Post in this discussion, that keeps it close. :)
Nicole Mallory said:
Can I post the pic of the base in this discussion or do I need to post it separate one ? I just snapped a pic of it. Its a gold century model
My heart goes out to you, and I wish you luck getting your lamp back! It's not impossible!
...And I pray that I don't run into the burglar that can put a colossus in a sack and throw it over his shoulder. @_@
I've done the distilled water & pickling salt approach with my '73 Aristocrat. I used Joy soap. Flow is excellent but the wax gets bubbly. The bubbles go away on cool down but always come back next time. Lately I've been getting a filmy buildup on the inside of the globe, though. I brought this on myself, though-- I dumped the fluid like an idiot and found this site in my attempts to fix it, and because of the timing, I'm now a Colossus owner and have a dozen and a half lamps. It all started with coming here to fix my screw up!
As for the cap, I crazy glued my cap when it broke. It looks ugly but it is sealed.
That's the same type of lamp that brought me to this site. Cracked lid, liquid evaporated, lousy flow. I glued my lid to seal it, lightly sanded and repainted it. Looks pretty good. Topped off with distilled water. Brad's recipe is exactly how I replaced the liquid in my Grande lamp although I used sea salt instead of Epsom. Sorry you lost the liquid but it is fixable. Definitely lots of great info and help here. :)
your friend better feel terrible! i'd make him replace it
LOL @Stephanie... shit happens.