Re: *#@!sticking base molds HELP!

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From:"L. Gibbs" <>
To:Kelly Pruitt <>
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I boil all stainless steel base molds in soapy water. (I prefer
powder soaps for the lab- less residue). After bringing to a
boil, remove from heat. When the water cools, you can toss out
the solid paraffin layer and rinse soap off of molds.
Those molds will sparkle!


On Wed, 26 Apr 2000, Kelly Pruitt wrote:

> Hi Histoland!  I need help. 
> What can I do to keep my base molds from sticking to my blocks?  We clean them in xylene and then soap and water.  We air dry them.  We treat/spray them while they are clean with Histo Prep after they have air dried.  I give them a good coating when I use the Histo Prep.  The larger molds are usually good for one use.  On the biopsy molds, they stick every time.  It doesn't matter what I do.  
> We have bought some of the plastic disposable molds, but they slow embedding down for me.  
> Does anyone have a clue what the problem is?  Does anyone know what I can do?  Please help!
> Kelly S. Pruitt, HT (ASCP)
> Texas A&M University
> College of Veterinary Medicine
> Dept. of Veterinary Anatomy & Public Health
> Histology Laboratory
> College Station, Texas 77868-4458
> phone: 409-845-3177
> fax: 409-847-8981

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