New Whiteboard Skins Are Easily Applied to Old Whiteboards, Chalkboards
When it’s time to replace whiteboards, educational institutions can reduce costs and save money by resurfacing existing, worn out dry erase panels, or by applying whiteboard resurfacing sheets over chalkboards. See our simple measuring and ordering form.
Upgrading whiteboards with resurfacing panels is very cost-effective part of a classroom renovation. The process is quick and easy, resulting in whiteboards that will stay white for a lifetime – provided you install whiteboard panels guaranteed not to stain.
Typical whiteboards in schools become stained and discolored with daily use. That often results in a perpetual cycle of replacing whiteboards that have become too stained to serve their purpose. Unfortunately, that capital expense adds up over time, and replacing whiteboards can cost educational institutions several thousands of dollars.
Dry erase resurfacing panels, also referred to as whiteboard resurfacing panels, skins or sheets, are a quick and easy alternative to replacing whiteboards. A resurfacing panel is essentially a frameless dry erase sheet that sticks over the surface of a chalkboard or stained whiteboard. There is typically little to no discernible difference between a resurfaced whiteboard and a new whiteboard.
Years ago, resurfacing panels were tedious to install because messy adhesives needed to be applied by hand during installation. Today, most resurfacing panels are available with a factory-applied, self-adhesive backing. Installing self-adhesive resurfacing panels is basically a two-step process—a liner on the self-adhesive backing is peeled off, and the panel is stuck to the surface of the stained whiteboard.
There are a number of incentives for choosing resurfacing instead of replacement:
Minimal Cost for Whiteboard Resurfacing Skins
Resurfacing panels are considerably less expensive to purchase and to ship than new, framed whiteboards, and installing a resurfacing panel is much less intensive than installing a new whiteboard. When replacing an old whiteboard with a new whiteboard, there are costs associated with dismantling the old whiteboard, patching the wall, disposing of the old whiteboard, and installing the new whiteboard. When resurfacing, all of these costs are eliminated. Schools are realizing substantial savings when resurfacing—some by as much as 80 percent—through bypassing this work and opting to resurface instead of replace whiteboards.
Times Savings and Ease of Applying Replacement Panels
Replacing new whiteboards is a cumbersome process that takes time, but resurfacing whiteboards can be a very quick process that requires much less manpower.
Use of Whiteboard Replacement Sheets Means Less Material Sent to Landfills
Compared to new whiteboards, resurfacing panels require less energy to manufacture and ship. And, resurfacing a whiteboard instead of discarding it prevents unnecessary landfill waste.
There are many brands and types of resurfacing options available, and it can be difficult to narrow down the many choices. Three key factors to consider when choosing resurfacing panels are surface quality, backing, and adhesion.
1. Surface Quality
Dry erase surfaces vary widely in terms of quality. Some resurfacing panels have a melamine surface, which, with typical classroom use, will only last a few years without staining. Other resurfacing panels have a porcelain or hardcoat laminate surface. These are known to last longer than melamine, but they can still vary widely in terms of quality.
To prevent the frustration of purchasing resurfacing panels that don’t stand the test of time, choose a product with a guarantee that covers surface staining. This can be tricky, because many surface guarantees regard surface staining as “normal wear and tear.” The key is to read the fine print of the guarantee and make sure it covers surface staining. This is an indicator of a good, non-staining dry erase surface that won’t disappoint you in years to come.
Resurfacing panels usually consist of a dry erase surface fused to a steel backing. The steel backing provides a sturdy, smooth surface for writing, and it also allows the panel to have a little flexibility or “bend,” which is helpful during installation. The whiteboard to be resurfaced needs to be measured before ordering a steel-backed resurfacing panel, because the panel is cut to size during the manufacturing process.
In addition to resurfacing panels, some dry erase products that resemble rolls or sheets of wallpaper are available for the purpose of resurfacing, and they can be conveniently cut to the correct size with scissors. But, due to the thin paper or plastic backing, any minor irregularities in the chalkboard or whiteboard being resurfaced will likely be palpable and visible. More importantly, durability and surface quality may be compromised when choosing paper or plastic resurfacing products over a resurfacing panel.
Most, but not all, resurfacing panels are self-adhesive. Resurfacing panels that are not self-adhesive require an adhesive such as glue or contact cement to be applied by hand during installation. These adhesives can be messy to work with, and the additional process of applying adhesive leaves extra room for error during installation.
Any resurfacing panel must have a very strong adhesive keeping it adhered to the resurfaced board. When selecting resurfacing panels, it is wise to ask manufacturers if there are any types of surfaces that their resurfacing panels are not suitable for resurfacing. For example, certain types of old chalkboards have a vinyl coating, and not all resurfacing panels will permanently adhere to vinyl.
Resurfacing has emerged as an easy, cost-effective way to extend the life of a vital classroom tool, and it will continue to increase in popularity as more educational institutions become aware of this alternative to replacing whiteboards.
Call EverWhite for more information on resurfacing panels, 800-335-7319, or visit our website page with directions on how to measure replacement sheets and place your order.
Jim Muth is general manager of EVERWhite, a US manufacturer and seller of whiteboards and tack boards used for teaching, coaching, planning, collaboration and tracking. Along with his expertise in the use of whiteboards, Jim excels in leadership, new product development, business operations, lean manufacturing, continuous improvement and product marketing. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Technology, with a focus on Product Development and Design, from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.