DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Wall

Little by little we are getting our office projects done. One of the tools I use every day is a Dry Erase Board, so having a large Magnetic Dry Erase Wall is even better. Rust-Oleum has some new products available at Walmart, so we gave them a try.

Doug started with the Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer, which isn’t a must under your Dry Erase paint, but we thought it would be good to have the ability to have papers on the wall and easily accessible . Then he added the Dry Erase paint. Let’s get started…

Doug started by taping off the area with Frog Tape, using his favorite Delicate Surface that comes in yellow. The tape is easy to remove and doesn’t pull the paint away like some of the other painter’s tape.

Pretty cool, huh? Doug put together a video, and shared exactly how he created the Magnetic Dry Erase Wall with a few special tips he discovered along the way.

Doug’s tips…

  1. Be sure to follow the directions on the box
  2. Using a foam roller worked best
  3. When adding the Magnetic Primer, be sure to have plenty of ventilation
  4. If you are adding Dry Erase over top of the Magnetic Primer, you will need several coats. We added 6 and probably will add a few more.
  5. Be sure to let the area cure for several days before writing on it, the longer the better.

I’m loving my new Magnetic Dry Erase Wall…what do you think?

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  1. VERY COOL!!! I will be putting on of these in my craft room! Thanks Doug for the great video..

  2. stacey says:

    When you say that you put on several coats, were you referring to the magnetic primer or the dry erase coat?

  3. Laura says:

    Did you just paint right over your textured wall? Did you sand it down or have a flat wall to start? It looks textured… if it is, did that cause any problems? Thanks for the video!

    • Liz says:

      Hi Laura, yes we painted directly on the wall. It’s a little textured. We did not sand it, and it has not caused any problems at all. Works great!

  4. Ryan says:

    Nice. Were you able to get several coats out of one box of the dry-erase paint or did you buy multiple boxes? Also how frequently did you apply coats? I know the box says once mixed application has to happen within an hour.


    • Liz says:

      Hi Ryan, I was able to get 3 coats from each quart of dry-erase paint. And I applied each coat 20 minutes apart to fall within the application limits.

  5. Fred says:

    I have a couple of white boards in a room which really look bad and are stained. I cannot get the black marker off of them and they need to be repainted as I cannot replace them. can I use the magnetic paint and white board paint on the white boards as they are not porous at all?

    • Liz says:

      Hey Fred, That is a great question. YES you can repaint your dry erase boards. First you will need a couple sheets of 120-grit and 220-grit sandpaper. Sand the board lightly first with the 120-grit sandpaper then follow with the 220-grit sandpaper. Then you’ll need to wipe the board down with a wet cloth then let dry overnight. Then apply the magnetic paint and dry rease paint according to the directions. Hope this helps.

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