How to Make a Latex Suit

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Using a hair dryer can help speed up the process of curing your latex suit.
Using a hair dryer can help speed up the process of curing your latex suit. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Halloween is a time to dress up and eat all the candy you can. Making your own costume can be lots of fun and rewarding when you're finished. Costumes like Batman and Catwoman call for a latex suit, and making one yourself gives your suit the perfect custom fit. Making a latex suit requires the help of at least one other person, and the suit takes a couple hours to dry and complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Large sheet of plastic
  • Body moisturizing lotion, non-petroleum-based
  • Plastic wrap
  • Spandex bodysuit
  • 2 quarts of liquid latex
  • Several foam brushes
  • Silicon-based rubber protectant

Spread out a large sheet of plastic on the floor. Stand on the plastic.

Apply lotion evenly everywhere on the body of the person who will be wearing the suit. The person may keep his undergarments on during this process. Wipe off any excess lotion. Repeat.

Wrap plastic wrap completely around the person's torso.

Put a zippered spandex bodysuit on the person and smooth it out.

Paint the spandex suit with one quart of liquid latex using a foam brush. If the latex starts to cure in the brush, throw the brush away and continue painting with a new one. This will be your base coat.

Spread the person's arms and legs apart. No body parts should be touching each other. Allow time for the latex to dry. This usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

Repeat steps five and six. Use different colors of liquid latex and paint designs on the suit with your foam brush if you desire. This is the fun part! Design and color are completely up to you.

Apply silicon-based rubber protectant evenly onto the entire latex suit with a foam brush.

Remove the latex suit from the body. Roll the latex off the shoulder. Unzip the spandex suit underneath. Slowly peel off the suit from head to toe. The whole latex suit should end up inside out when completely removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pulling the latex suit off slowly prevents it from ripping and sticking to the body.
  • Repair holes by applying leftover liquid latex.
  • Choose a bodysuit that you would like the latex suit to look like.
  • Provide props for the person in latex to rest his hands on while the suit dries.

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