Time to Shop for Wide Markers!

Apr 22, 2012 3 Comments by

We see a lot of searches for “Wide Dry Erase Markers” that end up browsing our Zig Posterman store. The problem with dry erase markers is they are all small tip markers, nothing is available wider than a quarter-inch or so. While the tips are chiseled and can be used as a sharp point or on the side it is hard to cover a wide area with them.

Can I use your wide and extra wide markers on a white board?

Absolutely! They work just like dry erase markers on a white board with just a few differences.

First the ink, since it is pigment based will be much more bold than a dry erase marker. The line will be very strong and opaque you will not be able to see through it.

Unlike dry erase markers you can not wipe the waterproof marker off with your hand, cloth or even the eraser. To remove the mark simply use Windex or an ammonia based cleaner. This turns into an advantage since you can mix dry erase and wet erase marks. The marker will not damage or harm your dry erase white board.

We also offer the Zig Posterman Wet-Wipe, this marker will remove from your white board with a damp cloth or sponge.  Zig Illumigraph markers on very smooth surfaces can come off with a soft cloth or eraser.  Be sure to see the technical link at the end of this application story for information on the types of markers.

How wide do they come?

The regular size marker is just about the same size as your standard white board marker. It is 6mm with a chisel tip, a broad Chisel just a little bigger.

The Big and Broad is 15mm and a great value, a favorite of teachers and executive “chalk talkers.” It provides a wide 5/8 inch line or a finer 1/4 inch line when you use the side.

A Biggie 30 will mark a 1 1/4 inch mark on a white board, fast strong bold lines quick and easy. It works well for creating big block diagrams on the board. Once you master the use you will be able to feather and taper your lines to nearly any size on the board.

Big as they come the Biggie 50 is great for filling in large areas fast, a full 2 inches wide with a huge tube full of paint. Don’t be scared off by the word paint, the marks will not be permanent on your white board and can be cleaned with Windex and most white board cleaners. (Note the 50mm marker is not available in the Zig Posterman Wet-Wipe.  It is only available in the Waterproof and Illumigraph product line.)

A Dry Erase tip compared to the wide white board markers available at ZigPosterman.com

Head to Head, Dry Erase on the Left Zig Posterman Broad, Wide and Extra Wide on the Right

If you are looking for a marker that acts just like a Dry Erase Marker and can be erased with a Dry Eraser or a soft cloth on your whiteboard consider the Zig Posterman Wet-Wipe, don’t let the name fool you. When dry (1-2 min) it can be erased with a standard dry eraser.  It will never damage your whiteboard or leave marks behind! Learn more about this Wide Dry Erase Board Marker!

Need more detailed technical information on marker types?

The Ziggy Technician provides information on how to use Dry, Wet and Semi-perminent markers


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Running the website "Admin" sometimes takes a break to work and play with the Zig Posterman Markers. Using them for over a decade it is always amazing that they are semi-permanent and can be removed when needed but stay solid and bright for months!

3 Responses to “Time to Shop for Wide Markers!”

  1. Marilyn Cardillo says:

    I am in search of a wide tip and I”m talkin’ wide, dry erase markers for our professors who teach in large auditoriums at our university, UC Berkeley. Regular sized, chisel tip markers are hard for students to see from the back half of the room. What have you got? Marilyn

  2. Joseph Beverley says:

    I am looking for a Dry Erase black marker that is approximately 30 mm wide and erases easily. I am a lecturer of Hebrew and must write the language on a dry erase board. Must be able to easily erase. Please help if there is such an animal. Thanks.

  3. admin says:

    Dry erase fluids will not work in wide markers, that is why you do not see them on the market. I am sure with all the requests we get someone will come up with something in the future. For today nothing exists.

    The best marker we offer would be a Zig Illumigraph marker. On whiteboards you can apply it and it will come off with a dry erase marker or a soft cloth when dry. It is a true wet-wipe marker so any residue can be cleaned with a damp cloth or a sponge.

    The problem with the Illumigraph is it was intended to work on black boards so dark colors are limited. Violet is the most often used on whiteboards followed by red and light blue. They come in 30mm.

    The other option is a Posterman Wet-Wipe when dry you need to use a damp cloth or sponge to remove them. They come in black 30mm.

    You should always test your whiteboard to be sure you do not get ghosting. Some surfaces are softer than others. Most customers report both these markers work fine. Order one, or even a 6mm version to test on your board. Then if it is a solution order them as you need them.

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