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Those of You with Whiteboards

  1. Jan 17, 2010 #1
    How well do they erase?

    I just bought one for home use and I don't know if it is defective or I am asking too much from my new whiteboard. It is very hard to erase.

    I've two packs of markers, both different makes, and get the same results. With this new pack and the black marker, the actual text erases but leaves a ghost image with a black smear. So now I have a gray cloud with white text inside...if that makes sense.

    If I look at the board at a certain angle you can still a lot of the text I've written and erased.

    Am I doing something wrong or is this really how they are supposed to be? Maybe different brands are better than others?

    Maybe I need to return it and get a chalk board. I know how those are supposed to work. :biggrin:
     
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  3. Jan 17, 2010 #2

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    They often don't clean well, especially if you rub your hands on the board as you write (i.e. resting your wrist against the board) or use your fingers to erase...you get the oils on your skin onto the board and it interferes with erasing and writing. Plain old rubbing alcohol is a cheap cleaner, and regular window cleaners usually work too. It might even be that it had some oily film on it during packaging/shipping that needs to be cleaned for use.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2010 #3

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    They don't erase very well with erasers, but they do erase very nicely with a cleaner. Paper towel and rubbing alcohol or window cleaner works great. You should have cleaned it thoroughly before you used it the first time. If you didn't you might have done some permanent damage.

    One downside: The green markers tend stink to high heaven.
     
  5. Jan 17, 2010 #4

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    1] Are the markers dry-erase? I hope you're not using permanent.
    2] How are you erasing? A dry-erase, or wet?
     
  6. Jan 17, 2010 #5

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    I just discovered an easy method to clean the one in my office. First, wipe it with a damp-to-wet cloth first (even though nothing will come off). Then, wipe with a dry cloth.

    Simply using a dry cloth, I get maybe 80% of the color off. Using my method, I get 100% off.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2010 #6

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    Hey everybody, over here. lisab is taking it all off.

    (Missed my Grown-Up pill this morning.)
     
  8. Jan 17, 2010 #7

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    :rofl:
     
  9. Jan 17, 2010 #8
    I noticed that if I leave writing on mine for a long time, the writing ghosts. I suspect the quality varies per board and markers. I tend to erase and clean daily.
     
  10. Jan 17, 2010 #9
    I tried the hand-no hand thing but I get the same results. Maybe it's just the marker. They all seem to erase okay except the black.

    They are dry erase, both sets were. And I am erasing with two different dry erasers. One is expo that is fuzzy and the other is like a thick piece of felt glued to a plastic block.

    I'll have to try it.


    The weird thing is they erase ok now. But it's almost like I have written with a marker that only produces grease the go over it with the marker. So I erase the marker off but there is a greasy looking film where exactly where I wrote if I look at it with the right angle. I can even smear that piece with my finger.

    Maybe I am just asking too much from a whiteboard. The only experience I have with them is 20ft from one in a classroom. Perhaps they all work this way but you can't tell sitting that far back.
     
  11. Jan 17, 2010 #10

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    At work we use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, works great. Just spray and wipe with dry paper towels.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2010 #11

    DaveC426913

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    I tend to do this every once in a while.

    Whiteboard cleaner spray bottles are to be had at any fine office equipment store. Milder than rubbing alocohol. And much less stinky.
     
  13. Jan 17, 2010 #12
    If it's any consolation, although your problem seemed to originally lie in the board's material itself (assuming you used different types of markers, which you did), I have found an absolutely marvelous solution to marker stains on whiteboards (or any type of plastic, surprisingly). Permanent stains from dry erase markers, permanent markers, and several other types, can all be removed (albeit with a bit of elbow grease) with a lightly damp paper towel dipped in baking soda. Apply to stained area and you should be good on that note ;)
     
  14. Jan 17, 2010 #13

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    Eeyikes! Only as a last resort I hope! Baking soda is an abrasive. You're literally grinding the surface of the whiteboard off.
     
  15. Jan 17, 2010 #14
    Well then I have yet to find any sort of downside, lol. I've used it quite a bit on whiteboards (and not enough baking soda to cause a direct visual effect on the integrity of the board). I simply damp the cloth and carefully allow a small amount of the soda to stick and dissolve onto it, and no negative effects have come from it so far, lol.
     
  16. Jan 17, 2010 #15

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    Maybe it would be just as good to simply buy a can of white spray paint, and just paint over it.
     
  17. Jan 17, 2010 #16

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    Somehow, spraying over it is not nearly as interesting as taking it off...

    "Hello boys! I've got a can of white paint here with your name on it..."
     
  18. Jan 18, 2010 #17
    :rofl:
     
  19. Jan 18, 2010 #18
    Well I definitely don't think erasing a whiteboard should be this much of a challenge... I have a 15 dollar whiteboard from Walmart and I use an old pair of undies for an eraser and it erases perfectly every time...I do use it daily though which helps
     
  20. Jan 18, 2010 #19

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    Well give em back to lisab! Can't you see she's freezing?
     
  21. Jan 18, 2010 #20

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    Huh... I have a couple of whiteboards at home that I got partially because of the ease of erasing. All it takes for me is a light sweep of the eraser.

    Although I do notice that it gets a little harder to erase anything that's been up there for a week or two...

    erok81, don't give in to the chalkboard crowd :wink: Whiteboards are so much nicer and easier to work with
     
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