Wet Erase vs. Dry Erase Markers

The difference between Dry-Erase and Wet-Erase Markers

Are you thinking of the right marker you want to use for your newly purchased whiteboard? The two major types of erase markers are wet erase and dry erase. It might be difficult to differentiate one from the other since both share the same dimension, tip designs, and ink colors. In this article, you will learn about the advantages and the disadvantages of the types two marker, and you will also learn some tips on how to use them perfect on your newly purchased whiteboard.

Wet Erase Markers

Wet erase markers or wet-wipe markers are commonly used on any surface that is non-porous, which makes them usable for many materials. Wet-erase markers differ from dry erase markers in several ways. A paste is used in place of an alcohol based ink in wet erase markers thereby leaving semi-permanent markings. Therefore, these markings cannot be removed by common whiteboard erasers but would easily be would by any damp cloth.

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Wet Erase Markers work on more materials, but may be harder to erase

Another benefit of using wet erase markers is that the markings remains intact when put under high heat, therefore, these markers are perfect for any board that is Illuminated by a projector lamp or other illuminating device One other little known fact is that dry erase formulas are likelier to cause irritation than the wet-erase ink.

The two most popular forms of wet erase markers are the Liquid chalk and Neon pens. Wet erase markers are easier to use than the traditional chalks but they still maintain the same feel a traditional chalk gives. Sneezing and obnoxious clouds common with the use of white boards are taken care of with wet board markers. In a bid to make these markings made by these markers more attractive, some of them are made with neon colors that offer a more appealing marking on backlit displays. To create a noticeable and contrasting effects, businesses and restaurant that write food or drink specials on black matter board use radiantly colored liquid chalk. These markers are perfect for creating effective and attractive promotional messages.

Dry Erase Marker

The dry erase marker is the most known and used type of marker. They can be used on all types of overhead projector film, whiteboard, signboard and any non-porous surface. You can easily use a piece of cloth or whiteboard eraser to clean the ink from a surface. Sometimes a strong chemical odor comes with dry erase markers but there are commercial non-permanent markers that have low-odor.

Cleaning of chalkboard and whiteboard

Dry Erase Markers

Dry Erase Markers are likely your ideal marker for a dry erase board.

How long your whiteboard remains free of “ghosting” and clean depends largely on the type and quality of the marker you use on it. “Ghosting” are the residue and leftover markings that fails to get erased. Ghosting is nothing to feared as much as a “real ghost”, but it goes a long way in determining the longevity of your whiteboard. You should ensure that you get your whiteboard properly cleaned every time you use the whiteboard because it becomes more difficult to clean a writing if it is left there for a long time.  The general rule is that the longer ink is left on a dry erase surface the more difficult it will be to remove.

We strongly advise that you use Melamine foam sponge (also known as Coralite® Ultimate Sponge, Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser or Scotch™ Brite Easy Eraser), paper towels and water for cleaning boards only wet-erase ink can be used on. You might need to repeatedly clean the board to get all markings cleaned. You should buy a whiteboard cleaner if you want to clean markings that have been long on the board white board for a while.

Check the table below for the worst and best whiteboard cleaners that can be used to clean markings that have been giving you difficulty to clean:

Cleaner Brand Scores Notes
Whiteboard Cleaner Expo
 ♥ ♥ ♥


The best cleaner on the list
Isopropyl, Alcohol Generic
 ♥ ♥
Easily removed marking without fumes
Nail Polish Remover Generic
 ♥ ♥
Produced good results but a little bit muddy
Stain Remover Greased Lightning
 ♥ ♥
Did well to clean almost all the marks
Water N/A
Works poorly, but with elbow grease can eventually get the job done
Paint Stripper Klean-Strip
The worst choice.  It literally cleaned off part of the whiteboard surface