Kristine Lofgren

Incredible Spray That Makes Anything Totally Waterproof is (Finally!) Available

by , 06/25/13
filed under: green technology, News

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Say goodbye to water damaged phones and soggy shoes – Rust-Oleum just launched NeverWet, an amazing product that can waterproof nearly any surface or object. The ultra-hydrophobic spray coating was developed by Ross Nanotechnology, and it repels water like nothing you have ever seen. After a long time in development the product is finally available to the public, and you can get it now at Home Depot for $20 for an 18oz can.

It may look like a magic trick, but this trick is real. Neverwet can be used on just about any surface, and it will instantly repel almost all moisture. The silicone-based coating can protect just about anything from unwanted moisture – including mud and ice. The coating is a two-step process, and a can covers about 10-15 square feet, so it’s pretty expensive for large projects, but the possibilities are great.

You could protect electronics from water, protect surfaces from graffiti, coat outdoor surfaces that are prone to rust, or as NeverWet demonstrates in their video, coat clothing so water and other liquids like syrup, ketchup, chocolate syrup and mud fall right off rather than soaking in. It does leave a slight hazy finish behind though, so it’s still not great for coating transparent surfaces or anything for which you wouldn’t want to distort the color, but it’s still an incredible product. No doubt we’ll see some clever uses for it that we haven’t even imagined yet.

+ NeverWet

Via Gizmodo

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15 Comments

  1. susiefromftmyers November 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Since it is made out of silicone, does it make the bottom of your shoes slippery?

  2. rubydownie November 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Can this product be purchased in the UK
    Unfortunately we have to pay a high tax on goods purchased outside Europe so I do hope so

  3. ken English June 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Could you spray the bottom of an aluminum boat that has a couple of unfindable holes?

  4. Chaz May 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Robert Haverlock, are the dangers only applicable while in the air? Or are dangers still relevant when the material has been applied and dried?

  5. TJ1743 May 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    The Rustoleum website specifically states that NeverWet is not intended for use on electronic devices.

  6. Tiger-pete March 26, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Can you buy it in Australia and if so, how much?

  7. TulipLady11 March 19, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Can this product be used on painted surfaces? I am creating a bathroom vanity from a painted dresser and want to protect the top from water. I will appreciate knowledge from others. Thanks.

  8. mindydawn1969 March 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    IS HOME DEPOT THE ONLY PLACE I CAN PURCHASE THE NEVER WET AT?

  9. kvalbut13 January 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Will this work on Stainless steel and glass that are outside 12 months.

  10. udi January 16, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I have been watching developments in the nanotechnology field for a few decades now and am enamoured with the technology. It isn’t until recently though, that some of these materials have been widespread enough to assess their uses and consequences.

    Unfortunately, what Robert Haverlock said is right, and should give us all pause for thought. I live in western Australia (once a big asbestos producer), and we are still suffering the consequences of this one material. I recently replaced an old asbestos fence and paid $1450 to dispose of the old fence in a legal manner. Men with respirators and disposable hazmat suits came and took it away to a licensed disposal facility. As a consequence of living with the fence and other asbestos building products in our environment, I may contract a deadly cancer. Worse yet, my now thirteen year old may also develop mesothelioma, even decades after i am gone. The material is quite widespread and it is impossible to know if you have breathed in a wind bourn fibre at some time. Of course not everybody gets ill, but the numbers are still significant enough for it to be dangerous to drill a hole in a wall without being sure of the material. If This one product with limited use is bad enough, imagine the possibilities with many such products in many more situations. I am not against the engineering of the science but for once we should take precautions before the horse has bolted. A waterproof phone won’t seem like such a bargain if it is your loved ones who are the price paid for it.

  11. Steven Phoa August 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Hey this a fantastic and very practical! I will like to market this in S.E Asia? Who can I contact?

  12. mercurydan June 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I thought Ultra Ever Dry already did this. I dont know who came first but they claim to use nanotechnology

  13. Robert Haverlock June 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Sniff this,

    Researchers have found that when rats breathed in nanoparticles, the particles settled in the brain and lungs, which led to significant increases in biomarkers for inflammation and stress response and that nanoparticles induce skin aging through oxidative stress in hairless mice.

    A two-year study at UCLA’s School of Public Health found lab mice consuming nano-titanium dioxide showed DNA and chromosome damage to a degree “linked to all the big killers of man, namely cancer, heart disease, neurological disease and aging”.

    A major study published more recently in Nature Nanotechnology suggests some forms of carbon nanotubes – a poster child for the “nanotechnology revolution” – could be as harmful as asbestos if inhaled in sufficient quantities. Anthony Seaton of the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland, who contributed to the article on carbon nanotubes said “We know that some of them probably have the potential to cause mesothelioma. So those sorts of materials need to be handled very carefully.”[65] In the absence of specific regulation forthcoming from governments, Paull and Lyons (2008) have called for an exclusion of engineered nanoparticles in food. A newspaper article reports that workers in a paint factory developed serious lung disease and nanoparticles were found in their lungs.

    Extremely small fibers, so called nanofibers, can be as harmful for the lungs as asbestos is. This scientists warn for in the publication “Toxicology Sciences” after experiments with mice. Nanofibers are used in several areas and in different products, in everything from aircraft wings to tennis rackets. In experiments the scientists have seen how mice breathed nanofibers of silver. Fibers larger than 5 micrometer were capsuled in the lungs where they caused inflammations.

    Things may not always look as they appear!

  14. Arijit Sadhu June 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Wasn’t teflon spray available for decades, and cheaper than $20 a can??

  15. Keith Lamb June 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

    $20 for a can? I might have to stop by home depot and get a new toy to play with on the way home tonight.

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