PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, provides good resistance to numerous acids and alkalis, and is associated with good mechanical resistance where the gloves are lined with fabric. PVC does not contain allergens such as proteins or accelerators, and so is well-tolerated by users.
PVC gloves are not recommended for situations where they may come into contact with chemical solvents (ketones, alkanes, etc.). Contact with these products leads to the extraction of the plasticisers, and, as a result, the glove stiffens.
PVC gloves must not be used for handling hot parts (>80°C), to avoid their deterioration.