Nov 21, 2008

magnetic paint... a disaster...

yesterday i went to a new an arts and crafts shop and spent a small fortune on craft stuff. i read somewhere that there is a paint called "magnetic paint" which can turn anything (practically) into magnetic surface, walls, wood, plastic etc... so i decided to get a can and try it out... since the reviews i read on "magnetic paint" were quite good. i also found this really cute paint palette cut-out and thought that it would be totally cute to turn them into little magnetic boards and give them away as christmas gifts.



i gathered from the guy at the desk that the magnetic paint only comes in 1 color. and after you've sprayed a couple of layers of the magnetic paint on your surface, you can top-coat it with normal paint in a color of your choice. and so i did according to the instructions.


well, i can tell you that i'm pretty unhappy with the result. the magnetic paint has certainly created a magnetic surface on the palette cut-out but it is very very weak. and there is like 10 coats of spray on that palette cut-out. it can hold only very very strong magnets and once you put a note between the magnet and the board... everything falls. so what's the use of a magnetic board that doesn't hold notes??

initially (after 5 coats) i thought i was doing something wrong and re -read the instructions. but no... everything was in place. then i thought perhaps the wood is porous. so i applied a coat of sealer and then sprayed it again with the magnetic paint. another 5 coats... still no difference. and to think that i still have to top-coat this... i don't think so... i really don't think anything will stick onto the palette after the top-coat. *sigh* what a waste of money and time...

i shall think of another way to construct the magnetic board because i still think a palette cut-out magnetic board is the cutest thing ever :) i am now looking at the option of zinc plates mounted on the palette and covered with fabric :) see if i can pull that off :)

conclusion: disappointed with "magnetic paint" !

not-so-happy pimping! :p

5 comments:

  1. Those palletes would have looked so cute as presents if it had worked and what a great idea.

    I have heard that the spray on stuff isn't so hot, but that the paint on kind is better. I can't corroborate that, but you might want to see if you can get a little can and try it out. xxoo

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  2. Oh no! Sorry about the paint being poopy! It really would've been cute, had it turned out as you envisioned. But what is this, like 1 semi-failed project out of thousands of other perfectly gorgeous works of art? :-) (Just trying to help you look on the bright side! ;-))

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  3. thanks ladies :) well... not all is lost... i'm gonna go ahead with the zinc plates. we'll see... we'll seeeeee :p

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  4. Hmmm, I would agree that this had to be a frustrating experience. I did ask my husband about the paint and he suggested priming the wood before painting so the paint's not absorbed into the wood. I doubt you'd want to relive all that painting again though so I image you've moved on to more rewarding projects.

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  5. yup... tomorrow is another day! i will buy zinc :)

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