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I need a water-soluble, extremely fast drying adhesive gel. My first thought is hair gel.

pros:

  1. Water Soluble (easily removed)*** most important
  2. High viscosity in liquid form ~60 cps
  3. Easily dispensed.

Cons:

  1. Drying is slow when dispensed in a thick bead. Slow is bad.
  2. Looses quite a bit of volume when fully hardened. Decreased coverage.

I'm not planning to use this on my body. It would be used for masking off a portion of a metal production part for non-destructive testing. It is temporary and must be removed easily.

Does anyone know of a water soluble fast drying gel that doesn't lose much volume when hardened? Something similar to hair gel.

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Why does it have to be water-soluble? Art-gum (rubber cement) can be removed by rubbing. Other products can be dissolved by mineral turps or acetone. Kaolin and talcum powder can be used as thickening agents, although I haven't tried them with art gum.

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  • $\begingroup$ I need to integrate it into an automated system. It's hard to reliably remove a material by rubbing it off using a machine. I can't use volatile liquids to remove it because of the risks. $\endgroup$ – Felix Castor Jun 28 '16 at 18:51

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