How to Reduce Glare on Whiteboards

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How to Reduce Glare on Whiteboards
White board creates glare because of its colour and glossy finish. (Monkey Business Images Ltd/Valueline/Getty Images)

White board, also know as foam board and foam core, possesses naturally reflective qualities since the colour white will bounce more light than any other colour. The glossy outer layer also causes the glare from white board, reflecting even more light. You can take a few steps to diminish or eliminate the glare from white board.

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Things you need

  • White board
  • Flat white, off-white or grey spray paint
  • Matt spray varnish
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Protective eye wear
  • Respirator or mask

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  1. 1

    Paint the board with spray paint. Paint is best done outside while wearing protective eye wear and a respirator. Lay the white board over a large area of plastic sheeting, holding the can a couple of feet away, so to not cause any paint runs. Spray an even coat of paint over the entire face of the white board. Let it dry for about an hour. You can then spray on another coat if desired.

  2. 2

    Change the colour of the white board to decrease the glare. Using a flat spray paint in an off-white or light grey colour will do the trick. Follow Step 1 and remember to spray paint outside if possible and wear protective eye wear and a breathing mask.

  3. 3

    Use an artist's matt spray varnish to decrease the glare of the white board while maintaining the original colour. This process follows the same format as Step 1. Protective eye wear and a breathing mask are a necessity as well as doing the spraying outdoors if possible. Apply an even coat, keeping the can a couple of feet away and letting it dry before use.

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