7. Bonus FAQs
Need help making your business board? These answers will give you a boost.
How do I make my wall a chalkboard?
Do chalkboard markers work on walls?
Yes, they absolutely do (it’s a myth that they don’t).
Erasing can be the tricky part, though.
If you want to be able to erase your marker, you probably want to avoid your average, textured drywall, since walls are generally porous.
How do you transfer letters to a chalkboard?
Design a digital template, print it out on paper, then use transfer paper to trace it on your chalkboard.
You have a few chalkboard transfer options.
How much does a business chalkboard cost?
Business chalkboard signs will cost you anywhere from $50 to $300.
The price will depend on your sign size, and word count… and the quality of your artist. 😉
(here’s my pricing.)
What can I use on a chalkboard instead of chalk?
Chalk markers or chalky pastels.
Just don’t use dry erase markers or crayons.
(You can see all my recommendations on the Supplies page.)
What is the best brand of chalk markers?
How do I prime my chalk marker?
Priming (or activating) is when the marker tip is filled with ink and ready to letter.
With the cap on, shake the marker a few times (you’ll hear the ball rattling around inside).
Then press the tip hard on a piece of paper for a few seconds, then lift up.
Repeat the process — it should take around 10 times — until the whole marker tip has changed color and you see ink on the paper.
Are chalk markers erasable?
Yes, they definitely are.
The best way to erase your chalk markers is with a damp cloth or a damp Magic Eraser.
But what really matters is your surface’s material.
This is when we start talking about the term porosity — if it’s porous, it will absorb the ink more and be more difficult to erase.
Here’s the best way to think about it:
Harder and smoother = less porous. So easy to erase.
Soft and textured = more porous. So hard to erase.
Is a chalkboard better than a dry erase?
A chalkboard is much better.
If you use the right chalk markers — especially on any outdoor or sidewalk sign — your chalkboard writing will stay permanent and be able to withstand the elements.
Do I need to season my business chalkboard?
The point of seasoning is to prevent stains or ghosting, so only do it on active areas of your board (places you plan to edit).
For example, more static design elements — company name, signature products, etc. — won’t need to be updated as often, so you don’t need to season those areas, but fluctuating menus or ‘specials’ sections will need to be.
How do you make a chalkboard magnetic?
You can add strips of magnetic tape or you can try and paint a layer of magnetic primer on your board (unfortunately, that’s kinda hit or miss).