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cbmar
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I finally got around to building Steinmeyer's "Two Dictionary Test" (from Magic Magazine, Oct. 2002.) For part of the trick, the magician needs to secretly wipe off a marking (made with a dry-erase marker) from a laminated piece of paper. Sounds easy enough. But here's the problem... NONE of the dry erase markers I've tried will wipe off of the laminated material. Even with dry-erase board cleaner, it's STILL hard to get the marking off. Any ideas? Is there something I can treat the laminated material with so the marking wipes off easier?
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I have seem laminating materialin both matte and gloss finishes. If you are using the matte/satin, this might be the problem.
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You may want to try different brands of dry erase markers along with the laminate materials. I have had problems with the cheaper ones and stuck with the dry erase brand and have not had problems with them rubbing off the laminate.
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I've read that old dry erase boards can be rejuvinated by applying car wax to them. Perhaps this will work for you...
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Cbmar,
That's so funny! I can't get dry erase markers to stay! They keep rubbing off! I'm using Expo brand markers. Mostly, I use the LOW ODOR markers, the kind recommended for use with the Axtell Drawing Board. They tend to rub off much easier. Also, make sure you're using the front of the lamination, and that it's good quality lamination. Good luck!
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I was going to recommend the Expo II dry erase markers also. They erase much easier and more completely than the old, standard Expo dry erase markers.

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Regan,
That's what they're called! It's the Expo II (low odor). Thanks!
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FYI - Regular Expo is Keytone based....The Expo II (Low Odor) are Alcohol based.

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Aaron Moring
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Just passing through the forum, but as a math teacher who uses a LOT of dry erase markers, I've found that the cheaper ones take so much more to wipe off. Also agree with Expo II, and whatever you do, avoid the dollar store bargain markers.
Mike McEathron
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I have also noted that cheap dry erase marker will permanently mark your board ! I have had this happen great way to destroy a dry erase board
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One tip. If you accidentally write on your dry erase board with a permanent marker you can get it off by using a dry erase marker to scribble all over the offending marks then erase. I have seen this technique take sharpie off of a dry erase board.
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Will the dry erase boards handle getting squirted with a hose or dunked in a pool? The writing on the board when it gets wet is secondary to the durability of the board. Any other suggestions for water durable boards are welcome. Thought Farmer.
Aaron Moring
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Most boards are coated with a laminate, but the back is just a pressboard which will fall apart if it gets wet.
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Thanks Aaron Moring for the answer. I know you saved me money and hassle and probably saved some other folks money and hassle too. Thought Farmer.
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When I've used A-4 white-boards I've made myself, using a laminator, at school they only seem to last 100 lessons or so. Then I have to make some more as nothing will shift the pen. I've tried nearly everything to do so. (The only alternatives would take all of the plastic finish off.)

At my current school we've wall-mounted white-boards that barely last the day before needing a hard wipe to remove residue. Sadly, nothing seems to replace the surface once it's worn. Schools tend to replace them every five years (so about 1000 school days.)

Expo II seem to be the best pen to use, but even they eventually cause problems.
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