sealing microscope slides
Posted 05 October 2011 - 07:20 AM
I came to my slides this morning to look at them and some of the mountant had leaked out of some of the slides and therefore i needed to re-seal them with nail varnish :-(
Also does anyone have any tips for removing mountant from coverslips??? as when i clean the counterslip it becomes blurry and therefore hard to see my tissue.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:21 AM
As for cleaning your coverslip, you have to be careful because most solvents that will clean off the mounting fluid can also disolve the nail polish that is sealing your slide. I have had different experiences using a dilute acetone, or methanol/ethanol, but no matter what, you should always use a Cotton swab or nub of Kimwipe and dip just a litle bit in the solvent and gently wipe only the center area of the coverslip.
Best of Luck.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 02:15 PM
I like to use glycergel for mounting - it is solid at room temp and there is no need to wait for curing, which lowers the risk of drying out and you don't need to seal the edges if you just want a quick look at the slides.