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#1 Brind

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 08:53

I've been working on my car quite a bit recently, having taken up servicing and improvements myself for my own satisfaction and to save a few pennies.

When it comes to the really oily bits, I've put on some cheapy latex gloves I have but these are far from durable! Slightest nick or catch and they're useless. They also like to get stuck under nuts etc when doing them up so when you've finished you almost pull a glove finger off. :D

I'm sure there are more purpose gloves for this that allow you to feel what you're doing to some degree and have much better durability?

Failing that, I heard there's some stuff you can put on your hands like a barrier cream or gel or something, that allows it wash off easier?

So any recommendations welcome? Other than man up. :P

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 09:27

Nitrile gloves are a bit more durable than latex but barrier cream and a good scrub afterwards should be fine if it's just oily stuff.

A good moisturiser works well as cheap barrier cream.

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 09:29

yep, barrier cream and swarfega. never fails. or alternatively, fairy liquid and some sugar.

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 09:41

I find double gloving tends to do the job for most things

oh and some decent gloves in the first place - there are a lot out there that are really REALLY thing and will split as soon as you look at them.

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 09:47

dig your nails into a bar of soap before you start too, makes cleaning them much easier :)

I usually just keep a bowl of petrol/white spirit handy to wash my hands as i go
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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 10:49

I use a barrier cream made by swarfega and the orange swarfega with bits in to clean up. Make sure you get some barrier cream under your nails and keep em short. I too find gloves hard to get on with but I do use them for oil changes as I have found in recent years that waste oil makes my hands itch afterwards. I keep meaning to get a boix of the decent nitrile ones rather than the latex ones I have at the moment. As girly as it sounds mousturise after washing and it helps.
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You only need three tools in life - wd-40, duct tape and a hammer. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape. If you can't fix it with either you've got an electrical problem.

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 12:10

Nitrile gloves. Does me.

Plus a decent handwash as short of wearing washing up gloves they will get little tears in them. :)

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 13:16

cheapy latex gloves I have but these are far from durable!



spend more money then. ;)

according to out wurth rep latex is been phased out. personally i use gloves and swarfega.

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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 14:01

get on with the job, s'only a bit of dirt, btu then i guess ive become used to seeing my fingers go to shit with dermatitus!
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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 15:22

As you've said, dermatitis is a problem plus used oil is actually carcinogenic, not so much of a problem if like me you work on cars now and then at weekends etc but if you do it every day there are serious health implications. Its OK saying but the old boys didn't have gloves, but how many of them contracted illnesses/cancer, we don't know as no one will have tracked it. If we know about a risk then its a good idea to try and minimise the risk from it.
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Posted 01 Oct 2011 - 17:41

I use some OMP pit gloves. Dead thick rubber palms with breathable rears. Few quid off eBay and they're yet to let me down.
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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 11:39

I manage with cheap latex gloves.

I'm gonner sound like a bummer here, but I quite enjoy the hole activty


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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 12:26

Same as Alistair here.
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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 12:39

nitrial gloves here swear by them i work with car 7 days a week and wouldnt use anything else but dont get the cheapest you can get or they will be rubbish
and get yourself some proper hand cleaner with mosturiser in it there nothing worse than your hands cracking to bits when its cold
and good lad for asking old oil etc is nasty stuff protection is a must !!

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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 15:22

Black tattooist gloves off ebay tend to be a bit thicker than your usual latex jobbies.

The problem with being a weekend mechanic and using gloves is remembering to put the fecking things on :D

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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 16:30

spray hands with wd40 this removes the old black oil and grease.

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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 16:39

Carb cleaner too.
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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 17:13

Carb cleaner too.


Brake cleaner works quite nicely, we've got a big pump bottle full of it in the garage.

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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 18:10

Great replies fellas!

Have ordered some Nitrile gloves with Nylon backing for the real grubby stuff. I'll try hand cream and WD40 too when I need to get into nooks and cranny's.
At the moment, I don't have any gloves in the car, so it'd be handy to have some in there for emergencies. Rather than getting filthy hands and putting them all over the car when I'm done!

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Posted 03 Oct 2011 - 18:27

I'm glad you solved it, but my suggestion would be MTFU! ;)