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Mechanic Rubber Gloves

A bit off topic but I've gotten great answers here in the past.


For those of you that are pro mechanics, what rubber gloves are you using? I see most mechanics on tv shows wearing some type of them. When I was a mechanic nobody wore gloves of any type. At the end of the day or many times during the day, we visited the solvent wash station to clean our hands & arms. When I left the business I didn't have any hair on my arms. It did grow back. Probably why mechanics now wear gloves.


When I wear nitrile gloves (from Menards) for only 15 min, my hands are dripping wet when I remove them. Can't imagine wearing them all day.


Seems there must be something better than that, that breathe.


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Not a mechanic, but usually use the nitrile gloves from harbor freight or wherever I can get them cheapest when using grease guns on tractors and doing anything related to oil or chemicals. And yes, my hands end up wet too, but at least they are easy to clean afterwards.
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When I wear nitrile gloves (from Menards) for only 15 min, my hands are dripping wet when I remove them. Can't imagine wearing them all day.
I'm not a pro mechanic either. But I use these latex gloves from Autozone (below). The "diamond grip" seems to work well for me.

No doubt, on hot days, they do get wet inside. But I change them frequently, and use powder when necessary - I keep it handy, on top of the tool box

(FWIW, after turning the gloves wrong-side out and letting them dry , I will often re-use them (EDIT: after turning them right-side-out), provided they're not too oily/greasy. That is, if I've been working with grease, they go straight from my hands into the trash.)

I've wondered about some the non-disposable gloves, but I can't help worrying about losing too much feel - don't want to be dropping stuff

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Not a professional mechanic, but I was one in the air force a while back. Both me and my girlfriend's father (who was a professional wrencher) both use 9mil nitrile gloves. I now work in a lab, and I use 3mil (or are they 5mil?) nitrile gloves, and I initially may have, uh, procured a few pairs to do some stuff on my car. They shredded like wet tissue paper. A few months ago, I tried to cheap out on myself and got a box of 7mil nitrile gloves. They worked okay, but were thinner and tore more easily than I liked.

TLDR; My recommendation is to use 7mil or 9mil gloves, though I do prefer using the 9mil. Don't lose too much feel, and can handle some tougher jobs. Just make sure you get the right size. I get my gloves from Harbor Freight, $7 to $13 (list, but Harbor Freight always has stupid discounts going) for a box of 100 depending on thickness. Hope this helps!
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I've wondered about some the non-disposable gloves, but I can't help worrying about losing too much feel - don't want to be dropping stuff
Would be curious about this too. Have some heavy chemical gloves and cannot imagine using them for anything where feel or holding onto anything is important. Would also wonder about how they hold up to leakage of chemicals and how absorbent they are. Would hate to spend $15 on a pair of gloves that get saturated with oil/fluids and become too slick to hold onto anything.

The heavier nitrile gloves from harbor freight actually hold up fairly well and are still plenty thin enough to have a good feel to work with.
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Gloveless.....
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Gloveless.....
showoff :P

Before I started using gloves I must have gone through a gallon of Fast Orange every two weeks lol. Love that stuff.
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^+1. Gotta keep that tactile quality. Goop and Dawn dish detergent, lol!
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Most of the time I'm glove less. But when I use the parts washer and few other times here and there I use nitrile gloves.

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^+1. Gotta keep that tactile quality. Goop and Dawn dish detergent, lol!
I buy the orange fast clean soap in the large pump jug. Ive learned the secret to cleaning your hands.

Mix
2/3 part orange soap
with
1/3 original blue dawn dish soap

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Fast Orange guy here myself.
Nothing beats the feedback using straight fingers and hands.
I'll have to try that concoction sometime though


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Dawn and a brush does work fine for those occasions where I am in a hurry and don't grab any gloves before heading outside. Kind of a convenience here more than anything else. Especially over the spring and summer, I grease the fittings on the deck of my little kubota tractor every time I mow my yard, simple to slip the gloves off and go. Don't have to chase down a bottle of dawn outside that is likely NOT where I left it. lol.

For wrench turning or stuff I don't expect any oil based fluids, don't use any gloves. Really no point in using gloves to change an alternator etc....
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I normally use the nitrile gloves from Habor freight too, I used to use the cheapest 5 mil, then I tried the 7 mil and I wil never use anything less than 7 mil, the 5 mil would shred pretty easy, 7 mil, I haven't shredded a pair yet.
I mainly use them to keep my hand from getting all cut up lol.

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I've never tried mixing Dawn and Fast Orange, seems like a good combo. Way back when, we used powdered dish detergent mixed with sawdust. That sh*t was like sandpaper on your hands. It worked, but too well. I think it actually took a layer of skin off lol.


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I've been the gloveless diy guy for the past 6 years I have owned a car. I do a lot of hands on work outside, on cars, and on the big trucks I drive at work. started wearing gloves as much as I can here recently and the female of the household appreciates the difference in leather, er I mean skin quality, of my hands now. Other than that knowing how to get fifth wheel grease/axle grease off my hands using wd 40 followed by soap has been a recent discovery of mine.


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