I was just thinking about starting this topic myself last night, as I had to take a bottle of Ciff into the shower in an effort to get my hands clean!
I have been getting better at remembering to use latex gloves, but as said, I often shred one and don't change it as I'm in the middle of something, so carry on and end up with manky paws anyway.
Its the cuts that are worrying me though, My hands are a complete mess with wee cuts and nicks, to the point where scrubbing them clean afterwards is agony
I have a set of those mechanics gloves, but just cant get used to them. Fine for wheelchanging and other big stuff, but any bolt smaller than about M6 and I just cant turn it with my fingers., plus I tend to drop stuff a lot more often while wearing them.
1986 Panda 4x4. 1990 Metro Sport. 1999 Ford Escort estate.
You'll soon get used to wearing gloves, you'd be surpised.
I have to have clean hands as my day job is as a chauffeur so no matter what I do in the garage they can't look like I've just cleaned the garage floors with my bare mitts.
When I'm wearing gloves I lather my hands with moisturiser before I put them on which keeps the hard skin/cracking to a minimum to compensate for those odd jobs that just can't be done with the gloves on.
Big shot of Vitamin D is the best cure..... mine were bad for over a year, and anything would set them off cracking and not healing, rubber, dirt, oil..... got really bad, that even the latex gloves would set them off again.....
Saw a doctor out in France who gave me a huge shot of Vitamin D, they do it for all the ski instructors to prevent chapped lips and skin
Its a once a year shot and I never have a problem now
But I do use decent gloves now, as it makes it so much nicer, the vinyl ones are better than latex, but if its heavy duty I`ll use 2 pairs....
I never used to bother, but a year of constant pain from basically open wounds that wouldnt heal, convinced me that I needed to get used to gloves and take care of my hands HTH Dom
its dermatitis- its the chemicals etc youre using removing all the natural oils from your hands and is also caused by really hot water- I had this when I was a mechanic try to use cooler water to wash you hands and try to pat them dry as opposed to rubbing them with a towel as rubs the skin off.
try not to wash them too much (i used to eat my lunch with rubber gloves on and worked without cos they always tore) and use a moisteriser at the end of the day.. it will dissapear in week or so if you do..
1987 fiat 126-nearly actually done! 1972 beetle - lawn art 2003 z4 daily-new wheels a comin! 2008 R56 Mini cooper "mental Mickey"
Sometimes it can be the hand cleaner that you use thats causing the cracking, I know it sounds daft but about two years ago, my knuckles just dried out and cracked overnight. After about three months of it, I simply stopped using the hand cleaner at work, and just used plain soap or washing up liquid, and within a week my hands had healed. If I use certain hand cleaners more than once a day, my hands will dry up and crack within hours. I think the ingrediant is lanolin that causes it, from what I've been told its a natural oil found in sheep? and people simply become allergic to it overnight.
Fairy and sugar does the best job for me but TBh I got a box of gloves and found it easyer to just have dirty hands and only wear the gloves to keep other stuff clean from me 1 pair of gloves to keep the steering wheel clean when dropping a car back off is cheaper than 10 gloves torn to do a service
Grinding, welding etc always wear your thick £5.99 welding gloves from Screwfix. The rest I do bare handed. For cleaner I use Comma Manista, £16 for a huge tub and it's the best I've found. Moisturise with aqueous cream which is about £4 for an iblatantlywankalot size tub from Superdrug. It's not too greasy, no perfume and seems to work well for me
I can't get on with gloves for spannering etc. Latex ones split, dry my hands out and make them smell like condoms, the nitrile ones don't last much longer so I now only use them when I'm spraying.
I often use washing machine detergent, seems to work pretty well. I always think about wearing gloves, because I've read in the haynes manual and other place that things like used oil can give you skin cancer, but I'm not sure how real a risk it is.
Wow, look after your hands people.
Washing Machine detergent is pretty nasty to skin, I wouldn't use it myself.
I'm a construction manager and I've learn't a lot about long term effects of exposing your hands to chemicals and abuse. Once you've picked up a case of dermititis it can be near impossible to shift. Imagine having hands too painful to use a PC/work on a car/change a baby or sleep properly.
It happens, cement is the worst candidate but motor oil runs it close.
I heartily recommend the cotton gloves dipped in rubber: like these
i get dermatitis really bad, my hands crack at the slightest bit of oil contact. i normally use fairly liquid to remove the heavy dirt, then normal old fasioned soap for the rest (avoid using squirty soaps, as they are difficult to get all the soap off, making things worse) most of the time this works, but sometimes i get a flare up and have found some cream called 'simple derma' very good, dunno who makes it but there is a web address on the back of the tube: www.simplederma.co.uk. it doesnt smell and gets the dermatitus under control within a few days. its certainly the best stuff i have used
I work as a mechanic and always use latex gloves, you got to do it coz used engine oil can cause skin cancer over long periods of exposure. I also use Mac tools gloves for non oily bits, stops the cuts! Head and shoulders greasy hair shampoo and a soft scrubbing brush, stings like a mumma lova in the cuts but cleans ya hands right up without drying them out. word.
I moved onto to mechanics gloves after a unfortunate grinder incident shortened the tendon in my left hand index finger. Nowadays I nearly always use Ringers Gloves, originally the split fit with gel palms(ideal for those long sessions stripping underseal off), but next set will be the standard ones. At first it feels quite odd but if you get a tight set(worth checking the sizes - I thought I'd be a large but was actually medium!) but now my knuckles love me(no more scuffing them up radiator vanes!)
One note, don't weld or get them soaked in old since the fabric will suffer long term, so oil changes are definitely one for the Latex but £2/3 for 100 isn't the biggest expendituere you'll make in the garage.
If it goes red use HC45 to put it right. I use a gloves from a big box (how can I put this politely?) cow inspection gloves. They are blue, and a bit thicker than white latex ones, on account of having to go up a cows . They sometimes split down the inside of the thumb and forefinger, but not often. You could probably pick some up from an agricultural type shop.
For me, the diesel fuel works excellent.I wash my hands in a plastic tray full of diesel and gently rub them with a piece of cloth ( cotton one). I usually keep one 2 liter bottle of diesel in my garage. For finger tip cracks ( I have a lot) I use a sort of plastic adesive foil thats named OPSITE or TEGADERM ( google those names to find the equivalent in Europe) ..this foil is used in wound management..surely found in pharmacies....The result is fast and effective. Yes ..the use of nitryl or latex gloves is the best ( I found the medical grade latex gloves more resistant ( thick) than the automotive one ...just don't use the powdered ones ..hand destroyers!!!)
i have Really dry hands and they are quite cracked around the knucles because my day job is as a chef so I'm conatantly washing my hands and then working on cars in the evenings and having to get them clean enough for the kitchen before the next mornings shift ... my hands get washed so often that they are horrible
I have always used washing powder (aerial etc) for cleaning my hands when oily. It acts as an exfoliant.
I also cant get on with latex gloves. I find that I have no feel for things, especially when trying to thread a nut on. I also find that most gloves are rubbish and make your hands sweat. This is usually the time when the gloves rip and let oil inside into your open pores.
A useful tip, I picked up of a hot rod website, is, if you know you ar going to be doing an oily job and have longish finger nails, dig them into a block of soap first. You will get soap under them and keep the dirt out.
Try this: Once I've finished the worst (dirtiest) bit of the job - with or without gloves, I put a pair of clean latex ones on while cleaning up and tidying my tools. By the time all the tools are clean and you are ready to go in/home, your body heat has done its job!
The gloves come off and you are left with a powdery, sweaty mess, but it washes off easily using your preferred hand cleaner
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