It's definitely weird to watch the NeverWet chemists pump chocolate syrup onto a pair of white canvas shoes and to see the syrup roll off in ribbons. Or how about when the researchers dunk an iPhone into a beaker of water and then pull out the phone and use it?
NeverWet is a set of two ultra-hydrophobic sprays, including a base coat and top coat, that you can use to treat paper, fabric, metal and other materials. When local news site Lancaster Online first posted a video about NeverWet—invented by chemists based near Lancaster, Pennsylvania—the video garnered almost 1.4 million views. Now, two years later, it'll finally be available commercially. NeverWet will sell for $19.97 at Home Depot, Lancaster Online reports in an updated story.
Rust-Oleum, a manufacturing company that's licensed to sell NeverWet, has a video describing how to use it. Rust-Oleum advertises the spray for building materials and shoes:
Meanwhile, NeverWet's Lancaster creators are less conservative about their invention. In video interviews with Lancaster Online, they sprayed a cardboard box to turn it into a makeshift cooler and even demonstrated how to waterproof an iPhone. We haven't tried it here, so we can't say for sure if it's a good idea to spray NeverWet onto your phone, nor does it seem Rust-Oleum officially endorses protecting electronics with the product.
We also can't say if you'll be able to pick it up immediately when it comes out. Rust-Oleum wouldn't tell Lancaster Online how much NeverWet will be made and which Home Depots will carry it. It will start appearing on store shelves in a few weeks, the news site reported. The spray set does seem to be for sale on Home Depot's website. (Thanks, ComputerDan!)
NeverWet scientists first stumbled upon the stuff while trying to make a coating to protect steel from corrosion. They ended up with a spray that forms a very high angle of contact for any water that touches it, Lancaster Online explained. A material with a contact angle of zero will make a drop of water lie flat. Human skin has a contact angle of 75 to 90 degrees. Car wax has a contact angle of 95 degrees. NeverWet creates a contact angle of 165 degrees. If the contact angle were 180 degrees, any water touching it would form a perfect sphere.
June 20: I updated this post with some more information from Rust-Oleum. I also added that you can find NeverWet on the Home Depot website.
Hmmm spray onto empty pool walls and then fill pool... What would happen?
Cool, spray on prophylactic, LOL.
Be sure to spray extra on the tip and yes I do hope is really really easy to peel\remove later.
And if it does peel off easy it could be sprayed on baby bottoms too, to stop diaper rash.
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Nothing would happen, apart from the friction between the water and the pool walls being dramatically reduced.
It's not like the spray makes the water behave like a superfluid or something.
The applications of this stuff seem endless, I'll have to import a crate or 2, only to discover it increases my likelyhood to develop cancer by a million %.
I'd still buy it.. :D
Great - so they bottled up my Girlfriend's vagina and want to sell it to me now.
@Wonder - it's spelled eavesdropping, not "ease dropping" LOL.
I wonder how it holds up to high temperatures. Could probably make a wicked slip and slide with it.
I wonder how it reacts to "Solid" water? Rather spray it on the runners of a snow sled?
This is going to put a lot of manufactures out of business. People who sell sprays to keep your glasses or dive masks from fogging, as well as windshield cleaners promising to make rain bead up, are all done.
Would it make your water skies, olympic swimmers, or snow skies go faster? Could it make Uncle Sam's attack subs slip through the water with less cavitation/noise? Could we spray it on sheets to collect dew for water in drought stricken areas? How about aircraft that don't collect ice anymore because the water vapor slips away before condensing? So many uses.
So if it's on your cloths.....does then repel all your sweat back onto you? :S
Next time I am back in the US I will buy some. Never clean the shower again!!
All of the comments on here are cracking me up! All very creative!
It's true that this has an incredible number of applications. Car windshields. Tent waterproofing. No more wet umbrellas when entering buildings. Apply to carpet so you can vacuum up spills. Cover a solar cover for your pool so that you can drag it out, roll it up, and store it immediately without mold. Cover medical tools and clothes (not sure if sanitary) so that blood does not get on them, allowing for more time in a surgery focused on cutting rather than cleaning. Apply to your favorite coffee cup so it never stains. Pipes could see reduced buildup of whatever if coated on the insides. Never windex your outside windows again. Autoshops will never look dirty (this one is almost hard to imagine). This is the end of spitballs in baseball! On the same point, no more wet seats at sporting events. Outdoor furniture with cushions just increased its useful life 10x. No more stains on your wood furniture from cup rings.
I'm afraid that if I buy this stuff, I won't know when to stop spraying things!!!
My three questions are: How long with the spray last on a material? Can I wash/will I need to wash any clothes that I have sprayed with this stuff? Will this stuff biodegrade so that disposable products do what they are supposed to?
I'm going to buy 10 cases of this stuff and coat my boat hull!
Does this mean it seals metal and concrete from moisture and therefore erosion and spray paint? This could be great for maintenance of metal railings in coastal areas and submerged concrete pillars in docks.
I wonder if I could coat my entire car?
If I were to apply this to my skin, I would never have to dry off again! That said, do we know if this is safe? Or will it turn out to be like asbestos?
Everyone is missing the real use of this stuff...pratical jokes! Spray it on someones shower towels or anything that should absorb water and sit back and laugh.
I'm going to totally spray my entire car with this stuff! This kinda reminds me of duct tape there is a million different uses.
Also you can buy the stuff now on the Home Depot website. Just search for NeverWet. There is an MSDS link as well for those that were wondering about chemical harzards
Imagine if you combine this stuff with duct tape? My God!
Now I can liquid cool my computer by putting it in a fish tank. Sweet :)
The ultimate sex lube! Even the slightest hint of moisture on any surface has absolutely no way to attach and drag!
"Or how about when the researchers dunk an iPhone into a beaker of water and then pull out the phone and use it?"
I wouldn't risk it. There's no way you could adequately coat everything. There are companies like Liquipel that can waterproof your smartphone or other mobile electronics, but to make sure everything (inside and out) is coated, they place the product into a sealed chamber and create a vacuum. Then the waterproofing product enters the chamber as a gas, which is how it can penetrate to the interior of device and completely cover all the internal components.
for snow skis/sleds, it probably would help because they create a thin layer of water between the ski and the snow, so you'd actually be in contact with liquid water.
You can already do this, its called Liquid submersion cooling. You just don't use water, you use a dielectric or any liquid that is thermally conductive, but not electrically conductive. There are specially made "electrical cooling oils" for this purpose. People have even done it using vegetable oil and motor oil.
Clearly the uses for simplifying home cleanups:
Coat your Tub/Shower and watch mildew/soap scum be a thing of the past.
Coat your toilet bowl(empty if first) and be amazed as it stays "clean(er)" with little to no effort on your part.
So on and so forth, seriously the Duct Tape guy is woefully under stating how useful this stuff can be, especially if its not toxic.
Xionanx, great point. I have tile counter tops in my kitchen. No more staining the grout when ANYTHING spills a drop on them.
xionanx, you'd be correct if one took care to mask the floor of the shower. Overspray that found it's way onto thee shower floor would as slick as snot on a glass doorknob.
As far as spraying a pools sidewalls with this stuff, well, it could make it pretty tough for a small kid to get out of the pool.
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Well, I bought it. And it works wonderfully. It does add a lighter tint to the fabric that you spray (it warns you on the can that it will leave a milky white layer over it). However, my suede shoes need not fear walking into a bar ever again. I ran the shoes under a faucet just to watch the water run right off. I'm a little too afraid to try the mustard or chocolate sauce test on my good shoes!
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