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Using disposable gloves when firearm cleaning

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

  1. roo_ster

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    I would add that latex gloves are inferior to most times to nitrile. Latex seems to suck up Breakfree CLP and then fail. Nitrile is no good when using acetone.
     
  2. drband

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    is there a glove type resistant to acetone?
     
  3. Louca

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    I don't seem to have a big problem with handling small parts with nitrile gloves on. But, I tend to buy them in a size that fits fairly tight on my hands. I think some buy a size that fits comfortably and sometimes that means wrinkles and flaps that totally destroy the tactile feel that snug fitting gloves provide.
    I never knew that. Good advice!
     
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  4. Browning

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    I use nitrile gloves at work and I often come home with two or three pairs in my pocket. Sometimes when I'm on shift the next time I'll remember to shove them in my back right pocket, I often don't though and that excess has built up to be a grocery shopping bag by the washer that's stuffed full of gloves.

    Besides cleaning guns I use them on most messy or dirty projects. When my son was first born my wife used to laugh that I would don PPE just to change his diaper.
     
  5. tipoc

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    No I never have. Well only when cleaning a large volume of guns. But that's extremely rare unless I'm helping out at my local gunatorium. I'm usually only cleaning a few guns at a time and rarely get much of any solvent on my hands. I do not use any chemicals that would burn or irritate my skin. Why do that?

    I'm a machinist and rarely use gloves for anything. Unless it's at work, usually parts cleaning or stacking metal on a palate.
     
  6. Deltaboy1984

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    I use them from Harbor freight.
     
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  7. gillmeister692

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    Use HARDY™ 7mil thickness Nitrile Disposable Gloves. "Textured Finger Tips", "Powder Free", "Superior Protection". They're very tactile, yet tough. If you're careful not to tear them, each glove can be re-used many times. Just wash your gloved hands with soap and water, remove your gloves and reverse. Allow to dry. Item 68506 at Harbor Freight.
     
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    I use them for cleaning guns. I shoot a lot of lead and don't want that stuff in me. I'm crazy enough as it is. I also use them for cleaning my wifes hair out of the shower drain and for cleaning the potty. And for handling hogs after I shoot them.

    The hospital donates gloves to my cause. Don't know the mil, but they are purple and made by cardinal health. Latex and vinyl gloves are subpar. I like them tight, so I wear a medium nitrile glove, and a large work glove.
     
  10. Dirk Pitt

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    I use The exam gloves from Costco and I have got the nitrile gloves from Harbor freight tools both work very well harbor freight has some thicker ones also, whatever you do just use gloves I’m retired now but I came out of environment where I saw the effects of long-term chemical exposures always protect yourself, Not just solvents either even applying oil‘s.
     
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  11. roo_ster

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    Forgot why I had bought the latex gloves for until last night, when the missuss asked me to to some paint prep. Latex is best for doinking around with spackling, crack fill, denatured alcohol, and latex paint. The latex can be small, but stretches without breaking or being uncomfy like nitrile will.

    For most gun stuff, nitrile, until you get to the really sporty stuff like acetone, MEK, etc.
     
  12. uofaengr

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    I ordered a box of nitrile a couple years ago when I was going to stain some AK wood, but started using them when gun cleaning and sorting dirty brass and still have a bunch left. I checked and they're 4mil, but they rarely tear on me. I'd buy them again.
     
  13. Elkins45

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    It’s a good idea but I often forget. The one time I remember 100% is when I clean the lead out of my silencer after it’s soaked in ATF/mineral spirits for a couple of days. I know I’m going to get filthy so I try to save myself the mess.

    One thing I do regularly is wear gloves at the range. Sierra had some thin, tough nylon knit gloves on sale some years ago and I bought several pairs. Wearing them while loading mags and shooting keeps my hands from getting all black and nasty. Since I usually go eat or shopping after a range trip it’s one small step to help keep the lead off my hands, steering wheel, gear shift, etc.

    A product I can’t recommend more highly is the D-lead soap from Escatech. I have never seen a soap better at removing shooting residue, oil, grease, etc. It’s remarkably better than mechanics hand cleaner.
     
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    I use the blue nitrile ones from Home Depot when using petroleum solvents. When I use only Ballistol, I usually skip the gloves.
     
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  15. NWPilgrim

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    Since wearing gloves for work, I started wearing nitrile gloves all the time when working with engines, fuel and solvents, including cleaning firearms. I had a box of nitrile gloves I got at AutoZone, then a box of some other nitrile work gloves (single use), then a box of ProWorks GrizzlyNite nitrile exam gloves, powder free. They are all about the same. But I find the size varies a bit. I usually wear a size XL glove, but in the nitrile gloves they stretch so much that a size Large gives a snug fit with finer dexterity. I can even fit them (size "L" nitrile) over a pair of Mechanix Original gloves in the winter time.
     
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  16. Mostly Lead

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    From my Google research = Butyl Rubber looks like the right material for handling acetone.

    However, the PPE suggested by Klean-Strip (common acetone brand/provider) in their Safety Data Sheet for acetone includes Nitrile gloves. http://www.kleanstrip.com/uploads/documents/GAC18_SDS-LL34.pdf

    Butyl Rubber gloves are a bit pricey, but depending on your concern might be well worth it. https://www.uline.com/BL_358/Chemical-Resistant-Butyl-Rubber-Gloves

    And to pile on answering the OP's question, I use blue nitrile gloves for cleaning/reloading/car maintenance/handling ink/etc... washing up is just so much easier and my hands don't smell. Keeping additional chemicals out of my body is a bonus too...
     
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  17. doubleh

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    I clean my guns bare handed. I seldom shoot anything but rimfire anymore and Hoppe's #9 takes care of that and it's fairly benign. I put a dry patch either on a jag with a pointed pin or slide it on weed eater line and then apply the Hoppe's to the patch using a needle oiler bottle. No need to touch a wet patch. I do the same procedure with oiled patches. I do the same with center fire also. If copper solvent is involved then I don nitrile gloves.
     
  18. bikerdoc

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    I never used them and both my wife and I were nurses and we must have a dozen boxes floating around here, til the grand kids came along. Good example and all that.
    Yes to eyepro also.
     
  19. Meeks36

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    The older I get. The more cautious I am. So I do now in teens and twenty's never. I like nitrile gloves seem to last longer.
     
  20. ParallelCode

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    I like to use the Nitrile gloves from Costco; 400 for $20.
     
  21. Meeks36

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    Forgot to mention having survived cancer I am alot more conscientious. Had non Hodgeskins lymphoma. So be careful what you put into and on your Bodies. We only get one!
     
  22. George P

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    Sam's Club 200 per box, 2 boxes per pack about $10 - blue nitrile do the job I keep a stash where I clean my guns. I got in the habit when I wore contacts for over 20 years.
     
  23. RA40

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    For the masses we may not view some of the substances we handle as hazardous since they are common and readily available in may stores without obvious warnings. We joke frequently about CA's Prop 65 cancer warning signage as well. When it comes to cleaning chemicals the lengthy MSDS isn't so easily taken in so clearly by users.

    Earlier in the day I was looking for a particular cleaning chemical and went through the MSDS sheet on safe handling. Wasn't aware of some of the classifications so had to go look them up. The internet is great for providing easy access to info.

    Here is a link to a docuument that is long yet provides info for the various hazard classifications in charts as well as explinations:
    https://drs.illinois.edu/Page/SafetyLibrary/ChemicalHazardClassification
     
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  24. whughett

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    Ditto. A box of HD gloves are always in the basement work shop, but since 99% of my gun cleaning is cap revolvers using Dawn dish soap and Ballistol I don’t use gloves.

    Conversely I tried wearing them whilst shooting but a few comments from fellow shooters cured that habit.
     
  25. spar10

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    Nitrile gloves in 4mm work great and do the job nicely. I wear them because cleaning my guns is something I enjoy doing and it saves from having to do double duty cleaning all the residue off my hands after the cleaning is finished.
     
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