Q-GELQUIK-GEL viscosifier is an easy-to-mix, finely ground (200-mesh), premium-grade, high-yielding Wyoming sodium bentonite. QUIK-GEL viscosifier imparts viscosity, fluid loss control and gelling characteristics to freshwater-based drilling fluids.

  • NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certified
  • Single-sack product and cost effective
  • Can provide lubricity for drilling fluids
  • Can mix easily and quickly reaches maximum viscosity
  • Can yield more than twice as much mud of the same viscosity as an equal weight of API oilfield grades of bentonite



The use of QUIK-GEL viscosifier promotes or assists the following:

  • Mix with fresh water to form a low-solids drilling fluid for general drilling applications
  • Viscosify water-based drilling fluids
  • Reduce filtration by forming a thin filter cake with low permeability
  • Improve hole-cleaning capability of drilling fluids
  • Mix with foaming agents to make “gel/foam” drilling fluids for air/foam drilling applications



Appearance: Grey to tan powder
Bulk density, lb/ft³: 68 to 72 (compacted)
pH (3% solution): 8.9


Mix slowly through a jet mixer or sift slowly into the vortex of a high-speed stirrer.

Approximate Amounts of QUIK-GEL viscosifier Added to Freshwater
Application/Desired Result lb/100 gal lb/bbl kg/m³
Normal Drilling Conditions 15 – 25 6 – 10 18 – 30
Unconsolidated Formations 35 – 50 15 – 21 42 – 60
Make-Up For Gel/Foam Systems 12 – 15 5 – 7 14 – 18

Note: 1 bbl = 42 U.S. gallons

For optimum yield, pre-treat make-up water with 1-2 pounds of soda ash per 100 gallons of water (1.2-2.4 kg/m³).


QUIK-GEL viscosifier is packaged in 50-lb (22.7-kg) multiwall paper bags.