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03-03-2021 10:52 PM

I like to keep some kind of hand cream on/near my bench, as my hands get really dry and cracked. If I use any kinds of chemicals its even worse. I have used a few of my wifes hand creams but they usually either leave a greasy feeling or seem to do nothing. I bought some O’Keefes hand cream at Home Depot and it worked well, but it was kind of expensive for a little tube, I think $7 or $8. Was curious if anybody knew anything that was less expensive that helped with the dry/cracking that maybe could get a larger size of?


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#1 posted 03-03-2021 11:11 PM

I use O’Keefe’s Working Hands. Not cheap, but a little goes a long way and I’ve found it heals dry, cracked skin better than anything else I’ve tried.

Maybe give Corn Husker’s Lotion a try. It’s been around for decades.

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#2 posted 03-03-2021 11:12 PM

bag balm. It’s made for animal udders.

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#3 posted 03-03-2021 11:16 PM

Pure cold-pressed linseed oil! Anti-inflammatory, also protects against UV rays, free-radicals, dry itchy skin, psoriasis, excema, allergic reactions, etc,.

You can use it as a finish too. Being a purist, I dont use boiled linseed oil, only the pure stuff and I always mix it with MS.

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#4 posted 03-03-2021 11:22 PM



bag balm. It s made for animal udders.

- Loren


Ditto.

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#5 posted 03-03-2021 11:32 PM



I use O Keefe s Working Hands. Not cheap, but a little goes a long way and I ve found it heals dry, cracked skin better than anything else I ve tried.

Maybe give Corn Husker s Lotion a try. It s been around for decades.

- Rich


I agree with Rich – a little of the O’Keefes goes a long way. O’Keefe’s also has a nighttime hand cream that I use and that seems to help repair the cracks and damage I incur during the day.

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#6 posted 03-03-2021 11:45 PM

You can find the O’Keefes at harbor freight for $6.

https://www.harborfreight.com/34-oz-okeeffes-working-hands-creme-96466.html

Unfortunately, rumor is they’ve stopped doing 20% off coupons. Which was nearly the only incentive to go there.

I was pretty sick one winter and had to wash my hands constantly; which seriously dried them out. Had never had an issue with dry/cracked hands to that point. Maybe the meds had an impact? Either way it was rough.

O’Keefes was decent. But the best thing was one of the hand creams from Avon. No idea what it’s called, but my mom uses it and offered me some. It was shocking how well that stuff worked. Keep meaning to ask her for the details.

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#7 posted 03-04-2021 01:00 AM

I use Palmers cocoa butter it only takes a little bit and smells good

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#8 posted 03-04-2021 01:25 AM

Does the Bag Balm leave a greasy residue?

Wouldn’t linseed oil also just leave your hands oily?

The O’keefes works great just a little pricey at Home Depot. I’ll check HF.

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#9 posted 03-04-2021 01:33 AM

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#10 posted 03-04-2021 01:52 AM



Does the Bag Balm leave a greasy residue?

Wouldn’t linseed oil also just leave your hands oily?

The O’keefes works great just a little pricey at Home Depot. I’ll check HF.

- SMP


Feels great to me but I have leathery, work hardened palms. Others may not have the same results. :)

-- Darrel

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#11 posted 03-04-2021 02:12 AM

I use O Keefe s Working Hands. – Rich
+1 O'Keefe's Working Hands

But only use the jar version.
The tubes contain Dimethicone.
Dimethicone is silicone fluid that will cause fish eye defects on sprayed finishes, if residues are not completely removed.

+1 a little goes a long way.

Put some 7mil nitrile gloves on when playing solvents!
They are back in stock at most automotive finishing suppliers and auto parts stores, even if HF is sold out.

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#12 posted 03-04-2021 02:44 AM

At $6 for a little tin, O’Keefes is a bit pricey. It works.

The back of my hands will crack so badly that I bleed. IMHO, it’s not time to be concerned about cost.

-- Ray

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#13 posted 03-04-2021 02:57 AM



You can find the O’Keefes at harbor freight for $6.

https://www.harborfreight.com/34-oz-okeeffes-working-hands-creme-96466.html

Unfortunately, rumor is they’ve stopped doing 20% off coupons. Which was nearly the only incentive to go there.

I was pretty sick one winter and had to wash my hands constantly; which seriously dried them out. Had never had an issue with dry/cracked hands to that point. Maybe the meds had an impact? Either way it was rough.

O’Keefes was decent. But the best thing was one of the hand creams from Avon. No idea what it’s called, but my mom uses it and offered me some. It was shocking how well that stuff worked. Keep meaning to ask her for the details.

- Wood_Scraps

Avon Moisture Therapy

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#14 posted 03-04-2021 03:15 AM

O’Keefes is hard to beat in my opinion. No odor, not greasy, and a bargain depending on what problems you have with dry hands. Hell safe to say many chuck more money away in screw ups in the shop.

Used Bag Balm in the past as have been around a cow or two off an on early in my life. Had the stuff everywhere at the dairy. I haven’t used the stuff in many years and only use it now with regards to some sort of minor infection in a cut.

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#15 posted 03-04-2021 03:36 AM


O Keefes is hard to beat in my opinion. No odor, not greasy, and a bargain depending on what problems you have with dry hands. Hell safe to say many chuck more money away in screw ups in the shop.

Used Bag Balm in the past as have been around a cow or two off an on early in my life. Had the stuff everywhere at the dairy. I haven t used the stuff in many years and only use it now with regards to some sort of minor infection in a cut.

- TravisH

True about O’Keefe’s good qualities. I can’t tolerate regular lotions. The greasy feel, and that smell is acrid in most of them.

I gotta say that your cost analysis relative to everyday shop costs is brilliant. That’s the way to think about it.

I’ve never tried bag balm, although I do enjoy nice teats from time to time. From what I can tell it’s no cheaper than O’Keefe’s.

After my first post I ordered some Corn Huskers Lotion. I remember that stuff being around in the ‘60s and my parents swore by it. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like compared to my memories from 60 years ago.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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