAL AVAILABLE)!
"Please let me know which ones u have left and how much u wpuld like for them...Thank you."
Feb 18
Claude J replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"Use distilled Heat lamp Then, when the lava is melted Slowly add your buoyancy additive (Propylene glycol or Epson salt solution) Add it a little at a time until the goo floats.  FYI, Let 20 min elapse between adding so the fluid reaches temp"
Feb 14
Jlm2jlm replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"When i change only the water do i use distilled water or do I need to mix salt in the water?"
Feb 14
Keith replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"The caps on Lava brand lamps before the early 90's were all screw on caps.  They use an O-ring to complete the seal.  The caps can be reused with no problem unless they have been damaged (cracked, shattered).  The O-rings should…"
Feb 13
BaBa-Gooey replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"I just went to the craft store this morning and bought corks for the 5 lamps I have refurbished.  Those are long gone.   THANKS FOR THE WARNING!  Since I do not have a bottle topper, I will go back to what I had before. I place foil…"
Feb 13
Jlm2jlm replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"Thank you so much"
Feb 13
Claude J replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"this can happen to you if not properly sealed or too much pressure happens"
Feb 13
Claude J replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"The factory seal of a bottle cap actually crimps itself around the rim of the bottle. A stopper does not One of two things can happen with rubber or cork stoppers sealed hot or cold 1) It will leak air and neutralize pressure as it cools. when…"
Feb 13
BaBa-Gooey replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"Even if you seal them while they are hot?  Isn't the factory seal airtight?"
Feb 13
Claude J replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"sounds like you have a vintage screw cap bottle. If so, use hot water and a cap snaffler to gently loosen the cap A pic will help"
Feb 13
Claude J replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"send a pic of the bottle"
Feb 13
Jlm2jlm replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"The other problem is that it feels like my plastic cap on top of the bottle cap doesn't want to come off.  It almost feels like it will break before coming off...should it just pull right up or twist off?  Thank u for all ur help."
Feb 13
Claude J replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"not advisable pressure can build up and POP"
Feb 13
BaBa-Gooey replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"I have been using corks.  You can pound them in and get a tight seal and leave 1/8 of an inch protruding, making it easy to grab and remove if needed.  "
Feb 13
Claude J replied to Jlm2jlm's discussion New to collecting and refurbing; NEED HELP, PLEASE.
"Not necessarily It is best to own a capper if you are deciding to redo lamps trying to reuse old caps never seems to work and you do not get a good seal they are affordable on ebay"
Feb 13

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Something Interesting About Me:
Married with 3 teenagers.
Where I Live:
Michigan
My First Lava Lamp was:
In the early 90s I bought a standard blue and green lava lamp.
My Collection Includes this many Lava Lamps:
30
My Favorite Lava Lamp is:
All of them.
Relationship Status:
Married

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