Beta Latex

     Beta Latex is a unique form of latex both created and exclusively used
within the Institute.  Originally conceived of by Dr. Sebastian it was
primarily developed by myself (Dr. ARNie) and my former lab assistants though
Dr. Sebastian did provide us with valuable assistance on several important
points.  Credit where credit is due.
     As Boing is the miracle plastic so Beta is the miracle latex.
     A fluid at room temperature in its natural state Beta Latex remains an
inert liquid while only in contact with gases and/or other latex derived solid
materials (necessitating its storage in a latex lined vat).   Once exposed to
other substances, particularly organic material, it undergoes a catalytic
change and dries onto the immersed material forming a sleek, shiny second skin
within seconds.
     Extensive testing has demonstrated that it has absolutely no known
allegenic properties when it does dry upon human (or any other type of) skin
and that despite appearing impermeable it actually assists gaseous
permeability at the molecular level.  This ensures that there is no danger of
skin suffocation should a living organism become completely coated in Beta
Latex.  This property was not overlooked by myself or the development team
nor was its innate strength once it has dried.
     While a recent discovery we have not wasted time in readying it for
both therapeutic and restraint usage.  There has also been some recreational
usage by the staff but more about that later.  These tubes you see all around
us are our recently constructed Beta Latex application devices.  I'll explain
the procedure which we recently hired a model to demonstrate for our
promotional literature.

The patient is laid inside the tube, unlike our model they normally have their arms and legs restrained, upon the latex mesh interior that lines the tube. Once the tube's door is sealed thirty seconds are allowed to elapse to increase the patient's apprehension as they have no idea what they are about to undergo. This is followed by the fifteen second "warmup" period required by the equipment. It is very important that the patient be surprised by what happens so they are not informed of the nature of the procedure. With the waiting period at an end powerful suction pumps activate and draw the Beta Latex from the tube's internal reservoir and the procedure begins. Spraying from all points through the mesh the Beta Latex fills the tube within two seconds then almost instantly drains out. While our model was warned in advance for our photographic purposes and undisturbed during the drying period this is not our Standard Operating Procedure. Under SOP the tube door is opened immediately after coating as there are steps that must be taken before the drying period ends. In the brief period before it dries Beta Latex quickly expands a bit to adhere to every part of the body, this expansion pushes out the air sacs trapped inside and ensures it a skin tight cling to every part of the body. When it expands it goes into every open orifice so the crotch area will normally be unaffected unless the victim doesn't "clench up." With earholes and noses the small size of their openings means that they are plugged by the expanding latex. This does not apply to the mouth as I will explain. During the seconds when the tube is filled the patient instinctively closes her eyes to protect them. This results in her eyelids being sealed shut during drying. The "mouth agape" appearance of patients who have been coated with Beta Latex occurs because when the tube fills and her nostrils fill with Beta Latex a patient instinctively opens her mouth to breathe. When she does this the Latex floods the inside of her mouth. The rapid draining means there is insufficent time for it to be drawn into the lungs or swallowed but the interior of the mouth and the teeth become coated with the exception of the tongue. The mouth cavity itself is too large for the thin coating of Beta Latex to fill during expansion which is perfect for our purposes. As soon as the Beta Latex has drained from the tube the door is opened and a nurse inserts an O-Ring into her mouth. This is essential to ensure the patient doesn't close her jaw and seal her mouth shut during the swift drying phase. As the patient's nostrils are now completely plugged it is critical that she be able to breath through her mouth. Also by inserting an O-ring to hold her jaws open the nurses are able to swifly check the mouth cavity to verify that the patient's throat, and most importantly her airway, remains unobstructed. This has yet to happen but for the sake of our patient's health we prefer to err on the side of caution. With this done and the Beta Latex dried the patient is placed on a gurney and transported to the "Drying rack" for a final check and the necessary modifications. Short of adamantium claws (which would likely also puncture the patient) a coating of Beta Latex can't be punctured. However it can be removed with a specialized cutter which only dissolves Beta Latex and is completely harmless to the patient as our model demonstrates.
It is possible to tear Beta if sufficent force is applied. However even if not under the influence of the power drainers the majority of those possessing paranormal strength will be barely able to stretch Beta Latex let alone break the material. While flexible enough to allow struggling (or free movement if the limbs are unencumbered) being encased in Beta Latex provides a restraint as inescapable as
Solid Boing. In almost all cases while on the Drying Rack the cutter will be used to make punctures in the coating neccessitated by sanitary considerations. Once this is done and inspection has verified there were no flaws during Beta application (which has yet to happen but we never overlook the possibility) the patient is placed on a gurney and transported to a room equipped with the feeding and hygenic hookups necessitated by the Beta coating. You will probably see examples illustrating this later on in your tour. If the patient has her arms and legs apart during immersion the latex will have dried to form something like a skintight yet flexible catsuit. If her limbs were touching her body or one another during the drying process the Latex will have bonded the limbs to her body or one another (depending upon where they were touching) so the patients limbs are pinned to whatever position she was in when it dried. You saw our model illustrating this and I also have a file photo of my former lab assistants demonstrating this effect during our initial clinical trial of Beta Latex. You will note that this photo demonstrates that during the 15 seconds warm up period preceeding Beta Latex application it is possible to chose different colours for the coating. If no choice is selected the Beta Latex will default to white.
In most case we could probably put the patients in unrestrained and they would bind themselves most effectively trying to remove the "gunk" that's coated them head to toe. But to prevent them immobilizing themselves in awkward positions necessitating cutting them free and redoing the coating in most cases we find it easiest to place them in the tube already restrained. If the patient is wearing restraints (as most are) it prevents her from moving her arms and legs apart and ensures they are bonded together during drying. While Beta Latex is flexible this precaution renders them incapable of doing more than squirming and limits their movements to what our staff calls "inchworming". Patients are almost utterly helpless once the latex has dried. Which is, after all, the whole point of restraining them. We don't want the patients who require this treatment to be capable of being a danger to either others or themselves. The resulting sense of helplessness can also be useful for therapeutic purposes in some cases. Once the process is finished in 99% of cases the patient's eyes will be sealed shut, her nose and ear canals will be plugged, her mouth will be frozen in a gaping open position and, if she didn't keep her arms and legs apart (which most can't as they enter the tube restrained) quite likely her limbs are stuck together so she cannot move except by wriggling. Staff members have also been known to clandestinely use the equipment. If they enter the tube with or without restraints depends on if it's their idea or they're the victim of a staff prank but they are the most likely to emerge from the tube wearing a coating for clothing as demonstrated by our model (her hair was also coated before she used the cutter on it).
You will have noticed that Beta Latex does not require nudity to be applied effectively so it can and is used on those wearing clothing. However the outfit shouldn't be loose-fitting since this would cause a problem with the latex attempting to expand to fill the empty spaces resulting in a lumpy coating. This is not a problem encountered by patients wearing institutional attire and (while we don't encourage staff usage) it is now common knowledge among our staff to remove their uniforms before entering the tubes. You could compare this procedure to Boing encasement but there are several major differences. First the patient retains their tactile sense (admittedly outside of their mouth all they can feel is the Beta Latex but those in Boing don't even feel the Boing itself), Secondly they retain a sense of taste, a need to eat and do get to consume food (we even spoonfeed them occasionally so they a bit of variety and a change from the feeding tube). Thirdly they still possess mobility, true it's very limited but it's more than those within Boing have. Beta immersion is not appropriate in all cases but it does not have to be applied directly onto a body to be used as a restraint material. With the application of the right chemicals Beta Latex can also be extuded and dried as sheets that are thicker, if less flexible, than the directly applied latex. These sheets can be joined and/or sewed to create clothing and/or restraints but it isn't as strong as seamless skintight Beta Latex is on a body. However we have found occasion to fashion very effective straitjackets and other restraints from it which you will likely see should you visit the Grimbor Ward. While we had been applying a single coating of Beta Latex as that seemed sufficent for our purposes during our promotional photo shoot the model asked about the effect of multiple coatings. We began wondering the same thing and asked if she would be willing to be our test subject. She agreed and a test coating of four layers was applied. Here you see the results.
First Coating - As you have seen demonstrated the coating is unbreakable but flexible. Our model can still move freely so long as she keeps her limbs apart until drying has completed. Second Coating - Body and clothing details become smoother and less distinguishable. Movement largely ceases and without paranormal strength is probably nigh impossible though our model could make some minor adjustments in position by struggling furiously. For all intensive purposes a second coat effectively immobilizes the subject. Third Coating - The mannequin-like appearance becomes more pronounced as all ability to move ceases. Because of the tightness of the Beta Latex she can no longer expand her chest though she can still breathe easily. Because of this and since she is still willing to proceed a fourth coating is added. Fourth Coating - Detail continues to fade and it is becoming hard to even tell our model's gender. These last details might well vanish with a fifth coating but because her breathing has become shallower as a result of the increasing tightness and as her mouth opening continues to shrink the experiment was terminated. Due to the time required to free her it was decided to produce a larger cutter for the rapid removal of large amounts of Beta Latex should the occasion arise. That concludes our Beta Latex demonstrations. Perhaps you'd like to see some of our other unique restraint technologies.


The China Doll


Delta Latex

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