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How to Use Chalkboard Paint

Create a colorful, functional chalkboard in any room with chalkboard paint that's erasable, washable, and durable.

Part 1


Prepare the Surface

Once you've selected the space for your chalkboard, clean the surface completely and repair any protruding nails or other imperfections. Some surfaces may require a primer or additional preparation:

If an all-purpose primer is needed, we recommend using Fresh Start® High-Hiding All Purpose Primer (046).

When applying chalkboard paint over plastic, we recommend priming with Insl-x® STIX® Bonding Primer (SXA 110) for best results.

Metal surfaces should be cleaned with Super Spec HP® Oil & Grease Emulsifier (P83) before applying chalkboard paint.

Shiny metal surfaces should be lightly sanded before the chalkboard paint is applied.


Tape Off the Area to Be Painted

Use painter's tape to mark off a space for your chalkboard.


Apply the Chalkboard Paint

Using a brush or roller, apply the chalkboard paint within the taped-off area. For best results, use a Benjamin Moore custom-blended nylon/polyester brush or short-nap roller.


Ensure Lasting Durability

For best results, allow the painted area to cure for 3 days before using it as a chalkboard. Then, prior to initial use, rub the entire surface with a piece of white chalk.

Helpful Hints:

For erasing, we recommend using a clean, damp cloth or paper towel. We do not recommend using a chalkboard eraser.

Because of the additives used in some varieties of chalk, which can leave a residue when erased, we recommend using light-colored chalk designed for use on chalkboards.

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