Whether you’re working professionally as a mechanic, or just enjoy trying out modifications and repairs on your own car, you’re probably only too familiar with how messy things can get.
While you might not mind a bit of grease or oil on your hands here and there, wearing gloves when working on your car can be important to protect your hands. It’s key to protect them from any chemicals you might be using, as well as high temperatures – keeping them clean from oil and grease is just an additional bonus!
But which disposable gloves are the best suited to what your hands encounter when working on cars? Let’s take a look!
Disposable latex gloves are a great choice for mechanics and car enthusiasts
alike, due to their versatility. You can get them in either powdered or powder-free varieties. The powdered gloves are often more popular with mechanics as the powder absorbs moisture keeping your hands dry, even when they’re prone to getting clammy, allowing you a great grip when handling your tools. But if you’re prone to dry or sensitive skin, we’d recommend the powder-free variety.
However, it’s worth noting that latex allergies can be common, so if you
experience any symptoms such as itching, burning, or redness on your hands after working in latex gloves, we’d recommend trying nitrile gloves.
Potentially the most popular choice of gloves for mechanics, disposable nitrile gloves are perfect for anyone working with cars. Not only are they resistant to oil and fuel, they’re also incredibly durable – even at high temperatures. They’ll resist temperatures up to 108°C before melting – pretty impressive for a disposable glove. Nitrile gloves are also resistant to tears and nicks, keeping your hands safe from cuts and scratches. In fact, they’re 3 times resistant to punctures than latex gloves!
Nitrile is classed as a hypoallergenic material, so they are a far safer bet for anyone with allergies to latex. However, although nitrile allergies are incredibly rare, if you’re prone to skin allergies keep an eye out for any reactions.
As you can see nitrile gloves are arguably the best option for mechanics, not only due to their more skin-friendly material but overall they’re far more durable – to both temperatures and to perforations. Latex gloves are still a great choice for less heavy-duty tasks, they’ll still protect your hands from oil and dirt. But if you really want to get stuck into a mechanical task, then nitrile gloves will have you covered.