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Best cleaning gloves around thinner/acetone?11/6
What gloves are you all preferring when cleaning your spray guns with acetone or lacquer thinner?
I've always been disappointed at literally every nitrile glove I've ever used. I've not found them to be MORE resistant than the old vinyl disposable gloves even though I'm told by "chemists" that nitrile is more resistant. Whether it is or not, the nitrile gloves we've tried (about 10 brands, several thicknesses) just suck.
We've been buying the black thick chemical-stripping gloves for now but they are just a bear to wear when fine-detailing a spray gun and haven't found them to last all that long considering they are $10+ each pair.
I use latex exam gloves in the finish room .They last all day when staining and hold up pretty good when cleaning the equipment .
Nitrile is the absolute wrong thing for acetone (it's good for a lot of else), and any "chemists" who told you otherwise failed chemistry.
Latex, while horrible for a lot (compared to nitrile), is *much* better for acetone than nitrile.
butyl rubber is also an option (but usually only offered in fairly thick gloves)
The breakthrough time for acetone on thicker disposal latex gloves (IE 5-8 mils thick) is about 10 minutes.
If you need longer, you have to go with specialized gloves.
In that category, honeywell/etc silver shield gloves that are thin and resistant to everything you will care about.
They are not cheap (4-8 bucks a pair).
But they have a >24 hour breakthrough time on acetone,.
Thanks very much for the input, Daniel. Like the OP, I've never been able to find a glove that can hold up to acetone, or even DNA for very long besides the ones that are too thick to be practical except for stripping furniture. I had no clue about the silver shield gloves until your post, and look forward to trying them.
FWIW, they are just one (popular) brand of laminated glove. There are others if you look around, and they all have chemical breakthrough charts you can look at.
I'll point out the downside is that they will be more uncomfortable than latex/nitrile gloves for sure (they are not usually stretchy), no matter who you buy from, and you are likely to need to test sizing a bit.
You can also find thinner butyl gloves here and there, like https://www.mdsassociates.com/catalog/p-105209/guardian-butyl-5-mil-gloves
I imagine these would feel much closer in comfort to nitrile gloves.
The downside is that while the laminated gloves will usually work against just about anything, butyl has its weaknesses.
For example, if you are going to be working with not just acetone, but say, toluene (tolulol is fine), i'd try to find viton rather than butyl. It's not quite as great as butyl against acetone, but will hold against toluene as well and butyl will not.
I mention this since you talked about lacquer thinners as well.
This is all an unfortunate set of tradeoffs you can't win, only pick the thing you find least bad :)
I used to be able to get vinyl gloves from the Sherwin Williams residential paint stores and they worked fantastic for stain and stood up to lacquer thinner well enough for cleaning a spray gun or two, but I can't find them anymore.