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Using disposable gloves when firearm cleaning

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by MoreIsLess, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Termite I

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    Some people can have an allergic reaction to Latex. My grand kids do, we have to buy special band aids for them. I use Nitrile whenever using solvents.
     
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  2. George P

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    Like washing your hands in Zep's Trichlor? or gas? Great solvents, bad for your body..............
     
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  3. chicharrones

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    I haven't washed my hands in gasoline in a really long time. About the same time when I'd siphon gas by using a hose and my mouth. Siphoning gas that way is much worse than washing your hands in gas, let me tell ya. :confused:
     
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    Those were the days!:)
     
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  5. dmurdach

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    I wear the blue nitrile ones, for my hands and so once the gun is clean I am not getting the oil and sweat from my hands on the gun.

    I forgot to wear them when cutting some ghost peppers once, taking out my contacts that night felt like I got maced.
     
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  6. foxmeadow

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    I hear ya on that. I now keep a box of gloves under the kitchen sink..
     
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  7. George P

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    BTDT! even after ten washings that oil was still there and YOWSA!:eek:
     
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    And it doesn't matter how much you try to spit out the taste from an OOPS! ... :(
     
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  9. Choctaw

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    I have a very bad case of eczema on my left hand so I wear gloves. The sensation of gun oil pouring into the breaks of my skin is a sensation I can do without.
     
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  10. dh1633pm

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    I too use the blue nitrile ones for not only guns, but cars, hot sauce preparation, cleaning up the apartments after tenants leave, and painting. Keep some in the tool box in the truck as well as in the gun room and with the painting supplies.
     
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  11. roo_ster

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    I go through a lot of costco/wally-world nitrile gloves.

    Yes, I use them when cleaning guns. Solvents can be wicked nasty to your skin and absorption is a problem, too. Try using naval jelly or CLR wihtout gloves and get back to us. If you still have fingers, that is.
     
  12. P89DCSS

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    I remember my friend's dad showing us how to clean up greasy parts with gasoline in the basement near the gas water heater. Never wore a seatbelt before I was 25 either.....
     
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  13. GunnyUSMC

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    Here are some of the gloves I use. The orange ones I just got from Brownell’s. They are textured and very strong.
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  14. bluetopper

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    I soak and clean my guns with diesel. I like the way it makes my hands feel afterwards and the way it gives a gloss and shine to blued guns. No, I never wore gloves while cleaning guns.
     
  15. Termite I

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    Thank's for the info, I never thought to look at Brownell's for better gloves. The one thing I don't like about nitrile gloves is how easy they rip.
     
  16. chicharrones

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    One thing I noticed that nitrile gloves are very good at and that is cleaning stains from your hands.

    Maybe 8 months ago I was working on a machine for several days in a row that took a lot of hand fitting of the parts (thank you very much U.K. manufacturer). My right hand was getting raw by day 3, so I put on one of the blue nitrile gloves my customer had on my right hand only. Before I put on the glove, both hands were equally grimy and stained no matter how much I washed them with GoJo with grit.

    Anyway, after several hours I took that glove off my right hand to take a lunch break and lo and behold the glove made my hand sweat so much that I sweated out all the grime and stains. The inside of that blue glove turned orange.

    I was surprised and impressed at the same time. :D
     
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  17. Jack Ryan

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    I use cotton jersey gloves and just wash them until they wear out.
     
  18. Sav .250

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    You didn`t say if the reason is the cleaning materials bothers your skin or not. Or you just want to wear disposable gloves for some other reason.
    If it`s for a possible skin problem, Harbor freight sells some (and others of course) cheap throw a-ways that would be just right . J s/n.
     
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    Maybe use thicker gloves. I use 8 mil nitrile for many tasks and they work great. However, I reuse them several times, and after a while they do seem to tear more easily.
     
  21. Bartojc

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    I have two big boxes of disposable gloves under my loading bench. I seldom think to use them loading or gun cleaning. I do wash often and have graduated from cleaning parts with gas. Back in the day when I was a kid on the farm we used gas for cleaning everything and as a week killer for grass in the center of the gravel drive.

    Jeff
     
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  22. GunnyUSMC

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    I like the orange ones. They are pretty strong and don’t rip easily. They fit a little tighter then the other gloves I have.
     
  23. CerberusRagnar

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    I don't always wear gloves. But when I do I use Venom Steel Black Nitrile gloves (Walmart/Amazon). They are what I keep in my shop. They work well for other things I do such as wood working involving solvents and strippers. Not the cheapest but I reuse them a lot before they wear out for everyday stuff.
     
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    Yes! When I got my box several months ago (I may have also gotten mine from Brownells) and tried the first pair, I realized that I was going to earmark these for my more serious/rougher/longer-term tasks.

    Nice gloves.
     
  25. Pat Riot

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    I like the black nitrile gloves in 6 mil for gun cleaning. For heavier work I use 9 mil.

    I never used to use gloves for anything but hard work with heavier tools. Then one day I spilled mineral spirits all over my hands in a clumsy move. I immediately tasted it in my mouth. I remembered that pharmaceutical companies use petroleum products in certain medications in get the medicine to enter the blood stream quicker and thought to myself “maybe I should be wearing gloves”. That was years ago when latex was all that was available at parts stores and chain stores. I was happy when I discovered Nitrile gloves.

    For some things I can’t wear gloves, like assembling a fully stripped gun, but when the solvents are needed the gloves go on.

    I find the nitrile gloves at Harbor Freight to be adequate but I like better quality gloves.

    Below are a couple of brands I have used and like:

    Microflex “Onyx” gloves are pretty good. (Grainger) We, at work, had some issues with these as the palm area thickness was thinner than the fingers, but for gun cleaning it isn’t really an issue for me.

    Raven gloves are good robust gloves. (Napa)

    I have found that any nitrile gloves manufacturers that don’t list thickness usually make an inferior product. Also, you can look up a manufacturer’s glove and find out where their “mil rating” is measured. Many gloves will say “6 mil” but that measurement is is the fingers and the palms may be much thinner.
     
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