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3 Characteristics for Finding the Best MIG Welding Gloves

by Joe Geng on January 31, 2017

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Love it or hate it, MIG welding is an essential skill for any good welder. MIG welding doesn’t require the fine balance of dexterity and heat resistance like TIG welding. But it produces a lot of thermal and radiant heat, so finding the right MIG welding gloves can be difficult. This blog will showcase characteristics you’ll want to look for in your perfect pair.

 
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When to Use MIG Welding:

MIG welding is great for high production. It can make the job quicker and easier if, for instance, you need to complete a long run (10 to 15 feet) of welding. MIG welding is also great for tacking pieces before completing the full weld. It doesn’t require as much clean up as stick welding and it can be used on thinner metals like car doors.

 

1. Heat Resistance:

Heat resistance is the greatest necessity for MIG. By welding longer runs, the glove will absorb more thermal and radiant heat. In these situations, a heavier, more well insulated gloves should be used. A Kevlar® lining is a good option because of its heat-resistant properties. Kevlar® is also cut resistant, which can be an added bonus for sharp metal.

If the heat is becoming too intense, an aluminized Heatstop™ lining can help deflect heat away from the hands. This is available is styles like in our Iron Wolf™ Deluxe Welding Glove.

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2. Coverage:

You wouldn’t weld without a face mask, so why would you weld without a protective sleeve? We don’t buy the “tough it out to toughen you up” rhetoric at Superior Glove. Arm coverage is necessary when welding to avoid two things:

  1. Burns from spatter or slag.
  2. Exposure to UV radiation.

 
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety identifies the risk of radiation and its effects on the skin:

“UV radiation in a welding arc will burn unprotected skin just like UV radiation in sunlight. This is true for direct exposure to UV radiation as well as radiation that is reflected from metal surfaces, walls, and ceilings… Long-term exposure to UV radiation can cause skin cancer.”

Leather sleeves are the traditional option for arm protection, but people who find them uncomfortable or not breathable probably won’t wear them. A string-knit sleeve like our Contender™ Aramid Sleeves made with flame-resistant properties is a good option that’s more breathable and lighter weight than leather. According to CNN “the easiest way to test if a fabric can protect your skin is to hold it up to the light — if you can see through it, then UV radiation can penetrate it.”

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3. Lifespan:

Who doesn’t want the longest lasting gloves? The lifespan of your glove will change drastically depending on how much welding you’re doing. Here are a few things that you should look for in your gloves if you’re spending a long time welding:

  • Kevlar® stitching  to reduce potential of seam splitting.
  • Welting on critical seams for added seam integrity.
  • Added padding or stitching in the area between the thumb and forefinger to reduce wear.
  • Choose split leather over grain leather for higher abrasion resistance.

Consider a glove like our Endura® Deluxe Welding Glove if you find yourself doing larger amounts of welding.

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By considering the variables listed in this post, you can purchase more comfortable, longer lasting welding PPE that stand up to the hazards that you face.

(Want to try these products on your jobsite? Get a FREE sample by clicking one of the buttons above for the one you think will work best!)


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