REAL mechanics don’t wear safety gloves? A few reasons why Humble Mechanic supports wearing the right gloves for the job:
Working on cars, your hands come into contact with a lot of nasty stuff, including paint and organic & synthetic solvents like acetone, xylene or MEK. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, why wouldn’t you want to protect it?
Think long and hard about the surfaces you touch whenever you enter someone else’s car: the door handles, steering wheel, seat belts, shifter. The list goes on. It’s a germ factory!
Keep Customer Cars Clean
When I’m working outside the car and switching between the interior and exterior with oil on my hands, I don’t want to wash my hands seven, eight times a day just to move the car out of the shop. It’s really easy to put another pair of gloves on. It’s not really easy to get that grease stain off a customer’s Cornsilk Beige seat.
When You Might Skip Safety Gloves
The one job I rarely wear gloves for is doing in-depth wiring repairs. If I’m doing a single wire repair, I’m probably not going to remove my gloves. But I will if I’m repairing multiples for better dexterity and hand feel.
Pick Your Preference
When working in contact with solvents or caustic fluids, nitrile gloves offer greater chemical-resistance than latex.