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Motorsport Fabrication Fundamentals: Gloves

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00:00 - Fabrication involves processes like cutting and welding that can create a lot of heat in the parts we're working on and when it comes to the various welding processes that are common in fabrication, we also need to consider UV protection.
00:13 For this reason, wearing gloves is extremely important as they can protect our hands from small cuts and burns and they cover our skin to prevent UV burns.
00:22 But what type of gloves should we wear and for what processes? It pays to have at least 3 different sets of gloves in the workshop that are used for different purposes.
00:32 For general sheet metal handling, we recommend wearing a pair of kevlar knitted gloves that have a nitrile coated palm.
00:38 The kevlar protects against cuts from sharp edges and the nitrile palm gives you a good grip on the tool or the material you're lifting.
00:46 For MIG welding and gas or plasma cutting, welding gloves that feature a heat resistant lined leather than extends up the forearm to protect from molten weld spatter is the best option.
00:56 These gloves should be worn when handling hot steel as the leather insulates our hand from heat and gives us plenty of time to handle hot material without risking being burned.
01:06 Dedicated TIG welding gloves different from MIG gloves as they need to offer more control and feel.
01:13 We go into this in more detail in our dedicated TIG welding techniques course but the gloves feature a leather construction for burn and UV protection but are a lot more tightly fitted and more flexible than MIG gloves in order to give much more control over the feed of the filler rod as well as the TIG torch.
01:30 There's also no need for this style of glove to offer protection to our forearms as well spatter isn't an issue with the TIG welding process.
01:38 As important as gloves are in fabrication, it's just as important to know when not to wear them.
01:44 Gloves and rotating machinery do not mix and the danger lies with the glove potentially getting caught in the rotating machine such as a linisher, grinder, lathe or drill and this can pull your fingers or hand into the machine with them.
01:57 On this note, it's also important to remember that any loose clothing or long hair should always be tied up and kept out of rotating machinery.

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