A Mechanic Must-Have: Finding the Right Gloves
If you're a fan of DIY repairs, then you should always have a pair of work gloves stashed somewhere in your toolbox. Many will argue that you can get the job done without gloves, but who wants dirty hands anyway? Wearing work gloves is the only way you can keep the grease out of your cuticles, so you don't have to spend hours scrubbing your hands clean. Aside from that, gloves also protect your hands from harsh elements that can potentially damage or irritate your skin. No grease, wounds, or scars-gloves are definitely a must-have for every DIY mechanic. Read on to get a few tips before buying a new pair for yourself.
What are the things to consider when choosing gloves?
Unlike fashion gloves, there are only two types of work gloves to choose from-specialized mechanics gloves and generic blue dippers. If you like the feel of working with your bare hands, then go for mechanics gloves. They don't affect your sense of touch, so you can get a better feel of the parts you're working on. They're also comfortable, and they allow your skin to breathe, so you don't have to worry about getting sweaty hands. On the downside, grease and other nasty stuff in your engine can still seep through these gloves and get to your skin. Now that's the advantage of cheaper generic blue dippers. These gloves are thick and dipped in blue latex, so they offer better protection against harsh elements. They're also waterproof and comfortable enough to wear for hours. But since the dippers are a little thick, your tactile senses go down a notch. This can affect your work, especially if you're fine-tuning smaller parts like nuts and bolts. It's basically your call-better feel or extra protection?
Thankfully, work gloves come in different sizes. Find a pair that gives a snug fit so that the extra bits hanging off your fingers won't get in the way. To get the right fit, you can measure your hands first before buying. Measure from the lowest knuckle of your pinky finger to the webbing of your thumb and multiply the measurement by 2.54 to convert it to inches. You can round the numbers up to the nearest half to know your size.
How much is a pair of work gloves?
Mechanics gloves are way more expensive than generic blue dippers. A pair costs around $20-double the price of blue dippers. The price can even go up to $30 per pair depending on the materials used. Quality, design, grip-these are factored in when it comes to price. You can buy a cheaper one for less than $5, but it doesn't offer much protection. Invest in a good pair now so that you can use it for a long time.
Maintenance Alert: Cleaning Your Mechanics Gloves
Auto repair work always involves grease-lots of it. That's why you absolutely cannot do any extensive repairs without slipping on a pair of mechanics gloves first. These gloves protect your hands from grease and oil stains, as well as from harsh solvents and chemicals. After finishing each DIY repair, make it a point to clean your mechanics gloves. Don't let oil and grease sit on gloves for too long because the fabric will stiffen, making it hard to use the gloves on your next repair job. We've listed below the things you need and the steps to follow in cleaning your mechanics gloves.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things that you'll need:
- Strong detergent
- Hot water
Step 1: To thoroughly clean every inch of your mechanics gloves, you need to put them on and wash your hands the same way you would wash them without the gloves.
Step 2: Get a generous amount of detergent and apply it on your gloves. Make sure the detergent is strong enough to remove hardened oil and grease but gentle enough not to irritate your skin. With the gloves on, dip your hands in hot water. Make sure you can stand the water's temperature before completely submerging your hands in it. The water must be very hot to melt away the oil.
Step 3: Rub your hands vigorously for several minutes, making sure all parts are scrubbed with detergent. Remove the gloves from your hands and soak them in the detergent-filled hot water for at least an hour.
Step 4: Rinse the gloves and check if there are still grease stains left on the material. Wash the gloves again to completely remove remaining oil stains.
Step 5: Leave the gloves to dry. Air-drying the gloves prevents them from shrinking and retains their natural form. Never put wet mechanics gloves in the dryer.