The Best Type Of Gloves For Each DIY Project

The Best Type of Gloves for Each DIY Project

A lot of different DIY projects require gloves, but which type of glove you use affects not just the project, but also your safety. So, Make magazine has put together a list of which gloves work best for which projects.

Photo by Travis Wise.

Make's suggestions revolve around what materials a project has in it. It's a pretty simple system to figure out which gloves to use:

  • If you're working with high heat, use welding or professional-grade cooking gloves.
  • If oil or grease is involved, avoid natural rubber and use PVC or nitrile gloves instead.
  • If you're working with sharp edges, use kevlar, leather, or cotton depending on the level of exposure.
  • If you're working in the garden or with other organic material, use nitrile gloves.
  • If you're using any type of heavy machinery, do not use gloves at all.

It's a pretty simple set of safety standards that should be useful to keep in mind when you're working on a variety of projects.

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    After years of using gloves on a daily basis, my go to's are the old riggers gloves (all leather, bout a tenner a pair), they break in relatively quickly and are resistant to abrasion, don't get the yellow stained ones as the colour transfers to your skin if you sweat and is a bitch to get off.
    Above all, avoid the expensive branded ones such as ironclad, they just fall apart.

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