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Idea Paint: Dry Erase Board Coating

How To Apply Dry Erase Board Coatings To A Wall Or Any Surface

Eco Star Painting recently had the opportunity to use a cool product called Idea Paint.Idea Paint is a unique coating that can be applied to almost any surface. It can turn virtually any surface turns  into a dry erase board.

IdeaPaint was invented by John Goscha in 2002, and created the whiteboard paint category within the whiteboard market

IdeaPaint comes in two different formulas called “PRO” and “CREATE”. Both are a double coat roller applied paint (CREATE can be sprayed as well), and can be painted over any smooth surface. “PRO” is the original most durable formula of IdeaPaint, carrying a lifetime warranty. It's disadvantage is a concentrated odor during installation and soup-y consistency. For this reason Eco Star Painting has decided not to use this version of the line.

“CREATE,” their newer formula, is ISO free and low odor. PRO comes in different colors such as white, open white, white sand, light gray, and light beige. CREATE comes in white, black and clear.[9] With CREATE CLEAR colored walls can be made dry erase.

We used the ‘Create’ line in a clear finish…The advantage of using a clear coat is that you can use any paint color you like underneath this product. In other words it doesn’t have to be a traditional “White” Board”

You get 50 sq feet of coverage to the box…Cost of one Box was $225 + shipping..The homeowner, Jacelyn B,  asked us to apply the Idea Paint to a basement wall so her son can do his math (calculus) formulas and homework in a unique fun way.

What’s cool about this product is that one can coat virtually anything and you’ll produce a dry erase board surface. Imagine coating a children’s desk so they can sit down and 'create' without any paper!…It would be fun if applied to a Kid’s Bedroom Walls too.

Step BY Step Instructions:

  •  I  first repaired all the drywall damage with  spackle and  sanded the wall smooth.
  • Next, applied a primer/sealer to the wall.
  •  Step#3  was to  2 coats of Dulux Lifemaster Eggshell Paint in a color called ‘Classic Grey” ( matched from a Benjamin Moore Color fan-deck.)
  • I let the primer dry overnight and the next day  gave the wall a light sand with my Dustless Festool Sander.
  • Next I masked off the areas not being painted and covered the floor with plastic.
  • Final step was to apply the Idea Paint. It comes in two parts called “This and That”. Combined together it is activated like an epoxy and you have one hour to apply it. I used a 2.5″ brush to cut in the the wall and then rolled the product with a 10mm (3/8")  Lint Free Sleeve.


The Idea Paint rolled very well but it was important not to overload the roller or move too fast because it tended to drip & splatter somewhat. You must mask off everything very very carefully and protect the floors with plastic and drop cloths.

When rolling, apply the coating and then back-roll to smooth it out. It sets up pretty quick so you don’t want to repeatedly go over the surface. You basically have 15-20 minutes to do any touch-ups while it is still wet.  As long as you roll it at a reasonable steady pace you should be fine.

Idea Paint takes 7 days to cure.

Jacelyn B (homeowner)  wrote:

“Ted at Eco Star Painting---- painted the ENTIRE inside of our 100 year old house to transform it into a light and bright space. Most recently he transformed a whole wall with specialized white board paint (Idea Paint) that our son uses for all his high school homework. Ted is a perfectionist and it shows in the quality of his work. We will continue to use Eco Star Painting in the future and recommend this company without hesitation!”

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