View Full Version : Do any of you wear gloves while cleaning your guns?

12-08-2006, 12:51 PM
Curious if any of you are concerned enough about the various solvents and cleaners that you wear gloves?

12-08-2006, 12:54 PM
Nope, I don't use any very harsh chemicals though.... If I were using something like mineral spirits to clean off cosmoline I would... because cosmoline sticks to everything and smells pretty bad and is very hard to make go away.

12-08-2006, 12:55 PM
No, but I do wear gloves when loading my magazines.:eek:

12-08-2006, 12:57 PM
No, but I should.

12-08-2006, 1:01 PM
Yup, I buy boxes of latex gloves from costco and use them for a variety of things. Cleaning around the house, guns, etc.

12-08-2006, 1:04 PM
Yup because of the solvents/cleaners. But also because I don't want the gun going back in the safe with my grubby fingerprints all over it.

12-08-2006, 1:25 PM
Nope, never had, been thinking about it, but can't really bother.

12-08-2006, 1:33 PM
I do, but mostly so I don't smell like solvent for the rest of the day.


12-08-2006, 1:34 PM

12-08-2006, 1:38 PM
I always wear Nitrile gloves (the purple ones). Latex won't do squat with solvents. Your liver will thank you in 30 years.

The good news is, Costco just started to carry Nitrile gloves in place of the latex ones. I just stocked up and as usual, they are much cheaper to buy at Costco in bulk.

12-08-2006, 1:54 PM
I always use gloves even when applying oil on the bolt/carrier and CH.

12-08-2006, 2:03 PM
Nope. I do try not to touch the stuff and most of the time I don't get a drop on me. I keep a roll of paper towels next to me to clean off any tools after I use them. Every time the cleaning rod is pulled out I wipe it down.

12-08-2006, 2:08 PM
The nitrile gloves are the ones I really should be using, but I only have the latex ones laying around the house. When I use MPro7 and CLP, I may or may not wear gloves. When I use the stronger stuff, then I almost always use gloves.

12-08-2006, 2:36 PM
yup. nitrile gloves when cleaning w/solvents. switch gloves on hands and use the backs for oiling.

12-08-2006, 2:40 PM
I do, some of the stuff I use is pretty nasty.

I use the blue nitrile gloves, they last longer than latext gloves. They're not impervious, but they last long enough through a cleaning session.

12-08-2006, 2:41 PM
I ought to pick up some of those nitrile gloves from Costco. I asked as I was cleaning a recently acquired SKS and my hands reek of Eezox.

I'm not biochemist, nor did I have the good fortune to stay in a Holiday Inn last night, but common sense tells me the stuff probably isn't good for you and I'm sure some is capable of pentrating the skin.

12-08-2006, 2:48 PM
Watch the volatile solvents most of all - stuff like BraKleen, etc.

That stuff can help transport haz. compounds thru your skin that otherwise won't make it thru.

I get a lotta CLP on my hands and don't worry too much.

My diet will kill me before the hazmat crap does..

12-08-2006, 2:53 PM

12-08-2006, 3:16 PM
In a word, no.

With the regulations on VOCs and carcinogens in Kalif, most of the cleaners used nowadays are not as bad for you as you may think. The alcohol you drink, the cig you smoke and the bus exhaust you breathe are far worse than almost any cleaners around, with the exception of "Jasco" paint remover. But don't take my word as the final straw. Use gloves if you think you need em for the purpose. Also read the labels. If it's labeled as a carcinogin, use something else. Period.


12-08-2006, 3:19 PM
My diet will kill me before the hazmat crap does..

LOL; too true:D
we're all gonna die early from carcinegines in BBQ ribs and charred meats!:D

12-08-2006, 3:29 PM
Not at first, but now I do. I had learned not to take things for granted when I started playing with my car and mixing Toulene into my tank. Mutanagenic Carcinogens are scary. :)

12-08-2006, 3:30 PM
Solvent ingestion--either through inhalation of fumes/spray mist or absorption through the skin is bad for your kidney, liver and other internal organs. It's usually the solvent itself, not lead that is the primary risk factor. Although lead salt from primers is a potential concern as well.

This is part of the reason why I bought an ultrasound cleaner.

12-08-2006, 3:34 PM
I always wear the nitrile gloves. I get 'em at Harbor Freight Tool Supply.

12-08-2006, 3:37 PM
At home I wear latex gloves. Hospital/medical grade. If I'm at the range, I usually don't bring any with me.

12-08-2006, 3:41 PM
yes i do costco gloves are a good deal

12-08-2006, 3:53 PM
Nitirile gloves here. Costco near me never has any in XL, I should try Harbor Freight.

Dr. Peter Venkman
12-08-2006, 4:02 PM
Yes, to keep all of the lead and **** off my hands.

12-08-2006, 4:43 PM
Only while cleaning after shooting some nasty SA 308

12-08-2006, 7:30 PM
Nope, I don't use any very harsh chemicals though.... If I were using something like mineral spirits to clean off cosmoline I would... because cosmoline sticks to everything and smells pretty bad and is very hard to make go away.

Nope. Just when striping stocks and using BLO or LO.

Gotta check out the vid produced for Cleaning the M1 Garand. Guy used SIMPLE GREEN. I was skeptical but the Sheeeeeet works man!!! NO harsh smells or chemicals, wash the parts and bore in the stuff, rinse, dry & lube and you're done.

I only use the "true" chemjcals on the bores these days when/if I'm at the range and not in a hurry to get home; even then its usually just good ol Hoppes #9.

But the Simple green method Rocks!!!!;)

12-08-2006, 7:37 PM

12-08-2006, 8:51 PM
Always wear the gloves.. Don't want to leave any prints on the OLL, u never know when the homeys in Sac are comin for my stash yo.

12-08-2006, 9:06 PM
Feh, who needs gloves... Altho, I've been known to wear a full face respirator when working with hoppes #9. :D

12-08-2006, 9:33 PM
No! What are you a girly man or something.:D JK...honestly I kind of like the look of my hands all dirty..it makes me feel...manly.:D

The SoCal Gunner
12-08-2006, 9:51 PM
All the time. I don't like residue from solvents on my hands when I'm eating.

12-08-2006, 10:06 PM
When I clean my gun, I don't wear any gloves, but I do make sure to wash my hands carefully because I wear contacts.

I do have a box of latex gloves sitting around for general purpose stuff (for disposing of bodies, OLLs, magazines):D

12-09-2006, 8:37 AM
I wear nitrile gloves. Besides the fact it keeps the solvent off my hands, I feel like I can handle my guns without having to constantly whipe off the oil and prints.

12-09-2006, 6:10 PM
Never have and doubt that I ever will. Besides, my girl loves the smell of Hoppes on me.

12-09-2006, 6:29 PM
I wear a basic medical examinaiton type glove, keeps the hands clean and free of solvents..

12-09-2006, 11:39 PM
Yep, sure do.

12-10-2006, 1:02 AM
Mostly I just have to clean the barrel on my rifles.

I LOVE to use no gloves when I get down and dirty with my 1911.

Latex for cosmoline, though. You'd be stupid not to if you don't want to spend 5 hours at the sink.

12-10-2006, 7:03 AM
I get boxes of cheap gloves at harbor freight and use them when I clean my guns. If I shoot non metal jacketed ammo, I take alchohol hand wipes with me to clean my hands of lead. When at the range, I always wash my hands several times throughout the session.

I also have the automotive hand cleaner, the stuff you can buy at Walmart and auto stores that smells like Orange. It works VERY well for cleaning hands from all kinds of gun residue.

M. Sage
12-10-2006, 8:59 AM
No, but I don't wear gloves at work (mechanic), either.