Asked on Mar 25, 2015

Why doesn't my chalkboard paint erase easily

by Babyfeets

I painted a chalkboard using a quality paint for a satin finish. It was a little rough so I sanded it with fine grit sandpaper. It looks great but it does not erase easily. It leaves that awful white ghosting. What do I need to do? How do I clean a chalkboard paint surface?

  5 answers
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Mar 25, 2015
    Did you cure it? After we paint them I put directions with them to cure. They need to cure for a few days before you use them. Then we roll chalk all over it and let it set for a day then wipe off roll chalk again, wipe off and then use them. I always read the can and some of them have different directions like roll chalk all over it then wipe off and use. Or roll chalk wait a day, the wipe off, then roll chalk again then use. So more to me is better.
  • Babyfeets Babyfeets on Mar 25, 2015
    I did roll the chalk after it dried for a day, but only rolled it once. Is it to late to do it again, or could I just add another coat of paint to it or sand it again?. It is a very prominent place in my house and I don't really like to use it because it looks so bad.
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Mar 25, 2015
    you should be able to sand it again; but may have to reprime, sand, then use a sanders cloth to remove dust and do a topcoat or two of chalk again. My chalk board works lovely and didn't have to do the 'chalk roll step'
  • Babyfeets Babyfeets on Mar 25, 2015
    Thanks for the info, I will try it and then update my post. By now I probably need to replace my eraser and those are hard to find.
  • Vicki Vicki on Mar 25, 2015
    Try to find a chalkboard "rag" at a teaching supply store (or online). Even if you resand, etc. these clean way better than a typical chalkboard eraser.