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Guide to Glove Dips and Coatings

Guide to Glove Dips and Coatings

Knit gloves are great at keeping your hands warm in chilly temps. They are comfortable against the skin and don’t hinder your movement. But they aren’t the best for grip or wet conditions. Coated gloves give you the comfort and flexibility of knit gloves with added grip and protection thanks to the coating.

Latex Coating – Crinkle Finish

Latex works great for general tasks in warehouses, garages and in maintenance. It stands up well to water and alcohol, but it doesn’t do great with gasoline and other organics. It has super elasticity and grip, plus excellent resistance to tearing. One drawback is that latex is a common allergen, which can make wide use difficult. The crinkle finish cuts through liquids for better grip in wet conditions. Check out our Full Dip Ergo glovesfor a great latex dipped option.

Nitrile Micro Foam – Sandy or Smooth Finish

Oily, wet conditions are no match for a nitrile micro foam coating. Not only do you not lose dexterity, but the foam finish also displaces liquid so you get the best grip in the worst conditions. Great for those with latex allergies, nothing beats nitrile micro foam if your job requires dealing with slippery conditions. Peeling labels in the cold? You need the grip strength of our Thin Value Grip gloves. Working with oil in cold conditions? Our Dual-Layer Thermal Ergo gloves are perfect when you need extra warmth; the sandy finish gives you added grip and abrasion resistance.

PVC – Dot, Honeycomb and Herringbone Patterns

PVC stays flexible even at low temperatures, so gloves with PVC-enhanced grips are great for keeping flexibility when working in the cold. Plus, it’s another great option when allergies are an issue. PVC offers serious abrasion resistance, so if your hands come in contact with product or machinery all day, PVC can take it. PVC resists water and detergents well, but isn’t as effective against organics like gasoline. We offer gloves with PVC dots, PVC honeycomb and PVC herringbone patterns, so you can find the right knit glove to deal with the job at hand.

The different materials and finishes each have their pros and cons. Before you make a decision, think about what they will be used for and who will be wearing them. If you have different conditions, you likely need to choose different finishes for each area and job function. Don’t forget to ask if any employees have latex allergies that need to be worked around, as well.