I like to use the gloves whenever I can... it really does make cleanup easier. I would like to find where to get the longer gloves, as wrist-length ones let me get dirty between glove cuff and coat/shirt cuff.
On particularly messy tasks (wheel bearings, engine teardown), I often double-up the gloves (wear a pair over a pair), so that if one gets ripped (usually from a snag), my hand doesn't get dirty before I can put on another glove. Speaking of rips, I find that the latex (at least in HF brand) end to "explode" when snagged, and the nitriles tend to rip more progressively. The nitrile/latex "dual layer" gloves that HF sells seem to be more rip resistant, but handle chemicals more poorly than their nitriles. Vinyls are even less likely to rip, but aren't form-fitting: their little wrinkles/flaps get in the way of touch, and also more easily get caught in zippers and such (I use them in class).
Any glove degrades my sense of touch, and, if I am tired, sometimes I have to remove gloves so that I can feel if threads are going together right. If not careful, the gloves tips can also get pulled into the threads of a bolt while screwing it in, and the gloves can get caught up when using a drill/air-tool.
kn33: More likely to get internal-organ cancer (probably liver) from oil and other chemicals. I have Scott in me, so I understand the sound of screaming pence/scheckles.
Edited by NorthWet, 15 March 2013 - 11:58 AM.