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Old 12-02-2016, 11:00 AM
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Default What is Hi-Float?
I am aware that Hi-Float is a substance which is inserted into a latex balloon, particularly if being inflated with helium. I understand it seals the pores of the latex skin which slows down the release of helium from inside the balloon & therefore the balloon floats for longer. But 'what is Hi-Float?' Is it a cream, gel, liquid, paste, glue or some other substance? Perhaps it's a trade secret & therefore nobody knows except the manufacturer. Is there something else available that would do a reasonable job of keeping a balloon afloat for about the same time as Hi-Float does or is Hi-Float the only product available? What are your thoughts. It would be good to hear your views.
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:31 PM
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It's a liquid. You spray a little bit into the balloon (after inflation I believe) and then slosh it around so it evenly coats the inside of the balloon.

I don't think there's any other product that does the same thing unless you want to make it yourself unfortunately.
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Old 13-02-2016, 12:23 AM
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I think this covers at least a few of your questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1go1F13r7Y
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The pump bottle I have of it is a clear gel that you put int he balloon and rub it around to form a 'second skin'. There's no ingredient listing on it though, so no idea what's actually in it - doesn't have much of a smell either.
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Old 14-02-2016, 07:55 AM
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From my experience it can be bit messy
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From my experience it can be bit messy
Oh yes, it sure is. It gets everywhere. Including all over your walls and ceiling if you get a bit 'enthusiastic' with the helium tank.
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Old 23-02-2016, 05:24 AM
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Default Re: What is Hi-Float?
I want some of that stuff. That stuff sounds cool. With that stuff I can keep a balloon blown up with air inflated for a freakin year! Hope its on eBay. & I hope the stuff isn't smelly...id hate to ruin the balloons natural latex smell...i LOVE the sweet, stinky smell of my 55 inch cattex hearts.... I love the smell of all cattex balloons really...
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Old 26-02-2016, 04:16 AM
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I want some of that stuff. That stuff sounds cool. With that stuff I can keep a balloon blown up with air inflated for a freakin year! Hope its on eBay. & I hope the stuff isn't smelly...id hate to ruin the balloons natural latex smell...i LOVE the sweet, stinky smell of my 55 inch cattex hearts.... I love the smell of all cattex balloons really...
I wouldn't recommend it. From what I've seen it's intended for making helium-filled balloons stay full longer since helium escapes more quickly than air. It hardens inside the balloon, and I'd imagine balloons wouldn't reinflate well after being treated with hi-float.

Balloons tend to hold regular air for a while anyways, at least from my experience. Just add a few puffs of air every couple days

If you do try it, try it on something small and cheap - maybe some 16" or 24" ones - before you use it on your 55 inch hearts :P
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Old 29-02-2016, 12:58 AM
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Very true. I've used it a lot. It's great to extend the float life of a balloon, but reinflation really isn't very good. I've got a bottle and played with it on helium and air filled balloons. On air filled, it will eventually dry and the balloon gets a bit of a play ball texture. Once dried, you can pop the balloon most of the time without a mess. Although I've had a few pops with it dried and every once in a while, it will fly all over the place. Never pop a balloon when it's wet!
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Old 29-02-2016, 05:16 AM
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Oh,gross! Shards of crust in my balloon...i do believe I will pass on this stuff...thanks for the tips guys ^.^
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