About: I'm a refugee from Los Angeles, living in backwoods Puerto Rico for about 35 years now and loving it. I built my own home from discarded nylon fishnet and cement.

I do a lot of construction work with cement and need to protect my hands with rubber work gloves. Invariably there are accidents, where the gloves snag and tear on wires, or sharp areas of cement. Leaks in the gloves are not good, because cement can dry out and eat little holes in your skin.

When one glove in a set goes bad, I use the remaining good glove in combination with other remaining good gloves. The bad gloves eventually get repaired or thrown away. This instructable shows the way I repair them.


To get glue to stick to anything, you need to get the surface clean. I use sandpaper to clean the area around areas to be patched.


Some gloves are beyond repair, but still good for donating patch material. Flat patches can be cut from the cuff area. Finger tip patches can be cut from the thumb, or fingers larger than the diameter of the finger to be patched.

Remember to clean the patch with sandpaper also where the glue needs to stick.


After experimenting with the other glues I have, this is the glue I use now. To avoid promoting a commercial product, the name of it escapes me at the moment -- Ape glue, or something like it.

I have tried contact cement, rubber cement, epoxy, and silicone without great success. This stuff sticks well, is waterproof, and has some flexibility, but nothing is perfect. This glue foams up some, expanding when it hardens.

If the hole to be repaired is in an area of the glove that is used for spreading cement (edge of the palm), you might want to cover the patch with a piece of wax paper and hold it in place while the glue expands and hardens. That way the glue will harden up flat. The wax paper can later be removed.


The glue applies easily from its squeeze bottle. Rub a small amount on both the patch and the area to be patched and stick them together. Weight the patches down or use clothes pins as clamps, if need be, while the glue sets. Use wax paper as a barrier to protect things from the glue.

Small pin holes need no patch, just a dab of glue over them.

To put on a finger tip patch cut from another glove (kind of like a condom), it helps to fill the finger of the glove to be repaired with something to keep it inflated. In the picture below, I used a small plastic container that fit inside the finger nicely. The end of a broom stick might work, or something else finger-shaped. With the finger stuffing in place, the patch will fit better until the glue hardens.

Let the glue set and you are done.

Step 5: BONUS

After sacrificing a glove for patch material, you can squeeze a little more utility out of it by cutting rubber bands from the cuff and the fingers. Rubber bands have lots of uses.



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    11 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    If you do lots of work with rubber gloves, and cement, or concrete mix, maybe patching before holes appear would be just as good. Some ideas I have would be to glue the outside of a pair of gloves, and place them inside another pair. This would give double duty thickness to your gloves. Yes two pairs of gloves needed! But, as holes begin to wear on the outer glove, then patch the outer glove, before the hole goes into the inner glove! Just an idea that came to mind.

    Another, would be to cut a piece of rubber roofing, or inner tube from car/truck tire, and shape it to double layer the whole working side of the glove. Glue it to the palm side of the glove prior to use, giving you the double thickness, or heavy duty layer, before holes begin to compromise the glove itself.

    While waiting to repair the gloves until holes begin to appear, would seem okay, if you know holes will happen, then adding extra thickness before using them, would be just a good, or maybe better. Preventive maintenance!

    Kinda like changing oil in our vehicle... We don't wait to change oil until the engine starts burning oil.... we change the oil prior to breakdown, thus preventing the engine from going bad. Same idea for the rubber gloves. Prevent those holes from the very start!

    Or, if ya don't quite get the oil thing.... How about placing of seat covers on our seats in our vehicles... Some do, some don't, but those who don't, will find wear and tear can make seats in vehicles wear out, rip, fade, etc.. So, place a seat cover over that first pair of gloves, and repair the seat cover, and not the seat itself, or gloves in this case!

    simply just an idea, that is all....


    Sometimes when we do something, we need to consider the cost. Considering the time cost, you may choose a cheaper gloves for one time use, this can saving you a lot of time rather than repair it. Our company is a work glove manufacturer, you can go to our website to see what kind of cheaper gloves that could be a one time use glove .

    1 reply

    Wow, a glove manufacturer!

    I see that many of your gloves are coated fabric gloves. My experience with repeated use of such gloves in cement work, washing out the gloves tends to create bad smelling gloves that I don't want to put my hands into. Of the locally available gloves, the solid rubber gloves are my favorites for cement work. Of those, the thinner ones tear more easily and become trash, which creates a burden on the environment. The thicker ones eventually become trash, too, but I think the greater amount of use I get out of them justifies the extra amount of material in them and the chemical burden on the environment that they carry.

    One-time-use gloves fall nicely into the throw-away mentality that keeps creating mountains of trash. I do use disposable gloves sometimes, especially for materials that are hard to clean off, but I try to reuse them as many times as I can before throwing them away.

    Synthetic materials have obvious practical advantages, and obvious disposal problems. I don't see my way out of some dilemmas, and just keep working because of my urge to work.

    If gloves can't be cleanly biodegradable, they are an environmental trash problem. Patching them can extend their lifespans some, but they still become trash eventually. Nobody recycles them as material.

    The best solution I have come up with is to try to build with trash in general. See my instructable,

    China is a world manufacturing powerhouse these days, with a big pollution problem sometimes shared with the rest of the world. We are all earthlings. We all have to work together on this.

    I wish a chemist somewhere would figure out how to turn some of our plastic trash into a plasterable mesh material to make trash rocks with. As long as we stick with non-biodegradable materials we will have a growing pile of trash. We might as well put it to good use as fill material if we can't recycle it.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    Possibly, and where you cut them from the glove allows different sizes.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    Yeah, I was thinking that too. Different size gloves would yield different size belts as well. I doubt I will throw another glove away.

    Uncle Kudzu

    9 years ago on Introduction

    interesting! is the Simian Glue flexible? wonder if bike innertubes and patch glue might be a good source of extra rubber for you?

    3 replies

    Yes, the Simian Glue flexes enough. I'm not familiar with the bike patch glue. I don't know if the glove rubber and the inner tube rubber is chemically the same. It might work. Might not. One glove can provide a lot of patch material for repairing other gloves. Also, if you ever need strong rubber bands, you can cut them from the fingers or the cuff of an old glove.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Bike batch glue is actually room temperature (sometimes called cold) vulcanizing fluid or patch cement. It can make very flexible patches. But you might have tried it already under a different name.