Paint & Plastics Safety Apparel

In almost any manufacturing facility, the team member needs to be protected from specific threats, such as cuts and burns. But there are two areas of the plant where the focus is to protect the end product, be it a component, a vehicle, or rocket, from scratches, contamination, and the oils left behind from incidental contact: the Paint and Plastic Departments. There, it’s all out war to make sure nothing comes between the paint and the parts, or the paint won’t properly adhere, causing costly off-lines.

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Paint & Plastics Safety Apparel

Low Lint Products for Paint Protection

The Paint Departments of most automotive manufacturing facilities, and some Tier 1s, require strict controls to ensure proper paint adhesion. One of these controls is to have team members wear silicone-free, low-lint gloves and sleeves. These products can come in contact with the vehicle without affecting the paint adhesion process. For over 20 years, Tri-Star Glove has worked closely with automotive manufacturers to create low lint solutions that help keep vehicles out of the paint hospital.

Features and Benefits of Tri-Star Glove’s Low Lint Products

All of our low lint products are made in the U.S.A. and knitted in a separate fiber-free clean room. This environment is designed to eliminate errant particulate and provide consistent, high-performance products.

During the automotive paint process, most manufacturers use white sealer to fill joints in the metal panels to stop salt from penetrating, which causes rust to form. In the Paint Department, if team members wear white low lint gloves, the white sealer can end up on the gloves, which then gets transferred to the metal. Sealer will stop paint from adhering to the metal, resulting in costly off-lines. As a countermeasure, Tri-Star has worked with one major manufacture to design different colored gloves to create contrast that permits visual tracking when the sealer is present. This halts contamination before it causes a problem, and avoids costly off-lines. The various colors have become Kaizen or a continuous improvement and are being used by many major automotive manufacturers.
(Example: When white sealer adheres to any of our black, blue, dark green, heather green or black low-lint gloves you can quickly view the contamination with the colour contrast and change gloves).

The traditional method of closing or overcasting the cuff opening of the glove is done with a sewing machine that uses multiple threads that create an airborne errant particulate when cut with scissors. This particulate could end up being transferred from the glove to the vehicle, causing a paint seed, where the paint covers over the particulate and can easily be picked open exposing the metal. As a countermeasure, Tri-Star has created a new approach to overcasting the knitted glove without involving a sewing machine, thread, or scissors. We insert a thermal X-yarn in the final stages of the cuff during the knitting process, in a specific color to denote the size. It is then run through an oven to heat set the yarn. The finished glove can be laundered without the introduction of threads and lint.

With today’s varied-sized workforce, and the quest for thin, tight-fitting gloves, we found that offering multiple sizes is extremely important for team members to properly do their job. To ensure the proper fit, we manufacture low lint gloves from sizes XS up to 2XL.

Choose from our wide selection of silicone-free, low lint products:

  • Low lint paint gloves
  • Low lint paint gloves with cut protection
  • Low lint anti-static paint glove
  • Low lint paint sleeve
  • Low lint paint sleeve with cut protection
  • Low lint watch covers

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Cut Protection for Paint and Plastics

At Tri-Star Glove, we understand the threat of injury when coming in contact with sharp metal or burrs in the Paint Department and sharp parts in the Plastics Department. It used to be that these departments would need to outfit team members with a low lint glove/sleeve as well as a cut-protective glove/sleeve, potentially introducing errant particulate and incurring additional costs. As a countermeasure, we developed silicone-free, low-lint gloves and sleeves that not only protect the part or vehicle from contamination that may inhibit paint adhesion, but also provide level A2 cut protection and significant cost savings.

Choose Tri-Star Glove Today

At Tri-Star, we listen closely to manufacturers and their Tier 1s in order to create customized solutions for a variety of threats including cold weather, molten metal, and arc flash. We ship high-performance protective apparel across the United States and Canada, and all Tri-Star Glove products are proudly made in the U.S.A. at our manufacturing facility in Indiana. For further information, please contact us by calling (812) 227-3602.

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