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Martin Rock-Evans01/08/2019 13:15:06
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Following on from the thread about deburring, I was wondering what hand protection people tend to use in their workshops?

I've been using Rath's PR88 cream for general protection from oil and dirt having given up on latex gloves as they would split/tear on sharp edges, but do people use tougher gloves?

JasonB01/08/2019 13:22:50
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have a look at this thread from a week or so ago and there was one a few weeks before that.

ega01/08/2019 14:49:35
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At last, another PR88 user.

An excellent product but not readily available. I see you are in Devon and wonder where you get yours.

Martin Rock-Evans01/08/2019 17:04:32
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The wonders of the internet supplies almost everything that I need (want?). The only problem is working out what I need, and funding it.

In this case, ebay came up with


not done it yet01/08/2019 17:10:53
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If I want to keep clean hands, I use nitrile gloves, not latex. Only use tougher gloves when handling stuff away from rotating machinery. Hand cream doesn’t provide much protection against sharp edges!

ega01/08/2019 17:33:55
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Martin Rock-Evans:

Thanks for the link. He seems to stock only the 1L size, however; when I need to I shall be looking for the more economical 10L

vintage engineer01/08/2019 21:35:45
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None! The skin on my hands is very thick & tough and I lack sensitivity to hot surfaces. On the odd occasion when I have visited A&E to have cuts stitched up they curse like made as they struggle to get the needle through my skin!

Plasma02/08/2019 06:49:47
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Gloves in a bottle, excellent stuff suggested on the prior thread mentioned above. Really does a great job.


Perko702/08/2019 08:29:08
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I only use gloves for arc welding, silver-soldering and grinding. Gloves of choice are soft leather 'riggers' gloves. Not the most heat resistant but retain enough flexibility and 'feel' to make their use more tolerable than anything tougher. Most other tasks I let my bare hands take the brunt of the punishment, but then I'm generally pretty cautious about things that revolve at high speed and spit out bits of metal so have not had any problems so far. Always turn things off before removing swarf, or else use an old paint brush to sweep it away. Not concerned with grease and oil, a good hand cleaner (Orange Scrub by Septone is my choice) gets rid of the majority, the rest disappears when washing the dishes. And yes, I always deburr my cut ends before doing anything else with them.

petro1head10/08/2019 09:50:05
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Mechanics gloves

nick kiofetzis04/09/2019 00:56:24
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barrier creams will give good protection against oils witch eventuate in to issues like dermititeus, but you need gloves to stop fine chips witch often imbed into your skin often on the nerves cause alot of pain and are often time consuming to and often skin damaging to remove, easy ones come out with tweezers worse one's need to be scraped out with a razor and often cut out

bricky04/09/2019 09:31:48
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When my father worked on the railway as a fitter he used rozolex.I don,t know if it still availiable but he always had clean hands.For cracks I use Drapolene from Boots, it is for nappy rash, but none better for healing cracks and cuts.


Russell Eberhardt04/09/2019 10:53:08
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When I was at school, on entering the metalwork shop we had to rub a few drops of oil into our hands to protect the machines. I still do the same on hot sweaty days but wash well afterwards and moisturise with O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream. That works for me.


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