How To Preserve Writing on a Whiteboard

Ah, the mighty whiteboard! A staple in schools, offices, and homes, it's the go-to canvas for jotting down ideas, solving equations, or sketching out your next big project. But what do you do when you've crafted something that's just too good to erase?

Enter the realm of sealing whiteboards.

This blog post will dive into why you might want to preserve writing or illustrations on a whiteboard, and how best to do it. Stick around for some sealing wisdom!

Reasons To Seal a Whiteboard

Whether it's a classroom brainstorming session, a strategic office plan, or your kiddo's first doodle, there are plenty of reasons to preserve what's on your whiteboard:

  • Educational Use: Teachers may want to keep a valuable lesson up in their classroom for reference.
  • Long-Term Planning: Businesses may want to keep quarterly plans visible for all to see.
  • Artistic Expression: Sometimes, doodles and illustrations are too good to be lost forever.
  • Nostalgic Memories: Maybe your child drew something special that you want to keep or there's a creation from a deceased loved one you never want to lose.
  • Instructional Guidance: For workouts or self-study plans that are frequently referenced.
A drawing of a ghost on a Think Board

How To Seal a Whiteboard: 4 Methods

There are several different methods for sealing a whiteboard, each with its pros and cons. Learn about a few methods and discover why Think Board has the solution you need. Because any sort of Spray is a little too risky in our opinion.

1. Whiteboard Fixative Spray

What Is It?
Whiteboard fixative spray is essentially a clear-coating spray that helps seal in what's written on the board.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:

    • Quick and easy to apply
    • Readily available
  • Cons:

    • Some brands can cause discoloration
    • Inconsistent seal, leading to partial erasures
    • Can be toxic and not suitable for closed spaces
    • Not a long-term solution

2. Shipping Tape

What Is It?
Shipping tape is a thin, adhesive strip that can be used to seal off a section of your whiteboard to preserve writing.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:

    • Easy to use
    • No chemicals involved
  • Cons:

    • Can leave a sticky residue
    • Difficult to apply evenly, often leading to bubbles
    • Can interfere with future whiteboard use
    • Also not a long-term solution
    • Not as aesthetically pleasing with multiple strips of tape

3. Hair Spray

What Is It?

Hair spray is a styling product that can also be used as a quick method to seal writing or drawings on a whiteboard.


  • Quick and easy to use
  • Inexpensive and readily available


  • Blurs or fades over time
  • Leaves a sticky chemical residue
  • Not long-lasting
  • Flammable and generally hazardous
  • Emits a strong odor

4. Think Board's Clear Overlay Film

Clear whiteboard film from Think Board

What Is It?
Think Board's Clear Overlay Film is a premium, peel-and-stick film that you can apply over your whiteboard to preserve and protect the writing or illustrations on it.

Why It's a Better Option

  • Long-lasting: Designed to last, unlike sprays or tapes
  • No Residue: Leaves your whiteboard pristine when removed
  • Clear and Consistent: Offers a seamless look that doesn't distort the writing or illustrations
  • Non-Toxic: Safe for any environment, from classrooms to kitchens
  • Customizable: Email or text us the dimensions of the board in question, and we’ll send you back an affordable price, waiving all custom fees and shipping.

The procedure is simple: Peel the back off your Think Board Clear Overlay Film and apply. Just like that, your notes, lessons, or doodles are sealed in time, yet your whiteboard remains as functional as ever!

Make -- and Eternalize -- Cherished Memories With Think Board

A Think Board with 'Thank you, Think Board!!' written on it

Sealing a whiteboard isn't just about preserving some scribbles; it's about saving something that has meaning and value to you. Whether it's a year-long strategy for your company, a piece of art, words from a deceased loved one, or a historical timeline for your students, preserving these cherished memories or crucial information can be invaluable.

Think Board's Clear Overlay Film offers the most reliable, straightforward, and aesthetically pleasing solution to make your whiteboard memories last. While sprays and tapes have their limitations, Think Board rises above with a long-lasting, clean, and safe solution. It's time to seal in the brilliance, with Think Board leading the way!

So go ahead — create, write, and draw to your heart's content. With Think Board, you're not just putting ideas on a board; you're making them a lasting part of your space.

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