3M TEKK Painter's Gloves - Review
Our go-to on painting gloves are those latex ones that you can get in a box of 100. They're great as far as keeping your hands clean, but it's pretty wasteful to be constantly throwing them away (once they come off the hands, they ain't going back on). Recently, we were staring down the barrel of a complex staining/dyeing/shellacking/poly-ing process and we wanted to use a glove that would be a little more durable in the long run. Then we remembered that a couple months ago 3M sent us a pair of their TEKK painter gloves. So we gave them a shot. Here's what we thought....
They're awesome. Totally awesome. Exactly what we were looking for. The entire palm side is rubber and it extends up and around the tips of the fingers. The back of the glove is a fine mesh that keeps things breathable. They're very comfortable and even after a dozen sessions with them, they've yet to pick up any 'unsavory' odors (a testament to their breathability).
On their TEKK website, 3M refers to the rubber as 'puncture resistant.' We didn't do any stabbing tests, but in the course of working with them there were a few occasions when we were convinced we'd just put a hole in the gloves, but no, they held up nicely.
So at the moment, we're 2 coats of conditioner, 2 coats of dye, and 2 coats of shellac into the process and we've yet to get a drop on our hands. The fingertips are getting a little sticky, but before the next coat, we're going to rub them with a little denatured alcohol and all should be fine.
So if you're looking for a nice pair pf painter's gloves, we definitely recommend these.
Looks like they're available at Lowes
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 22, 2011 5:53 AM
If you want to test the physical aspects of the glove, loan a pair or two to the friendly TSA at a nearby airport. I worked for them for a year and it was not uncommon to go through 15-30 pairs of gloves per 10 hour shift due to the lack of strength in the "TSA approved, latex free, won't protect you from anything but they are a pretty blue color" gloves that were issued to us. I would've liked a pair of beefy gloves to avoid getting chicken parts and hog intestines (yes, people ship those) on my hands. Not to mention sharps. Our training did'nt include how to avoid slime, just how to avoid getting poked.