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Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:32 am
by Glock4ever
Years ago I would have laughed at this suggestion. But I see many people on YouTube etc wearing some type of disposal gloves when cleaning their guns. Is this something like wearing seatbelts in vehicles that has become the normal thing to do?

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:42 am
by RPBrown
I never have but my son does

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:44 am
by jmorris
I have the gloves on hand anyway so I should but generally just wash my hands thoroughly afterwards. Handling some toxins there. I also have some waterless cleanser in the truck and wash up after shooting.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:03 am
by warnmar10
Gloves are also good for covering up all them scraggly/knappy/nasty cuticles/fingers/hands that don't hold up to 1080p so well.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:06 am
by superstar
I wear them because it's easier to get the smell off my hands and keep my fingernails clean. :lol: I know I know... unfortunately people will always judge you at first impressions and if I'm on the keyboard it's less explanations need it when coworkers are hovering around.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:35 am
by Dan20703
Always wear the disposable nitrile gloves to keep any sweat or fingerprints off the metal parts that could cause rust.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:44 am
by Glock4ever
Dan20703 wrote:Always wear the disposable nitrile gloves to keep any sweat or fingerprints off the metal parts that could cause rust.

Got me a hundred pack at Wal Mart. Was just wondering if it's overkill about like wearing a helmet to ride a bicycle to the corner store.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:04 am
by Jago668
Glock4ever wrote:
Dan20703 wrote:Always wear the disposable nitrile gloves to keep any sweat or fingerprints off the metal parts that could cause rust.

Got me a hundred pack at Wal Mart. Was just wondering if it's overkill about like wearing a helmet to ride a bicycle to the corner store.


I get mine from Harbor Freight when I have a 25% off coupon. I used them when I was doing airbrushing miniatures. Saved having to clean paint off my hands all the time. I started using them cleaning my guns as well. Don't have to wash up after cleaning now is the biggest thing. Side benefit of not leaving any oils/fingerprints behind on the guns as well. Is it necessary? Not at all, and if I wasn't already in the habit of buying them I probably wouldn't start. However it is nice not having to wash up afterwards.

Plus I rolled up some pairs and put them in my med kits.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:09 am
by george72
I use blue medical gloves that I was given and when they run out I'll use some cheap replacements. Plenty of lead and other toxins in our guns to be careful of especially with kids in the house etc.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:26 am
by Charles L. Cotton
george72 wrote:I use blue medical gloves that I was given and when they run out I'll use some cheap replacements. Plenty of lead and other toxins in our guns to be careful of especially with kids in the house etc.

This sounds like blue Nitrile gloves. If so, stick with the Nitrile. I used the regular gloves, but they never held up for a full strip/clean of a 1911. Even double-gloving often saw me down uncovered fingers by the end. Nitrile holds up to solvents much better.

I didn't use gloves for many years, but then I heard our modern day Plato, Willie Nelson, say that "if I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." Well, if Willie says it, it must be true, right?

Chas.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:57 am
by puma guy
Charles L. Cotton wrote:
george72 wrote:I use blue medical gloves that I was given and when they run out I'll use some cheap replacements. Plenty of lead and other toxins in our guns to be careful of especially with kids in the house etc.

This sounds like blue Nitrile gloves. If so, stick with the Nitrile. I used the regular gloves, but they never held up for a full strip/clean of a 1911. Even double-gloving often saw me down uncovered fingers by the end. Nitrile holds up to solvents much better.

I didn't use gloves for many years, but then I heard our modern day Plato, Willie Nelson, say that "if I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." Well, if Willie says it, it must be true, right?

Chas.

Nitrile is what we used in the Analytical Lab at the refinery in which I worked for general purpose for their chemical resistance and rip strength. We had special gloves for aromatics (Viton I think) and as well as PVC for acids. As Charles stated Nitrile is perfectly suited for cleaning firearms. You can get Nitrile gloves at Harborfreight is varying thicknesses.

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:01 am
by Abraham
No to the gloves as I use non-toxic cleaner & lube.

(I love Willie's singing while I detest his politics)

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:07 am
by flechero
I used to most of the time... but also now use non toxic cleaner and lube. (still do sometimes just to clean up easier)

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:24 am
by Beiruty
I like to rob my firearms with CLP using my bare hands. Tough it boys, you are the men of the business.
:biggrinjester: :biggrinjester:

Re: Do you wear gloves when cleaning your guns?

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:38 am
by Soccerdad1995
I don't wear gloves and I also don't wear safety glasses even after getting some Gun Scrubber in my eye after it bounced off a gun slide at a weird angle. Add these to the list of things that I know I should do, but I don't actually do.