Printech Archives, May, 1997: Re: Gloves Compatible With Blanket Washes And Inks

Re: Gloves Compatible With Blanket Washes And Inks

Debra Kramer (
Wed, 21 May 97 14:04:00 PDT


I would recommend you consult the MSDS as well. Many companies have
gotten into the practice of specifying the particular type of gloves
recommended. Additionally, you may consider researching a barrier cream.
There may be one the market that is specifically recommended to be used
in addition to these light weight gloves.



From: Jim Hadley[]

Nitrile Light-Weight Disposable Gloves. These gloves may be degraded by
aromatic pertolium products like xylene and toluene (for example in paint
thinner), but much slower than vinyl gloves. They are suitable for work
with naphthas, stoddard solvent, isopropanol, the petrolium distillates
typically used in oil based inks, and photographic chemicals-- in other
words, most of the chemicals encountered in a print shop.

Neoprene Medium-Weight Gloves. Operators indicated that this currently
used product appeared to work. This medium weight neoprene is not
recommended for aromatic petrolium products. It may also be degraded by
napthas and stoddard solvent. It is good for photographic chemicals.
Therefore, these gloves should be replaced regularly when used with your
blanket wash.

Polyvinyl Alcohol Medium-Weight Gloves. I do NOT recommend that you
buy these gloves because they may fail when exposed to isoproyl alcohol
or the acids and bases in photographic chemicals. However, this is a
material that will provide excellent protection to aromatic pertrolium
products. They are typically ten times more costly than neoprene

Of course, changing to a lower VOC blanket wash-- a seperate
recommendation-- may make glove selection easier.



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