Sunday, May 17, 2009

Make your own chalkboard paint ( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

If you thought chalkboards were just for schoolrooms, think again. These wipe-off writing surfaces make handy helpers around the home, too. Thanks to paint that dries into a chalkboard finish, your board can be whatever size you desire and placed wherever you like.

You can make your own chalkboard paint. There are several recipes online, most of them consist of the same ingredients. Here's what you should prepare ;

1) Latex paint with flat finish
2) Unsanded tile grout3) Sandpaper ( 400 grit )

Once you are set with the painting process, determine where the chalkboard will be set up. Sand the surface to a fine finish. Mark the borders of the area to be painted. Clean this area with clean, warm soapy water and let it dry. Make sure it completely dry before going to next process.

Mix together latex paint and unsanded tile grout and make sure it blend well. Make sure they are no any clumps.Apply your paint with a regular paint brush and allow each coat of paint to dry completely, before applying the next.After each coat of paint, gently sand the paint with a 400 grit or higher grit sandpaper and wipe away any dust by using cotton rag. This will help keep your painted surface nice and smooth. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

You also need to condition your chalkboard, once you have finished painting. Be sure your paint is completely dry.Place a piece of chalk on the side and rub over the entire chalkboard surface, covering the entire area with chalk.Using a felt cloth, wipe off the chalk you just applied. With a slightly damp cloth, wipe the chalkboard clean and you may repeat this process for a better result.

Happy trying.

( Magnetic Chalkboard Paint )

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