Rhoplex n580 is an aqueous acrylic emulsion, which dries to a permanently soft and tacky film and can be made into small 'dots' for use a contact adhesive. These have been used in many display situations to help lightly secure materials, including paper, textiles, ceramics, glass, plastics, metal and wood. It is used in New Zealand to secure objects against movement in earthquakes. It has also been used in galleries and museums in Australia to lightly secure items which are on open display or are in showcases where some movement may be possible. It is usually easy to remove as it can be rolled off most surfaces cleanly, mostly does not appear to stain or discolour surfaces and can be made in custom sizes and shapes.
Unfortunately, Rhoplex n580 is no longer being produced by the manufacturer (Rhom and Haas) and there are no longer stocks readily available in Australia and New Zealand. I am seeking a replacement material and was wondering if anyone has found anything with similar properties. We use museum wax and museum gel where possible, but both of these stain surfaces where Rhoplex dots does not. Clean-up is also difficult. Archival doubled-sided tape is sometimes too thin to adhere the bottom on uneven objects to flat surfaces. There are some commercial contact adhesives, but it is not possible in most circumstances to collect information about ingredients and aging from the manufacture. Any suggestions for alternative materials would be great appreciated. Kasi Albert Conservator Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Sydney, Australia kasi.alb...@mca.com.au<mailto:kasi.alb...@mca.com.au> <http://www.mca.com.au/><https://www.facebook.com/mca.australia><https://twitter.com/MCA_Australia><http://instagram.com/mca_australia><http://www.mca.com.au/apps/insight/> ****** Unsubscribe by sending a message to consdistlist-le...@cool.conservation-us.org Searchable archives: http://cool.conservation-us.org/byform/mailing-lists/cdl/