I have a whiteboard wall and it's now looking dull. Is there a way to restore to its original condition?

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    How is the wall / board built? Just white paint on the wall? A painted sheet of metal, attached to the wall? A plastic sheet covering a sheet of metal, attached to the wall? Other?
    – virolino
    Feb 18, 2020 at 11:30
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    Related, possible duplicate lifehacks.stackexchange.com/q/303/6973
    – Chenmunka
    Feb 18, 2020 at 18:07
  • Hi Matthew, Welcome to Lifehacks. If you make a mark with a fresh marker and after a few minutes erasing it leaves a "shadow" of the mark, the smooth finish is gone and reapplication of the Whiteboard finish paint is recommended.
    – Stan
    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:37
  • Also possible duplicate lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/17/…
    – Stan
    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:43

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Dab a little 90% alcohol (the type you would use to disinfect stuff) on a paper towel, and wipe away. Most whiteboard pen ink is soluble is alcohol so this usually gets rid of mot stains.


Your question can be interpreted a few ways:

  1. Dirty board
  2. The board could be scratched up

So for 1. You’re going to need: One of the following:

  • Acetone
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • White board cleaner from the manufacturer

And a clean cloth preferably white in color.

Then you’re going to place the compound in a spray bottle and spray the board. Give it 3 or 5 secs and wipe off.

if it isn’t exactly to your liking repeat previous step.

Now if it’s the second part either get a new board or paint over it.

  • Won't Acetone remove the WB treatment?
    – Stan
    Jun 14, 2020 at 18:36
  • @Stan depends on the board, white board cleaner is the safest.
    – Bob
    Jun 14, 2020 at 18:42
  • You should add that comment and maybe reorder the points 'safest' before risky to improve your answer.
    – Stan
    Jun 15, 2020 at 1:56

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