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Nitrile gloves
Posted by JMorgan on Monday, October 11, 2021 3:40 AM

Does anyone know how safe nitrile gloves are for airbrushing? I was using some with lacquer thinner when I had a cut underneath the gloves sting when brushed with thinner!

I'm very dubious as to how well these gloves protect.

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    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, October 11, 2021 4:29 AM

I've used nitrile for years even in 1/1, never had that happen. I don't buy the cheapest I can find though, if that makes any difference. I also don't use them for acrylic just petroleum solvent based paints ( lacquer/enamels).

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    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Monday, October 11, 2021 6:21 AM

The thin nitrile gloves commonly used in medicine and dentistry are nearly useless against solvents.  They fall apart almost instantly when hit with a strong automotive-type spray gun cleaner like Naked Gun.    There are much thicker gloves available that hold up better, but at the expense of some tactile sensitivity.  


I think, in relative terms, the hobby solvents are pretty weak and not something I worry about too much.  OTOH:  I typically have my model or parts clipped or Blue Tacked to a stick when spraying.  I don't wear gloves, but rarely paint my hands.  

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, October 11, 2021 6:32 AM

I use the blue ones and have never had an issue. I do use white spirits and a strong air brush reamer as well as Lacquer paints.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so


On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, October 11, 2021 10:05 AM

Get Micro-Flex Diamond Grip latex gloves and you'll never have that problem again.  The only model-building material they're not compatible with is paint thinner for enamels, that will eventually cause them to break down.  For lacquer thinner, acetone, MEK, alcohol, and just about everything else, latex is the way to go.  I literally submerge my fingers in MEK with latex gloves on while getting my airbrush parts out of their cleaning jar, and none of it gets through.  Micro-Flex gloves are slightly more expensive than other brands (about 28 bucks for 100 of them), but unlike other brands, you can slip them off and reuse them over and over again without them breaking down or tearing.  Latex is mostly what we use in the aviation industry, where we're having to submerge our hands in things like MEK, Acetone, and Alodine sometimes as part of the job.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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    November 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, October 11, 2021 11:51 AM

I've had gas, oil, lacquer thinner,enamel paint with thinner, fuel oil on my mine and never had an issue. They're black,the brand name is Boss. I don't recall soaking them in pure enamel reducer but I suspect they would be fine. As near as I can tell they are 4mil thick. They aren't paper thin like some.


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