I was contacted a few weeks ago about reviewing Chalkola Markers. At first I was a little hesitant, but once I received them I was surprised.
First, I have to disclose that I was given Chalkola Chalk Markers and Chalkola Window Markers for free for my honest review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.
To start, when I received these, I was a little skeptical as to how they would work. According to the descriptions, these markers will easily wipe off non-porous surfaces and they come off easily, and I was very skeptical.
My first impression upon seeing the markers is that they have great colors! They are bright and bold and perfect to stand out on different surfaces.
According to the package and the description, you shake the marker for 30 seconds and then press the tip up and down against a firm surface until the ink begins to flow. It also says that this happens quickly. In my experience, this is not the case. It took a couple of minutes before it started to flow, but once it started flowing, they wrote wonderfully!
I was also worried about how fast these would dry. As a mom I know that kids can be messy and when working with paint kids are especially messy. These markers dry in a matter of about 1-2 minutes, which is much faster than paint.
The last thing that I was worried about what how easily they would come off. I have had paint markers in the past that claim to come off easily, and they always leave a residue. You do have to use a wet paper towel to remove the ink, but it does come off very easily. My daughters chalkboard looked good as new when I wiped it off.
I do have a few things to add about these markers. The first is that the caps do not stay on the back. I am the kind of person who likes to put the caps on the back of pens so I don’t lose them and the caps to these do not stay on the back. It is a minor inconvenience, one I can deal with.
These markers also state that they are kid safe, but I would be careful about the age of the child you give these markers to. For example, I would not give these to my daughter. Even though they are non-toxic, my daughter is only 2 years old and since these do not dry on contact like traditional markers, I can see my daughter making a huge mess all over the place with these. It also says that they wash off clothes, but I wouldn’t want to risk it.
Also, there are a lot of reviews on Amazon that if you leave the marker on over night it doesn’t come off. I am not sure about this as I didn’t leave mine on overnight, so do this at your own risk.
Overall I am very pleased with the markers and would potentially buy them for myself. I plan to make a chalkboard menu/calendar for my kitchen one day and these would be perfect. I will let you know how it turns out if I ever do it!
These would make the perfect gift for the teacher or crafter in your life!