How to Remove Spirit Gum

Written by corey m. mackenzie
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Spirit Gum is a type of glue commonly used in theatre. 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.

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Things you need

  • Spirit Gum Remover (or rubbing alcohol)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls
  • Cloth
  • Soap

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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).

  4. 4

    Dampen a clean cloth in warm water and a gentle soap. Gently cleanse the leftover traces of remover from your skin.

  5. 5

    Dry the now-clean area of skin. Use a moisturiser, as necessary (especially if you used rubbing alcohol).

Tips and warnings

  • Spirit Gum Remover can also be used if Spirit Gum has got 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.

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