Various brands make chalkboard and whiteboard panels that you can install around your home or shop, and there are also different types of paints you could use, such as by Rust-Oleum (chalkboard paint, whiteboard paint).
Unbeknownst to me before today, there are also self-adhesive chalkboard and whiteboard tapes.
I can see the appeal of duct tape-like writable tapes. There’s no primer or paint to mess around with, and you don’t have to buy large panels that need to be cut down to size. You wouldn’t want to line an entire wall with these tapes, but they should be handy for creating writable surfaces on small areas.
The instructions say to cut, peel, and stick, which means the tape probably comes off the roll with a removable liner. This should make application far easier than if these behaved more like duct tape. Plus, that should result in a higher quality surface coating.
Both tapes are removable, but you’ll want to exercise caution if planning to use them on delicate surfaces.
They are both sold in 1.88″ x 5 yard rolls.
The chalkboard tape can be written or drawn on with regular chalk. Marks are wiped clean with a tissue, cloth, or chalk eraser.
The whiteboard dry erase tape can be used with any common dry erase marker, and can be wiped clean with a tissue, cloth, or dry eraser.
3M and Scotch don’t say how many times you can write on and erase a section of either tape until they need to be replaced, but if things get too smudgy, simply peel off the old tape and apply a fresh strip.
Price: ~$6 each, or $20 for a 6-pack
If I need to add a removable label to something, I use beige or blue masking tape, and a Sharpie marker. But, these look like a more elegant way to do things. Instead of crossing out a label, or sticking on a new piece of tape, these chalkboard and whiteboard tapes can simply be erased clean.
Some of the Amazon reviews for these new writable surface tapes say that the adhesive isn’t very strong. This could be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.