What Are Mechanics Gloves?

Wednesday, 15 July 2015  |  John

Mechanics gloves do exactly what they say on the tin — they provide protection for mechanics against dirt, grease and the general roughness and irritation that can be caused from handling car-parts . These work gloves can be used for any machinery maintenance including cars and construction. Our range of mechanics gloves come in a variety of designs and materials, allowing you to find the perfect gloves for your specific situation.

What are the Benefits of Mechanics Gloves?

Mechanics gloves help give you additional grip without reducing your dexterity, perfect for keeping hold of tools while dealing with oil and lubricants. Speaking of oil, mechanics gloves help to keep oil off your hands, eliminating the need to spend twenty minutes at the end of each day furiously trying to scrub your hands clear.

These gloves also help reduce the irritation and pain that working with your hands for long periods can cause, which reduces the chances of annoying calluses forming on your hands or of your skin breaking.

What Types of Mechanics Gloves are There?

Because a mechanic’s work can be so varied, different types of mechanics gloves are made to deal with different needs. The two primary types of Mechanics Gloves are Mechanics Grip Gloves and Disposable Mechanics Gloves

Dry Gloves: These are gloves which have been designed for use in dry environments. They repel oil and moisture to ensure that parts which need to stay dry, stay dry.

High Visibility Gloves: These gloves have designs on them which make them easily visible during the day and at night. They are perfect for working at the roadside, where being visible to other drivers is paramount.

Thermal Gloves: These have an extra lining in them which makes them perfect for working in colder environments, such as in cold testing facilities and in colder parts of the world.

Cut Resistant Gloves: These are designed for working with sharp object or parts, for example maintaining the sharp metal components that can be found under the hood of a car.

Disposable or Reusable?

Some mechanics doing low level mechanical work use disposable latex (or similar) gloves to protect their hands - the kinds of gloves you'd see in a doctor's office. The advantage of these is that because they are disposable there is no need to wash the gloves; you simply throw them away.

However, while these gloves will prevent oil from staining your hands and do offer some protection against calluses, these gloves are relatively useless against sharp objects and offer very limited additional grip when having to deal with oil and lubricants. Not to mention the fact that these gloves are useless against petrol and diesel.

For real protection and security, hardened reusable gloves are the best option; only these gloves can make a real difference to your mechanical work. The additional grip and moisture resistance that mechanics gloves offer are the best way to deal with oily parts and tools safely and professionally.

If you are interested in getting your hands into some mechanics gloves, visit Safety Gloves and check out our range of Mechanics Gloves.

HexArmor Chrome Series 4026 Hi Vis Mechanics Cut Resistant Gloves

  • Price is per pair
  • SuperFabric provides EN 388 Level 5 cut resistance to palm
  • Enhanced grip dots on palm of hand for dry and light oil applications
  • Versatile high vis mechanics gloves also used for construction, logistics and more
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MaxiTherm Palm-Coated Thermal Gloves 30-201

  • Cold-resistant gloves for winter and cold environments
  • Palm coating protects hands against heat and tears
  • Ideal for handling tasks in extreme conditions
  • Price is per pair of gloves
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Polyco Grip It Oil C5 Gloves GIOK

  • Price is per pair
  • High level of grip and dexterity
  • Ideal for automotive and construction
  • EN388 rating of 4544
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