Magnetic paint is latex wall paint that uses magnetic particles to transform a simple wall into a surface to which you can easily stick magnets. This ability makes magnetic paint an all-rounder for your home and enables innovative surface design possibilities.
You can turn simple walls into pinboards for notes and pictures in no time. This saves you from attaching objects by gluing, drilling or hammering. All this can often lead to problems in rented apartments.
If you want to paint a wall with magnetic paint, this is no problem. Magnetic paint is a primer, so any color or shape can be used as a topcoat.
If you have any questions about how exactly the product works and how you can repaint your magnetic board without worry, check out our recommendations below.
What is magnetic wall paint?
Magnetic wall paint is water-thinkable paint based on acrylic or a plastic dispersion and thus hardly differs from ordinary wall paint. The unique feature is that it consists of tiny metal particles. By the simple connection of these two components, you can make magnetic paint also relatively simply inexpensive.
The contained iron powder gives the paint a magnetic effect and thus misses every color done with the paint equally magnetic effect. In addition, magnetic paint has no magnetic field of its own, which is why it is safe for your electronic devices.
It is applied with a brush or paints roller like conventional emulsion paint. So without much effort, you can create an individual magnetic wall that holds small adhesive magnets without any problems.
But where can this magnetic paint be usefully applied compared to regular paint?
Where can magnetic paint be used?
Magnetic paint can be applied pretty much anywhere, even on wood or plaster and many other surfaces. So there are no limits to your creativity. After the paint has dried, you can attach photos, papers, notes, and other not too heavy objects to the wall using magnets.
For example, you could create an information board in the kitchen in no time. Magnetic paint is efficient in the office, where everything necessary is pinned to have it directly in view. Thanks to the magnetic paint, no tacks or nails need to be used.
However, attention should always be paid to compatibility and child safety. Many low-pollutant products carry the Blue Angel, the German Federal Environment Agency seal. The EN 71-3 Euro standard (“European standard for toy safety”) can often also be identified as child-safe magnetic paints.
Painting over magnetic paint
Since you don’t need any special tools to work with magnetic paint, you need the same things, whether you paint over magnetic paint with regular wall paint or with magnetic paint.
Painting over magnetic paint with wall paint
Fresh magnetic paint usually has a slightly grayish tint due to the iron particles. However, this does not reduce the possibility of painting over it after the paint has dried completely. You can paint over the magnetic paint with any conventional residential paint.
If you want to cover the magnetic paint with another layer of color, we recommend applying the magnetic paint at least four times. This is the only way to ensure that the magnetic force remains strong enough.
In addition, make sure that the paint used can be used on a previously painted wall color, the magnetic paint.
You can paint over the magnetic paint with blackboard paint as a unique alternative. This special chalkboard paint allows the painted surface to be painted like a chalkboard, creating many additional possibilities for creative design.
Painting the wall with magnetic paint
To prepare the wall, remove dust and close small cracks and old holes with putty. Walls with a greasy coating can be wiped with a simple household cleaner, such as from the kitchen.
To ensure that magnets hold well later, the wall should be as smooth as possible. With rough and textured plaster or spackled walls, it can therefore be helpful to sand or level the plaster or filler a little before painting.
On the other hand, very sandy, chalky, or absorbent walls can be smoothed by priming with a deep primer before painting.
Tip: Alternatively, various substrates can also be smoothed by gluing a thin non-woven wallpaper. If the magnetic paint is applied to just any non-woven wallpaper, it can be removed more easily later.
With one liter of magnetic paint, you can paint up to 5 m² of the wall once. However, for an optimal result, the color should be applied in two to three layers. The magnetic effect becomes more robust with each additional layer.
Always wait for the specified drying time between applying two different layers of paint. This is usually 4 to 6 hours; take your time accordingly.
Can you apply magnetic paint on a woodchip wallpaper?
In principle, this is possible. Magnetic paint adheres well to woodchip wallpaper. However, it is too uneven for magnets to stick to it unless you use powerful interests. In addition, the surface is very absorbent. Test this by applying water to the wallpaper with a spray bottle.
If it absorbs the water quickly, you should prime the surface before painting it with magnetic paint. Here you can use a commercially available dispersion-based primer.
On which surfaces can magnetic paint be used?
Magnetic paint can be applied to walls with wallpaper backgrounds or concrete. It is also possible to paint furniture made of various materials. Magnetic paint can also be used for wood and plastics. So there are no limits to your creativity.
Can you mix magnetic paint yourself?
Yes, you can easily make magnetic paint yourself in different colors. To do this, you need the correct human ratio of your desired color and tiny iron particles.