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Spray-On Coating Magically Repels All Liquids [Video]

Hydrophobic spray NeverWet can protect your iPhone from being damaged after you drop it in the toilet and keep your shoes dry in the rain.

Daniela Walker
Daniela Walker on July 12, 2013. @emptyofpocket

The days of drying a smartphone out in rice for three days, after its been dropped in a toilet/puddle/pool/etc, may be over. Home Depot is now stocking Rust-Oleum NeverWet, a super hydrophobic coating spray that repels water, mud, ice and other liquids. NeverWet made waves in 2011 when it demonstrated its water-impermeable spray in an online video. At the time it was for industrial use only but now it can be found in the hands of everyday consumers.

The silicon-based spray coating (which comes in two cans, a top and base coat) is capable of repelling almost anything. In the video below, you see white shoes protected from mustard, a drip-free toilet brush and an iPhone completely submerged in water, which comes out functioning like normal. Originally made to reduce corrosion on steel products, it wasn’t until NeverWet struck a licensing deal with Rust-Oleum that they were able to bring the product to the consumer market. Daniel Hobson, NeverWet’s chief executive officer told the local news:

When we thought about putting it out ourselves, we thought, ‘This will drown us.’ What we want to do is sell the juice — sell the magic juice. Ultimately we’re licensing it so that we can be the WD-40 for the next 100 years.

A bold statement to make – WD40 might be in every garage in America – but once you see the video, you’ll be trotting to your nearest Home Depot and buying a can of the magical spray. Check it out below:

Rust-Oleum NeverWet

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Daniela Walker is a regular contributor to PSFK. She is also a freelance writer and avid believer that a square (or two) of dark chocolate a day truly does keep the doctor away.

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