Don’t Use Chalkboard and Magnetic Paint Until You Read This!

Most of us have seen those painted chalkboard and magnetic walls and thought, “maybe I should do that!”  Well, here’s the lowdown on what works, what doesn’t, and how to get the effect you really want.

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The claim:  chalkboard paint can easily create a message board or art display in practically any room.  The truth:  it really can, but you don’t need to use a specific chalkboard paint that may come in a limited palette of colors.

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Here’s the secret formula:  for each cup of regular paint in any color, add in 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout and stir to break up clumps.  Apply paint with a roller or sponge paintbrush, and use multiple coats for even coverage.  After it dries, sand lightly with 150 grit sandpaper and wipe off dust.  Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire thing, then wipe away chalk with a barely damp sponge.

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The claim:  magnetic paint can transform a wall into a spot to display anything you want to display with magnets.  The truth:  it just doesn’t work well.  A couple of years ago, one of my design clients wanted to create a magnetic area for her daughter to display her art and school work.  After 3+ coats of magnetic paint, the area still was not magnetic enough to hold most magnets, much less a magnet holding a piece of paper!

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Have you seen those tiny super-strong magnets?  They work pretty well, but those are kind of scary for kids to use (easily swallowed).  Don’t know if you saw the Grey’s Anatomy episode about the kid who ingested a handful of magnets, but it was NOT pretty.  Anywho, my client ended up being able to use those very light word magnets found in those magnetic poetry kits – her daughter creates sentences and poems on the wall, but is unable to hang anything on it.

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Here’s how they arranged the magnetic words in the form of a Christmas tree last year:

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So, forget the magnetic paint.  If you want a magnetic space that actually works – go to the hardware store and purchase a large sheet of galvanized steel (make sure it’s magnetic before you buy it).   You can even use a metal backsplash for a stove (just don’t get a stainless steel one).  Then you can paint it any color you like – painting won’t impact the magnetism.  Attach a hanger on the back and mount it on your wall.

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So now you know the good, the bad, and the truth about chalkboard and magnetic paint.  If you’ve had experience using either, please share!  Make sure you “like” me on Facebook so you don’t miss any extras from The Decorologist!

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Sherry
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Sherry

Great post, Kristie! I did not know this about chalkboard & magnetic paints!

David B. Lytle
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Why is it people seem to be so enamored with putting a chalkboard in their homes? Understand that the way chalk makes a mark on a chalkboard is that it is rubbed across the surface that is rough. This roughness bites into the chalk and grinds it away, thus leaving a line or mark on the chalkboard. The line or mark on the chalkboard is made up of millions of tiny microscopic bits of the chalk. These bits then fall off the chalkboard and end up on the floor or the smallest particles fly through the house landing on every… Read more »

karin
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karin

Note that wipe-off markers make a mess of children's clothing, furniture, and rugs when the markers get dropped, or the kids aren't paying attention to the business end of the marker.  They have made permanent marks on some cute clothes and a carpet.  They might be good for older kids, but not good for toddlers, etc!

Kristen
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Kristen

Dry erase CRAYONS are where its at!!!

Elaine
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Elaine

Markers are not in our home until my 5 year old can put the caps back on–I’m DONE trying to re-cap the markers, dry-erase or otherwise and tired of throwing dried out markers away! Chalk is a mess, too and the chalkboard never looks as good as new. I’m leaving the artsy stuff to the playroom, not my kitchen, thank you.

Megan
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Megan

Wait guys! Don’t throw out your dried out markers!!!

Put your them in a jar with water and let them sit awhile. Homemade watercolors. My favorite watercolors were from my kids’ dried out markers. Highlighters are GREAT to use. It’s also a great opportunity to introduce color theory by using different colors to make “new” colors.

Samantha Bruce
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Samantha Bruce

You sound like a really fun parent…

Let kids make a mess and enjoy their childhood. ‘Cute’ clothes and your carpet shouldn’t be thought of as more important than your own child’s chance to learn, grow, explore and enjoythis world, form
Being so consumed by cleanliness

Stinky
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Stinky

I mean, I agree, but there’s a balance. Ruining a carpet is a good lesson for a kid, hence the invention of carpet tiles – but if my kid needs to learn the lesson more than once, then I’ll buy a new kid.

sam
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sam

My 2 year old learned how to replace the caps before she was even 2. it’s all about teaching. Try teaching your child instead of taking the fun/learning experience away.

Michelle
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Michelle

Smaller children leave the caps off of markers also, and they dry out.

Jenny
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Jenny

Yes, good point Karin! I’m all for the chalkboard and chalk. I mean so what if it creates some dust. Buy some pledge and vacuum once a week. If chalk falls onto the carpet it doesn’t stain. I can recall always wanting to be the one called on in class as a young grade schooler to get to write on the chalkboard. I loved it. I think kids hVefun with it. I’m doing a project right now with the headboard of a crib and I’m making the solid panel on it the chalkboard and painting the rest with a little… Read more »

Pualani
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Pualani

Completely agree. Chalk…no mess..dusting is so much easier than soaking clothes, shampooing carpets, shampooing couches. Cleaning other walls that the kids deside to draw on…

Teresa
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Teresa

Not to mention the toxic smell of dry erase markers gives me a headache before my first word is written. Chalk is much cooler, in my opinion.

Laura
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Laura

Sounds like David has a vested interest.  Boo.

Amanda
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Amanda

I have a 3 and 6 yr old and theres NO way I’d give them markers for their room. Chalkboard dust I can handle.

Kelsey
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Kelsey

I don’t know if you have done anything with the chalkboard or not, if so, or if you still wanted to… I went through Amazon and found DUSTLESS chalk. It is amazing. We have a 2 yr old and 4 yr old, they LOVE their wall. And dust is very hard to find unless they scrub the chalk on the wall.
Just thought I would share what I found

Carmen
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Carmen

What is the footprint ratio for markers and chalk. How much waste are you throwing out?

elisa
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elisa

Plus chalk is biodegradable and that is a nice feature – without having to toss markers.

Liza
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Liza

Sydney, did you just use the word “jew” as a derogatory comment? Seriously? I feel like I went back in time to 1935.

Srsly?
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Srsly?

I can’t believe this comment is still here…

Lea
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Lea

It has been studied and children learn how to write better on a surface with resistance. A markerboard does not provide that. So thats one reason. I have had a chalkboard in my basement for two years now. I got it for free – so thats another reason. Painters tape comes on and off it without damage, very useful for a preschool teacher; reason three. Chalk and water are cheaper than markers and a special cleaner, and water is safer for the kids. We have used chalk bombs, chalk sponged, chalk spray; all made by the children with Dollar Store… Read more »

Mkovak
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Mkovak

Use the new chalk pens and you won’t have that problem. They are at hobby lobby.

brenna
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brenna

Hi, would the chalkboard paint work with acrylic? I need to paint a pane of glass, and want it to stick.
Thanks! (Great Post!!)
Brenna

Lauretta
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Lauretta

Can anyone tell me if there is a magnetic paint that could be used as a white board as well with dry erase markers? I’m looking to prepare a wall that we could post things to with magnets or with writing, but we also need the space to remain white so that we can use it as a projector screen. Our space is limited it must serve many purposes. Any suggestions would be most helpful!

David B. Lytle
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I make and sell Magically Magnetic Paint additive. You mix this dry powder with white primer paint and paint at least two coats on any wall, three or four coats for greatest strength, and magnets will stick to the wall like it was made of steel. Finish with a coat of your regular color finish paint with no additive and you are done. We also make and sell a material that is white, write and wipe on the front and sheet magnet on the back. It will stick beautifully to the magnetic paint on the wall. You can use markers… Read more »

Ashley B.
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Ashley B.

Here’s a question for you david…can I double the additive for say my first coat? Or here’s another idea…adding your powder additive to the magnetic paint they sell at the store to make it stronger for one or two coats and then put regular strength coats on top-just to cut down on how many coats I have to do. 2 extra magnetic coats sounds better to me than 4-5 less magnetic coats.
I’m trying to make a magnetic (strong) chalk board backsplash for my kitchen.

MEZ
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MEZ

David

Can you please respond to Ashley B comment as I am interested in the response

Eliza
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Eliza

Instead of paints we used self-adhesive films recently, we have 2 in 1, magnetic wall that you can write on and we were even able to print on them. Looks cool.

Kelly
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I did not know that about the chalkboard paint. Good to know for future projects!

Jamie
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Jamie

Love, love, LOVE THIS! I’m obsessed with chalkboard paint. I repainted a chalk board for our house, plus I’ve made chalkboards for a certain niece and nephew. I’ve always used the spray paint, which isn’t bad, but it isn’t great. Plus, you can’t get it in all those fun colors – ha! I’m pretty excited to know how to make my own now. And good stuff about the magnetic paint. I’ve thought about doing the same thing (for the purposes of magnetic poetry) on kitchen cabinets or some other fun place and now I’ve got the scoop. This might be… Read more »

Cammie
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Cammie

When you make your own chalkboard paint, do you use oil based or water based? Latex or no? Thank you!!

Sarah
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Sarah

Do you need to let the chalkboard paint dry for 3 days like the commercial stuff? something to do with the grout being added? I’m about to refinish the front of our fridge which is old and rusty (real fixer upper we moved into) and chalkboard would be perfect, would like to find the cheapest option. what about primer, any old will do?

Julie
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Julie

I am currently on coat 12 or 13 of my magnetic paint project…I can get the magnet to actually stay on the board now. Just wondering how many coats it would take to get a strong magnetism in the paint. I am thinking 20 -24 coats! Anybody tried it??

David B. Lytle
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It should only take two coats to get magnets to stick. Spray magnetic paint may take more. The most important thing is to stir the magnetic paint very throughly when you start to get the magnetic particles in the paint held in suspension in the paint and then stir it again every time you add more magnetic paint to your paint tray. The magnetic particles are heavier than the paint and will settle to the bottom. When you get a premixed magnetic paint, these heavy particles are all on the bottom of the can in a thick sludge. Even the… Read more »

Chris
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We did magnetic paint for our daughter’s room in our last house. I think the key to getting a good bite out of the magnets is to be constantly stirring up the paint. The magnetism comes from metal filings in teh paint, and they really want to settle out. By having a helper constantly stir the paint, and only applying as much as you can before settlement, you may get better results. I got a good hold out of 2 coats of paint, but not a fantastic one.

Dominique
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Silly me – I Googled “painting a magnetic chalkboard” after I went through the trouble of 4 coats of magnetic paint (still barely holds a magnet) and a coat of chalkboard paint. I’m looking for some clever trim ideas to finish up the project. But really, the work, the mess, the cost, it has occurred to me that I should have just found a source for a good, strong magnetic board. Next time. You’ve got a lovely site. First time I came across it, but I’ll be back. Cheers.

Tabitha
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Tabitha

Dominique.. I am doing that VERY same thing right now… So bummed!! I can not stand wasting my time on ANYTHING that doesn’t work! Because I/we have to fix it to boot!

Jessi
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Jessi

I literally just wrote on my things to do: return metal primer and purchase magnetic primer for chalkboard. I’m putting one in my daughter’s room. After reading your site, I had to rewrite me to do list, which included going to the recyling plant to see if I could get a chunk of steel. Thank you so much for posting what you did – I can get super frustrated, and I know I would have flipped out for sure at putting on more than 3 coats! Thanks so much : ).

David B. Lytle
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I came across your site and read with interest your “truth about magnetic paint”. Much of what you say is correct, but there is a lot more to know about magnetic paint than paint it on your wall and magnets will stick. First there are different brands of magnetic paint. Some are pre-mixed with primer paint and are difficult to stir up. They go on black or a very dark gray color. I invented a dry magnetic paint additive that mixes with white primer. It mixes up easily in seconds and is fresh every time you use it. It goes… Read more »

Joane
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Joane

From a lawyers perspective I think it is very important to know that anyone who buys the additive from Lytle and mixes the paint themselves is violating patent law. I would advise that anyone recommending this technique further on blogs do their homework and understand the implications. David Lytle should know this as well, he is playing with fire here.

Phil
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Phil

I do not understand how this would involve making the people who mix the paint themselves guilty of violating patent law. Patent law generally doesn’t apply to an individual making something of this nature for themselves, but more by making a profit selling something. While it is possible that Lytle may be violating patent law, I have doubts that the selling of a dry mixture of metal filings (and whatever else may be in there, if anything) for addition to paint is covered by a patent since the mixture ratios would be what is patentable. It is not like metal… Read more »

Mikel
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Mikel

Agreed! This is not violation of patent law unless you intend to sell. Also we had done this sort of thing long before it had became a patent.

Great post though op.

Sean
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Sean

Almost anything that’s legal to own is legal to construct for personal use. There are a few devices that are illegal to tamper with or modify but purely for safety, security, or substance control reasons. Unless you live in North Korea don’t be so willing to get nannied by the State.

Josie
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Josie

I just wanted to say how I love the above comment by Sean “Unless you live in North Korea don’t be so willing to get nannied by the State”. It is too funny but very true making it more funny. So many people live in fear of the government through media and lack of knowledge about our laws and the constitution. Anyway just wanted to say that and I love this blog.

Daniel
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Daniel

First, I work in patent law and I can guarantee you that without a through legal read of the claims in a patent you CANNOT make the statement that someone is infringing a patent. To the others,a patent prohibits others from making, using,importing, offering for sale, and selling, this not have to have a direct commercial connection. Anyway ignore Joane.

David B. Lytle
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Joanne “says” she is a lawyer. I say she is a scare monger. I have been selling the magnetic paint additive I invented for over 15 years with not a problem from anyone. You are doing nothing wrong or illegal by using it to paint your walls.

David B. Lytle
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After writing the above, I thought it might be good to show your readers this picture of one of my customer’s walls with a collection of their family photos, all in heavy wooden frames, hanging nicely by magnetism, on a wall painted with our Magically Magnetic Paint. Here is the link to the photo. http://www.lyt.com/images/InitialSet/wiley02.jpg

Here is another link to our Testimonials page with many more photos of magnetic walls and letters from our customers showing how they used our Magically Magnetic paint. http://www.lyt.com/servlet/the-file/testimonial.html/Page

Jack
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Thanks, I built a restaurant in SF back in 1998 using a lot of galvanized metal sheets. One large wall was galvanized metal painted with chalkboard paint. This was before the secret of the ingredients was exposed. I am now building a children’s tech and science museum in Assisi, Italy and I wanted to do this again. I was considering the magnetic paint, but it is double or triple the cost here and the surface area I need to do is large. After reading your post, I think I will stick with the galvanized sheet metal.

Tracy Davis
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Tracy Davis

I am working on painting sheet metal with appliance paint and finding out if I can create a decent magnetic whiteboard for my class room wall. All of these specialty products are so pricey, and my test piece is doing well- $10 for a 2 x 3 piece of metal and maybe a dollar’s worth of appliance paint successful so far. Letting marker sit for a couple of days to see if it still erases. This was one crappy coat and no sanding… I contacted the sheet metal place to pick up 5X 10sheets for $70 each. Way cheper than… Read more »

Paula
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Paula

Thanks for the post! I just made a small magnetic chalkboard for my fridge using chalkboard paint on galvanized metal and was ready to buy the magnetic paint to do a portion of a wall (then overcoat with the chalkboard paint). I will stick with the galvanized metal. I already have a quart of the chalkboard paint that I don’t want to waste so I will not be trying the other product mentioned above. The chalkboard paint covers well in 2 -3 coats so you will save me a tremendous amount of time!!!! Does anyone have any cool ideas about… Read more »

David Lytle
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Paula, the most direct way to mount the sheet of metal to your wall would be with a few well placed wood screws into the studs behind the wall board. It will require making holes in the wall to find the wooden studs. Hold your metal piece up against the wall where you want to mount it. Get it straight and level and then draw a faint pencil line around the metal piece. Take the metal down and draw a straight horizontal line across about an inch below the line at the top of the outline and another about an… Read more »

Lady O
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Lady O

Or you could just use a battery-powered stud-finder…

Lynnea
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Lynnea

That’s what I was thinking!

kelly
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kelly

I just tried the store bought chalkboard spray paint on a portion of white enamel plyboard that I had cut to fit in an antique frame that I had purchased. I was so excited and and couldn’t wait for the third and final coat to dry so that I could try it out and was SOOOOOO disappointed to find out that it didn’t! I used the colored crayon shaped chalk that my daughter had so maybe that is part of the problem but I can just tell by the way it applies to the board it isn’t going to ever… Read more »

Patrish
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Hi,

Quick question…. Can I paint a piece of sheet metal with chalboard paint and use it as a magnetic board as well as a chalkboard?

Thanks,

Patrish

Leslie
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Leslie

If it’s for your kitchen, try a cookie sheet. Works great!

David B. Lytle
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Patrish, yes you can paint chalkboard paint on a piece of sheet steel and make a magnetic chalkboard. The thing that interrupt the attract tion of magnets to a sheet of steel is space between the steel surface and the magnet. A coat or two of paint will not add enough space between the steel and a magnet to interfere with the magnetic attraction. Many sheets of paper will sometimes interrupt the pull of a magnet on magnetic paint or a sheet of solid steel by adding enough space between the steel and the magnet. The problem with painting on… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

You can paint Metal as long as you use a bonding primer and a little scuffing of the surface. Any paint vendor can tell you what you need. The trick to magnetic paint is you must stir it constantly. I am a commercial painting contractor we have installed this on quite a few occasions for some clients who demand a working product. 2 coats wont do it. 4 coats is best. When the product fails is mostly because the metal is in the bottom of the can and not thoroughly mixed into the paint. To help with this for a… Read more »

Dave B
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Dave B

Just left the store and all they had was the spray paint… Bought it knowing it would suck and make a mess… Hopefully I can save my project with your method

Joyce Snelten
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Joyce Snelten

Hi..Kristie….thank you for this post! I was at Home Depot yesterday because I had an idea to paint galvanized sheet metal (magnetic) with chalkboard paint to use in my craft room (to sketch ideas/adhere products etc…) I want a black background as the chalkboard, but do I need to prime the metal first? Do you think the regular chalkboard paint in black is not good to use? Or will it be fine in my application?
Thanks for your help!

Shanagh
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Shanagh

Hi! Thanks for this, I’m on a tight budget but really want to make a magnetic chalkboard, so this is great, the only issue I’m having is that I have no idea what unsanded tile grout is! Would the standard (I’m guessing sanded) tile grout do the same trick?

cindy
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sanded grout will be too gritty and difficult to write on. Unsanded grout is used for wall tiles, that usually have a glossy finish- the unsanded grout won’t scratch the surface of glossy tiles. You can usually find it anywhere they sell tiles or local hardware stores. You don’t need much- the hard part may be finding a small bag/box of grout.

cindy
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have you tried the homemade chalkboard paint yourself? I just finished a whole wall in my kitchen and even though I carefully stirred the lumps out, after it dried, I’ve found in many places tiny bumps of grout. and what about the sanding off with 150 grit? I just used 220, and lightly, lightly sanded. But it seems to have taken off some of the paint in spots. I had given it two good coats and still I have some spots wearing through. Now I will have to touch up several spots and then re-sand before I condition with chalk.… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

I have used the Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint numerous times. It’s great. Of course it’s black, but it works. Very well. I have also used the Rustoleum (I’m pretty sure) magnetic paint. This is a roll on product. 5 coats works well if you have reasonably strong magnets. The most recent project was an easel for my daughter. 5 coats of magnetic, one coat of chalkboard. The Melissa & Doug magnetic numbers and letters stick just fine. The chalkboard wipes clean with a damp paper towel. I always use a WhizzFlock (google it) roller cover to apply these products. They… Read more »

Ramiro
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Ramiro

Chris, I am doing a few researches from school and it would be really helpfull to me if I have the chance to talk to you. My email is [email protected], if you have the chance shoot me an email.

 

Thank you very much.

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Julie
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Julie

Hi – I’m still not sure if I have to prime the galvanized steel sheet before painting it. And, if so, what primer people would recommend.

Thx!

AJ
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AJ

By now you've probably finished your project ages ago, but for anyone else wondering the same thing your best bet is probably a spray primer because it's metal.

Spray primers are often oil based (if the can says it cleans up using mineral spirits or some other chemical like that it means it's oil based, if it says soap and water then it's water based), and that'll be your best choice for priming. For priming most things really, but definitely for applying paint to non-porous or troublesome surfaces. After that you can apply any paint with a much higher success rate.

Beeg
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Beeg

Thanks for the tips! We currently tape our child’s artworks on our beautiful stainless steel fridge. Needless to say, it’s not the prettiest sight. I want to create a magnetic wall somewhere in the kitchen so we can post her artworks there. Yet, the only wall space available is narrow. I searched for magnetic boards for the size I need, and it could cost upwards of $100+! I don’t have the time to paint 24 coats of magnetic paint either. I am now heading over to Home Depot to get a galvanized sheet!

Emily
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Emily

You probably have been long done with your project, but I just got 2 custom pieces of sheet metal for a very specific area (galvanized for a magnet board) at a sheet metal fabricator in town. These guys usually are making gutters or roofing things, but some are happy to cut custom sheets. It cost me $30 for part of a wall…which is kind of expensive, but at least I know it is the right size, fits the right place and will do what I want it to do.

Mary
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Mary

I have a question- I just bought some picture frames at a garage sale that I was planning to paint with chalkboard paint. I spray painted the frames black, but wanted to paint the inner part chalkboard. Can I paint directly on top of the glass with the acrylic paint/unsanded grout or will this not work? If not, what do you suggested that I do instead? Thank you!

Kim
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Kim

Hello, I was wandering if you would please tell me what kind of paint to use for the chalkboard paint. Acrylic craft paint or interior wall paint if wall paint would I buy flat? I have an idea of a craft I want to start making for kids so I need to know off this method is kid friendly? Thanks in advance for your help, Kim

Johanna
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Johanna

I’m planning on painting an entire wall with chalkboard paint, so would it still be smart to put galvanized steel on the wall first? And if so, what is the best way to make it stay in tact?

Jennifer
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Jennifer

For those of you who have done the chalkboard paint, has the mess been an issue? Trying to convince husband to do it in daughters room but he is determined it will cause a big mess when writing. We could do it over tile or carpet, which would ya’ll recommend?

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Go to home depot and get a gutter that you would put on your house (with endcaps) and put underneath the chalkboard paint. It serves as a holder for the chalk and it will collect the chalkdust without it going on the floor.

Candy
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Candy

Like most of you, I tried to create a Magnetic Chalk board prior to reading this post. Again, the chalk board work great but the magnetic effect was a waste of effort. I have managed to find a piece of 8’X4′, 20 gauge sheet of metal. Very Reasonable price. Good tip to take a magnet to make sure it is magnetic. I am looking forward to making a large Magnetic Chalk Board for my kitchen. I loved my stainless steel kitchen appliances…until I tried to post my daughters wonderful artwork. Live and learn..

David B. Lytle
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Stainless steel is beautiful but unless it is cheap stainless steel, made with less nickel than the more expensive stainless, magnets will not stick. Magnets don’t stick to nickel, only steel. I make a material I call Magna-Mount that has self adhesive on the back and a clean smooth write and wipe surface on the front. It looks like a white vinyl sheet and magnets stick to it like they stick to steel. Just cut the material to the right size for your fridge door, peel off the protective paper backing, stick the sheet on your fridge door and you… Read more »

Ashley
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Ashley

I found this article while looking into making a magnetic chalkboard. Benjamin Moore just came out with a chalboard paint product that can be tinted to any Benjamin Moore color (except for the Color Stories Collection). Thanks for the info about galvanized steel–I will probably stick with that tip and use BM’s new product. Most BM stores can save your name in their computer and keep track of the colors/products you buy so that they are easily duplicatable. Thank you for all this info!

Lydia
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Lydia

I just found this page while searching for “how to make magnetic paint.” I’m glad to have found it. I will use your galvanized-steel trick instead. Thank you!

Anne
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Anne

Can the magnetic additive be added directly to chalkboard paint rather than painting the magnetic surface and painting the chalkboard over it?

David B. Lytle
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Anne, it is always best to add the magically Magnetic paint additive to a white primer/sealer paint and paint enough coats on the wall to give you the desired magnetic pull and then sand the magnetic paint lightly with 000 sand paper when dry. You are sanding to knock off any little high spots of texture from the magnetic paint, not to sand it smooth. Then paint the magnetic paint. If you mix the magnetic additive with the chalkboard paint, the resulting texture may be too rough for your needs.

Courtney Schwab
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Courtney Schwab

Would it work if I painted the magnetic galvanized steel with chalkboard paint? I'm looking for a two in one combo for my daughters' playroom. Do they sell the steel at Lowe's you think? Thank you!

H. Bodle
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H. Bodle

We tried painting magnetic paint under our chalkboard paint on a big piece of wood.  The magnetic paint works only a little bit (which I would have found out earlier had I actually researched it).  So we have the chalkboard paint over top.  It is working well as a chalkboard, but the surface is rough because of the magnetic paint.  Do you have any suggestions as to how to smooth it out now that the whole thing is already finished?  I didn't know if sanding it down and then painting a little more chalkboard paint on would work or ruin… Read more »

Amanda
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Amanda

We did the same thing, Bodle. Definitely not a fan of the magnetic primer and really wish I would have researched it beforehand. We had the same problem you did and I knew we couldn't leave it that rough, so we took sandpaper (pretty sure most any will do, but the finer the better) and went ahead and sanded it afterwards and it is MUCH better now. The original result of the magnetic primer is still the same and everything is nice and smooth. We added a coat of chalkboard paint again afterwards, just in case. But fair warning, it's… Read more »

MaryEllen M.
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MaryEllen M.

Hi, when you said when you add they regular paint, did you mean that your adding the regular paint to the chalkboard paint or are you making your own chalkboard paint?? I really found this very informational I just found that that part very confusing, so if you or anybody can define what that text means, I would be very, very grateful. Thank you!

Anita @ Cedar HIll
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Kristie, I just saw this post, although clearly it was written a long time ago. Thanks for the tip, since I'm working on a mambo chalkboard, and how I rethinking how I will make it. Maybe a sheet of metal would work well, since I could use magnets and chalk. I already bought the blackboard paint, but I guess I will use it, but I will keep this in mind for future projects.

 

Ramiro
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Ramiro

For what I read, one of the biggest concerns of using a paint for chalkboards is that you cannot choose colors. What about if you have the chance of buying paint for chalkboards having different colors to choose?

DeAnna
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DeAnna

Hey.. found this post after painting 5 coats of magnetic paint! I went back to Lowes and bought the larger round magnets that came 6 in a pack for $3… they work great and hold up paper well… my girls and I glued glass beads on them and made our own decorator magnets… I fou d that the premade magnets that you buy from stores that have ceramic/resin decoratjons on them can be heavy and that seems to be the problem, not the magnetic paint…. atleast it was in my case. …

karyn
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karyn

Hi DeAnna did you get your magnetic paint from lowes? thanks!

Carole
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Carole

Thanks for info will use metal panel on wall

Rachel
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Rachel

I really wish I could Pin this 🙁

lisa
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lisa

I have a question that I hope you can help with. I have used the commercial brand of chalkboard paint twice, following the directions to the T. Both times the finish has come out “pocky” and after a short time even when cleaned with a damp cloth has become blurry. Is there a top coat that needs to be put on to make it smoother or should I just re do both projects (one is a wall, so I am leary!) thanks Lisa

Amy Snow
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Amy Snow

What type of paint have you found works best on the galvanized steel sheets? Unfortunately, I found your post after have invested time and money in the magnetic paint . . . . . but also FORTUNATELY found it because I was wondering if paint would stick to galvanized steel. I thought I’d found my dream product in stainless steel mosaic tiles, but can’t find any that contain an alloy to attract magnets (my fridge is actual stainless, not stainless look, and magnets stick to it, but I don’t want to scratch it – sure wish someone would make tiles… Read more »

Crystal
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Crystal

Can you use chalkboard paint over the galvanized steel?

Sam
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Sam

I loved your project, and was thinking about doing it on a wall in my soon-to-be home. I voiced it to my boyfriend and his only concern was the magnetizing aspect messing up other appliances in home.
Now that he brought it up, I can’t get it out of me head.
So, does it? Have you, or anyone seen a large magnetic sheet of steel covered in chalkboard paint present polarity problems with other appliances?

Thank you in advance, Great read btw. Saved.

Sam

Kasha
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Kasha

I have a question. Can you paint the galvanized metal?
* can chalk board paint be used on it?
* will it maintain it’s metallic shine?
Can dry erase markers be used on galvanized metal?
Does anyone know if thee is a special paint/coating that can be used, that allows dry erase markers to be used on it?

Philip
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Philip

Do you have to mix the unsanded grout with water before mixing with the paint? I am having some difficulty removing lumps from the mix! Please help. Thanks!

BrittneyAnne
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BrittneyAnne

Does anyone have any photos to share of their multi colored chalkboard project? I’m excited to use this idea and need color ideas!

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Jenna
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Jenna

I’m thinking about painting my (white) fridge with red chalk board paint! Any tips?!?

hope
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hope

hi there
I wonder ( does the magnetic work with the black chalkboard ) ..
can i put a magnetic stuff on my wall after i paint it with chalkboard paint ?
thank you

hope
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hope

hi there .. I wonder ( does the magnetic work with the black chalkboard )
can i use a magnetic stuff on my wall after i pain it with the black chalkboard paint ?

thank you

Layla
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Layla

Hi, I painted my fridge with black matt laquer and after it dried i used the charkoal. When I tried to wipe it, with a damp cloth I saw it didnt wiped it all. It looks like it’s stained, like an old used charkboard. I didnt however, rob the entire thing with chark. anny sugestions?