Could Gloves Save Your Life?

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    Could Gloves Save Your Life?

    I had never really thought about it, but I've found that some petroleum based solvents include Naptha aka "jet fuel" which contains Benzene a proven carcinogen which can cause anemia and leukemia.
    I'm wondering how many of you wear Nitrile or similar gloves, to protect from skin absorption when cleaning your weapons.

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    Yikes!
    You just took all the fun out the unique bonding I enjoy when I clean my guns! Now this is bad for you also? It seems like every thing causes cancer now days.

    But seriously though, I don’t wear any protective equipment at all when cleaning my weapons. The most I do is avoid doing it in the house so my family doesn’t have to breathe the fumes.
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    I work in a plant that produces benzene as a by-product from cooking coal. Since I am exposed to many potential chemical hazards daily, I like to be as educated as possible. I wasnt aware of this info but greatly appreciate it. Just a little info, benzene is also an additive in auto fuel as well. Any time we are exposed at a level higher than 5 parts per million at work we are urine tested. Something to think about the next time you pump gas and can smell it. We are taught that if you smell it you are already over exposed. Nasty stuff. I dont trust anything that ends in "ene".

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    i breathe in the fumes as much as I can.
    I dont wear gloves.
    .. oh well

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    I've been cleaning guns for 50 years now, and I've never felt the need to wear rubber or latex gloves. Don't plan to start now.

    Hoppe's #9 hasn't killed me yet.

    I do, however, wear military aviator's Nomex gloves, safety glasses, and a long sleeve shirt when casting lead bullets.


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    I understand the highest concentration is in a product called "Butch's Bore Shine". I think I'll try a non-toxic like M-Pro 7, or Bore Tech eliminator.

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    well just like anything else nowadays. if one thing dont kill ya something
    else will.
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    I wear gloves when they are handy. Ask yourself what is the benefit of not wearing them? What does it hurt you you to wear them. I'm not phobic about everything, but why not minimize exposure when it's so easy?
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    well add another to the list of things that will kill u

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    I bet some of the chemicals we used to clean our guns would eat right through nitrile or latex gloves. Might want to test that out before you start using them.

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    Well your information is incorrect, Naptha and other petroleum distillates are sometimes referred to as benzines, which has absolutely nothing to do with the compound "benzene".

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    Exactly. And even if it did, at what exposure rate for how long?
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    I often wear latex gloves while cleaning. Not for safety/health concerns, but it makes cleanup of my hands a lot easier.
    I always wear gloves while reloading. Lots of lead there.

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    Darn right I wear gloves. There's nasty stuff in all those chemicals, and who needs that? But that's not the real reason.

    The real reason?

    Can't mess up my manicure!

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    edited to add: Nitrile gloves stand up to the solvents. Latex gloves do not.
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