Painting is the most popular choice with DIY homeowners to transform their spaces since the job is quite easy compared to other many other projects. However, if just choosing the paint color palette and painting it on the wall creating a perfect surface is not enough to show your talent in home improvement, then adding magnetic primer is the way to take it up a notch.
Here are some tips to make the most of magnetic primer:
- Shake it up
You can find magnetic primer easily where they sell interior paint since the secret behind the primer is the iron dust particles added to the paint. This is why it is really critical to have a professional expert shake it properly at the store before use. Also, you have to mix it during the painting process well or else your magnetic wall will not be so magnetic.
You can use a stirring attachment for an electric drill for the job, if you can get your hand on it. If not, you should shake the paint yourself every 30 minutes. The iron dust particles should be distributed all over the primer evenly and not accumulated at the bottom of the can, or else there will be certain parts of the wall that do not share that magnetic quality.
- Know exactly what you want
This is one point that experts and consumers seem to all agree upon. You should expect the result before deciding on anything or starting anything. The magnetic primer does give the wall the power of magnetism but you will realize that the pull cannot be as strong as a sheet of magnetized steel.
However, this is actually a good thing for there are times you will walk pass by the wall with a bunch of bangle bracelet hanging on your arms or with collar chain for your big man-best-friend.
Visualizing the result beforehand can help to produce the best possible result. You might want to be able to display stuffs everywhere inside your home, or you might want just a certain part of the wall, certain side of the wall to have this characteristic. Remember that the result might not be what you have fantasized at all for the magnetic field is not that strong.
The best result comes from both the smooth, even surface with a magnetic primer. So you might want handymen or experts to get the job done as properly as possible for amateur might not be able to produce a smooth surface wall. A bit lacking may results in wasting your magnetic primer on an uneven, rough surface. Painting might be quite a simple project but it is not one to be taken slightly.
- Use strong magnets:
Neodymium magnets and earth magnets work best as holding pieces of papers and photos on a magnetic-primer wall. But keep in mind that those magnets are typically small, very small to be exact. If you live with young children, you might not be able to enjoy this wall as much as you can for small magnets are seriously dangerous to young children. They can accidentally swallow the magnets and get choked or intestinal complications.
You can use regular magnets. They stick to the wall. However, they cannot hold anything and will fall along with your papers. That is one of the result you should expect before deciding on using magnetic primer, they are not as strong as you first imagine. Nonetheless, you can use magnetized alphabet letters just fine. They stick well to the wall.
- Do not get confused between magnetic primer and regular paint
Magnetic primer has iron dust particles which make it very different from the regular paint that you are used to. Therefore, you should not handle them the same way either.
It has been known among users of this paint that oil-based products can be hard to wash off skin and other surfaces. They splatters more easily though. Therefore, you should take note to wear gloves when working with this paint. Masking tape and drop cloths are highly recommended.
It has also been known that users have to get rid of their brushes, rollers and other paint supplies because they are no longer usable after being involved with the paint stickiness. So you might want to use cheap tools to not bother throwing them away after use.
You should apply from 5 to 8 layers of magnetic primer. The more layer the more magnetic your wall will be. Do not concern yourself with the advices about applying only 1 or 2 layer. 30 minutes should be added for the paint to dry before painting another coat.
The paint can smell quite bad, so a fan should be used to blow the fumes away. If possible, paint smaller projects outside. The smell will go away eventually.
The magnetic primer is dark-colored and you have to paint light-colored paint over it. So invest in quality. The paint should be able to cover evenly with about 2 layers. With high quality products, you can have the freedom playing with pattern and colors all you want. You should consider layering chalkboard paint over magnetic primer to have good result.