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  • Whiteboards (dry erase) in the barn

    Why do mine never last for long? Anyone with tips for maintaining the longevity of whiteboards and keeping them, well, white? Mine seem to lose the finish way too quickly and then when you erase you see smears of faint color.

    I erase with a dry eraser and from time to time will use the commercial cleaning spray.

    Suggestions?
    Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
    Bernard M. Baruch

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    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers make them look new. Don't add water. Now if someone could tell me how to keep the writing on...I use permanent marker for my horses food allergies, but within a week or two, it's weathered blank again.
    Don't toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!

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    • #3
      Use alcohol to clean them-- it's the main ingredient in the cleaning sprays. Will also take the fly poop spots off, too.
      “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
      ? Albert Einstein

      ~AJ~

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      • #4
        Vetrolin cleans them up nicely too. More expensive than rubbing alcohol tho.

        Based on my experience with them as a teacher, there are some cleaning solutions that make them worse. They look great until you erase and then it's grayboard time. Not sure which ones do that, or even if they're official whiteboard cleaners, b/c the custodial staff cleans ours. How cold is it where you are? On really cold (for Santa Monica anyway, and it's inside, so not really cold at all) mornings you cannot erase the things. Nothing like filling up an entire set of boards with chemistry gobbledegook, only to find out it's unerasable.

        (bizarre side note - browser spell-check recognizes gobbledegook, but not three other words in the above)
        The Evil Chem Prof

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          Not cold at all, I am in FL. I will try the magic erasers, good idea. I have also been told about the alcohol and Ventrolin but have differing stories. some say it works, others say it takes the finish off.
          Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
          Bernard M. Baruch

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          • #6
            alcohol takes the finish off ours, but we lose erasability so quickly we've just decided to clean with alcohol and get over the fact that we'll never be able to erase without it!
            Big Idea Eventing

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            • #7
              A guy where I work swears the cleaners take the finish off. He recommends waxing them to put the finish back on.

              Haven't done it, so don't know how it works...

              My biggest problem with the white board right now is that the pens freeze and don't write. Argh.

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              • #8
                Based on my experience in the ed bus, whiteboards differ in quality. The lower quality ones are going to lose erasibility faster, all other factors being equal. Even after being converted to grayboards by the wrong fluid, ours get converted back to whiteboards when they use the correct fluid. And, based on what they look like each AM, they are cleaned each day. But these weren't cheap whiteboards: I was on the committee that designed the building and was horrified at what the things cost.

                If you need a cheap solution for a decently large area, the white panels that people use to make showers will work. They die eventually, but no faster than whiteboards that cost more. I learned this trick when we were in a temporary facility after the earthquake and before the new building. Some of the original whiteboards in our lovely trailers died and we replaced the worst ones with the shower panels.
                The Evil Chem Prof

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                • #9
                  At work, we had a big window in the manager's office used to log appointments and sales and such. The markers/erasers work great on glass, just wouldn't put it somewhere a horse can get to it.
                  -Grace

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eponacowgirl View Post
                    alcohol takes the finish off ours, but we lose erasability so quickly we've just decided to clean with alcohol and get over the fact that we'll never be able to erase without it!
                    Ditto
                    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

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                    • #11
                      Mine is looking a little tired. I'll need to use some of these tips to clean it.

                      A little off topic but, my good friend gave me this whiteboard as a gift. It's a huge cut-out of a jumper. I'd love to find another one like it if anyone has seen them for sale somewhere. It's really cool.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
                        Mine is looking a little tired. I'll need to use some of these tips to clean it.

                        A little off topic but, my good friend gave me this whiteboard as a gift. It's a huge cut-out of a jumper. I'd love to find another one like it if anyone has seen them for sale somewhere. It's really cool.
                        Shower-stall material, suitable saw thing, and old one as a pattern?
                        The Evil Chem Prof

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                        • #13
                          Alcohol-based hand gel works great for cleaning a whiteboard.

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                          • #14
                            We switched years ago to a blackboard (actually green whatever it is) and chaulk. No worries since. Eraser on a string.
                            www.HistoricHousePreservation.com

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                            • #15
                              Ultra spray hoof polish remover works great to clean white boards too.

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                              • #16
                                And still no ideas of how to keep the writing from fading off a white board????
                                Don't toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by kahjul View Post
                                  And still no ideas of how to keep the writing from fading off a white board????
                                  How about paint pens?

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Tom King View Post
                                    We switched years ago to a blackboard (actually green whatever it is) and chaulk. No worries since. Eraser on a string.
                                    Yes! Another vote here for traditional farmer technology! Newfangled is nice, but the white boards aren't worth the little problems they create. At least, not to me.
                                    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

                                    http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...2011%20Photos/

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                                    • #19
                                      Dirtex spray from Home Depot's paint dept.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by kahjul View Post
                                        And still no ideas of how to keep the writing from fading off a white board????
                                        Use a Sharpie marker?

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