I was going to suggest you do a refill
The flow will be worth it
Make sure your surf is as pure as possible with no additives
Only Glycol is a acceptable additive
To "wash" the goo from excess surf I need boil it with water or only the goo without water?
I just replace the master fluid and only leave enough for a coating on the bottle to refill it
About three months after my last post, my orange lamp, as well as the purple, started to cloud. My green lamp is hazy too, but clears up when running. I did use the Palmolive Clear detergent as surf so either I put too much or I ran my lamps too hot. Any guess?
I'm bumping your post just to see if anyone sees it and responds, as I'm also experimenting with making lamps and want to see answers on the clouding.
So I bought some of the polmolive clear thinking it would be great. Try this, make a salt solution. Then make a soap solution. And mix them together and let them sit. The soap will make the salt crash out of solution usually you can see the chain from to to bottom. This is why it clouds up. I personally think the formulation has changed in most if these soaps. The polmolive is supposed to be scent free too and you can certainly smell something in it. I've tried various amounts, before wax, after wax, I can't make it work. You need a pure surfactant. It also helps increase the density of the liquid. Even still, the salt is what falls out and clouds the lamp.
You should NEVER use salt
It is a corrosive
It will eat away sat the coil and destroy the wax
Use propylene glycol to adjust the specific gravity
A mix of 60 Distilled water /40% PG is a good start unless your using MT goo
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Agreed on the salt, but keep in mind the cloud point of PG. and yes people can buy your surf, or buy SLS or SLES.
I've yet to have PG go cloudy on me, even when I had to use 50%PG and 50% DW
Cloudiness is a factor of the chem makeup of the lava
PG was clear when in, ran well, cooled down and clouded. Run it again and it clears up. Factory lava 1997.