How to Dress for Welding Safety – Kevin Caron

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How to Dress for Welding Safety - Kevin Caron

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From – Artist Kevin Caron explains what PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) he wears to stay safe when welding …

Kevin Caron did a video about shop safety, and one viewer said, “But what about your personal safety? What kind of PPE – personal protection equipment – do you wear in your art studio every day?”

Kevin Caron starts at the bottom. He prefers steel-toed engineer boots. So when he drops something heavy, he doesn’t lose a toe! He also likes engineer boots because there are no laces or tongues for a spark to sit in. Because these boots are all leather, there’s no place for a spark to burn through, either.

Next, just plain cotton blue jeans. Kevin Caron likes Levis because they fit him better. Also, no rips, no frays, no tears – and no way for the sparks to get inside. You want the sparks to just roll right off.

Next up, a plain cotton T-shirt. He likes to leave his untucked because it’s cooler and sparks roll off – you’re protected all the way to the floor.

For arm and hand protection – very important because you use your hands a lot! – Kevin Caron sometimes uses heat sleeves. They’re fireproof and heatproof. He thinks they made be made of smoke and magic because he can lean right on a TIG weld and not feel it.

The heat sleeves have clips so you can attach them to your T-shirt and have protection down to your hands, then pull your gloves up over them. Oddly enough, though they’re not sparkproof, so don’t wear them when MIG welding or stick welding (arc welding).

For TIG welding or oxygen-acetylene welding, Kevin Caron likes Tillman 1490 gloves. They fit his hands the best, have plenty of padding, and the mesh on the back lets them breathe and keep his hands a little cooler.

For MIG welding or stick welding, Kevin Caron likes the Tillman 1250s. He just picked up a pair of ProStars at his local Praxair weldng supply; they’re made by Tillman, too.

Any time he’s MIG welding or stick welding, he wears a welding jacket. He recently picked up a welding jacket with leather sleeves to deal with those pesky sparks that like to settle in the inside of the elbow.

To top things off, Kevin Caron wears a welding cap. It keeps sparks out of your hair, and the bill on the back protects your neck from sparks. Then just a decent, autodarkening welding helmet. He likes the leather bib that helps protect the front of your chest from sparks and sunburn.

Kevin Caron is ready to get back to work, so you have time to come out to to see more how-to videos and be sure to visit “Works in progress” to see what he’s working on now.

Well, you might want to stick around and see him stump the Voice ….

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Artist Kevin Caron has been sculpting full time since 2006. See – and hear – his amazing metal and large format 3D-printed sculptures, which are found in public and private places coast-to-coast and online at

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12 Responses

  1. Adam SpitzerDecember 28, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    geez, its like your preparing for a zombie apocalypse…ive seen dudes weld in jeans, t shirt, helmet, and maybe gloves

  2. Colin AntinkDecember 28, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I’m VERY new to welding. But have brought what seem to apparently be overkill ppe. Leather welding jacket with sleeves. A buy once cry once Lincoln auto helmet. A few sets of gloves till I found a pair that fitted very well and I liked. A good resperiator that fits under my helmet. However I had no clue I needed something on my hair. Makes sense now I think of it actually. Guessing a backwards baseball cap will work? Or will I wind up giving myself an instant hair cut…..

  3. The ApprenticeDecember 28, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Kevin! First time welder here, I am doing some floor panel replacement on my truck. I have not welded on the truck itself yet. But when I will weld in my floor patches, where is my ground clamp supposed to be? I mean, I am shooting electricity into the old betsy. Isnt the gas tank going to blow up? wont I fry something? I mean the blow up part is more pressing. there is oil on the undercarriage, most likely just lubricant. but should I be cleaning the whole area before hand?

  4. Raising AwesomeDecember 28, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Can you give a recommendation on a hood for TIG and stick welding. We plan to buy a Everlast multi process welder that also plasma cuts. Welding masks vary from $35 t $300. Don't want to go cheap and burn my son's eyes out. Or go expensive and burn my son's eyes out.

  5. Bill WightmanDecember 28, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Hey Kevin – caught myself on fire once while using a cutting torch. Lots of sparks, had on an upper garment that covered my arms down to my waist. 501's and tennis shoes (oops!). The fire apparently started by a spark into the laces on the tennis shoes – then ignited the 501's. Felt like some big bug on my leg. What actually got my attention was the smell of burning HAIR. Shut down the torch to find my left leg on fire :-0. No problem it was easy to put out and no real bad burns either. None the less – lesson learned. No tennis shoes any more! Love your videos brother. Tons of good stuff here!!! – Bill.

  6. desalvo66December 28, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I started using a army surplus nomex coveralls flight suit, as general work wear..  keeps my clothes clean.. and is "fire proof"..???  a little hot at times though.. but I like to wear pants underneath..

  7. musciartDecember 28, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Perfectly timed for me. Thank you Kevin

  8. Mark TrombleyDecember 28, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    A full hood (made of cotton) helps stop sparks but also stops light from making reflections on the inside of your viewing area.

  9. ColKorn1965December 28, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Don't play with gasoline before welding.

  10. Bruce DDecember 28, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Kevin, you did not mention a welding apron , I use mine all the time ,it even has a small pocket for a chalk marker. I also use welding sleeves so I can wear a tshirt when it is hot .

  11. Kevin HornbuckleDecember 29, 2018 at 12:20 am

    I know this guy (um, really personally) who was arc welding while wearing normal tennis shoes. A piece of slag dropped on his foot and melted through the top of the shoe, burned through the sock, between two toes, through the other side of the sock, through the sole of the shoe, and finally onto the ground. He did the the unhappy dance rapidly.

  12. Max SmithDecember 29, 2018 at 1:04 am

    I need a bib on top of my helmet, sparks are always jumping down the top of my helmet. Any solutions for that? It's a scary sight watching the spark jump around near my eyes.