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Forensics Source Lightning Latent Print Powder

Lightning Delta Latent print powders adhere to surfaces well and reproduce clearly.

  • First developed in 1936, Lightning® latent print powders can be used on a wide variety of surfaces including glass, paint or varnish, some plastics, untreated metal, smooth untreated wood and wax. Noted for it's coal-black hue and its ability to adhere to the latent print, but not to the background surface.
  • Heavy powder will not float and "dust" the technician
  • The Original" powder is recommended for all general dusting situations
  • Buying tip: We recommend buying the more economical 16-ounce jar and refilling the smaller 90 cc jars, for ease of use. The 90 cc jars have an extra-wide mouth, so it is easy to insert your brush into the jar without spilling powder
  • Powder Colors: Black, White, Bi-Chromatic, Silver/Gray, Magnetic Black, Magnetic Silver/Gray, Magnetic White, Magnetic Bi-Chromatic
  • Sizes: 1 oz., 2 oz., 3 oz., 16 oz.
  • About White powder:
  • Use a dedicated Zephyr® Fiberglass Brush for white powder to avoid contamination from other colors of powder
  • Dust the surface and lift the print with white powder the same way you would with black powder
  • About Bi-Chromatic™ powder:
  • Lightning® Bi-Chromatic™ powder has the remarkable properties of appearing black when dusted on a light-colored surface and appearing silver when dusted on a dark-colored surface
  • You can use the same Zephyr® fiberglass brush and Bi-Chromatic™ powder for 90 percent of your dusting requirements at crime scenes
  • The greatest advantage of using Bi-Chromatic™ powder is that the lifted prints will be black when placed on a white backing card, eliminating the bother of comparing latent prints with light-colored ridges on a black background against rolled prints with black ridges on a white background
  • Only white backing cards will be needed; there is no need for black backing cards with Bi-Chromatic™ powder
  • About Silver/Gray powder:
  • Lightning® Silver/Gray powder is recommended for use on all glass, metallic, highly-varnished surfaces, hard rubber, safes, blue-steel guns or dark-colored surfaces
  • Many technicians prefer silver/gray powder due to its high sensitivity for developing latent prints on so many different surfaces
  • Place a lift of a latent print developed with silver/gray powder on a black backing card
  • We recommended using a different Zephyr® Fiberglass Brush for each color of powder, therefore, if you use black powder have one Zephyr® brush for your jar of black powder and another Zephyr® Fiberglass Brush for your jar of silver/gray powder
  • About Magnetic powders:
  • Magnetic latent print powders are similar in appearance to standard powders, but they contain iron so that they will adhere to a magnet
  • When a magnetic powder applicator is dipped into the jar of magnetic powder, the powder gathers around the magnetic end of the applicator and it becomes a "brush"
  • When dusting is complete, hold the applicator over the jar, and a short pull on the top end will lift the magnet, allowing the powder to drop back into the jar
  • Very little powder is wasted
  • Wide-mouth jar of magnetic powder will accept the large ball of powder held on the tip of the magnetic applicator
  • Applied with a magnetic applicator, magnetic powder is recommended for use in dusting glossy papers (such as magazine covers), tissue paper, rough or polished wood, leather, plastics, glass, and rubber
  • Works exceptionally well on plastic baggies after they have been treated with glue fumes

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Forensics Source Lightning Latent Print Powder

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