Differences Between Whiteboard Wallcoverings and Paints

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You’ve decided that you want to add dry erase functionality to your workspace.

That’s a great choice. Having whiteboard walls can be really beneficial to how you brainstorm, project plan and even how you organise your day.

Now, you have to choose your product. Our range currently consists of two types of whiteboard products: wallcoverings and paint.

What are the differences between these products? How will you know which is the right choice for you?

Keep reading and we will explain the differences between Whiteboard Paint and our wallcoverings (Whiteboard Wallcovering or 2-in-1 Wallcovering: Projector and Dry Erase).


Speed of Installation

Before you can use your whiteboard surface, consider installation steps and time required.

We offer two versions of Whiteboard Paint. One in white and one in clear. When applying Whiteboard Paint in White,  you will need to install a primer as well. (Why? A primer smooths and seals your surface. The latter means that the write-on wipe-off properties of the whiteboard paint stay on the surface rather than getting soaked into the surface).  This is an additional step in the application process.

Please install 2 coats of primer, wait 12 hours and then paint your Whiteboard Paint. This means the complete application takes approximately 1-1.5 days.

Depending on your surface colour, you may not need to prime with the Clear option. Please see application video for more info.

Whiteboard Wallcovering comes with the benefit of rapid installation. This means your installer can get the wallcovering up on your wall quickly and efficiently. We also have this handy application video to help.

Of course, how long the entire application takes will depend on how much area you are looking to cover.

Waiting Time For Wallcoverings and Paints

Now the products are up on the wall, how long do you have to wait to use each option?

Whiteboard Wallcoverings are pre-finished when manufactured, meaning the only drying time you have to wait for is the adhesive. We advise waiting 24 hours before use.

This means that you can put your wallcoverings up one day and then use it the next.

Whiteboard Paint, once applied, will dry in a few hours.

It will take 5 days of curing before you can use your surface.  This is why we supply a sticker to be attached to the wall to tell everyone in your workspace when they can use the wall.

The dry erase quality will increase over the next 30 days as the surface cures.

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Whiteboard Finish and Gloss Differences

One of the main differences between these two product types, that can help you make your choice, is comparing their finish and gloss level.

Whiteboard Paint needs to be applied to a smooth wall in order to completely benefit from the dry erase functionality. This product, like most paints, is available in a gloss finish.

We currently have two Whiteboard Wallcoverings in our range, both with factory finishes.

This means they both are manufactured smooth and even if your wall has a few imperfections, it will look perfectly smooth once your wallcoverings have been applied.

Another benefit of choosing a wallcovering is that you can also select the gloss level that suits you.

Whiteboard Wallcovering comes in a glossy finish and is also non-ghosting. 2-in-1 Wallcovering: Projector and Dry Erase, due to the added projection functionality, comes in a low sheen finish.

This is perfect for anyone looking a reduced gloss level and is extremely popular with architects.

We hope that by examining the differences between these two products that you’ll be able to see which option best fits your needs. The choice is yours.

Have you any questions regarding our products? Call us on the relevant number below:

US: 1800 932 1609    UK: 0203 5145395

IE: 01 4126200            CA: 1800 948 9438

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