Latex sheeting is used for making latex clothing. Latex sheets are cut after a pattern, and the parts glued together. It is similar to making regular clothing except that seams are glued, not stitched. Gluing latex is an expensive and time-consuming process, but the fit is much better than using moulded latex. Quality, color and thickness can be customized to the individual.
Clothing made from latex sheeting is repairable if it gets a rip or the lining fractures. That can't be done with moulded latex.
Making latex sheeting
Commercial manufacturers seemingly prefer a continuous extrusion technique, where the material is pushed through a hole and left to settle. Color additives are added and mixed into the liquid material before the extrusion.
Latex sheeting could be manufactured (on a very small scale) by pouring liquid latex on a perfectly horizontal and smooth (possibly glass) table with edges. The amount of latex poured and the dimensions of the "container" define the thickness acquired. Practical use of this method is unknown.
Alphabetical list of latex sheeting suppliers:
- Acme Rubber Co
- Canal Rubber Supply Company
- Four D Rubber
- Pentonville Rubber
- Kink Engineering
- Quality Latex Products Ltd
- Radical Rubber
- Reglin Suppliers
- Station Alt
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