Introduction: Top-quality whiteboard paint needs to be stored and applied with care, as it is not really a kind of paint but a type of surface coating with special qualities that make it different from interior wall paint, weather-coat paint, and other paints. The following topics related to handling whiteboard paint are discussed below: (1) the importance of applying a proper base coat; (2) the need to use the right amount of product for a given-sized surface; (3) the need to be aware of the paint’s shelf life; (4) the amount of time the paint can be safely stored; and (5) the importance of applying whiteboard paint in a single uniform coat without going over your surface more than once.
The Right Whiteboard Paint Basecoat Matters
The surface to which you apply our top-grade whiteboard paint must be perfectly smooth, well-sealed, and covered with an appropriate base coat. ReMARKable Tintable Base Paint is the best possible paint to use for this purpose, but certain types of high-end satin or eggshell water-based enamels may also work. Our Tintable Base Paint was developed after years of exhaustive research by expert chemists in an effort to create a superior eco-friendly base paint to work in conjunction with our quality whiteboard coatings. The company’s founders, who are expert faux finishers and longtime whiteboard paint installers, tested all the brands of whiteboard coating on the market and found them to be deficient in many respects; all had significant issues with application, hazardous-gas emissions, smudging, yellowing, poor erasability, and irregular finishes that hindered effective writing.
Consequently, our top-quality whiteboard paints and Tintable Base Paint came into being to address the lack of truly effective products among all the other brands available on the market today. Considering that its formula was specifically developed to complement our whiteboard paint as a base coat, you can’t go wrong if you use our tintable base paint/primer as a foundation for your application. In this way you’ll experience an easy, trouble-free installation of our premium whiteboard coatings, and be guaranteed a durable, beautiful, and highly erasable whiteboard surface that will endure for ten-plus years of normal indoor use.
If you should choose to go with one of the above-mentioned satin or eggshell water-based enamels for your base coat, you’ll need to make sure that it has minimal amounts or is completely free of certain chemical additives such as anti-mildew agents, defoamers, and polyvinyl acetate (PVAC), which will create difficulties when they come into contact with our quality whiteboard paint. To learn about the additives to avoid in choosing a base paint besides our proprietary brand, just go to our official website and read item number four in the FAQ section, entitled, “How do I prepare my surface before applying ReMARKable?” There you’ll find information on the additives to stay away from as well as advice on preparation such as how to ensure a smooth surface and test the adhesion of your base coat.
Use the Right Amount of Whiteboard Paint
If you’ve got a 50-square-foot area to cover, then you should order the 50-square-foot kit. It’s important that you get the proper quantity of paint to coat your whole surface area. Round up when you’re figuring out the amount of paint you need for your project. For example, if you need to cover an 80-square-foot wall, the closest size to purchase will be a 100-square-foot kit. In this way you’ll be able to avoid the urge to “stretch” the coating and try to encompass more area than the amount of square footage shown on the kit’s containers, thus saving yourself from a failed installation.
Check the shelf life
You’ll want to avoid using expired product because it won’t apply well or be easy to write on and erase. Whiteboard paint that’s gone beyond its expiration date changes chemically and may congeal so that trying to mix parts A and B will result in an overly viscous blend that’s hard to apply and will result in an unsuitable whiteboard surface. The best place for storing whiteboard paint is a cool, dry area that is not subject to extremely hot or extremely cold temperature variations. For this reason, it’s best not to keep your product in a place like a garage, tool shed, or barn where temperatures can reach extremes of heat or cold due to the structures’ thin walls and exposure to the elements. The shelf life of our paints can actually be shortened by this type of storage, so find a cool, dry space in the interior of your home or office where room temperatures don’t fluctuate drastically from one day to the next or from season to season.
The suitable temperature recommendations for storing parts A and B of our top-quality whiteboard paint formula are as follows: Part A – minimum temperature = 7oC (44oF); maximum temperature = 25oC (77oF); Part B – minimum temperature = 4.44oC (40oF); maximum temperature = 50oC (122oF).
Length of Storage
Original unopened containers of our whiteboard paint parts A and B may be stored for up to six months with no problem, but it’s important to check the expiration date on your containers before you plan to use the paint; otherwise, if and you try to use the paint beyond its suggested shelf life you may have difficulties with your application like increased viscosity or separation of the ingredients. Keeping within the recommended temperature limits will help to maintain the standard six-month shelf life of your whiteboard coatings and ensure a trouble-free installation if the application, cleaning, and long-term maintenance instructions are carefully followed.
Avoid Back Rolling and Re-rolling Whiteboard Paint
To get the best results when installing our whiteboard coating, completely soak the microfiber sleeve on your roller with whiteboard paint and apply it to your surface using a vertical motion from ceiling to floor, overlap about 30%, and do the section next to it from floor to ceiling. Repeat this procedure until your wall is thoroughly covered, cutting in with a 2” foam brush as you go along. While you roll on the coating, constantly lead with the part of the roller closest to the handle called the “heel,” using a mild forward pressure toward the heel while slightly twisting the roller handle back and forth. This will help you to distribute the coating evenly onto the surface so that you’ll end up with a uniformly smooth finished product that will be easy to write on and erase for many years to come.
When you get all the way across the wall while applying your whiteboard coating, even if you have a little material left, resist the urge to go back and re-roll or back roll. This type of action agitates the endothermic film of the coating that’s already been laid down, resulting in an inconsistent surface sheen and difficulties with writing and erasing after the coating cures. Repeatedly going over whiteboard paint with your roller after it’s been applied will no doubt affect formation of the coating’s water-resistant film and produce a botched application.
Using many passes with a paint roller and trying to stretch or extend the material to avoid runs and drips is a common technique in applying ordinary interior wall paint or other types of paint, but it should not be used with our products, which are in fact high-grade professional surface coatings not paints, and are designed to be installed in one even layer, not several thin layers as are other paints. Making many passes with your roller will produce a thin, bumpy, uneven finished surface that reveals minute dots when it’s written or drawn on with dry-erase markers and then erased, thus compromising the effectiveness and toughness of the whiteboard coating. Additionally, you should avoid applying our premium whiteboard paint too thickly, as this will make the coating “run” or “sag,” also leading to an unsuccessful application.