Product Type: Wilkinsons household products
Newest Review: ... scoring. The Wilko blackboard paint might be cheap but it's exactly what's needed. Puh! Why didn't I go to Wilkinsons first? I could have s... more
Bored no more with this blackboard paint.
Wilko Quick Dry Blackboard Paint
Member Name: jazzypinkpuppet
Wilko Quick Dry Blackboard Paint
Advantages: Easy to use, very good value and long lasting
Disadvantages: A bit thin.
My little seven year old son, is totally obsessed with drawing and crafts. I don't just mean he likes it a bit, he totally loves it. He has a quite a few special needs and learning difficulties but drawing is something he is very good at and he would draw all day and night if I let him. Anyway it was getting to the stage of me buying a ream of paper every week to feed his habit, I was telling a friend when she suggested we buy him a black board. It sounds silly but I had never even thought about it before, We had a white board in the past but after a few weeks it was all grubby and he can't / won't draw on something with even a speck or tiny mark on it, it has to be a totally clean sheet. So it ended up in the bin.
So my hunt for a black board begun, who would believe it would be so hard to find a blackboard ? I could find massive school sized ones or the ones that stand up from early learning centre, but with limited space I just wanted one that could fit in the cupboard, and it appears they do not exist. So about to give up another clever friend suggested I make one using blackboard paint, and that is what I did. Here is what I thought of the paint.
I had originally intended to paint a piece of wood, but had a better idea of painting the inside of my cupboard under the stairs, which is where he plays. Not in the cupboard like Harry Potter but next to it :-).
The paint doesn't have the usual 'paint' smell. It does still smell but not overly powerful like most gloss paints do. This was a major benefit to me as paint fumes make me feel quite queasy.
I was imagining the paint to be very thick and gloopy but it wasn't at all, in fact if anything it was a little too thin. I would say it was thinner than an average gloss paint. I needed to be careful as It kept dripping off the brush. Although I am quite 'bull in a china shop' anyway so a 'normal' person would probably be fine with it.
As I was painting it looked really glossy and I thought it would be far too shiny for a black board, but within minutes it was dry and was totally Matt with no sheen or shine at all. It was a gorgeous deep jet black too.
I was so surprised at how quickly it dried, within about fifteen minutes my door was totally dry. The tin says touch dry in 30 mins. Which is still very quick in my opinion.
So with the new black board ready to use, I set my chappie free with a tub of coloured chalks, he loved it. He loved the drawing and he loved the wiping off part too, being a bit of a perfectionist if he made a mnistake he could just brush it off. My 12 year old daughter loved it too, so I painted the side of her book case for her. I also made a little notice board for the kitchen. This was in August and all three blackboards are going strong. The colour is still Jet black, it hasn't faded at all. My son uses his every day and it is still as good as new, the chalk can just wiped away, and it's good to go again.
Wilkos Blackboard paint comes in two sizes a 500ml tin for £5.97 or a 250 ml size for £3.57. As there wasn't much difference in price so I got the bigger tin. Which was good because I got a bit addicted to painting blackboards. he 500ml was just enough to pain my cupboard door, a side of a small bookcase and a A4 noticeboard.
I think it is terrific value for money and it has saved me loads in paper costs, I am down to about a ream a month now.
Summary: An excellent value for money product that works well and lasts long.