IdeaPaint turns walls into dry erase boards


March 25, 2013

IdeaPaint in the kitchen

IdeaPaint in the kitchen

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Ah, the whiteboard. It’s a regular fixture of classrooms, boardrooms, laboratories and Big Bang Theory sets everywhere. Sometimes, however, the confines of that board may not be sufficient for all the ideas, equations, or random doodlings that need to go onto it. That’s why IdeaPaint was invented.

IdeaPaint, in a nutshell, turns whatever surface it’s applied to into a dry erase board. Once the paint has cured, users can write on it using standard dry erase markers, then wipe off what they’ve written using a soft cloth. Needless to say, you probably wouldn’t want to use the stuff on textured plaster, brick, or other rough or porous surfaces.

Besides its obvious use – on walls – IdeaPaint’s creators also suggest that it could be applied to things like refrigerators, desk tops, lockers, or pretty much anywhere else where people want to make notes, leave messages for one another, or just generally scrawl.

The paint is available in two versions, CREATE and PRO. CREATE comes in white, black, or clear (allowing the color of the painted surface below to show through), at a price of US$225 for enough to cover 50 square feet (4.7 sq m). It can be applied with a roller or sprayer, and is reportedly low in odor and volatile organic compounds.

PRO is more durable, although it’s less innocuous in its liquid form, so professional installation is required. It’s also a little cheaper, at $199.50.

More information is available in the video below.

Source: IdeaPaint

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This is not new technology. Paint which can turn a wall into either a dry erase board, or a chalk board, has been around for years. Why is this being touted as new?

What needs to be developed is dry erase markers that won't leave anything behind, no matter what kind of wall paint its used on... even almost-chalky flat. Now, THAT would REALLY be useful (and would eliminate the need for... whatsitcalled, again? Oh, yeah: IdeaPaint.

I'd pay triple -- even quintuple -- for a dry erase marker set that could be safely used on literally any smooth surface (painted or otherwise) without leaving behind a ghostly image of what was written, even if left there for a month with the sun allowed to bake it, but good; or a lot of colored dust.

But I'd not pay over $200 for such as IdeaPaint, even if it covered ten times more area than it now does.

Use your heads, people! Work on the writing instrument technoloy, not the writing surface technology. I can carry the markers around with me. The wall, I can't.

Gregg DesElms

I see your point Gregg, but this product, though expensive at 200 USD for 50 sft, has huge novelty and 'wow' value in upper middle class homes across my country, India. It would be a massive draw as a show off product !

Atul Malhotra

You can buy whiteboard paint at any Home Depot or Lowes. Microfiber cloths slightly damp or even dry erase dry markers from the painted wall. It's a two part paint, so you'll probably use a can each time you work. Costs about $25 per quart. The article talks about a clear version, which would be new, but that's about all I can see.

Bruce Sherman

It would have great value for children's room for them to have fun and be creative. However for general use plain while smooth laminate works just fine. I can buy a 10mm mm x 4' x 6' one on an MDF particle board for under US$ 40/- If I use white board markers on them they wipe clean perfectly with a slightly moistened rag.


We bought a custom color "water blue" dry erase whiteboard paint from Malaysia. Not just white or clear, they can customize different colors for you. Cost is only fraction of USD220. They require two thin layers instead of one thick coat. It works very well and we are happy.

p.s. Bruce, we did purchase the $25 one but lots of stain afterwards, you can search comment on YouTube.

Hi Pmshah, of course you can buy a very cheap whiteboard from OfficeDepot, but if you consider a big area for brain storming, that a pc of whiteboard is not suitable. A pc of whiteboard is good for home use.

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