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


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  • Cool. But let me know when they invent cloaks that repel rainwater. Us Portlanders could really use that.

  • Noch

    But spray ANY cloak with this stuff and it WILL repel water!

  • 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

  • Rodneyestinvil

    What happens when you want to spray cologne on your shirt.

  • Gus428

    How long does it last?

  • rockgirl91

    This is officially the coolest thing ever.

  • Alexander Sanders

    COOL !!! It’s prolly got drawbacks.

  • Asdf

    what happens when you want to wash the clothes that you put this on

  • JKL;

    You don’t have to wash these clothes. They can’t retain stains or bacteria.

  • Potatoe

    spray the cologne on your armpit?

  • Jon

    i must have this.

  • Stew-22

    I dont think she gets the concept mate.

  • Nickbrick93

    what would happen if you put it in a cup and then poured water in that cup

  • CJH

    From the outside… You still sweat on the other side.

  • Saruchan28

    Turn clothes inside out, spray inside. Voila.

  • Friedveg


  • drawback: made from baby unicorn blood

  • 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?

  • Guy

    If you were to wash it, then it’d still clean the areas that weren’t sprayed.

  • 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.

  • Potty Trained – specifically for toddler’s potty training, but this amazingly absorbant fabric just doesn’t allow ANY water to penetrate through, and one cannot detect a membrane.

  • 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.”

  • Gurl

    next gen contraceptive ?

  • dwinkle

    Hydrophobia is bigotry. It’s not their fault they were born wet.

  • Tmalk

    You sir are amazing…shut that side convo down didnt you?  :)

  • 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.

  • Meghan Dailey

    I wonder what the environmental impacts would be….

  • Ddog983

    The world would explode

  • Thomas Watts

    I think that the water would vibrate as all of the water in it would be repelled to the top.

  • Thomas Watts

    Well, everybody will smell, so it doesn’t matter.

  • Thomas Watts

    Who cares ya hippy? Get a job ya lazy bum!

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Is it bad that I want some just to screw around with?

  • Purpledrank

    First, this would be awesome on a surfboard or snowboard!

    Second, no more sticky keyboards!

  • Paul Bart

    don’t you think it’s funny that Cologne sounds like alone…

  • Superhyperamazing

    where do i get some spray?

  • shane

    Someones retarded

  • Sd

    Hydrophobic, but maybe lipophilic and stained easily by nonpolar substances.

  • Bo Treat

    like they would let the population have this technology….

  • This is pretty damn cool!

  • 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.

  • 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