Butyl offers excellent chemical resistance against ketones, acids, esters and amine derivatives. It is a supple and elastic synthetic material, allowing the user to retain dexterity if the material is not too thick. As it is quite expensive, butyl is classed as a specialpurpose polymer, reserved for applications requiring very high, targeted, chemical protection.

NB: butyl has poor mechanical properties when heavily stressed in chemical environments. In those conditions, a thick glove, with a cotton lining is recommended, since this reinforces the mechanical properties of the glove, and therefore its durability. In addition, butyl is not appropriate for prolonged contact with aromatic or chlorinated solvents, as these provoke rapid deterioration of the material.