NeverWet Lives Up to Its Name — But Questions Remain
Published: July 23, 2013 by NAAR HouseLogic.com
Yes, it repels water from all sorts of surfaces at home, maybe even better than the hype suggests, but what’s the catch?Rust-Oleum is rolling out its new NeverWet, water-repelling spray with such fanfare, we’re expecting a parade any minute.
NeverWet is a “superhydrophobic” (not just a regular hydrophobic), two-part spray that makes water bead up and run off just about any surface – plastic, wood, stucco, cement, tennis sneakers you want to keep white.
Take a look at the company’s video.
NeverWet, a nanotechnology innovator, has teamed up with Rust-Oleum to bring this miracle coating to the masses. The company “loves” its new product for low traffic-low abrasion items like:
- Exposed brick and masonry
- Porous wood, like decks
- Stucco – claims of warding off mold and mildew have been made
- Toilet brushes
- Cat boxes and dog beds
- Outdoor gear – hiking books, tents, gloves
The coating wears off quickly on surfaces that you rub or walk on often, like a walkway. Also, it has a matte finish and dries with a little white, hazy, and velvety feeling. So you shouldn’t spray it on:
- Glass you’d like to see through (like your car’s windshield)
- Black surfaces, like dress shoes
- Nice clothing that you don’t want to redesign with a whitish, velvety finish (though the company is working on a fabric coating)
A NeverWet white paper says key ingredients in the top coat are used in food products. “Yes, you have eaten them,” it says.
But — and this is a big but — the company doesn’t vouch for the solvents used in the product.