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So, my boss just walked in and asked if there is a material on which we could print our city map that could be a dry erase board. Or, if we could put the map in a frame that would act as a dry erase board. This way city employees could draw all over the maps as much as they want. Just want to see if anyone has done anything or heard anything like this. Thanks.

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Lamination would be the first thing that springs to my mind.

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You can get dry-erasable laminates, but be sure and ask specifically for it. Get samples and try it yourself.



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Sounds good, looks like we're going with the laminate. Thank you!!

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Do you know of any framing, maybe some sort of plexiglass that would work? They would like to be able to switch out maps. Thanks.

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One of my partners offers maps on whiteboards, I could put you in touch with him if you want.
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Do you know of any framing, maybe some sort of plexiglass that would work? They would like to be able to switch out maps. Thanks.


What about putting gromets in the laminate, then you can sort of hang them on pegs. It would be like traditional "GIS" layers :).

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Do you know of any framing, maybe some sort of plexiglass that would work? They would like to be able to switch out maps. Thanks.


Anything non-porous should work fine. Glass would probably be best, but acrylic plexiglass would be fine too. "Dry-Erase" is more about the marker's ink than the surface it's put on.

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I'll second what Adam said. We have glass windows/walls on the fronts of our offices and people write on them with dry erase markers all the time. It cleans off of glass even better than off of whiteboards. If you don't want to use actual glass I would think acrylic plexiglass would be a good alternative.
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acrylic plexiglass would be a good alternative.


Test it, though. There are solvents in them there markers...

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So, my boss just walked in and asked if there is a material on which we could print our city map that could be a dry erase board. Or, if we could put the map in a frame that would act as a dry erase board. This way city employees could draw all over the maps as much as they want. Just want to see if anyone has done anything or heard anything like this. Thanks.



There is a special dry-erase lamination. Its a premium material and hard to find a printer that has it in stock etc. Normal 3 or 5 mil lamination tend to stain over time, regardless of use of solvents and dissolvers.




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