I tried the gloves from work today while working on the steering pump. They aren't as tough as I tought, had a couple "blow outs", but nothing a quick change couldn't cure. Found that changing gloves whenever I came up for air kept the sweat problem to a minimum.
The garage had some gloves with a gripping surface, I got a couple of those as well. I'll try them out soon.
I still got a little dirty, mostly the forearms above the gloves, but definitely much easier to clean up.
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