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Similarities and Differences between White and Clear Whiteboard Paint

by | Sep 28, 2020 | Whiteboard Walls

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Whiteboard Paint Formula

Both the clear and white versions of premium whiteboard coating are made with exactly the same formula in a state-of-the-art production facility under the close supervision of highly skilled chemists and engineers. The only difference between the two varieties of whiteboard coating is the fact that titanium is added to the clear formula during production to make it white, thus causing the finished product to have a surface that looks like that of a traditional whiteboard.

Dry-Erase Paint Pricing

The high-quality clear whiteboard coating and the “white” Remarkable brand coating are available for exactly the same price, which is quite affordable. When considering the whiteboard coatings on today’s market that are the most cost-effective, durable, and environmentally friendly, our coatings come out on top, as they possess all of these advantages and are of superior quality. They also offer two great means of presenting information and generating creative ideas – a highly durable, writable, and erasable whiteboard surface and a handy projection screen that can be used for an endless variety of purposes.

Premium whiteboard coatings can be installed in an office, classroom, retail shop, or other venues for a fraction of the cost of traditional whiteboards, which offer much less surface area for writing and drawing compared to expansive canvases of whiteboard coated walls. With the price of a conventional 4’ x 6’ or 24-square-foot framed whiteboard being $200 or more, it’s no surprise that individuals, companies, and organizations are increasingly converting to whiteboard walls in offices, homes, classrooms, and other venues, where a 50-square-foot surface can be coated for approximately the same cost. In many instances, buying $200 worth of coating will allow a whole wall to be covered and used as a writing–and-drawing surface that’s much more spacious and accessible than a standard framed whiteboard for recording notes, leaving memos, and brainstorming in letters large enough for everyone in the room to see.

Moreover, a premium whiteboard coated wall has an average lifespan that’s three times longer than that of a standard framed melamine whiteboard, making for even greater cost efficiency over time, as well as reduced work time and waste since it eliminates the need to move and dispose of worn-out non-recyclable, environmentally unfriendly whiteboards.

Another factor to consider in the price of whiteboard coated walls is the fact that they save money by offering an excellent alternative to standard projection screens, which are often expensive, difficult to handle and set up, and susceptible to depreciation over time so that users need to perform regular repairs or purchase periodic replacements. Prices for high-performance, top-grade projector screens can range from around $1,500 and up depending on the size desired. Thus, combining the outstanding utility and long lifetime of a top-grade whiteboard surface with the cost-effectiveness of an integrated projector screen makes sound business sense.

Whiteboard Base Coat

Both the clear and white versions of the whiteboard coating should be applied over the specified top-quality base coat, and the best choice in this regard is premium ReMARKable Tintable Base Paint because it is specially formulated to work in synchrony with the coatings. However, if you choose to use a different type of paint as a base coat, a high-quality satin or eggshell water-based enamel can be applied, providing it contains no additives that will cause unfavorable chemical reactions with our coatings.

Because our proprietary Tintable Base Paint and primer in one was developed specifically for use with our high-end whiteboard coatings, its chemical components will always remain consistent and appropriate to use no matter when you purchase them. However, the formulas and chemicals used in other base paints are likely to be periodically altered by the manufacturers, making it impossible to know if a specific type of paint will be acceptable as a base coat for our whiteboard coatings. For instance, a company might unexpectedly start including additives in their base paints that produce harmful interactions with our coatings, which will, in turn, cause issues with the adhesiveness, sheen, writability, look, and other aspects of the whiteboard coated surface.

Also, it’s important to avoid base paints that contain problematic additives such as rheology or flow modifiers, antimicrobial compounds, polyvinyl acetate (PVA), and the other chemicals listed under question four in our official website’s FAQ section: “How do I prepare my surface before applying ReMARKable?” When these chemicals interact with the top-quality whiteboard coating, they typically produce bubbling, poor adhesion, and other issues that will make the finished whiteboard surface look unsightly and difficult to write on, erase, and maintain. For the most up-to-date information on which base paints are acceptable for use under top-quality whiteboard coatings, contact our experienced customer service representatives at the number listed on our website.

For the above-mentioned reasons, if you wish to use a base coat other than Remarkable Tintable Base Paint, we recommend that you apply a good-quality water-based satin or eggshell enamel. With respect to sheen, these kinds of enamels are midway in the range between extremely flat and extremely glossy, so they may be applied as base paints under our whiteboard coatings without causing issues such as soaking of the topcoat into the base coat and compromising the quality of the whiteboard coated surface. If a paint that’s too flat is applied as a base coat, this kind of soaking problem will occur, and the quality and durability of the topcoat will be compromised.

Application of White Coating

The white version of premium whiteboard coating should only be applied over a surface that’s covered in true white paint. Base coats such as Tintable Remarkable Base Paint that are specially designed to be used with quality whiteboard coatings are always best to use with our products. This high-end base paint eliminates the need for a primer before it’s applied. Whether you’re planning to coat an already painted surface, fresh drywall, a glossy surface such as a framed whiteboard, or an absorptive surface such as a chalkboard, Tintable Remarkable Base Paint and primer in one has excellent adhesive and sealing properties. If two generous coats of the Base Paint are applied, with a three-to-four-hour waiting period between coats, the result will be the ideal undercoat for top-quality whiteboard coating.

Application of Clear Coating

The premium clear whiteboard coating can be used over white or any light to mid-toned enamel surface, such as one in pastel blue, pink, peach, lavender, or your choice of various shades of white. As mentioned with regard to the white coating, the recommended paint to use as a base coat with the clear coating is ReMARKable Tintable Base Paint; however, some other varieties of good quality satin or eggshell water-based enamel paints can also be applied. The Tintable Base Paint/primer may be tinted with universal colorants to produce any light or mid-toned shade you want. However, it’s best to avoid using darker tints with the Base Paint so that dry erase ink markings can always be readily seen on the finished whiteboard coated surface.

As mentioned above, when choosing a base coat for use under either the clear and white version of the coating, it’s important to avoid paints whose formulas include additives such as rheology or flow modifiers, antimicrobial chemicals, polyvinyl acetate (PVA), and the other ingredients mentioned under question four on our official website’s FAQ section: “How do I prepare my surface before applying ReMARKable?” These chemicals react adversely with the ingredients in both the clear and white coatings, and as a result, bubbling and other problems can occur that will affect the durability, erasability, and look of your finished whiteboard surface. Our customer support team, who are also experienced whiteboard coating installers, can give you the most up-to-date details on water-based enamel paints that contain none of these additives and thus are appropriate to use as base coats under our whiteboard coatings.

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