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What are nitrile gloves?

Nitrile gloves, a fundamental element in hand protection, are synthetic rubber products made from a copolymer of acrylonitrile (ACN) and butadiene. Originating as a significant advancement in glove technology, serves diverse purposes in medical, industrial, and craft use. These powder-free gloves ensure high flexibility, tactility, tear resistance, and compliance with NFPA requirements. They are coated with a durable, grippy nitrile coating and showcase resistance to chemicals and water.

The core material for crafting them is of synthetic origin, and resistant to oils, fuels, and various chemicals. Due to the increasing prevalence of latex allergies, they are made with non-latex materials, such as nitrile rubber which has gained widespread usage. This product is a superior alternative with no latex protein content, increased resistance to tear, enhanced durability, better precision, sensitivity, and sizing.

Ensuring proper care and usage of this product is crucial for optimal performance. It is known for its durability, allowing for prolonged wear but should be changed frequently to avoid skin irritation, especially when handling chemicals or substances that stain.

Nitrile disposable gloves' characteristics

  •  Made from a synthetic rubber copolymer.
  • Offer inherent resistance to oils, fuels, and various chemicals.
  • High flexibility, tactility, and tear resistance.
  • Excellent stretchy, allowing them to fit comfortably on your hands
  • Meet NFPA requirements.
  • Feature a durable, grippy nitrile coating, ideal for miniatures. 
  • Nitrile gloves are latex-free.
  • More puncture-resistant than natural rubber ones, providing durability.
  • Ideal for high-temperature environments.
  • Do not conduct electricity.
  •  Recyclable and biodegradable, it is an environmentally conscious option.
  • Powder-free gloves are recommended for environments sensitive to powders.
  • Less elastic than latex, so it is important to choose the exact size when ordering.

What are nitrile gloves used for?

This product protects the modeler's hands from coming into direct contact with paints, solvents, and airbrushing agents. It prevents the transfer of oils and contaminants from the skin onto the models, ensuring a clean and professional finish.

When assembling or customizing miniature figures, they avoid leaving fingerprints, in wargames and miniatures, helping to maintain the overall quality of the models. Besides, they are worn when using adhesives, glue, or epoxy glue to bond different components of the models. This facilitates precise application and does not stick the modeler's skin.

It is very useful for those who work with UV resin, epoxy resin or use sculpting materials, providing a barrier against potential skin irritation. Resins often contain chemicals, and this product offers protection during the casting and handling processes.

Modelers use various techniques for weathering and detailing to add realism to their miniatures. Nitrile disposable gloves protect hands from exposure to pigments, washes, and other weathering materials, allowing for intricate detailing without staining the skin. 

Of course, they make cleaning easier, after each modeling session. People can quickly dispose of them, preventing the need for extensive handwashing and ensuring that no residues from the modeling process are transferred elsewhere.

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How to use black nitrile gloves?

Using this article is easy, although you have to take into account some important points:

  1. Choose the appropriate type of them to be able to work comfortably and accurately on your miniatures. Too small can be uncomfortable and may tear, while those that are too large can compromise dexterity and protection.
  2. Wash your hands. This step helps remove any contaminants from your hands, preventing their transfer onto this product. Dry your hands completely.
  3. Hold them by the cuff and open them with your opposite hand. Insert your fingers into the glove and pull it over your hand, ensuring a snug fit. Repeat the process for the other hand.
  4. Use them as a barrier when handling potentially hazardous materials, such as chemicals, paints, or adhesives. They are also suitable for tasks that require cleanliness, like handling miniatures in wargame modeling.
  5. Change them between different tasks or when moving from one material to another to prevent cross-contamination.
  6. When finished with a task, remove the gloves carefully to avoid contact with contaminants on the outer surface. Pinch the outside of one of them near the wrist without touching your skin and peel it off, turning it inside out.
  7. Hold the removed glove in the gloved hand and slide a finger from your bare hand under the cuff of the remaining one. Peel it off.
  8. Dispose of the used in an appropriate waste bin. Avoid touching the exterior surfaces of them during removal.

Precautions when using nitrile gloves

To work comfortably with them, they must fit snugly on the hand. That is why it is important to choose the right size. This is crucial for maintaining agility and preventing discomfort during intricate tasks such as painting miniature figures or assembling delicate components. Apart from this, the precautions to be taken into account are the following:

- Make sure they are resistant to the substances you are working with.

- Change them regularly during model-building sessions, especially when transitioning between different tasks or materials, to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.

- When removing them, follow the proper technique to avoid contact with any contaminants on the outer surface. 

- If used for too long, some solvents such as acetone can dissolve them.

- Regularly check the condition of your nitrile gloves during use. If you notice any signs of tearing, punctures, or contamination, change them to maintain an effective protective barrier.

- For extended wear, consider changing them regularly to prevent sweat accumulation, which may lead to discomfort and potential skin irritation.

- Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Heat and moisture can compromise the quality over time. Check the expiration date on the packaging and avoid using them when they have exceeded their shelf life.

- If possible, dispose of them in the most appropriate container for disposal.

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