[Runlite SA, Belgium] A brand name for a cotton gauze impregnated with a thermoplastic polyester (polycaprolactone) resin. Formerly called Hexcelite and X-Lite, Varaform was originally developed for setting broken bones. Available in three thicknesses, the material is lightweight and rigid at room temperature but easily formable when softened with a hair dryer or hot water. The reusable material can be cut with scissors and it adhers to itself.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Hexcelite; X-Lite [Sunlite SA, Belgium];
Softens at 70°C (160°F)
Hazards and Safety
° P. Hatchfield, M.Svoboda, "A Summary of Recent Information of the Uses and Testing of Resin Impregnated Gauzes" AIC News 38(1):14, 1999. ° Varaform [Runlite]: website
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section, List of Workshop Materials, The British Museum, London
- External source or communication Comment: P. Hatchfield and M. Svoboda, AIC News 38(1) p. 14 1999.