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Posted by Slaytonp on April 24, 2003 at 18:36:08:
In Reply to: Winterstone two more photos of early construction posted by tpopovich on April 24, 2003 at 17:06:33:
:Isn't Thompson's Water Sealer petroleum based which would be toxic ?
It is petroleum based and I'm quite sure it's initially toxic. It requires a long cure time before it can be painted over by incompatible paints such as latex-- some 45 days--so it's going to take at least that or over to render it relatively innocuous, with a lot of water changes. It's rather like cleaning up an oil spill. I'm sharing my extremely stupid mistakes as well as successes so no one has to repeat the former. What's done is done. My pumilio frogs aren't due for months--In the meantime, I'll be doing a lot of water changes and testing out expendible floating aquarium plants in it.
I'm also doing some more research into non-toxic sealants that might work better than the original water based one I used that bubbled up. (I may not have let either the Winterstone or the origianl non-toxic sealant cure long enough before testing it out). I'll keep everyone posted and maybe others can make suggestions for improvements. The Winterstone is truly a boon to designs of the sort a lot of us are interested in, but the directions for use didn't have our particular use in mind.
I'll do some more homework and get back to you all soon.