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Old 08-23-2017, 02:32 PM
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I hope this is the right place to post this.

Like you I too like watching the auto related shows on tv. But it just burns my butt to watch them "sissy guys" wearing rubber gloves as they supposedly work on cars. Their are many hand cleaners that do a good job to clean up.

I`m old school and still believe in many old ways, but rubber gloves????

Yup I`m sure some of you will have answers to why wear them. I guess cause I`ve been a blue collar worker with a brown ring on my collarless "T" shirts all my life working.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:03 PM
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There are plenty of reasons to wear gloves, none of which make anyone a "sissy". As someone who has operated my own shop and worked in production shops for many years, gloves are as important a toolbox component as a 9/16" wrench.

They make for much faster cleanup when working on customer vehicles or moving to the next job, thus saving time and money. If you're doing a dirty install and have to move to a clean environment like a customer's interior, it's much easier to pop off some gloves and keep moving rather than go scrub your hands repeatedly. Try doing wheel bearings with gloves - pretty nice to be able to do the whole job without moving out of position and also not slopping grease on everything else you touch.

Not only do they make sense financially, there are the obvious health factors involved. They help keep the carcinogens in petroleum products from absorbing into your skin over time. Cancer sucks. Not only that, a little thing called Hepatitis C can live outside the body at room temperature for 3 weeks.

So yeah, when Billy Bob blue collar brings his vehicle in that he couldn't fix himself last week and I'm reaching my hands into where he was busting his potentially Hep C+ knuckles, I'm gonna take two seconds and put some gloves on...
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:21 PM
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I'll grab a pair for real messy, greasy jobs, or when I'm using strong chemicals. If I'm doing heavy mechanical work, like trying to break loose a stubborn bolt or pry something loose, I usually grab the leather gloves. My skin cuts and abrades very easily anymore, just the slightest scrape leaves a mark that won't go away for days, or skins a layer of skin off and I'm a bloody mess then. That's one of the biggest reasons I don't work on late model stuff anymore than I have to, especially FWD stuff, just too much stuff to scrape on and not enough room to work in.
As far as just general work though, I still go barehanded most of the time, but unlike BED, I'm not working on other folks stuff. Never heard the Hep C angle before, but it makes a lot of sense.
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Old 08-23-2017, 04:39 PM
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I have never been able to do anything with gloves on. I am about as agile with my feet as I am with gloves. Not much different than wearing mittens.
Biggest problem is that no one makes a rubber glove that will fit my hands. They usually rip when I put them on. The fingers only go up to the middle of my fingers.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:28 PM
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And you get to bite your finger nails when your done. lol
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Old 08-24-2017, 12:07 AM
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Skin protection doesn't make anyone a puss. It's a matter of preference and the desire to stay as healthy as you can.
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Old 08-24-2017, 01:47 PM
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Default valid reasons

more valid reasons than I thought.
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:04 PM
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Wish I could wear them them more. some of the chemicals that we deal with can cause cancer and other issues. I just have a hard time wearing them.
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:29 PM
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I always wear them because I am on blood thinners and the smallest nicks make me bleed like a stuck pig. As others have said, some of the chemicals we use will dry out your skin and cause it to crack and bleed. Be careful with what kind of gloves you buy. Some solutions will melt them and burn your skin.
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:17 PM
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I wear gloves as little as possible. I understand the risks and consequences, but my hands are big and clumsy enough without them...

FEEL is an issue for me and I'll continue to take my chances. (Yeah, I'm a rebel. )

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