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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
Does anyone have recommendations for the usage or avoidance of comic-safe gloves?
Material to look for?
Best brands?

Also...does that vary from condition to condition or age to age?

...Or is the wash your hands and be gentle method good enough in most cases these days?

Thanks!
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Collector moodswing private msg quote post Address this user
"avoidance of comic-safe gloves"?

What do you mean by that? Are you just looking for glove recommendations?
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COLLECTOR kaptainmyke private msg quote post Address this user
latex gloves for that firm skid free grip

oh boy OOCT
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Collector Bontchimuz private msg quote post Address this user
Personally, when I handle anything old ( i collect WW1 and WW2 documents and materials etc as well as comics) I want my hands to handle them as any type of glove removes "feeling" and has in the past caused me to bend or break paper by mistake.

Just wash your hands and dont worry about it is my advice....but yes, please wash your hands as the "oil" as some say can ruin a book FOR ETERNITY AND BEYOND!!!!
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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by moodswing
"avoidance of comic-safe gloves"?

What do you mean by that? Are you just looking for glove recommendations?


As in which ones to avoid, like ones with materials that interact with comic paper, causing advancing deterioration, etc.

Plastic?
Latex?
Paper?

What is the safest options and worst options for raw book handling?
Perhaps @CBCS could chime in too?
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Collector DWeeB1967 private msg quote post Address this user
I've collected comics for over 30 years and I've never used gloves. Washing and thorough drying of hands is generally enough. Make sure that you don't handle comics with lotion on your hands as that can remove ink from the covers.
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COLLECTOR shrewbeer private msg quote post Address this user
Same here, nothing wrong with a good ol wash and dry.

I rebagged a shortbox last weekend, did it twice. After a bit your hands will get oily again
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Collector MightyMutt private msg quote post Address this user
If u need to use gloves I do recomend the cloth photography ones. They are cheap and disposable
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Collector moodswing private msg quote post Address this user
I have a couple pairs of white cotton gloves. They work pretty good.
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Collector Jakernaught private msg quote post Address this user
Wearing gloves is something people do In pictures to show how serious and professional they are when handling comics,therefore instilling confidence in your decision to entrust yours to them. Seems like you would be more likely to drop a book or bend a corner with those clunky gloves on. I wonder if anyone has ever dropped a tec 27 or action 1? Oh the humanity
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Collector Pre_Coder private msg quote post Address this user
I wash my hands with dish soap and warm water, dry off real good and wait a few minutes. Then it's down to business.
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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
Look on Amazon and/or eBay for "white cotton inspection gloves." Get a size larger than you think you need.
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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
@Jakernaught those gloves are very thin, so dexterity isn't an issue.
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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
Besides washing your hands, so far the verdict is either cotton gloves or disposable cloth gloves.

Do you have brand recommendations or an Amazon link?

One person mentioned latex, is that used by anyone else?

What does CBCS use? Clean hands or gloves?
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Collector moodswing private msg quote post Address this user
Just search amazon for cotton gloves. I think you might be thinking too much about it. Most collectors don't even bother with gloves, just make sure your hands are clean. If you are paranoid about fingerprints, get the gloves.
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Collector Thearrow private msg quote post Address this user
I would hate to say it but yes I have used gloves before. I used them on my golden age and my expensive silver age comics. I used the outee brand on Amazon they are cotton and can still have some dexterity. I would just wash and dry your hands real well.
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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
I would not use Latex, next thing you know one of the graders has a latex allergy and goes to the hospital all because of your Batman 227.
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Collector Bontchimuz private msg quote post Address this user
Is this actually a serious thread? lol
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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
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Is this actually a serious thread? lol
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Just search amazon for cotton gloves. I think you might be thinking too much about it. Most collectors don't even bother with gloves, just make sure your hands are clean. If you are paranoid about fingerprints, get the gloves.


Lol yes it's a serious thread, but like I said I just wash my hands like most - I was interested to see what the community uses and to my surprise some do or have used gloves before. I was curious which gloves are actually applicable to comic inspection(if any). Cloth materials seem to be the safest and most sensitive, but ultimately consistent hand washing seems best.
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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
Oh and if you are using gloves...avoid latex for allergies and thick gloves because you lose the necessary sensitivity to not accidentally damage the books.
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Collector MightyMutt private msg quote post Address this user
I have used latex and ruined a book. It was cheap however the later seems to have a more grip feel on the comics. It actually ripped mine a little. That's when a photography friend recomended the thin cloth or disposable cotton gloves
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Collector Savage_Spawn private msg quote post Address this user
I use boxing gloves...
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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user

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Collector BrianGreensnips private msg quote post Address this user
I wash my hands well before handling my books. My hands are usually very dry all the time. I have a relative whose hands are clammy and sweaty. We used to play pool all the time and he was always trying to keep his cue dry. So, I guess it could vary from person to person.
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COLLECTOR CFP_Comics private msg quote post Address this user
I always use gloves. Latex or vinyl.
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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
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I always use gloves. Latex or vinyl.


Interesting...

You are a professional when it comes to this stuff, so it seems there is a difference between the communities usage of gloves and yourself. Do you think CBCS also uses gloves during their pressing/grading services?

Now I imagine there is also a preference factor in play as some people may have never tried gloves before and always just use their bare hands, where some have tried gloves without success due to the dulling of sensitivity.
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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
@CFP_Comics

Do you use gloves no matter the situation? or only for high grade comics? and maybe only for professional practices? Like if you are looking at a modern comic that was printed 2 years ago, just bare hands I assume?

I'm just curious as to whether the comic book material/condition/age is a factor in whether or not you put them on.

How come Vinyl and Latex?
Have you tried other kinds before landing on these two?
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Collector DocBrown private msg quote post Address this user
Wash. Dawn is perfect for this. Wash as often as you handle them. Clean hands will work just fine. Any type of material over your hands causes you to lose sensation, and can lead to unintended damage.
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Collector KingNampa private msg quote post Address this user
I wear these when handling comics, helps me open the mylar bags faster.


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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
With the invention of Nitrile I'm surprised that latex is even still in use. Latex can be a serious danger for some people.
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