Handle removed samples gently. Avoid touching failure sites with bare hands and do not place mating fracture surfaces together. Even light contact can smear microscopic fracture features or dislodge fragile corrosion products.

If samples are wet, dry in a gentle air stream before packing. In most cases, it is preferable that samples are not coated with any protective oil or other product before packing.

Pack samples in sealed bags or wrapped tightly in plastic. Provide cushion between samples and outside of container to avoid damage in transit.