Handling solvent

  1. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Sorry if I seem to be bombarding you with questions but since coming back to the profession full time after a twenty year break, things have moved on a pace and in particular on the HSE/ PPE front. Has anyone come up with a way of gun cleaning without soaking your hands in gun wash? Std latex don't last a minute and chemical resistant are too thick to keep control of delicate gun parts. In the past, I've never bothered about what it's doing to my skin but I'm mindful that my trainee is 19 and should be teaching safe practices.
    Nick
     
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  2. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Would passing the gun parts through an ultrasonic tank do the job? :dontknow: [genuinely don't know, just thinking outside the box :ashamed:].
     
  3. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    I've not considered it but if it doesn't work.. knackered or at least blocked gun. Interesting idea though
     
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  4. Parm

    Parm Oh how I’ve missed my play pen this year

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    PM me the MSDS for your solvent, I’ll have a look which type of gloves will be best. I suspect nitrile but worth checking.

    oh, if you value your skin. Immediately put all your latex gloves in the bin

    Also, if you haven’t already, worth investing in a gun wash machine. It recycles the solvent
     
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  5. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Not my business and a cleaner has been ruled out Parm. It's just a standard recycled toluene as far as I know. My skin has taken a hiding over the years as I've never worn gloves for anything.
     
  6. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    Nitrile should do it....
     
  7. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Aha. Which ones do you use. I used some nitrile and they fell apart in seconds
     
  8. Bullet2012

    Bullet2012 Forum Supporter

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    hi Parm, interested to know the reason, can you share “in simple terms” please.
     
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  9. Spark plug

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    norsa old school painter

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  11. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    Ask your paint supplier... they should have something
     
  12. Lewis_RX8

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    :o , interested to know a bit more behind this aswell
     
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  13. Spark plug

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    They won’t last indefinitely in gunwash, but I don’t think there’s a thin disposable glove that will, it’s more about finding the one that lasts the longest.
     
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  14. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    They are very reputable and could only come up with a marigold type. They work ok on the gun but not so good at handling small parts and the needle or fluid tip dropped on the floor is not a good way to clean a gun.
     
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  15. Parm

    Parm Oh how I’ve missed my play pen this year

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    Latex contains a protein that is a very well recognised skin sensitiser, it causes latex allergy. It was Highly prevalent in the health care sector.

    also latex has a minimal breakthrough for almost all the solvents we are likely to encounter.

    Nitrile is by far the best substitute for latex. It’s not allergenic, doesn’t cause dermatitis and affords much much much better breakthrough when compared to latex.

    This is a generalisation but in my world it’s always better to check the solvent as nitrile isn’t always the right choice, then you have to look at the weight of the glove for the task in hand
     
  16. Bullet2012

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    Cheers Parm
     
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  17. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    I've found this as well, some gloves I had just turned to jelly as soon as they got a whiff of gunwash. The blue nitrile seem to last a bit longer but they still dissolve.
     
  18. Parm

    Parm Oh how I’ve missed my play pen this year

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    Reputable for supplying paint, but what about H&S advice?
     
  19. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Reputable. Been in business about 40 years
     
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  20. Parm

    Parm Oh how I’ve missed my play pen this year

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    Like I said, what about thier experience of giving advice on gloves. Plenty of choice available for all paint solvents likely to be encountered. Different weights and abrasion resistance too. Do they know ?
     
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