Cool super-duper water-repellant coating (video)

I always worry that using something like this around the house will make me grow two heads, but it is awfully cool.

The description of the video, presumably from the manufacturer:

Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. This barrier repels water, oil and other liquids unlike any coating seen before. The other breakthrough associated with Ultra-Ever Dry is the superior coating adherence and abrasion resistance allowing it to be used in all kinds of applications where durability is required.

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  • When you slough off the surface skin cells, the stuff would go with it. So, time will take care of it, if nothing else.

  • hauksdottir

    I’d start with Goo Gone, if that doesn’t work, then Comet. (Yes, I’ve used it on my hands before discovering Goo Gone.) Followed by soap & water. And then a healing lotion with aloe.

    This might be more tenacious than pine sap… however skin does replace itself… from the inside. ;)

  • hauksdottir

    Water doesn’t stick to it… so it shouldn’t stick to water. I wonder if a blob of it floats or sinks?

    A couple of experiments could determine how it reacts to a soggy surface (diffuse or contract and be dispelled) and whether acids (such as those found in the stomach) break it down or make it possible to adhere to the lining.

    Before a material like this gets into widespread use, perhaps we ought to know what happens to it when incinerated. How long before it breaks down into carbon or whatever?

    It repels liquids, however, what about dry materials such as dust and pollen? Could it also be a collector? (Or be structured to act as a filter?)

    I think this is a wonderful and useful application of technology. While we are waterproofing our shoes and our roofs, I would also hope that some scientists are studying the ramifications over time… perhaps even some science fair participants will experiment with it (out of curiosity because it IS a cool substance).

    Thanks, John, for posting this video… fascinating potential and pretty darned nifty right now!

  • melbach007

    Wax your skis with that.

  • JEF

    This video scared the hell out of me. This stuff could be used for chemical warfare. Imagine if it was put into an inhalable mist, or ingested. Could it prevent your body from absorbing water?

  • dula

    That’s a very good point. You have such a head for knowing :)

  • perljammer

    Excellent. But then, you’ll want to make sure the inside of your clothing is treated as well.

  • UncleBucky

    Fix the roof? :)

  • samizdat

    Yep. Knowing that douchebag “graffiti artists” will be frustrated by a coating such as this makes me grin.

  • dula

    Well I was hoping things would trickle down like it was 1980. Then I could just walk away from the mess like I was a banker in 2008.

  • perljammer

    Heh. If you think about it for a bit, you’ll realize that you wouldn’t want this stuff on diapers. Or napkins, or sponges, or anything else that’s supposed to be absorbent.

  • dula

    so want that for my Depends

  • goulo

    2 interesting potential uses:

    Outside surfaces (buildings, walls) to make spray painted grafitti not be able to stick. (Hopefully…)

    Waterless urinals.

  • Naja pallida

    Their FAQ says that solvents, alcohols, and detergents reduce its effectiveness. So I presume they could be used to eventually break it down.

  • Amazing. I SO want that stuff on my work-boots.

  • I’d imagine certain solvents would work. They did just way water and refined oils. Probably some kind of clean-up chemical.

  • MichaelS

    I *LOVE* it! But Oh my God… what would happen if you ever got it on your skin?… By definition, it seems you could never, ever, wash it off. It would repel water, soap, solvents, everything. :-O

  • Dddavid

    I will be invincible at PAINTBALL!

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