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[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 adheres to itself.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Hexcelite; X-Lite [Sunlite SA, Belgium];


  • Nontoxic

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Softens at 70°C (160°F)

Resources and Citations

  • P. Hatchfield, M.Svoboda, "A Summary of Recent Information of the Uses and Testing of Resin Impregnated Gauzes" AIC News 38(1):14, 1999.
  • Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section, List of Workshop Materials, The British Museum, London