What kind of whiteboards do you make?
We manufacture 2 types of writing surface, both are a steel based, hence they are both are magnetic.
One surface is called Acrylic.
This surface is a pre painted product, and is coated in a similar way to colourbond steel. As it is essentially a painted surface, hence, slightly porous, whiteboard markers tend to ‘bleed” below the surface. This is not a problem, but it means the board will require much more cleaning. If written information is left on the surface for extended periods, it will leave a ghost residue. Usually what happens with this surface if used in a large organisation is that no one takes the responsibility of maintaining the board, and eventually the surface begins to stain heavily, and will not clean. Usually the next thing to happen is that the board is cleaned with jiff or an abrasive cleaner. When this occurs, the surface is permanently damaged. This surface is good for a very small office where there are one or two people responsible for the care of the board and a low usage.
The other surface is Vitreous Enamel (Porcelain/Ceramic). This surface is glass baked onto steel. Being a glass surface, it will not scratch, and glass being non porous, markers will not “bleed” below the surface, which means that it is easier to clean and it is far more durable.
What kind of chalkboards do you make? We manufacture 2 types of writing surface. One surface is called Standard. This surface is a pre painted product (coated) onto a non-magnetic backing. This surface is good for low usage such as homes or cafe’s. Being a coated surface, it will eventually wear over time.
The other surface is Ceramic. This surface is glass baked onto steel and has a dark green surface. Being a glass surface, it will not wear, and it is also magnetic as it is a steel based surface. This surface is typically used in schools.
Can you make a custom board for me?
There are 3 methods in which to achieve a design on a whiteboard, and still retain the typical properties of a whiteboard.
1/. Laser engraving
2/. Digital print
3/. Vinyl lines and text
This process can only be done on the vitreous enamel surface, and can only be one colour (black).
The image would be etched into the surface. Bold text and logos Etc. can be reproduced as an outline or solid. The thickness of the lines can be as thin as 0.40mm
As this process involves etching into the whiteboard surface, once the grid is etched, it cannot be removed.
This process achieves a full colour print, and the design is printed onto white vinyl sheet, a laminate of dry erase film is applied over the top of the digital print, and this is then laminated to the whiteboard surface. The dry erase film turns the digital print back to a surface where whiteboard markers can be used and removed, but the surface has similar properties to that of the standard acrylic writing surface, so care must be taken when cleaning this surface.
It is best to laminate the digital print onto acrylic whiteboard surface, as it is cheaper.
Vinyl lines and text
This method can be applied to either writing surface. We can achieve a grid with sign writer’s vinyl pin stripe tape, and vinyl cut lettering, and is suited where the layout of the whiteboard may need to be changed at a later date, as it can be removed.
The vinyl option is rarely used these days (most people prefer a laser etched whiteboard), as it is a very labour intensive process to apply the design (grid lines and vinyl cut text) to the whiteboard surface, as the lay out is all hand done.