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EZ Erase FAQs
What is EZ Erase?
EZ Erase is a 3 mil. metalized vinyl film coated with a repositionable, semi-permanent adhesive. The metalized block-out layer hides distracting backgrounds while enhancing the brilliance of the white EZ Erase film. Its glossy finish provides an exceptional surface for writing and drawing with several popular dry erase markers. The solvents in most markers will eventually etch the surface, resulting in ghosting. That's why we recommend the water based Chalk Ink® markers. They write beautifully on EZ Erase dry erase vinyl as well as on ChalkTalk chalkboard film. For more information read: Writing on EZ Erase with Chalk Ink Markers.
EZ Erase Features:
- Brilliant white glossy surface provides an exceptional surface for drawing with compatible dry erase markers. Wipes clean with a soft tissue or dry erase cleaners.
- Easy application to flat, smooth surfaces such as sign blanks and painted drywall.
- Easy removal from most surfaces within three months of application reduces clean up time. No hazardous chemicals required for removal.
- Printable using ecosolvent, solvent and UV inkjet inks, as well as solvent and UV screen print inks. For more information on printing, read: Printing on EZ Erase
- Eco friendly and child safe. Satisfies CPSIA ad California Proposition 65 requirements. EZ Erase is not PVC free but it contains no harmful phthalates and no lead.
- 24" x 10 yd. rolls
- 24" x 50 yd. rolls
- 48" x 10 yd. rolls
- 48" x 50 yd. rolls
What are the most popular applications for EZ Erase?
EZ Erase is perfect for use in both commercial environments and in the home. Commercial applications include restaurant menu boards and short term signage. In a home environment, you can use EZ Erase as a decorative wall applique or for 'to-do' lists on kitchen cabinets or refrigerators.
Will any dry erase marker work on EZ Erase?
While EZ Erase works with most of the dry erase markers on the market, it won't work with every marker. The original EXPO marker, for example, is not compatible with EZ Erase vinyl. We tested a wide range of popular dry erase markers. Our research department continues to test new markers as they are introduced to the market. We recommend the 'Wet Wipe' series of ChalkInk® markers. Test, don't guess! How well a marker wipes off depends greatly on the ink type. For this reason, we urge you to test the marker before us.
Is EZ Erase completely ghost free?
No dry erase film or dry erase board is completely ghost free. Over time any dry erase surface will begin to ghost. As the solvent of the ink system chemically etches the surface of the film, it gives the film some tooth for the dry erase ink to adhere to, resulting in ghosted images. EZ Erase is no exception. The good news is that EZ Erase is easy to remove. Other films with permanent adhesives often require the use of heat and chemicals to remove the film and adhesive. For more information read: How to Minimize Ghosting on Dry Erase Boards and Using Car Wax on Printing Dry Erase Vinyl
How do I clean EZ Erase?
EZ Erase wipes clean with a soft tissue or with a soft cotton rag moistened with water. For stubborn ghosting, use isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface. Do not use strong solvents such as paint thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits, lacquer thinner or wax, and greaser remover. While these solvents will wipe away stubborn stains, you will create a worse problem in the future. Strong solvents will chemically etch the surface, giving the inks more surface area to bite into, making the next cleaning more difficult. For more information read: Cleaning Dry Erase Boards with Bleach.
How difficult is it to apply EZ Erase?
Application of EZ Erase isn't difficult at all. To aid the application of the film, EZ Erase features a forgiving adhesive system, and also removes easily after several months after on most surfaces. For more information read: Installation and Removal of EZ Erase.
How difficult is it to remove EZ Erase?
The ease or difficulty in removing any film depends on a variety of factors. The factor of adhesive used on the film is just one factor. EZ Erase features an easy to remove adhesive. That being said, even a removable adhesive is only removable for a limited time, typically about six months. Over time all adhesives are permanent. The longer a film is on a surface, the more difficult it becomes to remove that film. Other factors include:
- The type of paint used on the substrate
- The texture of the surface
- Condition of the substrate
EZ Erase should remove much more easily than other products in its class. Removal of the film, which was applied to a wall painted with matte finish latex paint should be trouble-free. The film should come off in one piece with no adhesive residue. Removal of the film, which was applied to a smooth, flat glossy paint surface could be much more challenging.
Is EZ Erase safe for us in a home environment?
Because EZ Erase is occasionally used by children under the age of 12, we were required by law to have the product tested by a certified independent lab for compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Initiative Act (CPSIA). EZ Erase satisfies all current governmental standards for lead content and phthalates.
Can I print on EZ Erase with my digital printer?
EZ Erase is printable using ecosolvent, solvent and UV Inkjet printers, as well as solvent and UV screen print inks. Other vinyl dry erase films have a polypropylene layer on top of the vinyl film which is not printable.
This article was written by Jim Hingst, Business Development Manager-Technology for RTape Corp. and posted on Hingst Sign Post.