Painters Nitrile Gloves How to Choose the Right Pair - Black, Blue & White

Black Nitrile Gloves or Blue / White by Andy Potts 1st May 2020. 4-5 mins reading time.

How to Choose the Right Painters Gloves

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If you're a professional sprayer, paint shop technician or decorator, you know it's essential to wear the right disposable gloves for every job. But different tasks call for different levels of protection, depending on the chemicals that you're using. With so many gloves on the market, it can be hard to know which to choose and where to find true painters gloves.

Here's a quick guide to the types of gloves that are suitable for painters, based on their comfort, fingertip sensitivity and suitability to specific jobs.

Check out our quick video on the difference between Nitrile Black, Blue and Latex White gloves.


Are Nitrile Gloves BPA Free?

Nitrile Gloves are BPA free, Latex-free, Phthalate free, Vinyl Free, MBT free and often powder free.


Are Nitrile Gloves Waterproof?

Yes, Nitrile gloves are waterproof. Our nitrile gloves also have strong chemical resistance. Nitrile is derived from rubber so it is naturally waterproof.


How Long Are Nitrile Gloves Good For?

Nitrile gloves last a long time, however like any natural product they will eventually degrade. To ensure your box of nitrile gloves lasts its lifetime, make sure that you store them out of direct sunlight, and out of the heat.


Are Nitrile Gloves Biodegradable?

Nitrile disposable gloves do biodegrade into a compostable format. . However, they do take longer to break down then latex disposable gloves.


What Do Nitrile Gloves Protect Against?

Nitrile Gloves protect the wearer's hands. The nitrile material keeps the wears hands safe from any contamination, and they also stop the user from contaminating any item or surface that they are touching. Nitrile is waterproof, greaseproof, oil proof and most importantly, chemical resistant to a range of common chemicals and substances. Nitrile gloves are also commonly used in the medical industry due to their high puncture resistance, and dexterous strength.


Are Nitrile Gloves Impermeable?

It is important to remember nothing is impermeable forever. Nitrile material does have a higher chemical resistance rate than compared to latex material, although some chemicals will eventually pass through, especially strong grade chemicals. However, for an everyday work glove, nitrile gloves are a good choice for hand protection against common chemicals.


You can get a good example of how nitrile gloves deform when exposed to chemicals by watching our video:

Is Nitrile Rubber?

Nitrile is derived from rubber trees. The rubber is processed until it turns into Nitrile Material.


1. White latex/nitrile gloves

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These thin disposable gloves are designed for the medical industry, but they also have their place in the paint shop or home decorating kit. They are best suited to water-based applications as they tear easily and have low chemical resistance, so offer little protection.

What to look for in a white medical glove

  • Rolled cuffs for added protection and comfort
  • Powder-free to minimise the risks of skin reactions and powder-induced contamination
  • Ambidextrous design for quick pull-on
  • Air-tested to detect pinholes
  • Easy dispenser packaging
  • Bulk pack size for value


2. Blue nitrile gloves

Nitrile gloves come in various colours and thicknesses. They are a popular choice because they provide a reliable barrier to paints and organic solvents and offer value for money. Blue nitrile gloves are designed for mechanics, so they are a little thicker than white medical gloves and can withstand handling tools, oils, acids, solvents and other chemicals. They are general use disposable gloves that are suitable for tasks such as sanding, compounding and polishing.

What to look for in blue nitrile gloves

Look for gloves that have the same qualities as white gloves, plus:

  • At least 4.5 mm thickness for improved puncture resistance
  • Non-latex to minimise allergic reactions
  • Micro-textured finish for grip
  • Resistance to oils, acids, solvents and other chemicals


The Ultrimax Black Nitrile Professional Painters Gloves

The Ultrimax black nitrile gloves are THE gloves for painters. They look the part and will hold up to the toughest day in the spray shop. We know because we've put them to the test. At 5 mm thick, they won't rip or dissolve at the fingertips as quickly as other types of glove, and their textured surface offers superior grip. We're so confident in their suitability for professional sprayers and paint shop technicians that we've branded them "The Professional Painter's Gloves".

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Benefits of Black Nitrile Painters Gloves

  • 100% Nitrile
  • Unmatched Strength
  • High Puncture Resistance
  • Superior Chemical Resistance with 140+ resistance on chemicals
  • Unsurpassed Comfort for extended wear
  • Latex Free & Vinyl Free


Are Black Nitrile Gloves Biodegradable?

Yes, Nitrile Gloves are biodegradable! Nitrile disposable gloves will eventually biodegrade. However, they do take longer to break down then latex disposable gloves.


Are Nitrile Black Gloves Hypoallergenic?

Nitrile Disposable gloves have a lower allergy rate than latex disposable gloves. Nitrile is the superior choice when it comes to people with allergies or sensitive skin. If you suffer from sensitive skin, then consider these most likely points for hand dermatitis:

  • An irritant on your hand before handling the glove; ie is your soap too harsh or did you handle something else before putting on the nitrile glove.
  • Cross contamination - did you touch a pen, work surface before putting on your glove
  • A common mistake causing irritation is to touch your outer glove as you take them off, touching any greases built up while working
  • Are you allergic to latex in all gloves of this type - if so stop using test and assess
  • Still not sure, then seek professional advice

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