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Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Miller Nov 29, 2021. 5 Replies

Hello!I have an almost new Lava brand 16.3" lamp, with purple liquid and yellow wax.When I received it I was pleased that the liquid wasn't cloudy like some of the really bad examples i'd seen photos…Continue

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Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?

Started this discussion. Last reply by KittenChops Aug 2, 2021. 6 Replies

Maybe it's just me but I don't like painted colors on the glass bottle - I'd rather see the actual colors inside.Specers has some neat lamps but a lot of them have painted bottles. This one, for…Continue

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Robin Miller replied to Robin Miller's discussion Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?
"Phew, thanks! I assumed the job of the surfactant was just to lower the water surface tension and that any detergent would do!"
Nov 29, 2021
Claude J replied to Robin Miller's discussion Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?
"NO,.. ABSOLUTELY NOT!Dawn is ONLY to be used for cleaning the globe prior to adding a SURFACENT Also, if you use it to clean the globe rinse it thoroughly., It has grease-cutting chemicals to it and will not work properly as a surfactantYou can…"
Nov 28, 2021
Robin Miller replied to Robin Miller's discussion Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?
"Thanks! I'll try with plain distilled water then. I was going to use Dawn dish soap as the surfactant. It's blue but i think a few drops will be so dilute that it will be effectively colorless."
Nov 28, 2021
Claude J replied to Robin Miller's discussion Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?
"NEVER EVER,.. Use salt That's for high school experiments It corrodes the coil, damages the wax, and is corrosive If you actually need to adjust the specific gravity (flotation) of a lava lamp, use propylene glycol readily available online or…"
Nov 28, 2021
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Nov 28, 2021
Kyle S replied to Robin Miller's discussion Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?
"Hello, I could chime in here. I have opened and tweaked plenty of China lamps in recent years. The chemical makeup of these Schylling brand lamps are far far different from original USA lavas. With that being said, replacing the fluids was always a…"
Nov 26, 2021
Robin Miller posted a discussion

Water replacement for new Lava brand lamp - is salt needed?

Hello!I have an almost new Lava brand 16.3" lamp, with purple liquid and yellow wax.When I received it I was pleased that the liquid wasn't cloudy like some of the really bad examples i'd seen photos of, but over time I've been getting frustrated with how dark the purple fluid is, and when heated it's not exactly cloudy but also not perfectly clear. It's almost like there's microscopic particles of something in it which block the light, and also make it harder to see the wax.I want to try…See More
Nov 26, 2021
KittenChops replied to Robin Miller's discussion Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?
"Brakleen and a wire pad such as Brillo."
Aug 2, 2021
Robin Miller replied to Kyle S's discussion Anyone know how to make a newer lamp more active like the 90s lamps?
"If it flows better with 50W then use a 50W bulb. It's only a 25% greater power output, it should not be hazardous. Put it another way, the globe is a great temperature indicator - it's going to visibly overheat long before the lamp melts…"
Mar 9, 2021
Mr MaGoo replied to Robin Miller's discussion Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?
"It's from China, can not be that tough to get off! :P"
Mar 5, 2021
bob y replied to Robin Miller's discussion Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?
"Good to know , I just fixed my 1st lamp , had to pop the top drain the water and re melt the max , I’d love to see some of your work  Danielle brown . And the more your scrub your arms can become tree trunks !!"
Mar 5, 2021
Danielle Brown replied to Robin Miller's discussion Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?
"I can’t speak for that brand, but the smaller lamps I’ve been refurbing come off fairly easily with a razor. I tried acetone, and while it had some color transfer off, it didn’t remove the coating. I just scrape it off and follow…"
Mar 5, 2021
Bridget T replied to Robin Miller's discussion Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?
"I accidentally removed some of the color on one of my when I used acetone to try and remove sticker goo....so I suspect it comes off easier than you would think.  Might be worth trying on one of the baby ones from target/walmart first."
Mar 4, 2021
bob y replied to Robin Miller's discussion Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?
"I have not done this myself but maybe something like this can take the paint off "
Mar 4, 2021
Robin Miller posted a discussion

Anyone know if the paint on Spencers lamp glass can be removed easily?

Maybe it's just me but I don't like painted colors on the glass bottle - I'd rather see the actual colors inside.Specers has some neat lamps but a lot of them have painted bottles. This one, for example, would look really cool as a white lamp with white wax - if the rainbow paint could be stripped. Has anyone done this? Acetone? Paint stripper? Wire wool? Just guessing, as I don't…See More
Mar 4, 2021
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