What Type of Gloves for Stripping Wood?

Stripping is a necessary step in refinishing an object made of wood.

Rubber Gloves

Basic latex gloves don't provide adequate protection for stripping wood.Basic latex gloves don't provide adequate protection for stripping wood.
If you want to restain or paint a table, piece of furniture or another wooden object, removing the stain with a chemical stripper is necessary. Strippers are highly caustic and can burn the skin on your hands. As such, it's always important to wear the appropriate gloves for the task.

Before beginning the process of stripping stain off wood, put on a pair of thick rubber gloves. These gloves can be made of latex or another type of rubber, but it's important that their package is marked to identify them as being suitable for stripping.

Latex Gloves

Though it's possible to buy gloves made of latex that are designated as suitable for stripping, not all latex gloves are ideal for this purpose. Basic latex gloves, such as those used for health applications, are too thin to be safe. Because they're so thin, it's possible for the harsh strippers to eat through the gloves and reach your skin.

Packaging

When reading the packaging of the rubber gloves you plan to buy prior to the stripping project, ensure the gloves are labeled to offer protection against the type of caustic substance you plan to use. Some gloves, for example, are not only suitable against paint and stain strippers, but also epoxy- and lacquer-based strippers. Ensure the glove's intended use aligns with the product you'll employ.

Safety

Upon completion of the stripping job, the exterior of your gloves will likely be covered in a significant amount of stripper. Pull one glove off by rolling it inside out and sliding it off your fingers, then pull the other glove off in the same manner. Dispose of the gloves in the garbage immediately; do not save them and try to reuse them. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to remove any stripper that made contact with your skin.

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