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Title: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: davidfish1212 on November 01, 2011, 07:23:34 PM
Hi All,

I bought this lamp base at the boot sale on Sunday, a very reasonable 50p. I think its a Caithness lamp base from the 90's ( if I have this wrong please let me know! ) The fitting is broken and has been very messily fitted into the neck, does anyone have a tried and tested way to remove the fitting without damaging the glass.

Thanks in advance,

David
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: glassobsessed on November 01, 2011, 08:19:35 PM
Has it been glued in?

John
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: davidfish1212 on November 01, 2011, 08:35:22 PM
Hi John, yeah it looks like an old thick type of glue, cheers, D
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: jomo99 on November 01, 2011, 08:46:10 PM

 Hi David,

                That old type glue usually soften in fairly Warmish water I've found, not TOO hot mind!! Be Brave, Give it a go, I would!!!

                                 Warmest Wishes,


                                    John
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: glassobsessed on November 01, 2011, 08:53:05 PM
If warm water does not help try the usual list of solvents and nasty chemicals: nail varnish remover, paint stripper etc.

John
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: davidfish1212 on November 01, 2011, 10:09:19 PM
John, thanks for your help, I wasn't sure about solvents, I'm going to give the warm water a go tonight and see what happens. I'm going to be brave!
Cheers again, D
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: ahremck on November 02, 2011, 07:10:28 AM
I would suggest Eucalyptus Oil - it seems to act on many glues - especially older types.

Ross
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: angel2 on November 02, 2011, 07:24:42 AM
 :angel: :angel:

Great tip Ross!   :thup:

angel2
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: ahremck on November 02, 2011, 07:59:04 AM
David I would not use warm water - have seen the results of too big a temperature difference too often.  If there is the tiniest flaw in the glass you are likely to get a crack.  I would try various solvents first.

Ross
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: glassobsessed on November 02, 2011, 08:47:21 AM
If the glass is thin there then there is very little risk of a temperature change causing a problem. The risk increases as the glass thickens.

John
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: davidfish1212 on November 02, 2011, 04:50:51 PM
Hi guys, thanks for all the ideas and input into my little problem, Ross I got your reply just too late........BUT, the warm water worked and touch wood everything seems to be fine with the base. I think I'll try the solvents to get the glue residue off the glass, most of it I was able to pick off but I want to get it totally clean before I fire more glue on it to put my new fitting in. ( although, as a vase now I really quite like it )

Thanks again, David
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: glassobsessed on November 02, 2011, 05:45:17 PM
Instead of using glue you could try clear silicone sealant - it sticks to almost anything, fills gaps and can be removed (it does not discolour). Use it sparingly if you do though. It worked well on one of my lamps.

John
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: johnphilip on November 02, 2011, 06:56:17 PM
 :hi: David if all else fails try a hammer .  :srn:   at arms length . :X:
Title: Re: Caithness lamp base, any suggestions on how to remove fitting, help please
Post by: davidfish1212 on November 03, 2011, 12:21:23 PM
Hi Guys,
 John, sealent is a good shout, I hadn't thought of that, but, the more I look at the base, the more i'm thinking of leaving it ' as is ' :thup:
Johnphillip, you don't work in my local garage do you?  it sounds as if you could be the same mechanic thats just finished ' fixing ' my car into bits :ho:

cheers again, D