Superhydrophobic spray means no more washing clothes – among others

Ross Technology Corp, a company that focuses on steel products has created a new product based on the spray known as NeverWet – which aside from being useful, is also pretty cool.

Now, this might not seem particularly interesting, but it has a myriad of applications; it is built from nanoparticles and it is hydrophobic – not only that it stops water from wetting it, but it shoots water right of from the surface on which it was applied.

Even if at first they wanted to apply this technology to steel, they quickly realized the enormous list of applications this can have, from shoes and clothes that wouldn’t require washing any more, to your phone that could become waterproof, or just on stuff that you don’t want bacteria to get on.

This spray will be released as a commercial product next year. Check out this video to see exactly how it works.

Update: The superhydrophobic branch of the company is now called NeverWet, and they are already using  the technology in anti-icing, anti-corrosion, car building, ship building, clothing and even in nuclear facilities.

Spray an even coating on leather or fabric. Here I’m using it to renew the waterproofing on a pair of old boots. Photo: JProvey

Several neutrla people have tested the technology and report great results.

“Equally impressive results arose from my test of the patio furniture seat cushion, which I hosed down in a way that would simulate rainfall. Where it encountered the NeverWet-treated cushion, the water simply beaded up and rolled off. A few days later, I tried again and was satisfied to see no performance change whatsoever”, writes bobvila.

The treatment worked equally well on the outdoor cotton chair cushion. Photo: JProvey


45 thoughts on “Superhydrophobic spray means no more washing clothes – among others

  1. Lemonaderaisin

    I am going to spray myself down with this stuff then hit up the waterpark.  Say hello to the new guiness world record speed champ

  2. Le Me

    I want to know how sticky the stuff is, i.e. if it will wear off, and what happens if it gets on your skin – how can you wash it off?

  3. Squiffytoast

    ha…OR the water will fail to lubricate your descent, leaving you either motionless at the top, or at the bottom with a gnarly raspberry.

  4. Guest

    Why would you spray cologne on your shirt anyway? Spray it on your chest and/or neck where it’s supposed to go. Spraying on your shirt is a waste unless you’re using cheap, high school “cologne.”

  5. EasyE

    We sweat water-based stuff, yes.  But the problem is that we also secrete oils from our skin.  Keeping a garment clean of those oils would also require an “oleo-phobic” coating to repel the oils.  Luckily, that exists too.  iPhones 4 and newer have oleo-phobic coatings on their screens to prevent finger oils from creating a lot of smudges.

  6. Thomas Watts

    You can wash it off with magic. But in reality, washing it off probably would be a waste, as bacteria couldn’t get on you in the first place, nor could you sweat.

  7. Thomas Watts

    Wait. If I spray my armpits and go for a run, am I going to explode? Cuz my armpits will vibrate with sweat, or else it will be shoved back into my sweat glands. I think.

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  9. Kamon Kur

    You might want to read the Amazon reviews. Not recommended for electronics or clothing (including shoes). Has dismal durability. The demo/promotional tapes are very misleading. Who knew baby unicorn blood could be so useless? Thanks for the heads up Scott Nuwanda Griffith.

  10. NoMoreMrNiceGuy

    Next we will be reading that this product is getting into our bodies intestinal tract and we can no longer absorb water and we die…Bahahahhaha

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