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Gloves for use in a Paint Mixing Room

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When you are working in the paint mixing room, your hands can be exposed to paint solvents, isocyanate hardeners, and other chemicals from splashing, spills, and mishaps that may occur. Protect your hands with the proper glove.

Gloves provide a protective barrier between these chemicals and your fingers, hands, and arms. The proper glove design and fit can improve safety and productivity, so painters should choose the right glove type and size, and immediately change gloves that are torn.

Neoprene gloves will protect your hands against paint chemicals while still giving you the grip and flexibility to do your work. Chemical resistant gloves made from rubber, nitrile, and viton are also recommended on paint suppliers' MSDS's. Latex gloves provide little or no protection because they rapidly degrade after being exposed to many chemicals found in refinish paint, and tear easily.

Be careful with re-using gloves that have become contaminated with paint chemicals. Some of these chemicals are difficult to remove from gloves, and once absorbed may continue to diffuse through the material to the inside even after the surface has been cleaned or decontaminated.

Practical information can be obtained from the EPA's 2-page brochure "Choosing the right gloves for painting cars"


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