Titled because of the magnetically attractive qualities it possesses, magnetic paint is created using ferromagnetic additives. Before applying the final paint job, magnetic paint is typically applied first in the form of a wall primer. This is a great way to apply it as it doesn’t comprise the final paint colour scheme thus allowing a seamless magnetic surface anywhere it is desired. Magnetic paints are manufactured by a number of paint manufacturers; Rustoleum and Magnamagic are two of the better known.
Contrary to popular belief the ferromagnetic particles are actually suspended in the paint, not dissolved in the paint. When painted on a surface the painter must be careful to ensure there is a suitable amount of coats applied in order to create the adequate surface for the attraction of magnets. Two coats of magnetic paint are needed at the extreme minimum, and it is commonly suggested to apply at least four coats. The ideal magnets to use on a magnetic wall are definitely rare-earth magnets, a very strong magnet that can perform very well even when they are extremely small. This makes them perfect for sticking up photos, notes, or other similar items.
Anticipate the wall to be slightly textured after the magnetic paint has been applied. This is caused by the concentration of the ferromagnetic particles and is a difficult thing to avoid. It’s not advised to sand this surface smooth as you will be literally sanding off your desired magnetic properties! The best approach is to apply the paint with a foam roller. If done properly and care is taken the paint will go on smooth enough. It’s important to look out for roller marks or surface blemishes (perform top-quality pre-paint wall preparation) as these small bumps will interfere with a solid magnetic adhesion by reducing the total surface area in contact with the magnets.
Magnetic paint can be used in a variety of ways to enhance a room or area. One clear advantage of using magnets is the ability to put up photos or notes on the wall without damaging either the wall or the item in question. A great idea is to paint a magnetic wall in a kids room and put up both letter and number magnets. This can be done anywhere in the house in fact and substituted with poetry or word magnets. Next to the bathroom mirror could be a fun spot! Businesses might also take advantage of magnetic paint by employing a magnetic sign allowing them to easily change their signage but take advantage of professional looking letter magnets.
Magnetic paint is definitely one of the more interesting paint products when you are looking for a unique way to spice up a room or space. There are many great magnetic wall ideas out there to get your creative juices flowing, a quick internet search for ‘magnetic paint ideas’ will surely be all it takes.