Nothing is worse than starting a project only to realize that you aren’t as prepared as you thought you were. Being unprepared for a big installation can potentially cost you money that you hadn’t budgeted for the project. Even worse, it can cost you time. When you make the decision to install dry erase board paint in your office, you should stop and ask yourself 3 questions that will ultimately save you time and money.
Where is the best location for the dry erase board paint to be installed?
What initially appears to be the best wall for your dry erase board paint might not be the best spot. If you realize your error after you’ve already begun installation, you will end up disappointed. You might even end up trying to work with the less than ideal location and the wall might not end up being used as you originally intended. When deciding on the best place for the dry erase board paint, consider:
- Access to the wall and if there are blockages, permanent or otherwise
- Lighting issues
- View of the wall from the rest of the room
- Centrality of the location and who will have access to the wall at any given time
Rather than making the decision on your own, gather recommendations from your team. People are generally more invested in a project in which they’ve had input. Once you’ve chosen the best location to install the dry erase paint, take careful measurements according to the product specifications. Failure to do so will result in either not having enough dry erase board paint and further delays while you order more, or spending more money than necessary on product you don’t need.
What materials do I need to prepare the wall for the dry erase board paint, and who is in charge of the preparation?
Your installation of dry erase board paint will go much more smoothly if you have all the materials on hand ahead of time. Imagine if you ordered the dry erase paint, only to have it sit there because no one is in charge of the installation. Once you appoint a person to be in charge, they are responsible not only for gathering the right tools, but also for researching what kind of preparation needs to be done before the dry erase board paint goes on the wall. Tools and materials that might be necessary include:
- Sand paper or sanding machine
- Tack cloth
- Painter’s tape
- Paint tray
- Rollers/foam brushes
- Drop cloths
Some of the materials you need may depend on which dry erase paint product you buy and what comes with it.
When is the best time to install the dry erase board paint?
There are a few timing issues you must consider if you want to have a smooth installation of your dry erase board paint. No matter which dry erase paint product you choose, it will take time to cure. Drying times range between 2-7 days. But drying time is not the only timing factor you need to think about. Consider who in your office might be sensitive to smell and whether it’s best to install the dry erase board paint when the majority of people will not be at work. Your installation of dry erase board paint will go much smoother with some forethought and planning. By asking yourself the best location for the dry erase wall, what materials and prep work you need done, and when is the best time to start the project, you will set yourself up for a smooth installation. Even better, you will set your people up for hours of creative teamwork and innovation.