time to get some latex gloves

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Graham, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Graham

    Graham New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0
    Has anyone ever gotten sick the day after working on their bike? I mean I wash my hands the best i can after working on it but the oil and grease still stain the skin. Can things such as eating or covering my mouth with my hand to cough cause us to inadvertanly poison myself?
     
  2. toytime

    toytime New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2008
    Messages:
    550
    Likes Received:
    0
    Having eaten many a sandwich with grease coated fingers, I'd say no.
    Mechanics spend their lifetime with grease and oil under their fingernails.
    Get er done!
     
  3. Large Filipino

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    656
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yea I'm one of those that actually taste my motor oil to see if it's time for an oil change and will actually sniff a tailpipe and tell you if it will pass emissions. Antifreeze too I can tell if I got the right mix.
    Sometimes though I get a little dizzy but it goes away.
     
  4. mechanickid

    mechanickid New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2008
    Messages:
    419
    Likes Received:
    0
    i was reworking some brakes today and had super penetrating unlocking oil all over my hand for long enough that i started to feel it in my finger joints, kinda scary.
     
  5. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Gutter Rider

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    6,251
    Likes Received:
    2
    My Great Grandfather rubbed WD40 on his knees said it made his joints feel better!
     
  6. toytime

    toytime New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2008
    Messages:
    550
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've heard that about wd-40 as well. It's made with fish oil, not petroleum. It's supposed to help with arthritis, maybe that's what your Gramps had.
     
  7. 2door

    2door Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2008
    Messages:
    16,304
    Likes Received:
    29
    Brake fluid is the worst. I got sick after bleeding the front calipers on my hot rod and discovered that I'd splattered brake fluid on the both hood side panels. $1400.00 to have them repainted, let me tell you; I was sick.
    Now to be serious. Some people are much more susceptible to the effects of the toxins found in some of the materials we deal with in the garage. If you have sensitive skin or are sensitive to odors then it would not be a bad idea to protect yourself with latex gloves (that is if you're not allergic to latex)
    I've known people who could not be around many of the most common things we use, gasoline, oil, lubricants, without a respirator to protect them from the fumes. Take the necessary precautions and read lables if unsure. Be safe, have fun.
    Tom
     
  8. Creative Engineering

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,668
    Likes Received:
    0
    Not to worry Graham...I promise: you'l be O.K. If you're not used to messin' around with mechanical stuff, it may seem like you're exposing yourself to all kinds of nasties. The really good stuff went away years ago!!! Of what's left, it's never available to the public.

    Gloves are a good idea...I have a box full that I use when painting or messin' with epoxy because it takes forever-and-a-day for it to wear off.

    Any of you guys remember Gunk Hydro-seal, before it doubled in price and is now 1/10th as effective?...How about the original Tap-Magic?

    Jim
     
  9. Creative Engineering

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,668
    Likes Received:
    0
    You're right Tom...everyone should know and do, what is comfortable for them.

    I use expensive Agitene from Grainger in my parts washer. I love it, it strips grease and dirt like magic. It has lanolin in it, and it is made for hand use in a parts washer. Some guys hate it...they say it makes thier hands tingle.

    It's all a matter of what's comfortable for each individual. There's no rule that says you have to be miserable to enjoy working on mechanical things.

    Jim
     
    #9 Creative Engineering, Mar 16, 2009
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  10. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    0
    Get some nitrile gloves.
     
  11. donuts31

    donuts31 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yep, nitrile good, latex bad because it and petroluem don't mix (see warning label on latex condoms if you don't believe me) :)
     
  12. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Gutter Rider

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    6,251
    Likes Received:
    2
    Must have been doing some strange tinkering in the garage donuts!laff
     
    #12 Goat Herder, Mar 22, 2009
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2009
  13. tyrslider

    tyrslider New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    958
    Likes Received:
    0
    What I don't like about nitriles is they don't offer as much dexterity as latex and the dextaritous ones don't offer much rip resistance. Oh well.
     
  14. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    0
    I notice the newer (read cheap china) Nitrile gloves aren't near as hardy as the gloves from 10 years ago. The old ones would last a whole day. You could eat your sandwich with them on.......laffdance1
     
  15. tyrslider

    tyrslider New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    958
    Likes Received:
    0
    What works for petroleum and chemicals must work for mayonaise.
     

Share This Page