Do It Yourself: Whiteboard (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1.

So the verdict is in.

Acrylic Polycarbonate Polypropylene
Acrylic Polycarbonate Polypropylene Final

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Polypropylene works the best.

It looks like the ghosting correlated pretty well with the water absorption numbers I listed last post. Also, its interesting to note that the low odor markers cleaned up much better than the bold markers did on the two clear plastics.

5 days later, this is how it cleaned up without any spray or cleaner:

Polypropylene Cleaned

Polypropylene Cleaned

Now, because the polypropylene was translucent, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to put a background behind it. However, since the polypropylene was thin enough, it turned out alright:

Polypropylene with Background

Polypropylene With Background

I’ll probably vary the color of the gridlines for the background to see which one works the best, but even 100% wasn’t too bad. In the picture, the squares are 1 inch x 1 inch and the line thickness is 3 points.

Next step will be ordering the full size sheet of the polypropylene (hopefully they’ll be able to ship it with some protective plastic covering), getting a background printed up (probably from Kinkos) and mount it to a backing board (I’m thinking MDF right now, but I might come up with something else.

Stay Tuned.

Update: The project is continued here.

Posted Thursday, January 27th, 2011 under do it yourself.


  1. Bill Miller says:

    I note that it has been 2 years since last entry – any progress, experience, recommendations since then?

    thanks Bill M

  2. @Bill,

    There have been a few updates, as well as some comments by visitors who’ve made similar boards and have been nice enough to come and share their experiences on the Part 3 page:


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