Whiteboard Paint

June 17th, 2013 by KTU | Filed under Notes on Approaches.

For some time, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of painted on whiteboard surfaces. I have a shop/office in a commercial loft in Philadelphia with plain white drywall partitions. When I was in Home Depot I saw this Rust-Oleum paint. It’s about $20.  I thought I’d give it a try.

Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint

My dad was at the shop and did the job for me. Results below. In sum, it’s pretty good stuff. Make sure the wall is nice and smooth. There were a few nubs on my wall, and these get knocked off with use, and then the marker adheres to those knocked-off spots. We applied three coats to create about 30 square feet of surface. We used about 2/3 of the paint. The coverage information on the can implies you can create 70 square feet. I think you can do about half of that realistically. It’s a two-part epoxy paint. We used a postal scale to weigh proportions.

Marking out border with blue tape after light sanding.

Three coats (20 minutes dry time between each). We mixed paint twice -- as I was worried about pot life of the paint.

Peel off the tape.

Voila. Not bad at all. Works very well.

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