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post #1 of 21 Old 09-02-2018, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Nitrile gloves versus latex

After getting tired of going to work with hands the color of whatever I was staining the day before, I began wearing latex gloves. I’ve noticed though that the latex gloves don’t seem very durable. Sometimes they tear when I’m putting them on.

I’m wondering if the Nitrile gloves are better.

What do you guys use?
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Either one will easily rip. The biggest difference is if you have a latex allergy. Nitrile gloves also hold up to strong solvents such as lacquer thinner a little better.

If you are having difficulty putting the gloves on coat your hands with baby powder first. They will slide right on.
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I am in the process of changing from latex to nitrile. The latex gloves tend to deteriorate on storage, particularly if exposed to sunlight. Our local market stall sells both types, powdered and unpowdered.
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I've used the 7 mil nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight for years. My experience is that they hold up well, don't rip very easily and are inexpensive enough that you can throw them out after each use if you so desire.

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I much prefer nitrile. They hold up much better.
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Nitrile gloves are more solvent and oil resistant and seems to be a little stronger to me, if a little less flexible. Nitrile is all I use in my shop, a few times having your gloves melt while staining something does that...

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What Dave said. Watch HF ads in the newspaper or magazines. I get their sale catalogues of about 50 pages in the mail. Never know what will show up that I could buy SWMBO.

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I use the harbor freight 9mil nitrile at work (metalworking) and with woodworkingfinishes at home.
I believe they're $13.00 a box (ouch) but look for a 25% coupon online for Labor day .

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I use the nitrile gloves my wife buys at Sam's, not sure the mil thickness but they hold up pretty good, and they are by far the cheapest, I think it was $8 for 2 boxes of 200


Have had them for about 4 years and not rotting out yet, and a few times when i was working with something real strong that I didn't want to get on my hands I have doubled them up, a little talc on the glove you are wearing will let another slide right over it

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A quick web search revealed this link, where they say that nitrile is stronger than latex gloves:

https://b4brands.com/blog/latex-vs-n...ich-to-choose/

I use whatever my spouse puts in the garage, which may vary between vinyl and nitrile, but lately it seems to be nitrile.
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I buy the Venom Steel at Loweís. Very durable. Not priced to be competitive with Harbor Freight, but worth it to me.


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Last year, I was visiting a mechanic who works on garden tractors etc. and before he put on his gloves, didnít make any difference the material, he shot a burst of air into them form his air hose....worked wonders,,, Iíve been doing that ever since.
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for me latex and nitrile self destruct quick. when working with stuff i don't want on my hands i use playtex living gloves. cost isn't too much and if careful they will last several months

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I use these as general purpose gloves:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

And these when I need something heavier.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

If you want heavy duty like mentioned above, use heavier rubber gloves. Either of the above work good for general purpose work, and keeping products off of your hands. Realize these will rip, and you will likely go through a couple of pairs during a project.

Remember too that a bigger piece of this is reducing your contact to hazardous products, and absorbing them into your skin.
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Latex gloves tend to deteriorate when exposed to non organic solvents. That's why they say not to use Vaseline . . . Never mind.

The nitril hold up very well when used with oil based stains and finishes. The nitril seem to deteriorate when used with the old style Lacquer Thinner and Denatured Alcohol. A double glove seems to stand up long enough to get the job done when using shellac.

The blue ones from Harbor Freight seem to always be on sale. The seem to go for about $9 (not on sale) per box of 100. A serious bargain when you think about it.

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I personally use these. I know they are thinner than some of the other recommendations, but for staining they work great and haven't broken on me yet. Now, I have gone through multiple pair when doing automotive work, but I would expect that since they are thin.


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I used to be able to get latex or nitrile gloves from the warehouse store. Now only nitrile.

I think the latex has more stretch. If it is available and cost-effective I will use latex. I don't have a latex allergy; if you do, then it is going to be nitrile.

I am also going to have to find "cuffs". The new "paint/primer" combination is really hard to wash off. Not as hard to wash off as a regular primer, but much harder to wash off than plain paint.

Right now I have white "tattoos" on both of my forearms from painting some flower boxes. They are still there after two showers.

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I use nitrile gloves. My son gets them for me for free. Donít really know if they are better than latex or not, but the price is right.
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I've noticed that the gloves at the HMO are blue nitrile.

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Been using Nitrile gloves for years, like it way better than latex. Not as stretchy but holds up a lot longer.



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