Chapter 21. Lab IV-4 Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Superglue Fuming

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

  • Magnifier

  • Slide, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Acetone

  • Aluminum foil

  • Baking soda

  • Camera (optional)

  • Cotton balls (real cotton)

  • Fuming chamber (see text)

  • Index cards or paper (white)

  • Paper towels

  • Scanner (optional)

  • Superglue, cyanoacrylate (bottle or tube)

  • Tape, packing or similar transparent

  • Specimens: nonporous with latent fingerprints


Acetone is flammable. Handle superglue carefully, or you might find ...

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