I am a total sucker for a cool wall treatment. You name it, I've tried it. Stencil, stucco, whitewash, sponge. I've done them all. Chalkboard paint? Tried it, love it. Magnetic paint? Pretty cool, too.
So when I heard about Rust-Oleum's newest addition to the line of awesome paint products I totally need in my life, I immediately started racking my brain to find a place for it in my home.
If you read my previous blog post, you'll see that I've painted an entire wall of my home office with dry erase paint. And I couldn't be happier with the results. Here's what I've learned through my experience:
- There are two parts to the paint, Part A and Part B. The box containing both cans cost me around $22.oo at Lowe's.
- The box says it will cover a 7x7 area. I didn't measure my wall before I started painting, but I ended up having to run out and buy a second box.
- My green wall required a coat of primer and 3 coats of dry erase paint. If I were to do it again, I would have used 2 coats of primer.
- Once mixed together, the mixture must be used within 2 hours. So once you've mixed it, there's no storing and hoping to use it later.
- The paint was easy to use, but much thinner and much more runny than ordinary interior wall paint. I wish I had kept a better eye on it as it was drying, I noticed quite a bit of drips that I could have fixed had I been looking for them.
- It has a unique odor. My husband nailed it when he noted it smelled like masking tape.
- A craft foam brush worked best for trim work. Also tried a pad and a brush. The pad created runs, the paint brush left obvious brush marks.
- After painting, the wall needed 2 days of drying time before I could write on it.
- The marker erases with a dry eraser but leaves a very slight shadow. A damp paper towel completely removes all marks. I may purchase a new eraser and see if that makes a difference.
The box came with very easy, yet thorough directions. The product was simple to use and my wall was finished quickly. I am using dry erase markers from an office supply store to write on the wall and they are working great.
I can imagine so many cool uses for this paint other than a wall. The box has quite a few suggestions but I'd love to see what great ideas you come up with! I highly recommend you give it a try.