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Xylene too is banned by the people's republic of california.

Any of these things are incredibly nasty solvents that cause all sorts of problems with prolonged and repeated exposure. The "pure" versions definately evaporate and outgas much sooner than the mutilated versions allowed by CARB, but EVENTUALLY they do outgas.

If you've got access to the nastier chems, by all means use them -they are much more effective solvents than the adulterated versions
 

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My take on thinning silicone is this:

First, it makes the "wet" silicon much easier to control. Second, I never got worthwhile results pressing peat/ coco into uncured silicon to make the results practical/ good looking, thinning the silicon and incorporating the fiber into the slurry solved this issue (doesn't work so well trying to mix fiber into unthinned silicon)

Toulene does seem to dissolve cured silicon which is at least somewhat problematic in an aquarium or at least the solvent releases the adhesive attachment. This does make clean up less problematic too though.

It's really not a good idea to do though, the fumes really are that nasty.
 
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