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Clay/Shale Stabilizer

QUIK MUD® GOLD clay and shale stabilizer provides inhibition of clay and shale formations in water-based drilling fluids without substantially increasing viscosity. QUIK MUD GOLD clay andBshale stabilizer, when added to a QUIK-GEL® or BORE-GEL® slurry, yields an inhibitive drilling fluid system while maintaining manageable and effective fluid properties.

Data Sheets (DS)

Applications and Functions

  • Enhanced rheological properties of a low-solids drilling fluid
  • Clay and shale stabilization to prevent swelling and/or dispersion
  • Borehole stability in water sensitive formations
  • Minimal rotational torque and circulating pressure
  • Enhanced air-foam system capabilities
  • Improved core recovery in continuous wireline coring operations


  • NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certified
  • Allows use of high concentrations to gain inhibition without producing excess viscosity
  • No petroleum distillates
  • Non-fermenting
  • Compatible with other Baroid drilling fluid additives when added in proper sequence
  • Breaks down chemically with bleach (sodium hypochlorite)