Chapter 18. Lab IV-1 Dusting and Lifting Latent Fingerprints

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Fingerprint brush

  • Fingerprint powder, black

  • Fingerprint powder, white

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Camera with macro capability (optional)

  • Desk lamp

  • Index cards or paper (white and black)

  • Scanner (optional)

  • Tape, packing or similar transparent

  • Ultraviolet (UV) light source (optional)

  • Specimens: objects with fingerprints


We’ll begin with the oldest fingerprint development method, dusting. With the exception of using magnetic powders to treat recently touched ...

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