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Watermark Your Markerboard – Give your collaboration and communication system a sense of ownership.
Aug 31st, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Watermark Your Whiteboard

One challenging aspect to showing a picture of a white board is that it is basically a white rectangle.  You can add frames, typically aluminum or wood.  And many people today are going frameless, using gloss white laminates or glass markerboards.  With the fantastic advances in markerboard “clear” coatings such as Remarkable by 360Coatings, virtually any smooth wall can be turned into a markerboard.

Markerboards and clear coated markerboard walls are often used for brainstorming team meetings for coming up with new ideas and plans.  To “brand” the markerboard, (making sure any picture of the board has your brand), consider adding your company information (logo and company name) to the markerboard or markerboard wall.

Watermark Your Whiteboard - Sample of Logo and Subdued Logo to add a pleasing visual aesthetic and brand your whiteboard

Watermark Your Whiteboard – Sample of Logo and Subdued Logo to add a pleasing visual aesthetic and brand your whiteboard

How to Watermark Your Whiteboard

Here is one possible layout.  You put your logo and business name in the top right portion of the markerboard or markerboard wall and then do a much larger logo image in the bottom left section.  But instead of a “full strength logo”, you tone it down to about 25% to 30% strength (about 70% to 75% transparent).  This space will still be conveniently available for your marking but will effectively brand your board.  Plus, this technique add an artistic, visual element to the wall markerboard.

Indoff – Silicon Valley can do this technique for Glass Markerboards and Porcelain Magnetic White Boards (with no bumps on the writing surface).  And our team of experienced painters can add this logo touch to a marker board wall coating project – first doing the logo branding of the wall followed by the clear coat a day to two later.

Have you done this for your white boards or markerboards/markerboard walls?

If you have done some markerboards like this, do comment on this blog and send us some pictures to give other collaboration teams and business owners additional ideas on techniques to “watermark” whiteboards.

To get more information, contact Indoff – Silicon Valley today <click here>

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Turn nearly any surface into a dry-erase board. Paintable Whiteboards available from OfficeFurnitureSanJose.com (Indoff – Silicon Valley)
Aug 10th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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ReMarkable™ Dry Erase Paintable Wall Covering

ReMarkable™ Dry Erase Paintable Wall Covering

 

Until now, painting a whiteboard wall was smelly, took ages to dry and had a tendency to yellow with age.  Finally a new coating material is available turns virtually any wall into a “white board”, except of course, it doesn’t need to be white.

And Indoff – Silicon Valley (as of this blog date), is the most recent authorized representative for ReMarkable™ in the U.S., serving California, one of only 24 Western Hemisphere authorized representatives.

Now you can use 360Coating’s “ReMarkable™ coating paint to turn nearly any painted surface into a marker board.  “ReMarkeable” can be used on drywall, plaster, metal or tile, turning these surfaces into a dry-erase system.  Once you surfaces is “ReMarkable”, you can write on it using low odor dry-erase markers.  Read about suggested low-odor markers in our August 4th blog.

The key features of ReMarkable that set this coating apart from other paint include:

●  Clear or white options
●  Ready for use in hours, not days
●  Long lasting and durable
●  Simple to apply as paintMarkerboard Paint - Learn More and Order Here
●  Environmentally friendly

ReMarkable™ Coating - available in both Clear, non-yellowing, and White Coatings

ReMarkable™ Coating – available in both Clear, non-yellowing, and White Coatings

ReMarkable™ coating is available in clear coat or white

ReMarkable™ is the only dry-erase coating that goes on clear and never yellows.  You can turn any painted surface into a dry-erase board without changing your room’s décor.  Tans stay tan, blues stay blue, pink or red – well, you get the picture.  ReMarkeable™ is perfect for offices, schools, homes or any other place where functionally beauty is key.

ReMarkable™ coating is ready to use in hours, not days.

Other “white board” paints typically take days to cure; one brand says 7 days.  ReMarkable™ is ready to written on in about 48 hours.  (It dries to the touch in about 8 hours).

ReMarkable™ is simple to apply

ReMarkable™ is simple to apply, if you have basic painting skills, you can probably do the job yourself.  Its’ special properties require mixing two components before use and you need to apply within 30 minutes.

Frankly we recommend using a professional painter (here at Indoff – Silicon Valley we do the wall measurements, make sure the wall is properly critiqued (it may need to be patched, cleaned, to be ready to go) and arrange for proven, professional painters to do the job.  Remember, proper painting is 80% preparation and 20% application.  And that’s what Pros do.

ReMarkable™ is long lasting and durable.

With proper maintenance and normal wear & tear, ReMarkable™ keeps is dry-erase ability for 10 or more years before you ever to need to recoat the surface.

ReMarkable™ Coating - turn any wall into a collaborative, creative work area

ReMarkable™ Coating – turn any wall into a collaborative, creative work area

ReMarkable™ is a “Green Choice – better for the environment.

When you use ReMarkable™ surfaces, you are making an environmentally helpful decision.  Instead of using giant print sheets for brainstorming sessions, by choosing to use a safe, lightweight low VOC product (ReMarkable™) you reduce waste and still get creative.

Notes on a recent project coating walls at a Silicon Valley BioTech firm

Indoff – Silicon Valley recently did 4 walls at a BioTech firm in Newark (including the CEO’s office).  Work was done on Friday and by Monday (when we visited to see how the project went), the walls were already in “Marker board use”.  Ideas, to-dos, goals, etc. were already in action.  They liked the results so much that an add-on order was placed to do an additional 8 walls.  (Never let a blank wall go to waste).

So if your hankering to write on those ready-to-go walls in your office, school, hallway, conference room, or maybe even a “share the news” wall at home, contact us today to learn more about how ReMarkable™ coating work for you.  Click here to contact Indoff – Silicon Valley.

Use Low-Odor, Nontoxic Whiteboard Marker Pens for a Better Collaboration Experience
Aug 4th, 2013 by I-SV Host

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Low-odor, nontoxic marker pen tip types

Low-odor, nontoxic marker pen tip types

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So you have new whiteboard.  Or perhaps you have installed a great looking glass markerboard.  Or maybe you have even painted your wall with one of the new whiteboard coatings.  Now you need to consider the marker pens you will use to share with fellow employees, clients, customers, prospects, and collaborative team members.

Previously, one of the drawbacks of marker board pens is their likelihood of drying out too soon.  Another is the overwhelming bad odor that permeates the room, making it an uncomfortable place to be, especially for some people who are very sensitive to smell.

Marker pens now available with low-odor and nontoxic.

Low-Odor, Nontoxic Whiteboard Marker Pens

Low-Odor, Nontoxic Whiteboard Marker Pens

The good news is that manufacturers have done significant research and have come up with marker pen improvements.  For example, Expo brand Dry Erase Markers now have available their Expo2 line that is low-odor and Certified Nontoxic.  And these marker pens are available in a wide range of colors and different point (tip) options.

Be sure when you acquire your marker pens, you double check the specifications so you see both “low-odor” and nontoxic in the description.

Proper storage keeps you pens working longer and avoids drying out.

To keep marker pens from drying out, it is important to store the marker pens horizontally.  Luckily, most whiteboards have a marker tray at the bottom, automatically holding the pens in a horizontal position.  But if your board doesn’t have a tray, the next best device is a pen (and often eraser) holder that keeps pens horizontal.  Some of these devices are magnetic and can be used on whiteboard that are magnetic suitable.  Some marker board holders are designed to attach to a wall (especially suitable for floor-to-ceiling whiteboards or whiteboard painted coatings).

Whiteboard Marker Pen Organizer/Holder

Whiteboard Marker Pen Organizer/Holder

Resist the temptation to store pens vertically – this causes them to dry out too soon.

The most typical whiteboard marker colors are black, red, blue and green.  But we suggest adding a host of other colors to the mix.  Many people think the added colors stimulate creativity and add an extra dimension to the collaborative process.  After your initial purchases (typically the holders with a variety of colors), you can buy in bulk the colors you need for your organization.  Always keep extras in stock.  Nothing stifles creativity greater that running out of markers in the middle of the session.

To see marker holders and low-odor, nontoxic marker options available from Indoff – Silicon Valley, <click here>.

Be sure to enter “Low-odor marker expo” in the search tool to find the right options for you.

Glass Marker Boards -Yesterday’s Presentations Will Never Be Today’s Distraction
Apr 19th, 2013 by Peter Harnack

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Modern glass marker boards overcome the traditional staining and ghosting of cheap, painted white boards-while simultaneously giving you a great look.

Glass Marker Board with Stand-off Mounting

Glass Marker Board with Stand-off Mounting

Old style painted white boards have problems when previous images “ghost” on the board.  They are hard to keep clean.  And an accidental the use of a permanent marker almost makes the board impossible to use.  Porcelain boards help with their superior surface but the best look and feel option is glass.

The moment your pen that touches the surface, you will appreciate the silky – smooth writing.  Ghosting is eliminated and the glass marker board will give you years of trouble free service.

Design Options

Glass marker boards give many upgraded design options.  Their look is sophisticated, unique, and you get a virtual cornucopia of color, finish, and size options.

Mounting can be standoff, concealed, or architecturally applied.  Virtually any color can be provided on the optically clear glass.  Finish can be semi transparent etched so the underlying wall color becomes the glass marker boards hue.  Pure white and magnetic white are also available.

For added value, glass marker boards can include back printing for lines, text, Logos-even semi permanent removal graphics are possible when design changes are needed.

While typically used in whiteboard sizes, architectural glass marker boards can stretch from floor to ceiling and even installed as dividers, signage, or mounted on mobile bases.

Clear glass is inconspicuous when not in use.

Healthcare facilities staff love glass marker boards because they are naturally anti bacterial and easy to clean.

Plus you get the great look in an eco – friendly, recycled material form.

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