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Thinning aquaseal?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by al248005, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. al248005

    al248005 Contributor

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    What can you use to thin down aquaseal besides cotol that they give you in the packets. I'm going over my seams in my dry suit and all places around here have aqua seal but do not have the cotol go with it. Is there something else that I could use in place of the cotol that's easily found at Lowe's or Sherwin Williams?
     
  2. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Toluene...cotol is a brand name...
     
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  3. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Use it outside if you can.....see my avatar.
     
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  4. al248005

    al248005 Contributor

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    Thanks...I called sherwin Williams and they have a quart of it. Going to stop after work today and get it and finish up my seams. Yeah I used the Cotol last night in my basement and my basement still smells like it this morning.
     
  5. Zef

    Zef Instructor, Scuba

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    Go to REI, EMS or some other camping/outdoor gear store to see if they have a smaller quantity container of it....a quart of Cotol will probably last you a long time.

    -Z
     
  6. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    HOW MANY FINGERS AM I HOLDING UP?
     
  7. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

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    Admittedly, my chemistry is a little rusty, but I seem to recall that toluene is a derivative of benzene and it's evil stuff. If you're doing a big job like your entire suit, you should probably we wearing a proper respirator, especially if you're using it inside.
     
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    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Yes, it is really nasty....get a respirator @ Sherwin Williams or at least stay up-wind of the-brain-eating nastiness. Its a favorite of brain-dead huffers everywhere... for a reason.
     
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  9. Curious_George

    Curious_George Green water guy ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Acetone works just as well for thinning aquaseal and is more widely available. I’ve heard it’s less toxic too. It also speeds up the drying time - same as Cotol/toluene.
     

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