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Old 11-23-2004, 01:57 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by 0db
One time I was having a discussion with my dad about "gas and oil safe" materials. (he is an engineer and has been in charge of systems maintenance and construction at several petroleum refineries). He thought it was pretty funny that we worry so much about it. Fuel isn't corrosive; damn near ANYTHING is safe in a fuel / oil environment.
Go ahead and have yourself some experiments with gasoline and a few different petro-chemical based compounds (plastics - nylons - polyesters - etc.) as well as some natural rubber. After dissolving a few things in the gasoline, please come back and comment. No, we are not talking Aqua Reggia here, but, over time, some compounds will degrade in gasoline - compunds that would be more or less perfectly safe in water.

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