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Chalkboard Paint Recipe | With Floetrol

Chalkboard Paint with Floetrol

1.5 cup of paint & 4.5 tablespoons of grout


{non sanded }

*I like to use a dark grey color of non-sanded grout, not white.

It helps you avoid any white clumps that turn to streaks when you’re

painting (caused by the grout not getting mixed in with the paint 100%).

Chalkboard Paint Measure

A Dash Of Floetrol

*Floetrol is a leveling agent you can add to latex paint

to avoid brush or roller marks.  It helps paint to “flow” and “settle”.

Add Floetrol

Mix together by hand first.

Mix By Hand

Then use a mixer (if you dare).


After mixing until you’re satisfied, you’re ready to paint.

If you store your chalkboard paint mixture, it may thicken.

If that happens, just add water and mix again.

Well done.  Questions?  Ask away.

A word about DIY chalkboard paint.

Measurements don’t have to be exact.

What’s a “dash of Floetrol”mean anyway?

The above is just merely a flexible guideline.

It’s where I start, so to speak, and then if I don’t like

the consistency of the chalkboard paint as I’m going along,

I add a little more grout if I need it thicker,

and I can add a little water to thin it out.

Another word about DIY chalkboard paint and chalk markers.

I love making my own chalkboard paint.

I also love those bright, neon Bistro Chalkboard Markers.

But, like oil and water….

they don’t mix.

With any DIY chalkboard paint recipe, the porous ingredient

(either grout or plaster of paris), will soak up the ink from a liquid

chalk pen or marker, and leave you with a shadow when you erase


Not cool.

Traditional manufactured chalkboards are made of a slate material

that is non-porous.  Hence the reason the chalk markers work well

with those and any other non-porous surface

(plexi-glass, plastic, ceramic, metal, regular glass… you get the idea).

I’m not giving up yet though.  I’ve determined to find a solution for this.

I’ll keep you posted. :)

Chalkboard Paint Recipe with Floetrol

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  1. Any more questions let me know

  2. Kathy,

    This is an excellent question, thanks for asking.
    My chalkboard paint recipe works fine on glass, the non-sanded grout that is in it helps it “stick” well.
    However, chalkboard markers/pens do not work with any kind of DIY chalkboard paint formula.
    Chalk markers/pens actually have a type of ink/dye in them that keeps normally dry chalk in liquid form and gives it the color.

    It’s because of that very fact, that the markers leave behind a “shadow” on a chalkboard painted surface.
    If the marker writing is left for a day or two, the ink seeps into the porous- ness (courtesy of the grout), and leaves behind a trace of what was there.

    The markers work really well with Traditional chalkboards (like at school), because they are usually made of a slate-like material (non-porous).
    The ink/dye dries on top of the hard surface, giving you chalk that can wipe away.
    (The chalk markers also work really well on dry erase boards, smooth metal, and glass, etc..)
    In a nutshell, they are like dry erase markers.

    Does your can of chalkboard paint say markers are ok?
    If you are unsure, I would be more than happy to research it, if you tell me the brand of paint you bought.

    Let me know if I can help,


  3. Kate

    I just bought a can of chalkboard paint to try your tag idea that was featured on dremel. The box says you can paint it on glass. Have you used your chalkboard paint on glass? Would that work for the chalkboard markers?

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