Home Maintenance Series – Does NeverWet Really Work?

I think many of you have seen this product advertised and are asking if it really works as advertised. The article below by Lisa Kaplan Gordon and posted on the HouseLogic site provides some good information. I will be picking up a can or two this weekend and I will report back on my experience with the product. Stay Tuned

NeverWet Lives Up to Its Name — But Questions Remain

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Published: July 23, 2013

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

There’s a catch. Isn’t there always?

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)

Internet chatter says NeverWet actually works better than advertised. Users have sprayed it on their satellite dish (bird poop rolls off) and workshop clamps (glue rolls off). But some commenters are worried about the health hazards of the spray.

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.

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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