Chalkboard Wall Paint

Brand: Rust-Oleum
Model: 206540
EAN: 0020066118136
Category: #11995 in Tools & Home Improvement (Spray Paint)
List Price: $19.99
Price: $18.30  (127 customer reviews)
You Save: $1.69 (8%)
Dimension: 5.00 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches
Shipping Wt: 2.20 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In stock. Usually ships within 4 to 5 days.
Average Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Transform those dull walls in your home to chalkboards just like you had in school! Applied just like regular paint, the chalkboard wall paint goes on ... [Read more]

Features

  • Ideal for creating a custom interior chalkboard on multiple surfaces including wood, metal, masonry, drywall, plaster, glass, concrete, paperboard and hardboard
  • Apply the oil-based formula over a hard surface for chalk writing on most indoor surfaces
  • Covers between 95-120 sq. ft and dries to the touch in 30 minutes
  • Creates a chalkboard that is scratch resistant, smooth and erases easily after use
  • For optimal results before writing on surface, wait 24 hours after application and condition surface for use by rubbing side of chalk over surface and erasing
  • Soap & water clean up
  • Indoor use only
  • Scratch resistant
  • Use on wood, metal, plaster, paper-board, hardboard
  • Superior hardness

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Top Reviews

Great for nursery wall, easy to apply
by Almeda Roth (4 out of 5 stars)
June 2, 2014

This paint is a bit thin-- it runs easily and took us three coats to cover a white wall. One 30-ounce container was just enough to cover a 7x9 foot wall in our toddler son's bedroom. You have to "condition" the finished surface after it dries by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the whole thing and then erasing it, so the crisp black color will be a fuzzy charcoal gray after that-- and that's to keep the marks from your chalk drawings from etching themselves in permanently. But it still looks great, and our son frequently crawls up to the wall and kneels at it and gestures for chalk-- he's having fun drawing on it, and so are we. Very pleased with it overall.
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The BEST chalkboard paint EVER!!
by Amazon Customer (5 out of 5 stars)
April 25, 2018

This is by far the best (non-smelling), glossy, gentle paint! The company contacted me several times to see if I received my package on time and undamaged so the extra touch made this experience even better. The paint was very smooth and full in coat. I didn't have to keep reapplying coats like other paints because it's so watery. Would you believe I only had to use one coat with some of my cabinets! This paint and PAINT COMPANY go down as a favorite in my book!
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The Kitchen Chalkboard Wall: A Tale of Self Loathing
by Jaime (4 out of 5 stars)
November 26, 2013

Ah, chalkboard paint. Let's see, where do I begin? *insert maniacal cackling here*

So I recently had the super bright idea to paint an entire wall in my kitchen with this stuff. Wait, don't judge me yet- it wasn't like I'd planned to let my kids at it with a bucket full of sidewalk chalk. No, I'd envisioned a stylish wall filled with beautifully scripted holiday menus, cheeky quotes, inspiring verses, and other adorable things. I wholly blame Pinterest for this temporary lapse in sanity.

Armed with the creative vision of Martha Stewart and the home improvement skill level of my German Shepherd, I purchased two cans of Rustoleum brand chalkboard paint and some allegedly smooth(hahahahaha) paint rollers. I taped off the edges and got to work smearing this stuff all over my wall. Two coats and a few hours later, I stood back and admired my shiny new chalkboard surface. I let it "cure" for a few days as per the package directions, and then decided to take it for a test drive.

I found a cute chalkboard drawing of a pumpkin via Google image search, and tried to replicate it on my wall. Given that I'm about as much an artist as I am a pterodactyl (which is to say, not at all, just in case there's any confusion), my pumpkin looked more like a sad, partially deflated beach ball wearing a toupee. Oops, guess I needed to practice a little more. No biggie! With the determination of a newborn foal, I grabbed my kids' chalkboard eraser and cheerily wiped at my drawing. EXCEPT IT WOULDN'T.COME.OFF. The surface was rough and difficult to erase. There was now a permanent, poorly drawn, sad-looking squash emblazoned on my kitchen wall.

See, what no one tells you when you buy this amazing, fancy paint is that unless you've used a really thick primer, your walls need to be sanded before you apply it in order to get a smooth drawing surface. And that you should probably then apply it with a foam roller rather than one of those fuzzy ones.

Since I couldn't just leave my wall looking like the side of an overpass, I realized my options were either to paint over it with the wall color I'd used elsewhere in my kitchen, or try to sand it. Because I definitely didn't have enough on my plate with three kids, a small business to run, and a ton of housework, and because I'm clearly not firing on all synapses, I chose the latter. I returned to my beloved home improvement store and purchased several packs of sandpaper and some more paint. (Not a mask though, because that would have been just plain logical, and ain't none of that happenin under my roof!)

I returned home with a vengeance and attacked the stupid chalkboard wall with this sandpaper. Now, if you've never had to sand a tall, vertical surface, let me just tell you that it's probably right up there with being waterboarded on my list of "Awesome Life Experiences". Actually, being waterboarded is probably more interesting.

After ingesting enough black dust to develop Coalworker's Pneumoconiosis and looking like I'd just crawled out of someone's chimney, my wall was nice and smooth. I wiped it down with a damp sponge to remove any residual dust, and then broke out a new can of chalkboard paint.

I began applying the paint with a renewed sense of joy, back to imagining how great my chalkboard wall was going to be once it was finished. Oh man, it was going to be AWESOME! And then I accidentally knocked over the can of paint and spilled half of it down the side of my kitchen table and onto my floor. Looking back, I think this was probably the point at which I totally broke from reality, but who knows.

After cleaning up this giant puddle of thick black paint (dish soap and water, for all you fellow clumsy people), I had pretty much lost all interest in finishing this stupid bleeping wall. Actually, I hated it. I began flinging paint onto the wall much the way an animal rights protester might fling blood red paint at old ladies in fur coats. That said, eventually, I did finish painting it.

I'm pleased to report that after allowing it to cure again, then rubbing a piece of chalk allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll over it, then erasing all that chalk, then cleaning the entire wall with a damp sponge, it's working great! I mean I wasted hours of my life and probably sacrificed any chance at pulmonary longevity, but hey, I can write on my wall with CHALK now. So there's that.
(In all seriousness, the product itself works great. Just make sure you sand your walls and maybe even use a primer first.)
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This stuff is amazing! I used about half of the container
by Kindle Customer (5 out of 5 stars)
February 8, 2018

This stuff is amazing! I used about half of the container, maybe 3 or 4 coats, and it not only allows you to write really well but when you clean it off, it is like it was never written on! It's actually better than if I had bought a chalkboard. Now it was a LOT more work since I was using this on a concrete basement wall, so lots of prep work to get it smooth, but so worth it!
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Easy to apply, works great!
by Lauren G. (5 out of 5 stars)
March 8, 2016

Product is great! Easy to apply, works great! I did about 4 coats of a 4 X 6 area and one can was more than plenty. I choose the green color and am so happy with how it turned out ! (Picture is before it was seasoned with chalk)
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decent chalk wall.
by Lee & CJ (4 out of 5 stars)
January 17, 2018

decent consistency. doesn't have a chalkboard feel, which i would've liked. ive only tried using with chalk markers and the turn out has been okay. a little difficult to erase and the chalk isn't very opaque but i'm not sure if that's because of the markers or the paint.
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Imperfect, for sure.
by Liv (4 out of 5 stars)
September 5, 2019

Overall I'm happy enough with the wall, but a lot of the reviews I've seen here are right. It's not perfect by any stretch. I did a lot of research so I could do this properly so perhaps some of the steps I took were not necessary. It was a pain in the butt to put on. I had to sand the wall and then eventually had to get a hand sander because I couldn't get it smooth enough. But once I did that painting it was fairly easy. I looked online and got the proper type of foam roller, did three layers over three days. I waited a full week after painting to use the chalk the first time to be sure it was fully set. I read that soft chalk is best for a chalkboard wall and wasn't sure what that was so I got a simple box of Crayola anti-dust chalk. It works very well. However, wiping it down with a wet rag makes it look good from far away, but if you look up close you see the residue is left behind. (See my photos)
But since I got this just for fun, the fact that there is a residue isn't great but it isn't the worst thing in the world. I'm going to try to get a few different types of chalk and see if maybe that changes it. Still, l I would say that generally I am happy enough with it.
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People Will Be Jealous
by LostHasher (4 out of 5 stars)
July 6, 2015

K Caramina had a good review, but I'll add a little.

I'm a subcontractor, and I'm telling you, this stuff is amazing. It is so much more dramatic than hanging a pre-made board. This gets 4 stars instead of 5 because it can be quite a chore to get a perfect board.

Yeah, I'm a perfectionist and was up against a rental apartment with crummy walls. I had to start with two coats of drywall mud, which I then sanded down after it dried. Then came a coat of primer. Then the wall paint. All that was two days. On the third day, I applied the painter's tape knowing full well the wall paint hadn't cured enough. If I remember correctly, I used three coats of chalkboard paint. Maybe four. On day six, I pulled the tape. Sure enough, bits of the wall paint came with it. My fault.

I couldn't avoid brush strokes, and the little ridges make the chalk marks less smooth. Next time, I will "cut in" the sides and try using a roller. I will also use an additional coat and find out whether I can sand down any paint imperfections.

By the way, I absolutely do NOT regret taking a couple extra days to prep the wall with drywall mud and primer/paint. If your wall isn't horrible, just sand it down, because there's no way you will want to wait long enough for the wall paint to cure before applying this. If you're not painting an entire wall, USE TAPE.
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Wonderful coverage!
by S. Mika (5 out of 5 stars)
December 28, 2014

I bought a chalkboard from someone and their old chalk writings kept showing through. This paint fixed that problem and was so easy! Even though it's small, there is so much left over I'm just thinking of what else I can do with it.
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Super fun but harder to apply, totally worth the money though
by smitty (4 out of 5 stars)
October 24, 2015

The clear is MUCH different than the black chalkboard paint. It's much thicker than the traditional chalkboard paint. I found it hard to spread evenly and if it is not even the clarity of the surface can be a little iffy. However, I found that if you do a small sections in a cross hatch pattern (up/down then left/right) then it does dry better. It does take a full day to cure to clear. LIght colors the clarity isn't as noticeable. But it's fun to have that option on colors other than black.

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