For a while now I’ve been playing with the idea of repainting the top of my son’s student desk with dry erase paint. When his ADHD gets bad enough I already find pen doodled on it so it might save me yelling and him some timeouts.
I decided to go with Rust-Oleum’s white board paint. It has bad reviews and I really should have taken a step back from there. However it was only 20$ vs the brand Lowes carries for 74$ that covers as much space.
The directions say to mix the two bottles of paint, you have 2 hrs to paint your items before it stops working and wait 3 days to have it cure.
So here’s how my experience went down.
Since the can said to apply to a smooth surface I decided not to sand down the desk. It was already smooth and I figured I could add a few extra layers if needed too.
After that I repainted it. What I found was that after three coats going on smooth it peeled like 30 year old lead paint.
In the end it looked like this when we were done:
This was the result.
Nate was pissed. We did all that work for nothing. The only thing I can think of is that we went over the 2 hr mark. I guess they weren’t kidding about that!
I finally told him that if we can’t figure out how to get it off we’ll use the desktop till we can’t really use it anymore. After that I’ll sand it down again, or chip it off since it really likes to flake off, and repaint it in a few months with a different brand of white board paint.
Needless to say this is the only time I’ll be using that brand.