Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Over the past few months I've slowly been converting my garage into a DIY/project/man zone by adding lighting, work benches, storage and tools.

Next I'd like to mount a piece of transparent plastic to the wall to use as a 'whiteboard'

I know that I'd like to use a plastic, rather than glass, so that it wont easily shatter and will have more give to it.

Other than that I'd like a material that I can draw on and wipe clean, won't flex too much when I write on it and be as cheap as possible (whilst being up to the task)


share|improve this question
Is there a reason it has to be transparent? – Doresoom Oct 31 '10 at 1:56
I'd like to see my garage wall through it. So really just my personal asthestics – Peter Bridger Nov 1 '10 at 8:19
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Markee Dry-Erase Paint is clear, so it won't even look like you've got a dry erase surface at all. You may want to put up an outline though, since I could see running off the edge of the painted surface being a problem. It's also a bit pricey, at $59/quart or $127/gal. (I haven't used this product myself, so no guarantees on how well it works.)

Another option is Opti-White dry erase film, also in clear. It's $26/ft for a 5' wide sheet. (So a 3'x5' sheet will run you $78 - it would be cheaper to go with the paint-on option, unless you don't want to deal with the mess.)

If you want to go the 'board' route instead of a wall covering, you could try Lexan. It's fairly lightweight and you should be able to get it at most home improvement stores. Lowes has it for about $70 for a 3'x4' sheet.

share|improve this answer
With Dry-Erase paint you need to have a very smooth surface or it will not work very well (or you need to apply a lot of coats to form the smooth surface). Notice the Markee Dry-Erase paint mentions to apply 8-10 coats (this is so any bumps are smoothed out)... your garage wall might need more. – Jeff Widmer Nov 2 '10 at 10:49
Thanks for your input, I've decided to go the Lexan route. I've ordered a 900mm x 600mm x 4mm off eBay for £30. Fingers crossed it works out – Peter Bridger Nov 22 '10 at 18:38
@Peter: I'm sure the other SE users would love to see the finished product. Post pics if you get the chance! – Doresoom Nov 22 '10 at 19:51

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.