Looking for a way to add a bit of fun to your child’s playroom? Perhaps you’re fed up with notice boards never being the right size for your office?
Magnetic paint could be the solution you’re looking for. Inexpensive and easy to use, it allows you to turn surfaces magnetic, quickly and easily.
You will need a tin of magnetic paint (B&Q do a great one called Rust-Oleum magnetic Primer for £11.99), a paint brush, a small foam roller and some masking tape.
Here’s how it works:
- Identify the area to be magnetised and make sure that it is clean and dry. Tape the boundaries of the area using a good masking tape. Frogtape is particularly good.
- Give the paint a good stir. It works because it has iron flakes in the paint which attract a magnet, so these need to be thoroughly mixed.
- When you paint your area, work the brush and/or roller from the top to the bottom in a vertical motion. This allows the iron particles to line up, improving their performance.
- Allow the first coat to dry, and then apply a second. A third coat may be necessary. Allow each coat to dry before adding the next. Three thin coats will work better than fewer thicker ones.
- Wait at least four hours for the paint to fully dry before covering with your choice of emulsion paint.
- Let your imagination run wild and have some fun with your new magnetic surface!
A few points to remember:
- If you are going to use the paint in a playroom, remember the height of the children! Lower areas will be easier for them to reach.
- Small children should be supervised when using magnets as they are dangerous if they are swallowed.
- Heavy magnets may require a stronger magnetic surface to attach to.