What's the correct glove for finishing?
To protect my skin, I put on latex gloves when working with solvents. But when I take them off, I often find that the solvent has penetrated the glove. Am I using the wrong glove?
—Donald Wilmont, Bloomington, Ill.
Latex gloves provide good protection against water-based solutions, Donald. But organic solvents, such as acetone, lacquer thinner, denatured alcohol, and mineral spirits, can permeate latex. Instead, look for nitrile gloves, shown above, that won't break down when exposed to most common shop chemicals. Nitrile gloves are also a good choice for anyone with latex allergies.
These better gloves cost about 50 percent more than the latex ones, but don't try to stretch your dollar by hanging on to old gloves because solvents eventually permeate even the best gloves.