Finger Dip 'ed Tips




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This is my first Instructable that is indestructible. Gloves are a key component of Safety Protection! Over the years I have spent a small fortune on gloves, prices ranging from 0.99 cents up to $45.00 for (kevlar reinforced). The difference with the kevlar is they lasted a considerable amount of time longer before I was able to wear a hole in the finger tips. Definitely not worth the extra $44.01 when the end result is the same..! Ultimately a big waste of money when you throw them in the garbage! The convenience of going to the store to buy a pair of work gloves is exactly why you will continue to buy gloves. I think the manufactures prefer it this way...?

The gloves I treated the tips with the DIP Coating, far out lasted any pair of Kevlar reinforced gloves. I field tested all kinds of different gloves with stone masons, scrap metal recycler and carpenters. The feedback was excellent, for the performance and durability. The gloves did wear-out eventually, except for in the finger tips....I prefer it this way!!!

So if you're tired of wasting your money and want a pair of work gloves worth spending your money on, I suggest you try this....

List of Items:
1 pair of new gloves
1 Can of "Dip" Regular / Spray (Spray preferred)
1/2", 5/8", 3/4' round stock: pipe, tube, hose, etc
24 hours Dry Time

Depending on your choice of gloves you can spend from .99 cents to $10.00 for a decent pair of comfortable gloves.

Which ever type of DIP will work, dip or spray. I've tried both and prefer the spray, because it doesn't build as much and you have more control / sensitivity with the same durability.

Insert roll stock pieces into all of the fingers so it fills out the finger tips.

Secure so fingers are separated in a fixed position while drying. (This is much easier to do before you have all the fingers coated with wet dripping Dip, it can get messy...)

This Dip Spray works best if the can temp is 75 degrees or higher. Shake well and apply evenly.

The first coat is the most important, apply as if you were painting a newspaper. You still want to be able to read the print after the first coat.

Let the first coat set for a few minutes, then continue applying additional coats until you can see significant amount of build on each finger tip.

Once you have achieved your desired look, let dry as recommended and your done.

I'm sure you can figure out a way to fill the fingers. I found with having the fingers filled rather then just applying with your hand in the glove and then pulling it out and leaving to dry. It just makes for a much nicer job, doing it this way.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    now i love these instructables and sometimes one of them just jumps out at me and says "WOW". and this is one of them...i go thru at least 4 pair of good gloves a year so i just have to give this a try. thanks for the good effort.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    seems we all have the same problem with gloves. i like fingerless gloves because my fingers are shorter than most store bought sizes but i have the same problem as LifeWarrior...with the palms and the section between the thumb and index finger wearing out. the plastic spray should work wonders and if i notice wear in those spots i should be able to recoat as well. thanks for the idea.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    That's really slick I never thought about the plastic spray, I do a lot of metal and woodworking as a hobby and I tear through those $20 harbor freight mechanics gloves at least once or twice a month, usually not the tips but the center of the fingers, I wonder if the plastic has enough give to bend at those points easily.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I made a pair for a friend who does thousands of pounds of scrap metal. He burns through just about any kind of glove and he said the ones I made for him far out lasted any he has ever had.... 2 to 3 wet coats should be plenty with flexibility and durability.
    Please post any results....Thanks


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very good idea.

    For filling out the glove, there is an old glove maker trick I've read about: they used to fill the gloves with sand or smooth, small gravel while working on fine seems. The same technique might work in this case and give a better shape to the plastic than the tubes.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your reply, I like the sand idea.

    It's been me experience the better the shape of the finger tip, the more control you have when trying to pick up small objects like nuts, bolts, washers, and screws

    A small earth magnet glued inside the index finger is a very helpful addition to any pair of gloves....

    Best regards,