Spirit Gum is a type of glue commonly used in theater. It has strong holding powers and is safe to use on skin (to attach prosthetics or wigs). However, getting Spirit Gum off quickly can sometimes be a little tricky, unless you use the right products. If you don't remove it properly, Spirit Gum may irritate your skin.
Things You'll Need
- Spirit Gum Remover (or rubbing alcohol)
- Cotton swabs
- Cotton balls
Dip a cotton swab in Spirit Gum Remover or rubbing alcohol. Dab the swab on the Spirit Gum. If a prosthetic is still attached to your skin, rub the swab as close to the edge (where the skin and prosthetic meet) as you can.
Continue swabbing with the remover or alcohol. Switch out the dirty swabs with clean swabs, as needed. If part of the prosthetic is still attached to your skin, lift the edge of the prosthetic while dabbing beneath it with a cotton swab.
Apply Spirit Gum remover to a cotton ball. Wipe all of the remaining Spirit Gum off of your skin. Usually, you will not need to apply a lot of the remover (it is rather concentrated).
Dampen a clean cloth in warm water and a gentle soap. Gently cleanse the leftover traces of remover from your skin.
Dry the now-clean area of skin. Use a moisturizer, as necessary (especially if you used rubbing alcohol).
Tips & Warnings
- Spirit Gum Remover can also be used if Spirit Gum has gotten on surfaces other than skin (the dressing room table, for example). Buy Spirit Gum Remover at costume shops and theatrical-supply stores.
- Do not rub your skin too hard when removing Spirit Gum, or you will cause irritation. Apply more remover solution, as necessary.
What Glue Is Used to Stick Latex to Skin
When putting together a costume for a theater show or even simply for Halloween, you may need to attach latex props such...
How to Remove Sticky Adhesive Gum Residue
Stickers, labels and other adhesive items can be a pesky problem. Trying to remove these items can leave behind a sticky or...
How to Remove Gum From Wood
Smashed gum on wood floors or wood furniture is not the most pleasant sight. Gum tends to stick like glue to most...
Substitutes for Spirit Gum
Spirit gum is a skin-safe, resin-based adhesive best known for its application in gluing costume prosthetics to the face. Though inexpensive and...
What Is Gum Spirit of Turpentine?
Gum spirits of turpentine is used as a thinner for oil-based paints, in particular in oil painting. Turpentine was originally used in...