Remember NeverWet? I told you about it in November of 2011 and the product, partially due to me (grin), exploded on Reddit. However, and as many people groaned, the product wasn’t available for purchase. Well, guess what? You can now buy a can of NeverWet at your local Home Depot for a mere $20.
NeverWet comes in a traditional spray paint like container. To apply it, you simply spray the product, which instantly waterproofs (also known as superhydrophic) it from any liquid.
According to Home Depot’s video, which you can watched on the product page, it will leave a slightly frosted finish. It’s also not clear what it does to the breathability of a product. So if you plan to “NeverWet” a pair of shoes, I suggest you take heed, and test it on a pair that you’re willing to throw away. That said, I’m willing to wager it’s NOT breathable like Goretex, which keeps water out, but let’s moisture escape from the inside. In other words, you’ll likely end up with sweaty feet, or sweaty hands if you apply it to a pair of gloves.
I’m going to try to get my hands on a can of NeverWet and apply it to a variety of products to test its viability. Needless to say, it would be great if it could be applied to a computer or smartphone. But again, there is a strong likelihood that will result in a broken, or seriously damaged product.
So if you do procure a can of NeverWet, make sure to test it out. Surfaces, and items that won’t be worn or heavily touched, have a strong use case. A great example is a toilet plunger, which no matter how much you tap it against the bowl’s edge, retains some water.