Should I wear gloves when detailing?

The short answer is YES. Every person reacts differently to car cleaning supplies, brake dust, oil, etc… I prefer to wear gloves because it protects my skin from the constant wear-and-tear on my hands from detailing. It also makes clean up much easier. For example, if I just spent 8 hours polishing the paint and I then have to get in the car to move it to the other side of the shop, I can simply remove my gloves and grab the steering wheel with no fear of having to reclean the steering wheel.