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How to Refill Lava Lamps

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Fabiola Priano (3 days ago)
I have a lava lamp it’s yellow and purple
Shelia Eisenhut (15 days ago)
I have an old lava lamp from the 1960's. It is empty of water but has the wax. I am not sure how the water escaped, maybe through a leaky lid if it was laid down . My son had it for a while. How do I get the outside lid off? I cant turn it like it was screwed on, unless it is stuck. I am afraid to slowly pry around it for fear of breaking the groves if it does screw on. I am assuming there is another lid under this that looks like a soda bottle cap. Any suggestions? Thanks
Robin Clark (18 days ago)
I tried this several times and followed your directions to the T and it just won't work for me. I ended up putting the old foggy water back in and added food coloring. Any suggestions as to why this won't work? I would love nice clear water again.
Bladedcloud 6966 (1 month ago)
I heard that there is such a thing called bad/lazy wax and if that happens im suppose to return the lamp to the manufacturer but my lamp was a gift. It wont heat properly and stay as one blob from the bottom of the lamp to the top. If it ever separates it doesnt turn into multiple blobs but instead just does 1 blob at a time. Can the method of this video fix that issue? Also when doing this method does the top part of the lamp cover need to be on or off the lamp?
Μαίρη Ζερβού (1 month ago)
I had accidentaly forgotten my lava lamp on for A LOT of time and then the wax had made a line to the top and wouldn't flow and some parts were stuck on the sides of the bottle and the spiral wasn't closed - circular but it was open and staight and pointing on the top. Is there any coming back from that?
masterbroadcast1 (1 month ago)
Kaelie Theile (1 month ago)
Hi! I tried this method to restore a cloudy lava lamp. I bought pure epsom salts and distilled water. I had free & clear soap. I followed all the directions exactly. My issue now is that after adding the initial salt to the globe, then 2 tsp of salt water, all the wax is sitting directly at the top of the globe and won't move from that position. I can't tip it or swirl it bc the cap is still off. I can't add soap because it will sit on top of the pooled wax. I did try to turn it off, jiggle the wax down and add a drop of soap, but there was no improvement in motion when I turned it back on. Did I add too much salt water? I didn't think so because it's a premier size, 16.3" lamp. Any suggestions?
Reliquat (1 month ago)
Relaxing video o_o
Erba Lumkan (2 months ago)
When the liquid is cloudy, is it.possible to just filter the water untill it is clean and put it back into the bottle?
Judy McGaugh (2 months ago)
I dropped my friends lava lamp from 1990 and it broke open I thought it was a jell inside because it felt like jelly and greasy , it was tuff to get off of her wooden floor ,it kept smearing, so I thought there was a gummy slimey solution in it. But I have my own lamp kniw abd it quit bubbling and just add a lump of wax in bottom and a bunch of wax hardened towards the top along the sides , so I thought by shaking it up the hot wax on the bottom would make contact with the cold wax on the sides and melt, but its still not bubbling and now I have particles floating all thru the lamp. So I am going to attempt this in a couple of days ,after getting stuff tommorrow . I am excited because I really loved my lamp, it was calming to watch. Did I do the damage myself because I did leave it in for hrs. at a time, I probably should have turned it off more than what I did...
SC Nason (2 months ago)
Great video thanks
Diogee (3 months ago)
this project realyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy teaches you patience huh? lol 3rd times the charm right? it keeps just shooting up a column and then staying like that, might not help that its pretty cold inside
Marcel D. Harris (3 months ago)
I've had good rebuilds with 70% water 30% hydrogen peroxide
MrTheoLater (4 months ago)
Oh my God what is with all these video saying to put dish soap in it? You do not need to put that in there. do you think the Lava Lamp company puts dish soap in their? no they don't.
Naughty Finger (4 months ago)
MrTheoLater I doubt they do but they must use a surfactant, a substance that will break the surface tension of the wax and cause it to form multiple, undulating blobs dish soap is easily at hand. This is a tried and tested way that gives our lava lamp life back as the real concoction is a company secret. I am very thankful to these people whom have taken the time to research something that has saved many a small fortune.
Detroit Wrecker (5 months ago)
Thanks!!! I just found my Lava Lamps from 30 years ago and was wondering if they can be restored to their former Glory!
sleeksalmon (17 days ago)
They can be, but be warned... This guy has figured out how to somewhat do it.... but if you notice his liquid is not perfectly clear..... It looks like an old lava lamp that needs to be refurbished to me.... Not a hater, just saying it like it is..... If you want one that is perfectly clear and beautiful? and why wouldnt you, it is the point if you ask me.... buy a "GOOKIT", you can google it..... This guy has really took the time to figure out the formula and made it easy..... Yeah, its going to cost you... I bought one seven years ago, and they were quite reasonable in price..... Back then!!! Now I think the guy is marketing to lava lamp enthusiast, and they WILL pay his price for a guaranteed beautiful product..... Which ever you are, I just thought I would let you know your options...... Unless your refurbishing something old that is worth a lot of money I would think it would be cheaper to just buy a new one..... I have to say that refurbishing my grande was a lot of fun.... GoodLuck!
Gael Car07 (5 months ago)
Who else came because reddit.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
nm, found it.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
Do you have a link to the post on Reddit?
Gaz B 007 (5 months ago)
Hi Spats Bear. Any thoughts on how to get air bubbles out of the wax? I have two lamps and both have the same problem. Not sure if it's just the way they are or whether it was caused from rough handling on delivery. Any tips would be most appreciated. Thanks.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
@Gaz B 007 Good deal then :-) ..yeah, I had a couple that were just lost causes, I donated them to Goodwill... thought maybe some kid would like them.
Gaz B 007 (5 months ago)
@Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley Thanks for the reply. I carried on using the lamps for another week, but, the problem just got worse and worse. I ended up boxing them back up and returning to amazon for a refund. They were really terrible. I've had many lamps over the years but I've never seen any quite like them. They were just awful quality. There was also other issues with them as well as the bubbles. Never buy a lava lamp made by 'The original lava lamp company', they suck! Thanks anyway. I appreciate your time.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
It's actually me :-) And there will always be a bubble or two here and there, but if it's really bad, I'd suggest putting your lamp on a timer.. 8 hours on, 16 hours off, and let it be for a few days, it should work the air out.
Gaz B 007 (5 months ago)
OMG THE INTRO SOUND!!! Nostalgia inbound... Dr. Dre 2001 !!! Not sure if it's the exact sound from the album, but it sure made me think of it!
Apeman Commeth (16 days ago)
masterbroadcast1 that and the Dr. Dre intro! That’s funny I remember it on both clear as day
masterbroadcast1 (2 months ago)
Gaz B 007 THX Logo from almost every movie from the 90’s-early 2000’s
tyler whiteside (5 months ago)
Great Video! Thanks for the info. Just got a Lavalamp fot Christmas and it's cloudy. Should I send it back under the warranty or try to fix it myself? Is there a trick for replacing the wax?
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
Hey! I would try warranty first, especially if it's a name-brand. If not, try the old trick of leaving it on for 6-8 hours a day for a few days.
Micheal Barnes (5 months ago)
Thanks for your video I'm going to restor my father's original late 60s lamp (I shook it like a twat) I've ordered the salt and I'll pop down to o'Rileys when it gets here for the water. You have been very helpful that's a lot 😎
Davy Picolet (5 months ago)
@Vikki Bark I'm thinking, the water we pour out of our DEhumidifier would work.
Vikki Bark (5 months ago)
Micheal Barnes oh I’m from Scotland
Micheal Barnes (5 months ago)
Oh I'm from Devon hiii lol well I found the cheapest in halfords it's used to top up car batteries but you can buy it in Tesco to I think. It's not expensive 😁
Vikki Bark (5 months ago)
Yea I can’t do this coz I don’t have distilled water (never knew it existed) coz I live in uk but what’s even the difference lol
Micheal Barnes (5 months ago)
Yeah vikki all I can say is take your time in the processes lol it's tricky getting the salt balance correct. But worth it my lamp is awesome now I've got red lava and put orange food colouring in the water it looks like real lava. 🔥😜🔥
Pongo (6 months ago)
my lava lamp got knocked over a day agao and so i followed these insturctions and it worked
Mark Letts (7 months ago)
Does it use just normal candle wax? ie, can I melt one down and use it,or is it bees wax,it's the melting point,anyone know?
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
The best I can say is "eh, more or less I think."
Mark Letts (7 months ago)
Finally, someone explaining in detail, many thanks just what I needed,,cheers M England.
Tomas K (7 months ago)
Is food color a must? What will happen if I won't ad this?
Nobody (19 days ago)
You stoned
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
If you don't add food coloring, the water will remain clear.
John Berthoty (7 months ago)
Glad I found your vid. It's the best one out there! Gonna try it tomorrow. Thanks much!
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
Thank you :-)
John Berthoty (6 months ago)
@Aaron nicolaus Yes it did! took a little effort to get the balance of salt vs distilled, but definitely works.
Aaron nicolaus (6 months ago)
John Berthoty did it work ?
John Staymost (7 months ago)
Trying it tomorrow thank you
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
You're welcome!
Mark Markofkane (7 months ago)
Yes, I did it!! But I didn't have to use dish detergent. I have an off brand lava lamp. I have clear water now! I just used epsom salt solution. It breaks apart just fine. Not adding detergent. Don't need it.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
Nice! And yep, may not have to use detergent on those shapes, I think it only helps on the actual brand with its trademark tapered shape.
Mark Markofkane (7 months ago)
https://youtu.be/ik3Rbs7QJ8Q The cap had to be pried carefully around the bottom flange to get it off. Different brand.
Tee Jay (7 months ago)
Can you replace the wax?
MegaCharizardXY (3 months ago)
artmakersworlds (8 months ago)
1. "add a teaspoon of salt" Ok, per WHAT SIZE of lamp? I have two that need help. One tiny one where the wax keeps on floating and one oh, I think it's a 14" where the wax is called "lazy lava." I get the blob and that's all. Water on that one is clear so thinking just adding some of the salt solution should fix it??? 2. Taking off and putting back the cap. HOW???? Pry it off will ruin it. And no one seems to touch on this part of the whole operation. Someone suggested a twist off beer bottle cap BUT the lamp is not a twist off form. So I doubt that will work. Any advice on removing and mostly replacing their sealed cap?
Mark Markofkane (5 months ago)
Hose clamp. Thank you. I wish I knew that before. This was my first repair. I will try to remember that if I need to do another repair!! It's still fun!!!
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
Here's how to reattach the cap and bend the flange back tight. Put a hose clamp (link below) over the cap and *gently* tighten it until it compresses the flange back into place. *GENTLY.* https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiHof7z3cXfAhURoYMKHVgHB20QjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FEverbilt-1-2-1-1-4-in-Hose-Repair-Clamp-6712595%2F202309385&psig=AOvVaw3041AYAHdjFH7QiioC8MRS&ust=1546196739863564
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
The size of the lamp doesn't matter, the same instructions apply. Just keep adding a teaspoon of the "extra salt water" as described at 3:00, and follow my instructions from that point. Gently pry the cap off little by little around the edge, with a flat screwdriver, paper clip, etc and when you reattach the cap, gently tighten it with a hose clamp until it's snug again. See below for the link.
Mark Letts (7 months ago)
Mine had an aluminium cap pressed on over a rubber bung, lve run a Stanley knife round the top popped it of added salt,put the stopper back in and it's fine.
Mark Markofkane (7 months ago)
I just carefully pry with a screwdriver around the bottom flange. That's the only way. I haven't put it back on tight yet. Making sure the lamp is working properly before I tighten it back on. I am thinking of pliers and gently squeezing around the cap to tighten the bottom flange. Be careful. You can chip or crack the glass.
Baltimore Alarms & Fans (8 months ago)
Also this doesn't work for any Lava-Simplex lamp with the Consort bottle cause those used a different formula.
Maor Ar (8 months ago)
best guide to refill a lva lamp i found tnx a lot (:
Baltimore Alarms & Fans (8 months ago)
I've replaced the master fluid in my Lava-Simplex Aristocrat at least 5 times before I got it to how I wanted it. This also works for adding fluid to lamps with low fluid.
tallboyyyy (8 months ago)
I'm not really a Lava Lamp person but this was very interesting. What happens if you put too much of the saturated salt solution in? Does the wax float at the top?
FREAKY PETE (4 months ago)
@Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley thanks dear boy will do right away.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (4 months ago)
@FREAKY PETE add one drop of dish detergent.
FREAKY PETE (4 months ago)
@Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley i have that problem and there is not even any salt in mine. what can i do ?
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
Exactly, you'll get a big blob at the top that doesn't move.
HellJar (8 months ago)
You should check out oozinggoo forum. Lots of cool lava lamp stuff there
Lake Nipissing (8 months ago)
I have never had a lava lamp, but this video was absolutely fascinating to learn what is required to make it work. What is the normal operating temperature?
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (8 months ago)
Yup! Just found another one recently. And they typically run about 60c.
sparkybluefox (8 months ago)
Cool video ! Very well done! Peace Out .
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
D. B. - Vintage (8 months ago)
Interesting - I didn't know that you could do that.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (5 months ago)
Yup. Just don't drink it. It tastes terrible.
Beau Mitchell (8 months ago)
Thanks for the video. I may have to watch it a few times before I start.
Harley Badger - from Spats & Harley (8 months ago)
No problem :-)