Rust-Oleum and Ross Nanotechnology have teamed up and created an aresol “hydrophobic coating” that repels water and heavy oils.
This product has the potential to revolutionize the way we deal with the marine environment. Much of what boaters and fishermen do is try and prevent or reverse the effects of moisture. Imagine if you just spray on some “never wet” and go. It will be amazing to see this product evolve in our sport. I look forward to doing some tests myself and will report back.
Check out this video of the results of this coating.
Rust Oleum Neverwet Spray
Never-Wet FAQ from Rust-Oleum site
1. How abrasion resistant is Rust-Oleum NeverWet?
Rust-Oleum NeverWet is resistant to normal wear and tear; however, with excessive abrasion or if applied to a walking surface, the superhydrophobic properties will be quickly diminished. In many situations, the superhydrophobic action may be reduced, but the remaining Top Coat and Base Coat still provide protection to the coated surface.
Superhydrophobicity can be restored by scuff sanding the object to remove the residual Top Coat, and then recoating the object with Base Coat and Top Coat
2. Are coated items “breathable”?
The breath-ability of a coated item is dependent on how heavy the Base Coat is applied.
The lighter the Base Coat, the more breathable the item will be. If a continuous, heavy film is applied, the surface will not be breathable.
3. Can NeverWet be used on electronics?
No, NeverWet should not be used on electronics.
4. Can NeverWet be recoated?
If the superhydrophobic properties are diminished, NeverWet can be reapplied. Lightly sand the surface of the coated object to remove any remaining Top Coat, and then reapply the Base and Top Coat according to the directions on the previous page.
5. Can NeverWet be removed?
Yes. If you desire to remove NeverWet completely, it can be removed by first sanding and then wiping the treated object with Xylol or mineral spirits.
6. Can NeverWet be used on fabric?
Rust-Oleum NeverWet will adhere to most fabrics, but it will leave a flat milky haze on the surface. As with other substrates, test in an inconspicuous area before applying to the entire surface. Particular attention should be paid to seams. Apply a heavier than normal coat of Base Coat around seams to help prevent liquids from penetrating those areas.
7. Can NeverWet be applied to glass?
Yes, but the glass will no longer be transparent. NeverWet dries to a Flat Frosted Clear color, therefore, it should never be applied to windshields or automobile windows. NeverWet will work on any glass that you want to have superhydrophobic properties, but don’t need to see through.
8. Can NeverWet be painted over?
No, if the Top Coat is covered with any type of coating, the superhydrophobic properties
will be lost.
9. Can Rust-Oleum NeverWet be used on surfaces that are continuously submerged?
Rust-Oleum NeverWet relies on a layer of air to form the superhydrophobic coating on the surface of the object. For this reason the product is not recommended for surfaces continuously submerged in water or liquid.
10. Does NeverWet work with all liquids?
Certain solvents, alcohols and soap/detergents will cause the surface of the coating to lose superhydrophobicity. Once these chemicals are removed, the superhydrophobicity will generally return. NeverWet is less effective at repelling motor oils and oil based liquids.
11. How long will NeverWet coating last?
Environmental conditions will affect the longevity of the NeverWet coating. Abrasion is the leading cause of reduction in the coating’s life, but also exposure to things such as high pressure water can reduce the life of the coating.
12. Is NeverWet safe?
Yes. The superhydrophobic ingredient in the Top Coat has been used in the cosmetics and food industry for over 20 years and has been deemed safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The other ingredients are typical ingredients found in paint.