Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Started FAQs
How to get started with chalk markers?
Are you ready to get started with your new ChalkTastic chalk markers? You may not be aware of the fact that the performance of your chalk markers can be enhanced significantly by preparing and priming the markers for a few moments.
Follow these simple steps to get the most out of your favorite liquid chalk markers.
- Check and make sure that the tip of the marker or the nib is inserted firmly into the ink barrel of the marker. It is possible for the caps of the markers to get loosened during shipping. Securing the caps tightly will certainly improve the performance of the markers.
- Before using the marker, shake it well for around thirty seconds to ensure proper mixing of the ink pigment.
- Take a small piece of paper and completely depress the tip of the marker on it until the marker tip gets saturated with the ink. The process should take around thirty seconds. The marker tips are nothing but a specialty sponge that functions well just by proper absorption of the ink.
- Repeat the same process for all your markers.
Always remember that ChalkTastic chalk markers are designed to be used on surfaces that are nonporous. Though these markers function exceptionally well on many different types of chalkboards, they are not comparable to the old fashioned type of chalk. Do not hesitate to get in touch with any specific questions you may have. It would be our pleasure to help you out.
Tips for sealing a chalkboard
Sealing a chalkboard is important for the chalk marker users for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the sealing of a porous surface will allow you to easily erase whatever you may have written with your chalk marker pens. Also, if you don’t want your liquid chalk markers to be removed; you may like to seal the top of your chalk-based markers.
Regardless of your objective, Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray can be an excellent alternative for you. Those looking for a matte finish may opt for Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer Matte Finish. In order to seal your porous surface, apply three coats of the sealer. This will make it effortless for you to remove chalk markers from your chalkboard. In case you want to seal the top of the markers to prevent them from being erased, just one quote of the sealer should be sufficient. Don’t forget to follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
Finally, as we always suggest, please test on a small area before sealing your entire chalkboard.
Are chalk markers erasable?
The chalk-based marker pens from ChalkTastic are easily erasable as long as they are used on a nonporous surface. However, please note that the same is not true for the surfaces that are porous in nature. The porous surfaces tend to absorb a part of the pigments present in the chalk markers. As a result, a faint tinge remains on the surface, even after it is removed. This happens with all liquid chalk markers available on the market. This is why we always suggest our users to choose the surface carefully before using our liquid chalk markers.
How to remove liquid chalk from a porous surface
If you have already used ChalkTastic chalk markers on a porous surface, here are some corrective measures you may try out.
- Magic Erasers are extremely efficient in removing color from painted surfaces. However, don’t forget to test before using it on the surface.
- It has been observed that some baby wipes are also capable of removing stains from a porous surface. They are milder compared to Magic Erasers, but do more than a decent job.
- There are many Ammonia based cleaning solutions that can be used for this purpose. Chalkboard cleaners such as Windex and NEOPlex are quite effective.
- In order to avoid any damage to the surface, always test your preferred cleaning technique on a small area of the surface.
Please be mindful of the fact that the composition of different chalkboards may vary a great deal. Therefore, the practice of using chalk markers on different types of chalkboards without shadowing may not be the best idea. Periodical application of a chalkboard paint is one way to freshen-up the chalkboards. Some people also use sealers such as a dry erase coating. These clear coatings can’t be seen, but they allow the markers to be removed completely without any residual stain.
What are the erasable surfaces for ChalkTastic Chalk Markers?
The liquid chalk markers from ChalkTastic can be erased without any hassle when used on different nonporous surfaces.
Some of the most recommended nonporous surfaces for these markers include:
- Chalkboard stickers
- Glazed ceramics
- Slate chalkboards
- LED display boards
- Some plastics or laminates
Before you start using the markers for your next art project, it is highly recommended that you test them on these surfaces.
You may also want to find out more about different nonporous surfaces before getting started.
What are the non-erasable surfaces for ChalkTastic Chalk Markers?
ChalkTastic chalk markers function as non-erasable markers, and are extremely difficult to be removed when they are used on a porous surface.
The most common of these porous surfaces include:
- Painted Surfaces
- Some laminates
Some of the chalkboards available on the market also come with porous surfaces.
There is no stopping you from expressing your creativity, in case you don’t have any intention to erase your work. Many of our customers have strongly recommended our chalk markers for all their creative ventures.
The attractive colors of the markers are extremely popular with the users, and most of them love using these markers because there are no messy paintbrushes or residual paints to deal with after the work. All you need to do is to put them back in the drawer after securely tightening the cap.
How to use ChalkTastic Liquid Chalk Markers on different types of chalkboards?
Many of you may not be aware of the fact that different manufacturers produce a wide variety of chalkboards using various types of materials. Therefore, before you start using your ChalkTastic Liquid Chalk Markers, it is of paramount importance to determine whether your chalkboard surface is nonporous or porous.
Chalkboards made of nonporous materials are ideally suited for you because liquid chalk can be erased easily from such surfaces with just a piece of damp cloth. However, those with a porous surface absorb the pigment present in the markers. This leaves behind a shadow of the pigment even after the surface is cleaned. This is a common problem with all available liquid chalk markers available on the market.
Can you use Liquid Chalk Markers on wood?
Yes, however because wood is a porous surface you’ll need to seal it. Because it’s porous, it may not easily erase.
Why does my chalk marker appear watery?
There is nothing to worry about if the ink of your liquid chalk marker appears to be watery. In most of such instances, the problem can be solved just by vigorously shaking the markers for approximately half a minute.
While shaking the markers, please ensure that the cap of the marker is tightly secured. You should be able to hear the movement of the ball bearing resulting in the mixing of the ink. Liquid chalk markers also tend to dry out from time to time. This problem can be avoided by storing them horizontally and keeping the cap tightly secured.
How to test the erasability of a surface?
Before you start using your ChalkTastic chalk pens, it really makes sense to examine the surface on which you are planning to use your markers. This is particularly useful if you are not sure about the erasability of the surface.
Testing of the erasability of any surface involves some easy steps as mentioned below:
1. Your first task is to find an area that remains relatively unnoticed on the surface. These areas are best suited for carrying out the test.
2. Now, draw a small line or place a dot on the chosen area of the surface.
3. Repeat the same process using all colors. Depending on the surface color, some of the pigments may cause a more prominent shadowing compared to others. This is why the testing of all the colors is important.
4. Wait for a day or two with patience. The shadowing of the surface is caused by pigment absorption over a period of time. There may be no shadowing if the colors are left for a few hours. However, when allowed to sit for a day or two, there is a high probability of shadowing.