Stabilize plastic sign bases (plus umbrella stands, volleyball nets, and poolside nets) using the H2OLD Base Gel. This super absorbent polymer replaces sand or water used as ballast. Combined with water, this powdered substance quickly turns into gel. The resulting firm and stable gel is mold resistant and freeze-thaw durable, making it perfect for use in any climate.
Super absorbent polymer effectively replaces sand or water as ballast weight for portable base supports.
Cross-linked polyacrylate polymer absorbs up to 400 times its weight in water to create a firm and stable gel that lasts.
One 16 oz. bag replaces 400 lbs (equivalent to eight 50 lb bags) of sand when combined with up to 40 gallons of water.
Freeze-thaw durable; for use in any climate.
Contains antimicrobial agent that is mold resistant.
Resists leaks if small holes or cracks develop in base.
Base Gel will remain a firm gel for 7 years or more.
Easily removes from sign bases. Simply add salt to the gel and it dissolves within minutes, returning to a liquid state.
Product weight: 16 oz.
1. Add approximately 2/3 of the dry Base Gel polymer into the portable base.
2. Fill the base 1/2 full with water.
3. Add remaining Base Gel polymer and fill base with water, leaving approximately 1/2” of air space.
4. The Base Gel polymer will absorb the water in 5-10 minutes creating a firm gel.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q) How long does it take for Base Gel to gel?
A) Base Gel will begin to activate and absorb water within 2-3 minutes and will create a firm, stable gel within 3-5 minutes.
Q) Does Base Gel expand (or overflow) when it is added to water?
A) No, Base Gel will never exceed the volume of water it is added to.
Q) Can Base Gel be added to existing water-filled portable bases?
A) Yes, pour ½ (half) of the Base Gel into the portable base opening. Wait about 1 minute and add the remaining Base Gel into the base. Base Gel will move throughout the portable base as it absorbs the available water.
Q) Will the Base Gel & Water gel be affected by freezing temperatures?
A) The Base Gel/water gel will freeze at temperatures below 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) and will return to a firm, stable gel as temperatures rise above 32 degrees F. Base Gel’s performance will not be affected by repeated freeze-thaw cycles and will last up to 7 years. (Follow the portable base instructions for the maximum water to add to the base).
Q) How much Base Gel should I add to my base?
A) One 16 oz bottle of BaseGel absorbs more than 40 gallons of water. A full bottle per portable base is recommended to prevent calculation errors. One ounce (weight) of Base Gel per 2.5 gallons of water may be used, at a minimum, if less than a full bottle is required (ie. 10 ounces per 25 gallon base, 14 ounces per 35 gallon base).
Q) How much do I add to a base that is smaller than 25 gallons?
A) Add a minimum of 3 teaspoons of Base Gel for each gallon of water to make a gel with a firm consistency. One 16 oz. bottle of Base Gel contains approximately 120 teaspoons.
Q) How do I remove Base Gel when I need to empty the base?
A) Make a solution of 8 tablespoons table salt to 1 gallon water and pour it into the base on top of the Base Gel. Within minutes Base Gel will be deactivated and will return to a liquid that can be poured out of the base and safely into any storm drain. (Flush the portable base with water thoroughly before refilling with water and Base Gel).