How To Resurface A Whiteboard or Chalkboard
The secret to a beautiful install is the prep work.
Tip 1: (0:10 in the video)
Use a moist rag to wipe around the frame of the white board as well as the chalk/marker tray to get rid of any stray dust.
Why: Generally, we make the Think Boards larger than the boards being resurfaced. This gives you room to hold onto the Think Board and manipulate it more easily but it also means more adhesive that can pick up dust or move dust. If you make a mistake, where your hand slips or you change which corner you line up, the extra exposed adhesive might accidentally touch and pick up some dust or loosen some dust hiding in a seam of the board somewhere. Loosening dust can cause dust to fall and drift onto the adhesive. Dust will cause bubbles and dust bumps in the install.
Tip 2: (0:15)
Go the extra mile. Definitely scrape the original board with a razor to get rid of any tape, paint droplets, glue, or whatever crusty weird stuff is on the board from the last 10-100 years of use.
If you’re resurfacing several boards, it pays to invest in a comfy handle for the razor.
If you’ve got crazy duct tape or something ridiculous that won’t clean off. Use GooGone or similar and then wipe the remaining residue off with rubbing alcohol and a rag.
Tip 4: (This should be the last step of cleaning and is a new trick not shown in the video.)
Clean the original board however you want but your final wiping of the board should only be in 1 direction. This helps to push dust in one direction and off your board instead of spreading it around in circles.
Tip 5: (This happens immediately after cleaning.)
Spray your old whiteboard/chalkboard down with plenty of water before you stick the Think Board onto the original surface.
Why: When the board is wet, the Think Board’s adhesive won’t stick as hard and you’ll be pushing water bubbles instead of air bubbles. Water bubbles don’t compress, air bubbles do. It will save you time in the long run because you’ll be doing much less fixing.
Tip 6: (1:30)
When the board is wet applied, you can really easily adjust the Think Board. If anything looks off just pull it back off until a little pass that point on the board and try again. Bubbles happen when there is extra tension somewhere where there should not be.
Whenever you adjust the position of the Think Board, check to make sure there is enough water so that you have the flexibility to continue adjusting.
Tip 8: (1:17) IMPORTANT
When squeegeeing, make sure that every stroke overlaps the previous one. This will help you prevent leaving behind small gaps which will become bubbles.
Tip 9: (2:10)
Take your squeegee in one hand and your razor blade in the other hand and run both together around the edge of your original board.
WHY: When running the squeegee and the razor together, you have a guide on both sides of the blade, this prevents hand slipping. The squeegee also makes sure that the edges are pressed down the best that they can be throughout your cut.
When wet applying, a wet board might not lay perfectly flat when you are using cutting into it and pulling at it with the razor. The squeegee will help make sure that everything lays flat as you are cutting.
Replace your razor blades often. A new one for every 2 or 3 boards isn’t a bad idea.
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