How to Write on a Mirror Temporarily

How to Write on a Mirror Temporarily

If you’re wondering whether you can temporarily use dry-erase markers to write on mirrors, you’re in the right place. You may want to use a permanent marker to write on a mirror for several reasons. In most cases, you’ll want to remove the ink at some point rather than have it be permanent. 

Below, you can learn the best ways to write on your mirrors without leaving them permanently marked. You’ll also have a better idea about why dry-erase markers can be used for temporary writing.

Why Dry Erase Markers Work Well With Mirrors

One of the main reasons is that these permanent marker pens work well with non-porous surfaces. These are surfaces that are solid and don’t include any small holes for the ink to seep into. 

Furthermore, most dry-erase whiteboard markers include erasable ink. This means they include an alcohol solvent and color pigments that work to help the ink dry on mirrors quickly. An acrylic paint pen may not work as well for writing on mirrors due to how the formula used for the ink is different. 

Using Dry Erase Markers on Mirrors

There are many reasons why you may want to use an ink pen to write on mirrors. Some of the common ideas that people have include the following:

  • If you’re super busy, you may find it’s an efficient messaging system for others in your home. For example, you can write messages on a bathroom mirror, reminding family members about something. You can also write reminders for yourself with mirror messages. If you know you need to do something the next day, it’s easy to write notes with permanent markers so that you don’t forget the next day. Some people also like to write inspiring messages for themselves and others.
  • Creatives can have tons of fun using permanent marker pens to decorate their mirrors. If you find that your mirrors are lacking something aesthetically, you can add some flare to them by using dry-erase marker ink. 
  • Another common reason for drawing on mirrors includes parents using them to teach their children in more creative ways. If your kids are struggling with a certain topic, writing or drawing images on mirrors can provide them with a more visual learning experience that could be useful. 
  • Your kids can also have a lot of fun using ink to draw on mirrors. This provides them with a creative outlet whilst ensuring that your mirrors don’t get permanently marked. This is because you can easily clean the ink away after. 

Also read: How to Seal Spray Paint on Glass


So, that concludes our post about using dry-erase markers to write temporarily on mirrors. Hopefully, you’re feeling more assured about using whiteboard pens to write and draw on a mirror without leaving permanent marks. 

If you’re unsure about what’s contained in the ink of your pen, test it out on a small area of your mirror and see if it wipes away easily. If not, it’s best to try a different type of ink. 

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