The concept of being able to use dry erase paint to turn anything you want into a dry erase or white board has always been a pretty cool idea to me ever since the first time I heard of it, and recently the PR folks from the company that makes IdeaPaint reached out to me to see if I would like to give some of it a try and, review it. They also offered up the opportunity to give away a set of their dry erase white board paint to one of my lucky US-based readers. Once you read the review, check out the rules at the bottom of the page and enter for your 3 chances to decorate your home or office with this IdeaPaint dry erase white board paint.
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In order to get started with the IdeaPaint dry erase paint, you will need a few basic painting supplies. The IdeaPaint comes with a roller brush, a mixing stick, a paint can opener, and two cans that mix together to create the IdeaPaint. The additional supplies that I picked up for my project were the wood and tarp that you see there in the background, the body of the paint roller, some painting tape, some sandpaper, a paint brush, a tray for the paint, and a small can of primer.
There are so many great things about the IdeaPaint dry erase paint, so I wanted to quickly point out some of those benefits:
- You get enough IdeaPaint dry erase paint to cover up to 25 square feet of almost any surface, which for the price is pretty good actually
- The product contains no formaldehyde which is found in other dry erase boards and continuously evaporates into the air wherever you install a standard dry erase board
- It uses fewer raw materials because its just the coating so you just apply it to an existing wall or surface
- No need to throw anything out if you decide to renovate, just paint right over it
- Unlike putting up pre-fabricated dry erase boards, if you want to cover a large or unique area, you wont end up with any seams that can result in an awkward writing surface
Because I am planning on a move soon, I decided not to use the IdeaPaint on one of the walls where I live, and instead just put it on a nice sized wooden board that I can hopefully use somewhere else down the road. The photo above shows the primer applied to the board in prep for getting the dry erase paint applied to it. I also tried the IdeaPaint on a few other surfaces, which you will see later…well you will see some of them later because I totally botched one of them. That one was my fault, not the IdeaPaint’s fault.
The IdeaPaint comes in two cans cleverly labeled “This” and “That” that you need to mix together when you are ready to apply it. Keep in mind once you actually mix the paint though, you have a limited time to finish applying it to whatever surface you have prepared. The paint pretty much smells like normal paint, but its pretty strong so make sure you do it in a well ventilated area. Once the paint was mixed it looked like normal white paint, but one other thing you need to be sure of is to use the roller that was provided in the box of IdeaPaint. Applying the paint was pretty easy, the only strange thing I noticed was that the paint did seem to get tacky pretty quickly, so you want to make sure you have your painting surface prepared and well thought out, and do your best to avoid any interruptions.
Once the dry erase paint was applied, I waited the required 7 days before writing on it, and it worked like a charm, although my photo is not great. Between my not so awesome photo skills, and trying to photograph such a large and glossy surface, this is the best I could do. The writing was very smooth, just like any other white board or dry erase board I’ve used, and erasing it went well also. I did occasionally find the need to use a napkin with a dab of water to clean off the board completely, but that can be said for many dry erase boards.
As I said I tried the idea paint on a few other things, and the only thing I didn’t totally butcher were my two attempts on some Levenger stuff. First you can see above that I applied the IdeaPaint to one of the plastic Levenger Circa covers, and put it in the back of one of my notebooks. I figured this would work well as a way to avoid wasting sheets of the Levenger paper to jot down quick notes and such. Unfortunately I probably waited a little too long so you might notice the top of the page looks a little mangled, but this was because I was getting to the end of the IdeaPaint’s time limit so it became a little tacky and wouldn’t lay down perfectly smooth.
My last idea was to make myself a dry erase tabbed divider. I thought this would be kind of cool, although not 100% practical because you have to be careful not to erase it while flipping through your tabs. If you are careful its not a problem, so if you have some tabs like this that you constantly change this might be a good use for some of your extra IdeaPaint.
I think that the IdeaPaint dry erase paint is an awesome product, and you can really let your creativity run wild with it. From someone who is not SUPER handy (I think I fall into the average category) this was still pretty easy to use, so dont let yourself miss out on trying it because you think it will be too hard. Having the ability to create your own dry erase or white board area is great in itself, but the environmental benefits are also a nice addition to the product.
Now….for the IdeaPaint dry erase giveaway! Everyone has multiple chances to enter, and each entry requires its own individual comment. Please remember that the IdeaPaint can only be shipped within the US, so US Entries Only please. Here are the rules:
Entry # 1: Leave a comment.
“Enter to win @IdeaPaint dry erase paint from @OfficeSupplyGee http://bit.ly/97Cyxs #giveaway”
Entry # 3: Become a fan of IdeaPaint and OfficeSupplyGeek on FaceBook, and tell your friends on facebook about the contest using the bit.ly link (http://bit.ly/97Cyxs). Once you have done that, Leave a comment here.
The contest ends March 31st, 2010 at 11:59 PM, so have all 3 of your comments in by then. The winner will be announced on the morning of April 1st, April Fools Day.
Good luck to all, make sure you get your 3 entries by leaving 3 separate comments. Combined comments will be counted as one entry, and again, US Entries Only.