Description Strengths Weaknesses

NITRILE Anti-slip vulcanised synthetic rubber

Excellent abrasion and cut resistance

Three times the puncture resistance of latex

Good mechanical performance

Excellent resistance to oil, grease and hydrocarbons

Good resistance to acids, certain organic solvents, pesticides, oils and fuels

No latex proteins

Heat resistance (but no flame resistance)

Relatively rigid

Normally low tear resistance

No chemical resistance against ketones and some chlorinated hydrocarbons methylene chloride and trichloroethylene)

NATURAL RUBBER LATEX

Natural rubber mainly from latex and the rubber tree

Very flexible and elastic

Good grip

Excellent resistance to tearing and bending

Good resistance to abrasion

Very robust

Waterproof

Protects against weak acids, caustics, alcohols and detergents

Protection viruses and bacteria

Poor chemical resistance against oils, greases, hydrocarbons and organic solvents

Proteins may cause allergies

POLYURE- THANE (PU)

Plastic that is microporous elastomer

Very flexible and elastic

No latex proteins

Clean does not shed particles like other polymers

Good resistance to abrasion

Good resistance to oil

Does not harden in the cold

Does not soften in the heat

Excellent perspiration thanks to porous ventilation

Low chemical resistance

Poor resistance to hot water

PVC (POLY VINYL CHLORIDE)

Impermeable plastic

Flexible at even -20°C

Material softened by a plasticizer

Good electrical insulator

High chemical resistance

Low resistance to cuts, puncturing and heat

Disposable PVC gloves might have pinholes

Low resistance to solvents

NEOPRENE Polychloroprene synthetic rubber

Flexible and soft like natural rubber

No latex proteins

Good abrasion and cut resistant

Chemical protection against acids, alcohols, fats, ketones, organic and inorganic solvents, oils, greases and petrochemicals

Heat resistant and flame resistant

Poor grip when wet

No chemical resistance against chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents

BUTYL Synthetic rubber polymer for heavy chemical protection

Very elastic, even at low temperatures

Excellent chemical resistance against ketones (MEK, acetone) and acids

Low gas permeability

Limited grip

Limited dexterity

Poor mechanical resistance

Poor resistance to aliphatic hydrocarbons (hexane, diesel, gasoline), aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, xylene) and halogenated solvents (chloroform and chlorobenzene)

VITON Synthetic rubber polymer the last resort

Protects where nothing else protects

Chemical protection against PCBs

Excellent chemical protection against chlorinated, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons

Limited grip

Limited dexterity

Not suitable for ketones, esters and nitro compounds

EACH COATING HAS ITS QUALITIES!

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