Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

so at this point, i'm pretty sure the liquid in my new tri-color is clear, but the paint on the globe is bad. i was looking at the pictures of the old one on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/trav23/sets/72157625811205204/ (it's been in a box and tucked away for over a month and a half, so i'll get it back out for a real life comparison) and noticed the blue is much more visible on that bottle. so i got to thinking, if i open both, dump the cloudy liquid, and transfer the clear liquid to it, i could end up with one good lamp out of the two bad ones, without spending money on a filter. but my concern is, what do i need to do to that bottle to stop the wax from sticking to the sides? and, can i necessarily trust the liquid to be the same on 2 lamps manufactured 3 months apart, as far as the amount of perc in them or whatever else?

 

my other thought is, what are the odds of being able to clean the bad paint off of this bottle? i assume it's an enamel paint, so that would require acetone or something, right?

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hi i transfer liquid over frequently from buying cheap modern lamps to fix my cloudy vintage boot sale finds lol i just normally pour it into the new bottle if you are not changing the wax over also,

if you are i normally open the bottle then pour the liquid into a jug, then heat the bottle on its base till the wax is molten then pour into the new bottle by using a funnel and a part of a hose pipe attached to it to stop the wax splashing on the sides, then let cool then refill with what liquid you want to use. make sure you wash out the bottle with boiling water and washing washing liquid first if you are doing a wax transfer!!!. 

good luck drop me a message if you need help, James

well, i hadn't planned to do a wax transfer if i don't have to, but that may be the only way to get it to not stick to the walls..

James Manley said:

hi i transfer liquid over frequently from buying cheap modern lamps to fix my cloudy vintage boot sale finds lol i just normally pour it into the new bottle if you are not changing the wax over also,

if you are i normally open the bottle then pour the liquid into a jug, then heat the bottle on its base till the wax is molten then pour into the new bottle by using a funnel and a part of a hose pipe attached to it to stop the wax splashing on the sides, then let cool then refill with what liquid you want to use. make sure you wash out the bottle with boiling water and washing washing liquid first if you are doing a wax transfer!!!. 

good luck drop me a message if you need help, James

When wax is sticking to the walls it's usually a dirty globe. So a complete evacuation and cleaning procedure is needed.

I caused allot of clouding and grief when I did a fluid transfer a few years back. If the wax on the bottom of the globe rubs on the glass. you will have sticky points and it will probably cloud the liquid. 

 

The older american lamps would recover, however I don't know that the newer lamps ever recover.

 

Also look at the batch codes on the globe. If the numbers are really close you may be good.

I can say this much.

When I did my transfusion with a blue/white to clear/purple, the behaviour of both lamps changed.

The clear white flowed nicely, the blue purple never flowed all that well and I tossed it. 

So there is no guarantee it will work. 

Take it slow and careful. 

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