Toluene, also known as methylbenzene or toluol, is a colorless, sweet-smelling liquid that is used in a variety of industries, including the automotive and furniture industries. It is also used as a solvent in paints, inks, plastics, and rubber.
When exposed to toluene, rubber materials can experience swelling, cracking, and hardening. This is due to the toluene's ability to penetrate the rubber, causing it to lose its flexibility and elasticity. In addition, toluene can cause the rubber to become brittle and break apart, leading to premature failure. In addition, prolonged exposure to toluene can cause rubber seals to become brittle and crack, resulting in leaks.
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