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Ultra-Ever Dry hydrophobic coating repels almost any liquid

Ultra-Ever Dry hydrophobic coa...
Ever Dry creates a barrier of air between moisture and materials
Ever Dry creates a barrier of air between moisture and materials
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Ever Dry protects most any material from a myriad of liquids
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Ever Dry protects most any material from a myriad of liquids
Muddy boot vs not muddy boot
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Muddy boot vs not muddy boot
Ever Dry has an extensive application list
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Ever Dry has an extensive application list
Ever Dry creates a barrier of air between moisture and materials
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Ever Dry creates a barrier of air between moisture and materials
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Ever Dry creates a barrier of air between moisture and materials

Ready to be amazed? According to Ultra-tech, a Florida-based containment provider for chemical clean-up and waste management, its new Ultra-Ever Dry coating is an amazing product. The coating is "super-hydrophobic" and "oleophobic," meaning it repels almost any liquid on a wide range of materials, including – but not limited to – hammers to boots and gloves as you'll see in the following video demonstration.

The two part Ultra-Ever Dry system creates a near invisible barrier of air over surfaces on the nanoscale. These surfaces can range from refined oil, wet concrete, water, mud and other liquids. In industrial application Ultra-Dry could prove ideal for specific applications, like when you drop your hammer in mud, and then step in the mud in your boots, and reach into the mud with your work-gloves.

Water proofing products and barriers are not new but according to the manufacturer, Ultra-Ever Dry has improved adhesion and abrasion resistance compared to previous iterations. The supposed adhesion and abrasive resistance traits then allow for a more diverse range of uses. Other claims include anti-icing, anti-corrosive, anti-contamination and self-cleaning capabilities.

But according to the abrasion resistance notes Ultra-Ever Dry provides "more abrasion resistance than previous superhydrophobic materials." Registering a 110 on the Taber Abrasion Method (ASTM D4060-10) the manufacturer recommends testing of surfaces if abrasion is a concern.

The product can be applied with a spray gun and finishes up to a translucent white sheen. A single coating is reported to last anywhere from 2-8 months in direct sunlight and outdoor conditions before a top-coat re-coating is needed. Indoor and protected outdoor applications put longevity at approximately one year or more. From the underside of a Polar Bear to the backside of a New York taxi driver in August, Ultra-tech professes a working hot/cold range of -30°F to 300°F (-34°C to 149°C).

Can I use it on my SquareBob lunchbox? Maybe. In addition to the "do not breathe this" warning a rather toxic grocery list of chemicals makes up the ingredients, thus making the coating a less than ideal Peanut Butter & Jam option. However, according to Ultra-tech there are no known environmental concerns. The coating is stated to be safe for use in "nonfood" (i.e. not your lunchbox) contact areas of food processing plants and meets FDA and USDA regulations for those types of applications.

The Ultra-Ever Dry coating prices out at $53/quart (0.95 liters) for the bottom coating and $96/quart for the top.

Source: Ever Dry

The Official Ultra-Ever Dry Video - Superhydrophobic coating - Repels almost any liquid!

22 comments
Slowburn
What would the result of coating the bottom of a boat with it be.
offthegrid
My thoughts exactly, Slowburn. I would say, reduced drag.
James Thistlethwaite
I'd paint my car with this.
Bruce H. Anderson
Given the short life it may be awfully expensive to paint a normal vehicle. However, someone running Baja or Dakkar or rallying through the muddy woods might be able to keep their sponsors' names well-seen (although milky) from start to finish. Even their wheels and suspension bits could end up the race looking almost like new.
Clay Jones
This is what Rain-X was supposed to do. That's pretty amazing. Depending on weight, it might work well on aircraft hulls as well.
Druid
Right out of Dune.
VirtualGathis
@Slowburn I read another article on a hydrophobic coating reducing naval drag by 15-20% but I can not find the article to quote the source. Gizmag had one about a microbubble system to reduce drag and seeing the other videos of imersions of coated products it should work similarly. They form a buble like the swimming spiders do. I think they should really do some icing tests. If this could prevent heat pumps from icing without adding a thermal barrier it could make a significant improvement to their efficiency in winter.
Arahant
This is really cool, but if it only lasts 2-8 months in regular weather conditions, then it would wear off really quick on a boat or airplane where the water/air abrasion would be so much higher... might only last a couple weeks. Considering how expensive it is i dont think it would be worthwhile except in special circumstances where the benefit was so great as to be worth it even for the short circumstance. That being said i think this stuff looks really good for a whole slew of applications that dont involve heavy abrasion levels, this is the first time iv really seen a video showing a lot of hydrophibic coatings so im sure there are other products out there that are similar but regardless this is really cool/practical.
VirtualGathis
@Bruce H. Anderson Now that is an area that could really use an anti-icing coating. If this prevents icing I'm sure the cold weather flyers like Alaskan and Syberien airlines would justify the weight. If Ever Dry were effective enough they could even replace the anti icing heaters which would make room for additional weight. I'm not a pilot but I imagine the FAA and similar organizations would want exhaustive testing and in flight use before it was officially used as an anti icing agent though.
sk8dad
Can I coat my kids with this stuff?