"150 watter is the correct bulb. I would follow what Claude posted and redo the water. The soap has to come out for sure, it will breakdown the wax. Try covering just the top with a towel too, it may kick the heat up enough to get it going. Mine…"
"Something that old, your best to start over Dawn is only for cutting the buildup and cleaning the globe/cylinder The process is as such
Boil pan of water
Empty fluid and discard
Heat goo (with lamp is ok)
Remove goo and save
Keep in mason jars on…"
"Hey LampHead, I'm usuing a 150watt floodlight that I got on eBay. The original bulb that came out of it was the same type but was so rusty and corroded- it wasn't easy getting it out.. I believe it needs a complete rewire just to be safe,…"
"Sorry to comment on the old Post gentlemen. I'm having some real trouble getting my imperial to flow. Bought it a few weeks ago locally and it's been a project ever since. I suspected the fluid was incorrect and switched to distilled…"
Lamphead - great call on the feeler gauge for trying to free the Imperial globe from the lower cone. Not only did you point me in the right direction for a tool, but also pointed me to the exact store to get it. Now that's what I call service! Wish I had the feeler gauge on the last Imperial as freeing the globe is a pain in the ass. I don't care what anyone says about you, you're alright.
I've done some preliminary runs at the junction with the feeler gauge and I can get it all the way down unimpeded on the majority of the globe circumference. There are a few areas that will require some work, but the feeler gauge beats to hell any suggestions that numbskull Critter gave me. He may think he knows lava lamps, but he ain't no Lamphead.