This is a discussion on How do you protect your hands from gun cleaning solutions? within the Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; Originally Posted by cammo girl They are blue. Are these crappy ones or what? Are the paint dept ones worth three times the price? Now ...
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I have a box of those latex gloves you can find in any auto parts store (ie, NAPA). While not very tough, they do keep the bulk of the chemicals off the hands. Liberal use of microfiber cloths also soak up 98% of the crud before it ever reaches the hands. Works well for me.
Although, those nitrile glooves folks are mentioning (above) look great: Nitrile 6mm disposable gloves.
I feel like I am work reading this string! Pitch the latex for the reason stated. The nitrile gloves come in in different thinkness from 4mm to 8mm. The 4mm will tear very easy and will break down fast depending on the solvents being used. We have had very good luck with the 6 and 8mm at work. They will break down, but do last longer than the 4mm. If you want to know the brand name of the gloves we use, let me know and I will follow up on Monday. I am a recent convert to Gunzilla also. Pitch the solvents, and get some of this stuff.
Mechanic secret: wash your hands with a good bar soap, but do not rinse. The soap will create a barrier to keep the grime out of the folds of your skin. they do make creams that do the same thing. Granger's carry a couple of different products that work well. When you wash your hair, and its lathered well, scrub your scalp with the intentions to clean under your nails. Sounds gross, but it works great. I am a 30yr aircraft mechanic and still use these two tips that my Grandfather taught me when I was young in the barn.
I spent about an hour+ with hands in these inexpensive one time use blue nitriles from Walmart (Ansell brand). Handling the parts was easy, no dexterity problems. I used spray Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber, safe for synthetics. Plus the TW25B and Rem oil.
My hands and nails stayed perfectly clean. A few nails got white looking, my nail polish turned cloudy colored. And by the end of the session I had a gaping hole in one of the palms, but I think that this came from trying to rack the slide at the end of the cleaning when it was slippery, not from the solvent.
So, THANKYOU for the recommendation on the nitriles.
If dipping my bare hands into buckets of MEK didn't do me in, gun oils and cleaners doesn't stand a chance. I don't concern myself about it too much, just try not to be too sloppy. But use the gloves if it is a concern; they'll help out. It's too hot and humid here in S. FL. Latex gloves fill up with sweat!
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I also use nitrile gloves, Mr. Clean namebrand, even though I use gunzilla....I use weapon shield from time to time also. I know they are non-toxic but hey better safe than sorry esp. w/my little girl around now
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+1 for nitrile gloves. One thing to look out for is to get the right size for your hands. Using gloves that are too small is not fun.
If you can't find any nitrile gloves near you for a good price (try to buy them in 100 or 200 packs), Amazon has a variety of different ones in different sizes. I like the Dynarex Black Nitrile Exam Gloves, Heavy-Duty ones.
I've been marinating my hands in Hoppe's No. 9 for so long that I'd already be a goner if it was hazardous. Of course I'm sporting this new prehensile tail...
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I use latex gloves whenever I clean with solvents. And after I am done cleaning, I use pumice soap and water to wash my hands.
Just use froglube, that will fix your damaged hands and clean/lube your guns.
Thats all the protection you need for your hands.