Wet Erase Markers vs. Dry Erase Markers

If you are anything like the average person, you may not really understand the difference between wet erase markers and dry erase markers. It depends on the type of project you have that will determine which marker is the best for you.

It’s important to remember that using the wrong type of marker on a whiteboard will leave streaks and residue behind. In order to avoid those unsightly marks, avoid leaving any writing up for an extended amount of time. This makes cleaning more difficult.

Here’s a little comparison chart to help:

Wet Eraser Markers: Dry Eraser Markers
  • Wet erase markers contain water-soluble dyes and are intended for acetate, film or non-porous laminated surfaces. Works great with projection screens.
  • Wet erase markers use a paste-based ink rather than alcohol based, which makes their markings semi-permanent.
  • Erase by using a damp cloth
  • Dry erase markers erase with an eraser on most non-porous materials, like whiteboards, porcelain, melamine and glass.
  • Do not use on a projection screen.
  •  Contains water-soluble dyes that will penetrate and stain porous surfaces.