Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

**EDIT: I have no idea why the photo is displaying this way...

Just got it today and I'm not impressed, but I'll review more once I have it running. It looks better off than it does on. When it's lit up, you can see the not-so-great spray job on the globe. There are some imperfections/smudges near the bottom of the globe and I'd say about 50% of the globe is red/pink. The green, yellow and blue sections are very narrow.

More later, but I have to say, I'm disappointed.

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Comment by Erin on July 28, 2015 at 8:30am

Someone here (Tim?) owns an anniversary Grande and it looks nice from what I can tell.

I got my lamp from Amazon.com. I wanted to get it from a place with easy returns, so that's why I ordered it there. I got $20 off on Prime Day for using my Amazon.com Visa, so I got the lamp for $88 shipped. 

What it came down to for me was this: when I looked at it when it was running, I wasn't impressed. I should be excited to see it flow, but I couldn't get past the crummy spray job. 

Comment by Carol on July 28, 2015 at 8:13am

I have a sad feeling that was coming.......I can't have issues like that with lamps....my OCD goes off the charts...at least with my kits I can take them apart and tinker with them to fix it.  Worst with them is that film I get on the inside of the globe but I have since learned how to swab it out with a makeshift sponge device and do a refill.  Takes about 10 to 15 minutes.  You can't do that with some of these LL lamps, especially if the globe has a crap spray job or the globe has imperfections like most of my china globes with all the starry occlusions....shame....that would have been a great idea if they could vamp up quality control!!


What do you think about the 50th Anniversary grandes?  They look promising...anyone own one yet?

Comment by Critter on July 28, 2015 at 8:04am
Where did you buy yours Erin?
Comment by Erin on July 28, 2015 at 7:42am

Well, I am returning it tomorrow. For nearly $90, it just wasn't worth it to me to keep it. It's less than impressive and the spray job really detracts from what would otherwise be a vibrant lamp. I can make my peace with a $30 lamp being less than perfect, but for $90, nope. Plus, it has spray defects around the bottom, too. When I have my Heritage Grande running, I'm in awe of it. When I see this one running, I feel disappointed. 

So, there you have it. 

Comment by Carol on July 25, 2015 at 8:04am

Erin, I wish they could make one single lamp where everything is just fine.  Like my Neon's.  I really liked them, but after replacing the lime green one 3 times (once due to gunk in coil, one hazy, and the last one I didn't actually replace but the green turned a funky color), I gave up!!!  That one was my son's.  Then my purple Neon, faded out.  These lamps were never exposed to sunlight and I cover the ones that are with a dark, heavy pillow case!!!  My kits have the "gunk", but I figured it was from the makeshift coils I have in there.  Weird thing is though they are stainless steel.  There are no chems in the kits cept for the goo that could be causing a reaction so it has to be something coming off of the coil.  Same thing with the LL's.  my classic swirl has a bit of gunk in there too but I kind of figured that was due to age.  But then the new ones get it too.  I wonder if it could be a deposit from the dye that is used to color the wax?  It's just weird how it just shows up in there.


Now you have great flow, and clarity but poor paint job, ugh!!!

Comment by Critter on July 25, 2015 at 7:55am
Carol....don't have one just yet. Have not found one to buy locally and don't want to ship in the current TX heat.
Comment by Erin on July 25, 2015 at 7:41am

What's frustrating is I like the liquid is pretty clear. But due to the crummy spray job, the bottom half of the globe looks hazy. I'm 50/50 at this point about keeping it. I plan on running it most days to see if the coil gets that gunk. It's not horrible to look at (esp from a distance), but it is disappointing. I wonder if I would have been better off with the anniversary Grande - that one looks nice. 

Comment by Carol on July 25, 2015 at 7:39am

See, that kind of stuff bothers the heck out of my OCD!!!  I know even with my kits, if I see one little smudge on the outside or inside i'm quite the mad scientist inventing tools to get down in there, so I don't know if I would want the painted globe in a grande.  As much as I would luv it, I would hate to shell out that kind of money and have to even be the slightest bit disappointed.  I think for my first grande I will stick with the clear.  My home is pretty small too, so chances are I would probably be viewing it from a pretty close distance.  It's debatable. 


Crit, not sure that you have the rainbow grande (kind of suspecting you do, lol), but if you do, glad you're enjoying it!!! 


Erin, let us know what your final decision is on it as far as time goes by.....as I won't buy any lava until the chilly temps prevail here......

Comment by Erin on July 25, 2015 at 7:30am

Keith - that's an excellent description and spot on. I've only had a few of the painted globes and to be fair, they were all the smaller 32oz. ones, so I didn't really take notice. However, with as big as this globe is, the spray job is very noticeable. 

Comment by Keith on July 25, 2015 at 7:21am

Regarding the paint, that is one of my disappointments with all of my painted globes, the color is somewhat splotchy.  You can tell that the paint pools a little before it dries, leaving an almost pixelated look.  The closer you get is like zooming in on a low resolution image.  The saving grace though is that from several feet away you don't notice the effect.


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