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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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    • 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.

  1. Vincent says

    When I read many other reviews and some comments from the manufacturer, it seems that the magnetic primer and the dry erase kit don’t go well together. The manufacture even says it should not work. It has been 2 or 3 years since you wrote your review. How is it now? Does still work or is there some issue? I just finished the magnetic primer. It works well so far. I would like to take the next step. Originally, I wanted to paint the Dry Erase paint. But now, I am very reluctant. Any comment will be appreciated.

  2. Kelley says

    Hi this past week made a magnetic with dry erase on top. We’ve waited 6 days to write on it. I thought the longer the better. Tonight the lighter colors didn’t have a hard time erasing but the darker colors did. Did you have an issue with this? Either way what do you use to clean the board. Also how well does your magnetic work? Mine isn’t really working. Any advice at all?? Thanks!!

  3. Kelley says

    There is only one tiny section that is coming off for erasing for the dry erase. I used the dry erase spray and then a different purpose cleaner that I use around the house and the only part that is really working is a strip that kept dripping that had to be rerolled. The magnetic part is not really working. It’s so disappointing after spending $100 on this that it isn’t working well as I did a big wall. The chalkboard does work well though. I’ll probably add more coats on the dry erase part. Frustrating that it doesn’t work easier than it seems.

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