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How to repair the surface of a dry erase white board

Updated March 23, 2017

Instructors and boardroom professionals commonly use dry erase boards for demonstrations. Only special markers are to be used as permanent markers can harm the board's surface. As with a chalkboard, you must use an eraser to clean a dry erase board after use. Over time, the dry erase board's surface will become damaged and must be repaired. Repairing a dry erase board's surface is more cost-effective than completely replacing it.

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  1. Measure the height and width of the dry erase board. You will need to purchase a new porcelain skin that shares the same dimensions as your dry erase board.

  2. Clean the original dry erase board surface with glass cleaner and a soft cotton towel. You will need to make sure the board is totally free from debris and marker residue before you can apply the new white board skin. A dirty board will not allow the new skin to adhere properly to the surface.

  3. Place the new porcelain skin face down on the workbench and remove the film covering the adhesive backing. Pick up the porcelain skin and place it over the dry erase board's old surface. You will need to line up the top corners of both the new and old surfaces to properly align them.

  4. Press on the new porcelain skin over the dry erase board's old surface once aligned and use the edge of a ruler or yardstick to smooth out any apparent air pockets trapped between the old surface and porcelain skin.

  5. Remove the protective plastic from the new porcelain surface. Clean the new surface with glass cleaner and a soft cotton towel to prepare it for use.

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Things You'll Need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft cotton towel
  • Measuring tape
  • Workbench
  • Porcelain white board skin with self-adhesive backing
  • Ruler or yardstick

About the Author

In the spring of 2008, Blaze Johnson decided to share his expertise through writing. He studied business administration at a local community college and runs his own driveway mechanic service, specializing in computer-controlled vehicles and custom car audio installs. Johnson also serves as the de facto computer repair person for his family, friends and coworkers.

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